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Introduction: protecting your privacy, enhancing your online experience

When it comes to data privacy, protecting your personal information is most important. We feel it’s also important to give you, your colleagues, and your family members a voice in the development of this web site and your overall experience with it. To do this, we need to collect certain types of information to help us evaluate how the HealthAhead web site is being used, so we can continually improve your experience and the content we offer to you. By tracking overall usage patterns, providing an easy channel for your feedback, and allowing you to tell us what content is most useful to you, we can refine our offerings and provide more of the content you personally find valuable.

Overall, we are committed to giving you the option to participate – or not participate – in a manner that’s right for you. Read more for how we do this.

Information we collect and how we use it

Identifiable Information Collecting

All methods of identifying yourself to GE will be optional and opt-in, may be updated by you at any time, and will not be required for all areas of the web site.

We will not collect any identifiable user information from the areas of the HealthAhead web site which do not require SSO (Single Sign On), unique User ID (Identification), and/or Password.

There are areas of the web site that require you to identify yourself to us (authenticate). This allows you to access certain parts of the web site that may otherwise be restricted for privacy and security purposes.

There are also areas that may provide the option to create a personalized profile. The information you provide is optional and what you tell us will determine the level of personalization you will experience.

Access to identifiable information is restricted to internal, administrative personnel and solely for purposes of providing web site support, awarding prizes and other recognition, and customizing the web site content and overall functionality for the user. However, we will also allow you to change your mind and opt-out of sharing personal information with us at any time.

Non-Identifiable Information Collecting

When you visit the HealthAhead web site, we track, collect and report on certain aggregate and non- identifiable information. In other words, the information we collect does not relate to a single identifiable visitor. It tells us things such as how many users visited our web site and what pages they viewed.

This non-identifiable data will be collected and stored in a secure database in the U.S., and may be viewed by GE. We will analyze this information to refine our web site to better reflect user preferences, such as the type of content users are searching for most, and to improve the usability of the web site and the user’s web site experience. The information may also be used for purposes of promoting the web site. The data will not be used for medical analysis or other medical purposes.

Cookies

Like many web sites, the HealthAhead web site uses browser cookies – bits of text placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit. We use them to tell us things like whether you’ve visited us before, and to help us identify features in which you may have the greatest interest. We also use cookies to track country and language selection.

In the future, we may use cookies to track additional details, such as city and state.

We keep this information unless you don’t wish GE to capture this and choose to delete your cookie history. If you wish to stop accepting new browser cookies, get notification when you receive a new cookie, or disable existing cookies, the “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how. Keep in mind, without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our web site features or have your preferences saved for future visits.

We also use Flash cookies on the web site to enhance your online experience. These are similar to browser cookies, but they store data more complex than simple text. Flash cookies, by themselves, cannot do anything to or with the data on your computer. In addition, Flash cookies cannot access or remember your email address or other personal information unless you provide the information on this web site.

Web Beacons

Certain pages on our web site contain “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons obtain information such as the time the page was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies. Web beacon data does not include IP address. The web beacon data is stored at Google Analytics, a third party (see ‘Tracking and Reporting’ for more information on this technology).

Tracking and Reporting

Specifically we will track, collect and report on the following data using software from Google Analytics. For more information about Google Analytics, including information about how to opt out of these technologies, go to www.google-analytics.com

Our primary metrics include: Poll response rate, repeat visits, number of times content is shared, and visits by country.

The sub-metrics include:

Most Popular Content Types, Most Popular Content Topics, User Pathing, Exit Links, Bounce Rate, Traffic by Source (region), Time on Web site, Visit Time of Day, Unique Views/Page Views, Thumps Up/Down, Most Shared Content, Number of Times Content is Rated, Most Rated Content by Type, Language Selection.

We will also be tracking how much communicators, web site leaders and other HealthAhead operations teams are leveraging the web site to support and align their business, regional and web site specific efforts. Some of these metrics may be tracked using existing support central tools.

These metrics may include:

Number of Content Submissions by Region, Number of non-corporate Driven Promotions by RCs, Number of Promotional Downloads by Region, Support Central Survey

Feedback Form

Your feedback is important to the web site’s ongoing development, so we’d love to hear your opinions and ideas. To contact us, please use this Feedback form. We will not be able to respond directly, but all feedback will be reviewed, evaluated, and factored into future content decisions. Please note: this form is monitored by IT support staff only. Please do not submit any personal or medical information. And thank you in advance!

Poll and Quiz Responses

On the web site, we will conduct polls and quizzes to better understand user activities, attitudes, interests and knowledge across multiple health topics. These polls may also help us serve you better by asking questions that relate to the usefulness of our web site. We will not capture any personally identifiable information through the collection of poll response data. As part of these polls and quizzes, we will capture responses sorted by country. In the future, we may capture responses sorted by additional anonymous demographics such as language, affiliated GE business, work web site location, gender, etc.

Sharing Content with Family and Friends

We want you to share the web site’s content with important people in your life, so most articles, videos and slideshows can be emailed. To do so, we will ask you to provide your name and the recipient’s email address. We simply use this information to send the content as you request. At this time, we do not capture or store your, or the recipient’s, email address. Please see below to learn how we track and report on email sharing activity.

Please also review GE’s Social Media Guidelines

How we protect information

GE maintains administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of any information you provide on this web site. We use secure socket layer (SSL) technology to help keep the information you provide on this web site secure. See ‘Information We Share’ and ‘Information We Transfer’ for additional details.

Information we share

We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our visitors, except as described here. We may share information provided by visitors with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information, except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements. In addition, we may disclose information about you if we are required to do so by law or legal process; to law enforcement authorities or other government officials; or when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

Information we transfer

We may transfer the information we collect on this web site to other countries where we do business, but only for the purposes described above. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will protect that information as described here unless otherwise required by applicable laws.

Links to other web sites

We provide links to other web sites for your convenience and information. These web sites may have their own privacy statements in place, which we recommend you review if you visit any linked web sites. We are not responsible for the content of linked web sites or any use of the web sites.

Children’s privacy

This web site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the web site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen, we will delete the information from our records.

Some links on this web site may take web site visitors to web sites that are directed to children. These web sites have their own privacy notices that address children’s privacy. We encourage you to read these privacy notices if you visit any linked web sites directed to children.

Updates to our privacy & data policy

This Privacy & Data Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our online information practices. We will post a notice on this web site to notify you of any significant changes to our Privacy & Data Policy, and indicate at the top of this policy when it was most recently updated.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy & Data Policy, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us by visiting our Feedback Form.

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Spring Allergies and Asthma:7 Simple Tips to Get You Through The Season

Showers and flowers may be a welcome change from winter—but spring can spell trouble for some allergy and asthma sufferers. Don’t let itchy eyes or wheezing keep you from enjoying the season. Instead, follow seven simple steps to keep allergies at bay.

Learn to Recognize Symptoms

Allergy symptoms may include one or more of the following, warns the American College of Allergy,Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI):

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, runny, or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
  • Congestion and coughing
  • Post-nasal drip

Among people with asthma, allergies can also trigger asthma attacks—including wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, or shortness of breath.

Another symptom of allergies is called “sinusitis,” which includes pressure or pain in the sinuses. To learn more about sinusitis, check out this informative video:

 
Target Your Triggers

Identifying allergy and asthma triggers is the first step to stopping symptoms, according to the American Lung Association (ALA).

Common triggers include:

  • Pollen from trees, flowers, or other plants
  • Dust mites and mold stirred up during spring cleaning
  • Chemicals found in cleaning supplies, bug sprays, or other products

Speak with your doctor to learn which triggers may be troubling you. Then, take steps to avoid them. Prevent Pollen and Air Pollution from Spoiling Spring If pollen or other air pollutants set you sneezing, follow these strategies to breathe easy:

  • Check air quality levels before going outside, including pollen counts and pollution forecasts, suggests the ALA. If the air quality is bad, postpone your yard work or move your workout indoors.
  • Schedule outdoor activities for early morning or evening, when pollen counts tend to be lowest.
  • Wear a particle mask during yard work. The ALA notes that you can pick one up from your local hardware store.
  • Take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes when you come inside, the ACAAI advises, to rinse off pollen or other triggers.
  • Close windows and doors to keep triggers out of your home and car during allergy season.

Deter Dust from Damaging Your Day

If you’re allergic to dust or mold, spring cleaning may start you sniffling or worse. Follow these suggestions for a clean home without cluttered sinuses:

  • Clean regularly to keep dust mites, mold, and other potential triggers under control.
  • Invest in dust-proof covers for pillows and mattresses. It’s a good idea to clean and change the covers regularly.

Keep Chemicals from Causing Congestion

If you’re allergic to scented products or other chemicals, take care during spring cleaning and outdoor activities with these tips for the ALA:

  • Open a door or window while cleaning, painting, or using other chemical products inside.
  • Avoid commercial cleansers containing volatile organic chemicals, fragrances, or other irritants.
  • Unscented soap and water will often do the trick. Baking soda is good for scrubbing. Water and vinegar work wonders on glass.
  • Stick with unscented lotions. Avoid heavily scented sunscreen, bug spray, and bug-repelling candles. Look for unscented products instead. Choose lotions over aerosol sprays.

Ask Your Doctor About Treatment options

Although over-the-counter antihistamines may provide enough relief, prescription medications are sometimes needed to stave off allergy and asthma symptoms, according to the ACAAI. Your doctor may discuss other options with you as well, such as allergy shots, which may be of great benefit to some patients. Another often overlooked prevention strategy involves simple sinus rinsing using saline. One can use either a squeeze bottle or a traditional “Neti Pot”. Your nose is designed as a big filter, and keeping it rinsed clean of all those irritating allergens and chemicals mentioned above may make a big, drug free, difference.

Keep Asthma Under Control

If you have asthma, your doctor may have prescribed long-term controller and quick reliever medications—be sure to take these as prescribed. Even when you’re feeling well, controller medications can help to keep you healthy and reduce the risk of asthma attacks, notes the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

 

HealthAhead Hint: Take Extra Care This Season

With a little extra care and planning, many people with allergies and asthma may enjoy all of the pleasures of spring. Time your activities appropriately to avoid outdoor allergy triggers, purchase allergy- friendly products for cleaning and self-care, and take allergy and asthma medications as prescribed. Say “so long!” to sniffles—and welcome the warm sunny days ahead.

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