Data Use and Privacy

What data is collected?

User analytics and survey responses are collected. User analytics help the researchers and developers understand how users are navigating OR-Stretch to make future improvements. The surveys are an opportunity to gather feedback on how the microbreaks are working in the OR, and to assess the impact of microbreaks on aspects of a surgeon's workload, such as mental focus, level of fatigue and physical demand. For more information, see the Mayo Clinic OR-Stretch Privacy Policy.

How is the data collected?

Survey data is collected with an online survey emailed after a surgeon uses OR-Stretch during a procedure. Surgeons follow the link in the email to answer several questions regarding their workload as well as perceptions of OR-Stretch.

What will the data provide to Mayo Clinic?

The survey data provides researchers with information about the effectiveness of OR-Stretch and allows the surgeon to give feedback on the process.

Who owns the data collected and how will it be used?

Data is owned by the researchers and developers of OR-Stretch for quality improvement and research purposes. Data will be used for improvement of the web application, and for research purposes, to better understand the effect of microbreaks on a surgeon's workload.

What security measures are in place to keep the data private?

A combination of physical, technical and administrative safeguards protects the information collected through OR-Stretch. These precautions are used to safeguard your personal data and the security of the networks, systems, servers, devices and databases we operate or that are operated on our behalf. For more information, see the Mayo Clinic OR-Stretch Privacy Policy.

Will stored information include names?

Yes, stored information will include names and email addresses, but will only be accessed by a researcher at Mayo Clinic. If personal data is being shared, it will be pseudonymized (de-identified). You will not be contacted from the email other than the surveys after you use OR-Stretch.

How long will the data exist and be stored?

Data may be retained indefinitely in support of continuous web application development.

Will the data be shared outside of Mayo Clinic?

Nonidentified aggregated data may be shared in the form of published papers and updates to the OR-Stretch application.

Who has access to the data?

A Mayo Clinic researcher will see identifiable data. This will not be shared with supervisors or your institution in an unaggregated form.

Participation in OR-Stretch is completely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw your consent or discontinue participation at any time without penalty. Specifically, your current or future medical care at Mayo Clinic will not be jeopardized if you choose not to participate.

What if I have more questions?

If you have additional questions or comments, please email