Better Evidence at Ariadne Labs is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of this website

This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect, how it is used, and what your choices are. By using the website of Better Evidence at Ariadne Labs (a joint center for systems innovation, between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health) website, you agree to acceptance of this Website Privacy Policy. Please read the following carefully before using the site.

Information Collection and Use

Information we collect in our application:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Email address
  • Organization/Facility/Site
  • Job title/Role information
  • Years of clinical experience/training/degree/speciality
  • Patient volume
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • How your work relates to our program aim
  • Information on access to technology and clinical resources

In addition, we require confirmation of this Terms of Use Agreement.

If you submit to Better Evidence any personal information relating to other people, you represent that you have the authority to do so and permit us to use the information in accordance with this privacy policy. By submitting personal information, you grant Better Evidence the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store, and use your information in connection with the operation of the website and the donation program. Better Evidence at Ariadne Labs and UpToDate, Inc. will aim to protect your confidentiality as best as possible by using secure data collection platforms and de-identifying data for research, but there is some risk in sharing personal data. Please click here for the UpToDate privacy policy.

How We Use This Information

Better Evidence uses the information you provide: 

  • To process and review applications for free evidence-based clinical resources
  • To help us understand how to grow, improve, and develop our work
  • To improve our website offerings and send you information and updates
  • To communicate changes to our privacy policy or terms of use
  • Or in other ways as required by law.

Only those who need the information provided to perform a specific task have access to your information. These are authorized members of the Better Evidence at Ariadne Labs and UpToDate, Inc. workforce. In some cases, third parties contracted by Better Evidence may have access to your information to perform a specific task, for example, to send you an e-newsletter.

Data Security

Better Evidence makes every reasonable effort to ensure that your personal information remains as secure as possible. 

Although we endeavor to protect your personal information, Better Evidence cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit to us through online applications, and you do so at your own risk. Depending on the nature of the inquiry, your communication could be discarded or archived.

Online Forms

Forms provided on the Better Evidence website may include online applications, newsletter signups, and feedback forms. Although we provide robust security measures to protect the transmission of information, Ariadne Labs is not responsible if unauthorized parties gain access to the confidential information shared in the online forms.

If, at any time, you wish to remove your user information from the Better Evidence Donation Program, please contact We will delete all information about you that we have on our current Better Evidence website and all historical information from previous servers. 

Newsletter/Press Release Subscriptions

If you subscribe to a newsletter, publication, or press release published by Better Evidence and distributed by email, we will maintain your email address in a private distribution list unless you select to “unsubscribe” at the bottom of our newsletter. Messages sent electronically do not include recipients’ email addresses or any other personal information. If you continue receiving emails after unsubscribing, please contact


The Better Evidence website uses “cookies” to determine the number of times a page on the website has been accessed. Cookies are small computer files that a website can transfer to your computer. Examples of information we collect include how often someone visits our site and what they do while on our site. We use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources and to help us improve our site. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse them or to alert you when they are being sent. You can access the information on the Ariadne Labs website without enabling cookies in your browser.

Better Evidence uses Google Analytics to gather statistics for some of its web pages. The information gathered is primarily used to improve web services, but we may use the data to inform program implementation and communication efforts as well. Google Analytics uses a browser cookie for statistical analysis related to your browsing behavior on these websites. If you choose, you can opt out by turning off cookies in the preferences settings in your browser, or download and install Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on at For more information on Google Analytics, please visit


Some sections of the Better Evidence website may require login identifiers and/or passwords. You are responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person has access to your password or account login information. It is your sole responsibility to control the use of login information and passwords. It is your sole responsibility to authorize, monitor and control access to and use of your website account and password and to inform the website promptly of any need to deactivate a password.

Third-Party Vendors/Content Providers

Better Evidence never shares any personal information you provide when requesting information with third parties, except as required by law or in order to provide the services requested. Better Evidence occasionally will engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage our website, provide content and information, and interact better with you.

Links to External Websites

This Website Privacy Policy applies only to the Better Evidence website. In order to provide website users with other helpful information, the Better Evidence website may contain links to other websites. However, Better Evidence provides no authority over external organizations’ websites, and this policy does not apply to external sites that are provided as links. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies on any external websites before providing them with personal information.

Users Located in the European Economic Area

If you are located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (the “European Economic Area”), please click here for additional information about ways that certain Harvard University Schools, Centers, units and controlled entities, including this one, may collect, use, and share information about you.

Changes to This Policy

Better Evidence has the right to change or update this Website Privacy Policy from time to time without notice, so please review it periodically to keep informed of any changes. If you have questions about this privacy policy or concerns about how we collect, use or protect your personal information, please contact us at

Last updated: May 2020