Original source is the URAC website – website has a list of URAC accredited websites and those in process
The URAC Website Accreditation program is a mechanism to provide feedback to health website owners on how to improve their online operations. This provides additional credibility in trust in a company’s online market. There is an abundance of information available on the internet, especially in regard to healthcare. It is difficult to discern which sites provide factual information and which do not. Which information can you depend upon? URAC developed this program to address the concerns of the consumers and provide a tool to help identify websites that meet the high standards of quality and accountability.
Accreditation by URAC ensures the health information presented is peer-reviewed, research-validated and minimizes risky decision-making by consumers. These standards focus upon:
- Privacy and security
- Health content editorial processes
- Disclosure of financial relationships
- Linking policies
- Consumer complaints
- Emerging best practices
- Evidence-based health information
URAC accredited websites are required to disclose information to consumers including:
- Site’s sponsors and financial backers
- Site’s privacy policies
- How the site develops health information
- Site’s advertising policy
The standards apply to a large variety of health-related websites, including health care financing organizations. Health delivery organizations, health management organizations, organizations offering health resources primarily through the Internet or other electronic media, application service providers, content providers or different combination of the organizations listed above. URAC conducts periodic reviews of the accredited site on an on-going basis and a full review. The standards provide strong protections regarding the use and protection of personal information consumers may provide to a health website.
URAC is an independent, nonprofit organization, promotes health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. It offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system and provides a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability.
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