New Accredation for Health Web Sites
If you’re looking for reliable health information on the Web, you may want to check out one of the 13 sites that recently received a seal of approval from the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (URAC). URAC, which also certifies managed-care organizations and other health care companies, identified 53 specific standards and detailed descriptions of what Web sites must do to achieve accreditation. The standards, designed for the accreditation of consumer-oriented online health resources, address issues such as the editorial process applied to the health content, disclosure of financial relationships, privacy and security, and consumer complaint mechanisms.
The 13 accredited sites are www.adam.com, www.healthyroads.com, www.ghi.com, www.hayeson health.com, www.hiaa.org, www.health-intl.com, www.hhni.com, www.healthwise.com, www.intelihealth.com, www.veritasmedicine.com, www.laurus health.com, www.webmd.com and www.wellmed.com.
URAC cautions that just because a site is not accredited doesn’t mean the site’s information is bad. URAC is expecting more applications from various health sites; in fact, 27 Web sites have begun the accreditation process.
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