Break the Barrier to Quality Care with Web Accessibility

Adults with disabilities are significantly more at risk of suffering from serious health conditions. In fact, over 62 million Americans are living with some form of disability and the amount of healthcare spending is enormous. What this means for healthcare providers is ensuring that patients with disabilities have equal access to information and care.

With rapid digitization of healthcare operations, activities, and processes, lack of web accessibility can make it increasingly difficult for people with disabilities to receive quality care and services. It even restricts their ability to benefit from fitness, health, and wellness content available on websites of insurance providers and healthcare centers.

Imagine a patient, with some form of visual impairment in need of urgent care, chooses to check-in online to book an appointment only to find that information on the webpage is inaccessible. The patient not only feels discriminated but it also delays access to care. While the goal of the healthcare industry is to drive better care outcomes, limited or poor web accessibility can derail the efforts to achieve that objective. It can severely impact industry players’ ability to improve population health and have legal and ethical implications.

Ensure Compliance with Legal Requirements

When it comes to web accessibility, healthcare organizations are under obligation to comply with following legal standards, failing which can result in costly penalties and lawsuits, or loss of government funding.

  1. There are several international and federal laws that enforce accessibility, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508, and Section 504.
  2. More specific to the healthcare industry is Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that wherever information technology is used to deliver healthcare services, programs, or activities it must be accessible to people with disabilities.
  3. Title III of the ADA states that public accommodations (such as healthcare providers) must not discriminate against people with disabilities when communicating with them or otherwise serving them.

Improve Care Outcomes with Amnet

Amnet has been providing publishing services for two decades now. We can help you address accessibility issues and standardize content across all digital platforms and media. Combining advanced tools, technologies, and best practices, we not only help transform existing digital content into accessible formats but also create born accessible assets. From consultation, implementation, remediation to transformation, we provide comprehensive support for every accessibility initiative.

Amnet is well equipped to address web accessibility issues in conformance with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), enabling you to comply with federal and international accessibility regulations.  By removing accessibility barriers, we help your users with disabilities effortlessly interact with websites, devices, and apps. Improved digital accessibility allows you to alleviate legal risk, reassure patients with an equal standard of care, and demonstrate inclusivity.