Web accessibility is a set of rules, behaviors, code standards and design guidelines that are meant to allow people with disabilities to effectively use websites.
Under ACA’s Section 1557, most healthcare organizations are also required to address the accessibility of their digital communications. Specifically, all healthcare organizations that receive funds from the federal government also need to comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA for their websites, electronic documents, and software.
WCAG Accessibility Program
Web accessibility compliance is not a single event, but an ongoing process. As you make ongoing changes to your site, ongoing testing and maintenance is needed to keep your site compliant. To help healthcare organizations better achieve and maintain website accessibility, Practis designed a comprehensive WCAG Accessibility and Performance Program. This program will:
- An ongoing automatic AI testing solution. Your website is tested and retested every 24 hours for WCAG 2.1 AA, ADA, s508 compliance requirements.
- Ongoing monthly accessibility compliance audits sent directly to your email. Our automated testing tool uses an AI engine to provide a detailed report that can be used as proof of ongoing compliance.
- Remediation of issues under our plus program. Under our Plus program, Practis will perform updates to your site to better comply with WCAG standards*.
- Litigation Support Package. Compliance materials and reports to dismiss or mitigate potential web accessibility lawsuits.
*Review specific changes we address. Please note that some accessibility issues require human judgment and cannot be tested automatically.
(Scanning & Reporting only)
(Scanning, Reporting & Remediation)
What you need to know
- Understand what’s required to comply. Review Section 508 and WCAG AA rules. Updates may be needed to change color contrast on your website, add alternative text to images, table labels, captions and transcripts for website videos.
- Understand the degree of changes needed. Some changes such as changing “learn more” or “click here” links may be pretty straightforward, while other changes could impact design or your ability to utilize your current content management system (CMS). Depending on the degree of changes needed, it may even mean a redesign of your site.
- Accessibility compliance is ongoing. As you make new updates to your site, these changes could impact your site’s compliance and performance. Ongoing testing against standards and maintenance is needed.
- Lawsuits for accessibility compliance are on the increase.
Why it’s important to make your healthcare website accessible and optimized
We welcome any opportunity to discuss your accessibility needs and help you with your website WCAG compliance and performance. Starting at only $65 per month, Practis offers a program that will enhance the accessibility of your website, identify issues to update and proactively monitor compliance to standards.