URAC, an independent healthcare accreditation organization, announced revisions to its standards for health Web sites and for privacy and security practices under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
For Web-site accreditation, URAC said it would look for providers to verify and disclose credentials of content reviewers and explain the verification process. The reworked HIPAA standards emphasize annual workforce training, clarify guidelines for notifying consumers of privacy practices, and require a risk assessment that includes analysis of the use of portable media such as USB drives and notebook computers.
URAC is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington. -- by Gregg Blesch