March 7, 2007
Krames On-Demand Receives Section 508 Compliance From The Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Enterprise Architecture Management has designated the Krames On-DemandTM (KOD) Electronic Patient Education System Section 508 Compliant. This designation allows for procurement of KOD by federal agencies that are required by law to make electronic and information technologies accessible to federal employees with disabilities.
"Krames has a rich history of providing patient education solutions for VA hospitals and other federal agencies," explained Jean Neiner, Krames Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "In fact, we just extended our GSA discount program for federal agencies for another five years. By making our electronic application Krames On-Demand, Section 508 Compliant, we can help our VA clients keep up with technology while meeting the needs of their entire user base."
Achieving Section 508 compliance did present the Krames team with a unique set of challenges. "A critical element of Section 508 is aiding assistive technologies such as screen readers for vision-impaired users, by providing text equivalents of forms, icons and images," explained Stephanie Manning, Vice President of Electronic Publishing. "There are also requirements for the formatting of tables and lists to ensure they are properly and sequentially read by screen readers. I'm proud of my team that implemented the solutions that enable the KOD program to be accessible and user-friendly to disabled users."
Founded in 1974, Krames (a division of MediMedia) is the market leader in patient education, wellness, and safety materials, producing over 1,400 titles in more than 36 specialty areas. Krames' materials are used by over 80 percent of American hospitals and more than 1,000 health plans and employer groups, over 300,000 physicians and nurses in hospitals and private practices, and many of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. Print and electronic content/materials are created to help individuals understand and take control of their health choices and improve the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit www.krames.com.
Headquartered in Chatham, NJ, with 1,400 employees in offices throughout the U.S., MediMedia's products and services include integrated and comprehensive health management programs, patient education content, and applications purchased by healthcare stakeholders: physicians, patients, employers, hospitals, health plans and pharmaceutical companies. MediMedia's pharmaceutical marketing group provides solutions for pharmaceutical companies along their entire marketing continuum, targeting physicians and patients with superior content and applications. MediMedia's experience in delivering specialized information to targeted audiences, has earned MediMedia unparalleled trust and respect throughout the industry. For more information, please visit www.medimedia.com.
About Section 508
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.
The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ' 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.