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First 8 Health IT Vendors Receive Certification Under New Program Launched by IHE USA and ICSA Labs

Pilot Program Aimed at Addressing Interoperability of Many Software and IT Systems in Healthcare Industry

CHICAGO, Ill. — A healthcare certification program — launched early this year to help address one of the industry’s most challenging issues, the incompatibility of many software and IT systems – has certified the first group of health IT products.  Under the pilot program, a joint initiative of IHE USA andICSA Labs, the products met rigorous testing requirements for security and interoperability.

The certified products are offered by eight health-IT vendors: Baxter Healthcare Corporation, B. Braun Medical Inc., CareFusion Corporation, Corepoint Health, Greenway Medical Technologies Inc., Hospira Inc., InterSystems Corporation and Masimo Corporation.

Products were tested and certified to meet requirements in the IHE Patient Care Device or IHE IT infrastructure domains (more info here) – which specify capabilities related to medical device interoperability, clinical-document sharing, patient identification, audit logging and security.

The certification by IHE USA, a nonprofit organization formed in 2010 to drive adoption of standards of interoperability in healthcare, also builds on specifications of the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  As a result, the certification gives purchasers of health IT products independent third-party verification that products are suitable for health data exchange and function as intended.  In this way, healthcare professionals can have timely and secure access to health information, leading to improved overall patient safety.

The certification program was announced at the 2013 IHE North American Connectathon in January. The initiative stemmed from a growing concern among healthcare IT organizations that today’s software, medical devices and IT systems are often incompatible, making the secure sharing of health data a complicated and expensive endeavor.

“Products that are certified for IHE USA interoperability bring tremendous value to the entire healthcare ecosystem,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of informatics at HIMSS.  “As an industry, we need to set a high bar if we are to rise to the challenge of transforming our healthcare system.  For the health IT vendors that have achieved IHE USA certification, this means their integration capabilities go beyond minimum federal requirements to deliver more robust, high-quality, standards-based products.”

The IHE USA Certification Program aims to expand beyond traditional electronic health record systems to include domains such as patient-care devices, lab, radiology, cardiology, dentistry and eye care.

“IHE USA Certified products benefit purchasers, system developers and, ultimately, patients,” said Amit Trivedi, healthcare program manager at ICSA Labs. “There is a dizzying array of products and systems to choose from, and IHE USA Certification by ICSA Labs can be a differentiating factor to make a more informed decision when selecting the right health IT product to implement.”

The certification program will expand by utilizing virtual testing events this fall, leading up to the 2014 IHE North American Connectathon to be held Jan. 27-31 in Chicago.

For more information on certification and IHE USA Certified products, visit www.icsalabs.com/ihe.

About IHE USA

IHE USA is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in IHE International, Inc. Visit www.iheusa.org for more information.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited, and a 9001:2008 registered organization. ICSA Labs is an NVLAP Accredited Health IT Testing Lab and ANSI-accredited, ONC-Authorized Certification Body for the Office of the National Coordinator’s Health IT Certification program. Visit www.icsalabs.com for more information.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900.  For more information, visit about.verizon.com.

July 16, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

University of Virginia Health System, Swinfen Charitable Trust and Verizon Foundation Join to Accelerate and Expand Global Telemedicine Program

Enhanced Telemedicine Model Links Patients in Underserved Countries to Specialty Care Worldwide Through New Mobile and Cloud Services 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. May 30, 2013 – The Verizon Foundation, Swinfen Charitable Trust and the University of Virginia Health System today announced – at the Social Innovation Summit – the expansion of an innovative telemedicine program into rural communities in India and the Philippines.  This program will utilize mobile- and cloud-based technology that will connect renowned physicians around the world to doctors in these communities to assist them with patient diagnoses and care.

The program’s expansion will extend the reach of the UK-based Swinfen Charitable Trust, which currently uses telemedicine to connect clinicians at 260 hospitals in 68 developing countries, with more than 550 medical specialists around the world, including 68 at the University of Virginia.

Verizon’s investment of more than $208,000 includes a Verizon Foundation grant and Verizon Cloud services.  Verizon’s support will enable the telemedicine program to be used on mobile devices, making it easier and faster for doctors to share mission-critical information with specialists.

For the first time, healthcare providers in resource-limited environments will be able to access the telemedicine system from mobile devices to communicate with specialists around the world.  These highly secure and reliable solutions will enable fast transfer of information; the ability to accommodate multiple, simultaneous users; GIS (geographic information systems) mapping; and other capabilities that will enhance the Swinfen Charitable Trust’s current telemedicine program.

Healthcare workers in developing countries who participate in the program will be able to send to expert medical specialists secure patient information – including medical images, X-rays and medical histories – through Verizon’s cloud-based service.

“A very large number of hospitals, clinics, doctors and medical workers in the developing world have no access to medical advice from specialists such as oncologists, neurologists or pediatric cardiologists,” said Lord Roger Swinfen, who founded the Swinfen Charitable Trust with his wife, Lady Pat Swinfen, in 1998. “Our telemedicine program is an invaluable tool for healthcare workers in the developing world who may not otherwise have anyone to consult about their patients’ specific cases.”

With the Verizon Foundation’s support, the Trust plans to expand its services to providers and healthcare systems caring for patients in:

  • ·                   A community clinic in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India.
  • ·                   A pediatric plastic surgery outreach program in Giridih, India, led by Dr. Thomas Gampper, vice chair of plastic surgery at the University of Virginia.
  • ·                   A small burns clinic in Zambales, Philippines.

The expansion of the telemedicine program will begin in June.  Once implemented, more than 1,075 medical providers in the Swinfen network, serving thousands of patients, will have improved access to specialty consultative services.

Dr. Karen S. Rheuban, director of the UVA Health System’s Center for Telehealth and a trustee of the Swinfen Charitable Trust, said: “Telemedicine has the power to connect medical providers around the world, enabling their patients to receive the best possible treatment, regardless of where they live.  We’re looking forward to working with our partners in India and the Philippines as well as others across the Swinfen network to aid them in caring for their patients.”

The Verizon Foundation has partnered with the Swinfen Charitable Trust and the University of Virginia Health System since 2011, helping to bring their telemedicine program into seven countries.

Anthony Llompart, healthcare program director for the Verizon Foundation, said: “This collaboration leverages technology to extend the reach of expert specialty care for thousands of underserved patients around the globe.  Technology can equalize access to quality healthcare and bridge the gap for health systems with limited resources.  It is an ideal match for the focus of the Verizon Foundation.”

The Verizon Foundation is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in the areas of energy management, education, and healthcare.   Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities.  For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).

About The Swinfen Charitable Trust

The Trust puts doctors and other medical workers in the developing World in touch with a team of expert medical specialists in The USA, UK and other developed countries, who offer their advice “free of charge” to enable referring doctors, etc. to give their patients the best possible treatment.  For more information visit www.swinfencharitabletrust.org.

About the University of Virginia (UVA)

The UVA Health System is an academic health system that includes a 604-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia. UVA is recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors.  For more information visit www.uvahealth.com/about/news-room.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

June 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

VitalHealth Software to Participate in Health Story Demonstration at HIMSS 2013 Interoperability Showcase

VitalHealth Software to Showcase Cloud-based EHR Designed with Mayo Clinic in Collaborative Demo

Minneapolis, MN — February 19, 2013 —VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management founded by the Mayo Clinic and Noaber Foundation, today announced that the company will participate in a Health Story demonstration at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 3 -7, in New Orleans. VitalHealth will demo the latest version of its cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) solution as a participant in The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ (La Nouvelle Ballroom, Level 2). The VitalHealth EHR will serve as the interoperability and data sharing demonstration’s primary care EHR system. Designed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), the VitalHealth EHR is purpose-built to be easy to use, compatible with handheld devices such as tablets, and adaptable to the varied work styles of small practices. Delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, VitalHealth EHR supports the latest interoperability standards. The EHR is certified for Meaningful Use and meets or exceeds HIPAA privacy and security requirements.

Approximately 1.2 billion clinical documents are produced in the United States each year, however this tremendous source of information is underutilized in current computer-based record systems. The Health Story Project will bring together several health IT vendors at HIMSS 2013 to demonstrate HL7 Consolidated CDA (Clinical Document Architecture) based interoperability, allowing attendees to follow the path of a patient across several points of care.

“Interoperability is crucial for achieving better outcomes and more affordable care, because it helps remove hazardous ambiguity, incompleteness and waste from the medical record. We have long been supporters of IHE and the Health Story Project, so we’re pleased to have been selected to participate this year,” said Blair Butterfield, President, North America, VitalHealth Software. “Our recent success at the North American Connectathon, where we passed all planned tests for exchanging C-CDA documents, was a key milestone to ensuring the demonstration at HIMSS will show the power of interoperability to enhance quality healthcare delivery.”

VitalHealth Software was founded to develop a game changing, cloud-based eHealth application platform, with an emphasis on solutions for managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, CHF, depression, cancer and Alzheimer’s. The company also has market-leading solutions for ACO, managing online interventions and outcome monitoring for behavioral health. VitalHealth’s primary goal is having a positive impact on the health of 10 million people in five years while at the same time becoming a market leader.

In the Health Story demonstration, which features six leading vendors, the VitalHealth EHR will first receive an unstructured CDA document containing scanned imaging data. After review and diagnosis, the primary care physician will then refer the patient to an oncologist, by generating a referral note and electronically transmitting a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) to the oncologist. The process will streamline and improve the accuracy and responsiveness of existing paper-based processes, demonstrating how interoperable health IT systems can lead to faster, cheaper, and better care delivery.

To learn about tailoring the VitalHealth EHR platform to meet the needs of medical specialties, please contact Arjen Westerink at awesterink@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

To schedule a meeting with VitalHealth Software at HIMSS, please contact Jessica Cohen at jcohen@ariamarketing.com.

About Health Story

The Health Story Project was founded four years ago by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Clinical Documentation Industry Association, Lantana Consulting Group, and M*Modal. It is now a collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations. Health Story accelerates development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of clinical documents, brings them through the HL7 ballot process and promotes their adoption within the industry. Over the previous four years, the initiative produced the first set of national data standards for clinical documents-use of which supports requirements for Meaningful Use of EHR systems. Health Story Promoter members include Fujitsu, Inofile, Lantana Consulting Group, M*Modal, Nuance, Optum and Verizon. The Health Story vision is for complete patient stories to be available in electronic medical records.

About VitalHealth Software 

VitalHealth Software was founded as collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit www.vitalhealthehr.com, or contact us via email at info@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

February 22, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

iMedConsent™ Application Achieves ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 EHR Certification from ICSA Labs

ATLANTA–()–Dialog Medical, a subsidiary of Standard Register (NYSE:SR), reported today that its iMedConsent application has achieved 2011 Edition EHR Modular* Inpatient ONC-ACB Certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting providers with Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The iMedConsent application was certified on January 31, 2013 under ICSA Labs’ ONC-ACB Electronic Health Record program and is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

       “Securing ONC-ACB Certification demonstrates a commitment to supporting hospitals’ meaningful use initiatives,” said Tim Kelly, vice president of marketing for Dialog Medical. “Certification in five inpatient domain criteria is essential to the attestation needs of our current and prospective clients.”

“Standard Register Healthcare is committed to advancing the patient engagement strategies of hospitals and providers,” said John King, president of Standard Register Healthcare. “Receipt of ONC-ACB Certification of the iMedConsent application punctuates our commitment to supporting patient-centered communications in hospitals seeking funding for their EHR investment under the ARRA.”

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers vendor-neutral testing and certification. Its electronic health record certification and testing program provides verification that the certified EHR technology supports meaningful use, as well as helps health care organizations protect sensitive and private patient information.

iMedConsent application version 3.833 meets the following certification criteria:

  • 170.302(g) Smoking Status
  • 170.302(m) Patient Specific Education Resources
  • 170.306(b) Record Demographics
  • 170.306(e) Electronic Copy of Discharge Instructions
  • 170.306(h) Advance Directives
  • 170.302(o) Access Control
  • 170.302(p) Emergency Access
  • 170.302(q) Automatic Log-off
  • 170.302(r) Audit Log
  • 170.302(s) Integrity
  • 170.302(t) Authentication
  • 170.302(u) General Encryption
  • 170.302(v) Encryption When Exchanging Electronic Health Information

The additional software relied upon to comply with one or more of the certification criteria included Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

The iMedConsent application will be showcased by Standard Register Healthcare and Dialog Medical at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition in booth 1117.

About Dialog Medical

Dialog Medical, a Standard Register Healthcare company, is the leading provider of patient engagement solutions including tools for supporting the informed consent process as well as the provision of pre- and post-procedure instructions and patient education materials. The company’s iMedConsent™ application is currently used by more than 15,000 physicians and in more than 200 hospitals nationwide. More information on Dialog Medical and its products is available at www.dialogmedical.com. For additional information on the 2011 Edition EHR Modular* Inpatient ONC-ACB Certification of the iMedConsent application version 3.833, visit www.dialogmedical.com/meaningful_use/

About Standard Register

Standard Register (NYSE:SR), celebrating 100 years of innovation, is trusted by the world’s leading companies to advance their reputations by aligning their communications with corporate standards and priorities. Providing market-specific insights and a compelling portfolio of solutions to address the changing business landscape in commercial, healthcare, financial services and industrial markets, Standard Register is the recognized leader in the management and execution of mission-critical communications. More information is available at www.standardregister.com.

Standard Register Healthcare is a business unit of Standard Register, serving more than 3,100 clients from across the healthcare delivery network, including acute, ambulatory, and long-term care, managed care and the suppliers that support them. A recognized leader in managing critical information and communications, Standard Register Healthcare, together with Dialog Medical, a subsidiary of Standard Register, provides industry-leading technology, solutions and services to accelerate performance, attract and educate patients, enhance safety and support patient-centered care. More information is available at www.standardregister.com/healthcare.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors. ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

* This EHR Module is 2011 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. iMedConsent™ Application, Version 3.833 was certified on January 31, 2013. CHPL Product Number: 130003R00

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February 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ICSA Labs Set to Begin Testing EHRs for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is now officially authorized and accredited to begin certifying electronic health records for the next stage of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Meaningful Use requirements.

The new 2014 Edition, Stage 2 certification program of HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides more transparency and elevates the overall testing and certification process by mandating additional requirements for organizations providing EHR services. These requirements include a strengthening of security, enhanced interoperability for facilitating health information exchange, better protection of private patient information and new ways for providers to become “meaningful users.”

Last September, ICSA Labs received authorization from the Office of the National Coordinator for the preliminary Stage 2 of the certification program.

To test and validate the ONC 2014 Edition methods and test tools, ICSA Labs successfully conducted a week-long pilot program in December with four vendors that offer EHR-related solutions supporting the more rigorous Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements. These included Dynamic Health IT and Glenwood Systems.

“The latest round of federal requirements will enable us to help companies strengthen the security and privacy of their EHR offerings, ultimately benefiting both patient and health care provider,” said Amit Trivedi, health care program manager for ICSA Labs. “Now that we are fully authorized and accredited to certify and test technology meeting the permanent Meaningful Use requirements, we are officially open for business.”

EHR vendors also must have their products tested by laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program and certified by bodies authorized by the ONC and accredited by the American National Standards Institute. ICSA Labs is accredited by both NVLAP and ANSI.

The ONC’s Health Information Technology Certification program, which provides authorization for the certification of electronic health care records, was established in January 2011.  The recently published Stage 2 Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria Final Rule is administered nationally by the ONC.

ICSA Labs is NVLAP- accredited as a Health IT Test Lab and is also an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) accredited by ANSI to ISO/IEC Guide 65.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

January 16, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ICSA Labs and IHE USA Team Up to Deliver New Certification That Assures Security, Interoperability of Health Information Technology

Today ICSA Labs announced it has teamed up with IHE USA, a nonprofit that drives adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care, to offer a new certification program. The program, which aims to assure the security and interoperability of health IT, will help ensure that different software and systems can securely connect.

Currently, many products cannot “talk” to each other, making it challenging for health care providers to move to a paperless environment. By implementing products certified to IHE profiles, health care providers and hospitals can take advantage of more complex workflows.

New Service and Testing Will Begin at the 2013 North American Connectathon on Jan. 28 in Chicago

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – IHE USA, a nonprofit organization that drives adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care, and ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, today unveiled a new certification program aimed at assuring the security and interoperability of health information technology.

The program will provide industry-accepted certification to complement existing conformance testing to IHE integration profiles to ensure that different software and systems can securely connect.

Certification to these profiles, which also provide significant underpinnings to Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) specifications, will give purchasers of health IT products independent third-party assurance that there is a standardized, repeatable process that ensures products are suitable for secure health data exchange, and that the products function as intended.

“Implementing products certified to the IHE profiles will allow health care providers and hospitals to take advantage of more complex workflows that can make a huge difference in applying information technology to health care,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of Informatics at HIMSS. “Right now, a lot of products cannot ‘talk’ to each other, which makes it very challenging for health care providers to move to a paperless environment.”

Participants who are registered for the 2013 NA Connectathon, sponsored by IHE USA, will be able to register for certification testing at the event. For more information, click here.  Results will be evaluated by ICSA Labs, which will grant certification based on requirements set forth by IHE USA, and the general principles covered by ISO/IEC Guide 65 for organizations providing product certification. Certification also will include ongoing testing to ensure that certified products continue to perform as tested.

“Given our decades of experience as an independent testing and certification entity and as an ONC Authorized Certification Body, ICSA Labs is fully committed to accelerating the adoption of secure, and interoperable health information technology furthering the goal of improving patient safety and care,” said ICSA Labs Managing Director George Japak. “Our new joint certification will have a significant impact on ensuring that the vision of health IT becomes a reality.”

Certified products will be published by IHE USA, as well as in the official ICSA Labs product directory. Three tiers of certification will be awarded:

  • Tier 1: Conformance to IHE profiles
  • Tier 2: Demonstrated interoperability among disparate systems
  • Tier 3: Validated implementations of deployed certified technology

Vendors interested in learning more about having their products certified to IHE integration profiles should contact IHECertification@icsalabs.com.

About IHE USA

IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in IHE International, Inc.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

December 5, 2012 I Written By

NantHealth Receives Investment From Verizon

Verizon is announcing a connection with NantHealth LLC, a privately held company owned by NantWorks LLC, that focuses on delivering next-generation care through the use of advanced secure fiber networks, cloud computing, and wireless mobile technology.  Verizon’s investment will be used to accelerate innovation for NantHealth LLC.

Funding to Help Accelerate Innovation in Health Care  

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK – NantHealth LLC, a privately held company owned by NantWorks LLC, which is focused on delivering next-generation care through the use of advanced secure fiber network, cloud computing and wireless mobile technology, today announced an equity investment by Verizon Investments LLC, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.

The investment will be used by NantHealth to accelerate innovation that will enable better patient care and reduced costs – two key factors affecting health care today.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We believe that evidence-based medicine will be the cornerstone of future health care delivery,” said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder and CEO of NantHealth.  “Partnering with Verizon gives us the national scale to succeed in enhancing patient outcomes and better access to care through secure broadband networks and our mobile platform. With Verizon’s state-of-the-art fiber-optic network, communication and information services to enterprises in more than 150 countries including all of the Fortune 500 companies, the alliance will accelerate NantHealth’s mission to transform health care in our nation.”

John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said: “Our close collaboration with NantHealth underscores Verizon’s commitment to dramatically improve the delivery of health care in the U.S. and abroad. We believe that our joint efforts with Dr. Soon-Shiong will drive down health care costs and significantly improve the industry’s ability to deliver quality care. Our goal is nothing short of transforming health care as we know it.”

About NantHealth

NantHealth LLC is a subsidiary of NantWorks LLC, a company founded and led by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Its core mission is to converge a wide range of digital technologies to transform scientific research and healthcare. It is building an integrated evidence-based, genomically-informed, personalized approach to the delivery of care and the development of next generation diagnostics and therapeutics. For more information, see www.nantworks.com.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

November 20, 2012 I Written By

Verizon’s Dr. Peter Tippett Receives U.S. Chamber’s First Leadership in Health Care Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented its first Leadership in Health Care Award to Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer for Verizon and vice president of the Verizon Incubator, at the Chamber’s first annual Health Care Summit. The event brought together experts in the health care industry to discuss how the private sector is transforming our nation’s health care system through innovation, improved transparency and technological advancements.

The Chamber’s Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten presented Tippett with the award.  “We are honored to present Dr. Tippett with the Chamber’s first-ever health care leadership award for his work to improve transparency and reward innovation through the modernization of the exchange of health information technology,” said Josten.  “His ground-breaking  innovations  are helping to drive down costs and promote quality of care for both employers and consumers . His leadership will continue to enable health care organizations to transform the delivery of patient care, improve access to medical services, and better manage costs to further advance comprehensive reform of the U.S. health care system.”

Peter Tippett, M.D., Ph.D, is responsible for Verizon’s health IT practice, , including the company’s health IT strategy and the development of an extensive portfolio of solutions that are enabling the rapidly evolving health care information technology (HIT) ecosystem.

Tippett served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2005 guiding  U.S. efforts in health care IT and information security.  InfoWorld recognized him as one of the 25 most influential chief technology officers in  2002.  He also previously won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Tippett has worked as an emergency room doctor and as a helicopter emergency physician and carries a California physician and surgeon license.  His Ph.D. work included the discovery and modeling of new regulatory mechanisms for glucose by the enzyme glucokinase.  He obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and an M.D. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.  He is board certified in internal medicine.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

November 4, 2012 I Written By

Verizon’s ICSA Labs Among First Accredited Health Information Technology Testing Laboratories

As organizations develop electronic health records (EHRs), it’s important to ensure that the solutions meet rigorous testing criteria set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). This provides assurance that the EHR system meets security and functionality requirements to keep patient data safe and to integrate with other technologies.

Today ICSA Labs announced that it is one of the first accredited Health IT Testing Laboratories by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Health IT Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP). Just last week, ICSA Labs also announced that it was one of the first organizations to receive accreditation by the American National Standards Institute as a Health IT certification body.

July 31, 2012 Mechanicsburg, PA - ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is now accredited as a Health Information Technology (HIT) Testing Laboratory by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Health Information Technology Laboratory Accreditation Program.  ICSA Labs accreditation confirms it has the ability to meet or exceed technical requirements set by NVLAP management.

NVLAP accreditation is one of the prerequisites testing labs must meet in order to apply to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for authorization to certify Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology in the ONC Permanent Certification Program.

“NVLAP accreditation as a Health IT test laboratory is a testament to the competency of ICSA Labs’ testing staff, the strength of our quality management program and our organizational commitment to the Health Information Technology industry,” said George Japak, managing director, ICSA Labs.  “As one of the premier security and software testing laboratories, we look forward to continuing our work with health IT stakeholders and our colleagues at the ONC to help deliver improved healthcare through certified technology such as Electronic Health Records.”

The ONC’s Permanent Certification Program was established by regulation in a final rule published in the Federal Register on Jan. 7, 2011. The ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.

The requirements met by ICSA Labs were set forth in ISO 17025, NIST Handbook 150:2006, NVLAP Procedures and General Requirements, and NIST Handbook 150-31:2011, NVLAP Healthcare IT Testing, along with the technical specifications detailed in the Final Rule establishing the ONC’s Permanent Certification Program (CFR 170). The ICSA Labs NVLAP Code is 200697-0.

About NVLAP

NVLAP provides unbiased third-party recognition of quality performance by a laboratory through strict series of assessments.  NVLAP accreditation represents a laboratory’s proven ability to meet or exceed technical requirements set by NVLAP management. NVLAP is in full conformance with the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and has become an industry standard for excellence. Areas of assessment include: quality systems, personnel, equipment, measurement traceability, sampling, accommodation and environment, test and calibration methods, handling and reports. For additional information, please contact Dana S. Leaman at dana.leaman@nist.gov.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

August 16, 2012 I Written By

ICSA Labs Among First to Achieve ANSI Guide 65 Accreditation as Electronic Health Record Certification Body

Today ICSA Labs announced it is one of the first organizations to receive accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Health IT certification body.

This accreditation allows ICSA Labs to apply for ONC authorization to certify Electronic Health Records (EHR) for Stage 2 Meaningful Use testing, which is anticipated to begin this fall.

ICSA Labs tests EHRs based on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) “meaningful use” criteria, which ensure that EHRs are used by health care facilities to promote quality care, reduce health care operational costs and protect private patient information.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute as a Health IT certification body.  This accreditation allows ICSA Labs to apply for authorization from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to certify electronic health records for Stage 2 Meaningful Use testing, which is anticipated to begin this fall.

ICSA Labs offers an EHR certification and testing program that evaluates and certifies EHR technology, based on HSS’ “meaningful use” requirements. These requirements ensure that EHRs used by health care facilities are helping to promote quality care, reduce health care operational costs and protect private patient information. ICSA Labs is currently authorized to test and certify EHR technology as part of the Stage 1 Temporary Certification program.

“With the ANSI accreditation, ICSA Labs has demonstrated its capabilities as an unbiased and credible certification body,” said Lane Hallenbeck, vice president, accreditation services, for the American National Standards Institute. “This validates ICSA Labs’ independent quality-management systems and overall competency to certify health information technology.”

Amit Trivedi, health care program manager for ICSA Labs, said, “ICSA Labs is looking forward to continuing our role as a trusted third-party certifying secure and interoperable EHR technology that supports health care providers in meeting today’s federal requirements.  This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality and excellence.”

The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.  The ONC’s Permanent Certification Program, which provides authorization for the certification of electronic health care records, was established in January 2011.

About ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide. The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq:VZ), offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

August 5, 2012 I Written By