It’s a new year, and for the medical community, it means healthcare providers now have to demonstrate they have reached Stage 2 of “meaningful use” of electronic medical records – a policy set forth by the U.S. Department of Human Services.
As of today, an independent division of Verizon, ISCA Labs, has been officially accredited and authorized to begin certifying these electronic medical records for Stage 2.
ISCA Labs, for over 20 years, has been providing independent, credible third-party products assurance for end users. ISCA labs are used by enterprises worldwide for objective testing, as well as certification for the measurement of product compliance and performance.
Under the new 2014 Edition of the 2nd stage, the way in which health records are exchanged will be strengthened, as well as the security of patient information and the compliance of healthcare providers to indeed be of “meaningful use.”
Last year, the ISCA Labs were given the green light by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of the program to proceed in the preliminary stage of this certification program. They conducted a week-long pilot program in where the labs was effective in the testing and validation of the ONC 2014 Edition methods and test tools, in coordination with working with four vendors that offer electronic health record solutions that support meaningful use requirements.
Products at electronic health records vendors will also have to be tested by labs accredited by the National Lab Accreditation Program, and certified by people that have been authorized by the ONC.
Amit Trivedi, a manager in the healthcare program for ISCA Labs, said, “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.”
Edited by Braden Becker