ICSA Labs Releases New White Paper on Hot Topics in Health IT
September 8, 2011
By Amit Trivedi, ICSA Labs, Program Manager-Healthcare

We’ve just released a new whitepaper entitled Compliance, Incentives and Penalties:  Hot Topics in US Health IT.  If you live in the U.S., you might take a read as the topic of this paper—changes to healthcare—is going to significantly impact your interaction with the U.S. healthcare system in the next few years. 

In short, the U.S. government has introduced and is funding a major program designed to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare through the adoption and use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and HITECH Acts have programs that currently provide financial incentives for eligible health care providers and hospitals who adopt, implement, and demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified technology.  By 2015, the rules will change and providers who have not demonstrated meaningful use will see their Medicare reimbursements reduced. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rolled out the rules and structure for the new program in early 2010.  ICSA Labs' accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 and experience testing and certifying information technology products qualified us quite well to apply as an independent lab to certify EHR systems and their component modules.  ICSA Labs was accepted in December of 2010, and is currently testing and certifying health IT products as an Office of the National Coordinator-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). 

Please enjoy the whitepaper, available here. If you have any questions or comments, we’ll be happy to answer them here.



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