ICSA labs has been a part of the ONC program from the beginning...


ICSA Labs offers both Testing and Certification Services and is one of a select few entities that has achieved accreditation as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ONC Authorized Health IT Testing Laboratory by NVLAP (Lab Code 200697-0) as well as an ONC-Authorized Certification Body by ANSI.

This distinction allows ICSA Labs to test and certify health IT products to work as expected, and will include the capabilities and standards needed to use the technology in a meaningful way that prompts Interoperability and most importantly to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act,  2015 Edition Cures Update and 2015 Edition criteria.

ICSA Labs collaborates with healthcare information technology (Health IT) developers to test their health IT products for use by healthcare providers in a wide variety of State and Federal regulatory programs.  Products tested by ICSA Labs may be used by eligible clinicians/providers and hospitals as part of their conditions for qualifying for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive payments, and more. 

View - ANSI Certificate of Accreditation

Program Edition History:
2011 Edition, Retired: March 1, 2015
Adopted through a final rule in 2010 and set certification criteria that established the technical capabilities and specified the related standards and implementation specifications that Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) needs to include to support the meaningful use of EHRs Stage 1.
 
2014 Edition, Retired: June 30, 2020
Adopted certification criteria that established the technical capabilities and specified the related standards and implementation specifications that HIT could be certified to and used to meet the CEHRT under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. 
 
2015 Edition, Effective date: October 16, 2015
Builds on past rulemakings to facilitate greater interoperability for several clinical health information purposes and enables health information exchange (HIE) through new and enhanced certification criteria, standards, and implementation specifications. Taking into account public comments received on the 2015 Proposed Rule, the final rule continues to focus on the establishment of an interoperable nationwide health information infrastructure.
 
2015 Edition Cures Act, Effective Date: June 30, 2020
Supporting seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information to prompt interoperability.
 
As a community, we are well positioned to continue to advance health IT interoperability with the 21st Century Cures Act and its implementing rules now in place, the 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan released, and continued insights from the Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) informing our work (e.g., priority uses of health IT and related standards).