In celebration of its 25-year anniversary of granting accreditation to echocardiography facilities, IAC launched an accreditation milestone recognition program for facilities achieving a long-time commitment to quality patient care. Facilities honored include those that first achieved accreditation at least 20 years ago and currently hold IAC accreditation in 2023.
In 1997, the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization, with the goal of providing the field of echocardiography an independent, objective evaluation for process improvement. The purpose was to help facilities standardize their processes to provide better patient care and improved outcomes.
All stakeholders with an interest in ensuring quality imaging studies and patient safety – including clinicians, the related medical societies who serve as sponsoring organizations and insurers – had confidence that participation in the accreditation process would lead to better patient care.
Currently accredited facilities that qualified for the 25-Year Silver Accreditation Milestone: 46*
Currently accredited facilities that qualified for the 20-Year Bronze Accreditation Milestone: 336*
*This includes only facilities qualified through 2023.
“We are proud to recognize long-time accredited echocardiography facilities through the new milestone recognition program. Since being incorporated in 1997 as the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), we (now IAC Echocardiography) have helped thousands of facilities standardize their processes to provide better patient care and improved outcomes. As we celebrate 25 years of accrediting echocardiography facilities, the recognized facilities are true champions of accreditation. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to delivering safe, effective and compassionate care using accreditation as a quality metric. These facilities’ ongoing commitment to quality patient care is an example for other health care providers to follow. It is a reminder of the importance of putting patients first and striving to continuously improve the quality of care provided,” said Mary Lally, MS, CAE, CEO of the IAC.
More than 2,800 facilities across the U.S. and Canada are currently accredited in Adult or Pediatric Echocardiography accreditation by the organization now known as IAC Echocardiography, despite the fact that it is primarily a voluntary program and does not have a wide-scale reimbursement requirement.
The recognized group of facilities celebrating more than 20 years of excellence make up a truly remarkable group of facilities dedicated to quality patient care!
For questions regarding the IAC Echocardiography Milestone Recognition Program, e-mail email@example.com.