ICAEL Accreditation: Adult Transthoracic Echocardiogram
The ICAEL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories) is a nonprofit organization established to provide a mechanism for the accreditation of facilities that perform echocardiography. The mission of the ICAEL is to promote high quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations in the delivery of health care by providing a peer review process of laboratory accreditation.
Private offices, clinics, and departments within hospitals that are accredited by the ICAEL voluntarily submit to a review of their daily operations. By participating in the accreditation process, these medical facilities demonstrate a commitment to the performance of quality echocardiography and strive to meet nationally recognized standards. During the accreditation process, applicant echocardiography laboratories must submit documentation on every aspect of their daily operations. While completing the application, laboratories are required to identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols, and validating quality assurance programs. Applications submitted, including samples of the echocardiograms performed, are reviewed by experts throughout the United States and Canada. Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with the ICAEL Standards. Once granted, ICAEL accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the facility must undergo a repeat evaluation.
Patients can rely on accreditation as an indication that the facility where their examination will be performed has proven a commitment to providing quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disorders and disease. Patients can rest assured that accredited facilities have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of their operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography.
To view a directory of accredited labs please visit: http://www.icael.org/icael/main/lab_list.htm
To learn more about the ICAEL and accreditation please visit: www.icael.org