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Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL)

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ICAEL is a member of the
Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Metro Health
Hospital is accredited

  • Adult
    transthoracic echocardiography
  • Adult
    stress echocardiography
  • Adult
    transesophageal echocardiography including mobile services

The purpose of the Intersocietal Commission for the
Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) is "to ensure high
quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to
encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic
evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation." Through the
accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of daily operation and
its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. Because
accreditation is renewed every three years, a long-term commitment to quality
and self-assessment is developed and maintained. Laboratories may use ICAEL
accreditation as the foundation to create and achieve realistic quality care

It provides a confidential peer-review. Designed to serve
laboratories as an educational tool, ICAEL accreditation is made up of two
crucial steps. First, laboratories conduct a detailed self-evaluation using the
standards and the application. Completion of the application requires detailed
information on all aspects of laboratory operation as well as the submission of
actual case studies for review. The case studies are crucial in determining the
laboratory’s compliance with the standards and are the basis for judgment of
the quality of work that laboratories perform. Once the self-evaluation is
completed, the documents and case studies are reviewed by the ICAEL Board of
Directors. All aspects of the review are confidential.

Accredited laboratories can use their accreditation as a
recruiting tool to attract the best and brightest physicians and sonographers.
Talented professionals look for high-quality programs, and accreditation
assures potential employees that a laboratory is dedicated to achieving the
highest standards for patient care.

The ICAEL is a nonprofit organization established with the
support of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Society
of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), and the Society of Pediatric
Echocardiography (SOPE). Representatives from these sponsoring organizations,
including physicians and sonographers, serve on the ICAEL Board Of Directors.
All areas of echocardiography were represented during the creation of the
standards for accreditation, and all areas continue to steer the accreditation

The ICAEL was created using the Intersocietal Commission
for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) as a model. Following
the pattern of the ICAVL’s success, the ICAEL has accredited more than 700
echocardiography laboratories to date, and several payment policies are now
linked to ICAEL accreditation. Both the ICAEL and ICAVL, along with the
Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories
(ICANL), are members of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

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