UHS is in the process of becoming accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). ICAEL accreditation is granted to facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with nationally established, published standards. To become an accredited echocardiography laboratory, we are required to measure the appropriate use of echocardiography procedures. To meet this standard, the indication (appropriate use) must be documented when you order an Echocardiogram, TEE or Stress Echo.
With implementation of appropriate use criteria, we will be able to assess patterns of care and improve the rate of clinically appropriate imaging while reducing clinically inappropriate tests.