ICSA Labs and IHE USA Team Up to Deliver New Certification That Assures Security, Interoperability of Health Information

   ICSA Labs and IHE USA Team Up to Deliver New Certification That Assures
         Security, Interoperability of Health Information Technology

New Service and Testing Will Begin at the 2013 North American Connectathon on
Jan. 28 in Chicago

PR Newswire

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Dec. 4, 2012

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --IHE USA, a nonprofit
organization that drives adoption of standards-based interoperability to
improve patient care, and ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon,
unveiled on Tuesday (Dec. 4) a new certification program aimed at assuring the
security and interoperability of health information technology.

The program will provide industry-accepted certification to complement
existing conformance testing to IHE integration profiles to ensure that
different software and systems can securely connect. 

Certification to these profiles, which also provide significant underpinnings
to Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) specifications, will give
purchasers of health IT products independent third-party assurance that there
is a standardized, repeatable process that ensures products are suitable for
secure health data exchange, and that the products function as intended. 

"Implementing products certified to the IHE profiles will allow health care
providers and hospitals to take advantage of more complex workflows that can
make a huge difference in applying information technology to health care,"
said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of informatics
at HIMSS. "Right now, a lot of products cannot 'talk' to each other, which
makes it very challenging for health care providers to move to a paperless
environment."

Participants who are registered for the 2013 NA Connectathon, sponsored by IHE
USA, will be able to register for certification testing at the event, to be
held on Jan. 28 in Chicago. For more information, click here.

Results will be evaluated by ICSA Labs, which will grant certification based
on requirements set forth by IHE USA, and the general principles covered by
ISO/IEC Guide 65 for organizations providing product certification.
Certification also will include ongoing testing to ensure that certified
products continue to perform as tested.

"Given our decades of experience as an independent testing and certification
entity and as an ONC Authorized Certification Body, ICSA Labs is fully
committed to accelerating the adoption of secure, and interoperable health
information technology furthering the goal of improving patient safety and
care," said ICSA Labs Managing Director George Japak. "Our new joint
certification will have a significant impact on ensuring that the vision of
health IT becomes a reality."

Certified products will be published by IHE USA, as well as in the official
ICSA Labs product directory. Three tiers of certification will be awarded:

  oTier 1: Conformance to IHE profiles
  oTier 2: Demonstrated interoperability among disparate systems
  oTier 3: Validated implementations of deployed certified technology

Vendors interested in learning more about having their products certified to
IHE integration profiles should contact IHECertification@icsalabs.com.

About IHE USA

IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010
that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of
IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve
patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and
collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare
delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health
record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care
providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling
local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United
States, all in a manner consistent with participation in IHE International,
Inc.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and
certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected
devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many
of the world's top security vendors. ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005
accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit
http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more
information.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network,
with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides
converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon
employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information,
visitwww.verizon.com.

SOURCE Verizon

Website: http://www.verizon.com
Contact: Verizon: Janet Brumfield, +1-614-723-1060,
janet.brumfield@verizon.com; or IHE USA: Joyce Lofstrom, +1-312-915-9237,
jlofstrom@himss.org
 
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