ICSA Labs Is Set to Begin Testing and Certifying Electronic Health Records to Ensure They Comply With Latest Federal

ICSA Labs Is Set to Begin Testing and Certifying Electronic Health Records to
             Ensure They Comply With Latest Federal Requirements

Labs' Stage 2 Certification Program Now Officially Open for Business

PR Newswire

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Jan. 16, 2013

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ICSA Labs, an independent
division of Verizon, is now officially authorized and accredited to begin
certifying electronic health records for the next stage of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services' Meaningful Use requirements.

The new 2014 Edition, Stage 2 certification program of HHS's Office of the
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides more
transparency and elevates the overall testing and certification process by
mandating additional requirements for organizations providing EHR services.
These requirements include a strengthening of security, enhanced
interoperability for facilitating health information exchange, better
protection of private patient information and new ways for providers to become
"meaningful users."

Last September, ICSA Labs received authorization from the Office of the
National Coordinator for the preliminary Stage 2 of the certification program.


To test and validate the ONC 2014 Edition methods and test tools, ICSA Labs
successfully conducted a week-long pilot program in December with four vendors
that offer EHR-related solutions supporting the more rigorous Stage 2
Meaningful Use Requirements. These included Dynamic Health IT and Glenwood
Systems.

"The latest round of federal requirements will enable us to help companies
strengthen the security and privacy of their EHR offerings, ultimately
benefitting both patient and health care provider," said Amit Trivedi, health
care program manager for ICSA Labs. "Now that we are fully authorized and
accredited to certify and test technology meeting the permanent Meaningful Use
requirements, we are officially open for business."

EHR vendors also must have their products tested by laboratories accredited by
the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program and certified by bodies
authorized by the ONC and accredited by the American National Standards
Institute. ICSA Labs is accredited by both NVLAP and ANSI.

The ONC's Health Information Technology Certification program, which provides
authorization for the certification of electronic health care records, was
established in January 2011. The recently published Stage 2 Standards,
Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria Final Rule is
administered nationally by the ONC.

ICSA Labs is NVLAP- accredited as a Health IT Test Lab and is also an
ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) accredited by ANSI to ISO/IEC
Guide 65.

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, visit
www.verizon.com.

SOURCE Verizon

Website: http://www.verizon.com
Contact: ICSA Labs, Janet Brumfield, +1-614-723-1060,
janet.brumfield@verizon.com