The Oregon Clinic, Cardiovascular Medicine division is awarded accreditation in their Echocardiography Laboratory.
The Oregon Clinic, Cardiovascular Medicine division in Portland, Oregon has been awarded accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). The Oregon Clinic Echocardiography Laboratory is one of the first one thousand echocardiography laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing. The Oregon Clinic joins the ranks of only 12 other accredited echocardiography laboratories in the Portland Metropolitan area. “I feel that obtaining the ICAEL Accreditation was a very important process for The Oregon Clinic’s echocardiography lab. The voluntary accreditation measures our standard of care demonstrating a commitment to quality extending from physicians to supporting and technical staff to our laboratory facilities,” Dr. Lisa Yao, Cardiovascular Medicine Echocardiography Program Director, stated.
Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of an echocardiographic examination. Through the accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. This voluntary accreditation signifies that The Oregon Clinic has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the echocardiography laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.
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. The ICAEL was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) to provide a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. A non-profit organization, the ICAEL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care and to promoting health care.
Yao concludes, “Through ICAEL accreditation, we continue to demonstrate and measure our commitment, care, and compassion for our patients and referring physicians.”