First 8 Tech Vendors Certified Under Pilot Program

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A new healthcare technology certification program, a joint venture between Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise USA and ICSA Labs, has announced it has given its first approvals to eight products.

The products' testing was focused on security and interoperability. The certified products (complete list here) meet capabilities specified by IHE USA relating to medical device interoperability, clinical-document sharing, patient identification, audit logging and security.

"Products that are certified for IHE USA interoperability bring tremendous value to the entire healthcare ecosystem," said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of informatics at Health Information Management Systems Society, in a news release. "As an industry, we need to set a high bar if we are to rise to the challenge of transforming our healthcare system. For the health IT vendors that have achieved IHE USA certification, this means their integration capabilities go beyond minimum federal requirements to deliver more robust, high-quality, standards-based products."

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