Billings Clinic Pediatric Cardiology Earns Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC
Billings, MT- A noninvasive ultrasound study called an echocardiogram is commonly used to evaluate heart structure and function. Each year more than 35,000 infants in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, making it the most common type of birth defect. It is also the most critical, as congenital heart defects cause more deaths during the first year of life than any other birth defect. Over the past few decades, however, diagnosis and treatment has improved, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into adulthood, but to thrive.
There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis using echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.
Billings Clinic Pediatric Cardiology located in Billings, MT has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Pediatric Transthoracic Echocardiography.
“I am so proud of our dedicated Pediatric Cardiology team for this accreditation,” said Dr. Jeremy Archer, Billings Clinic pediatric cardiologist. “To earn accreditation, our Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory underwent a stringent evaluation, ensuring that we provide the highest level of patient care and quality in cardiac imaging for our patients.”
Accreditation by the IAC indicates that Billings Clinic Pediatric Cardiology has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
Billings Clinic’s fetal echocardiography program, which operates collaboratively between Pediatric Cardiology and Maternal Fetal Medicine, is also accredited separately by the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine.
IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
About Billings Clinic
Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system, serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. Billings Clinic is the first Magnet-designated health care organization in Montana and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.