Highlands Regional Medical Center Earns Echocardiography Reaccreditation by IAC

January 11, 2019

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on 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. 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.
Highlands Regional Medical Center located in Prestonsburg, KY has been granted a threeyear
term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in
Echocardiography in the area(s) of Adult Transthoracic. This latest accreditation awarded
to Highlands Regional Medical Center demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to
providing quality patient care in echocardiography.
Accreditation by the IAC means that Highlands Regional Medical Center has undergone an
intensive application and review process and is found to be 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.
About IAC
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.