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IAC Research Program

As the IAC Research Program embarks on its fourth year, progress toward fulfilling its mission of Strengthening Research Through Accreditation has been realized in terms of several published manuscripts and abstracts. Accredited facilities, as well as all stakeholders within the medical community, are encouraged to review the research being put forth below.

Identifying research as a core strategy toward furthering its mission of Improving health care through accreditation®, the IAC began efforts to support innovative and meritorious research programs relevant to facility accreditation in 2012.

As part of that initiative, the IAC launched a major research effort into all aspects of accreditation with the expressed purpose to critically evaluate and improve the process with the establishment of the IAC Research Committee. The IAC Research Committee consists of a research officer and representation from each IAC division.

IAC is ... Strengthening Accreditation Through Research

Watch the video to the right to hear IAC Research Officer Gary Heller discuss the importance of research to improving the accreditation process.

For questions about the IAC Research Program, please contact Mary Beth Farrell, MS, CNMT, NCT, FSNMTS, IAC Director of Research, at 800-838-2110 or e-mail research@intersocietal.org.

NEWS UPDATES:

The following are recent announcements from the IAC Research Program:

2015 IAC Research Award Application Announcement

JANUARY 2015 | The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Research Research 2015 LogoCommittee seeks to support innovative and meritorious research relevant to accreditation and quality improvement through its annual IAC Research Award Program.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that advance the IAC Research Committee’s mission of Strengthening Accreditation Through Research.

For 2015, the IAC Research Committee will be awarding grants up to a maximum of $75,000 (including institutional overhead). Awards are for one year. This application process involves a Letter of Intent, and if accepted, a full proposal.

Read complete instructions and details»

2014 Grant Recipients Announced

NOVEMBER 2014 | The IAC is pleased to announce the following grant recipients for 2014:

  • An Evaluation of the Distribution of Equipment Vintage among Echocardiography Laboratories Applying for IAC Accreditation and Its Association with Laboratory Quality
    Primary Investigator: Prem Soman, MD, Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Quantifying the Impact of Accreditation on Quality in Echocardiography
    Primary Investigator: Theresa Tacy, MD/Sarino Behera, MD, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford School of Medicine
  • IAC Accreditation and the Performance of Stress Testing in Medicare Beneficiaries
    Primary Investigator: Venkatesh L. Murthy, MD, University of Michigan
  • Impact of Nuclear Laboratory Staff Credentials & Education on Laboratory Quality
    Primary Investigator: Matthew Parker, MD, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut

The IAC Research Committee evaluated submissions based upon their originality, practicality of study design, potential impact, generalizability and probability of achieving meaningful results within one year. In addition, investigator qualifications and previous health services research experience were considered.

IAC Research Manuscripts Published in Journals (as of January 2015):

Published Abstracts (as of January 2015):

NOVEMBER 2014 | The following abstracts have been published in multiple peer review journals:

Research Grant Award Recipients for 2013 Announced

The IAC is pleased to announce the following grant recipients for its 2013 Research Award Program:

  • “Are Echocardiography Staff Credentials an Indicator of Laboratory Quality?” Principle Investigator: Matthew W. Parker, MD
  • “Echocardiography Laboratory Accreditation: Impact on Study Completeness, Variability in Study Interpretation and Patient Care” Principle Investigator: Patricia A. Pellikka, MD

The IAC Research Committee evaluated submissions based upon their originality, practicality of study design, potential impact, generalizability and probability of achieving meaningful results within one year. In addition, investigator qualifications and previous health services research experience were considered.

ACC Research

IAC Presents Three Abstracts at ACC.14

MARCH 2014 | At ACC.14, the IAC presented three abstracts from the IAC Research Program that were published in peer review journals:

How Do Non-Invasive Imaging Facilities Perceive the Accreditation Process? Results of an Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Survey
Warren Manning, Mary Beth Farrell, Louis Bezold, John Choi, Kevin Cockroft, Heather Gornik, Scott Jerome, Sandra Katanick, Gary Heller, Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Ellicott City, MD, USA

Accreditation is Perceived to Improve the Quality of Vascular Testing Facilities: Results of an Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Survey
Linda Zhu, Mary Beth Farrell, Louis Bezold, John Choi, Kevin Cockroft, Gary Heller, Scott Jerome, Sandra Katanick, Warren Manning, Laurence Needleman, Heather Gornik, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA

Radiation Dosimetry for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Protocols in Current Practice: Mechanisms to Meet Exposure Limits
Scott Jerome, Mary Beth Farrell, Tapan Godiwala, Leslee Shaw, Peter Tilkemeier, Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Ellicott City, MD, USA

IAC Announces First Grant Recipients for Research Award Program

JANUARY 2013 | Identifying research as a core strategy toward furthering its mission of Improving health care through accreditation, in 2012 the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) launched its Research Award Program to fund innovative and meritorious research relevant to facility accreditation. Read the complete story»

IAC Defines Research as a Key Strategic Goal, Establishing the IAC Research Award Program

JULY 2012 | Identifying research as a core strategy toward furthering its mission of Improving health care through accreditation, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has announced efforts to support innovative and meritorious research programs relevant to facility accreditation. As part of that initiative, the IAC has launched a major research effort into all aspects of accreditation with the expressed purpose to critically evaluate and improve the process with the establishment of the IAC Research Committee. The IAC Research Committee consists of a research officer and representation from each IAC division. Read the complete story»

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