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InfoGard Certifies the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances Application


Contact: Mark Shin


April 15, 2013

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become the first healthcare organization and only federal agency to have its Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) application certified by InfoGard’s Certification Body. The VA EPCS system consists of CPRS and VistA. The VA system passed all prescription and pharmacy application requirements as specified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Interim Final Rule (IFR), 21 CFR 1311, Subpart C (release date: March 31, 2010); this includes ensuring that security requirements surrounding processing integrity are adequately met for certified data centers.

"This accomplishment represents an important first for InfoGard, the VA, and our country’s healthcare. The employees of InfoGard are very proud to be a part of this achievement."   - Maclynn Brinton, President

The VA CPRS and VistA system is an enterprise-wide healthcare information system used throughout the United States. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) manages the largest medical system in the United States, providing care for over 8 million veterans and operating over 1700 facilities. Over 50% of all physicians trained in the US rotate through the VHA, making the VA system the most widely used electronic health record application in the US.

About InfoGard

In addition to being the first DEA Approved Certifying Organization, InfoGard is one of six selected Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Authorized Testing Laboratories and Certification Bodies. InfoGard is also accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under its National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) (Lab Code 100432-0) with specialized expertise in technology security; i.e., NIST’s Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP). In addition, InfoGard is accredited by NIST to test compliance with Personal Identify Verification (PIV) requirements.