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VA Technical Reference Model v 20.4

Category Test (CAT)
Category Test (CAT) Technology

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Description: The Category Test (CAT) is designed for use as part of a neurological assessment test battery, as a measure of executive function to detect cognitive impairment and/or brain damage. This instrument is a computerized version of the Halstead Category Test. It is designed to assess problem-solving capacity, or the ability to search for and discover alternative solutions to novel problems. The test involves the presentation of figures on a computer screen, requiring respondents to use keys 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the keyboard to respond to the test items.

The automated scoring software that is bundled with the Category Test product automatically installs a copy of Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) Server, which is used to store patient information and test results.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v19.4
Decision Date: 04/30/2019
Aliases: Halstead Category Test
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Multi-Health Systems Inc.
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/30/2019).