The IEEE Standards Association recently released the IEEE 11073-20702—Health informatics: Point-of-Care Medical Device Communication—Standard for Medical Devices Communication Profile for Web Services.
IEEE 11073 family of standards are utilised to structure data and enable data transmission across multiple healthcare devices, ensuring effective interoperability and communication between medical, health care and wellness devices, as well as with external computer systems. IEEE 11073-20702 defines a communication protocol specification for a distributed system of point-of-care (PoC) medical devices and medical IT systems that need to exchange data, or safely control networked PoC medical devices, by profiling Web Service specifications.
“IEEE 11073-20702 is the first standard that streamlines the integration of medical devices with the IP stack common to IT specialists,” said Bill Ash, strategic technology program director, IEEE-SA. “Ensuring the safe and secure transmission of healthcare data is essential to advance value-based healthcare, giving patients easy access to their medical information and simplifying IT processes for point-of-care facilities.”