How can we make better use of medical technology to improve the safety of health care?
Medical devices are essential to the practice of modern medicine. Clinical measurements such as blood pressure and temperature, x-ray and ultrasound imaging, administration of intravenous medications, and support of critical life functions all require medical devices. However, despite our reliance on sophisticated medical equipment, most devices are not designed to interconnect with other devices and are not inherently secure. Therefore, it is difficult to connect individual devices into integrated medical systems to improve patient care, avoid unnecessary accidents, and obtain comprehensive data to personalize care delivery.
Facilitate the development and adoption of standards and interoperable technologies for Integrated Clinical Environments (ICE).
Since its establishment in 2004, the Medical Device “Plug-and-Play” (MD PnP) Interoperability Program has been enabling the adoption of medical device interoperability as a foundation for the creation of complete and accurate electronic health records and the cost-effective development of innovative third-party medical “apps” for diagnosis, treatment, research, safety and quality improvements, equipment management, and adverse event detection and reporting when using networked medical devices for clinical care.