Ebola Response

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Open Medical Device and
Data Integration Platforms
to support the management of Ebola

See our Ebola project as part of the
Global City Teams Challenge June 1

"Remotely Caring for Vulnerable Populations
during a Pandemic; a challenge in 3 phases"
Join the Webcast

Slides from June 1 GCTC Podium Presentation

The Medical Device Plug and Play Interoperability Program (MD PnP) at Massachusetts General Hospital was asked by federal officials to rapidly identify medical technology-based solutions in support of Ebola care. Over a 20 day period, the MD PnP Program, with support by NIH/NIBIB, convened a group from government, academia and industry to prototype innovative approaches to improve patient care and reduce the risk of healthcare workers’ exposure to Ebola.

Building on our participation in the NIST SmartAmerica Global City Teams Challenge and in collaboration with several companies, we have developed two use cases to demonstrate potential capabilities to support Ebola care:

  • Quarantine: Sensor integration and data acquisition to improve Ebola screening, monitoring and diagnosis in quarantine
  • Hospital: Remote control, closed loop control, and remote data access to improve patient care and reduce the exposure of hospital personnel by limiting the number of times caregivers enter the patient environment to change device settings

The teams used our medical device interoperability lab “test bed” and open platform for medical device and data integration – OpenICE – to rapidly prototype technology solutions during a 3 day hackathon.
The demonstrations took place on Thursday, November 6th.

Video summary of Nov 6th 2014 MD PnP Lab demonstrations (6 minutes)

For technical information about OpenICETM please visit OpenICE.info.

Collaborating Organizations

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (MGH/HMS)




US Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Smiths Medical

Respiratory Motion


Zephyr / Covidien






Industrial Internet Consortium
Qualcomm Life

 Press coverage for MD PnP work on Ebola response

WCBV TV article and video, November 6, 2014

Local researchers testing remote control Ebola care 

Boston Globe article, Friday, November 7, 2014

MGH team builds remote devices that could aid Ebola treatment

Boston Business Journal, November 7, 2014
Here's how Mass. General created an ICU of the future

Boston Herald article and video, November 7, 2014

Doc eyes high-tech ways to fight Ebola

(direct link to YouTube video)

Images posted to GettyImages

Telegram & Gazette, November 8, 2014

WPI explores using robots to treat Ebola

(Includes comments provided by Dr. Goldman via weblink on November 7, 2014)

WGBH News video, November 12, 2014
MGH's Ebola Treatment Plan Includes Robots And Remote Controls

MGH Hotline article, November 14, 2014
Integrated medical technology may ease Ebola’s complicated procedures

MGH YouTube channel demonstration summary video (6 minutes)