The Medical Device "Plug-and-Play" (MD PnP) initiative a key healthcare interoperability program that is using the Object Managment Group's Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard in the reference implementation for their Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE).
Medical devices are essential for the practice of modern medicine. Some medical devices utilize open networking standards for communication to provide data for electronic health records. However unlike the interoperable "plug-and-play" environment of modern computers and consumer electronics, most acute care medical devices are not designed to interoperate. Medical devices typically utilize proprietary protocols for system integration. These approaches do not provide the comprehensive integration capabilities necessary for safe, cross-manufacturer medical device integration for data communication and medical device control for the card of a single patient.
The Medical Device “Plug-and Play” (MD PnP) Interoperability Program promotes innovation in patient safety and clinical care by leading the adoption of patient-centric integration of medical devices and IT systems in clinical environments.
MD PnP’s OpenICE is an initiative to create a community implementation of the ASTM F-2761 standard for the Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE). It is defining the conditions under which interoperability can enable device integration to create new medical device systems with greater safety and performance capabilities than any individual device. The initiative encompasses not only software implementation of those functionalities described in the standard but also an architecture for a wider clinical ecosystem that incorporates seamless connectivity to increase patient safety. OpenICE seeks to provide a framework for the inclusion of healthcare devices and systems into the broader Internet of Things and Industrial Internet efforts.
This presentation will detail how DDS is being used within OpenICE to enable the integration of devices and the sharing of real-time patient data between devices and other clinical information systems.