IEEE SA Develops Standards that Enable Technologies used by Clinicians and Caregivers


Medical Devices – The IEEE Standards Association develops standards that enable the “on the go” technology of mobile devices used by clinicians and caregivers to help patients live active and independent lives

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) Committee and the Personal Health Devices (PHD) working group develop standards that help enable personal health devices to plug and play with mobile phones and home hubs, using Bluetooth and USB specifications. These standards support mHealth initiatives that couple devices, communication, and health/wellness/medical communities.

The IEEE SA PHD working group, together with the IEEE SA Upper Layer (UL) and Lower Layer (LL) working groups, comprises the IEEE 11073TM family of standards. These standards are coordinated across the entire healthcare continuum for personal health device communications for monitors, point-of-care communication foundations, and transport profiles.

The IEEE 11073 standards assist in the support of patients living independently with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, high blood pressure, stroke and atrial fibrillation.

Working Together for the Greater Good
The IEEE SA PHD working group, together with the Upper Layer (UL) and Lower Layer (LL) working groups, comprises the IEEE 11073 family of standards and they collaborate with several global healthcare focused organizations:

  • Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)
  • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)
  • Health Level Seven International (HL7)
  • International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • European Committee for Standardization (CEN)
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)
  • Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED)
  • Continua Health Alliance

Together, these organizations bring the best interests of both the standards development and the healthcare informatics and technology sections. Standards play a critical role in helping to eliminate gaps, waste, and errors across the spectrum of healthcare delivery, however, more importantly, these standards are helping to enable healthcare product vendors and integrators to create devices and build systems that will save lives and improve the quality of life for people worldwide.

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