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IEEE 11073™ Standards Receive Top Award from Standard Administration of The People's Republic of China (SAC)

IEEE recognized for the development and societal benefits of IEEE 11073 Health Informatics ? Personal health device communication standards

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY, USA, 18 October 2016 - IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) today announced two IEEE standards have received a first place award in the China Standards Innovation and Award competition, a prestigious national awards program approved by National Appraisal Standards Work Coordination Group of the Standard Administration of The People's Republic of China (SAC). A team led by IEEE-SA member Prof. Daidi Zhong was awarded for its work on the development of two standards within the IEEE 11073™ Health informatics - Personal health device communication standards family.

"Developing new, innovative telehealth products that can work together seamlessly and be introduced in a wide variety of evolving markets relies heavily on open standards development," said Daidi Zhong, chair, IEEE 11073 Personal Health Device Working Group. "We are honored by the recognition we've received for our work on IEEE 11073 standards, and look forward to continuing in our efforts to support a broad group of stakeholders developing products based upon full functionality and interoperability."

The China Standards Innovation and Contribution Awards recognized 10 first place projects, with judges considering over 167 applications from more than 100 national ministries, industry associations, provincial quality administrations and subordinate standardization administrations. First place winners are awarded for standards that demonstrate a direct impact on improving society and bringing economic benefits to industry within The People's Republic of China. The awarded project, comprised of IEEE- Personal health device communications standards, IEEE 11073™-10441—Cardiovascular fitness and activity monitor and IEEE 11073™-00103—General, was recognized for enhancing the safety and quality of personal connected health systems and enabling scalability and interoperability.

"We are proud of the IEEE team's work and their dedication to open standards development that clearly is bringing both societal and economic benefit to The People's Republic of China, as well as the rest of the world, through the advancement of healthcare technologies," said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for IEEE-SA. "The continued growth in telehealth necessitates ongoing standards development, and IEEE is committed to working collaboratively around the world to ensure device interoperability that will improve overall human wellness on a global scale."

Sponsored by the IEEE EMBS, IEEE 11073 standards are utilized 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. They provide detailed electronic data capture of client-related information, such as vital signs information, as well as operational data from personal healthcare devices. In effect, IEEE 11073 standards address the complexity of securing and exchanging personal medical information while also structuring it for clinical use.

"Our Society has a deep bench of the most brilliant biomedical engineers in the world. One of the things we do best is bring their collective expertise to bear on solving complex, important challenges, which includes increasing translational engineering and commercialization of technology," said Dr. Andrew Laine, President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. "This work can transform and revolutionize future medicine and healthcare. I'm so pleased we had the opportunity to collaborate with our partners to make IEEE 11073 standards a reality."

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