Related Industry Connections (IC) Activities

The IEEE Industry Connections (IC) program helps incubate new standards by facilitating collaboration among interested stakeholders as they hone and refine their thinking on rapidly changing technologies. Check out the Healthcare & Life Science related activities below. 


IC20-018 Transforming the Telehealth Paradigm Sustainable Connectivity, Accessibility, Privacy, and Security for All

A The use of telehealth to connect with patients was slow to migrate into healthcare practice. Before the recent pandemic outbreak, healthcare practitioners demonstrated more activity in the use of telemedicine for their practice (Physician’s use jumped 340% between 2015 and 2018, and 77% of patients embraced the concept of virtual care*). The slow acceptance and matriculation of telehealth into healthcare practice left many challenging technical and ethical issues on the backburner. With the dawn of this pandemic, telehealth was unleashed to the global patient population out of necessity, creating an environment where the impetus of patient security and privacy have been deprioritized (in the case of using commercial/consumer apps to fulfill needs) and where the underserved and unconnected are further endangered without any kind of access.

The purpose of this activity is to enable collaboration, build consensus, and develop technical solutions. 

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IC19-004 Technology Data Harmonization for Decentralized Clinical Trials

This multi-year, multi-phased program will work with a global community to utilize and harmonize viable uses of breakthrough technologies – AI, Blockchain/DLT, IoT/sensors, and VR/AR, etc.  -- in unison with existing technology systems to conduct complete remote patient trials. The project will look at the use of open technologies, patient data ethics and governance, KPIs on optimization of time and cost for recruitment and auditing trials of patients and other issues as identified within the process. The end goal is a certified technical business workflow for decentralized trials.

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IC17-011 Connectivity Harmonization of the Digital Citizen

A multi-stream effort to address the design implications and technology implementations with a unique, core focus on the development of the immersive environment that will impact all present and future Digital Citizens. The global WAMIII (Wearables and Medical IoT Interoperability & Intelligence) program is one of the key branches within this IC program, addressing the challenges of privacy, security, interoperability, and connectivity of connected wireless medical devices (IoMTs and IoIMTs) for patients. 

Learn more about Connectivity Harmonization of the Digital Citizen (PDF)

IC19-003 MyData Health

MyData Health seeks to create a participatory design process for creation of whitepapers on the topic of creating a fair health data economy. MyData Health seeks to “level the playing field” for all stakeholders in this important conversation on how to create a “fair” health data economy to serve the potential benefits for each individual patient, global public health, and society at large.

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IC20-005 Global Initiative on Blockchain-based Omnidirectional Pandemic Surveillance

The outbreak of COVID-19, declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO), reminds us that pandemic surveillance is a globally important topic. The latest advancements in digital technologies such as Blockchain, we should be able to improve the efficiency and transparency of pandemic surveillance by building an omnidirectional platform that integrates the data interfaces of multiple industries (not only healthcare, but also other industries such as travel and transportation, telecommunications, retail, etc.) to better detect and respond to a pandemic.

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IC17-002 Digital Inclusion Identity Trust and Agency (DIITA)

DIITA considers causes of exclusion which can be addressed by advancing technology for humanity through standardization and related solutions. Specific related work areas focus conditions of digital access, right to consent and privacy of personal health record (PHR) data and dignity in ways that are possible on and off-line through the standardization lifecycle.

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IC17-007 Neuro Tech for Brain-Machine Interfacing

The possibility of deploying and commercializing brain machine interface (BMI) and brain computer interface (BCI)-based solutions requires researchers, manufacturers, and regulatory bodies to ensure these devices comply with well-defined criteria on their safety and effectiveness. The lack of specific standards on neurotechnology for BMI/BCI hinders the interoperability and regulatory compliance of new devices, and in consequence, represents a barrier for industrial applications to access a wide market. 

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IC20-003 AI Systems for Governance for Cities

The primary goal is to provide cities a mechanism to encourage responsible AI Systems innovation and deployments through proper governance mechanisms to support diverse access to problem solving with AI. The effort is a contribution to help AI systems be used for the common good and its potential benefits being more available to all, starting with municipalities which are leading the way in use and application of such systems in the public sector, including public health.

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