Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine - Biomedical Innovation
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Medical Device "Plug and Play" Interoperability

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The Medical Device "Plug-and-Play" interoperability (MD PnP) program was established by Julian M. Goldman, MD, in 2004 to address the challenge of using modern health information technology to improve the safety of medical diagnosis and therapy. The program?s goals are to guide the development and adoption of open standards to support medical device interoperability, define a safe "least burdensome" regulatory pathway for any proposed system in partnership with regulatory agencies, and elicit high-level user requirements for proposed interoperable systems to improve safety and efficiency.

To support these goals, the program uses the vendor-neutral laboratory "sandbox" that opened in May 2006 to:

  • evaluate the ability of interoperability standards to meet clinical requirements
  • model clinical use cases in a simulation environment
  • develop and test related network safety and security systems, especially those designed to enhance our understanding of the technical and cultural issues at the intersection of Biomedical Engineering and Information Systems)
  • support interoperability and conformance testing
  • serve as an international resource for the medical device interoperability community.

Our hope is that networked medical device systems will allow for complete and accurate electronic health records, improve workflow, reduce medical errors, and reduce healthcare costs.

The MD PnP is affiliated with the DACCPM, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.

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Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Gray-Bigelow 444
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114


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