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

Summary Science Features

The Medical Device "Plug-and-Play" Interoperability Program is a work in progress. Three two-day plenary sessions, smaller meetings, and clinical focus groups have elicited input from a geographically dispersed, multidisciplinary MD PnP team to shape the mission and strategy and to identify clinical requirements for interoperability. Over 65 institutions and 500 clinicians and clinical engineers have participated (see:

The scope of effective medical device interoperability was defined as having two distinct, but closely related, requirements:

1) data communication capability between and among healthcare providers in any clinical setting in a timely, safe and robust way;

2) medical device control capability to produce "error-resistant" systems with safety interlocks between medical devices (thus decreasing "use errors"), and closed-loop systems to regulate the delivery of medication and fluids, with an eye toward remote patient management and healthcare efficiency.


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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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