IEEE Advances New Standards and Forges New Partnership to Expand Interoperable eHealth Communications

IEEE activities in eHealth intended to expand interoperability, grow
industry ecosystem and support new life-saving capabilities

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to
advancing technology for humanity, today announced a new standard and
two new standards development projects designed to support
plug-and-play, interoperable communications across eHealth devices.
Also, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) with the Regenstrief
Institute, an internationally respected, non-profit, medical research
organization. The Regenstrief Institute houses the database for the LOINC®
(Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) standard medical
vocabulary for exchanging health information between facilities.

“The IEEE-SA’s efforts in eHealth are all focused on expanding
interoperability standards and supporting the growth of the eHealth
ecosystem and new life-saving capabilities,” said Konstantinos
Karachalios, managing director, IEEE-SA. “Through both standardization
and collaboration, the IEEE-SA strives to improve the quality of eHealth
and the wellbeing of people worldwide by providing a global platform for
eHealth stakeholders across regions and technologies to openly
collaborate and build consensus. The new partnership and standardization
milestones that we are announcing today are evidence of this effort.”

The MoU between the Regenstrief Institute (
and the IEEE-SA allows for collaboration among the developers of LOINC
and IEEE
11073™ standards
. By supporting interoperable communications among
both traditional medical devices and personal health devices, 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. The IEEE and LOINC collaboration, in partnership
with U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is
intended to enhance the value proposition of IEEE 11073 nomenclature
across the medical-device industry by leveraging both standardized
terminology and methods of data communication.

The new eHealth standard approved by the IEEE-SA is IEEE 2410™-2015,
Biometrics Open Protocol Standard. The “BOPS” standard is intended to
support continuous protection of biometric data by providing identity
assertion, role gathering, multi-level access control, assurance and
auditing. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (,
the standard can be used with software running on a client device (such
as a smartphone), a trusted BOPS server and an intrusion-detection
system (IDS). For more information on IEEE 2410, please visit

Meanwhile, development work has launched on IEEE P2650™, Draft Standard
For Enabling Mobile Device Platforms To Be Used As Pre-Screening
Audiometric Systems, and IEEE P3333.2.5™, Draft Standard For Bio-CAD
File Format for Medical Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing.

The purpose of IEEE P2650 is to improve the availability, accessibility
and affordability of first-level screening for hearing-impaired people.
Whereas screening and diagnosis of hearing impairment is typically today
performed by trained audiologists and/or clinicians using specialized
equipment, IEEE P2650 is being developed to enhance mobile platforms and
linked portable/wearable devices. When completed, the standard is
intended to establish performance, interoperability and validation
requirements of the devices and software used for audiometric
pre-screening. For more information, please visit

Work on IEEE P3333.2.5 is underway to define an accurate file format
system for computer-aided design (CAD) that is optimized for the unique
requirements of medical 3D printing. High reliability in producing
useful and cost-effective products is especially important in medical 3D
printing. When completed, the standard is intended to address medical 3D
printing services such as anatomic and pathologic models and
medical-instrument printing. For more information on IEEE P3333.2.5,
please visit

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