The ICEMAN cometh, and it's plug-and-play
LiveData, Inc., a real-time data integration technology company, has been awarded a $730,000 grant from the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center to pursue standardization of information integration technologies.
LiveData will use the money to develop an integrated clinical environment with the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology's Medical Device Plug-and-Play (MD PnP) team.
CIMIT, Massachusetts General Hospital and LiveData are developing MD-ICEMAN, an architecture for integrating medical technologies. MD-ICEMAN is an implementation of the Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE), reflecting early involvement with the standard, and its further development will continue to inform the ICE architecture and associated standards, say LiveData executives.
MD-ICEMAN will be designed to integrate and coordinate medical devices in an interoperable, patient-centric medical system, using a standardized API embracing a possibly enhanced ISO/IEEE 11073 protocol, and present to the clinical team critical information about the patient's condition and detect meaningful changes in patient condition (through workflow and context-aware Smart Notifications).
Although concentrating initially on the OR, the results are expected to benefit patients throughout the continuum of care, leading to an improvement in workflow and reductions in medical errors and healthcare costs and providing real-time comprehensive data for electronic medical records.
LiveData officials say the project is related to the company's focus on developing workflow enhancements for its OR-Dashboard, which can lead to improvements in patient safety and OR efficiency through on-time case starts, reduced downtime and automating many manual activities.
"Massachusetts General Hospital, CIMIT and LiveData have long been collaborating on important medical technology," said Julian Goldman, MD, director of the MD PnP program at CIMIT, medical director of biomedical engineering for the Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare System and an attending anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"The development of MD-ICEMAN is a valuable stepping stone in advancing the implementation of a standardized plug-and-play medical environment where individual devices are integrated to enhance patient safety and workflow efficiency," Goldman said. "Using an architecture that supports and is compliant with the emerging ASTM ICE standard (F2761), MD-ICEMAN will enable operating rooms and other treatment centers to rapidly and flexibly reconfigure diagnostic and treatment devices to meet the specific needs of each medical procedure."