The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is developing several new standards to address the latest trends in medical technology. New regulations will help ensure interoperability and data security for electronic health devices, which can easily transmit information back and forth. Another standard focuses on consistency and reliability for medical 3D printing services, such as 3D printed prosthetics, surgical models, and implants.
The IEEE-SA announced a new collaboration with the Regenstrief Institute, an informatics and healthcare research organization, to develop standardized usage of medical terminology for the purpose of interoperability between point-of-care personal health devices point-of-care personal health devices, as defined in IEEE 11073 Standards for Medical Device Communication. IEEE-SA will also be collaborating with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to further develop IEEE 11073, as part of an overall effort to standardize practices in eHealth, a term that describes medical care that is supported by electronic processes and communication.
As 3D printing becomes more common in hospitals and dental offices, the new IEEE P3333.2.5 5 Draft Standard For Bio-CAD File Format for Medical Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing will standardize the Bio-CAD file format used in the printing of prosthetics, models and other medical devices. “High reliability in producing useful and cost-effective products is especially important in medical 3D printing,” the IEEE stated. “When completed, the standard is intended to address medical 3D printing services, such as anatomic and pathologic models and medical-instrument printing.” Similarly, IEEE P3030 standard was introduced in September to provide rules for consumer 3D printing.