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The Medical Device "Plug-and-Play" (MD PnP) Interoperability Program is promoting innovation in patient safety and clinical care by leading the adoption of patient-centric integration of medical devices and IT systems in clinical environments.


Medical Device "Plug-and-Play" Interoperability Program
working on "safe interoperabilityTM" to improve patient safety


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MD PnP Program
65 Landsdowne St., Suite 200
Cambridge, MA 02139

Julian M. Goldman, MD
Program Director

Diana Lu

Program Manager



February 2015 - Dr. Goldman moderates a HIMSS Innovation Community panel on Open Medical Device & Data Integration Platforms

November 2014 - Demonstration of Ebola response work by MD PnP and collaborators. Press coverage from the Boston Globe and WCBV

September 2014 -
MD PnP participates in Global City Teams Challenge: SmartAmerica Round 2 at NIST


Thank you for attending our
recent presentations and demonstration
at the Summer 2015 meeting of the
Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
and the
Global City Teams Challenge June 1 in DC:
Remote Caring for Vulnerable Populations During Pandemics

Announcing the ICE Alliance

The Problem: How can we better use medical devices to improve the safety of medical care?

Medical devices are essential to the practice of modern medicine. Clinical measurements such as blood pressure and temperature, x-ray and ultrasound imaging, administration of intravenous medications, and support of critical life functions all require medical devices. However, despite our reliance on sophisticated medical equipment, most devices are not designed to interconnect with other devices. Therefore, it is difficult to connect individual devices into integrated medical systems to improve patient care and avoid unnecessary accidents.

The Answer: Facilitate the adoption of open standards and interoperable technologies to integrate clinical environments.
OR of the Future at MGHThe Medical Device “Plug-and-Play” (MD PnP) Interoperability Program is accelerating the adoption of medical device interoperability to enable the creation of complete and accurate electronic health records and the cost-effective development of innovative third-party medical “apps” for diagnosis, treatment, research, safety and quality improvements, equipment management, and adverse event detection and reporting when using networked medical devices for clinical care.

Our team is working to develop sharable databases, tools, and applications that will enable a broader community of researchers and manufacturers to implement medical device interoperability. We have taken a multi-faceted approach to reduce key barriers to achieving interoperability, including:
  • Development and support of suitable open standards (e.g. ASTM F2761, Integrated Clinical Environment, or “ICE”)
  • Elicitation, analysis, and modeling of clinical use cases and system engineering requirements for an open architecture instantiation of ICE as a platform and “ecosystem”
  • Alignment of clinical, manufacturer, and FDA regulatory expectations
  • Implementation of prototype use cases in an open “sandbox” environment