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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



October 2015 - Two ASA Scientific & Educational Exhibit on ICE for Patient Safety, and on QR Codes for medical devices - both win peer-reviewed awards

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


November 14: AMIA Pre-Symposium Working Group 07:
"Transdisciplinary “Maker Health” Fair (Sponsored by the Nursing Informatics Working Group)
[This event is fully subscribed]

Thank you for joining us at the American Society of Anesthesiologists
Annual Meeting in San Diego to
see our award-winning Scientific & Educational Exhibits

"Integrated Clinical Environments (ICE) to Improve Safety and Enable Rapid Innovation" (click for handout)
First Place Award Winner!

Brief video shows how integrated data can speed diagnosis and treatment

  our other exhibit showed how smartphones can help clinicians access medical device instructions at the point of care:
"QR Codes for Obtaining Medical Product Information on Your Smartphone or Computer" (click for handout)
Third-Place Award Winner!

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, avoid unnecessary accidents, and obtain comprehensive data to personalize care delivery.

The Answer: Facilitate the adoption of open standards and interoperable technologies to Integrate Clinical Environments (ICE).
OR of the Future at MGHSince its establishment in 2004, the Medical Device “Plug-and-Play” (MD PnP) Interoperability Program has been 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, open-source 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:
  • Support of suitable open standards (e.g. ASTM F2761, Integrated Clinical Environment, or “ICE”)
  • An OPEN SOURCE implementation of ICE - See OpenICE
  • 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 in our MD PnP Lab in Cambridge Mass
  • Contributing the work listed above and our program's expertise to form the non-profit ICE Alliance. Membership is open to all.