The IHE Patient Care Device (PCD) domain was formed in 2005 to address the integration of medical devices into the healthcare enterprise, from the point-of-care to the EHR, potentially resulting in significant improvements in patient safety and quality of care. In 2006/2007 the first profile was successfully developed, tested in a Connectathon and demonstrated at HIMSS '07, exchanging information from vital signs, physiological monitors, ventilators, infusion pumps, and anesthesia workstations with enterprise applications such as clinical information systems. This enterprise-level integration is actively being extended to point-of-care integration, as well as to new workflow integration needs, such as alert communication management.
IHE PCD is sponsored by the AmericanCollege of Clinical Engineering (ACCE), the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
IHE Patient Care Device integration profiles include:
Each of these profiles is defined in full detail in the IHE PCD Technical Framework.
Profile and white paper development is active in the following areas:
The IHE PCD Planning and Technical
Committees are responsible for developing IHE integration profiles and planning
deployment activities, such as testing events and educational programs. The PCD
committees are composed of users and developers of medical devices/systems and
information systems. The membership of these and other IHE domain committees,
along with schedules of activities, meeting agendas and minutes and working
documents can be found on the IHE Wiki. The PCD wiki pages provide up-to-date information on all development
The PCD Planning
and Technical Committees have established Google Groups for e-mail
communication. You can subscribe to these distribution lists by visiting each
Group's home page or using the forms below:
Planning Committee: Kurt Elliason, Monroe Patillo
Technical Committee: Tom Kowalczyk, John Rhoads
The IHE PCD welcomes your interest and invites you to join. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information and links to detailed
descriptions and documentation for the PCD and its committees is available on
IHE Wiki's PCD Domain Home Page.
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