The Importance of State and Context in Safe Interoperable Medical Systems

August 18, 2016

Sandy Weininger, Michael B. Jaffe, Michael Robkin, Tracy Rausch, David Arney, Julian M. Goldman

This Article is Featured in the Special Issue NIH-IEEE POCT 2015

The Importance of State and Context in Safe Interoperable Medical Systems

This paper describes why “device state” and “patient context” information are necessary components of device models for safe interoperability. This paper includes a discussion of the importance of describing the roles of devices with respect to interactions (including human user workflows involving devices, and device to device communication) within a system, particularly those intended for use at the point-of-care, and how this role information is communicated. In addition, it describes the importance of clinical scenarios in creating device models for interoperable devices.

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