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Embrace the Emerging ISO/IEEE 11073 SDC Standard for Medical Device Connectivity

Interoperability: A Necessity to Realize the Benefits of Digitalization in Healthcare.

Medical device manufacturers are under increasing pressure to develop products that enable better patient treatment quality while being easier to maintain and scale. One way to address this need is through interoperability standards, such as DICOM, HL7 and FHIR. They require manufacturers to adopt a common language for health data to unlock the much-needed benefits of interoperable capabilities for medical devices and health systems to improve patient outcomes and care pathways.

What are current Limitations of Interoperability Standards?
DICOM, HL7, and FHIR have provided solutions for data exchange across IT systems, departments and hospitals. However, the standardization of device-to-device communication has not been given sufficient attention in recent years. There are a lot of devices in a hospital that may be physically close to each other but are not reaching their full potential because there is little or no integration between them. Device-to-device integration is almost non-existent, especially between different vendors. As a result, healthcare professionals face the challenge of operating multiple standalone and siloed products in their day-to-day work - which takes up valuable treatment time and is more prone to errors.

Can the emerging SDC Standard Close Interoperability Gaps?
The ISO/IEEE 11073 Service-oriented Device Connectivity (SDC) standard is an exciting development towards the interoperability of cross-vendor point-of-care medical devices. It provides an opportunity to design devices that better meet healthcare professionals' current and future needs.

  • With secure and reliable cross-vendor communication, medical professionals and hospitals can benefit from more efficient automation, higher integration of devices at the point of care, and simplified integration of new devices into existing infrastructures.
  • The SDC standard also improves compliance with clearly defined vendor responsibilities for adverse events. SDC-driven integration of cross-vendor devices enables the straightforward automation of otherwise manual steps. It consolidates device training efforts and reduces the general cognitive load on medical professionals.
  • For medical device manufacturers, adopting the SDC standard also offers many benefits. It opens opportunities to introduce meaningful new features, differentiate and remain competitive in the market, and improve product development, maintenance efficiency and scalability.

Assess the SDC potential for your medical device portfolio

Our team of experts covers your SDC journey end-to-end, from consulting to development to quality assurance. We will meet you where you are in your medical device connectivity journey.

SDC integration may not be as complex as you think: it can be cost-effectively tailored to your legacy device without changing existing functionality (depending on the device) and can grow to include a complete set of SDC-enabled services as new devices are developed.

Exploring Your Point-of-Care Opportunities: Where to Begin.

Start your SDC journey with our tailored workshop for your point-of-care medical device portfolio, led by our experts.
It can cover two areas:

  • Highlights of the SDC Strategy Workshop

    • Introduction to IEEE 11073 SDC - customized to your portfolio
    • Evaluate opportunities for your medical device connectivity strategy
    • Identifying SDC use cases and your point-of-care connectivity scenarios
    • Creation of a vision for your SDC-powered solutions in your selected point-of-care environment

    Who is it best for:
    Point-of-care Portfolio Managers, Product Line Managers, Workflow Managers, Governance Board Members, Program Managers or Strategy Owners

  • Highlights of the SDC Product Workshop

    • Introduction to IEEE 11073 SDC - customized for your medical device
    • Identify and assess the current challenges and limitations of your medical device, its interfaces and protocols used in your point-of-care scenario
    • Explore the benefits of applying SDC to your medical device in your real-world use cases
    • Define how to expand your current connectivity scope, identify opportunities for improvement using SDC, and explore high-level product strategies

    Who is it best for:
    Point-of-care Device Product Managers, System Architects, System Engineers, Respective Team Lead or Product Owners

Why work with us on your SDC strategy and implementation?

  • Our team has extensive expertise in ISO/IEEE 11073 (SDC).
  • As an active member of OR.NET, we contribute to shaping the SDC standard and community topics.
  • As a member of the ZEISS Group, we have extensive experience in consulting and development for digital MedTech devices. We adhere to the highest standards to deliver pioneering solutions.
  • We offer end-to-end services for your medical device connectivity, from strategy to final verified service-oriented medical software.
  • We participate in research projects to drive the digitalization of medical technology, supporting the much-needed transformation of healthcare.

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