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Meeting of the IEEE Industry Connection Group on Neuro-Technologies for Brain-Machine Interfacing Special Session on BMI-related Standards
SMC 2017 BMI Workshop

Friday, October 6th, 2017, 13:00 – 17:00
Max Bell Building MB 252, Banff Center, Canada

Increased attention to Neuro-Technologies has triggered great expectations on the benefit they can bring both in consumer applications. Research on brain-machine interfaces starts to leave the laboratory and efforts are put on transitioning to the development of both consumer and clinical products. This transition entails multiple challenges since it requires researchers, manufacturers, and regulatory agencies to ensure these devices comply with well-defined criteria on their safety and effectiveness.

The IEEE Industry Connections Activity on Neuro Technologies for Brain-Machine Interfacing was established in May 2017 to evaluate the current state of standards in this field, identify existing gaps and promote active participation of all stakeholders. It currently gathers more than 30 people from academy, industry and regulatory agencies who are preparing a Standards Vision Paper on these technologies. As part of its activities,this session will provide a space for discussing how standardization of neurotechnologies is needed to successfully translate the current developments into systems that can really benefit their intended users.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What are the biggest challenges in the standardization of neurotechnologies?
  • Should there be a separate set of standards for clinical and non-clinical applications? Can standards help to leverage the dynamism of consumer application development to accelerate the clinical translation?
  • As neurotechnologies tend to involve multiple components (exoskeletons, AR/VR headsets, neural interfaces).
  • How to ensure reliable, safe interoperability in complex, heterogeneous systems.

This session is part of the SMC 2017 BMI Workshop and will be composed of short presentations and panels with different stakeholders from the private, academic, and regulatory sectors. Ample time has been reserved for discussions with contributions from the attendants, including breakout discussion sessions on standards gaps for clinical and nonclinical BMI applications.

The outcome of this session will be used to prepare a vision paper on standards for neurotechnologies and recommendations on future actions (expected release date: Spring 2018).

Ricardo Chavarriaga, Bill Ash, Carole Carey

Note: Attendants should be attentive that there will be different sitting times for lunch. Given the timing of the session, attendants should have lunch during the 11:30-12:25 sitting.

Call for Participation

IEEE P1752™,
Standard for Mobile Health Data

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society/Standards Committee (EMB/Stds Com)

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) invites your participation in the IEEE P1752™, Standard for Mobile Health Data Working Group.

Why get involved:

Mobile apps and sensors are an increasingly valuable source of health-related data. Standardization of mobile health data and metadata will make data aggregation across multiple mobile health sources easier and more accurate, and will reduce the costs of using mobile health data to make biomedical discoveries and to improve health and manage disease.

This standard will define specifications for a mobile health data application programming interface (API) and standardized representations for mobile health data and metadata. Mobile health data encompasses personal health data collected from sensors and mobile applications. No mobile health data or metadata standards currently exist.

Who should participate:

  • Wearable device makers
  • Medical device makers
  • Health data aggregators
  • Health information technology systems managers
  • Health information infrastructure providers
  • Mobile health app developers
  • Biomedical researchers
  • Clinicians
  • Data scientists
  • Government

How to Participate:

If you wish to participate in the IEEE P1752™ Working Group, please go to the website address shown below and scroll to the bottom of the page for instructions.


IEEE Announces IT Healthcare Standard and New Projects in Advance of EMBC ’17

29 June 2017 – IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the availability of IEEE 11073-20702™—Health informatics: Point-of-Care Medical Device Communication—Standard for Medical Devices Communication Profile for Web Services in advance of the upcoming EMBC ’17 to be held 11-15 July at the International Convention Center on JeJu Island, South Korea. IEEE also announced the approval of two new healthcare-related standards projects: IEEE P1708™—Standard for Wearable Cuffless Blood Pressure Measuring Devices, and IEEE P1752™—Standard for Mobile Health Data.

Read the Full Press Release at the IEEE-SA Website

eHealth Standards Sessions & Workshops @ EMBC 2017

Reserve your seat at these exciting events!

11 July 2017 – 13:30 – 17:30, Min Room

IEEE Standardization Development for Cuffless and Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring

This workshop aims to provide biomedical engineers with an overview of the recently published IEEE 1708-2014 (Standard For Wearable Cuffless Blood Pressure Measuring Devices), with the discussion on further extension and refinement. This workshop will also attempt to introduce standards.

13 July 2017 – 10:50 – 12:20, Lee Room

Emerging Technologies for Cuffless Unobtrusive Blood Pressure Monitoring: Celebration of 200th Birth Anniversary of Carl Ludwig

This past year, 2016, has marked the 200th birth anniversary of Carl Ludwig – the inventor of the kymograph that enabled continuous blood pressure (BP) recording for the first time. At EMBC’17, we propose this mini-symposium to honor Ludwig by bringing experts in cuffless BP research to present their latest findings with extended discussions on the emerging technologies that can potentially disrupt conventional techniques.

15 July 2017 – 08:00-09:30AM – Webster Room

Healthcare Innovation: Inspiring Global Open Consensus Standards

Novel technologies, in both medical and consumer devices, generally evolve faster than the development of standards. Rapidly expanding knowledge in science and biomedical engineering has in part led the speed in innovation of new personal and medical health devices. Next generation image-guided systems; advanced non-invasive brain-computer interfaces; wearable health devices for monitoring; and, display visualization techniques are some examples to name a few.

IEEE and its standards development arm, the IEEE-SA, draw on the expertise of its technical societies to bring people and technology together. Industry consensus standards are developed in an open process based on input from interested parties worldwide.

This session will highlight and provide current standardization information on specific technology areas, such as standards for 3D-based medical device applications, health informatics medical device communication, AR/VR (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality), and the field of neurotechnologies. The dialogue will provide an opportunity to share best practices, identify additional gaps for future standards development as well as stimulate active involvement to help reduce the lag between technology and availability of standards.

IEEE-SA Standards Project in the Wearable Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitors Working Group

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Standards Committee (EMB/Stds Com)

Call for Participation

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) invites your participation in the working group for the following IEEE P1708™, (Revised) Standard for Wearable Cuffless Blood Pressure Measuring Devices.

Why Get Involved:

The intent of this standard revision is to establish objective performance evaluation of wearable, cuffless blood pressure (BP) measuring devices. The standard is independent of the form of the device or the vehicle to which the device is attached or in which it is embedded. The standard is applicable to all types of wearable BP measurement devices that have different modes of operation (e.g., to measure short-term, long-term, snapshot, continuous, beat(s)-to-beat(s) BP, or BP variability).

Who Should Participate:

  • Wearable BP device developers and manufacturers
  • Potential purchasers/users: hospitals, health care professionals, patients
  • Healthcare data managers
  • Medical researchers
  • Technical experts
  • Clinical Practitioners
  • Government Regulators
  • Other parties that have a material interest in developing this standard

How to Participate:

If you would like to join the IEEE P1708™ Working Group, please contact the Program Manager, Kathryn Bennett. Please include your name, email address and employer in your response.

Kick-Off Meeting Information:

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2017
Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM KST (Korean Standard Time) [UTC/GMT +9 hours]
Venue: Co-Located with the 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2017)
Dunn Room, International Convention Center (ICC), Jeju Island, Korea – 11-15 July 2017

Web conferencing will also be available.

Click Here to Register for This Meeting.

IEEE Health Informatics/Medical Device Communication Standards Collection: VuSpec

IEEE Health Informatics/Medical Device Communication Standards Collection: VuSpec

Enabling safe, high-quality health care delivery, IEEE Health Informatics- Medical Devices Communication Standards provide the interconnection and interoperation of medical devices with computerized healthcare information systems in a way that is suitable for a clinical environment.

This collection includes 31 active standards that are grouped into three categories, these standards support:

  • Semantic interoperability, which focuses on terminologies, data models, and data sets for specific device modalities, such as, ventilators, patient vital signs monitors and infusion pumps.
  • Application interoperability, which identifies a set of general services that can be used by all systems to discover, configure, and exchange data across a connection, and
  • Lower layer transport technologies.

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Previously available on CD-ROM, now you can conveniently download this collection at the IEEE Standards Store.



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