Advancing interoperability from home to hospital to lay the foundation for innovation and furthering health knowledge and state-of-the-art healthcare internationally.
The Devices Domain (DEV) was created in 2019 as an expansion of the original Patient Care Device Domain (PCD). Along with regulated Patient Care Device, DEV now includes Personal Connected Health (PCH) and the Device Point-of-Care Interoperability (DPi). These three groups are mostly autonomous sub-domains with the Devices Domain.
DEV consists of three sub-domains addressing different clinical needs and use models.
The IHE Patient Care Device subdomain promotes 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. The focus is on exchanging information from vital signs, physiological monitors, ventilators, infusion pumps, and anesthesia workstations with enterprise applications such as clinical information systems.
The IHE Personal Connected Health subdomain promotes the development of IHE Profiles for remote health and fitness monitoring in support of consumer-centered approach to improving their health and wellness. PCH Profiles provide guidance for implementing globally recognized standards that enable collection and sharing of massive amounts of medical-grade personal health data.
The IHE Device Point-of-Care Interoperability subdomain promotes TBD.
For further information on each, please go to the relevant wiki page:
- Patient Care Device (PCD) - PCD Wiki page
- Personal Connected Health (PCH) - PCH Wiki page
- Device Point of Care Interoperability (DPi) - DPi Wiki Page
Each Sub-Domain has its own sponsors.
For Patient Care Device (PCD), the sponsors are:
- American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE),
- Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and
- Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
For Personal Connected Health (PCH), the sponsor is:
For Device Point-of-Care Interoperability (DPi), the sponsor is:
The Devices Guidance Committee is responsible for providing for consistent processes only where practical across subdomains and promoting effective communication and coordination among them. Participating in this committee is one of the duties of the Co-Chairs of IHE Devices subdomain committees. A key objective of the Devices Guidance Committee is to allow maximum autonomy of operations for each subdomain, encouraging coordination at the domain level only as necessary to ensure compliance with the IHE Principles of Governance or to clearly benefit from economies of scale.
The Devices Guidance Committee consists of representatives from each Sub-Domain’s Planning and Technical Committees.
Additionally, each Sub-Domain has it’s own Planning and Technical Committees
- SDPi Planning Committees -
- SDPi Technical Committee -
Additionally, each Sub-Domain may have workgroups or task forces for specialty applications/implementations within their area.
Market Opportunity Analysis
A Market Opportunity Analysis demonstrates a thorough understanding of the market to be served by IHE, the conditions of that market, and that the business is viable considering those conditions. By way of example, this would include: • A survey, characterization and common understanding of the specific global industry that IHE wishes to impact. • Further characterization of this industry specific to regions or countries. • Markets and market segments targeted or to be targeted by IHE. • The key players (stakeholders / companies) serving these markets. • Products and services of they offer. • Critical gaps that can be filled by IHE.
Business Case Development
The DEV Domain develops solid business cases essential in justifying the undertaking of a project and attracting investment, participation and adoption of the product or service. The justification changes as both producers and consumers traverse the technology adoption life cycle curve. Innovators are technologists that value new products that offer orders-of-magnitude improvements over existing solutions. Early Adopters are not technologists but appreciate the benefits of a new technology in more broad terms to their company. Early Majority are ultimately driven by the practical application of new technology with measurable improvements over existing products or services. By way of example, these improvements may be quantified in the form of profitability or improvements to the human condition. Winning over this segment is fundamental to mainstream adoption.
Business cases may be developed at the domain or subdomain level depending on the intended scope and available resources.
Use Case Development
The DEV Domain develops Use Cases describing a business process or specific behavior in which the product or service can be employed to achieve business case objectives. A clear mapping between a use case and viable business case is essential in demonstrating how the product or service is of value to the stakeholder.
An effective Use Case will articulate the primary stakeholder calling for the product or service, scope of the system providing the product or service, all stakeholders and their interests, preconditions, minimal guarantees, success guarantees, main success scenario, and extensions (i.e. branch use cases).
Use cases may be developed at the domain or subdomain level depending on the intended scope and available resources.
Technical Marketing Communications
MARCOM, or Marketing Communications, is the targeted interaction with prospective customers using one or more media. Technical Marketing Communications creates demand for technology products and services by promoting features and benefits that require the communication of knowledge or actions. Participants in the Devices Domain create the technical content for the marketing effort and work with MARCOM specialists to communicate that content to the target market.
The Devices Domain and subdomains are working to converge on a common set of tools to facilitate collaboration among participants. A combination of wiki, google docs, and Causeway are currently in use. It is envisioned that IHE will be moving to the Atlassian tool set. Confluence will be the collaboration tool of choice. To that end, the Devices Domain will adopt accordingly.
IHE International is made up of member organizations that are stakeholders in improving the interoperability of health information systems. As IHE Devices Domain expands to include personal connected health devices & apps and high acuity point-of-care devices, new members with the requisite expertise will be essential to ensure IHE profiles are developed to meet their relevant interests.
Domain participants are encouraged to seek out additional members in order to allow the development and release of profiles most relevant to the healthcare industry.
The Devices Domain actively engages with a number of Standards Development Organizations and other industry groups to ensure alignment between their standards and specifications and IHE profiles that implement those standards in uniform fashion essential to interoperability. IHE has established formal liaison relationships with:
One line descriptions of the profiles (final text and trial implementation) published by the domain, as well as links to the more detailed descriptions on the Wiki and to the Technical Framework pages. PCD Profiles are listed in each Sub-Domain’s wiki page:
PCD - PCD Profiles
To learn more about the Devices Domain, please contact the Domain Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org