Patient Care Device

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IHE Patient Care Device Domain (PCD)

The Patient Care Devices Domain is concerned with Use Cases in which at least one actor is a regulated patient care device. The PCD coordinates with other IHE clinical specialty based domains such as medical imaging.

The Mission of the PCD:

The IHE Patient Care Devices Domain will apply the proven, Use Case driven IHE processes to:

  • Deliver the technical framework for the IHE-PCD domain profiles;
  • Validate IHE-PCD profile implementations via Connectathons; and
  • Demonstrate marketable solutions at public trade shows.

The PCD's Vision Statement is:

The IHE Patient Care Devices Domain (IHE PCD) is the nexus for vendors and providers to jointly define and demonstrate unambiguous interoperability specifications, called profiles, which are based on industry standards, and which can be brought to market.

IHE-PCD profiles:

  • improve patient safety and clinical efficacy,
  • reduce healthcare delivery cost by improving efficiency, reliability, and operational flexibility for healthcare providers,
  • enable innovative patient care capabilities, and
  • expand the international marketplace for patient care device vendors.

IHE Patient Care Device is sponsored by the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and manages the IHE Patient Care Device Profiles and the IHE Patient Care Device Technical Framework.

Timeline : 2007-2008 Development Cycle as of April 24, 2007

Timeframe Activity Scheduled Location
Dec. Submit Brief Profile Proposals to Planning Committee (PC)
May 22-23, 23-24 Face To Face Meetings (Planning then Technical Committees) Oak Brook, IL (RSNA Offices)
May 22-June 25 Develop 2007 Technical Framework Document
June 1 Publish final Technical Framework for Year 1
Face To Face Meetings to complete the Year 2 TF for Public Comment June 20-21 Boston area
June 30 Publish Technical Framework for Year 2 for Public Comment
June 30-July 30 Public Comment Period TF Year 2
August 20 After review of public comments, publish TF for Trial Implementation
September Revise Roadmap
September Test Tools available
October Individual Test Results Due Selected Transactions
October Develop HIMSS Showcase Scenario
November Virtual Connectathon for PCD
Jan. Test implementations at Connectathon Chicago
Feb. Demonstration at HIMSS Showcase Orlando, FL


The Roadmap yo manny outlines the PCD's goals and plans over the next 5-10 years.

Current Activity

The IHE Patient Care Device Domain is working on the 2007-2008 Cycle. Four Profiles are in development along with finalizing the PCD-01 Profile developed in Year 1 (2006-7). The four profiles currently under development are listed in PCD Proposals 2007-2008. Contact Manny at if you would like to participate, or watch for Public Comment drafts in December 2007.

Profile Selection

  1. The PCD-01 Profile developed in Year 1 (2006-2007)
  2. The PCD Proposals 2007-2008 section contains the details on current and proposed Proposals that the PCD Planning and Technical committees are considering for 2007 and 2008.

Demonstrations & Presentations

Date Location Event Details
2007.02.27 New Orleans, LA 20070227-HIMSSShowcase-IHE-PCD-C.ppt presented at HIMSS Annual Meeting found at
April 2007 Webex Presentation "Orientation to the PCD" PDF version: 20070404-IHE-PCD-Orientation.pdf found at
Earlier Earlier presentations are also available found at

Supporters and Endorsements

IHE Patient Care Device is supported or endorsed by the following organizations:

See Also


Patient Care Device Planning Committee

Patient Care Device Technical Committee

This page is based on the Domain Template.