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 Documents
June 1 Publish final Technical Framework for Year 1
June 20-21 Face To Face Meetings to complete the Year 2 TF for Public Comment The meeting will take place in the 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 found at 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 prfiles currently under development are listed below. Contact Manny at if you would like to participate, or watch for Public Comment drafts in December 2007.

Profile Selection

The following Brief Profile Proposals were submitted for the 2007-2008 Development Cycle and can be found at

  • Small Data Element Exchange
  • IHE ECG Workflow
  • Patient ID Binding (tying the patient to the device and its data)
  • Real Time Clinical Data Management Storage And Retrieval
  • Infusion Pump Integration To BPOC
  • Point of Care (PoC) Real Time PnP Device Integration
  • Home Telehealth
  • Alarm Interoperability
  • PCA Infusion Safety

These Detailed Profile Proposals were short-listed, evaluated by the Technical Committee and selected by both committees for development in this Cycle (note: The PoC Real Time PnP Device Integration and Home Telehealth profiles may be developed in steps overa two year period. The latest versions can be found at

  • Patient ID Binding (tying the patient to the device and its data)
  • Point of Care (PoC) Real Time PnP Device Integration
  • Home Telehealth
  • PCD02 Subscribe To Patient Data (permits an EMR to select the data desired); this is a continuation of the PCD's Year 1 effort
  • TF Maintenance

The current versions of volumes 1 and 2 of the PCD Technical Framework can be found at

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


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