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Domain Overview (Scope)

The Patient Care Device (PCD) Program (a program of the Devices (DEV) domain) is concerned with use cases in which at least one actor is a regulated patient-centric point-of-care medical device that communicates with at least one other actor such as a medical device or information system.

The PCD Program coordinates with and supports other domains, such as Radiology (medical imaging), Laboratory, and Cardiology to ensure consistency in use cases involving regulated medical devices as they occur throughout the Enterprise.

PCD Vision Statement

The IHE Patient Care Device Program (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.

PCD Mission Statement

The IHE Patient Care Device Program, working with regional and national deployment committees, will apply the proven, Use Case driven IHE processes to:

  • Deliver the technical framework for the IHE-PCD domain profiles;
  • Test conformance with published IHE-PCD profiles using test plans, tools and scripts at Connectathons; and
  • Demonstrate marketable solutions at public trade shows.

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 Program is sponsored by the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE), the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). IHE PCD manages the development and maintenance of the PCD Profiles and the PCD_Technical_Framework.

Development Calendar

For a top level overview of IHE Technical Framework publication requests, please see the Domain Milestone Dates Wiki page. These dates are used to populate the official publication schedule, which can be found here.


The PCD Wiki Map shows the organization of the domain's wiki pages.

The PCD general wiki index page provides a listing of all pages developed by this domain.

The PCD Meetings page provides a listing of all the meeting announcement and minutes pages.

PCD Change Proposals are listed on PCD CP grid

A list of abbreviations used in IHE PCD pages and documents is on PCD Abbreviations

The PCD Reference Pages list has links to reference pages with tables of OIDs, error codes, CPs and the like.

The IHE_PCD_Google_Groups page provides a listing of all the Google email groups related to this domain.

List of Commercially available PCD systems Commercially Available Systems provides a list of vendors and their available systems that have successfully passed the test requirements for IHE conformance.

The IHE Product Registry Link provides a list of IHE compliant systems that have published Conformance Statements.

The PCD File and Document Management page gives tips on how to find and where to store PCD information.

Getting Started

If you are new to either IHE or the Patient Care Device domain, the PCD Getting Started page provides the historical and background information about that domain that will help you determine the best place to plug into their project activities. In addition PCD Overviewoutlines the current activities of the Domain.

For additional guidance please refer to the PCD User's Handbook


All IHE domains are organized into Planning and Technical committees. The following links

PCD Planning Committee
PCD Technical Committee

Additionally, the IHE PCD not only supports IHE processes, but also operational rules that address its unique needs:

PCD Process

Roadmap & Schedule

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

Technical Framework & Profiles

This also contains a list of the profile and other workgroup contacts

Connectathons and Showcases

The IHE PCD participates in the annual IHE North American Connectathons and HIMSS IHE Showcases.

Demonstrations & Presentations

Date Location Event Link
2015 Webinar PCD Update 2015 PowerPoint

See PCD Presentations for presentations on additional topics.

See this FTP directory for earlier general PCD presentations and other related presentations:

Tool Support

Supporting the implementation and testing of IHE PCD profiles requires a number of tools.

Specific information on PCD test tooling is available on the PCD Testing and PCD Tools wiki pages.

Also, PCD testing requires terminology mapping. This work is managed by NIST at Rosetta Terminology Mapping

More general IHE profile support is on the Implementation tools and guidance wiki page.

Supporters and Endorsements

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

These organizations have a website dedicated to CE-IT collaboration CE-IT Collaboration

See Also


IHE Domain Milestones

IHE Patient Care Device Profiles

PCD Technical Framework

HIMSS - Medical Device quick Start Guide

HIMSS - Medical Devices and Patient Safety

This page is based on the Domain Template.


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