The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), the globally recognised standards-setting body within IEEE, is creating a new standard designed to foster plug-and-play interoperability across eHealth devices and another one for 3D printers.

The IEEE P2650 draft standard is currently being developed to assess the hearing of infants and other patients via a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.

According to IEEE-SA, the purpose of IEEE P2650 is to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of first-level screening for hearing-impaired people. Screening and diagnosis of hearing impairment is typically today performed by trained audiologists or clinicians using specialised equipment. IEEE P2650 is being developed to enhance mobile platforms and linked portable and wearable devices.

When completed, the standard is intended to establish performance, interoperability and validation requirements of the devices and software used for audiometric pre-screening.

The second standard, IEEE P3333.2.5, is being developed in an effort to standardise file formats for 3D medical printing to ensure the information being fed to the printer is done in a uniform manner to have a consistent product.

According to IEEE-SA, high reliability in producing useful and cost-effective products is especially important in medical 3D printing.

When completed, the standard is intended to address medical 3D printing services, such as anatomic and pathologic models and medical-instrument printing.

“The IEEE-SA’s efforts in eHealth are all focused on expanding interoperability standards and supporting the growth of the eHealth ecosystem and new life-saving capabilities,” said Managing Director at IEEE-SA, Konstantinos Karachalios.

The IEEE-SA is also partnering with non-profit medical research organisation, Regenstrief Institute, to build a more complete set of nomenclature for the standards, providing the context for how vital signs are taken, such as whether blood pressure is taken at rest.

“Through both standardisation and collaboration, the IEEE-SA strives to improve the quality of eHealth and the wellbeing of people worldwide by providing a global platform for eHealth stakeholders across regions and technologies to openly collaborate and build consensus. The new partnership and standardisation milestones are evidence of this effort,” concluded Karachalios.

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