The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved a new standard and launched two other standards projects designed to support plug-and-play, interoperable communications across e-health devices.

Insert image here: The new e-health standard, IEEE 2410-2015, Biometrics Open Protocol Standard (BOPS), is intended to support continuous protection of biometric data by providing identity assertion, role gathering, multilevel access control, assurance and auditing. BOPS can be used with software running on a client device (such as a smartphone), a trusted BOPS server and an intrusion-detection system.

Development work has also commenced on IEEE P2650, Draft Standard For Enabling Mobile Device Platforms To Be Used As Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems, and IEEE P3333.2.5, Draft Standard For Bio-CAD File Format for Medical Three-Dimensional (3-D) Printing.

The purpose of IEEE P2650 is to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of first-level screening for hearing-impaired people. While screening and diagnosis of hearing impairment is typically performed by trained audiologists and/or clinicians using specialized equipment now, IEEE P2650 is being developed to enhance mobile platforms and linked portable/wearable devices. It is intended to establish performance, interoperability and validation requirements of the devices and software used for audiometric pre-screening.

Work on IEEE P3333.2.5 is under way to define an accurate file format system for computer-aided design that is optimized for the unique requirements of medical 3-D printing. High reliability in producing useful and cost-effective products is especially important in medical 3-D printing, and the standard is intended to address medical 3-D printing services such as anatomic and pathologic models and medical-instrument printing.

IEEE also says that its standards association (IEEE-SA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Regenstrief Institute, developer of the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) database and universal standard for identifying medical laboratory observations. The agreement allows for collaboration among the developers of LOINC and IEEE's 11073 standards, which assists in the support of patients living independently with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, high blood pressure, stroke and atrial fibrillation.

The IEEE and LOINC collaboration, in partnership with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, aims to enhance the value of IEEE 11073 nomenclature across the medical-device industry by leveraging standardized terminology and methods of data communication.

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