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NEWLY PUBLISHED IEEE 2791-2020 Standard for Bioinformatics Analyses Generated by High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) to Facilitate Communication
NEWLY PUBLISHED IEEE 2791-2020 Standard for Bioinformatics Analyses Generated by High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) to Facilitate Communication

Full Description Scope This standard establishes detailed and structured communication of bioinformatics protocols in order to facilitate bioinformatics workflow related exchange and communication between regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, bioinformatics platform providers and researchers. Detailed communication helps ensure responsibility, verify bioinformatics protocol, track provenance information and promote interoperability. Purpose The standard allows for the cross platform […]

Winners of HHS Design-a-thon to Develop Innovative Digital Health Tools for COVID-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostic Tests Announced
Winners of HHS Design-a-thon to Develop Innovative Digital Health Tools for COVID-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostic Tests Announced

Prizes went to best software and digital tools directly integrated with COVID-19 tests to automate and expedite data reporting. Sixteen winning designs (listed below) selected from the HHS COVID-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon  aim to increase speed, quality, comprehensiveness, and utility of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test data. This effort will help maintain visibility and increase reporting accuracy on SARS-CoV-2 […]

Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual Workshop Series
Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual Workshop Series

The Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual 2021 Workshop Series is presented by the IEEE SA, IEEE P2933™ Working Group, and the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub headquartered at Columbia University. We will convene a global community of leaders in healthcare, technology, and policy to develop mutual understanding and recommendations for standards to improve connected healthcare […]

EMB Standards Committee member , Prof. Rory A. Cooper, is the recipient of the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award-2022
EMB Standards Committee member , Prof. Rory A. Cooper, is the recipient of the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award-2022

IEEE EMB Technical Committee on Standards extends hearty congratulations to Prof. Rory A. Cooper for this distinguished achievement. For details please visit here

Access the NEW publications related to Neurotechnology Standards in the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Volume 2, February 2021
Access the NEW publications related to Neurotechnology Standards in the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Volume 2, February 2021

1.Editorial: Standardization of Neurotechnology for Brain-Machine Interfacing: State of the Art and Recommendations

2. A Functional Model for Unifying Brain Computer Interface Terminology

3. Preliminary Minimum Reporting Requirements for Reporting In-Vivo Neural Interface Research: I. Implantable Neural Interfaces

4. A Roadmap towards Standards for Neurally Controlled End Effectors

Congratulations to Atam Dhawan, EMB Standards Committee Member, who is the 2021 recipient of the IEEE EMB William J Morlock Award
Congratulations to Atam Dhawan, EMB Standards Committee Member, who is the 2021 recipient of the IEEE EMB William J Morlock Award

William J Morlock Award Atam Dhawan (New Jersey Institute of Technology) “For pioneering development and translation of low-angle transillumination imaging devices for healthcare applications and leadership in point-of-care technologies.”

FDA List on AI/ML-Enabled Medical Devices Publicly Available
FDA List on AI/ML-Enabled Medical Devices Publicly Available

As technology continues to advance every aspect of health care, software incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), and specifically the subset of AI known as machine learning (ML), has become an important part of an increasing number of medical devices. One of the greatest potential benefits of ML resides in its ability to create new and important insights from the vast […]

IEEE Standard 1752.1 is now published !!!
IEEE Standard 1752.1 is now published !!!

IEEE 1752.1-2021 – IEEE Standard for Open Mobile Health Data–Representation of Metadata, Sleep, and Physical Activity Measures is published and please visit here for details on how to access / purchase this standard. This standard defines specifications for standardized representations for mobile health data and metadata for a set of health measures, pertaining to cardiovascular, […]

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Sharing Analytics: Developing A Standard To Employ High Impact Analytics Without Stressing Networks

Since the recent outbreak of COVID-19, clinical researchers, drug manufacturers, economists, social scientists, and other experts have sought access to data for analytics. Much of the data resides in disparate networks and within organizational boundaries. It takes considerable time and effort to obtain permission to acquire this data, to gain authorization from ethics committees or institutional review boards (IRBs) to use it, and to transfer it across overstressed networks. Most researchers would prefer to spend the precious time consumed by these rather tedious tasks on analysis. A more efficient approach would be to have a directory that says what data is where and what it contains, and then develop analytics to leverage the data in a way that preserves privacy and minimizes latency.

In support of this approach, volunteers formed an IEEE Working Group to develop P2795 – A Standard for Shared Analytics Across Secure and Unsecured Networks. As proposed, this standard will outline and support easy transmission of valid, reliable, and precise analytic objects with integrated tests of object integrity, veracity, and privacy, both pre- and post-distribution. Additionally, the standard would make data analysis bandwidth-liberating, instead of bandwidth-depleting, leading to overall faster communication and processing.

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IEEE Standards for Responding to Global COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

IEEE is providing no-cost public access to important IEEE standards, used by technologists, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, as they respond to the global COVID-19 public health emergency. Click “Access Standards” to access and download a PDF of the standards relevant to the global health pandemic.  Several of the standards were developed by the EMB Standards Committee Working Groups. See EMB Published Standards.

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COVID-19 and Beyond: New IEEE 2791-2020 Standard Uses Bioinformatics to Speed Drug Development

Genome sequencing has enormous potential for personalized medicine, mitigating the next pandemic, and more. But it can’t live up to that potential if researchers don’t have a standardized way to communicate and share genome data analysis methods.

Today, there are dozens of platforms, scripts, and tools for analyzing genome data, used by tens of thousands of researchers worldwide—an abundance that reflects the burgeoning nature of the genomics field. But it also creates barriers to exchanging all of the key information that other researchers, as well as regulators such as the FDA, need to understand the results and replicate the tests.This lack of “information interoperability” undermines their ability to quickly and effectively respond to emerging pandemics such as COVID-19. Even during normal times, it creates unnecessary delays and expenses every step of the way, from drug discovery to treatment delivery.

Collecting and Communicating Key Information

To overcome these challenges, the IEEE created the P2791 BioCompute Working Group (BCOWG), which led to the May 2020 publication of “IEEE 2791-2020™ – IEEE Standard for Bioinformatics Analyses Generated by High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) to Facilitate Communication.” The standard provides a framework for accurately and securely communicating bioinformatics protocols to facilitate bioinformatic data analysis exchanges between regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, bioinformatics platform providers, and researchers. IEEE 2791-2020 also defines the assurance program for evaluating and certifying products against those requirements.

Wi-Fi might be a helpful analogy for understanding how IEEE 2791-2020 works and its benefits. Based on the IEEE 802.11™ standard, Wi-Fi creates a framework that enables a wide variety of devices from different vendors to communicate with one another. This standardized interoperability frees users to focus on what they’re communicating instead of the nuts and bolts of the communication process. Users also don’t have to worry about whether their favorite software, such as FaceTime or Skype, will work over Wi-Fi.

IEEE 2791-2020 provides clinicians, researchers, and others with the same freedom and flexibility to focus on their work. For example, they can continue to use their preferred bioinformatics platforms like Wi-Fi, because IEEE 2791-2020 doesn’t care about operating platforms or programming languages.

The standard also supports any security/privacy platforms and best practices that an organization has. So clinical trial data can use the protocols and policies necessary to maintain HIPAA compliance, while government-funded data sets can be completely open access to facilitate sharing between multiple organizations.

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About the Standards Committee

The EMB Standards Committee (EMB-SC), also known as EMB/StdsCom, is a standing Committee within the EMB Society and recommends standards of engineering practices to be followed in the field of Engineering in Medicine and Biology by the electrical, electronic, and allied industries, and by health care providers. In relevant areas this Committee shall coordinate its activities with the IEEE Standards Board and other appropriate standards committees.

This Committee is responsible for the development and coordination of standards projects, including their maintenance after their approval as standards by the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board (IEEE-SASB) for which EMB-SC has been identified or assigned as either the sole technical sponsor or the primary sponsor to oversee its standards Working Groups. (An IEEE-SA Sponsor is not a financial sponsor.) The scope and activities of the Committee shall conform to the operations and principles of the IEEE, IEEE-SA, and IEEE EMBS.

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News And Updates
IEEE Standard 1752.1 is now published !!!
IEEE 1752.1-2021 – IEEE Standard for Open Mobile Health Data–Representation of Metadata, Sleep, and Physical Activity Measures is published and please visit here for details on how to access / purchase this standard. This standard defines specifications for standardized representations for... Read more
News And Updates
FDA List on AI/ML-Enabled Medical Devices Publicly Available
As technology continues to advance every aspect of health care, software incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), and specifically the subset of AI known as machine learning (ML), has become an important part of an increasing number of medical devices. One of the greatest potential... Read more
News And Updates
Congratulations to Atam Dhawan, EMB Standards Committee Member, who is the 2021 recipient of the IEEE EMB William J Morlock Award
William J Morlock Award Atam Dhawan (New Jersey Institute of Technology) “For pioneering development and translation of low-angle transillumination imaging devices for healthcare applications and leadership in point-of-care technologies.”... Read more
News And Updates
Access the NEW publications related to Neurotechnology Standards in the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Volume 2, February 2021
1.Editorial: Standardization of Neurotechnology for Brain-Machine Interfacing: State of the Art and Recommendations 2. A Functional Model for Unifying Brain Computer Interface Terminology 3. Preliminary Minimum Reporting Requirements for Reporting In-Vivo Neural Interface Research: I. Implantable Neural Interfaces 4. A Roadmap towards Standards for Neurally Controlled End Effectors... Read more
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Common Purpose, Different Paths: Stories of IEEE Standards Developers
From Wi-Fi to electric vehicles (EVs), and medical devices to smart grid, IEEE has nearly 1,200 active standards and 1,000 standards under development. Behind IEEE’s leadership in standards development and related collaboration around the world are the volunteers who share a common commitment to... Read more
News And Updates
EMB Standards Committee member , Prof. Rory A. Cooper, is the recipient of the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award-2022
IEEE EMB Technical Committee on Standards extends hearty congratulations to Prof. Rory A. Cooper for this distinguished achievement. For details please visit here... Read more
News And Updates
Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual Workshop Series
The Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual 2021 Workshop Series is presented by the IEEE SA, IEEE P2933™ Working Group, and the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub headquartered at Columbia University. We will convene a global community of leaders in healthcare,... Read more
News And Updates
FDA Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the agency’s first Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) Action Plan This AI/ML-Based Software as a Medical Device Action Plan builds on the Agency’s longstanding commitment to support innovative work... Read more

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