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NEWLY PUBLISHED IEEE EMB STANDARD-1708a-2019

1708a-2019 – IEEE Standard for Wearable, Cuffless Blood Pressure Measuring Devices – Amendment 1 Buy this Standard Standard DetailsClarifying and furthering the subject selection of the sample size in the clinical study; looking into the results of the validation study with respect to the patient’s body position and activity level for their applicability to ambulatory […]

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

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 […]

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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. Read More

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.Read more

Electronic Submissions; Data Standards; Support for the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Bioinformatics Computations and Analyses Standard for Bioinformatic Workflows

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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BCI Society Workshop: On the need of good practices and standards for Benchmarking Brain-Machine Interfaces
March 4 @ 10:00 am 4:00pm CET, 10:00am EST, 7:00am PST, 2:00am AEDT, 11:00pm (CST) Registration deadline: February 25 Registrationhttps://www.confmanager.com/main.cfm?cid=3079&tid=32 PresentersRicardo Chavarriaga, IEEE Industry Connections group on neurotechnologies for brain-machine interfacePaul Sajda, Columbia UniversityJosé Contreras-Vidal, University of HustonLiugi Bianchi, U Roma, Chair IEEE P2731:... Read more
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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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IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING EXECUTIVE LEADERS” SERIES TALK
The MITRE & IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) are launching a new “CHATS WITH WOMEN IN ENGINEERING EXECUTIVE LEADERS” initiative that offers insight into the knowledge, skills, and experiences of executive leaders in women science and engineering. The goal is... Read more
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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... Read more
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NEWLY PUBLISHED IEEE EMB STANDARD-1847-2019
1847-2019 – IEEE Recommended Practice for Common Framework of Location Services for Healthcare Buy this standard Standard DetailsA common framework of Location Services for Healthcare (LS-H) is contained in this recommended practice. The framework includes LS-H conceptual information model and LS-H... Read more
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NEWLY PUBLISHED IEEE EMB STANDARD-1708a-2019
1708a-2019 – IEEE Standard for Wearable, Cuffless Blood Pressure Measuring Devices – Amendment 1 Buy this Standard Standard DetailsClarifying and furthering the subject selection of the sample size in the clinical study; looking into the results of the validation... Read more