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Monday, August 11, 2014


Helping healthcare technologies communicate
Doctor develops open-source software to link healthcare systems at home and in hospitals

Julian Goldman, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, knows better than most the frustrations that doctors face when they're confronted with computer systems and devices that just won't communicate with each other.

The research team at his lab has been a pioneer in developing open-source software and standards designed to integrate the various technologies used in homes and hospitals. Goldman's lab created a computing platform called Open ICE (Integrated Clinical Environment) to begin to address these problems.

The effort, in turn, led to the development of a community of like-minded researchers and manufacturers that would like to break barriers in healthcare through better information exchange, better communication among and between medical devices and electronic health records, and ultimately through smart apps designed to improve patient safety and decrease the cost of health care.

"Our involvement with Smart America has been an exciting, six-month, wild ride," said Goldman, who co-chaired the Closed Loop Healthcare team with Marge Skubic, director of the Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Missouri.

"We've all learned a lot from each other," he said. "Our contact, and our work together, has influenced our perception of our work, including how to make our own work more accessible to collaborators. That is extremely valuable and typically very hard to do."

The Smart America Expo brought together leaders from academia, industry and government to demonstrate the ways that smarter cyber-physical systems--sometimes called the Internet of Things--can lead to improvements in healthcare, transportation, energy and emergency response, and other critical areas.

-- Aaron Dubrow, NSF
Tracy Rausch
Julian Goldman
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