Guest post: Macy Moujabber, Student Assistant, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
On September 14, 2021, the 24th session of the Wearables and Medical IoT Interoperability and Intelligence (WAMIII) Virtual Talk Series: Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development gathered women leaders in the health technology industry to discuss the challenges facing interoperability standards for wearables, the clinical Internet of Things (IoTs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and the possible future innovations in this field that lie ahead.
The talk was moderated by Maria Palombini, Director and Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader, IEEE Standards Association. Featured speakers included:
- Heather Flannery, Chair of IEEE P2418.6: Standard for the Framework of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Use in Healthcare and the Life and Social Sciences;
- Dr. Madhuri Gore, Vice Chair of IEEE P2650: Standard for Enabling Mobile Device Platforms to Be Used as Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems;
- Florence Hudson, Chair of IEEE P2933: Standard for Clinical IoT Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security and Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub; and,
- Ida Sim, Chair of IEEE 1752.1-2021: IEEE Approved Draft Standard for Mobile Health Data.
Panelists discussed the current challenges and solutions in industry standards before transitioning to a brief Q&A from the audience. A main takeaway from the conversation was the importance of multidisciplinary cross-team collaboration to enable the successful and efficacious development of standards to address the challenges in Health IT and connected healthcare. By embracing complementary work being done across various teams and initiatives, opportunities for the cross-pollination of ideas, instead of competition, will flourish, leading to more complete solutions leveraging the best of the work being done globally.