Visible to the public Joint Workshop On High-Confidence Medical Devices, Software, and Systems (HCMDSS) and Medical Device Plug-and-Play (MD PnP) Interoperability

June 25-27, 2007 | Boston, Massachusetts

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The joint workshop on HCMDSS (High Confidence Medical Devices, Software, and Systems) and Medical Device Plug-and-Play (MD PnP) provides a forum for the presentation of research and development covering all aspects of high integrity medical devices, software, and systems, which is essential to support innovative networked medical device systems to improve safety and efficiency in health care.

The purpose of the HCMDSS/MD PnP workshop is to provide a working forum for medical device specialists, including researchers, developers, and caregivers, from clinical environments, industry, research laboratories, academia, and government with the goal of advancing science, technology, and practice to overcome crucial medical devices, software, and systems issues and challenges facing the design, manufacture, certification, and use of medical devices.


0730 - 0830 Continental Breakfast | Registration
0830 - 0855 Welcome from Workshop Co-Chairs and Conference Overview
Insup Lee (University of Pennsylvania)
Julian M. Goldman, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital / CIMIT)
0855 - 0900 Welcome from CIMIT
John A. Parrish, MD (CIMIT Director)
0900 - 1000 Keynote Address:
Robert M. Kolodner, MD (Health IT)
1000 - 1020 Break
1020 - 1200 Panel on the Clinical Needs
Moderator: Julian Goldman
  • Jeffrey Cooper, MD (Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation)
  • Sandy Weininger (FDA)
  • Jennifer Jackson (Brigham & Women's Hospital)
  • Jim Philip, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Steven Dain, MD (University of Western Ontario)
  • Jim Fackler, MD (Johns Hopkins Medical Center)

Panel Discussion

1200 - 1300 Lunch Buffet and Extended Abstract Talks
1300 - 1500

Technical Session I: Interoperability Challenges

Medical Device Interoperability: Assessing the Environment
Kathy Lesh, Sandy Weininger, Julian Goldman, Bob Wilson, Glenn Himes
The MITRE Corporation, FDA/CDRH, Massachusetts General Hospital

Moving Toward Semantic Interoperability of Medical Devices
John Garguilo, Sandra Martinez, Richard Rivello, Maria Cherkaoui
NIST National Institute of Standards & Technology

Clinical Requirements Methodology: Incorporating Clinical Workflows 
Invited Speakers: Jennifer Jackson, Brigham & Women's Hospital,
Tracy Rausch, DocBox Inc. (formerly at Kaiser Permanente)

Clinical Requirements Methodology: Ensuring Sufficient Breadth in Use
Case Development. How Should Non-Functional Requirements be
Elicited and Represented? 

Invited Speaker: Rick Schrenker, Massachusetts General Hospital

Challenges for the Large Integrated Healthcare Delivery System 
Invited Speaker: Michael Robkin, Kaiser Permanente

Session Recap and Discussion
Glenn Hines

1500 - 1530 Coffee Break
1530 - 1700

Technical Session II: High Confidence Medical Device Software
Introduction to Session: Helen Gill (NSF)

Formal Methods Based Development of a PCA Infusion Pump Reference 
Model: Generic Infusion Pump (GIP) Project
David Arney, Raoul Jetley, Paul Jones, Insup Lee, Oleg Sokolsky
University of Pennsylvania, FDA/OSEL

Point-of-Care Support for Error-Free Medication Process 
J. W. S. Liu, C. S. Shih, P. H. Tsai, H. C. Yeh, P. C. Hsiu, C. Y. Yu, 
W. H. Chang
Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua 

A Survey of Software Engineering Techniques in Medical Device 

Raimund L. Feldmann, Forrest Shull, Christian Denger, Martin Huest
and Christin Lindholm
Fraunhofer Institute, Lund University, SWEDEN

1700 - 1800 Abstract Talks
1800 - 2100 Reception and Dinner at Hyatt Regency  (Charles View Ballroom)
Dinner Speaker: Nat Sims, MD (Massachussetts General Hospital)
Introduced by Warren Zapol, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital)
0730 - 0830 Continental Breakfast
0830 - 0845 Introduction to Day 2: Insup Lee (UPenn)
0845 - 0945 Keynote Address:
John Rushby (SRI International)
0945 - 1000 Coffee Break
1000 - 1200

Technical Session III: Sensor Networks
Introduction to Session: Azer Bestavros (Boston University)

User Access of Public Shared Devices in Pervasive Computing

David Jea, Ian Yap, Mani Srivastava

PAS: A Wireless-enabled, Sensor-integrated Personal Assistance System for Independent and Assisted Living 
Jennifer Hou, Qixin Wang, Linda Ball, Stanley Birge, Marco Caccamo, 
Chin-Fei Cheah, Eric Gilbert, Carl Gunter, Elsa Gunter, Chang-Gun 
Lee, Karrie Karahalios, Min-Young Nam, Narasimhan Nitya, 
Chaudhri Rohit, Lui Sha, Wook Shin, Yang Yu, Zheng Zeng 
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Washington University,
St. Louis, Motorola Labs 

A Novel Method and Testbed for Sensor Management and Patient

Winston Wu, Maxim Batalin, Alex Bui, Majid Sarrafzadeh, William 

Platform Design for Health-care Monitoring Applications 
Roozbeh Jafari, Ruzena Bajcsy, Steven Glaser, Bruce Gnade,
Marco Sgroi
University of Texas Dallas, University of California Berkeley,

Session Recap: Azer Bestavros, Boston University

1200 - 1300 Lunch Buffet and Extended Abstract Talks
1300 - 1320 Overview of Afternoon Sessions
Julian M. Goldman, MD
1320 - 1345 Transport to MD PnP Lab
65 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge
1345 - 1550 Demos and Posters at MD PnP Lab
Various Presenters
1550 - 1600 Move into CIMIT Forum (beverages and snacks provided)
65 Landsdowne Street, Room 103 (same building)
1600 - 1800 CIMIT Forum
Moderated by Julian M. Goldman, MD

Accelerating Interoperability:
  • Dave Whitlinger (Intel Corporation)
  • Zachary Zimmerman (Kaiser Permanente)
  • Ray Zambuto (IHE-USA)


  • Jeff Robbins (LiveData, Inc.)
  • Carl Wallroth (Drager Medical)
  • Dave Whitlinger (Intel Corporation)
  • Zachary Zimmerman (Kaiser Permanente)
  • Ray Zambuto (IHE-USA)
1830 - 2030 Reception at MIT Museum
Mass Ave, Cambridge (5 minute walk from 65 Landsdowne St.)
0730 - 0830 Continental Breakfast
0830 - 0845 Introduction to Day 3: Julian Goldman, MD
0845 - 0945 Government Perspectives 

Invited Speakers:
  • Sally Howe (NITRD)
  • Sylvia Spengler (NSF)
  • Michael Fitzmaurice (AHRQ)
Introduction to Panel: Vish Sankaran (Federal Health Architecture,
Office of the National Coordinator for HIT)
0945 - 1000 Coffee Break
1000 - 1130 Panel on Government Perspectives on Medical Device 

Moderator: Vish Sankaran 
  • NIST: John J Garduilo 
  • FDA: Sandy Weininger 
  • TATRC: Ronald Marchessault
  • NSF: Scott Midkiff 
  • NIH: Zohara Cohen

Panel Discussion and Q&A

1130 - 1230 Lunch Buffet and Networking
1230 - 1445

Technical Session 4: Interoperability Solutions
Introduction to Session: Jeff Robbins, LiveData Inc.

MD-Adapt: A Proposed Architecture for Open-Source Medical Device

Interoperable medical devices due to standardized CANopen interfaces
Reiner Zitzmann, Thilo Schumann 
CAN in Automation 

Building Reliable MD PnP Systems 
Mu Sun, Qixin Wang, Lui Sha
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Agent-based Plug-and-Play Integration of Role-Enabled Medical Devices 
Giacomo Cabri, Francesco De Mola, Letizia Leonardi
University of Modena, ITALY

Plug-and-Play and Network-Capable Medical Instrumentation and 
Database with a Complete Healthcare Technology Suite: MediCAN

Patrick McKneely, Frank Chapman, Deniz Gurkan
MediCAN Systems, University of Houston 

Session Recap: Jeff Robbins

1445 - 1500 Coffee Break
1500 - 1545 Breakouts for Working Groups (brainstorming key issues)
Facilitators: TBD
  • Adverse Event Reporting
  • Human Computer Interface
  • Validation and Certification
  • MD PnP Ontology
  • Life-Cycle Management of Interoperable Medical Device Systems
  • Interoperability Requirements in Contract Language
1545 - 1615 Working Groups report back
1615 - 1625 Commentary: View from the Blogosphere
Tim Gee,
1625 - 1700 Workshop Wrap-up: Lessons Learned and Next Steps
Insup Lee and Julian M. Goldman, MD
1700 Adjourn


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