Building safety-critical medical device platforms and Meaningful Use EHR gateways

Location: E146 Level: Novice
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This is an in depth technical presentation on how to define, design, and build modern safety-critical medical device platforms and Meaningful Use compliant EHR gateways. The talk starts with a quick background on comparative effective research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and the kinds of data the government is looking to leverage in the future to help reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes. After defining why data is important, the workshop will cover the different techniques for collecting medical data – such as directly from a patient, through healthcare professionals, through labs, and finally through medical devices; the presentation will cover which kinds of data are easy to collect and what are more difficult and how technical challenges to collection can be overcome.

After covering the data collection area the workshop will dive deep into a modern medical device platform architecture which the speaker calls “The Ultimate Medical Device Connectivity Architecture” – providing an in-depth overview and answering questions around architecture, specifications, and design or modern (connected) medical devices.

Presentations of open source software and other inexpensive design techniques for implementing connected architectures will be covered. Finally, the talk will cover details about medical device gateways, what new Meaningful Use rules might require when connecting EHRs to gateways, and how to design and architect gateways that can stand the test of time and be interoperable over the long haul.

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Shahid Shah


Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential government technology and healthcare IT thought leader and writer who is known as “The Healthcare IT Guy” across the Internet. He is a strategist for various federal agenices on IT matters and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted “Fed 100” award given to IT experts that have made a big impact in the government. Shahid has architected and built multiple clinical solutions over his almost 20 year career. He helped design and deploy the American Red Cross’s electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he’s built two web-based EMRs now in use by hundreds of physicians; he’s designed large groupware and collaboration sites in use by thousands; and, as an ex-CTO for a billion dollar division of CardinalHealth he helped design advanced clinical interfaces for medical devices and hospitals. Shahid also serves as a senior technology strategy advisor to NIH’s SBIR/STTR program helping small businesses commercialize their healthcare applications.

Shahid runs three successful blogs. At he writes about architecture issues, at he provides valuable insights on how to apply technology in health care, at he advises senior federal technologists, and at he gives a glimpse of the health-care IT blogosphere as an aggregator.

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Shahid Shah
07/21/2012 9:16am PDT

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