IEEE 11073 Standards Committee

Personal Health Device

IEEE 11073 Personal Health Device (PHD) standards are a group of standards addressing the interoperability of personal health devices such as weighing scales, blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors and the like. The standards draw upon earlier IEEE 11073 standards work, but differ from this earlier work due to an emphasis on devices for personal use (rather than hospital use) and a simpler device model. PHD standards address the need for an openly defined, independent standard for controlling information exchange to and from personal health devices and managers (e.g., cell phones, personal computers, personal health appliances, and health gateways).

The Personal Health Device Working Group (PHD WG) develops and maintains the following standards:

  • Nomenclature:
    • The IEEE 11073-10101 Nomenclature standards defines the nomenclature components along with specific semantics and syntaxes and is shared with the PoCD standards.
  • Modeling and generic protocols:
    • The IEEE 11073-20601 standard defines an optimized exchange protocol that can be used on top of various physical transport layers and a domain information model of personal health devices and gateways as state machines.
    • The recently defined IEEE 11073-10206 standard defines an object-oriented abstract information model to represent a PHD and the observations generated by a PHD. It does not specify any protocol but is intended to be used by other protocols such as the Generic Health Sensor profile and service developed by the Bluetooth SIG.
  • Device specializations:
    • The IEEE 11073-104xx-series Device Specializations standards define how the Domain Information Model is used to model data for specific device types such as blood glucose monitors and provide details on the communication of this data. From the DIM of a -104xx standard a -10206 compatible DIM can easily be derived.
  • Security:
    • The IEEE 11073-10401 presents a repeatable, scalable, systematic, and auditable approach to vulnerability assessment for PHD devices. The IEEE 11073-40102 defines a security baseline of application layer cybersecurity mitigation techniques for PHD devices. The Bluetooth SIG’s Authorization Control service and profile are based on these standards.

The PHD WG has close collaboration with standard development organizations such as ISO, IHE, PCHA, ITU, WHO, Bluetooth SIG, HL7. The IEEE 11073-PHD standards are adopted by ISO TC215 as ISO international standards via the IEEE-ISO PSDO agreement, and are further adopted by CEN as EU standards. Most of them are adopted by FDA as FDA Recognized Consensus Standards.

The PHD WG organizes a weekly conference call and occasional face-to-face meetings. To get involved contact one of the persons below.

WG Chair: Daidi Zhong

WG Vice-Chair: Malcolm Clarke

WG Secretary: Raymond Krasinski

IEEE Staff: Patrycja Jarosz