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Helping health care technologies communicate

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

Credit: NSF

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