$10 Million NIH Quantum Grant Awarded to Interoperability Team Led by Dr. Julian Goldman

 October 1, 2010    Elaine Richardson

Program designed to make quantum improvements in health.

A Boston-based team of clinicians, biomedical and software engineers, and healthcare device companies has won one of the National Institute of Health’s Quantum Grants. The Quantum Program seeks to challenge researchers to design projects that are innovative, highly focused, collaborative, interdisciplinary and capable of solving a major medical problem.

The project, “Development of a Prototype Healthcare Intranet for Improved Health Outcomes,” is led by Julian M. Goldman, MD, CIMIT Director of Medical Device Interoperability, practicing anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Medical Director of Biomedical Engineering for Partners HealthCare System. Collaborators include Anakena Solutions (Encino, CA), the University of Pennsylvania, DocBox Inc. (Waltham, MA), Kansas State University, Moberg Research (Ambler, PA), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as the U.S. FDA and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Building on existing inter-disciplinary clinical and engineering expertise of the Medical Device “Plug-and-Play” Interoperability program (MD PnP), a multi-institutional team will develop a prototype healthcare intranet to enable the rapid delivery of innovative clinical applications and error-resistant medical device systems. This includes the development of software tools and simulation environments to ensure the safe and effective connectivity of medical equipment and the accuracy of electronic health records. The MD PnP vendor-neutral laboratory will be used to assess the capabilities of available technologies, and to prototype and develop future solutions.
“Revolutionary improvements in the safety and quality of healthcare delivery have been hampered by the inability of medical equipment and electronic health record systems to be fully integrated into smart networks. Given the complexity of both medical technology and clinical care, this project is the equivalent of a “medical moonshot,” said Julian M. Goldman, MD, who leads the 7-institution project collaboration.  “By building on the latest technologies that are enabling interoperability in other industries, we will empower the global healthcare community to build smart "integrated" clinical environments. As the Internet did for web-based application, we hope that the results of our research will facilitate innovation to dramatically improve the safety and efficiency of health care.”

One goal of this project is to create a new “living laboratory” that can serve as a national resource for medical device interoperability R&D, testing and validation.

About Medical Moonshots:

The Quantum Grant Program at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) was established “to make a profound (quantum) improvement in health care.” The NIBIB is an NIH Institute devoted to merging the physical and biological sciences to develop new technologies that improve health.


A clinically-based consortium of Boston-area hospitals and engineering schools, CIMIT supports translational research by multidisciplinary teams for medical device and clinical technology system applications.  CIMIT attracts world-class clinicians, scientists and engineers working together with industry and government to accelerate the clinical impact of innovative technologies.

Original CIMIT Press Release