“Currently, wearable devices and other healthcare tools describe the data they collect using their own languages that are not shared or integrated with other devices. For clinicians, these kinds of ambiguities are show stoppers that lock up the potential of digital health data.”
So says Ida Sim, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. This is a stark reminder that data standardization isn't driven by some neurotic desire to make everything the same. Nor is standardization intended to add costs to vendors. No – data standardization is absolutely at the core of the processes these devices and tools are meant to serve.
Maybe we should make compliance with relevant data standards a functional requirement of medical devices and healthcare apps. Fail to comply and you don't get a licence? Mobile Healthcare