In the course of doing some research on the currently in-development standard IEC 80001-1:2010, regarding IT networks and medical devices, I learned about the hazy status of some standards. Regulatory bodies like The Joint Commission do not adopt all international standards, even though they may create a solid framework for streamlining hospital practices.

If a particular standard is not mandated by a regulatory body, how does your hospital determine whether or not to adopt the standard themselves?

If implementation is decided upon, do you look for specific guidance documents to help implantation or do you rely on training or perhaps another means of interpretation?

We’re certainly curious to hear about any experiences you might have had with implementing standards, so feel free leave a comment and share.

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