The scope of this standard is the definition and structuring of information that is communicated in a distributed system of point-of-care medical devices and medical information technology (IT) systems in which medical data needs to be exchanged or networked point-of-care medical devices need to be controlled. The standard provides a Participant Model and Communication Model derived from the IEEE 11073? Domain Information Model (IEEE 11073-10201? DIM). Furthermore, it utilizes the IEEE 11073 Nomenclature (IEEE 11073-10101?) and supports other coding systems to convey the semantics of any information elements.
The definition of network transport mechanisms is outside the scope of this standard.
 Information on normative references can be found in Clause 2.