The OR.NET project is funded by the German Federal Ministery of Education and Research.
(Project term: 9/2012-8/2015)
The increasing number of computer-based devices and instruments currently leads to the need to integrate systems and software solutions in a holistic IT infrastructure of an operating room or a clinic. The wide variety of devices and with this associated information can be integrated in the framework of this association through a dynamic networking and convergence of new and innovative features. Thereby, also innovative approaches for future developments are presented. Based on in previous projects developed approaches to modular and dynamic networking of medical devices in the operating room and based on the paradigm of service-oriented architecture (SOA), the aim of the project is the development of certifiable, dynamic, multi-vendor networking opportunities for existing and future devices and software solutions in the medical environment. For this, the existing approaches in terms of plug and play networking are developed further with regard to the aspects of eligibility and risk management and are implemented technical and generic parallel to the project commercial medical products of the SME project partner.
The goal of the project is to develop, evaluate and convert basic concepts for safe dynamic linking of components in the operating room and clinic into standardization activities in pre-competitive research and development of medical technology. Especially the automatic and dynamic linking of computerized medical devices in the OR with each other and the interaction of these devices with medically approved software is a particular challenge for the information and communications technology (ICT) application in the medical environment. A proving of such concepts by the manufacturers and operators as well as the standardization will give a boost to new methods and applications of information and communication technologies in the operating room of the future..
Against this background, the aim of the project OR.NET is the balancing of the interests of the manufacturer according to defined and stable boundary conditions on the one hand, and the demand of the operator for dynamically internetworkable, safe and efficiently operable medical devices on the other side. The components divide into three groups: Medical equipment, medical software and medical information systems. Integrated functions are characterized by the fact that information processing is not only done by humans, but their components are involved in case of need in terms of networked embedded systems for information processing architectures. This affects not only distributed software solutions but also active controllable surgical instruments and interfaces of the person-machine interaction.
From the medical perspective, already two networked devices offer interesting, but unfortunately also intervention depending risky - functional variants. In case of lacking performance of an individual component, the resulting risks are also depending on the intervention. Accordingly, the issue of responsibility has to be treated legally.
Moreover, project aims are the development of operating models for the efficient operation of safe and effective medical devices operating networks in the clinic. All is in the context of realizing a ubiquitous computing acquisition and processing with the goal of efficient and safe treatment of patients.
Prof. Dr. med. Björn Bergh (Spokesman)
Direktor - Zentrum für Informations- und Medizintechnik (ZIM)
Speyerer Str. 4
Phone: +49 6221-56-22000
Fax: +49 6221-56-22004
Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. Radermacher (Project Coordinator)
RWTH Aachen University
In OR.NET, providers of integrated operating rooms, manufacturers of medical devices such as medical equipment and medical components as well (IT) service providers and software vendors work together. They are supported by numerous research institutes and hospitals. Of the clinical partners both clinics and hospital IT departments and equipment operators will be involved in the project. To make the project results Germany-wide and beyond that, the project OR.NET is actively involved in the standardization and normalization and is supported by the appropriate committees and regulatory bodies.
The following partners drive the project OR.NET active forward, while being supported by other associate partners:
Providers of Integrated Operating Room Systems:
Manufacturers of Medical Devices and Components:
(IT) Service Providers:
Software and IT-Solutions for Networking:
Hospitals and Clinics:
Clinc IT Departments and Operators:
Standardization and Authorization: