The smartOR consortium consisted of the following research facilities, companies and organizations:
The following research facilities
cooperated with the industry partners
Moreover, several clinics supported the smartOR project as associated project partners.
smartOR is a collaborative research project within the "autonomik" funding program of BMWi (Bundesminusterium für Wirtschaft und Technologie). The focus of the research and development work consisted of the development of an innovative communication and network architecture for the modularly adaptable integrated operating room of the future. A total of 14 partner institutions developed the innovative aspects and modules of the smartOR system. At conhIT 2013, a demonstrator for evaluation and demonstration of the technology was presented.
The project aim was to develop innovative concepts for a modular, flexible integration of operational systems based on Internet technologies. This concerns in particular the modular integration of imaging, computer-aided navigation, mechatronic instruments and monitoring. During the project, the technical feasibility of networked medical systems with cross-vendor open standards, ensuring an effective risk management and an effective human-machine interaction, was shown. For this purpose, existing standards needed to be developed further technically and adapted to innovative technologies. Through the analysis and modeling of specific clinical workflows in different surgical specialties, a dynamic adaptation of the system to changing environmental conditions and requirements was possible. In a demonstration environment, the mentioned aspects were genericly implemented, evaluated and verified. Developing appropriate approaches and solutions to increase the user friendliness and acceptance were other key activities. An essential aspect of innovative design concepts for the operating room of the future has been the development of practical contributions to international standardization in the field of risk management of IT networks in medicine. Research institutes, hospitals and industrial partners used the smartOR demonstration environment as experimental development platform for the validation of the developed concepts for education and training as well as for a successful future marketing.