In the framework of the SOMIT initiative (Gentle Surgery with Innovative Technology) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), concepts for the planning and performing surgery in the fields of orthopaedics, liver surgery and head surgery are developed. The three consortia OrthoMIT, FUSION und CoHS cooperate in four cross section projects. The Chair of Medical Engineering participates in three of them:
The SOMIT projects were funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
(Project term: 7/2008-6/2010)
The SOMIT project Integration deals with the aspect of modular integration of medical devices in the operating room and the ergonomic and economic aspects.
Within the integration part of the project, the different approaches for integration used by the project partners are discussed and a common framework is developed, which will be further enhanced during the project based on the experience.
The ergonomic and economic part of the project deals with the questions how an integrated workstation in the operating room effect the user experience and usability, as well as the economic aspect of an optimized infrastructure and workflow in the operating room.
The SOMIT project Tracking addresses common problems in the field of localizer technologies.
In the first part, tracking systems are evaluated with focus on the clinical environment. Methods for intraoperative verification of the setups accuracy and recalibration of tracked tools are developed.
The second part evaluates the clinical application of new tracking technologies:
As modern OR-components are getting more and more complex, product usability as well as effective and efficient education and training modules are of increasing importance.
In all SOMIT consortia the introduction of novel techniques and assistance systems into the OR is supported by specific education and training concepts.
The aim of the SOMIT project Education and Training is to: