ZiMT - Certifiable integrated medical technology and IT systems based on open communication standards in the operating room and clinic

The aim of the ZiMT project is to develop basic concepts within the pre-competitive field of medical technology research and the development for the secure and open integration of medical devices in operating room and clinic and to synchronize them with current national and international standardization activities. The integration of (computer-assisted) medical devices in the operating room and the interaction of these devices with medically-approved software is a particular challenge for the information- and communication-technology in the medical context.

Specifically selected enterprises from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and associated industrial and research partners will develop an integrated OR system, including inter alia a central (surgical) workstation. The goal is the establishment of a NRW network for the sustainable further development and continuation of the technologies and standards in the field of integrated operating theatres on the basis of an open communication standard. In Aachen, for the first time, project-relevant (medical device) developments will lead to the establishment of a reference-, training-, test- and demo-center.

This project is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.



The ZiMT consortium consists of public funding agencies, research institutions and industrial partners.


  • SurgiTAIX AG
  • Chair of Medical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University
  • Steute Schaltgeräte GmbH & Co. KG
  • Beger Design
  • Localite GmbH
  • Clinic for neuro-surgery, University Hospital at the RWTH Aachen University
  • Clinic for orthopaedics, University Hospital at the RWTH Aachen University
  • Clinic for ENT and plastic head and neck surgery, University Hospital at the RWTH Aachen University

Associated Partner

  • CeMPEG e.V.
  • Drägerwerk AG & Co.
  • KG EIZO Europe GmbH
  • Ilara GmbH
  • Institute for Software Engineering and Programming Languages - ISP
  • IT4process GmbH
  • März Internetwork Services AG
  • Maquet GmbH
  • Möller-Wedel GmbH
  • Open Connections GmbH
  • OR.NET e.V.
  • qcmed GmbH
  • Richard Wolf GmbH
  • Schmitz und Söhne GmbH & Co. KG
  • S.I.M.E.O.N Medical GmbH & Co. KG
  • Söring GmbH
  • UniTransferClinik Lübeck - UTK
  • VDE Test- and Certification Institute
  • Weber Instrumente GmbH & Co. KG


  • J. Heibeyn, A. Janß & K. Radermacher: Multimodal Touchless Human Machine Interface for an IEEE 11073 SDC Interconnected Surgical Workstation. Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS), 1, 2020, pp. 437-441 [DOI: 10.1109/ICPS48405.2020.9274767]
  • Andersen B., Kasparick M., Janß A., Rockstroh M., Franke S., Golatowski F., Radermacher K., Neumuth T., Ingenerf J.: Unterstützung des Chirurgen durch vernetzte Medizingeräte & Computer-assistierte Chirurgie. In: Einhäupl K.M. (ed.), Medizin 4.0 – Zur Zukunft der Medizin in der digitalisierten Welt, Berlin, Germany, Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung, 88, 159-172, 2017
  • A. Besting, D. Stegemann, S. Bürger, M. Kasparick, B. Strathen & F. Portheine: Concepts for Developing Interoperable Software Frameworks Implementing the New IEEE 11073 SDC Standard Family. In: K. Radermacher & F. Rodriguez Y Baena (ed.): CAOS2017. EPiC Series in Health Sciences, 1, 2017, pp. 258-263
  • F. Beger, A. Janß, M. Kasparick, S. Bürger & H. Clusmann: Gerätevernetzung im OP 4.0 wird Standard. meditronic-journal - Fachzeitschrift für Medizin-Technik, 2018, pp. 6-10
  • M. Blaar, A. Janß, J. Dell'Anna, A. Höllig, K. Radermacher & H. Clusmann: Bottlenecks and needs in human-human and human-machine interaction - a view from and into the neurosurgical OR. Biomedizinische Technik, 2016, 61(2), pp. 135-146
  • J. Dell'Anna, A. Janß, H. Clusmann & K. Radermacher: A Configurable Footswitch Unit for the Open Networked Neurosurgical OR – Development, Evaluation and Future Perspectives. i-com, 2016, 15(3), pp. 227-247
  • J. Dell'Anna, A. Janß, E.-M. Zeißig, K. Ganser, K. Radermacher & H. Clusmann: Development of new concepts for safe and usable human-machine-interfaces in the open networked neurosurgical OR. 67. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie (DGNC), 1. Joint Meeting mit der Koreanischen Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie (KNS), 2016
  • F. Golatowski, A. Janss, M. Leucker & T. Neumuth: OR.NET - secure dynamic networks in the operating room and clinic. Biomed Tech (Berl), 2018, 63(1), pp. 1-3
  • Heibeyn, J., Strathen, B., Janß, A., Geiger, M., Wieschebrock, D., Clusmann, H., Radermacher, K.: Integration of a gesture control system within the open interconnection of medical devices in the OR. In Proceedings, Abstract, Deutscher Kongress für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie (DKOU 2018), doi: 10.3205/18dkou270, 2018
  • A. Janss, A. Vitting, B. Strathen, M. Strake & K. Radermacher: Intraoperative Workflow Optimization by Using a Universal Foot Switch for Open Integrated OR Systems in Orthopaedic Surgery. In: K. Radermacher & F. Rodriguez Y Baena (ed.): CAOS2017. EPiC Series in Health Sciences, 1, 2017, pp. 248-253
  • A. Janß, J. Thorn, M. Schmitz, A. Mildner, J. Dell'Anna-Pudlik, M. Leucker & K. Radermacher: Extended device profiles and testing procedures for the approval process of integrated medical devices using the IEEE 11073 communication standard. Biomed Tech (Berl), 2018, 63(1), pp. 95-103
  • P. Krumholz, A. Janß & K. Radermacher: Usability Evaluation of a One-Handed Touchbased OR-Table Control. Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, 2018, 4(1), pp. 157-160
  • P. Krumholz, A. Janß & K. Radermacher: Designkonzept zur einhändigen OP-Tisch Bedienung via Touch. mt medizintechnik, 2018, 138(6), pp. 20-23
  • J.H. Pfeiffer, M. Kasparick, B. Strathen, C. Dietz, M.E. Dingler, T.C. Lueth, D. Timmermann, K. Radermacher & F. Golatowski: OR.NET RT: how service-oriented medical device architecture meets real-time communication. Biomed Tech (Berl), 2018, 63(1), pp. 81-93
  • M. Rockstroh, S. Franke, R. Dees, A. Merzweiler, G. Schneider, M. Dingler, C. Dietz, J. Pfeifer, F. Kühn, M. Schmitz, A. Mildner, A. Janß, J. Dell'Anna Pudlik, M. Köny, B. Andersen, B. Bergh & T. Neumuth: From SOMDA to application - integration strategies in the OR.NET demonstration sites. Biomed Tech (Berl), 2018, 63(1), pp. 69-80
  • A. Vitting, A. Janß, B. Strathen, M. Strake & K. Radermacher: Further Development and Evaluation of a Universal Foot Switch for Diverse Medical Disciplines within the Framework of an Open Integration Concept for the Operation Theatre of the Future. In: V. Duffy & N. Lightner (ed.): Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conferences on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Medical Devices, online, 2017, pp. 438-449
  • M. Vossel, B. Strathen, M. Kasparick, M. Müller, K. Radermacher, M. de La Fuente & A. Janß: Integration of Robotic Applications in Open and Safe Medical Device IT Networks Using IEEE 11073 SDC. In: K. Radermacher & F. Rodriguez Y Baena (ed.): CAOS2017. EPiC Series in Health Sciences, 1, 2017, pp. 254-257
  • M. Vossel, M. de la Fuente, D. Wieschebrock, O. Yilmaz, K. Radermacher & A. Janß: Integrating a Tracking Camera in the OR Using the IEEE 11073-SDC Communication Standard. In: P. Meere & F. Rodriguez Y Baena (ed.): CAOS 2019. The 19th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, 3, 2019, pp. 409-414 [10.29007/j83k]
  • E.-M. Zeißig, A. Janß, J. Dell'Anna-Pudlik, M. Ziefle & K. Radermacher: Development and experimental evaluation of an alarm concept for an integrated surgical workstation. Biomedizinische Technik / Biomedical Engineering, 2016, 61(2), pp. 199–209