By Michael Czaplik
What happens if device manufacturers, clinical users and operators jointly address one aim: a fully integrated operation room based on open interfaces? In order to improve processes and patient care, industrial partners, research institutes and clinics matched their experience in the OR.NET project to commonly work on interoperability principles for the operating room. But what are the motivations and targets from a user’s and operator’s point of view, and how can they be realized?
The increasing number of computer-aided devices and instruments is currently leading to the need to integrate medical technology systems and software solutions into a comprehensive infrastructure in the operating theatre and clinic. The great variety of devices and the accompanying information can be integrated into new and innovative functions within this network by means of dynamic networking.
From 2012-2015, an interdisciplinary consortium comprising 48 project partners and approximately as many associated partners jointly addressed the integration and interconnection of medical devices with each other and with IT systems, and developed open standardization concepts for interoperability. In their paper published in the journal Biomedical Engineering/Biomedizinische Technik, the OR.NET “Medical Board present and explain the diverse advantages of the OR.NET concept.
After the publicly funded project “OR.NET”, a supra-regional association was founded for refining these concepts and standards as well as for maintaining the network and resultant infrastructures.
One challenge of the project was to balance the interests of manufacturers, operators and clinical users. Cooperation between science, hospitals and industry had to be intensified and bundled in a target-oriented and application-oriented manner.
Different clinical users participated in the project by consulting, testing and supporting the implementation of new concepts that appear clinically meaningful and can improve patient care.
In the paper, the diverse advantages of the OR.NET concept are presented and explained by the OR.NET “Medical Board”. The board represents the forum of clinical users and includes clinicians and experts of various specialties. Furthermore, the opinion from the viewpoint of operators is presented.
Interoperability in terms of networked medical devices and information systems does show an appreciated value for patient care and is highly desired by all involved clinics.
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Michael Czaplik, Verena Voigt, Hannes Kenngott, Hans Clusmann, Rüdiger Hoffmann, Armin Will: Why OR.NET? Requirements and perspectives from a medical user’s, clinical operator’s and device manufacturer’s points of view. 29.12.2017