For three years - until 2016 – the BMBF-sponsored lighthouse project OR.NET drove forward integration in the OR, as well as the integration of medical devices and software solutions within a holistic infrastructure in the operating theatre and hospital. This collaboration of around 50 project partners from industry, research and hospitals, as well as an equal number of associated partners – including steute Meditec – led, amongst other things, to development of today's ISO/ -IEEE standards which define the essential basis for "Service-oriented Device Connectivity" (SDC). These standards are a key prerequisite for interoperability in the OR.

In brief

  • Project start: 1st September 2012
  • Project end: 30th April 2016
  • Associated Partner

After 2016, the project continued – again with steute Meditec as a partner – as OR.NET e.V. (Reg. Assoc.) The ongoing vision of this association is to apply modern information and communication technology in order to establish safe and dynamic device-to-device communication, and in so doing to realise the openly integrated OR of the future. In this plug & play environment, all manner of OR devices will automatically not only be recognised, but also integrated. The integrated devices can then be operated via a single user interface. Current OR.NET tasks include the set-up of interoperable OR demonstration and test centres.

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Focus - OR.NET

  • Development of overall architecture: real time, video streaming, numerous devices and medical disciplines
  • Testing and realisation of compliance
  • Development of operator models
  • Standardisation
  • Set-up of demonstrators

Project partners

  • Aesculap AG
  • Bait Partner
  • Beger Design
  • Centrum for CeMPEG e.V., Aachen
  • Drägerwerk AG & Co. KG, Lübeck
  • ERNW Research GmbH
  • Research Group Computer-Assisted Medicine (CaMed), Reutlingen University
  • GADV mbH
  • Ilara GmbH
  • Innovation Centre Computer-Assisted Surgery – ICCAS
  • Institute for Applied Microelectronics and Data Engineering (IMD), University of Rostock
  • Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Lübeck
  • Institute for Software Engineering and Programming - ISP, University of Lübeck
  • Institute of Telematics - ITM, University of Lübeck
  • IT4Process GmbH
  • Chair of Applied Medical Engineering - mediTEC, RWTH Aachen University
  • Localite GmbH
  • OPT SurgiSystems S.r.l.
  • Schölly Fiberoptic GmbH
  • S.I.M.E.O.N. Medical GmbH & Co.KG
  • steute Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
  • Storz Medical AG
  • SurgiTAIX AG
  • University Hospital Aachen, RWTH Aachen University
  • Unitransferklinik GmbH
  • University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, University of Dresden
  • W.O.M. World of medicine GmbH