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

  • Conworx Technology GmbH
  • German Standards Institute reg. Ass./ Medical Standards Body (NAMed)
  • Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS
  • Fraunhofer Institute MEVIS
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  • ICCAS – Innovation Centre Computer-Assisted Surgery, University of Leipzig
  • IHE Germany reg. Ass. c/o National Association Health-IT reg. Ass. (bvitg e.V.)
  • Inomed Medizintechnik GmbH, Research and Development
  • Institute for Applied Microelectronics and Data Engineering, University of Rostock
  • Institute of Medical Informatics, University of LübeckISP - Institute for Software
  • Engineering and Programming, University of Lübeck
  • ITM - Institute of Telematics, University of Lübeck
  • Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
  • University Hospital of Rostock Anaesthesia, Clinic for Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine
  • KLS Martin Group
  • Localite GmbH
  • MedIT – Chair of Medical Information Technology, RWTH  Aachen
  • mediTEC – Chair of Applied Medical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
  • MEDNOVO Medical Software Solutions GmbH
  • MedPlan Engineering GmbH
  • Möller-Wedel GmbH ImageNET (R&D)
  • MT2IT GmbH & Co. KG
  • OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology reg. Ass. / R&D division Health
  • qcmed GmbH Quality Consulting Medical
  • Rhön-Kliniken AG
  • Richard Wolf GmbH
  • Söring GmbH
  • SurgiTAIX AG
  • Synagon GmbH
  • Technische Universität München, Institut für Informatik, Robotics and Embedded Systems
  • Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Automatisierung und Informationssysteme
  • Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Mikrotechnik und Medizingerätetechnik
  • Technische Universität München, MITI, Minimal-invasive Interdisziplinäre Therapeutische Intervention
  • Uniklinik der RWTH Aachen, Klinik für Anästhesiologie
  • Uniklinik der RWTH Aachen, Neurochirurgie
  • Uniklinik der RWTH Aachen, Orthopädische Klinik
  • Uniklinik Leipzig, Klinik für Herzchirurgie
  • Uniklinik Schleswig-Holstein, IT-Planung und -Strategie
  • Uniklinik Schleswig-Holstein, Klinik für Chirurgie
  • Uniklinik Tübingen, Universitäts-Frauenklinik
  • Uniklinik Tübingen, Universitätsklinik für Radiologie
  • Uniklinik Tübingen, Universitätsklinik für Urologie
  • Uniklinikum Heidelberg, Fachklinken für Chirurgie, Urologie und Orthopädie
  • Uniklinikum Heidelberg, Zentrum für Informations- und Medizintechnik
  • Universität Augsburg, FMPR, Forschungsstelle für Medizinprodukterecht
  • Universitätsklinikum RWTH Aachen, Integrierte Teleanästhesiologie
  • UTK – UniTransferKlinik GmbH
  • Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik
  • VISUS Technology Transfer GmbH/ R & D
  • Ziehm Imaging GmbH