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 Lübeck 
  • ISP - 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
  • Technical University of Munich, Institute for Information Technology, Robotics and Embedded Systems
  • Technical University of Munich, Chair of Automation and Information Systems
  • Technical University of Munich, Chair of Microtechnology and Medical Device Technology
  • Technical University of Munich, MITI, Minimally invasive Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Intervention
  • University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Clinic for Anaesthesiology
  • University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Neurosurgery
  • University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Orthopaedic Clinic
  • University Hospital Leipzig, Clinic for Cardiac Surgery
  • University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, IT Planning and Strategy
  • University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Clinic for Surgery
  • University Hospital Tübingen, University Clinic for Gynaecology
  • University Hospital Tübingen, University Clinic for Radiology
  • University Hospital Tübingen, University Clinic for Urology
  • University Hospital Heidelberg, Specialist Clinics for Surgery, Urology and Orthopaedics
  • University Hospital Heidelberg, Centre for Information and Medical Technologies
  • Universität Augsburg, FMPR, Research Centre for Medical Device Regulatory Affairs
  • University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Integrated Teleanaesthesiology
  • UTK – UniTransferKlinik GmbH
  • VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies
  • VISUS Technology Transfer GmbH/ R & D
  • Ziehm Imaging GmbH