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steute Meditec at the Medica 2016


steute Meditec at the Medica 2016

User interfaces for the integrated OR
In the near future it will be possible to operate several medical devices using a single user interface. At the Medica 2016, the steute business unit Meditec will be showing implementation of this concept in practice. 

One user interface – multiple medical devices: at the Medica, steute Meditec will be looking ahead to interoperability in the OR.

In the modern OR, surgeons are faced with the task of operating a growing number of medical devices. In the course of a single operation they will, for example, adjust the operating table, navigate instruments into the desired position, and repeatedly use drills and cutters, imaging techniques (X-ray and microscope), maybe also a coagulation device.

Aim: to reduce complexity at the human-machine interface
In the above example that is already six different devices which all have to be actuated by foot control. In some medical disciplines – for example neurosurgery – it can be as many as ten user interfaces. This requires concentration, especially if the functions are arranged differently for each device. In addition, users will hardly be able to place all the different foot controls in ergonomically comfortable positions.

At the Medica 2016, the steute business unit Meditec will be showing how this complexity can be reduced – with the aim of improving ergonomic comfort and increasing operational accuracy.

Via a touch-screen surgeons can select the desired function of the device in question, which they then operate using a foot control from the steute Meditec standard range. If they would like to swop over from e.g. X-ray to ultrasound, or navigation to table height, intuitive use of the touch-screen is sufficient and the central foot control will assume the different necessary functions. The current pedal settings are displayed for surgeons at all times.

A touchscreen enables the operator to select functions on whichever device is currently being actuated by the foot control.


Medical devices become interoperable
Control systems in the OR thus become "interoperable". This can only work with common communication standards, currently being drawn up with the collaboration of steute Meditec. Very complex sequences, e.g. for surgical microscopes, can also be controlled in this way – with the result that surgeons can concentrate more fully on the actual surgery because they do not have to keep adjusting to different user interfaces.

From the standpoint of steute Meditec, the interoperability of medical devices is a key trend for medical equipment, and one which will become established in the next few years. In addition to the integration of OR devices via central user interfaces, an important role will also be played by integration at the IT level, i.e. inclusion of devices within superordinate hospital information system (HIS) networks.

steute Meditec is playing an active part in this development, including on the board of OR.NET e.V., the association pursuing the research activities of the lighthouse project OR.NET. Several renowned manufacturers of medical devices are already incorporating steute user interfaces in corresponding projects and demonstrators for interoperability in the OR.

Configuring user interfaces by App Via the new App, both medical device manufacturers and medical device users can adapt the user interface to meet individual requirements.
This single control system for different medical devices can be tested "live" – with symbolic functions – in Hall 11. In addition, steute will be presenting user interfaces from its "Custom" and "Classic" ranges, most of them wireless. An application (App) enabling smartphones and tablets to communicate directly with the user interfaces of medical devices will also be demonstrated.

The App is multifunctional: medical device manufacturers can use it to configure the switching state of the user interface, change the push-button settings and adjust the transmission performance and duration, all without cables. With the App, medical device users will also be able to query the charge status of the battery or have a message sent to the smartphone if the interface battery is running low. In this way the operational accuracy of the user interface is further increased – and once again without cables.


steute Meditec at the Medica: Hall 11, Booth J 39




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