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Why OR.NET? Requirements and perspectives from a medical user’s, clinical operator’s and device manufacturer’s points of view

  • Michael Czaplik EMAIL logo , Verena Voigt , Hannes Kenngott , Hans Clusmann , Rüdiger Hoffmann , Armin Will and further members of the Medical Board, BMBF Research Project “OR.NET – Secure Dynamic Networking in the Operating Room and Clinic”


In the past decades, modern medicine has been undergoing a change in the direction of digitalisation and automation. Not only the integration of new digital technologies, but also the interconnection of all components can simplify clinical processes and allow progress and development of new innovations. The integration and interconnection of medical devices with each other and with information technology (IT) systems was addressed within the framework of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)-funded lighthouse project OR.NET (“Secure dynamic networking in the operating room and clinic”.) ( ( Research Syndicate.) – Sichere dynamische Vernetzung in Operationssaal und Klinik [Online]. Available: [last accessed 22 March 2017]). In this project the standards and concepts for interdisciplinary networking in the operating room (OR) were developed. In this paper, the diverse advantages of the OR.NET concept are presented and explained by the OR.NET “Medical Board”. This board represents the forum of clinical users and includes clinicians and experts from various specialties. Furthermore, the opinion from the viewpoint of operators is presented. In a concluding comment of the “Operator Board”, clinical user needs are aligned with technical requirements.

  1. Research funding: The authors express their thanks to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for its funding (16KT1229).


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Article note:

List of authors (listed according to specialties)

General Surgery:

  1. Dr. med. Hannes G. Kenngott, Prof. Dr. med. Beat P. Müller, Department for General Visceral and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg;

  2. Dr. med. David B. Ellebrecht, Prof. Dr. med. Tobias Keck, University Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Department of Surgery


  1. Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Michael Czaplik, Dr. med. Verena Voigt, Dr. med. Nadine Hochhausen, Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Rolf Rossaint, Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital RWTH Aachen


  1. Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Vogt, Prof. Dr. med. Diethelm Wallwiener, Prof. Dr. med. Sara Yvonne Bruckner, Department of Gynaecology, University Hospital Tübingen

Cardiothoracic Surgery:

  1. Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Andreas Götzenich, Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Autschbach, Department of Cardiac and Thorax Surgery, University Hospital RWTH Aachen


  1. Dr. med. Matteo Mario Bonsanto, Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck; Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Hans Clusmann, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital RWTH Aachen

Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery:

  1. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jörg Eschweiler M.Sc., Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Björn Rath, Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Markus Tingart, Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital RWTH Aachen


  1. Dr. med. Rüdiger Hoffmann, Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Tübingen;

  2. Dr. med. Hagen Meredig, Prof. Dr. med. Boris Radeleff, Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Heidelberg;

  3. Dr. med. Matthias Müller-Eschner, Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Department for Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (GCRC) Heidelberg


  1. Dr. Johannes Mischinger, Department for Urology, University Hospital Tübingen

Received: 2017-4-1
Accepted: 2017-11-1
Published Online: 2017-12-29
Published in Print: 2018-2-23

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