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Merhof, Dorit

Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering and the German Society of Biomaterials

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

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Volume 63, Issue 1


Volume 57 (2012)

Software design and implementation concepts for an interoperable medical communication framework

Andreas BestingORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0577-8463 / Sebastian Bürger / Martin Kasparick
  • Institute of Applied Microelectronics and Computer Engineering, University of Rostock, 18119 Rostock, Germany
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/ Benjamin Strathen / Frank Portheine
Published Online: 2017-11-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2017-0012


The new IEEE 11073 service-oriented device connectivity (SDC) standard proposals for networked point-of-care and surgical devices constitutes the basis for improved interoperability due to its independence of vendors. To accelerate the distribution of the standard a reference implementation is indispensable. However, the implementation of such a framework has to overcome several non-trivial challenges. First, the high level of complexity of the underlying standard must be reflected in the software design. An efficient implementation has to consider the limited resources of the underlying hardware. Moreover, the frameworks purpose of realizing a distributed system demands a high degree of reliability of the framework itself and its internal mechanisms. Additionally, a framework must provide an easy-to-use and fail-safe application programming interface (API). In this work, we address these challenges by discussing suitable software engineering principles and practical coding guidelines. A descriptive model is developed that identifies key strategies. General feasibility is shown by outlining environments in which our implementation has been utilized.

Keywords: distributed system; IEEE 11073 SDC; interoperability; medical communication framework; software design pattern


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About the article

Received: 2017-01-31

Accepted: 2017-10-10

Published Online: 2017-11-14

Published in Print: 2018-02-23

Research funding: This work has been partially funded within the project Secure and Dynamic Networking in Operating Room and Hospital by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, grant no. 16KT1208) and within the project Certifiable Integrated Medical Technology and IT Systems based on Open Standards in the Operating Room and Hospital by the European Commission (European Regional Development Fund, grant no. EFRE-0800453).

Citation Information: Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik, Volume 63, Issue 1, Pages 49–56, ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2017-0012.

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