Context-aware medical technologies - relief or burden for clinical users?

Thomas Neumuth 1 , Max Rockstroh 2  and Stefan Franke 2
  • 1 Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery, Universität Leipzig, Semmelweisstraße 14,, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2 Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery, Universität Leipzig,, Leipzig, Germany


The open, cross-vendor interoperability of medical devices is an enabling technology for the implementation of context-aware biomedical systems in daily clinical routine. The surgical working environment is both a valuable field of application and a particular challenge. A design of context-aware medical technologies that shows intelligent behaviour and ensures safe operation is demanding; thus implementations are yet limited to prototypes and specific surgical use cases. Many open research questions need to be addressed to empower context-aware medical systems to be a relief and not a burden for the clinical user.

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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering is an open access journal and closely related to the journal Biomedical Engineering - Biomedizinische Technik. CDBME is a forum for the exchange of knowledge in the fields of biomedical engineering, medical information technology and biotechnology/bioengineering for medicine and addresses engineers, natural scientists, and clinicians working in research, industry, or clinical practice.