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OPERATING ROOM INTEGRATION

Possibilities for you with the FLEXIVISION camera platform

In operating rooms, a great amount of diverse data is recorded, which then should be archived and/or shown at different places. "Operating room integration" is the catchword that is engaging a lot of thought at the moment.

As a manufacturer of visualization systems, we are required to enable the operating room integration of our devices. With the FlexiVision camera platform we are developing different functionalities to offer you solutions for such topics as video routing, device communication, remote control, archiving or even hospital / patient connectivity and streaming.

Video routing:

Being able to broadcast camera signals to different monitor screens is becoming more and more important. In addition to endoscopic images, data from CT, MRT, etc. need to be displayed. Images and videos should be able to be viewed from different positions in the operating room. This means that, according to the operation and the OR team, a different distribution of the images onto the different monitors in the room is necessary. How can we make this possible?

  • The FlexiVision camera platform has different video outputs which can be connected to different monitors. For example: the two HD-SDI outputs can be used for monitors which are not positioned in the immediate operating room area. The two DVI outputs can be chosen to utilize the best image quality in the operating room area.

Device communication:

What devices must be networked so that the surgeon can direct the device selection from outside the sterile area?

  • Here, the FlexiVision camera platform offers its own communications interface (MIS-Bus), over which the FlexiLux LED light source is attached. So with the buttons on the camera head of the FlexiVision camera, the light intensity of the LED light source can be regulated.

Remote control:

How can devices, used for an operation, be selected and operated from a non-sterile area?

  • With the FlexiVision camera platform we offer an open interface that transmits a signal that can be used for controlling devices. In this way, our devices can be connected to the central control system and integrated into the hospital workflow. This means that not only the operating table, lights, window blinds etc. can be centrally controlled, but also that the endoscopy camera and light source can be operated outside the sterile area.

Archiving:

Hospitals aim to store all data centrally. This should achieve the goal of assigning all collected data, such as patient and examination data, images (MRT, CT, endoscopy, etc.) and videos to one patient and that no data is lost. The centrally stored data can be viewed and processed by authorized clinic personnel.

  • With the current FlexiVision camera version, a manual entry of a patient´s data, as well as the local image archiving via USB stick or with the help of an external recording device (images and/or videos) is possible. In the next camera generation, local storage of images and videos in the endoscopy tower and central storage in the Hospital Information System (HIS) and/or in the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) will be possible. The goal is the reliable exchange of the patient´s information by means of the DICOM worklist or HL7 communication, as well as examination data and videos.

Hospital / patient connectivity and streaming:

Every hospital has an IT network that connects different departments such as inpatient and outpatient care, radiology, laboratory, operation rooms, etc. to assure smooth data transfer and an optimal workflow. How can we make sure that our endoscopy camera systems can be integrated into the clinic workflow?

  • In order to support the existing workflow in the hospital, communication of the camera platform with the Hospital Information System (HIS) should be made possible on the basis of established communication standards. The standards Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) and Health Level 7 (HL7) enable the reliable exchange of patients´ data, examination information, as well as image and video data and thus allow the camera platform a connection to existing IT systems in the local clinic.

    Streaming is used in a hospital to allow videos to be shown in real time. This makes it possible for the user to consult other specialists during an operation or to carry out a live broadcast for conferences or for instruction purposes.
 
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