Connecting Healthcare with RTI Connext DDS

The future of the healthcare industry is connected. RTI supports that vision by enabling the development of data-aware medical technology based on RTI Connext® DDS.

Connecting medical devices can help hospitals deliver quality care faster and reduce medical errors. Connected medical devices can transport and analyze unprecedented amounts of data in real time, ultimately improving the lives of patients.

RTI Connext DDS – Proven Readiness for Connected Healthcare

RTI Connext DDS is the connectivity platform for the development of healthcare systems. Connext DDS delivers:

  • Innovative data-centric connectivity that delivers full visibility into data in-motion
  • One solution to address the wide range of demanding data-connectivity requirements
  • Low latency with real-time Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Proven integration of a fast local control loop with secure connectivity over long distances and with cloud infrastructure
  • Reliable systems operation over low-bandwidth communication links with long transmission delays
  • Scalability for increasingly large and complex systems
  • Self-forming and self-healing resilient systems with no single point of failure
  • Full support for confidentiality, integrity and access control

How RTI Customers Use Connext DDS to Enable Connected Healthcare

GE Connects Medical Instruments with Connext DDS

Doctor and connected medical devices
Connext DDS delivers both performance and functionality to make GE's connected care vision a reality.

Hospitals use many types of medical devices to care for patients. While several devices may be used together on the same patient, currently each device works independently. Connecting these devices together into an intelligent system has potential to increase quality of care, improve patient outcomes and lower costs.

As the world's largest hospital device manufacturer with hundreds of products, GE Healthcare is working toward this vision of connected healthcare. GE engineers needed a connectivity solution that could deliver data reliably and securely with split-second speed, regardless of media faults. The solution would need to cover large hospitals with more than 200,000 devices connected over wired and wireless networks.

GE Healthcare uses RTI Connext DDS as the common communications platform across products. Connext DDS handles many classes of intelligent machines, ranging from simple oximeters to huge CT imaging systems. It works transparently across dozens of languages, operating systems and processors. Since Connext DDS does not require servers, it allows GE to simplify deployments and drastically reduce the infrastructure costs by eliminating expensive server rooms. The solution supports routing between care units and networks of interconnected devices. Connext DDS delivers both the performance and functionality GE needs to realize its vision of connected care.

GE Healthcare connects medical devices, cloud-based analytics and mobile and wearable instruments. The future communication fabric of our monitoring technology is based on RTI's data-centric Connext DDS platform.

Matt Grubis, Chief Engineer, GE Healthcare's Life Care Solutions

DLR MIRO Lab Transforms Robotic Surgery with RTI Connext DDS

DLR MIRO Lab surgical robot
With Connext DDS MIRO Lab built an advanced medical robot running at 3KHz to enable distributed haptic closed control loop.

The DLR MIRO Lab is making significant advances to conventional minimally invasive surgery (MIS), commonly referred to as keyhole surgery. MIS is performed through small incisions to maximize the preservation of healthy tissue. However, it is still essentially done by hand as the surgeon manipulates the surgical instruments through extended instruments.

MIRO Lab goals include giving surgeons a remote digital telepresence and teleoperation capabilities to execute the most demanding surgery. Operating on a beating heart requires the surgeon to perceive an almost static view of the heart to allow for greater control of highly precise directed cuts and stitches needed to perform the operation. This requires the camera and instruments to be automatically coordinated with the movement of the heart, and yet not disassociate the surgeon from the procedure at hand. The challenge of engineers is to give back the surgeon hand-eye capabilities and "feel" needed to operate remotely.

MIRO Lab adopted RTI Connext DDS because it delivered high-performance distributed communications with decoupled systems architecture. DDS provides the connectivity between the three MIRO robots, the endoscope, the surgeon's robot controllers and the surgeon's and technician's user interfaces. With Connext DDS, the engineers could implement a deterministic solution functioning at rates between 1 KHz and 3 KHz, thus enabling the development of the distributed haptic closed-control loops.

Learn how MIRO Lab transforms MIS with Connext DDS »

Connext DDS is the perfect tool because it enables us to create our vision of a versatile robotic surgery system for research. Its simple, data-centric architecture delivers a wonderful high-performance research platform with an extreme degree of flexibility and adaptability.

Stefan Jörg, Research Engineer of Robotics and Mechatronics Center, DLR

Physio-Control System of Care, Built on Connext DDS, Enables Faster Medical Response to Save Lives

DLR MIRO Lab surgical robot
The Physio-Control System of Care helps to improve survival for STEMI patients by linking field and hospital care teams to speed the care cycle.

When a critical health event occurs, faster response times lead to better outcomes. The Physio-Control System of Care, built on RTI Connext DDS, is the industry's only combination of lifesaving tools specifically designed to work together and speed response times. The Physio-Control System of Care helps to improve survival for patients suffering a heart attack or related emergency by linking field and hospital care teams to speed the care cycle.

In the field, the Physio-Control System of Care helps medical personnel by providing critical information that can be used to increase CPR performance. Stroke patients and many others also benefit from the comprehensive information delivery the system provides to healthcare facilities. Hospitals know exactly what to expect before patients reach their doors, which means care teams can be assembled and briefed in advance so they can get to work quickly and efficiently.

Physio-Control is utilizing RTI Connext DDS to exchange critical patient care information throughout the system of care.

Dale Pearson, VP Data Solutions, Physio-Control

Mevion Medical Systems Increases Effectiveness and Lowers Cost of Radiation Treatment

Proton therapy system
With Connext DDS, Mevion designed a small-footprint, cost-efficient PBRT system that fits in a single radiation therapy bunker room.

Mevion Medical Systems is a leading global provider of proton therapy systems for use in radiation treatment of cancer patients. Conventional cancer treatment uses high-energy x-rays which affect tissue along the x-ray beam path, damaging the DNA of healthy cells as well as cancerous ones. In contrast, proton therapy systems have been shown to tailor high-energy doses to attack cancerous tumors while minimizing damage to adjacent tissue.

The Mevion S250 proton therapy system uses RTI Connext DDS as the connectivity data bus between the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used for motion control, and the rest of the system, which includes monitoring, delivery and display technology. With Connext DDS, Mevion engineers were able to reduce system complexity, increase reliability and throughput and lower capital and operating costs. As a result, while other proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) systems can cost $100 million or more and require the space of a football field, Mevion provides a small-footprint, cost-efficient PBRT system that fits in a single radiation therapy bunker room.