Dr. Julian Goldman on Medical Device Interoperability
RTI Connext DDS technology provides the fundamental infrastructure for the real-time integration of next generation clinical systems and devices. Getting critical data to the point of care allows medical professionals to:
As a result of real-time connectivity, patients can see reduced healthcare costs, fewer treatment errors, and increased medical safety.
However, healthcare application developers face a number of technical challenges beyond standards compliance and data security requirements. Their solutions must scale to handle increasing amounts of data among a multitude of devices. They also need to ensure integration with legacy devices and proprietary monitoring systems.
The power and scalability of Connext DDS are tested to stringent data security and safety standards, just as they have been for avionics standards such as DO-178C Level A. Included functionality allows federated systems to communicate essential data as needed, in real-time, regardless of protocol, platform or native data formats. With an open architecture and broad support for standards, RTI provides the real-time analysis and security compliance that are critical to patient care with an off-the-shelf alternative to custom middleware.
DocBox uses RTI Connext DDS to develop innovative clinical process management solutions that properly structure, prioritize and deliver information on demand to the point of care. Their goal is to improve healthcare, increase medical safety, and reduce preventable treatment errors.
MIRO Lab, part of the DLR, is building surgical robots as part of their Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery (MIRS) program. They chose Connext DDS software to deliver the fast, reliable life-critical system communications between a surgeon's hands-on interface, the endoscope and the remotely-controlled surgical robots.
Mevion Medical Systems (formerly Still River Systems) uses Connext DDS software in the MEVION S250, a compact, cost-efficient proton radiation therapy system. It provides the coordinating databus between the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used for motion control, and the rest of the system, which includes monitoring, delivery and display technology.
Agilent (formerly Varian) is using RTI to connect sensors, user display systems and control computers within its NMR and MRI instruments.
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