For many years the number and complexity of medical devices in operating rooms, isolation units, and other hospital departments have been increasing. Especially in the acute-care, there is a need for sharing information through enhanced communication, higher flexibility as well as access to critical parameters on demand.
Furthermore, to help reduce the workload on the overburdened healthcare staff, automation is becoming a critical factor to improve safety, effectiveness, and security.
However, today medical devices are mostly monolithic solutions, with very limited, one-way interoperability, and may be supported by vendor-locked proprietary integrated operating room systems. Sometimes only legacy interfaces are available, which are not always compatible with modern hospital networks.
This is where Service-oriented Device Connectivity (SDC) comes in!