New generation of Operating Room Management Systems: more flexible application, secure data

Medical instrument manufacturer Richard Wolf presents 'core nova' at this year's MEDICA

core nova from Richard Wolf (PresseBox) ( Knittlingen, )
Operating Room Management Systems have made a significant contribution toward increasing efficiency in hospitals through central control of all equipment in the operating room, digital access to all preoperative patient data, and direct documentation of operations. The new generations of Operating Room Management Systems offer users a significantly more flexible area of application, simplified installation and they are also intended to permit safe and authorized access to patient data and medical devices in compliance with the latest data protection guidelines. A unique feature of this system is the newly developed Operating Management System 'core nova' which medical instrument manufacturer Richard Wolf is presenting in the public domain at this year's MEDICA. According to information provided by the manufacturer, 'core nova' sets new standards for system scalability and data security.

"By contrast with the previous model, 'core nova' is ideally suited to operating theaters in hospitals and larger medical practices because it has the option of individual, scalable adjustment to suit individual requirements. This means that the system can be integrated in existing IT and server infrastructures. It can also be deployed for mobile applications on a conventional video cart. Irrespective of whether it is a mobile or fixed application of the system, the exchange of all patient data takes place exclusively over an encrypted and secure network. For example, access to the connected devices and data is restricted by certificates to authorized users. Operations can also be monitored and logged," according to Timo Haller, Head of Product Marketing Integration at Richard Wolf.

Functions which are distributed over lots of individual devices in the management systems currently on the market have been integrated within a few units in 'core nova'. This has made the footprint of the system noticeably smaller. Power consumption has been noticeably reduced and purchase costs have been brought down significantly. The proven simple operation of the system from the previous 'core' model has been further improved. For example, 'core nova' uses a simple network cable to link up the instruments and systems being controlled, ranging from documentation, through operating-room lamps and tables, to several user workstations, and software providing independent recognition without any adjustments having to be made ("Plug & Play"). This significantly reduces the workload for IT managers.

When IT managers in particular are assessing the new system, they are likely to be very interested in the fact that the integrated data-protection and data-security concepts used in 'core nova' lay the foundations for operation in compliance with the DIN EN 80001 standard published in 2011. This standard defines principles for risk management in networks connected to medical devices. It is intended to preclude network failures and prevent malware from impacting negatively on the network.

The first launch of 'core nova' is taking place on the exhibition stand of Richard Wolf at MEDICA in November 2013 in Düsseldorf (Hall 11, stand D52). On request, the company's field staff will then be presenting the system to doctors, purchasers, medical technicians, and IT managers in hospitals. The first installation of the system is planned in a German hospital for the beginning of 2014.
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