Use Case Germany

Experimentation site preparation for Operation Theatre (Germany)

Klinikum rechts der Isar, München, Germany

The Klinkum rechts der Isar is an academic teaching hospital for Technical University Munich in the heart of the city. The hospital is treating 58.000 inpatients and 220.000 outpatients per year. It consists of more than 30 departments with around 1100 hospital beds.

The primary project partner is the department of minimal invasive surgery with it’s research centre MITI which is headed by Professor Dr. Hubertus Feussner, an experienced senior surgeon and Dr. Ing. Armin Schneider who is an engineer specialised on the development of medical technology for operating theatres.


MITI - Minimally invasive Interdisciplinary Therapeutical Intervention

MITI is an interdisciplinary research group. It deals with the development of innovative diagnostic procedures and therapeutic solution concepts for minimally invasive surgery.The research group was founded in 1999 at the Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich. The motivation is to develop patient friendly methods for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, which are mainly applied in surgery and gastroenterology.Since its inception MITI sets value on interdisciplinary work. Competences from engineering, industry and the medical field meet and a know-how centre for medical technology emerges. Therefore, MITI is a reliable meeting point for everyone, who is looking for innovative solutions in the medical technology field.The cooperation between physicians and engineers leads to research with emphasis on the relevance for clinical practice and the usability in daily routine. This enables a fast and focused product development.Through the interdisciplinary approach, MITI works in a broad spectrum of application areas:

  • Image Processing and Navigation   
  • Innovative Therapies   
  • Mechatronic Support Systems and Instruments   
  • Model-based Surgery and Telematics   
  • Simulation and Training    

Tagging, tracking and RFID

 The centre has conducted research in the application of RFID technology in the minimal invasive theatre and has developed innovative methodologies to reduce the risk of objects being forgotten in the abdominal cavity, which in the past was a great concern among patients and surgeons. Medical error has les to many medical problems, sometimes the dead of patients and had of course massive consequences for surgeons and hospitals in terms of litigation. Also it has been found that the positioning of the members of the team during surgery might be able to help to predict if complications may have to be expected during the course of the operation. The application of more advanced tagging and tracking technologies could certainly help in the future to improve the quality of care, especially if this information could be integrated with information from other “things” in real time.Therefore there is a huge interest in virtualization and data/context management, which will in the future be provided by Generic Enablers.MITI has previously involved in joint research projects and is currently working in association with several companies on the validation of the IOT-A Reference model for their MUNICH-platform ( ).The technologies developed at MITI have already been applied in theatre and it is now of interest to integrate these technologies in a more comprehensive framework. This can be achieved by using the FI-STAR approach and in particular the FI-STAR consumer edge.At the experimentation site in Munich we are aiming at an initial sample size of 50 -100 for α-testing and more than 500 cases for β;-testing. By the end of the project we hope to have extended the process to a permanent standard procedure in the operating theatre.