Have you ever wondered why the majority of modern and expensive medical devices in the intensive care unit (ICU) and in the operating room (OR) still have an RS232 interface as their „open interface“? Why has this in 30 years not changed to anything modern? What would be anything modern? Why is there no accepted standard for such an important thing like interoperability between medical devices in the ICU and the OR? How could this be overcome and how could the ICU become more human? What would be the benefit of functional medical device interoperability? The answers and a concept on how to overcome the current innovation barrieres can be found in my book „Medical Device Interoperability: Disruptive Innovation for the ICU“.


Medical Device Interoperability in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) did not undergo any significant innovation in the past 30 years. This is the reason why data integration of medical device data into Electronic Medical Records (EMR/EHR) and Population Health Management applications is complex, cost-intensive, expensive to maintain, and barely functional. Interoperability between the medical devices does not exist at all. This book uncovers the barriers in innovation and standardization, and explains the economic drivers. Further a technology concept is developed based on Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, which will enable functional medical device interoperability and true cyber-physical systems in the ICU. This will allow precision medicine, on a health tech level, in the ICU, automation of common procedures, e.g. Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA), dramatically increase the patient experience and, most important, patient safety. It will save the health care providers tens of billions of Euros (globally) and significantly reduce the rate of avoidable deaths in the ICU.


Rainer Binder is a  Senior Health IT Professional with more than 20 years of experience in medical device interoperability and patient data management systems. His work experience spans across R&D and Product Marketing at the market leading company for patient monitoring. He graduated from Furtwangen University with an engineering degree, Dipl.-Ing. (FH), in electronics and software design, from  Wilhelm-Buechner-University with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in engineering management, and he is a lecturer for real-time systems at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart Campus Horb.


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