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Future-Proof Digital O.R. Integration

The challenges of surgical integration

An operating room is a complex environment. The number of devices in the O.R. solving specific problems is increasing as technology advances. Today’s O.R.s are often crowded with freestanding devices, supporting systems and monitors, all with their own interfaces or hardware to display their data. Each software having its own interface makes maintaining a clear overview of all data more difficult and takes attention away from the patient. Furthermore, valuable time is lost manually connecting each device. Most O.R.s lack a high-level overview of all available patient information, making O.R.s inefficient, overcrowded, and less safe2.

Illustration: Brainlab Digital O.R. integration centralizes essential surgery-related information onto Buzz

Consolidating surgical information

IT integration is a key element of any modern operating room. As a software company with over a thousand integrated O.R. installations at some of the most innovative institutions around the world, Brainlab is familiar with all kinds of IT landscapes and legacy system environments.

Brainlab Digital O.R. integration seeks to centralize the relevant information needed for surgery—be it from radiological studies, video sources, hardware or software—onto a single platform: Buzz. Straightforward integration with hospital information systems allows Buzz to gather and send the right data to the hospital archive at the right time.

Flexible device integration

With Brainlab Digital O.R., different hardware and video sources, such as endoscopes, microscopes, scanners, room cameras, robotic devices and navigation platforms, are connected to Buzz. Newly connected sources automatically appear on the home screen, allowing for centralized control and overview of the integrated devices and eliminating the need to use various displays or interfaces.

  • Scalable video routing—In small O.R.s with few sources, video can be routed directly with Buzz; in setups with more video devices, sources can be routed through Video-over-IP technology, both with no footprint

  • Surgical device integration—Endoscope, microscope, robotic devices and navigation systems can be easily integrated through any kind of video signal or network; the resulting information is automatically displayed on the easy-to-use Buzz interface

  • Simple routing to displays—Any content displayed on Buzz, be it patient images, video signals or content from Brainlab or 3rd party software, can be sent to various additional O.R. displays by simply dragging and dropping the corresponding icon on Buzz so that each team member can keep an eye on the data that’s relevant to their task

Fewer software interfaces

Not only the number of hardware devices in the O.R. is increasing, but the number of different software systems used, such as electronic medical records (EMRs) and O.R. progress tracking software is increasing as well. Surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists also have their own perioperative systems on which to focus3.

Buzz was designed as a future-proof, open platform on which browser-based and executable software can be integrated, displayed and controlled through one central interface. Therefore, various O.R. workflows can be consolidated on one single source, minimizing the number of interfaces in the O.R.

Streamlined HIS/PACS/VNA integration

Brainlab Digital O.R. makes retrieving and storing information simple with one single central data node, streamlining hospital IT connections and facilitating day-to-day IT maintenance.

  • Bridging the data gap—Brainlab Origin Server Software either installed on a server hardware or a virtual machine, is the central data node between hospital archives (HIS, PACS, VNA) and Buzz. Therefore, patient data including DICOM, screenshots and recordings is centrally synchronized and is available to the O.R. team for viewing, and editing on the central display of Buzz. Centralized software hosting allows for straightforward maintenance

  • Instantly available patient data—Data travelling across Brainlab devices is automatically synchronized, making it immediately available for the O.R. team. This includes medical images, generated content such as treatment plans, as well as meta data like patient demographics

  • The right data at the right moment—Thanks to integration with HIS, Origin Server Software receives the O.R. schedule for the day in advance through HL7 messages and DICOM worklists, resulting in a streamlined patient list populated with only the relevant data needed for that day and O.R., eliminating wait times for data loading and search

  • Efficient use of resources—Origin Server Software uses hospital network resources during less busy times to prefetch patient image data. The HL7 integration enables pre-planned and stored patient data from PACS for the scheduled O.R.s to be loaded and pre-processed overnight, making it available on Buzz even before the first procedure of the day begins

Efficient data management

  • Fast image data retrieval—Integration with VNA archives allows access to screenshots and recordings of the patient in the O.R. and rapid saving of image documentation

  • Simple image data storage—New patient data created during surgery for documentation purposes like screenshots, video recordings or DICOM images can be stored long-term in VNAs and are accessible from any client PC through HIS and EHR

  • Smart load balancing—Through this data flux, stability of system performance is ensured through smart server load balancing

  • Secure integration—Brainlab hospital IT integration is developed according to HIPAA standard and with HTTPS and SSL encryption for secure data transfer

  • Safe cloud-based data transfer—Patient images, plans and forms can be accessed, saved and downloaded through Quentry Cloud Services, a secure cloud platform developed by Brainlab exclusively for healthcare professionals

Discover how the Brainlab O.R. Planning Team can work with you to seamlessly integrate your O.R. devices, software, hospital information and storage system.