The aims of the PriMed project in the pre-competitive area of medical technology research and development are basic concepts and initial feasibility studies for optimization measures of perioperative processes in the sense of hospital 4.0 developments through the use of a manufacturer-independent, open network. On this basis, integrated workstations for OR management, surgery and anaesthesia as well as OR care are to be further developed. Modern methods and interfaces for safe human-machine interaction and a context- and situation-adaptive presentation of information and decision support through combination and preparation of patient-, process- and device-specific individual data are to be used. In today’s clinics and surgical departments, proprietary
device technology that is exclusively optimized in functions instead of processes. In order to create added value in terms of process optimization in operating theatres and hospitals, device-specific information and functionalities must be available across disciplines and areas. The information and data already collected today, for example from surgery and anaesthesia, must in future be processed in knowledge-based expert systems and processed in the sense of process support. By using the open communication standard according to IEEE 11073, the interdisciplinary process optimizations described above are possible for the first time in operating theatres and hospitals. The optimized processes should ultimately lead to better diagnosis and therapy processes while at the same time conserving resources (personnel, technology and surgical capacities).