04/22/2021 | TZM GmbH | News

“We translate so others can understand each other.”

How the Universal Medical Gateway helps to network medical devices and transmit and translate medical data.

The focus of the AIQNET project is on creating a digital ecosystem that collects medical data, analyses it with artificial intelligence (AI), logically structures it and makes it accessible to the attending physician – regardless of which programs and devices are being used or which clinic or surgery you are in. TZM GmbH is involved in the project as a software service provider for connectivity and cloud solutions, and uses its product, the Universal Medical Gateway (UMG), to interlink medical devices. Diana Schwarz-Dermann from BioRegio STERN Management GmbH spoke with Prof. Rainer Würslin, Senior Advisor, and Bastian Mazzoli, Solution Manager Medical Connectivity, from TZM GmbH in Göppingen about their medical product – the UMG – and their participation in the AIQNET ecosystem.

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Universal Medical Gateway (UMG)

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It looks as though the UMG could also significantly simplify day-to-day operations. Can you please describe how the use of your device could be further extended in the future and how AIQNET can help?

Bastian Mazzoli:
Much like with intensive care units, procedures in the operating room could also be made more efficient. Currently, each device has to be controlled individually. Values and the relevant dose have to be entered for the anaesthetic machine, and the infusion rate must be set for the infusion system. On top of that, there’s the ventilator, which has a dedicated monitor for checking values. Networking these devices and bringing everything together on a central monitor that can be used to read all the values and control the devices centrally would create a great deal of added value. This means staff would no longer have to go to each device separately during an operation.  Since the UMG enables us to transmit data very quickly, the data speed between different surgical devices and equipment can also be increased. The ability to pull together very different devices on a central monitor is also an interesting prospect for the AIQNET project. For instance, the platform enables users to configure devices in the clinics remotely and launch new drivers, too.  
Prof. Dr. Rainer Würslin
In the early days of the AIQNET project, we found we still had some work to do to convince the clinics to collect their health data, as this is not their main focus. It goes without saying that treating patients always takes precedence over data capture – but it is this very data that can significantly improve patient care. This issue has gained further traction in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. More and more data is being collected to better understand this new disease. We would like to see AIQNET have a bit more impact, too, so it can move beyond individual lighthouse projects. The willingness of the clinics to participate in these kinds of projects plays an important role in this respect.  In concrete terms, this is how I imagine operations in the future: If data is collected from all devices during surgery, AI can be used to compare it with old surgical data. The doctor then gets pointers from previous surgeries and recommendations based on that information while operating – tips from the past, so to speak. Of course, “the past” equates to a huge variety of data that has to be dealt with first. This abundance of retrospective data has to be combined with new data and used to derive recommendations. Both the UMG and AIQNET can play a role in developing the “surgery of the future”.

In your view, how significant is the AIQNET Medical Data Ecosystem and why is it important for you to participate in the project?

Prof. Dr. Rainer Würslin:
It is important that digitalisation makes bigger inroads in clinics. There is still a lot to be done in terms of standardisation if we are to avoid creating isolated solutions. That’s why dialogue through AIQNET is essential in my opinion. I think it is important that multiple clinics make an effort to work together and show how digitalisation and good collaboration can work.  The AIQNET digital ecosystem gives us access to clinics and a network of important stakeholders for our company. We are also getting to know use cases and find out where digitalisation is needed and where we can help. In addition to Charité, we have had other fruitful encounters with clinics and industry thanks to AIQNET – for example, with the Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS) or the companies Inomed Medizintechnik GmbH and Aesculap AG. At TZM GmbH, however, we are already thinking a few years ahead. For instance, we are currently planning a UMG2, which will feature a Wi-Fi connection. There is definitely already a set of specifications for such a futuristic device. So we’re happy to receive any input about what a device of this kind will need for the future. For us, AIQNET is opening the door for research and new use cases.

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