Forschungsprojekte

If you are interested in our research projects, feel free to contact the contact person or a member of our team.

Current Research Projects

P04: Contactless monitoring of laboratory animals for the sake of home cage observation, refinement of anaesthesia and prediction of impending inflammation

The DFG research unit 2591 – a research consortium aims at defining a severity assessment framework for laboratory animals

Patients of the intensive care unit must be constantly monitored regarding their circulatory system and health status. Therefore, they are connected to necessary measuring instruments with the use of electrodes and derivations which takes time and severely narrows the patient’s ability to move. Even patient transport is thereby made more difficult. Through the development of reliable, contactless measurement methods the patients’ ability to move can in this regard stay unrestricted and clinical procedures can be optimized.

This study targets a contactless assessment of the health status of experimental animals. Remotely, vital signs (respiratory rate, pulse, temperature) can be measured, signs of inflammation can be checked and perfusion imaging can be performed with the help of video sequences, radar as well as infrared- and colour cameras.

Further information can be found on: severity-assessment.de

Cooperation partners

The DFG project is part of a DFG research group with the common title: “Severity Assessment in Animal-based Research” (FOR2591)

  • P01 Prof. André Bleich, Phd, DipECLAM (Hannover Medical School, Institute for Laboratory Animal Science and Central Animal Facility, Hannover) und Dr. Christine Häger (Hannover Medical School, Institute for Laboratory Animal Science and Central Animal Facility, Hannover)
  • P02 Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. René H. Tolba, MD, PhD (Institute for Laboratory Animal Science and Central Animal Facility RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty)
  • P05 Prof. Peter Gass, MD (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Mannheim Faculty / University of Heidelberg, Mannheim/Heidelberg)
  • P08 Prof. Dr. Fabian Kiessling, M.D. (Chair of Experimental Molecular Imaging, RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty, Aachen)
  • P10 Prof. Ute Lindauer, Dr. med. vet. (Translational Neurosurgery and Neurobiology, Department of Neurosurgery, RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty, Aachen)
  • P11 Prof. Dr. Heidrun Potschka, DVM (Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmacy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich)
  • P12 Prof. Kerstin Schwabe, Phd (Laboratories for Experimental Neurosurgery, Hannover Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery, Hannover)
  • P14 Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue (German Primate Center, Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Göttingen) und Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail (Sensorimotor Group, German Primate Center, Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Göttingen)
  • P15 Dietmar Zechner, PhD (Rostock University Medical Center, Institute for Experimental Surgery, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock) und Prof. Dr. med. Brigitte Vollmar (Institute for Experimental Surgery, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock)
  • nP17 Dorit Merhof, Prof. Dr. Ing. (Institute of Imaging & Computer Vision, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen)
  • nP18 Marion Bankstahl, Prof. Dr. (Institute for Laboratory Animal Science, Hannover Medical School, Hannover)

Contact

Dr.-Ing. Carina Barbosa Pereira (cbarbosapereukaachende)

Janosch Kunczik, M.Sc. (jkunczikukaachende)

Funding

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Project duration: 10/2020 – 09 /2023

PriMed - Process optimization through integrated medical devices in operating theaters and clinics


As part of the PriMed project, there is a (further) development of concepts for the open networking of medical devices in the operating room and in the clinic with the aim of improving the perioperative processes. Based on the preliminary work of the OR.NET project, a flexible, context-adaptive process and treatment management system is to be created for the different anesthesiological workplaces.

Aims:

  • Development of concepts for process optimization in the OR using integrated medical technology
  • Expansion of an anesthesia workstation and application of the SDC open communication standard based on the results of the OR.NET project
  • Contextual and situational presentation of information including the perioperative standard procedures, the different therapists and treatment centers
  • Integration of decision support logic
  • Application of innovative human-machine interaction possibilities

Further information can be found at: http://primed.med-design.net

Cooperation partners

  • SurgiTAIX AG
  • Lehrstuhl für Medizintechnik der RWTH Aachen (mediTEC)
  • Docs in Clouds GmbH
  • IT4process GmbH
  • Beger Design
  • Localite GmbH
  • Klinik für Neurochirurgie der Uniklinik RWTH Aachen
  • OP-Management der Uniklinik RWTH Aachen

Contact

Dr. med. Verena Voigt (vvoigtukaachende)

Funding

EFRE NRW 2014-2020

Förderungszeitraum: 04/2019-04/2022

AIDA - Work development in elderly care through the introduction of a telemedical emergency service concept

Due to demographic change and the simultaneously prevailing shortage of skilled workers, across both nursing and medical professions, medical care in geriatric care facilities grows increasingly challenging. In case of a deterioration in condition, the attending general practitioner often is not instantly available for a home visit. Usually the following emergency call ends immediately in a hospital admission, even if the patients could often be treated further on an outpatient basis in their care facility.

In addition to the costs of hospitalization, this leads to far-reaching health-economic but also patient-related consequences, especially when demented patients are torn from their familiar surroundings.

In the AIDA project, a telemedical application (medical roll stand system TeleDoc) is used in the context of geriatric care in order to connect the general practitioners in charge of routine visits and emergency consultations via telemedicine, and to set up a 24/7 telemedical emergency service bridging the time the attending general practitioners is not available. The aim of AIDA is to make the medical and nursing staff capacities more effectively usable, to evaluate the changes in elderly care from an ergonomic point of view and to guarantee holistic patient care. The model project AIDA is intended to pioneer the broad practical introduction of teleconsultation in geriatric care facilities as basic and regular care.

Cooperation partners

  • Uniklinik RWTH Aachen A.ö.R
  • Docs in Clouds TeleCare GmbH, Aachen
  • MA&T Sell & Partner GmbH, Würselen
  • Stiftung Evangelisches Alten- und Pflegeheim Gemünd
  • St. Gereon Seniorendienste GmbH, Hückelhoven
  • Hausärztin Dr. Karidas-Moitzheim, Schleiden
  • Hausärzte Dres. Schneider/Ferber/Kochs, Hückelhoven
  • AOK Rheinland/Hamburg

Contact

Dr. med. Andreas Follmann (afollmannukaachende)

Dr. med. Sarah Veldeman (sveldemanukaachende)

Funding

Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) 2014-2020 „Investitionen in Wachstum und Beschäftigung“

Project duration: 11/2019 – 10/2022

Optimal@NRW – Optimized acute care for geriatric patients through an intersectoral telemedical cooperation network - around the clock

The Optimal @ NRW project stands for a new intersectoral approach to the acute care of geriatric people in need of care. This approach includes the implementation of early warning systems, the provision of teleconsultation systems and the cross-sectoral digital treatment documentation in the 25 nursing homes belonging to the consortium. The project takes up the currently planned changes in emergency care and adds a "virtual digital counter", which is operated around the clock by the Uniklinik RWTH Aachen and the North Rhine-Westphalia KV. Specifically, this means that if a medical question arises in one of the participating nursing homes, teleconsultation with the virtual counter can be carried out via the medical call center (116117) after an initial medical assessment, or other assistance can be organized. In particular, if the family doctor is not available at this point in time and it is not an acute situation, mobile relief assistants (EVA) can support the local staff and provide medically delegable services in the context of visits to nursing homes. Thus, one of the central project goals, the avoidance of inadequate hospital admissions for outpatient-sensitive hospital cases (ASK) and improved medical care, should be achieved.

Consortium partner

  • Barmer GEK  
  • Universität Bielefeld – Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitsökonomie & -management  
  • IKK Classic   
  • Techniker Krankenkasse  
  • DAK Gesundheit  
  • Kassenärztliche Vereinigung NordOst (KVNO)  
  • Itertalklinik Seniorenheim GmbH & Co. KG  
  • Senioren- und Pflegezentrum St. Antonius gGmbH  
  • carpe diem Gesellschaft   
  • JH Consulting   
  • Betreuungszentrum Arche Noah KG  
  • Wohn- und Pflegeheim Maria Hilf Burg Setterich GmbH  
  • Wohnanlagen für Senioren und Behinderte der “An der Zitadelle Jülich GmbH”   

Contact

Pauline Weismann (paweismannukaachende)

Franziska Schollemann, M.Sc. (fschollemannukaachende)

Grant

G-BA Innovation Fund (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss)

Project duration : 01.04.2020-31.03.2024

TRAUM – Telemedical legal information and investigation methodology

An anesthetic briefing takes place prior to a planned surgical procedure with anesthesia. This discussion serves to educate the patient about the planned measures and the associated risks. In addition, a physical examination and the patient's individual medical history are recorded.

For the patient, this conversation is unfortunately often associated with long travel times and waiting times and, if the findings are missing, also with a new presentation in the clinic. In times of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also a potential risk of infection with every hospital stay. The anesthesiologist has a high level of documentation effort, since documentation has to be documented several times, with increasing work density and an existing shortage of skilled workers.

In order to counteract this development, we have initiated a project: the telemedical legal information and examination method (TRAUM). The software specially developed for this enables the patient to conduct the anesthetic briefing from home and to fill out all related documents. For the anesthetist, the documentation effort is reduced and further process optimization measures are implemented.

Cooperation partner

  • Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, department for anesthesiology, premedication clinic
  • Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Legal division
  • Docs in Clouds GmbH
  • Bavarian Health GmbH

Contact

Grant

START – Forschungsförderung an der Medizinischen Fakultät der RWTH Aachen

Project duration: 04/2020 bis 03/2022

VisiTemi – Telerobotics against loneliness in inpatient care for the elderly: a contribution to the COVID pandemic

Already before the COVID pandemic, almost every fifth person in fully inpatient facilities over the age of 80 in NRW mostly or (almost) always felt lonely. This is compounded by the fact that loneliness and social isolation, which has been reinforced by the ban on visits to senior institutions since March 2020, are risk factors of premature mortality. To counteract this, it is recommended as a preventive measure to maintain the existing social network individually and to strengthen it, for example, with modern communication such as video telephony.

In this project, the "Temi" robot system (distributed in Germany by Medisana GmbH) is to implement this video telephony and enable contact between residents of fully stationary facilities and their relatives. Increased by the humanoid appearance of the partially autonomous robot and its regular “visit”, loneliness is to be tackled acutely during the COVID pandemic. The scientific focus of the VisiTemi project is the evaluation of scientifically established questionnaires on loneliness and social isolation.

Cooperation partner

  • Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, department for geriatric medicine
  • Stiftung Evangelisches Alten- und Pflegeheim Gemünd
  • St. Gereon Seniorendienste GmbH, Hückelhoven
  • Medisana GmbH

Contact

  • Dr. med. Andreas Follmann (afollmann@ukaachende)
  • Franziska Schollemann, M.Sc. (fschollemann@ukaachende)

Grant

VisiTemi is associated with the AIDA project, but is funded from purely internal clinic funds. The robot system will be provided by Medisana GmbH free of charge for the period of the evaluation.

Project duration: ab März 2020

DIH-HERO - Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics

The European health sector offers great potential for the development of robotic technologies because of the numerous industrial sites in Europe as well as the medical progress and the needs of an aging society.

The main obstacles to the faster development of robotic solutions are high development costs and diverging national regulations. However, the global market requires rapid innovation.

Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics (DIH-HERO) therefore has the mission to create a sustainable network that connects the players in the health sector and to support small and medium-sized companies in the robotic health sector. Our goal is to accelerate innovation and reduce the time to launch robotic solutions in the healthcare sector. Therefore, the DIH-HERO online portal offers for example a good overview of 'services' to facilitate international cooperation.

DIH-HERO is an independent and sustainable platform for everyone who works in the healthcare sector. As the only hospital among the core partners of the project, the Uniklinik Aachen plays a vital role. The project started in January 2019 and is financially supported by the European Commission for 4 years with 16 million €. 8 million € of the funding will be invested in DIH-HERO's own tenders (https://dih-hero.eu/calls/) for SMEs. From January 2023, DIH-HERO will then continue to exist as an independent health network.

By connecting companies and players in the healthcare sector, DIH-HERO enables the development of innovative products and services for the healthcare market.

You can find more information on: www.dih-hero.eu

Cooperation partners

  • University of Twente
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Fraunhofer IPA
  • CEA
  • Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
  • Politecnico Milano
  • Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • Tecnalia
  • EURECAT
  • Imperial College London
  • Danish Technological Institute
  • IMEC
  • ETF Robotics
  • Fundacja Rozwoju Kardiochirurgii
  • ETH Zurich

Contact

Dr. med. Mare Mechelinck (mmechelinckukaachende)

Funding

Europäische Kommission (Horizont 2020; DT-ICT-02-2018)

Project duration: 01/2019 – 12/2022

TeleSAN – The tele-senior EMS physician as a strategy for the future of disaster medicine – a study testing the feasibility of telemedicine in civil defense

Civil defense emergencies of national importance such as terror attacks, military conflicts, fires and natural disasters as well as local disaster situations are challenging for emergency personnel and executives. Initially, there is a lack of overview, resources for medical treatment are missing and new dangers for both the comrades’ and the own life are omnipresent. Available human and material resources are primarily used for basic life support. Depending on the severity resource balancing might take several days only then allowing individual medical treatment. Aside from the patient care CBRN incidents and terror attacks pose further challenges demanding the immediate support from special forces.

This feasibility study aims at assessing the employment of telemedicine in civil defense emergencies following the example of the telemedicine system established in Aachen. After an evaluation the emergency personnel will be equipped with technical devices allowing them to connect with the tele-senior EMS physician (TeleLNA) as well as other tele-EMS physicians by use of a Tele-SAN app. They are immediately available and able to consult the on-site emergency personnel from afar without losing time about triage, first-aid and individual medical treatment such as the analgesia in cases of thermal traumas. Further specialists like Chemists or Policemen are also able to log on to the system in order to give advice without needing to be on-site. Not least, the TeleSAN-App should be available for the own smartphone providing professionals as well as first responders with treatment guidelines and instructions allowing them to take action within their means and to the best of their knowledge.

Cooperation partners

  • Docs in Clouds TeleCare GmbH, Aachen
  • Malteser Bildungszentrum Euregio, Aachen
  • Rechtsanwalt Prof. Dr. Dr. Karsten, Köln
  • Berufsfeuerwehr Aachen
  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz gGmbH Städteregion Aachen 

Contact

Dr. med. Andreas Follmann (afollmannukaachende)

Dr. med. Tobias Imhof (timhofukaachende)

Funding

Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK)

Project duration: 05/2020 - 04/2023

TeleSAN - Telemedical Humanitarian Assistance to Ukraine

As part of the TeleSAN research project, telemedical humanitarian aid is to be provided in the current Ukraine war. Existing resources of the TeleSAN project were used and adapted for this purpose. The project is intended to review and evaluate the feasibility and use of telemedicine in civil defense and humanitarian aid. With the help of a cross-platform app, emergency services and helpers on site can communicate easily with volunteer doctors and CBRN experts from Germany and receive precise video-supported help in real time in individual and disaster medicine as well as operational organization areas.

Cooperation partners

  • DGKM - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Katastrophenmedizin e.V.
  • Uniklinik RWTH Aachen
  • Docs in Clouds TeleCare GmbH

Contact

Dr. med. Andreas Follmann (afollmannukaachende)

Funding

Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe

Project duration: 04/2022 – 03/2023

VitaSecure

The cooperation project "VitaSecure" is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the "Central Innovation Program for SMEs" (ZIM) with the aim of developing a multi-sensor solution for contact-free vital parameter monitoring in nursing homes.

The early detection of a critical patient condition, as is a matter of routine in the clinical setting through close vital parameter monitoring, should be established in the area of outpatient care in old people's and nursing homes. For this purpose, a system for contactless vital parameter detection is to be developed, which is based on the use of IR thermography and radar-based measurement technology.

Cooperation partners

Docs in Clouds TeleCare GmbH

IRPD GmbH

C & S Computer und Software GmbH

Klinik für Anästhesiologie, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen

Lehrstuhl für Integrierte Systeme der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Contact

Dr. med. Verena Voigt (vvoigtukaachende)

Funding

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWi)

Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) - Netzwerkförderung

Project duration: 11/2021 – 04/2024

 

EULE - European UAV-assisted transport solutions for medical supplies

Medical goods, such as pharmaceuticals, blood and tissue samples, have to be transported between pharmaceutical dealers, hospitals and laboratories as quickly as possible. This represents a significant economic, logistical and ecological burden for our society.

The use of highly automated, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and their extensive integration into medical operations can drastically increase transport efficiency, which offers enormous potential for improving medical care between cities and rural regions and promotes the digitalization-driven smart networking of medical logistics processes. In addition, roads can be relieved and pollutant emissions can be significantly reduced, since instead of cars or vans, purely electrically powered micro-aircraft optimized for the low payload can be used.

The main goal of this sub-project is to ensure the necessary integration into the processes of the participating medical "customers" (hospitals, laboratories, etc.). There is a risk that, in the case of complicated operation or handling, the effort will outweigh the benefits for the staff. This interface is intended to mediate between the customer's process system and the local platform of the UAS "MedPort". In addition to making it easier to use, role and data management is of great importance here, since the data is particularly worthy of protection due to its medical nature.

Cooperation partners

RWTH Aachen

FlyXdrive GmbH

Docs in Clouds TeleCare GmbH

City Aachen

Droniq GmbH

Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Vodafone

Contact

Dr. med. (Univ. Belgrad) Milos Bogovac (mbogovacukaachende)

Funding

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Project duration: 01/2022 – 12/2024

RespCam.AI – Remote monitoring of breathing patterns and automatic classification using artificial intelligence for early detection of deteriorating health in patients

The respiratory rate (RR) is an important and at the same time sensitive indicator of the state of health. It is closely related to the acid-base balance and the oxygen consumption of the human body. However, various diseases and temporary conditions also influence the breathing pattern in different, sometimes very specific ways (frequency, rhythm, various time parameters such as inspiration-to-expiration ratio, curve shape of the volume and pressure curve, breathing depth or amplitude, etc.) . While these parameters can easily be measured via the ventilation tube in ventilated patients, the available measurement technology for spontaneously breathing patients is usually limited to monitoring the RR.

As part of this project, (1) thoracic excursions and air circulation are to be recorded using various camera systems (long-wave infrared and color cameras) as well as (2) analyzed and clinically evaluated using AI (neural networks and four expert systems) and (3) specific respiratory disorders will be diagnosed and possibly even predicted.

For this purpose, innovative algorithms for breathing curve extraction and breathing pattern classification are being researched. Therefore, a clinical study will be carried out in the recovery room of the clinic for anesthesiology, which will provide the data required for the development of the algorithms.
 

Cooperation partners

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Contact

Dr. Ing. Carina Barbosa Pereira (cbarbosapereukaachende)

M.Sc. Lukas Ullmann (luullmannukaachende)
 

Funding

START – Forschungsförderung an der Medizinischen Fakultät der RWTH Aachen

Project duration: 09/2022 – 09/2024

Completed Research Projects (selection)

OR.NET – secure dynamic networking in operation room and hospital

Integration and networking in medical IT have been a great subject since years. Several projects deal with the networking of IT systems within a medical institution as well as overall facilities. An increasingly important aspect is the integration und networking of medical devices among each other and with adjoining IT systems. The project OR.NET addresses especially this core topic.

Goals:

  • The development of certifiable, dynamic, non-proprietary networking possibilities in consisting and future devices
  • Plug&Play Networking in consideration of aspects for approval capability and risk management
  • Development of operator models

Further information can be found on: http://ornet.med-design.net

Cooperation partners

  • Providers of integrated operation rooms
  • Manufacturers of medical devices and medical technological components
  • (IT-) service providers for software and IT solutions for networking
  • Research Institutes, especially:
    • Lehrstuhl für Medizintechnik (MediTec; Direktor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. Radermacher)
    • Lehrstuhl für Medizinische Informationstechnik (MedIT; Direktor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. Steffen Leonhardt)
  • Specialist clinic
    • Klinik-IT-Abteilungen und Betreiber

Contact

Dr. Verena Voigt (vvoigtukaachende)

Funding

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Project duration: 09/2012 – 08/2015

AUDIME – AUDIvisual medical information technology for complex emergency situations

Terrorist attacks, natural catastrophes and severe traffic accidents always bring serious challenges for rescue teams all over the world. Lack of information on number and severity of injured as well as information on available and necessary resources immensely impede the organisation of rescue operations and lead to relevant delays in patient transport and treatment.

The project AUDIME researches information technology-based decision and support systems including the relevant sighting algorithms for rescue procedures – from sighting up to the treatment at the treatment unit. Key requirements for the system are the usability in complex, supra-regional emergency situations, the integration capacity of existing and new support systems as well as a specific processing and provision of relevant information on the current situation. The technical project focus lies on the creation of an information-integration-system which, besides statistical data accumulation, enables the involvement and evaluation of continuous real-time data and telemedical aspects. In this way, relevant information is provided to the decision- and support system as well as all further networked users in real-time.

Cooperation partners

  • Lehrstuhl für Informations-management im Maschinenbau (IMA) der RWTH Aachen
  • Center for Security & Society, Institut für Soziologie Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • TECH2GO Mobile Systems GmbH
  • GS Elektromedizinische Geräte G. Stemple GmbH

Contact

Dr. Andreas Follmann (afollmannukaachende)

Förderung

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Projektträger VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH

Project duration: 12/2014 – 12/2017

Postoperative pain does not only constitute a high acute burden on patients but also impedes the recovery and leads to chronicity. Therefore, an early detection and treatment of pain conditions especially in monitoring and intensive care units is significant. However, pain is a high-sensitive experience and therefore difficult to grasp despite different technical concepts (analysis of skin conductance, evaluation of heart rate variability and others).

The research project “Mimik” develops a system solution for long time monitoring of postoperative pain and stress in intensive care units. With the help of IR-thermography dynamic contours and thermal profiles of a patient’s face are measured in a passive and contactless way in order to detect reactions on pain stimulus (difference in facial expression, lacrimation, perspiration). Regardless of environmental conditions and networked with the hospital information system including secured data and long-term archiving this system will lead to an improved remote monitorability of intensive care patients.

The project’s goals:

  • Detection of face shape and condition as well es changes in 3D with the help of IR-thermography
  • Detection of pain reactions (changes in facial expression, lacrimation, perspiration)
  • Medical evaluation of pain und stress reaction with derivation of therapy options

Cooperation partners

  • RWTH Aachen Philips Lehrstuhl für Medizinische Informationstechnik (MedIT)
  • RWTH Aachen Lehrstuhl für Bildbearbeitung
  • Infra Tec GmbH
  • Pneumatik Berlin GmbH Medical Systems

Contact

Henriette Dohmeier (hdohmeierukaachende)

Funding

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie

Projektträger ZIM- Netzwerkförderung

Project duration: 03/2014 – 01/2017

Leitwart – SmartCareUnit

Being part of the Smart Care Unit projects, this project is dedicated for the development of a system solution for a central control room with data fusion and interpretation across all devices in an intensive care unit. For this purpose, a fusion of medical devices and laboratory data across all manufacturers as well as data of the hospital IT should be enabled for the generation of smart alarm and decision support systems. At the same time, a software condition to master great, heterogeneous volume of data (video, audio, text, images, measurements) is developed (multidimensional databases, big data evaluations). A contactless, intuitive handling, highly complex data interpretation with recommendation for actions, stationary and mobile available and situation adapted visualization, trend based early alerting, secure documentation and long-term archiving characterize the new level of patient care. In this context, a special value is attached to usability, good medical design, data security and quality standards. The smart networked system solution for the intensive care unit offers more efficiency, value and life quality for patient and personnel.

Goals:

  • Fusion of medical devices, laboratory data and hospital IT across all manufacturers
  • Software development to master big, heterogenous volume of data
  • Situation adapted visualization, trend based early alerting and data security in patient care

Cooperation partners

  • Conworx Technology GmbH
  • Yacoub Automation GmbH
  • G.punkt medical services
  • Dr. Hornecker Softwareentwicklung und IT-Dienstleistungen
  • Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut

Contact

Dr. med. Verena Voigt (vvoigtukaachende)

Funding

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie

Projektträger ZIM- Netzwerkförderung

Project duration: 12/2014 – 05/2017

Wundscanner (Development of a mobile system for early detection and monitoring of wound infection)

Wound infections belong to the most frequent complications of medical interventions and cover around 24% of all nosocomial infections in Germany. First, they constitute a serious risk, not only for the concerned patients but also for fellow patients if not the whole hospital. In case of healthcare wound infections after interventions pose a substantial cost factor causing an additional cost of around 3 billion euros for over 220.000 infections per year. Second, the sooner the infection is detected the better and more effective treatment can be provided. Studies have shown that the thermal pattern of a wound in case of an infection exhibits special features. With the help of an infrared-thermography, these patterns can be assessed in a passive and burden-free way even before the inflammation gets visible for the human eye.

This project’s goal is the development of a scanner system that merges optical data of an infrared camera and a camera working within visible light and uses smart algorithms for image evaluation to create interpreted gradients over time and space.

Cooperation partners

All cooperation partners are members of the ZIM-Network “AmbuCare”: https://www.smart-care-unit.de

Contact

Henriette Dohmeier (hdohmeierukaachende)

Franziska Schollemann, M.Sc. (mschollemannukaachende)

Funding

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie

Projektträger ZIM- Netzwerkförderung

Project duration: 10/2017 - 03/2020

The DFG research unit 2591 – a research consortium aims at defining a severity assessment framework for laboratory animals

Patients of the intensive care unit must be constantly monitored regarding their circulatory system and health status. For that, they are connected to necessary measuring instruments with the use of electrodes and derivations which takes time and severely narrows the patient’s ability to move. Even patient transport is thereby made more difficult. Through the development of reliable, contactless measurement methods the patients’ ability to move can in this regard stay unrestricted and clinical procedures can be optimized.

This study targets a contactless assessment of the health status of experimental animals. In a wireless way, vital data (respiration, pulse, temperature) can be measured, signs of inflammation can be checked and perfusion imaging can be performed with the help of video sequences, radar as well as infrared- and colour cameras.

Further information can be found on: https://severity-assessment.de

Cooperation partners

The DFG project is part of a DFG research group with the common title: “Severity Assessment in Animal-based Research” (FOR2591)

  • P01 Prof. André Bleich, Phd, DipECLAM (Hannover Medical School, Institute for Laboratory Animal Science and Central Animal Facility, Hannover) und Dr. Christine Häger (Hannover Medical School, Institute for Laboratory Animal Science and Central Animal Facility, Hannover)
  • P02 Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. René H. Tolba, MD, PhD (Institute for Laboratory Animal Science and Central Animal Facility RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty)
  • P05 Prof. Peter Gass, MD (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Mannheim Faculty / University of Heidelberg, Mannheim/Heidelberg)
  • P08 Prof. Dr. Fabian Kiessling, M.D. (Chair of Experimental Molecular Imaging, RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty, Aachen)
  • P10 Prof. Ute Lindauer, Dr. med. vet. (Translational Neurosurgery and Neurobiology, Department of Neurosurgery, RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty, Aachen)
  • P11 Prof. Dr. Heidrun Potschka, DVM (Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmacy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich)
  • P12 Prof. Kerstin Schwabe, Phd (Laboratories for Experimental Neurosurgery, Hannover Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery, Hannover)
  • P14 Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue (German Primate Center, Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Göttingen) und Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail (Sensorimotor Group, German Primate Center, Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Göttingen)
  • P15 Dietmar Zechner, PhD (Rostock University Medical Center, Institute for Experimental Surgery, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock) und Prof. Dr. med. Brigitte Vollmar (Institute for Experimental Surgery, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock)
  • nP17 Dorit Merhof, Prof. Dr. Ing. (Institute of Imaging & Computer Vision, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen)
  • nP18 Marion Bankstahl, Prof. Dr. (Institute for Laboratory Animal Science, Hannover Medical School, Hannover)
  • nP19 Nils Hoppe, Prof. Dr. (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover) und Rebecca Knabb, PhD (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover)

Contact

Dr.-Ing. Carina Barbosa Pereira (cbarbosapereukaachende)

Janosch Kunczik, M.Sc. (jkunczikukaachende)

Funding

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Project duration: 03/2017 - 02/2020

MoVE – Modular Validation Environment for medical device networks

The integration and network of medical devices became an indispensable component of modern operating rooms during the last years. Especially big international manufacturers provide different monolithic solutions as overall systems. These systems though show a difficult to implement integrability with third party devices due to the necessity of conformity assessment of medical devices with the Medical Product Act as well as the risk management of networked medical products. Therefore, the market access for smaller and average manufacturers of medical devices is limited.

For the open networking of medical devices, adapted procedures and implements are absolutely required to support the approval process for manufacturers as well as the operation process for operators. The conception, implementing, validating and operation of such test areas for medical devices is complex and usually can’t be realised with reasonable costs by smaller and average manufacturers. These surroundings though prospectively are a significant component for a successful development of innovative products and their approval as well as their successful placement in the market.

Goals of this project:

  • The development of a technical-strategical approach to support the approval and certification procedure and the risk management of networked medical devices in an integrated surgical surrounding
  • The development of a test environment including appropriate protocols, scenarios and test areas as well as relevant approval strategies which are able to test the networking of medical devices and software components in different simulated scenarios and validate them regarding several parameters
  • Further development of approval strategies for open networked medical products

Cooperation partners

  • SurgiTAIX AG
  • Localite GmbH
  • Steute Schaltgeräte GmbH & Co. KG
  • Fritz Stephan GmbH Medizintechnik
  • Synagon GmbH
  • Ilara GmbH
  • Healthcare Consulting GmbH
  • UTK Lübeck
  • Lehrstuhl für Medizintechnik der RWTH Aachen (mediTEC Aachen)
  • Institut für Angewandte Mikroelektronik und Datentechnik (IMD) der Universität Rostock
  • Institut für Medizinische Informatik der Universität Lübeck
  • Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery der Universität Leipzig (ICCAS)

Ansprechpartner

Dr. med. Verena Voigt (vvoigtukaachende)

Marian Ohligs, M.Sc. (mohligsukaachende)

Förderungen

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Project duration: 05/2018 – 09/2019

VirtualDisaster - Virtualized reality for tele-mission management in complex operational situations and major events

Large-scale disasters, such as terrorist attacks, major fire incidents or mass casualty incidents (MCI), always pose serious challenges to emergency personnel and incident commanders: Initially there is a lack of overview of the situation biasing the perception. It is often the overall perspective that incident commanders miss in order to determine lacking resources and available potentials.

In order to counter this problem, VirtualDisaster involves a tele-mission management, based on the model of the Aachen TeleMedic. Drones using 360° cameras and laser based distance meters (LiDAR) transmit three dimensional reconstructions of the scene. The use of virtual reality (VR) gives a quick overview of the scene even in difficult, inaccessible locations. The cooperation between the tele-mission management and the mission management (or the senior EMS physician) on site ensures a more efficient approach to the situation. This inevitably reduces delays in rescue and treatment of the injured, as well as in large-scale disasters.

Cooperation partners

  • Berufsfeuerwehr Aachen
  • TEMA Technologie Marketing AG
  • RWTH Aachen, Institut für Flugsystemdynamik
  • RWTH Aachen, Lehrstuhl für Informatik 8 (Computergrafik und Multimedia)

Contact:

Dr. med. Andreas Follmann (afollmannukaachende)

Marian Ohligs (mohligsukaachende)

Funding:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Project duration: 07/2019 - 12/2021