Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Dutch hospital builds operating theatres with IoT technology

Steve Rogerson
November 13, 2018

The Eramus University Medical Center, a teaching hospital in Rotterdam, has built 26 operating theatres using digital IoT technology from local firms Inter and Technolution, and Taiwan-based Advantech.
“We have added more modules and digital applications so that people in operating rooms (ORs) can make better decisions,” said Robert van Rooij (pictured far right), Inter’s managing director, speaking at this month’s Advantech IoT Co-Creation Summit in Suzhou, China. “The surgeon can with one click know the right team is there with the right patient.”
The digital multimedia video system changes the way that staff access information.
“Previously, there were posters and lots of paper,” said van Rooij. “Now, all the information is in one place integrated with new surgical monitors. It is a much friendlier system to work with. The new digital IoT era of hospitals has begun with this installation.”
A key element it provides is situational awareness by providing the right information at the right time. It also helps produce management reports.
“But the high level objectives are to improve patient safety and be more efficient,” said van Rooij.
Kevin Pruim (seated front), manager of the software development team at Inter, added that: “Software is becoming more and more important.” He presented the Avas-60, the company’s latest video archiving and streaming system for intelligent ORs. This will be released in the third quarter of next year.
“With the Avas-60, you can just roll it into the OR and start using it,” he said. “It supports recording and streaming. It can also be used for watching a procedure to assist the operation. We built this in consultation with workers in hospitals. We needed to know how they work and improve what they do.”
Marcel Dukker (second from the right), CCO at Technolution, said: “The Eramus project had the resources to build a complete new building while the existing building with its ORs stayed in operation. But things like the Avas-60 can be part of a migration process. They can improve existing ORs. The next step could be a wall-mounted screen linked to it. It can be a step-by-step approach. It is a migration path.”
But Paul Jaspers (pictured left), product sales manager at Advantech, said that not every hospital was ready for this. “We mostly look to hospitals that have the ambition to become a smart hospital,” he said. “They have to be willing and have the ambition to go for the new technology.”
Dukker added though that the equipment was suitable for use in different types of hospitals.