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KARL STORZ was pioneering the development of OR integration in the 1990s when minimally invasive surgery triumphantly proceeded to the modern surgery today. With the enhancement of OR techniques the requirements within the OR surrounding increased. More and more devices, new and complex technologies entered the OR. The device control was driven locally and ineffective. Visualization and access to important data could only be managed in a limited way. The workplace and surrounding areas were inherently inefficient and ergonomically challenging.

The integrated operating room of early 2000 no longer deserves this label in 2010. With more than 10 years of experience in medical integration and over 65 years in medical technology, we define OR integration as three different aspects coming together in a single concept - OR1™:

  • Centralised control of the entire OR to manage endoscopic and peripheral devices and to view, display, document and communicate information from video and other data sources in and out of the OR.
  • Ergonomics and user-friendly design to optimize the workflow and comfort for a modern and convenient workplace.
  • Connectivity to enhance audio-visual communication from the OR, whether for teleconferencing, resident teaching, or telesurgery and to network with hospital systems like PACS, HIS or RIS.