Diagnosis NORMality

Diagnosis NORMality

Doctors cure diseases and alleviate symptoms. Norms and inspection standards help to ensure that hi-tech instruments and algorithms can be used reliably for the good of the patient.

Gentle procedures, fewer complications and quicker recovery: Experts demand a lot from the digitalization of the operating theatre. Surgeons will soon have a kind of x-ray vision – provided by augmented reality glasses. A blend of real and virtual images enables them to see the exact position of all of the patient’s organs, identify areas to be operated on and sensitive points. Sensor technology in their operating instruments gives them feedback on the operation – a warning if a nerve could be damaged, for example. Robots are already providing valuable assistance in many clinics. They emit highly accurate x-rays and operate the tiniest instruments – all controlled by the surgeon and his joystick. Whether now or in future – devices and systems in the medical sector have to be safe and reliable in all respects. More and more operating theatres, administration, labs and intensive care units are digitally linked. TÜV Rheinland doesn’t just check the operation and security of the hardware, but the algorithms, too. The smallest error in the programming code could be life-threatening and cyber-attacks on insecure IT systems could paralyze hospital operations. The importance of protection against hackers became very clear in May 2017: The “Wanna Cry” computer virus in a number of British clinics caused operations to be postponed, made patient data unavailable and the phone system to break down.

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