A specific example of an application is a system that measures movement disturbances throughout the day to adjust dosage and timing for medication or brain pacing. In general, systems for measuring and improving therapy sequences are of great importance.
The DGBMT sees in the field of intelligent assistance systems considerable opportunities for the development of new devices and systems with a high benefit for the user and a high commercial implementation potential. However, many questions are still open with regard to technical solutions, standardization and refinancing models for R & D investment.
Working Areas of the DGBMT
The DGBMT promotes the development of biomedical engineering in Germany in a non-profit way. The interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge from research to clinical application, the development of opinions, analyzes and recommendations on current questions and topics of biomedical engineering and the networking of engineers, computer scientists, natural scientists and physicians from research, industry and clinics contribute essentialy to the objectives of the DGBMT.
Subjects and Projects
AAL Active Assisted Living
Active assisted living systems are technical aids that help people in their everyday lives and in their careers, maintain and promote their health, and mitigate, compensate or correct the effects of illness and injury.
Digitization and Information Integration
Not only biomedical technology but the entire medical patient care system is currently undergoing an unprecedented wave of digitization. The focus is on the combination and intelligent use of patient data. However, medical devices as well as processes or operating procedures for medical care are also networked.
Hygiene and Medical Engineering
In medical technology, many products contain the risk of infections. Therefore, products must be disinfected or sterilized.
Innovations in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical technology is absolutely dependent on the framework for innovation and cooperation.
Passive implants are used for the replacement or function recovery of body parts, such as replacement of joints, teeth, heart valves and eyelids, or the stabilization of blood vessels (stents). In addition to the continuous material and method research to improve the supply of passive implants, there is a great need for research to improve biocompatibility.
The surgical procedure is still the therapy of choice for a variety of diseases.
In recent surgical procedures, patient information, diagnostics, and assistive technologies are increasingly integrated and combined. In this integrated intervention, interventions can, e. g., be precisely planned and accompanied by three-dimensional patient models.
OR.Net - Networking of components in the operating room
The goal of the project is the design, evaluation and implementation of concepts for a manufacturer-independent, dynamic networking of medical devices and systems into the existing information technology infrastructure of operating rooms with the aim of expanding the overall functionality and operational safety.
Automation technology in biomedical engineering
Biomaterials and Medical Implants
Our goal is to promote the development of modern and novel biomaterials to meet the future needs of materials in biology and medicine. Their application areas include, for example, implantable medical devices, tissue engineering, devices and methods for the application of drugs and genes, contrast agents for imaging, materials for minimally invasive surgery, or biosensors.
Biomedical Engineering and Society
The expert committee examines the ethical, economic, political and legal aspects of biomedical engineering and high-tech medicine and its interrelationships.
Biomedical engineering in the MRI
The expert committee deals with new developments, test procedures, standards, the co-organization of events on the subject of MRI, and the development of recommendations for MR safety.
The expert committee "Biosignals - Information Processing in Medicine and Biosciences" (until April 2008 "Medical Informatics") is a forum for users and applications of information processing in medicine and biosciences.
Business Models for Intelligent Assistance Systems
The main focus of the work of the expert committee are the factors for success concerning the placement of AAL / Intelligent Assistance Systems in the market.
Education and Training
Qualified education and training is the basis for further success in biomedical engineering in Germany, both in science and in industry. The expert committee on vocational education and training bundles the activities in this area in Germany.
Endoscopy, Surgical Instruments and Telemanipulators
Endoscopic procedures are an integral part of surgical intervention. The expert committee is concerned with innovative developments in this field in connection with further developments of surgical instruments in general and telemanipulators in particular.
Image guided navigated intervention
The expert committee for image guided navigated interventions is concerned with procedures to which medical imaging methods, image processing, visualization, medical position measurement technology and support of intervention workflows are of particular relevance.
Implantable Assistive Systems
The ever-increasing life expectancy of the population and the manifold possibilities of innovative technologies are constantly increasing the need for further assistive systems. The implantable assistive systems are of particular importance, since these help the user to reliably maintain performance without compromising their independence and privacy.
Information Management in Medicine
The ever-increasing digitalization in our society today results in an enormous amount of data from heterogeneous sources in different quality and in different formats. Also in medicine, the processes are increasingly computer-assisted and there is a tremendous potential to use the available data for an improvement of early detection, care and research.
Magnetic Methods in Medicine
The topics of the expert committee are based on current magnetic methods developed and applied in the biomedical context.
Methodology of Patient Monitoring
The purpose of the expert committee is to promote scientific foundations, technical developments and medical applications in all areas of patient monitoring based on safety, efficiency and effectiveness, and to integrate all occupational groups that have contact with patient monitoring and their requirements. To this end, close collaboration between clinicians and methodologists, the engineering sciences, as well as representatives of the industry and other interest groups is strived for.
Micro and Nano Systems
Microsystem technology has turned out in the new century as the key industry in which Germany plays a leading role. Virtually all industries use this technology, with products ranging from automobiles to mobile phones. Now, this technology is also beginning to conquer life science and medicine.
Mobile Diagnostic and Therapy Systems
The expert committee examines technical, medical, medical, ethical, economic, political and legal aspects in the context of telemedicine.
Neuroprosthetics and Intelligent Implants
The expert committee actively promotes information transfer and opinion generation on developments in the area of neuroprostics, neuromodulation and intelligent implants. The focus of our activities is on current issues relating to technical developments, tests and testing methods as well as the efficacy and reimbursment of assistive technologies.
Optical Methods in Medicine
The focus of the expert committee is on the initiation and maintenance of an active network of researchers, manufacturers and clinical users, the provision of specialist information as well as the positioning on the opportunities and risks of optics and photonics as a technology of the future in biomedical engineering. Furthermore the committee organizes scientific and social exchange in the field of optical procedures in medicine and promotes young scientists.
Rehabilitation technology supports needy, physically restricted patients in the independent management of everyday tasks, enables an independent life management as far as possible without care and support service, and has the goal of reintegrating the affected persons into their professional and social environment.
The expert committee deals with the applications of ultrasound in medical diagnosis and therapy.
Due to the necessary process optimization in hospitals, the ergonomic design of medical devices and systems is becoming increasingly important. It helps reduce the number of critical situations, accelerate processes, and improve overall medical outcomes.