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Qt assists in surgical operating room training system UI development

Published - June 3, 2016

Orzone uses Qt for ultra-realistic medical simulation suite


Helsinki – 03.06.2016 – Clinicians and other medical professionals are now benefiting from the fluid, intuitive user interfaces (UI) enabled by Qt as part of an innovative training system for surgical personnel. Orzone, a leading developer of medical simulation and e-learning tools, used the Qt cross-platform application and UI development framework in the development of its ORCAMP simulation suite.
Orzone provides advanced simulation technology to support and facilitate clinical training and assessment worldwide. The company works with medical societies and hospitals to help improve the knowledge, skills and professionalism of clinicians, accelerating their progress on the journey from student to expert. Orzone’s equipment builds capacity and capability within clinical teams, which increases patient safety and clinical productivity, leading to improved patient outcomes and enhanced efficiency.
The ORCAMP is the world’s most realistic training environment for surgical teams. Designed to improve healthcare productivity, it is a hands-on skills training solution in a simulated operating theatre environment including an operating table, C-arm and all control functions. The system integrates a wide range of different simulation technologies to create the most realistic training set up possible without practicing on real patients in real operating rooms. Whole teams, including surgeons, anesthetists and nurses, can work together to improve technical and non-technical skills.
The graphical user interface (GUI) plays an important role, enabling control and delivering status information. Having considered the .NET framework and C# programing language, Orzone decided instead to use C++ and Qt for the development. According to lead developer Daniel Svensson: “We deal with real-time simulation so we decided to go with C++ and Qt is the best GUI framework for C++.”
Qt enabled the Orzone development team to get up and running quickly early in the project. “It allowed our junior programmers to quickly get a grasp of model/view programming thanks to the rich library of widgets. And many of the pointer pitfalls with C++ programming were avoided,” said Svensson.
Orzone’s selection of Qt was also based on Qt’s cross-platform capabilities. Having established a highly successful product family on one operating system platform, the company is now looking to extend functionality on to iOS and WindowsRT platforms. Daniel Svensson commented: “With the advent of tablets and smart phones we are in a situation where we can use our matured Qt knowledge when expanding to these devices without having to use and rely on external consultants.”

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June 2016 Ref: DQ189D1