Sincere congratulations go to our longstanding research associate Max Rockstroh for obtaining the academic degree of Dr. rer. nat. at the Faculty of Medicine of Leipzig University. His dissertation addresses the challenges of process support in the operating room with a particular focus on activity monitoring and data storage as a basis for recognizing the surgical process. Max’ research serves the overall goal of achieving interoperability of medical devices and healthcare IT systems, through which the implementation of added-value functions and the effective support in the work of different user groups in the healthcare system can be achieved.