VMW Monthly - August 2000 - ISSN 1388-722X


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Recently, a one-day MediMedia workshop on medical imaging was organised in Brussels, Belgium. The Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine has covered several presentations, held at this workshop, in a series of articles.
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Contents August 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
 Human genome on Compaq
 ViTel Net awarded contract for Costa Rica Telemedicine Network Project
 World Telehealth and UN Group 77 partnership brings e-health within reach of developing nations
 Third annual report on the Virtual Reality marketplace now released
 TeleUtrasound Programme for rural patients goes "live" in Northern Alberta
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
 HealthCentral`s QuickStart Web package helps promote U.S. medical services to international patients
 HealthCenter to stimulate physicians` "Internetworking" with Lucent's Electronic Media Network Services
 Philips Medical Systems to acquire CardioLogica Information System for cardiovascular patient management
 Clingenix takes important step towards predictive medicine in acquiring North Coast Clinical Laboratory
 Three airline companies to enhance passenger safety with emergency telemedicine
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
 Number of human genes estimated between 28.000 and 34.000
 Reactivating Telemedicine on Tilos leaves TimTem balancing between scepticism and hope
 French Genoscope ran the first analysis of the complete draft of the human genome
 Face-lift simulation to predict soft tissue behaviour after surgical bone rearrangement
 MedQuist transaction to consolidate Philips` position in medical dictation market
 
The 21st century hospital
 
 GigaCoMed project to deliver broadband network facilities for radiotherapists at Dijkzigt Rotterdam
 Olympus Germany to select Optivision broadband video solution for VSI hospital project on medical imaging
 Belgian neuroscientists to combine advanced technologies for safer, less invasive brain surgery
 Telementoring proves ideal way of delivering advanced surgical procedures to medically underserved areas
 Agfa and INPHACT partner to supply ADC and IMPAX products to community hospitals and clinics
 
Virtual snap shots
 
 New Fakespace Passive Stereo WorkWall display for immersive visualisation now available
 Mercury Computer Systems selected by Philips Medical Systems for digital X-ray
 adam.com to expand Internet product line with three specific health content offerings
 Special issue of IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine to cover mobile telemedicine
 Information for Tomorrow to release new resource guide for home telehealth
 
VMWC news bites
 
 IVD-net to launch new cycle of "E-marketing in Life Science" seminars
 European Leonardo da Vinci programme to support continuing education for neuroscientists
 Upcoming seminar on Virtual Environments in Medicine and Psychiatry
 ParallelGraphics` Cortona SDK 3D VRML software to find medical practice in the WebSET project
 Swallowable camera-capsule to visualise gastrointestinal tract from patient`s interior
 

Leads August 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Full ArticleHuman genome on Compaq
When researchers at Celera Genomics, the Sanger Centre in the United Kingdom, the Whitehead Institute, and the National Institutes of Health announced that they had collaborated in completing the map of the human genome, they were highlighting a monumental scientific achievement made possible by high-performance computing technology from Compaq.
 
Full ArticleViTel Net awarded contract for Costa Rica Telemedicine Network Project
Visual Telecommunications Network Inc., known as ViTel Net, has been awarded a major contract from the Social Security Administration of Costa Rica (CCSS) to provide telemedicine solutions to complete its initial phase of the Costa Rica Telemedicine Network Project. The initial phase consists of 29 selected installation sites throughout Costa Rica. These installations include clinics in rural areas and selected member hospitals of the National Public Health System.
 
Full ArticleWorld Telehealth and UN Group 77 partnership brings e-health within reach of developing nations
Can the Internet deliver better health care internationally? World Telehealth Corporation has established an alliance with a network linked to 133 United Nations countries to use Internet technology to improve health care worldwide, especially in emerging nations. World Telehealth, through its upcoming Internet portal worldtelehealth.com, is working exclusively with the Global Management Center, Chamber Trade Information Network of the United Nations Group of 77 to facilitate local partnerships and ensure electronic access to health care products, services, and medical information in 133 nations.
 
Full ArticleThird annual report on the Virtual Reality marketplace now released
Virtual Reality (VR), also known as Visual Simulation (VizSim), is a large and rapidly maturing market, according to the novel market study released by CyberEdge Information Services (CEIS) Inc. The 140-page report, titled "The Market for Visual Simulation and Virtual Reality Systems, Third Edition" (ISBN: 1-929696-03-5), is the largest ever done in the field. It is the latest report from an ongoing study started by CyberEdge in 1997. The report describes the worldwide VizSim market, worth more than $24 billion in 2000, as expanding at more than 50 percent annually.
 
Full ArticleTeleUtrasound Programme for rural patients goes "live" in Northern Alberta
The Lakeland Regional Health Authority, in collaboration with TecKnowledge Healthcare Systems Inc. and Visual Telecommunications Network Inc. (ViTel Net), has been setting up the Lakeland TeleUltrasound Programme that has successfully gone "live" in Alberta, Canada. The Lakeland TeleUltrasound Programme links St. Joseph`s General Hospital in the rural community of Vegreville with radiologists in Edmonton.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Full ArticleHealthCentral`s QuickStart Web package helps promote U.S. medical services to international patients
Medical Center of Boston International Inc. (MCBI), a multi-speciality medical services and technology company, has selected QuickStart Web product, developed by HealthCentral.com, a leading on line provider of health care e-commerce and content, to build MCBI`s Web site. MCBI plans to use the Web site to promote the services of the company and its 250 affiliated physicians to a worldwide audience.
 
Full ArticleHealthCenter to stimulate physicians` "Internetworking" with Lucent's Electronic Media Network Services
Lucent Technologies has set up a new venture with HealthCenter Internet Services Inc., (HCIS) which will help health care providers and organisations leverage the power of the Internet to improve the quality and delivery of health-related services. Lucent`s New Ventures Group will transfer its Electronic Media Network Services (EMNS) organisation to HealthCenter, and in return will receive a minority equity share in HealthCenter, which is a privately owned company. The Electronic Media Network Services group is the company`s largest provider of Web services, including custom hosting, applications development, and call centre management.
 
Full ArticlePhilips Medical Systems to acquire CardioLogica Information System for cardiovascular patient management
Philips Medical Systems of The Netherlands recently acquired CardioLogica, the Cardiology Information System (CIS) for Electronic Patient Folder (EPF) creation from Milwaukee-based Cardiovascular Computer Systems Inc. (CCS). CardioLogica is a specialised information system for the cardiology department, where cardiac images and clinical and administrative data are brought together via a centralised software solution. The system provides modules for patient scheduling, automated report generation and distribution, and other administrative functions which can further improve work flow and efficiency throughout the cardiology department.
 
Full ArticleClingenix takes important step towards predictive medicine in acquiring North Coast Clinical Laboratory
Clingenix Inc., a leader in pharmacogenomics, has acquired North Coast Clinical Laboratory Inc., a full-service clinical trials laboratory. Under the terms of the agreement, North Coast Clinical will join Research Services Inc. (RSI) as a wholly owned subsidiary of Clingenix Inc. The RSI agreement has been closed separately in the same period of time. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
 
Full ArticleThree airline companies to enhance passenger safety with emergency telemedicine
Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) separately have decided to join forces with MedAire Inc., a company which specialises in medical preparedness services and equipment for the aviation industry. MedAire`s emergency telemedicine service, called MedLink, now allows the in-flight crews of all these three airline companies to consult directly with a certified emergency physician at any time during any flight, anywhere in the world.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Full ArticleNumber of human genes estimated between 28.000 and 34.000
Researchers from the laboratory of Jean Weissenbach, General Director of Genoscope, have published a study of 30 percent of the so-called compact genome sequence of a fish, Tetraodon nigroviridis, and compared it with 42 percent of the human genome. This study appears in the June 2000 issue of Nature Genetics. A search for similarities between the two genomes led Genoscope to conclude that the human genome contains between 28.000 and 34.000 genes, and validates the development of a new generation tool for the analysis of genomes and identification of genes.
 
Full ArticleReactivating Telemedicine on Tilos leaves TimTem balancing between scepticism and hope
It once started off so well, the "Tilos Medicine & Tele-medicine" or TimTem project which aim was to create an export model for telemedicine in remote islands and isolated areas within Europe. A look at the last report of team leader Professor Enrico Cavina tells us that recent developments on the Greek isle of Tilos are far from ideal. Yet, TimTem still remains a case of high interest for other telemedicine workers to learn from. Professor Cavina stays convinced that telemedicine can solve many health-related problems in islands and remote areas on the Mediterranean coasts, provided that careful attention is paid to generating flexible "human factors", such as sufficient training availability and a strong belief in telemedicine, propagated by local physicians and nurses. Only a permanent team of telemedical operators in the area can guarantee the safe functioning of a telemedicine station.
 
Full ArticleFrench Genoscope ran the first analysis of the complete draft of the human genome
With Genoscope (Centre National de Séquençage), officially created on January 1st 1997, France rejoined the group of countries which had initiated large scale sequencing. It is a non profit organisation located at Evry, France, and owns the second largest sequencing facility in Europe. Last year, Compaq started to invest in bioinformatics and founded a Bioinformatics Expertise Center in Marlboro, Massachusetts to better support customers and business partners in the industry. Its Cambridge Research Laboratory too focused on bioinformatics. Here, the application performance is optimised and the data mining algorithms for genetic data are developed. Now, Compaq offers a cluster of AlphaServer ES40 systems with 100 CPUs and a terabyte of storage, at the enterprise Systems Lab in Littleton for the Human Genome Project. Research institutions can use this cluster to complete the annotation of the human genome. One of the early users was Genoscope. They ran the first analysis of the complete draft of the human genome in only 38 hours.
 
Full ArticleFace-lift simulation to predict soft tissue behaviour after surgical bone rearrangement
In the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB), researchers at the Department of Scientific Visualisation have started a project on Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) in the last quarter of 1999. The objective of the CAS project is to develop an integrated 3D planning and simulation environment for cranio-maxillofacial surgery, by means of the Amira visualisation system and the Kaskade toolkit, which equally have been designed by the scientific visualisation team.
 
Full ArticleMedQuist transaction to consolidate Philips` position in medical dictation market
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands and MedQuist Inc. of the United States have entered into a contract whereby Philips will complete a tender offer for 57 percent of MedQuist`s fully diluted common stock for a cash price of $51 per share. The transaction is subject to Philips acquiring 57 percent of the fully diluted shares of common stock of MedQuist, as well as the expiration of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period and also other customary conditions. After completion of the transaction of US$ 1.2 billion, MedQuist`s shares will continue to trade on NASDAQ under the symbol "MEDQ".
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Full ArticleGigaCoMed project to deliver broadband network facilities for radiotherapists at Dijkzigt Rotterdam
The general costs in the health care sector are high and rising still. Medical expertise currently is restricted to specific locations in most cases. The implementation of advanced telematics could yield a very much desired increase in overall quality and efficiency. The Dutch GigaCoMed project is generating the requested Information Technology facilities for a computerised collaboration in medical settings. As one of the Gigaport test beds, the University Hospital of Rotterdam has received a funding of over 90.000 euro from the Development Society Rotterdam to install a broadband network in the Radiotherapy Departments at Dijkzigt and Daniel den Hoed Clinical Centre.
 
Full ArticleOlympus Germany to select Optivision broadband video solution for VSI hospital project on medical imaging
Olympus Germany has selected Optivision Inc.`s streaming MPEG video products for use in a next generation, network-centric medical imaging application. Olympus` Germany Video Systems Integration (VSI) initiative will provide widespread user access to live and archived medical images within a local hospital and to remote medical service providers. The VSI project will also provide telemedicine, teleconferencing and training capabilities using industry standard computer Intranet, LAN, and WAN-based technologies.
 
Full ArticleBelgian neuroscientists to combine advanced technologies for safer, less invasive brain surgery
The thought of brain surgery is enough to make anybody`s scalp crawl. It`s painful, traumatic, and highly risky. But neuroscientists are doing all they can to improve current techniques and, its seems, are now closer than ever to being rewarded for their efforts. By combining two state-of-the-art pieces of technology, a positron emission tomography (PET) scanning machine and a Gamma Knife, a team of surgeons at the Erasme Hospital in Brussels and the Institut Jules Bordet have been able to destroy brain tumours up to 3 cm wide in some 80 patients, without having to create more than a pinhole in their patients` skulls.
 
Full ArticleTelementoring proves ideal way of delivering advanced surgical procedures to medically underserved areas
On July 23rd 2000, Dr. James C. "Butch" Rosser Jr of the Yale School of Medicine was to be found in his home`s cyberoffice & Global Command Center in Connecticut as surgeons in Santo Domingo and Yale University waited for his instructions to administer anaesthesia. Dr. Rosser used cyberspace to prepare Dr. Abel Gonzalez, a surgeon at the Santo Domingo Hospital, to conduct complicated procedures which this physician has little or no experience with. Dr. Rosser promoted the art of telementoring to remotely show Dr. Gonzalez where to make an incision, how to rearrange internal organs, where to place stitches and what kind of dangerous areas to avoid. To this purpose, Dr. Rosser applied "Top Gun" and NASA training techniques to rapidly develop skills in the surgeon and observe the surgeon`s reactions.
 
Full ArticleAgfa and INPHACT partner to supply ADC and IMPAX products to community hospitals and clinics
Agfa Corporation has signed a purchase and supply agreement with Nashville-based INPHACT which includes Agfa Diagnostic Center (ADC) computed radiography products and IMPAX PACS products as well as Agfa field service and professional services such as applications, integration, and project management, if needed.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Full ArticleNew Fakespace Passive Stereo WorkWall display for immersive visualisation now available
Fakespace Systems Inc., a world leader in immersive visualisation systems, recently has brought to market the Passive Stereo WorkWall, a high-brightness flat wall display system for viewing large-scale computer-generated models and visual simulations. This addition to the company`s WorkWall product family is a 6-ft. x 7-1/2-ft. rear-projected display which uses solid state projection technology in order to make computer-generated visualisations appear to exist with true depth when viewed with Fakespace Systems` lightweight polarised glasses.
 
Full ArticleMercury Computer Systems selected by Philips Medical Systems for digital X-ray
Mercury Computer Systems Inc., a leading provider of embedded real time digital and signal processing systems, has been selected by Philips Medical Systems to be designed into their digital X-ray systems. Philips Medical Systems is a full-service supplier of diagnostic imaging systems, which incorporates advanced digital X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance (MR), ultrasound, and PACS technologies to provide the information necessary for effective patient management.
 
Full Articleadam.com to expand Internet product line with three specific health content offerings
adam.com Inc., a business-to-business provider of on line health information, has now available three new on line products that significantly expand the company`s on line offerings. These novel Internet-based products offer adam.com's syndication customers the opportunity to provide their end users with engaging and interactive health content on some of the currently most important medical topics.
 
Full ArticleSpecial issue of IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine to cover mobile telemedicine
Dr. Robert S.H. Istepanian has just finished editing a special issue for the renowned scientific magazine IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine. The special edition, issued by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, will appear in the September and the December Issue of 2000 and is devoted to the subject of mobile telemedicine.
 
Full ArticleInformation for Tomorrow to release new resource guide for home telehealth
The newest report from the home telehealthcare trends-focused research firm, Information for Tomorrow, is now available in print and on CD-ROM as of July 31, 2000. "Home Telehealth in the 21st Century: A Resource Book About Improved Care Services That Work" profiles telecommunications-ready tools and services which can be used effectively with this generation of home care patient.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Full ArticleIVD-net to launch new cycle of "E-marketing in Life Science" seminars
VMWC partner In Vitro Diagnostic Net (IVD-net), a distributor of in-vitro diagnostics which is organised as a virtual community and a market place for laboratory medicine, successfully started a seminar called "E-Marketing in Life Science". The first seminars took place in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Dresden. Now IVD-net is preparing for the next cycle of seminars starting in autumn 2000, using the motto: "Skyrocket your business to success!" You really should not miss this brilliant Seminar in German language.
 
Full ArticleEuropean Leonardo da Vinci programme to support continuing education for neuroscientists
The European Accreditation Committee (EAC) for continuing medical education (CME) in central nervous system medicine, has been awarded funding from the European Union to conduct a Leonardo da Vinci programme Pilot Project, which will address a variety of urgent matters relating to this field.
 
Full ArticleUpcoming seminar on Virtual Environments in Medicine and Psychiatry
Dr. Nigel John from the Manchester Visualization Centre, which is a member of the Virtual Medical Worlds Community (VMWC), is organising a seminar on Virtual Environments in Medicine and Psychiatry as a part of the Visualisation and Virtual Environments Community Club (VVECC). The one-day seminar has been scheduled to take place on December 12, 2000 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
 
Full ArticleParallelGraphics` Cortona SDK 3D VRML software to find medical practice in the WebSET project
The Cortona SDK software, designed by ParallelGraphics, is now being used in a unique medical educational programme developed by the Manchester Visualization Centre (MVC) and Leeds General Infirmary in the United Kingdom. Over the past two years, the MVC has worked with the Department of Neurosurgery at Leeds General Infirmary, to develop a range of cost-effective web-deliverable Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML) medical applications for surgical simulations and training. Cortona SDK is implemented as a flexible programming interface, in order to communicate between the VRML scene and the force feedback mouse.
 
Full ArticleSwallowable camera-capsule to visualise gastrointestinal tract from patient`s interior
A new wireless endoscopy system has been developed by Israeli-based Given Imaging Limited and produces high-quality images of the small bowel without pain or discomfort to the patient. The system consists of a small swallowable capsule containing a battery, a camera on a chip, a light source, and a transmitter. The camera-capsule has a one centimetre section and a length of three centimetres so it can be swallowed with some effort. In 24 hours, the capsule is crossing the patient's alimentary canal.
 
 

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