VMW Monthly - September 2000 - ISSN 1388-722X


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Contents September 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
IBM`s ASCI White supercomputing power to aid quest for Alzheimer`s cure at Boston University
University of Kentucky to teach keyhole surgery skills with home built simulators and models
On-line U.S. pharmacies develop strategies to explore the benefits of e-Commerce
CM HealthCare Resources and VA Connecticut Healthcare System to test new Panasonic tele-homecare system
IPv6 network`s telescience potential showcased in trans-Pacific telemicroscopy demonstrations
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Merck Sharp and Dohme purchases SGI technology to discover new drugs against Alzheimer`s
American Army to select Dictaphone medical transcription solution from large field of competitive offerings
Hong Kong funding enables MDvista to promote advanced telemedicine applications in Greater China
Integration of voxel-based and polygonal rendering techniques leads to new classes of 3D visualisation applications
Key option for calcium scoring software improves accuracy in screening coronary artery disease
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
British report on stem cell research puts European Union legislative cloning approach under pressure
Nucletron to treat prostate cancer with integrated solution for conformal brachytherapy
University of Leicester to receive multiple funding for groundbreaking high-tech gene research
British Government to award GBP15 million funding for series of telepathology initiatives
Newly launched Telepathology Consultation Centre ready to fight cancer internationally
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Philippines to expect first On-line Diagnostic Clinic for teleradiology with US university hospitals
San Ramon infertility expert to apply new da Vinci Surgical System in sterilization reversal procedure
Atlantic Health System`s new Siemens radiation equipment to combine tumour diagnosis and treatment
E*NABLE for Health care to deliver broadband communications solution across health care facilities
Clinica Universitaria de Navarra to select Picis CareSuite for hospital-wide point-of-care applications
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Uganda to install teleconsultation service for better health delivery in rural areas
Rethinking the ways of European health care at "mosan-EUROSALUTE 2000"
Acurian to bring proprietary drug therapy databases to European market
Spacelabs to introduce new release for its Pyramis Integrated Cardiology System
European Commission funds GEANT 2.5 Gbit/s network with 80 million euro
 
VMWC news bites
 
Proceedings of "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 2000" highlight role of Virtual Reality in patient-practitioner dialogue
IBM to invest $100 million in IT solutions for Life Sciences research
MICCAI 2000 to present latest developments in computer assisted intervention, imaging and medical robotics
Traditional health care bricks to discover creative new dash in e-Care clicks
Pioneering virtual-reality glove allows for faster emergency diagnosis and smooth intubation training
 

Leads September 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
IBM`s ASCI White supercomputing power to aid quest for Alzheimer`s cure at Boston University
Full ArticleBoston University has become the world`s first academic institution to implement a broadly available version of IBM`s ASCI White, the most powerful supercomputer ever built. The RS/6000 SP will double the institution`s supercomputing capacity and will help researchers on a variety of projects in fields such as quantum physics, genome research as well as investigations into a cure for Alzheimer`s.
University of Kentucky to teach keyhole surgery skills with home built simulators and models
Full ArticleNearly three years ago, the University of Kentucky opened its Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery with a $2.4 million grant from United States Surgical Corporation. Since then, it has developed a reputation as one of the nation's leaders in minimally invasive surgery research and education. At the university, a state-of-the-art training lab teaches residents as well as established surgeons the techniques needed to perform minimally invasive procedures using virtual reality, complete with computerised goggles which produce 3D images. Surgeons also have access to virtual touch training stations which simulate real operating room conditions.
On-line U.S. pharmacies develop strategies to explore the benefits of e-Commerce
Full ArticleOver the next two years, successful on-line pharmacies will move beyond improving infrastructure to providing high-level services which will enable patients to comply with drug therapies. According to a recent Report from Forrester Research Inc., pharmacy sites will use patient compliance programmes to add $1.3 billion to their top lines by 2004. e-Pharmacies will proliferate as they specialise in order to maximise penetration and establish partnerships to master markets.
CM HealthCare Resources and VA Connecticut Healthcare System to test new Panasonic tele-homecare system
Full ArticleMatsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., best known in the United States for its Panasonic brand name, has developed a new Web-based tele-homecare solution which will allow patients to measure their vital signs and give doctors and other health care professionals the ability to remotely access this critical patient information quickly and easily. Secaucus, the New Jersey-based Matsushita Electric Corporation of America will begin testing the system, under an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE), to determine its feasibility and develop performance specifications.
IPv6 network`s telescience potential showcased in trans-Pacific telemicroscopy demonstrations
Full ArticleResearchers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) demonstrated one of the first uses of the next-generation Internet Protocol in a major scientific application during the 10th Annual Internet Society Conference, INET 2000. In two sessions at this recent conference in Yokohama, Japan, the researchers conducted interactive remote control of an electron microscope over end-to-end native IPv6 high-performance networks which spanned the Pacific Ocean.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Merck Sharp and Dohme purchases SGI technology to discover new drugs against Alzheimer`s
Full ArticleSGI has secured a GBP800.000 contract to supply technology and consultancy services to one of the world`s largest pharmaceutical companies, Merck Sharp and Dohme. SGI has been working alongside Phoenix, a major integrator of data centre solutions, in order to supply an SGI Origin 2000 server which will be used to develop new drugs to combat disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The server will help to support Merck`s main United Kingdom research facility at the Neuroscience Research Centre, one of the world`s largest dedicated neuroscience research laboratories.
American Army to select Dictaphone medical transcription solution from large field of competitive offerings
Full ArticleThe United States Army Medical Department (AMEDD) has signed a contract worth up to $30 million dollars with Dictaphone, a Lernout & Hauspie (L&H) company, calling for L&H Dictaphone Health care Solutions Group to provide dictation and transcription solutions, including a forthcoming Internet-based solution series for the Army`s medical facilities. The high-profile Army contract, which was sought after by many other health care solutions vendors, is one of several significant medical market contracts recently secured by L&H Dictaphone and underscores the newly integrated company's leadership in the health care industry.
Hong Kong funding enables MDvista to promote advanced telemedicine applications in Greater China
Full ArticleOn Friday, July 21st, 2000, the next-generation telemedicine company MDvista has closed Series B Preferred Stock Financing, which represents additional resources to the company in the amount of US $5 million in cash and US $3 million in Stock Warrants, led by Yu Ming Investments Limited, of Hong Kong. MDvista is developing next-generation telemedicine applications and services, and building strategic partnerships and alliances with two types of companies, manufacturers of medical devices and wireless communications service providers.
Integration of voxel-based and polygonal rendering techniques leads to new classes of 3D visualisation applications
Full Article3Dlabs Inc. and Real Time Visualization (RTViz), a division of Mitsubishi Electric, have closed a technical and marketing partnership to tightly integrate the products of both companies. This collaboration allows a new class of advanced visualisation applications which require the seamless blending of polygonal graphics and voxel-based volumetric rendering.
Key option for calcium scoring software improves accuracy in screening coronary artery disease
Full ArticleVital Images Inc. has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new option to VScore, its coronary artery calcium scoring software. The newly approved option, called VScore with EKG Gate, utilises an alternative measurement process which exposes Vital Images` calcium scoring technology to a much larger potential market. The company`s primary VScore product and VScore with EKG Gate are integrated options of its flagship 3D visualisation and analysis software, Vitrea 2.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
British report on stem cell research puts European Union legislative cloning approach under pressure
Full ArticleThe United Kingdom government`s publication of a report on stem cell research has whipped up a debate on the ethics and morality of cloning once more, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. The Donaldson report, released by the British government this August, recommends that stem cell research should be permitted, including the research on human embryos, subject to strict legal controls and ethical considerations.
Nucletron to treat prostate cancer with integrated solution for conformal brachytherapy
Full ArticleNucletron B.V., a major Dutch provider of radiotherapy systems and developer of the revolutionary PLATO radiotherapy planning system, has presented a new and integrated solution for prostate cancer treatment with conformal brachytherapy at the recent World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, which was held in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
University of Leicester to receive multiple funding for groundbreaking high-tech gene research
Full ArticleA group effort between The Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and The Children`s Hospital, Cincinnati, both located in the USA, has succeeded in identifying the gene for Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH). The project at the University of Leicester was funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Council. Additionally, another research team at the University of Leicester has won funding for projects examining 60.000 gene interactions simultaneously.
British Government to award GBP15 million funding for series of telepathology initiatives
Full ArticleBritish Health Minister Lord Philip Hunt will invest GBP15 million for 23 new innovative pathology projects to modernise and ensure the most effective and efficient delivery of pathology services in England. Announcing the awards from the Pathology Modernisation Fund, Lord Hunt stated that pathology services will play an important role in the implementation and delivery of the National Health Service (NHS) Plan. They are an integral part of effective NHS diagnosis and treatment, and of patient care and screening programmes and so have a critical place in protecting and improving public health.
Newly launched Telepathology Consultation Centre ready to fight cancer internationally
Full ArticleThe new Internet project of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), which allows pathologists to exchange opinions, digital images and up-to-date information in the field of tumour diagnostics on the World Wide Web, was officially launched on July 3rd, 2000 in Berlin, Germany. At present, telepathology, based on point-to-point communication, is getting more and more popular but is still limited, which is partly due to the lack of a professional service which establishes the link between requests for assistance and an expert panel. The newly launched UICC-Telepathology Consultation Centre service should be rapid, independent of location and time, and should be continuously available.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Philippines to expect first On-line Diagnostic Clinic for teleradiology with US university hospitals
Full ArticleGlobal telemedicine company MDvista has signed an agreement with the integrated Internet company PhilWeb.Com Inc. of the Philippines to form PhilWeb-MDvista Inc. This new joint venture will initially consist of two operations, each in the Philippines. The first is a high-tech, secured On-line Diagnostic Clinic to be built in Metro Manila. The clinic will offer on site state-of-the-art teleradiology services, backed up by image interpretations across the Pacific Ocean, from prestigious United States based university medical centres. The second is an MDvista programme offering an "A to Z" Web-enabled set of services for Philippines physicians. PhilWeb-MDvista Inc. also plans Asia Pacific Region roll-outs of these next-generation telemedicine applications.
San Ramon infertility expert to apply new da Vinci Surgical System in sterilization reversal procedure
Full ArticleAn infertility specialist at San Ramon Regional Medical Center became the first surgeon in the United States to successfully perform a fully endoscopic fallopian tube reconnection surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, which is promoted as the latest minimally invasive technology.
Atlantic Health System`s new Siemens radiation equipment to combine tumour diagnosis and treatment
Full ArticleThe Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Atlantic Health System`s Morristown Memorial Hospital has unveiled the United States`s first CT-on-Rails/Linac System. The radiation therapy system was presented in the hospital`s Forbes Amphitheater followed by a tour of the CT-on-Rails/Linac in the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. The Siemens CT-on-Rails/Linac consists of a Somatom Plus 4 Sliding Gantry and a Primus Linear Accelerator. It provides oncologists with accurate, virtual real time diagnostic-quality images of tumours within the treatment room.
E*NABLE for Health care to deliver broadband communications solution across health care facilities
Full ArticleMarconi plc, a global provider of advanced communications and medical imaging solutions, has now available its plan-build-operate solution, the E*NABLE Services Programme for Health care. This programme will enable health care organisations to provide a higher standard of health care at higher rates of efficiencies by delivering broadband networks that support telemedicine, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), and other voice, video and data communications within a single facility, across multiple facilities in the same group, or even across multi-hospital systems.
Clinica Universitaria de Navarra to select Picis CareSuite for hospital-wide point-of-care applications
Full ArticleThe prestigious Clinica Universitaria de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, is automating the patient care process in over 400 of the clinic's operating rooms, recovery rooms, critical care units, and general ward beds. Clinica Universitaria de Navarra is the first in Europe to deploy CareSuite on wireless patient workstations. The CareSuite solution is developed by Picis, a world leader in peri-operative and critical care information systems.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Uganda to install teleconsultation service for better health delivery in rural areas
Full ArticleThe Ministry of Health in Uganda has launched a new technology, which enables physicians in rural areas to consult directly with experts in Kampala through the use of video link. State Minister for Health, Dr. Phillip Byaruhanga, stated that the new technology will reduce the professional gap between up country doctors and consultants in Kampala.
Rethinking the ways of European health care at "mosan-EUROSALUTE 2000"
Full ArticleScientists, policy makers, researchers, medical directors, doctors and health care professionals will compare notes on pressing issues in medical care at "mosan-EUROSALUTE 2000" during the Milan trade fair from 11 to 14 October 2000. The aim is to create working groups to define European models in medical care.
Acurian to bring proprietary drug therapy databases to European market
Full ArticleAcurian, a leading e-health company has established its European headquarters in London. Founded in 1998, Acurian utilises Web-enabled databases and clinical trial launch applications to accelerate and improve the launch of clinical trials and newly approved prescription drugs. Using Acurian`s proprietary, Web-enabled databases and clinical trial launch applications, bio-pharmaceutical companies can quickly recruit and select the most qualified physicians and patients for specific clinical trials and facilitate the required regulatory documents.
Spacelabs to introduce new release for its Pyramis Integrated Cardiology System
Full ArticleSpacelabs Medical Inc. has introduced a major new release of the Pyramis Integrated Cardiology System, a suite of products which provides a comprehensive, open-architecture cardiology solution. This innovative system combines work flow management, cardiology outcomes and integration of information from best-of-class and legacy systems into a single, patient-centric cardiology record that is not available from any other single vendor.
European Commission funds GEANT 2.5 Gbit/s network with 80 million euro
Full ArticleThe European Commission has decided to fund the GEANT network, the TEN-155 successor, proposed by DANTE and the 25 national and regional European research and education networks (NRENs). The GEANT proposal is now in the final stages of contract negotiation with the European Commission, which should lead to a financial contribution to the project of 80 million euro over four years by the EC.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Proceedings of "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 2000" highlight role of Virtual Reality in patient-practitioner dialogue
Full ArticleNewport Beach`s Marriott Hotel in California hosted the eighth edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event from January 27th till 30th 2000. The conference proceedings have been published as the 70th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This year`s edition contains seventy-five presentations, introduced by a selection of international participants to the MMVR 2000 platform, under the common theme "Envisioning Healing: Interactive Technology and the Patient-Practitioner Dialogue".
IBM to invest $100 million in IT solutions for Life Sciences research
Full ArticleJust one month after the news that scientists had successfully mapped the human genetic code, IBM has invested an initial $100 million to help deliver solutions to companies processing the wealth of newly found data. The three-year IBM investment is earmarked for the development of information technology (IT) solutions as well as partnerships to enable the breakthrough work being conducted to interpret the complex genetic code.
MICCAI 2000 to present latest developments in computer assisted intervention, imaging and medical robotics
Full ArticleMICCAI 2000 is the leading annual conference for clinicians and scientists that focuses on computer assisted interventions, medical robotics, image computing, and surgical navigation. The Centers for Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) at Carnegie Mellon University and UPMC Shadyside Hospital, as well as the Western Pennsylvania Institute for Computer Assisted Surgery (ICAS) are sponsoring MICCAI 2000, which takes place from 11 to 14 October, 2000 at the Hilton Pittsburgh and Towers Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Traditional health care bricks to discover creative new dash in e-Care clicks
Full ArticlePassive Web sites are history. By 2005 the majority of physicians and hospitals will be operating robust Web e-service channels for health knowledge, product sales, and actual medical delivery. This was predicted by globally acclaimed e-Health care strategist Douglas E. Goldstein at a keynote he presented recently to 250 executive health care leaders at the Homestead Resort in Virginia.
Pioneering virtual-reality glove allows for faster emergency diagnosis and smooth intubation training
Full ArticleUniversity at Buffalo researchers are developing a system that will enable physicians to use a new form of virtual reality, called physically based VR, to store information about what they feel during an examination. That information then will be accessible to the examining physician at a later time or to consulting physicians at another location, allowing them to experience the exam as though they had performed it themselves. The progress of the research on the "virtual-reality glove" was reported July 23-24 at the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Chicago.
 

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