VMW Monthly - November 2000 - ISSN 1388-722X


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Contents November 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
ArribaCare TeleHealth Project to introduce e-MedSoft's Collaborative Medical Network in Northern New Mexico
IDEATel study to monitor diabetes patients at home with advanced telemedicine equipment and services
Joint Center for Structural Genomics funded to advance high-throughput protein structure determination
Building remote collaborative environments for 3D dynamic anatomy teaching over Internet2
Telemedicine grant offers diabetic Indians opportunity to receive annual eye screening
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Hunter Area Health gives boost to Australian telemedicine through Accord's life-saving visual communications tools
LION bioscience and Platform Computing launch initiative to support human genome research
Launch of Cepco Medical Portal holds promise of patient empowerment via the Internet
Geneva Proteomics to use Compaq products and services
New BeamView features from Siemens improve port film imaging for radiation
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Funet to be upgraded to 2.5 gigabit capacity with help from Sonera Solutions
Tilos TimTem team to experiment with tele-sonography for remote diagnosis
Health on-line quality and ethics in the focus at European Health Forum Gastein
Adaptive dynamic blood flow model turns doctor into better diagnostic therapist
Bioreactor helps patients with liver failure wait for or even avoid transplant
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Boundary Trails Health Centre installs MediPatient + to deliver telehealth to vast Canadian region
Catholic Health System selects Alcatel to transform hospital network into an Integrated Delivery System
Baylor Health Care System goes filmless with newly selected tele-cardiology package
Displaying dynamic medical images "on the fly" with the MBASE "Video PACS" solution
Sparrow Heart Center impressed with Cardiac Pathways' 3D heart mapping tools
 
Virtual snap shots
 
LION bioscience and Electric Genetics to develop clustering and analysis tool for gene identification
New report to predict influence of Prospective Payment System on adoption of tele-homecare
Agfa to deliver PACS solutions to Norwegian and German hospitals
Satellite to deliver tele-health services to rural Alaskans in arctic region
Touch-Map Systems to launch flu & pneumonia locator software
 
VMWC news bites
 
ERCIM News to publish special theme issue on bio-informatics and biocomputing
Adoption of quality criteria of the essence for health Web sites
CBYON's SAVANT Suite makes surgeons see beyond skin and bones
Second Telemedicine Glossary edition counts more than 1000 new items
IBM's Blue Gene team touts for scientific collaborators
 

Leads November 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
ArribaCare TeleHealth Project to introduce e-MedSoft's Collaborative Medical Network in Northern New Mexico
Full ArticleRio Arriba Family Care Network (RAFCN) Inc., a community-based coalition of health and human service providers in Northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County, has selected e-MedSoft.com, a leading Application Service Provider (ASP) of comprehensive health care portal solutions, to design and manage a Collaborative Medical Network (CMN) for its ArribaCare TeleHealth Project.
IDEATel study to monitor diabetes patients at home with advanced telemedicine equipment and services
Full ArticleAmerican TeleCare (ATI), a major supplier of home telemedicine programmes, and Gentiva Health Services, North America's leading provider of speciality pharmaceutical and home health care services, have formed a strategic alliance to provide the clinical installation, training and call centre-staffing for the diabetes telemedicine project. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons received a $28 million grant from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to study how telemedicine can improve diabetes care. ATI previously announced that it had been chosen to supply the telemedicine equipment and services for this project.
Joint Center for Structural Genomics funded to advance high-throughput protein structure determination
Full ArticleTo deliver on the promise of the genome project for health care, scientists must understand the information implicit in the genome, and specifically, the functions of the proteins encoded by the genes. The Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG), a consortium of California scientific research organisations, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant of $24 million over a five-year period, in order to expand on the body of knowledge made available by the completion of the human and other genome sequencing projects. Its goal is to determine the 3D structure of up to 2000 proteins by developing state-of-the-art high-throughput technology, thereby advancing efforts to understand structure-function relationships important for diseases and their treatments.
Building remote collaborative environments for 3D dynamic anatomy teaching over Internet2
Full ArticleJannick P. Rolland, Ph.D. in Optics, is the Director of the Optical Diagnostics and Applications Laboratory (ODA Lab), hosted at the University of Central Florida. Funded by the US National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Rolland is running a five-year project to design and test a virtual reality tool (VRDA) to teach 3D dynamic anatomy with Augmented Reality technology. To support a remote collaborative environment for real time 3D visualisation of anatomical joint motions between ODA Lab and colleague researchers at different university sites across the United States, the project workers benefit from the bandwidth capacity offered by Internet2.
Telemedicine grant offers diabetic Indians opportunity to receive annual eye screening
Full ArticleAn innovative telemedicine programme which will bring state-of-the-art eye screenings to diabetic American Indians throughout California has been launched by the California Telehealth & Telemedicine Center (CTTC). The programme, funded by a $1.2 million, two-year grant from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, will enable the urban and rural Indian health centres to perform diabetic retinopathy screenings through high-speed telecommunications lines.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Hunter Area Health gives boost to Australian telemedicine through Accord's life-saving visual communications tools
Full ArticleHunter Area Health, a major provider of health services in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, is significantly upgrading its visual collaboration network. Therefore, Hunter Area Health has selected Accord Networks, the leading manufacturer of visual and voice networking products and the developer of the V2IPERA family, a product line of network switches, conference bridges, gateways and management systems, which empower Rich Media Communications over IP, ATM and ISDN networks.
LION bioscience and Platform Computing launch initiative to support human genome research
Full ArticlePlatform Computing Corporation of San Jose, California, the global leader in distributed resource management (DRM) solutions, has launched a joint marketing initiative with LION bioscience of Heidelberg, Germany to help accelerate international research on the human genome. Platform's LSF for DRM will be incorporated into LION's powerful SRS data integration platform, enabling pharmaceutical, bioinformatic companies and research organisations worldwide to enhance their productivity as they manipulate computational data related to DNA sequencing and chromosome mapping, disease gene discovery and bio-informatics.
Launch of Cepco Medical Portal holds promise of patient empowerment via the Internet
Full ArticleCepco Holding AG, an Israel-German-Swiss company designed the Cepco Medical Portal which enables each patient worldwide to set up an own Personal Medical Archive (PMA) on the Internet. The patient decides where the actual files should be stored, whether at his private doctor's office, at the hospital, at the health fund, or at a neutral trust archive. In the first phase of operations, Cepco will invest some $200 million in Europe and in the U.S. Up to 10 million members are expected to join this novel patient-based PMA until 2005. Dr. Günter Pollanz, who is chairman of Cepco Holding AG and CEO of Medlink Israel, introduced the patient service to the audience at the European Health Forum Gastein 2000.
Geneva Proteomics to use Compaq products and services
Full ArticleGeneva Proteomics Inc. (GeneProt), a Geneva based biotechnology company, will choose Compaq Computer Corporation as its exclusive IT partner. The two major research Proteomics factories are located in Geneva, Switzerland, and in the United States. As part of the agreement, GeneProt will use Compaq Global Services, StorageWorks storage systems, and high-end AlphaServer systems and Tru64 UNIX as the operating system. The contract value is expected to exceed $70 million over a period of four years.
New BeamView features from Siemens improve port film imaging for radiation
Full ArticleSiemens Oncology Care Systems Group has introduced advanced tools to enhance the BeamView Electronic Portal Imaging Device for radiation therapy. The new features, that will make image acquisition more automatic, include patient identification and reference image display, image display to ensure accurate patient positioning, the ability to send images via e-mail, and DICOM compatibility. These technology advancements can significantly improve efficiency, quality of care, and reliability for cancer treatment clinics.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Funet to be upgraded to 2.5 gigabit capacity with help from Sonera Solutions
Full ArticleCSC, the Finnish centre for high-performance computing and networking, will speed up the Finnish University and Research Network Funet to 2.5 Gbps per second. The update is scheduled for completion at the beginning of 2001 and it will make Funet one of the world's most powerful data network providers for the field of research and academic education. Other academic networks with the same operational speed include Abilene of the American Internet2 and the Dutch Surfnet.
Tilos TimTem team to experiment with tele-sonography for remote diagnosis
Full ArticleFor Professor Enrico Cavina from the Department of Surgery at Pisa University the "Tilos Medicine & Tele-medicine" project, better known as TimTem, has grown into a difficult but dearly loved spiritual child. Due to insuperable human factors, the decision to build a permanent Telemedicine Station on the Greek Dodecanesum island of Tilos remained a dream so far. After a series of discouraging experiences, the Pisa team slowly started to look at Tilos as a "continuously interesting laboratory on the field but nothing more". Yet, a recent tele-sonography initiative, set up between Tilos and the Pisa University Hospital, demonstrates that something still is cooking in this laboratory. The name of the recipe is tele-consultation.
Health on-line quality and ethics in the focus at European Health Forum Gastein
Full ArticleThe possibilities of modern communication have revolutionised developments in health care. However, problems have remained the same. This was reason enough to focus on IT developments at this year's European Health Forum Gastein. The discussion of approximately 500 participants at the Third European Health Forum Gastein on the topic "Information and Communication in Health" concentrated on financing, quality, and ethical matters. Mr. David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, and Dr. Günther Leiner, President of the EHFG, expressed their views in a joint press conference, organised at the conclusion of the EHFG conference.
Adaptive dynamic blood flow model turns doctor into better diagnostic therapist
Full ArticleThe Finnish Ragnar Granit Institute (RGI), a renowned medical technology research lab which operates under the Tampere University of Technology, has a 15-year old tradition of active digital modelling research. Today, the RGI-colleagues Dr. Jari Hyttinen and Professor Jaakko Malmivuo are co-ordinating DynAMo, a project for Dynamic Adaptive Modelling of the Human Body, funded by the Academy of Finland. The DynAMo team aims to develop accurate mathematical models of patient-specific electro-magnetic properties within the heart and the brain for clinical diagnosis and therapy. In particular, the partners will focus on the modelling of the cardiovascular system to generate models which describe cardiac function and blood flow in large blood vessels, such as the aorta.
Bioreactor helps patients with liver failure wait for or even avoid transplant
Full ArticlePatients waiting for liver transplants could be given a greater chance of survival by a new liver support system, which has been developed and is now being tested by a European research team. The "modular extracorporeal liver system" (MELS) is designed to help patients with acute liver failure get through their wait for an organ transplant.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Boundary Trails Health Centre installs MediPatient + to deliver telehealth to vast Canadian region
Full ArticleMediSolution Ltd. has signed two contracts valued at more than $1.3 million to provide an electronic patient record and to deliver and integrate a picture archiving communications system (PACS) into the information management systems of the Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler, Manitoba. MediPatient +, a regional electronic patient record which will link the new PACS system to all of the clinical systems in the hospital, is a state-of-the-art system designed to enhance telehealth and the hospital's ambulatory care strategy.
Catholic Health System selects Alcatel to transform hospital network into an Integrated Delivery System
Full ArticleThe Catholic Health System (CHS), Buffalo, New York, has chosen Alcatel's Omni Switch/Router and OmniStack products to provide a next-generation data network for its health care facilities. CHS selected Alcatel for its network to help the organisation merge its systems and networks to become a health care Integrated Delivery System (IDS). It preferred Alcatel's Omni family of switches because this could provide a foundation for novel enterprise-wide applications, while maintaining its legacy infrastructure.
Baylor Health Care System goes filmless with newly selected tele-cardiology package
Full ArticleMedcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. and Mennen Medical Inc. have realised a major expansion of Medcon's TCS cardiac image network at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, one of the major medical centres in the United States. The Heart and Vascular Centre at Baylor Medical Center in Garland has selected Medcon Inc. to supply its TCS diagnostic DICOM network and archive to complement the existing TCS network installation at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC). The largest medical campus in the Baylor System, BUMC routinely exchanges patient information with affiliated medical facilities, including Baylor Garland.
Displaying dynamic medical images "on the fly" with the MBASE "Video PACS" solution
Full ArticleWithin the Transfer Technology Nodes (TTN) support network for High Performance Computing and Networking (HPCN), six French partners have worked together to build and validate a Medical Image Server based on a parallel computer architecture. The idea for this best practice activity was to generate a service which smoothly can deal with dynamic medical images in and outside the hospital environment. The new "Video PACS" solution developed by the MBASE project team, provides on-demand instant access to animated images without the need for huge storage and processing capabilities on the client side. The system has extensively been tested at the pilot site of the Louis Pradel Hospital in Lyon.
Sparrow Heart Center impressed with Cardiac Pathways' 3D heart mapping tools
Full ArticleCardiac Pathways Corporation, a leader in state-of-the-art 3D cardiac mapping and ablation technology, has installed its innovative Chilli Cooled Ablation Catheters and Realtime Position Management Tracking System at Sparrow Heart Center in East Lansing, one of the top cardiology hospitals in the United States.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
LION bioscience and Electric Genetics to develop clustering and analysis tool for gene identification
Full ArticleLION bioscience and Electric Genetics have formed a collaboration to develop a powerful and user-friendly tool for Expressed Sequence Tags (EST) clustering and expression variation analysis. Such a tool is essential for the identification, characterisation and understanding of genes and their tissue specific regulation. In this joint development project, Electric genetics' robust and widely used stackPACK clustering and analysis tool will be incorporated into LION Bioscience's powerful SRS data integration platform. This combination will reduce time-to-delivery for disease gene candidates in an unparalleled way.
New report to predict influence of Prospective Payment System on adoption of tele-homecare
Full ArticleA newly issued report from Feedback Research Services entitled "A Home Health Briefing" evaluates telehealth applications and preliminary responses to the Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS). The briefing results are based on historical information and recent interviews which were conducted with agencies, providers, programme administrators, and vendors.
Agfa to deliver PACS solutions to Norwegian and German hospitals
Full ArticleAgfa closed a deal with Hordaland County, Bergen, Norway, for providing a state-of-the-art Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), designed to send radiological images and information between the radiology departments of the eight hospitals in the region. The full potential of the contract is 8 million euro. This PACS equally includes the Radiology Information System (RIS) developed by Quadrat, the company in which Agfa recently purchased an equity stake.
Satellite to deliver tele-health services to rural Alaskans in arctic region
Full ArticleGeneral Communication Inc. (GCI) has signed an agreement with Norton Sound Health Corporation to provide tele-health services between 15 communities in the Bering Strait region and health care providers located in Nome and Anchorage, Alaska. The five-year, $12 million contract will offer state-of-the-art broadband services delivered via satellite and represents a significant advancement in the quality of rural health care.
Touch-Map Systems to launch flu & pneumonia locator software
Full ArticleTouch-Map Systems recently has saved the day when it became apparent that the much anticipated flu & pneumonia shot programme of a major drug store chain would be delayed because of urgent problems in manufacturing enough vaccine in time. In less than a week, the company redesigned its dealer locator software to automatically direct calling patients to the stores in their area which have been scheduled to give shots.
 
VMWC news bites
 
ERCIM News to publish special theme issue on bio-informatics and biocomputing
Full ArticleERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, has just published a new edition of its in-house magazine, ERCIM News. The October 2000 issue features a special on recent developments in Bio-informatics and Biocomputing. The partnering member institutions have provided a total of 24 contributions on state-of-the-art research projects in both of these relatively novel scientific fields with promising applications for the future.
Adoption of quality criteria of the essence for health Web sites
Full ArticleThis year's European Health Forum Gastein was organised under the general theme "Information and Communication in Health". The third edition of this international congress, supported by the European Union, included a parallel forum on "e-Health for Everybody" as well as a number of special interest sessions on the various aspects relating to Health and the Internet. One of the hot issues tackled by the participants constitutes the challenge of providing a means of control to make sure that reliable health information is being delivered to the patient and the health consumer via the Web.
CBYON's SAVANT Suite makes surgeons see beyond skin and bones
Full ArticleCBYON Inc., a Silicon Valley-based provider of surgical software, has introduced the world's first set of Surgical Anatomy Visualisation And Navigation Tools, the SAVANT Suite, at the recent Congress of Neurosurgery annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Brain and spine surgeries are now possible with very accurate anatomical positioning and true 3D or three-dimensional visualisation.
Second Telemedicine Glossary edition counts more than 1000 new items
Full ArticleThe Information Society Directorate-General from the European Commission has published the second edition of the Telemedicine Glossary. This edition has been extended with more than thousand new records and underwent a number of important revisions and corrections with relation to the first edition which appeared in June 1999. The editorial team also has introduced a series of tutorials to offer the reader a more specific idea with regard to certain generic questions.
IBM's Blue Gene team touts for scientific collaborators
Full ArticleOver a year ago, IBM announced the Blue Gene project, promising to develop a Petaflop/s computer to study protein structures. This machine is a hundred times more powerful than the present 10 Teraflop/s computer installed at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, USA, and also developed by IBM. To achieve Petaflop/s performance, a million processors are needed working in tandem without failures solving one problem, namely, the direct simulation of a protein structure. This is uncharted territory. How to get the hardware working reliably constitutes a gargantuan engineering task and modelling the science part is at least as challenging.
 

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