VMW Monthly - December 2000 - ISSN 1388-722X


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Contents December 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Duke University to study mysteries behind the causes of heart attacks on IBM SP
VueCare's tele-health solution helps home health agencies lower costs
Open source EMR programme can stimulate doctors to embrace computerisation
Joint American-Russian effort forges nuclear sword to human-friendly "smart" leg
East Carolina University to test da Vinci robot in cardiac surgery trials
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
InforMedix and TEOCO to sign health care alliance for delivery of patient monitoring services
Matria and Medical Mutual of Ohio to partner in diabetes disease management programme
AXS Technologies unveils break-through EyeSpy Image Server solution
PictureTel to provide Partners In Health with iPower solutions for tuberculosis tele-consultation and education
E-Ceptionist to launch real time Web-based telemedicine scheduling service across California
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European IST 2001 Oscars awarded to telemedicine, surgery simulation and e-business
First European Biosciences Summit to focus on clear communication between science and society
Guidant European Cardiovascular Institute for the training of emerging cardiovascular procedures inaugurated
Slovenia first in Europe to launch national electronic health care card
Educational Web-based tool teaches medical students ropes of accurate diagnostics
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Heartlab's Encompass system to deliver filmless imaging at Indiana's top cardiac centre
QuadraMed's integrated AFFINITY HIS solution to better streamline hospital work flow
Lenox Hill Hospital to install Medcon's technology for Web-based cardiac teleconsulting
ImageCom to enhance live video link for patient assessment with satellite for remote field reporting
ValleyCare Medical Center to integrate robotics for safe and patient-friendly prostate cancer treatment
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Syrrx and MolSoft form strategic alliance to speed up drug discovery process
Géant Next Generation pan-European Research Network launched at IST 2000
Apollo and Al-Bader Group partners in offering tele-pathology services to Middle East and India
Broadband services bound to exceed traditional telemedicine by factor 100 in revenue increase
MediSolution's CEO to plead for bigger focus on basic technology integration in health care funding
 
VMWC news bites
 
New Top 500 list also ranks uniquely dedicated "health care" supercomputers
Joint EU-US workshop to generate mutual awareness for nanotechnology potential among scientists
Sun potential in life sciences research, medical imaging and Web-centric supercomputing showcased at SC2000
High definition television for the first time applied in endoscopic surgery
Today still experimental, robotic telesurgery may be commonplace tomorrow, even in space
 

Leads December 2000 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Duke University to study mysteries behind the causes of heart attacks on IBM SP
Full ArticleDuke University researchers will use an IBM SP supercomputer to create models of the heart which they hope will lead to uncovering causes and developing treatments for life-threatening heart conditions. Dr. John Pormann and the Electro-physiology research team at Duke University are generating accurate and complex modelling of electrical currents flowing through the heart and nerve tissue.
VueCare's tele-health solution helps home health agencies lower costs
Full ArticleTender Loving Care Health Care Services Inc. (TLCS) of New York has signed an exclusive agreement with VueCare Inc. based in Pennsylvania, for the implementation of the latter company's turnkey video-based tele-health equipment, management software, proven clinical pathways and policies and procedures at Tender Loving Care's home health locations. The contract was closed on the heels of the implementation of the Prospective Payment System (PPS) for home care providers on October 1st by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).
Open source EMR programme can stimulate doctors to embrace computerisation
Full ArticleA recent survey of nearly 10.000 doctors of internal medicine has found that physicians have not yet fully embraced computers for the practice of medicine. According to Hayward Zwerling, M.D., FACP, forty percent of physicians abandon their newly purchased Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software within one year. As a practising internist and endocrinologist, Dr. Zwerling has designed his own EMR programme over the past ten years. At present, Dr. Zwerling's ComChart is available as an open source EMR, born out of the daily medical office routine. Physicians can customise this freely downloadable Computerised Chart system and match it to their individual needs.
Joint American-Russian effort forges nuclear sword to human-friendly "smart" leg
Full ArticleApproximately 120 Russian scientists, who have been employed in the past to design nuclear weapons, are currently working together with the U.S. Sandia National Laboratories and American private industry on a joint project to research, design and develop an advanced "smart" leg. The entire smart lower limb will serve to replace amputated legs from tens of thousand of victims yearly as a result of car accidents, diabetes or land mine explosions. The team will apply a combination of microprocessors, hydraulic joints and electric motors to simulate the gait of a human leg on any kind of surface. The researchers plan to have the new prosthetic device available for use within two years.
East Carolina University to test da Vinci robot in cardiac surgery trials
Full ArticleThe cardiac team at University Health Systems (UHS) of Eastern Carolina/Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, successfully completed North America's first robotic mitral valve cardiac surgery trial, using Intuitive Surgical Inc.'s da Vinci Surgical System. Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr. led the expert team of surgeons who successfully completed the series of ten cases.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
InforMedix and TEOCO to sign health care alliance for delivery of patient monitoring services
Full ArticleInforMedix Inc. and TEOCO Corporation have closed a strategic alliance to combine their intellectual property and pre-existing software applications to create new software applications to improve the monitoring and care of outpatients. This coincides with InforMedix's launch of its health care Application Service Provider (ASP) activities.
Matria and Medical Mutual of Ohio to partner in diabetes disease management programme
Full ArticleMatria Healthcare Inc. and Medical Mutual of Ohio, the largest health insurance company in Ohio, reached an agreement for Matria to provide population-based diabetes disease management services for Medical Mutual members. The agreement spans all of Medical Mutual's health insurance products, covering approximately 2.1 million members, which represents more than 30.000 members with diabetes. This is the fourth disease management agreement between the companies since 1997.
AXS Technologies unveils break-through EyeSpy Image Server solution
Full ArticleAXS Technologies has unveiled its groundbreaking EyeSpy Image Server solution during Fall Internet World 2000 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The EyeSpy Image Server, a patented, instant high-resolution imaging solution, was demonstrated at an exclusive invitation-only launch event before a crowd of e-Commerce professionals, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), software application developers, integrators and Web caching suppliers.
PictureTel to provide Partners In Health with iPower solutions for tuberculosis tele-consultation and education
Full ArticlePartners In Health, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the health of poor communities, has selected PictureTel Corporation, a global leader in integrated collaboration, to deliver the PictureTel 900 Series for remote medical consultation and distance education relating to the Partners in Health tuberculosis initiative. The PictureTel 900 Series products utilise the next-generation iPower integrated collaboration architecture, developed jointly by PictureTel and Intel.
E-Ceptionist to launch real time Web-based telemedicine scheduling service across California
Full ArticleThe real time Internet-based E-Ceptionist scheduling service is currently being implemented across the State of California as part of a deal that the E-Ceptionist company has signed with WellPoint Health Networks Inc. on behalf of its affiliate, Blue Cross of California (BCC). The service is being used to support BCC's statewide telemedicine programme.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European IST 2001 Oscars awarded to telemedicine, surgery simulation and e-business
Full ArticleDuring the recent IST 2000 event, the annual Information Society Technologies Conference, three grand prize winners were selected from over 200 contestants from 26 countries around Europe to receive the prestigious European IST Prize trophy. Fraunhofer's TeleInViVo system, XiTact's Virtual Patient simulator, and MINE-it's e-commerce software, Easyminer each were awarded 200.000 Euro. The Oscars of Information Technology are organised by Euro-CASE, the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering, to honour pioneering, innovative IT developments and applications. The IST prize, which is sponsored and supported by the European Commission, was awarded for the sixth time.
First European Biosciences Summit to focus on clear communication between science and society
Full ArticleParticipants in a major discussion platform on genetics and the future of Europe debated the relevance of genetic information to health, the environment and society. At the same time, they stressed the pressing need for a better dialogue between scientists and citizens during the Biosciences Summit which took place on 6 and 7 November 2000.
Guidant European Cardiovascular Institute for the training of emerging cardiovascular procedures inaugurated
Full ArticleGuidant Corporation, a major worldwide provider of cardiac and vascular products, has opened a state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Institute in its European Head Offices in Brussels, Belgium. Leading physicians from all over Europe were welcomed to attend a symposium which marked the official opening of a facility that will train specialised practitioners in emerging and new therapies for the treatment of vascular and coronary diseases.
Slovenia first in Europe to launch national electronic health care card
Full ArticleSince October 1st, Slovenia has introduced a personal electronic health care card for all its 1,9 million inhabitants. This card has the primary function to check out whether the patient has a health insurance right. The electronic health care record infrastructure of the Slovenian republic, which constitutes a former part of the federal state of Yugoslavia, seems principally inspired on previous plans, as conceived by DSW, a Dutch health insurance organisation. Slovenia is the first European country to have succeeded in the creation of a national health care card at relatively short notice.
Educational Web-based tool teaches medical students ropes of accurate diagnostics
Full ArticleDuring Mednet 2000, the Fifth World Congress on the Internet in Medicine, Mr. Ben Kanagaratnam from the Clinical Science Institute at the National University of Ireland in Galway, presented an interactive teaching tool to help final year medical students accurately diagnose the symptoms which are associated with the various forms of liver disease. The model is based on the Bayes rule and has been designed to easily be put on the Web. This diagnostic model is very flexible and can be modified and extended to study other diseases as well.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Heartlab's Encompass system to deliver filmless imaging at Indiana's top cardiac centre
Full ArticleSt. Vincent Hospital, a top cardiac centre in Indiana, successfully has installed Heartlab Inc.'s Encompass Cardiac Network. The Encompass system at St. Vincent's provides filmless data management for cardiac x-ray examinations, providing physicians with immediate access to data needed to diagnose cardiovascular disease. The Encompass system utilises Heartlab's state-of-the-art DVD Image Archive, enabling the hospital to store more than 28.000 examinations in a space which is no larger than a small refrigerator, and retrieve an archived examination in less than 30 seconds.
QuadraMed's integrated AFFINITY HIS solution to better streamline hospital work flow
Full ArticleGlenwood Regional Medical Center, in West Monroe, Louisiana, has selected QuadraMed's AFFINITY health care information system (HIS) solution to manage the Medical Center's financial and patient information needs and enhance the efficiency of its patient accounting functions. The QuadraMed Corporation forms a leading health care information systems company which is dedicated to linking hospitals to their constituents. The contract, including the implementation of AFFINITY's patient accounting, medical records, registration, and financial modules, is valued at more than $2 million and marks the Medical Center's third implementation of a QuadraMed product.
Lenox Hill Hospital to install Medcon's technology for Web-based cardiac teleconsulting
Full ArticleLenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York has entered into a strategic partnership with Medcon Telemedicine Technologies Inc., a leading international telecardiology system developer, based in New Jersey, to develop an innovative Internet-based consulting service linking Lenox Hill Hospital affiliated-physicians with the Institute's staff.
ImageCom to enhance live video link for patient assessment with satellite for remote field reporting
Full ArticleImageCom, Europe's leading video conferencing manufacturer of high quality codec and based in the United Kingdom, has launched Satellite RVE, the remote video expertise video conferencing solution via satellite which provides real time interactive video communication virtually anywhere in the world. Since 1999, the RVE system without the satellite extension is used at Blackburn Royal Infirmary in wireless patient monitoring and tele-consulting applications for both oral and maxillo-facial surgery.
ValleyCare Medical Center to integrate robotics for safe and patient-friendly prostate cancer treatment
Full ArticleDrs. Mark Avon and Carlos Gracia of ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, California, successfully used the EVOLVE Surgical Continuum to transition from an "open" surgical prostate cancer treatment to a new minimally invasive surgical treatment. EVOLVE is a revolutionary robotic surgery system, which has been developed by Computer Motion Inc.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Syrrx and MolSoft form strategic alliance to speed up drug discovery process
Full ArticleSyrrx and MolSoft have entered into a 10-year strategic alliance to accelerate structure-guided drug discovery through the combination of MolSoft's Virtual Ligand Screening (VLS) technology with Syrrx's high-throughput structural proteomics platform.
Géant Next Generation pan-European Research Network launched at IST 2000
Full ArticleAt the IST 2000 event in Nice, Géant, the Next Generation of pan-European Research Network, was launched. This was officialised by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner in charge of the Information Society, by Fernando Liello, Chairman of the Géant Consortium, and by a representative of Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg, the French Minister of Research.
Apollo and Al-Bader Group partners in offering tele-pathology services to Middle East and India
Full ArticleApollo Telemedicine Inc., the premier provider of tele-pathology systems in the United States, has closed a strategic alliance with the Al-Bader Group of Kuwait to implement Health Networks in the Middle East and subcontinent of India using Apollo's eHealthStat Telediagnostic network.
Broadband services bound to exceed traditional telemedicine by factor 100 in revenue increase
Full ArticleBroadband telecommunications services for hospitals, physicians' offices and home health care will account for more than 100 times more revenue than traditional telemedicine applications such as tele-radiology and tele-consultations by 2003, according to a newly published report by Insight Research.
MediSolution's CEO to plead for bigger focus on basic technology integration in health care funding
Full ArticleThe federal health care technology spending in Canada should be dedicated to putting new technology into the hands of health care providers who suffer from a serious lack of technology. This is the firm belief of Remi St-Hilaire, President and CEO of MediSolution Ltd., who recently held a talk to delegates at the Ontario Hospital Association meeting.
 
VMWC news bites
 
New Top 500 list also ranks uniquely dedicated "health care" supercomputers
Full ArticleAt the occasion of the SC2000 Conference on High Performance Computing and Networking, the sixteenth edition of the Supercomputer Top 500 is presented. The new list, traditionally issued twice a year in June and in November, includes five supercomputers which are exclusively dedicated to medical research and health data mining. Three of them were acquired in 2000 by the United States National Cancer Institute, United HealthCare, and the British company, Pharmaceutical Stevenage. The other two machines are located in Japan and applied for genetic data research since 1995 and 1998. In addition, a substantial number of supercomputing facilities figuring in the Top 500, is frequently used for advanced medical visualisation purposes and bio-informatics.
Joint EU-US workshop to generate mutual awareness for nanotechnology potential among scientists
Full ArticleEarlier this year, the European Commission (EC) launched a co-ordinated call for proposals for research related to nanotechnology, dubbed the "science of the small", under its new Fifth RTD Framework programme (FP5), increasing the Community contribution from the 200 million euro available under the previous Fourth Framework programme to 225 million. A mutual desire to push nanotechnology further up the political agenda and promote collaboration between the best researchers on both sides of the Atlantic drove the EC and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to organise a joint EU-US nanotechnology workshop in Toulouse on 19 October 2000.
Sun potential in life sciences research, medical imaging and Web-centric supercomputing showcased at SC2000
Full ArticleAs an established leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) and network technology, Sun Microsystems Inc. is helping HPC customers capitalise on the Net Effect, the trend driving the exponential growth and increasing opportunities of the Internet, as users, devices, services, data and demand for high availability continue to multiply. At the Supercomputing 2000 show in Texas, Sun showed customers new and old how to utilise the power of Web-centric computing and provide massively-scalable systems which span the network.
High definition television for the first time applied in endoscopic surgery
Full ArticleA Yale physician has conducted what is believed to be the first endoscopic surgical procedures using high definition television (HDTV), which more than doubles the sharpness of the image when compared to current technology.
Today still experimental, robotic telesurgery may be commonplace tomorrow, even in space
Full ArticleDuring the recent 86th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, a live robotic telesurgery session was organised between the convention hall at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The male patient underwent a successful remote-controlled and computer-assisted minimally invasive operation to treat chronic groin pain. The telerobotic system which was utilised, has been developed by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Applied Physics Laboratory, and ICE Communications Inc. in 1993 to serve initially as a remote surgical training system for laparoscopic procedures.
 

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