VMW Monthly - February 2001 - ISSN 1388-722X


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*** Virtual Medical World Magazine's 2000 TOP 10 articles listing ***

Market reports on e-health and telemedicine, simulation and robotic surgery, virtual reality, medical imaging, and tele-monitoring: these are the highest ranking topics in VMW's past year survey. Here is your chance to do some catching up with regard to the hottest items in medical IT of the year 2000.

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Contents February 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Patented surgical navigation tool opens new doors to minimally invasive interventions
Crosshair to install Internet security platform for largest diabetes tele-home care project ever
A little bit of e-health for everyone, start-up or dyed-in-the-wool health care organisation
Clinical researchers keen on NanoChip Molecular Biology tool for use in genetic-based tests
Sandia, Celera and Compaq aim at petacruncher level in proteomics research
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Medical Advisory Systems extends business to clinical research and medical Internet chat services
United Therapeutics to expand into cardiac arrhythmia and ischemia monitoring
Healthology's on-line well provides flows of streaming health content for doctors and patients
Medical image processing four times faster with Mercury Computer's new VantageRT 7400 system
New generation GeneMatcher2 to provide optimised gene sequence similarity analysis
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
British Government to announce large investments in telecare and launch of new Telemedicine Information Service
Tele-ophthalmology no longer blind spot on the European map
European Biomed 2 projects deliver results in medical ethics and type 2 diabetes
Ediscim to detect skin cancer at its earliest stages with confocal imaging and tele-diagnosis
Bavarian telemedicine network to screen premature babies at risk of developing blindness
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Dutch medical centre European showcase for Kodak's hospital-wide PACS solution
Another five year of Kodak imaging for the Sisters of Mercy Health System-St. Louis
Malaysian Selayang Hospital chooses Spacelabs' paperless electronic medical record approach
Pelvic tumour in child fought with Nucletron's new inverse treatment planning approach
Michel Pop Clinics to provide first ophthalmology tele-consultation service in Canada
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ComView to set up new Web portal for cardiac specific tele-consulting
CYBeR-CARE to set up Electronic HouseCall System in China
CMS Molecular Biology Resource big aid for biological researchers
New Medicare home health reimbursement legislation to bless and curse
Unique doc@HOME patient care concept contracted by the European Commission
 
VMWC news bites
 
IBM to deliver 7.5 Tflop/s supercomputer to NuTec Sciences for gene research
IVD-net to launch Winter and Spring cycle of "E-marketing in Life Science" seminars in 2001
New software to convert 3D human models into interactive 3D Web objects
From virtual anatomy for robotic surgery to photo-realistic face modelling on the Internet
LabBook and Ohio partners offer biologists room with a view on the human genome
 

Leads February 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Patented surgical navigation tool opens new doors to minimally invasive interventions
Full ArticleThe United States Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a broad, enabling patent related to CBYON's surgical navigation technology, which is marketed as the CBYON SAVANT software suite to hospitals and surgeons, enabling them to see through internal body structures and guide surgical instruments during surgery.
Crosshair to install Internet security platform for largest diabetes tele-home care project ever
Full ArticleCrosshair Technologies Inc., a privately held systems integration and security service provider company, was selected by Columbia University to integrate and deliver an Internet security platform which enables patients to interact with clinical and educational applications from their homes using the public Internet. The platform provides case managers, doctors and other health care providers with the ability to securely review sensitive patient information and status using Web-based systems.
A little bit of e-health for everyone, start-up or dyed-in-the-wool health care organisation
Full ArticleAn estimated number of 16.000 health care-oriented Web sites currently are fighting for space on the Internet. Companies are rushing to stake claim to e-health turf entering into complex strategic partnerships that link health care companies, the on-line media, and technology superpowers.
Clinical researchers keen on NanoChip Molecular Biology tool for use in genetic-based tests
Full ArticleNanogen Inc., the producer of a commercially available electronic micro-array, has installed ten NanoChip Molecular Biology Workstations. Nanogen Inc. recently began marketing its proprietary NanoChip Molecular Biology Workstation to scientists and genomics laboratories in order to set new standards for SNP scoring. The ten placements include one sale, eight development site agreements, and one expanded research collaboration. Each customer will focus on expanding the clinical research applications of the NanoChip Molecular Biology Workstation through the development of versatile, highly accurate, rapid and cost-efficient genetic-based tests.
Sandia, Celera and Compaq aim at petacruncher level in proteomics research
Full ArticleThe United States Department of Energy (DOE) has recently closed a marriage of computer technology and biology. Sandia National Laboratories and Celera Genomics have signed a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement with Compaq Computer Corporation as a third partner to provide the project technology. Celera Genomics, Sandia and Compaq Computer will collaborate to increase computing capability with the goal of achieving 100 trillion operations per second (100 TeraOPS). The project's aim is to design the next generation software and computer hardware solutions which will be specifically developed for the demands of computational biology as well as a full range of life sciences applications. By sharing the computing technology developed by Sandia, Celera and Compaq may ultimately reach the so-called petacruncher (1000 TeraOPS) level.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Medical Advisory Systems extends business to clinical research and medical Internet chat services
Full ArticleMedical Advisory Systems (MAS) Inc., a telemedicine pioneer, has closed two strategic service agreements. The first contract constitutes a deal with eResearchTechnology Inc., a subsidiary of PRWW Ltd., to market eRT's full suite of clinical research software products and services in Europe. The second one was signed with Jaspin Interactive Inc., an Internet and on-line business solutions provider, and software development company. During the contractual term, which runs from December 22nd, 2000 through December 21st, 2003, Jaspin will provide MAS with the right to use its ChatCentre and RoomCentre software including upgrades and support, and MAS will provide Jaspin with Application Software Provider (ASP) hosting services.
United Therapeutics to expand into cardiac arrhythmia and ischemia monitoring
Full ArticleUnited Therapeutics has expanded its telemedicine business by acquiring the assets of Medicomp Inc. and Telemedical Procedures LLC, which are related cardiac monitoring companies, based in Florida. These companies specialise in providing cardiac Holter and event monitoring analysis services remotely via proprietary peer-to-peer networks using telephone dial-up and Internet connections.
Healthology's on-line well provides flows of streaming health content for doctors and patients
Full ArticleFor many Internet-oriented health companies, health information, interactive risk assessment tests, and medical news are popular features on their Web sites. According to the latest trends however, Web companies are moving beyond disease and diet information toward becoming a part of the health delivery system, by pronouncing themselves mediums for connecting specialists, patients, doctors, insurance companies and pharmacies.
Medical image processing four times faster with Mercury Computer's new VantageRT 7400 system
Full ArticleMercury Computer Systems has introduced the RACE++ Series VantageRT 7400 processing system, that promises to compute image and signal-processing algorithms four times faster than its earlier products. The new unit combines RACE++, the company's second-generation interconnect architecture, and the performance of the Motorola PowerPC 7400 microprocessor with AltiVec technology to provide high-performance processing systems that scale from two to 32 processors in an industrial PC chassis.
New generation GeneMatcher2 to provide optimised gene sequence similarity analysis
Full ArticleParacel Inc., a Celera Genomics business, recently has launched GeneMatcher2, a new generation high-throughput supercomputer offering increased sensitivity and performance in sequence similarity analysis. Introduced in 1997, Paracel's GeneMatcher was the first computer designed for commercial use with custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology to specifically analyse genetic information.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
British Government to announce large investments in telecare and launch of new Telemedicine Information Service
Full ArticleThe British Library has launched its new, integrated Telemedicine Information Service funded by the Department of Health. The Government's re-activated information technology strategy for the National Health Service (NHS) reaffirms the commitment of the British Health Authorities to the use of telemedicine in delivering faster and more efficient patient care. British Minister of Health, Mrs. Gisela Stuart, promised telemedicine facilities for all local health services by 2005 via an investment in electronic health records, allowing patients to connect with staff electronically for advice.
Tele-ophthalmology no longer blind spot on the European map
Full ArticleDr. Gudrun Zahlmann from the German National Research Center for Environment and Health (GSF) is the co-ordinator of TOSCA, a three-year pan-European project funded by the Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme. Started in January 2000, the partners are preparing a technical platform for Tele-Ophthalmological Services in Citizen-centred Applications, focused on the telescreening and monitoring of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and glaucoma. The team intends to use the available European technological and terminological standards to set up a programme for early symptom detection by means of automatic imaging processing and to build a reference database providing up-to-date knowledge on ophthalmic diseases. TOSCA will directly benefit from the results and the large experience gained in a previous project for Telematics in Ophthalmology, called OPHTEL, which ended in June 1999.
European Biomed 2 projects deliver results in medical ethics and type 2 diabetes
Full ArticleDifferent partners within the Biomed 2 programme, funded under the Fourth and Fifth Framework Programme by the European Commission, have reached some remarkable results in their respective projects. First, the EuroEthics databank, a European database network for ethics in medicine, health care, and health professions is further taking shape with over 12.000 entries already and still growing steadily. Second, the research effort carried out by a European-Canadian "Quality of Life" project consortium has led to the identification of one of the genes involved in the development of adult diabetes.
Ediscim to detect skin cancer at its earliest stages with confocal imaging and tele-diagnosis
Full ArticleWithin the 5th Framework Programme, the European Commission has funded 9 projects which are focused in particular on the development of advanced technology systems for medical image processing and visualisation to test these in clinical trials. EDISCIM, which stands for the early diagnosis of skin cancer with use of confocal imaging, constitutes one of these projects and is being sponsored for three years from January 1, 2000. The 5 Ediscim partners will develop and apply a non-invasive optical process using confocal image generation to "look inside" the patient's skin and examine any malignant changes in its upper layers.
Bavarian telemedicine network to screen premature babies at risk of developing blindness
Full ArticleThe Medical Center of the University of Regensburg, in Bavaria, Germany, and Massie Research Laboratories Inc. in Dublin, California have established the very first digital Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) screening network in Europe. The digital ROP Screening Network will link five major neonatal intensive care units in Bavaria with the University of Regensburg to provide expert assessment of ROP using advanced telemedicine techniques.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Dutch medical centre European showcase for Kodak's hospital-wide PACS solution
Full ArticleThe Dutch Nij Smellinghe Hospital, located in Drachten, recently installed Kodak's Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) to deliver medical images across the medical centre. Being the first hospital within The Netherlands with enterprise-wide PACS facilities, Nij Smellinghe will take on the role of exemplary showcase for the Kodak PACS solution in order to demonstrate the advanced system features for the whole of Europe.
Another five year of Kodak imaging for the Sisters of Mercy Health System-St. Louis
Full ArticleSisters of Mercy Health System of St. Louis has signed a five-year contract extension with Eastman Kodak Company. The agreement, which includes all medical imaging products and services, applies to most of the health care facilities which are served by the Sisters of Mercy. The Health System consists of 19 acute care hospitals, a psychiatric hospital, outpatient care facilities, physician practices, skilled nursing and long-term residential care facilities, clinics, a managed care organisation as well as other health-related services.
Malaysian Selayang Hospital chooses Spacelabs' paperless electronic medical record approach
Full ArticleSpacelabs Medical Inc. has completed a major installation that forms the foundation of the electronic medical record (EMR) at Selayang Hospital's revolutionary, new, 960-bed health care facility in Malaysia. Spacelabs Inc. is a provider of integrated medical information systems and instrumentation with a strategic focus on wireless, telemedicine and Internet solutions for health care.
Pelvic tumour in child fought with Nucletron's new inverse treatment planning approach
Full ArticleThe Dutch specialist in radiotherapy, Nucletron B.V., announces first clinical use of a new inverse planning system. The application of this new radiation therapy procedure, which was developed by Nucletron B.V. in consultation with the Radiation Oncology Team at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA), was performed last month. A five-year old girl underwent the new therapy for a pelvic germ cell tumour that has recurred three times, most recently in September 2000.
Michel Pop Clinics to provide first ophthalmology tele-consultation service in Canada
Full ArticleTelemedicine has taken some giant leaps forward in recent years thanks to a range of new communications technologies. The ophthalmology field is next in line to benefit from these remarkable advances. Well-known both for their groundbreaking techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, the Michel Pop Clinics are pioneering a novel ophthalmology consultation service, the first of its kind in Canada. The tele-consultation service will be primarily used for follow-up care, post-operative examinations and medical emergencies.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ComView to set up new Web portal for cardiac specific tele-consulting
Full ArticleComView Corporation, a provider of cardiac imaging management systems for hospitals, catheterisation labs and echocardiology facilities, has launched its second generation Internet portal site for the transmission and storage of dynamic cardiac images. This new cardiac specific telemedicine site allows physicians to send, store, review, and share complete full-motion cardiac studies with anyone anywhere in the world through a highly secure Internet connection.
CYBeR-CARE to set up Electronic HouseCall System in China
Full ArticleCYBeR-CARE Inc., a telehealth technology innovator, recently activated live telehealth network operations in China, supporting its joint venture with SIIC Medical Science and Technology Group of Hong Kong. CYBeR-CARE's first initiative to disseminate its Electronic HouseCall System (EHC) in this region will be handled through its new wholly owned Asian operating company, Cyber Pacificare Ltd.
CMS Molecular Biology Resource big aid for biological researchers
Full ArticleThe CMS Molecular Biology Resource referred to as CMS MBR is a compendium of Internet-accessible information resources, data analysis and visualisation tools, and databases for research and education in molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, biochemistry, and bio-molecular modelling. Resources on this site are organised according to the specific function they perform or the data type they serve. This arrangement provides an intuitive and familiar interface for biological scientists, guiding them efficiently to a host of useful on-line resources.
New Medicare home health reimbursement legislation to bless and curse
Full ArticleA combined budget bill, passed before the American Congress in late December 2000, will increase Medicare payments to health maintenance organisations over the next five years while equally expanding Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine in a variety of care settings. The legislation, sponsored by Senator John Kerry and Representative James McGovern, of Worcester, includes a measure that reimburses home health care agencies which use telecommunications to treat patients. The bill also provides a 10 percent increase in payments for the travel expenses for rural providers and requires federal government to study reimbursements for medical supplies.
Unique doc@HOME patient care concept contracted by the European Commission
Full ArticleDocobo Ltd., an international telehealth company, is partnering with the Commission of the European Communities to develop a unique monitoring programme called doc@HOME for cardiac patients while greatly reducing the cost of care. Doc@HOME combines a working set of different tools helping the patient to track and trend symptoms and to communicate this information to the health care provider.
 
VMWC news bites
 
IBM to deliver 7.5 Tflop/s supercomputer to NuTec Sciences for gene research
Full ArticleIBM and NuTec Sciences Inc. are building the largest commercial supercomputer in the world, which NuTec's Life Sciences Division will use to investigate how genes interact in the human body to cause life-threatening diseases. Once completed, the 7.5-teraflop computing cluster could rank among the top 10 of the world's 500 largest supercomputers, making it the fastest system installed outside a government agency.
IVD-net to launch Winter and Spring cycle of "E-marketing in Life Science" seminars in 2001
Full ArticleVMWC 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 rounded its second seminar cycle called "E-Marketing in Life Science". The autumn 2000 seminars took place in Frankfurt, Munich, and Düsseldorf. IVD-net already has started the next cycle of seminars, using the motto: "Skyrocket your business to success!" You really ought to attend this brilliant Seminar in German language.
New software to convert 3D human models into interactive 3D Web objects
Full ArticleCycore, a company specialised in interactive 3D for e-business, and bioVirtual, a developer of technology for photo realistic 3D human models, characters and avatars, have released the 3DMeNow with Cult3D Exporter package. This new software programme converts animated 3D humans into interactive 3D objects for use on the Web and in multiple applications, such as Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Adobe Acrobat. The 3DMeNow with Cult3D Exporter allows anyone to quickly and easily create interactive photo realistic 3D human models, characters and avatars, for use in entertainment, security, and scientific applications.
From virtual anatomy for robotic surgery to photo-realistic face modelling on the Internet
Full ArticleLifeFX Inc., a developer of life-like virtual people for the Internet, will renew contracts with two integral members of its product development team, Dr. Paul Charette and Dr. Mark Sagar. Both expert professionals have been instrumental in the development of the unique biologically based facial modelling system technology which is the core of the LifeFX virtual people. Dr. Charette and Dr. Sagar share the title Vice President and Co-Director of Research and Development at LifeFX company and will be based in the Los Angeles office.
LabBook and Ohio partners offer biologists room with a view on the human genome
Full ArticleThe Ohio State University (OSU), the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), and LabBook Inc. have formed a triumvirate to provide life science researchers with an annotated map of the human genome. The new project combines OSU's annotated human genome database, supported by OSC's computational power, with the both outstanding visualisation and analysis capabilities of LabBook's personal discovery space. The partnership allows scientists the most sophisticated view of the human genome to date.
 

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