VMW Monthly - March 2001 - ISSN 1388-722X


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In a targeted special, VMW Magazine aims to highlight recent European initiatives where telemedicine and advanced simulation techniques are being introduced into different medical fields, including cardiology, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, maxillo-facial surgery, pathology, radiology, medical education, and the patient record.

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Contents March 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New African telemedicine service paves the way to quality care for all Ethiopians
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to embrace Matria's diabetes engagement model
Canadian e-health platform keeps physicians up-to-date with emerging trends in medicine
Satellite Internet connection enables telemedicine aid to isolated Cambodian villagers
WAM!NET's new clinical reporting function applied by US Immigration and Naturalization Service
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Per-Se's enhanced electronic patient record features medical error prevention and clinical decision support
OpenMed platform delivers on-site application inspection and go-to-market IT readiness for health care providers
MedUnite partners with XCare.net and Sun to link payers, providers and physicians for on-line transactions
Apollo Telemedicine and Marconi collaborate in delivering tele-pathology services to physicians worldwide
Philips Medical Systems and SHL to establish European telemedicine joint venture
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
New software tool to discover needle in haystack of medical literature using linguistic analysis
Finnish imaging project to promote MRI guidance for minimally invasive procedures
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy possibly more patient-friendly alternative for brain biopsy in tumour diagnosis
Electronic Health Record roll out puts patient at centre of British National Health Service
TeleMedic's remote monitoring services facilitated through hostmark's Web hosting assistance
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Solucient Leadership Institute to benchmark Intensive Care Units of 1200 US hospitals
Montefiore surgical residents receive laparoscopy training in freshly opened Virtual Reality and Skills Lab
NorthEast Medical Center in North Carolina first to test new EMS Mobile Clinical Workstation
Valley Baptist physicians interconnected through Metrocall's in-house wireless network
Hospitals in USA and United Kingdom prove success of Novell's one-Net-for-health care concept
 
Virtual snap shots
 
US Military second big contracting party for E-Ceptionist after Blue Cross of California
US Government and rehabilitation service providers both show interest in Electronic HouseCall System
On-line health content provider adam goes "Tango" in Spanish and Portuguese
DMGH telemedicine venture with Oxford Instruments Medical enables ambulatory neurological monitoring
Physician practices in Fredericksburg, Virginia area happy with NextMED's technology and business office services
 
VMWC news bites
 
MCBI and eXstream Solutions offer medical e-learning content in a virtual classroom
Raindrop Geomagic's 3D models make Invisalign orthodontic system fit for mass customisation
Terason to test ultrasound-on-a-chip in space, air flight and desert telemedicine
Rosetta algorithm allows ab initio protein folding prediction from sheer amino acid sequence
Surgeons never "blind nor lost" anymore with enhanced StealthStation TREON 3D navigator
 

Leads March 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New African telemedicine service paves the way to quality care for all Ethiopians
Full ArticleThe Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation has undertaken the necessary actions to begin a telemedicine service. Ato Berhanu Yifru, head of the Value Added and Multimedia Service Division at ETC stated that the partners in the new service to be introduced include the Ministry of Health, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Agency, and the Faculty of Medicine at Addis Ababa University. A national body, called Telemedicine Committee, was set up about a year ago to co-ordinate between these agencies as well as to get support and consultations from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to embrace Matria's diabetes engagement model
Full ArticleMatria Healthcare Inc. has reached an agreement with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) to provide diabetes disease management services. The agreement spans the Horizon Health Management Organisation (HMO) and Medicare +Choice plans of Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey, Horizon BCBSNJ's New Jersey HMO subsidiary, covering over 230.000 lives and representing in excess of 12.000 diabetes patients.
Canadian e-health platform keeps physicians up-to-date with emerging trends in medicine
Full ArticleMDS Inc. has purchased GenerationMD, an organisation which provides Web-based medical education for physicians. MDS Inc. holds the majority share of the new entity; MDS Capital Corp. and the GenerationMD founders hold the remainder. GenerationMD conducts continuing medical education (CME) for Canadian physicians over the Internet including live interactive sessions. These educational sessions are archived on the site allowing physicians to continue their medical education anywhere, anytime, and are fully accredited through McMaster University. GenerationMD joins the MDS suite of Web-based tools that will be combined to provide a solid e-health platform for physicians across Canada.
Satellite Internet connection enables telemedicine aid to isolated Cambodian villagers
Full ArticleLinking one of the poorest, most remote villages in Asia to expert medical attention at a leading medical centre has occurred last February between Robib in northern Cambodia, whose per capita annual income is just $37 a year, and Massachusetts General Hospital's telemedicine department in Boston with the co-operation of the charity Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope in Phnom Penh.
WAM!NET's new clinical reporting function applied by US Immigration and Naturalization Service
Full ArticleWAM!NET Global Healthcare, a subsidiary of global information technology services provider WAM!NET Inc., has developed a unique new clinical reporting application for health care. Using a "job ticket" function, health care organisations can now add the status of MRI, CAT-Scan and other digital images along with important patient demographic information in each digital file sent and stored on WAM!NET's network. This eliminates the need for manual paper processes and offers physicians and technicians up-to-date status reports on patients.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Per-Se's enhanced electronic patient record features medical error prevention and clinical decision support
Full ArticleFinding the right solution to prevent medical errors, reduce costs and improve clinical outcomes is a top priority for health care organisations. Per-Se Technologies Inc. is addressing this industry-wide demand with the latest Java technology and decision support advances in its Patient1 patient-centred, point-of-care system. Patient1 supports health care delivery in the United States and a number of international markets, automating every aspect of the care experience to create a single, confidential, computer-based patient record (CPR).
OpenMed platform delivers on-site application inspection and go-to-market IT readiness for health care providers
Full ArticleeHealthEngines, an operating subsidiary of United America eHealth Technologies, and Sun Microsystems Inc., a systems and software provider, have implemented the OpenMed application platform at Sun Microsystems iForce Ready Center, located in Menlo Park, California. An intelligent physician solution, the OpenMed platform allows physicians and health care professionals "anytime, anywhere" access to critical health care information and diagnostic images, and provides quick and cost-effective delivery of clinical processes via the Web.
MedUnite partners with XCare.net and Sun to link payers, providers and physicians for on-line transactions
Full ArticleXCare.net Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have collaborated to help power MedUnite's industry-transforming network for on-line medical and insurance transaction processing. XCare.net and Sun have been selected by MedUnite to enable seamless information exchange between MedUnite's member organisations, including major health care providers and insurers. By leveraging XML, eXtensible Topic Mapping (XTM), as well as the latest Java-based technology in the application platform, Sun and XCare.net will help bring new levels of efficiency to the $1.2 trillion U.S. health care industry.
Apollo Telemedicine and Marconi collaborate in delivering tele-pathology services to physicians worldwide
Full ArticleApollo Telemedicine Inc., a provider of tele-pathology systems which is located in the United States, has closed a strategic marketing alliance with advanced communications supplier Marconi plc to jointly market Apollo's eHealthstat tele-diagnostic network and telemedicine systems offerings with Marconi's telecommunications technology and Internet network management services.
Philips Medical Systems and SHL to establish European telemedicine joint venture
Full ArticleSHL TeleMedicine Ltd. and Philips Medical Systems have entered into a joint venture to develop new geographical markets for cardiology telemedicine products and services across Europe. The joint venture will allow Philips Medical Systems and SHL, an Israeli based provider of personal telemedicine systems and medical call centre services, to duplicate SHL's successful business model in targeted European markets. In addition, Philips Medical Systems and SHL have agreed on a worldwide strategic co-operation agreement which will include also joint R&D efforts.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
New software tool to discover needle in haystack of medical literature using linguistic analysis
Full ArticlePharmeceutical elements that in some cases produce unpleasant side effects, may have a healing impact in other medical situations. A post-graduate student at the University of Groningen has developed an analysis software tool that is able to search for unsuspected qualities in medication prescriptions among the piles of titles within the existing medical literature. Since September last year, Dr. Marc Weeber is testing the new system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington.
Finnish imaging project to promote MRI guidance for minimally invasive procedures
Full ArticleThe Oulu University and Hospital in Finland are partnering with the London Imperial College of Science, Medicine, and Technology and with two technology partners, the German company Daum and Marconi Medical Systems Finland Oy, in a project focusing on Advanced Minimally Invasive Therapy (AMIT) procedures, utilising improved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. The initiative which receives funding from the European Commission, started on January 1, 2000 and will last for 30 months. The AMIT project will address and try to solve some of the crucial shortcomings in the current "state-of-the-art" of MRI-guided interventions.
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy possibly more patient-friendly alternative for brain biopsy in tumour diagnosis
Full ArticlePatients with a suspected brain tumour often need to undergo an invasive brain biopsy, allowing the physician to diagnose the tumour type as well as the degree of its malignancy via a histo-pathological examination. The biopsy is not without risk for the patient while the diagnostic outcome based on only a small specimen may give cause to uncertainty. An alternative that still is not frequently used in clinical practice consists in the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). The European Commission has now funded a three-year project managed by the members of the INTERPRET consortium, to develop a computer-based decision support tool for MRS-based diagnosis and create a database of standardised brain tumour spectra to facilitate the doctor's classifying task and to improve the quality of therapy for the patient.
Electronic Health Record roll out puts patient at centre of British National Health Service
Full ArticleOver the next four years, every adult in the United Kingdom will be able to access their own at-a-glance "electronic health record", according to the British Health Secretary, Alan Milburn. The initiative to help redesign the National Health Service (NHS) around the needs of patients, is the centrepiece of a rolling programme of investment worth GBP 700 million in the next three years to overhaul NHS information technology under the NHS Plan.
TeleMedic's remote monitoring services facilitated through hostmark's Web hosting assistance
Full ArticleDoctors will be able to help people thousands of miles away as a result of a tie-up between telemedicine solution provider TeleMedic Systems and hostmark, Britain's newest secure Web hosting service. TeleMedic was founded in March 1996 to design a product that would realise the concept of a medical vital signs diagnostic device for use in geographic locations remote from qualified medical staff. As a telemedicine solutions company, TeleMedic Systems needs secure Web hosting in order to allow doctors to have access to the incoming information.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Solucient Leadership Institute to benchmark Intensive Care Units of 1200 US hospitals
Full ArticleIn a recent study, the Solucient Leadership Institute found that the United States health care industry could save an estimated $1.5 billion and more than 30.000 deaths could potentially be avoided annually if all Intensive Care Units (ICUs) operated at the same levels as the top performing ICUs in both teaching and community hospitals. The study, 100 Top Hospitals: Intensive Care Unit Benchmarks for Success, is the first comparative analysis of ICU performance across all of the nation's hospitals.
Montefiore surgical residents receive laparoscopy training in freshly opened Virtual Reality and Skills Lab
Full ArticleMontefiore Medical Center recently has opened one of the most advanced minimally invasive surgical training centres in the United States. The Montefiore Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIMIS) includes a Virtual Reality and Skills Laboratory, surgical workstations and a state-of-the-art conference room with global teleconferencing and telemedicine capabilities.
NorthEast Medical Center in North Carolina first to test new EMS Mobile Clinical Workstation
Full ArticleAt the annual Healthcare Information and Medical Management Systems Society Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS), held from February 4 to 8 in New Orleans, EMS Wireless, a division of EMS Technologies Inc., has presented both an entry-level and a more advanced version of its Mobile Clinical Workstation, designed to give hospitals more cost-effective options in their wireless applications at the patient point of care. The Mobile Clinical Workstation line allows a standard platform for users at all levels.
Valley Baptist physicians interconnected through Metrocall's in-house wireless network
Full ArticleThe Systems Applications Division of Metrocall Inc., a wireless data and messaging company, has installed a new state-of-the-art Integrated Resource Management (IRM) system to facilitate wireless communications for Valley Baptist Medical Center (VBMC) of Harlingen in Texas. Metrocall's IRM system constitutes an on-premise wireless network that provides expeditious transmission time to ten, or ten thousand, wireless devices, making it ideal for the critical communications demands of large, campus-based health care organisations.
Hospitals in USA and United Kingdom prove success of Novell's one-Net-for-health care concept
Full ArticleNovell Inc., a provider of Net services software, has established Novell Healthcare, a new practice from Novell Consulting which combines Novell's Net services software with strategic industry alliances, education and consulting services, to address the more than $1 trillion United States health care industry. Novell Healthcare will provide organisations with a single unified global network, one Net for health care, giving health care companies the power to simplify and accelerate their move from the old, traditional way of doing business to increase the efficiency of hospital staff, reduce administrative costs, and ultimately enhance the quality of service and health care.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
US Military second big contracting party for E-Ceptionist after Blue Cross of California
Full ArticleThe United States Military has signed a contract with E-Ceptionist Inc. and will begin using the company's real time Internet based scheduling service to make health care appointments. The service is applied to support the military's TRICARE Region Nine. E-Ceptionist will enable the military's general practitioners to schedule appointments with specialists over the Web in real time.
US Government and rehabilitation service providers both show interest in Electronic HouseCall System
Full ArticleCYBeR-CARE Inc. and Wichita State University's College of Health Professions have closed an alliance to test the effectiveness of initiating and monitoring physical therapy and other rehabilitation services for patients in home settings using the Electronic HouseCall (EHC) System. Additionally, the telehealth technology developer has equally received approval from the Government Services Administration to sell the EHC System and related services to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defence, and other Federal Departments and Agencies as a contract vendor.
On-line health content provider adam goes "Tango" in Spanish and Portuguese
Full Articleadam.com Inc., a creator and syndicator of health information, and DrTango.com have released Spanish and Portuguese versions of adam's Web-based, illustrated health information products. DrTango, a provider of health- and medical-related applications and content in Portuguese and Spanish, translated adam's Health Illustrated Encyclopaedia, Surgeries and Procedures, Pregnancy Health Center, and Child Safety Health Center into Spanish and Portuguese. DrTango also adapted each of these products to provide cultural relevance to the Hispanic community.
DMGH telemedicine venture with Oxford Instruments Medical enables ambulatory neurological monitoring
Full ArticleDiagnostic Management Group Holdings Inc. (DMGH), a wholly owned subsidiary of Comprehensive Medical Diagnostics Group Inc. (CMDI), a provider of mobile diagnostic services, has signed a contract with Oxford Instruments Medical Inc. to jointly offer ambulatory neurological monitoring in the comfort of a patient's home. Oxford Instruments Medical, a United Kingdom-based company, is a manufacturer of advanced instrumentation to customers in health care, scientific research, and other industries.
Physician practices in Fredericksburg, Virginia area happy with NextMED's technology and business office services
Full ArticleMediCorp Health System, based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has selected NextMED Systems, a business technology partner and Application Integrator for physician practices, to provide physician practices with new technology and business office services. MediCorp Health System is an integrated health system served by nearly 300 physicians. This system delivers facilities and programmes offering a wide range of health care and wellness services for the greater Fredericksburg, Virginia area.
 
VMWC news bites
 
MCBI and eXstream Solutions offer medical e-learning content in a virtual classroom
Full ArticleIn an effort to further its Telemedicine and Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programmes, Medical Center of Boston International (MCBI) has established a collaborative partnership with eXstream Solutions, a provider of digital media technology software, infrastructure, and services, which enable highly interactive multimedia-centric e-learning content. By combining the advanced virtual classroom technology of eXstream Solutions with the expertise of some of the world's finest physicians, MCBI is providing an e-learning solution for its Telemedicine and CME programmes. This collaboration has created an effective platform for MCBI to inform medical colleagues around the world of the latest advances in medical procedures and technology.
Raindrop Geomagic's 3D models make Invisalign orthodontic system fit for mass customisation
Full ArticleAlign Technology, maker of the Invisalign orthodontic system, has awarded Raindrop Geomagic a software license and development contract valued at more than $1.6 million. Raindrop Geomagic develops and markets Geomagic Studio, the first 3D product to provide precise dimensional and photometric information with coloured geometry in one process. The result is true-to-life 3D models that can be created in minutes by anyone, rather than in days by a specialist.
Terason to test ultrasound-on-a-chip in space, air flight and desert telemedicine
Full ArticleTerason, Division of Teratech Corporation, an innovator in the design and development of diagnostic micro-systems, on invitation by the NASA Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium (MITAC), presented its proprietary ultrasound processing technology to key NASA scientists and invited physicians, last summer. The conference addressed medical needs and challenges related to the exploration of space and human space flight, specifically to help identify state-of-the art technologies which may be of use to NASA as it prepares for space station operations and future missions to Mars and other planets.
Rosetta algorithm allows ab initio protein folding prediction from sheer amino acid sequence
Full ArticleRosetta, a computational method developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator David A. Baker and his colleagues at the University of Washington, has proven quite successful in predicting the three-dimensional structure of a folded protein from its linear sequence of amino acids during the fourth Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction (CASP4).
Surgeons never "blind nor lost" anymore with enhanced StealthStation TREON 3D navigator
Full ArticleAchieving another milestone in the accuracy and precision of surgery on the brain, spine and other anatomical systems, Medtronic Inc. launched its StealthStation TREON Treatment Guidance System. The system adds new features of virtual intelligence to build on the success of the more than 650 predecessor StealthStation Systems now in use. These surgical navigation systems bring new hope for precise treatment to patients with tumours in high-risk areas, because they facilitate resolution of problems previously considered inoperable.
 

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