VMW Monthly - July 2001 - ISSN 1388-722X


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VMW's Top 10 of best read 2001 articles in the past half year

Here are the subjects, covered by VMW, which you liked most in the first semester of 2001. There is a clear preference for 3D modelling, robotic surgery, and advanced medical software. We hope you will enjoy browsing to this hit parade and - who knows? - do some catching up in case you missed out on one of the items below.

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Contents July 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Generic telepathology system to establish interactive cross-ocean transplant consultations between Pittsburgh and Palermo
New Australian CeNTIE supernet to support telehealth and interactive surgical training
Veterans Health Administration more than satisfied with Health Hero's telemonitoring platform outcomes
Cyber-Care's Electronic HouseCall System tested in transglobal medical data transfer over Internet2
Beyond the sheltering sky of supercomputing in isolation beckons the computing continuum
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
InSiteOne to showcase Web-enabled digital image InDex archive service at ATA's annual conference
Doctors speak on equal standardised terms through medical language engine enriched electronic patient record
Digital physician IDs secure exchange of health data between desktop and PDA
For companies and institutions dealing with remote patient monitoring, it is CyberCare everywhere
Baxter to launch Advoy e-Care platform for the U.S. and European haemophilia community
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Union benefits from URAC expertise to define criteria for health Web site quality
Devgen uses IBM technology for drug targets discovery in roundworm to fight human disease
Advanced patient simulator lets students recognise any disease and perform emergency training
Just how much high performance computing do we need for image processing?
Cost-effective telemedicine for efficient health care management on smaller Greek islands still ignored
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Vascular occlusive disease countered by marriage between da Vinci robot-assisted and laparoscopic techniques
Saint Alphonsus selects Medcon's image archiving tool to upgrade cath, add echo, and implement tele-cardiology
Experts from UC Davis Medical Center to partner in VISICU's virtual intensive care unit
MedVizer's interactive tele-capacities highly valued in paediatric echocardiography and cancer diagnosis
James A. Haley and Cyber-Care finalise specialised telehealth training for federal health care installations
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Pulse helps Anatomical Travelogue put on-line interactive 3D images of human body interior
CyberEuroCare gives Europe a taste of the Electronic HouseCall System
Tandberg tools make Arizona University winner of American Telemedicine Association President's Award
International patient agreement allows tele-collaboration between Philadelphia-area and Kuwait based physicians
Nomos and Lynmed partner to deliver advanced cancer therapy to Chinese hospitals
 
VMWC news bites
 
The Human Genome: there still lies a lot of research ahead of us
Cardianove uses CATIA 3D modelling software to speed up heart pump development process
BioArchive System grows into standard for cord blood stem cell banking programmes
New blueprint "blueprints" protein interactions in BIND database to accelerate drug discovery
Simulated colonoscopy training likely to stimulate early detection of colorectal cancer
 

Leads July 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Generic telepathology system to establish interactive cross-ocean transplant consultations between Pittsburgh and Palermo
Full ArticleA telepathology system, which is developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has been found to be an effective means for a transplant pathologist working alone in a UPMC-managed facility in Palermo, Sicily, to receive real time consults from transplant pathologists located in Pittsburgh. In the past year, more than 150 cases have been reviewed using the static image telepathology system, reported Yukako Yagi at ATA 2001, the annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association.
New Australian CeNTIE supernet to support telehealth and interactive surgical training
Full ArticleA new "super" Internet, hundreds of times faster than the current one, being designed by an Australian consortium will have huge ramifications for telehealth, media systems, information brokering, distance education, and tele-collaboration. The consortium led by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will be granted $14 million seed funding to establish a Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy (CeNTIE). The partners in CeNTIE will receive the grant as part of the Australian Government's Building on IT Strengths (BITS) Advanced Networks Programme.
Veterans Health Administration more than satisfied with Health Hero's telemonitoring platform outcomes
Full ArticleHealth Hero Network Inc., has reported stunning results from a Veterans Health Administration programme using the Health Hero remote patient monitoring platform. The Veterans Integrated Service Network of Florida (VISN 8) released the 6-month outcomes analysis of their programme for patients with chronic conditions including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and mental health. This programme, called Home and Community Care Service Line, showed remarkable cost savings while improving patient quality of life and provider satisfaction. VISN 8 demonstrated this model at the American Telemedicine Association Meeting as a blueprint for integrating technology with in-home patient care.
Cyber-Care's Electronic HouseCall System tested in transglobal medical data transfer over Internet2
Full ArticleCyber-Care Inc.'s Electronic HouseCall System has successfully transmitted simultaneous voice, video, and medical data on the Internet2, known as the Next Generation Internet, in a transglobal telehealth project. The link was initially made between the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, and was then connected over a gateway to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. In addition to the live video link, the system transmitted medical data, including patient heart and lung sounds, using CyberCare's electronic stethoscope.
Beyond the sheltering sky of supercomputing in isolation beckons the computing continuum
Full ArticleFirst speaker of the afternoon session at the SC 2001 Conference of Supercomputing was Sid Karin, Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and former Director of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI). Dr. Karin illustrated how the digital revolution is transforming high-performance computing from an isolated island into a multi-dimensional computing continuum. Frontiers between different technologies are breaking down rapidly and computing is turning into a universe of omnipresent and invisible interconnectivity. Today, we look in amazement to phenomena such as grid computing but frankly, we have not really seen anything yet.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
InSiteOne to showcase Web-enabled digital image InDex archive service at ATA's annual conference
Full ArticleInSiteOne, a provider of on-site and off-site digital imaging storage and archiving services, has showcased its InDex digital image storage and retrieval service at the American Telemedicine Association's Annual Meeting, held early June. Additionally, InSiteOne has demonstrated iPACS Enterprise Web streaming capabilities from a licensing partnership with RealTimeImage Inc., which enables users to access and view DICOM images from any PACS archive using any Internet connection.
Doctors speak on equal standardised terms through medical language engine enriched electronic patient record
Full ArticleIn order to improve accuracy in health care communication and standardise coding as a means to help reduce inefficiencies and medical errors in patient care delivery, Per-Se Technologies Inc. and Health Language Inc. (HLI), a subsidiary of CyberPlus Corporation, have signed an agreement to incorporate HLI's Cyber+LE Web-enabled health care language engine into Per-Se's Patient1 patient-centred, point-of-care system.
Digital physician IDs secure exchange of health data between desktop and PDA
Full ArticleMEDePass Inc., a trusted third party company in health care, issuing authenticated digital identities, has selected Certicom to be its exclusive security solutions provider. MEDePass Inc. will use Certicom's MobileTrust managed Certificate Services to manufacture MEDePass Certificates for physicians and their staff to enable the secure, authenticated electronic exchange of confidential health care information. A MEDePass Certificate authenticates a physician's electronic identity, providing verification of his or her professional and license status.
For companies and institutions dealing with remote patient monitoring, it is CyberCare everywhere
Full ArticleThe month of June has turned out to be very busy for Cyber-Care. Successful agreements have been made with Fonemed, Frontier Medical Inc., and the Wound Technology Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of PodiCare Services Inc. Fonemed will utilise the CyberCare System to enhance medical services currently provided by its national call centre. Frontier Medical has selected the company as its telehealth technology partner to conduct clinical pharmaceutical trials in underserved, non-urban settings. And the Wound Technology Network has just started implementation of a novel wound care programme using the CyberCare System. In addition, Cyber-Care presented the interim results of a pilot study with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, applying the Electronic HouseCall (EHC) family of products for 21 Medicaid patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Baxter to launch Advoy e-Care platform for the U.S. and European haemophilia community
Full ArticleBaxter Healthcare Corporation and its affiliates in Canada and Europe have launched the Advoy e-Care platform. Advoy is a new e-Care platform that provides clinicians with timely patient therapy information via a secure Internet site allowing for improved disease management and patient care. Although scalable for multiple chronic disease states, Advoy is initially being set up to support the treatment of haemophilia at seven haemophilia treatment centres in the United States and Europe.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Union benefits from URAC expertise to define criteria for health Web site quality
Full ArticleDelegates from government departments, industry, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) gathered at a two-day workshop in Brussels. The participants discussed current practices and pilots with the objective of developing a shared set of key quality criteria which may be used by European Union Member States to form the basis of future policy tools for assuring quality of information on health related Web sites. URAC, the American Accreditation Health Care Commission, was invited to the event to share its expertise in designing quality standards as well as an accreditation programme for health Web sites.
Devgen uses IBM technology for drug targets discovery in roundworm to fight human disease
Full ArticleBelgium-based biotech company Devgen NV has deployed IBM technology to conduct genetic research on a microscopic roundworm, the C. elegans. This nearly transparent roundworm has intestines, muscles, and a complex nervous system that are startlingly similar to humans in chemical structure. The research will help identify new drug targets and leads for human diseases such as diabetes, depression, obesity and many others, as well as insecticide discovery.
Advanced patient simulator lets students recognise any disease and perform emergency training
Full ArticleThe University Medical Centre in Utrecht is the first hospital in The Netherlands and also one of the very few in Europe to acquire a truly innovative patient simulator. SimMan allows medical trainees to simulate no matter which disease. Physicians, students, and other people are able to learn about the different symptoms and practise a variety of therapies. Up till now, there have been sold seventy SimMan simulators to medical centres in the United States and some thirty to institutions in the United Kingdom.
Just how much high performance computing do we need for image processing?
Full ArticleProfessor of Computer Science at the University of Freiburg, Dr. Hans Burkhardt addressed the topic of high performance systems applied for serial image processing and database searching at SC 2001, the annual Supercomputing Conference, held in Germany. Especially the 3D data sets acquired from tomography scans and visual screenings in biology constitute an enormous challenge for real time visualisation and analysis. Two areas in particular were highlighted by the speaker who introduced some remarkable examples to the audience with respect to image database queries and visual navigation in natural environments. In comparison with human visualisation performance, the present state-of-the-art in hardware is still low-end peanuts, barely able to deliver an advanced search on the semantic level. Dr. Burkhardt predicted that only within a hundred years from now, a system surpassing teraflop performance might match the power of the human eye.
Cost-effective telemedicine for efficient health care management on smaller Greek islands still ignored
Full ArticleVMW was happy to receive a new and updated report from Dr. Giuseppe Zocco about TimTem, the long-term "Tilos Medicine & Tele-medicine" project, managed by the Department of Surgery at the University of Pisa. This account covers the period between September 2000 and April 2001, following the dynamic tele-sonography experiment of last summer. The overall message is that circumstances remain "still the same", as Bob Seger puts it in his song about the gambling queen. Instead of working seriously to organise a permanent telemedicine service on the island of Tilos with skilled operators, Athens keeps sticking to expensive heli-rescues in cases of emergency. In spite of an excellent performing ISDN connection for both tele-consultation and tele-guided examinations, and a believing local population, the Greek health care authorities care very little about the convincing TimTem telemedicine results.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Vascular occlusive disease countered by marriage between da Vinci robot-assisted and laparoscopic techniques
Full ArticleHenrico Doctors' Hospital is the first hospital in the world to perform a fully laparoscopic aortofemoral bypass, assisted with the da Vinci Surgical System, according to William E. Kelley Jr., M.D. The minimally invasive alternative to a highly invasive open procedure has been performed by Dr. Barklie W. Zimmerman and Dr. Kelley, who both are members of the Richmond Surgical Group. Only four other da Vinci-assisted laparoscopic aortofemoral bypasses have been performed in the world, all in Europe. However, these cases were performed as partially open procedures, and therefore were not fully laparoscopic.
Saint Alphonsus selects Medcon's image archiving tool to upgrade cath, add echo, and implement tele-cardiology
Full ArticleSaint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, an important regional cardiac care centre based in Boise, has selected the TCS System, developed by Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc., to provide combined digital image management and archiving for its catheterisation and echocardiography labs. Medcon could offer a full catherisation and echo image management and archiving solution which connects no less than four Philips and Siemens X-ray Angiography systems as well as seven echo systems.
Experts from UC Davis Medical Center to partner in VISICU's virtual intensive care unit
Full ArticleVISICU, a provider of remote care services for intensive care unit (ICU) patients, has created the Sacramento Valley Critical Care Network in collaboration with UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. The company will implement its Continuous Expert Care Network (CXCN) using intensivists from UC Davis Medical Center to lead a care team in operating a "virtual ICU" which will monitor ICU patients from participating hospitals throughout the region, including UC Davis' own Medical Intensive Care Unit.
MedVizer's interactive tele-capacities highly valued in paediatric echocardiography and cancer diagnosis
Full ArticleExciting strides are being made in paediatric tele-cardiography through the partnership of Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC with the telemedicine, telehealth and e-health integration service and development company ViTel Net Inc. In addition, the State of South Carolina has awarded ViTel Net, which is the acronym for Visual Telecommunications Network, with the implementation of a comprehensive Telemedicine System for the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center.
James A. Haley and Cyber-Care finalise specialised telehealth training for federal health care installations
Full ArticleThe James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, in Tampa, has executed a Letter of Intent with Cyber-Care Inc. to provide specialised governmental training to all federal-related health care installations that purchase Cyber-Care products, to assist with the establishment of telehealth guidelines and protocols across the country. Beginning at month's end, the hospital will also utilise Cyber-Care products for its own telehealth programmes. The CyberCare System, consisting of the Electronic HouseCall (EHC) family of products, the CyberCare 24 Network and the Cyber HealthManager, will be used to monitor patients cared for by the hospital, and James A. Haley will also develop telehealth training guidelines and quality control to be applied in other governmental installations.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Pulse helps Anatomical Travelogue put on-line interactive 3D images of human body interior
Full ArticleAnatomical Travelogue, a creator of anatomical and biological images, has signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Pulse, a provider of 3D animation and rich media for the Web, to bring these images to the Internet. Under the terms of the partnership, Anatomical Travelogue and Pulse will focus on generating Internet content for the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical e-learning, medical technology and sports. Both partners will also collaborate on a Web site to accompany "Health Profiles", a television series that Anatomical Travelogue is currently developing.
CyberEuroCare gives Europe a taste of the Electronic HouseCall System
Full ArticleThe Nordic division of CyberEuroCare AB, a Sweden-based subsidiary of Cyber-Care Inc., will initiate a demonstration project of 100 broadband Electronic HouseCall (EHC) products in Sweden, commencing August 1, 2001. The project will showcase the CyberCare System, consisting of the EHC family of products, CyberHealth Manager, and CyberCare 24 Network, to the European health care, commercial, as well as governmental markets.
Tandberg tools make Arizona University winner of American Telemedicine Association President's Award
Full ArticleThe Arizona Telemedicine Programme (ATP) at the University of Arizona was presented with the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President's Award for its substantial contribution toward the advancement of telemedicine. The award, given on June 3, 2001, at the annual ATA meeting, was based on the criteria of how the programme was utilised as a teaching model for others, the length and long-term financial viability of the effort, as well as the variety of programme activities. The unique video conferencing solutions, provided by TANDBERG, played an integral role in securing the award for the University's Telemedicine Programme.
International patient agreement allows tele-collaboration between Philadelphia-area and Kuwait based physicians
Full ArticlePhiladelphia International Medicine (PIM) and the Al-Bader Group, through its International Telemedical Services, have signed a contract which aims at facilitating Kuwait and other Gulf country patients in obtaining quality and affordable medical care. The two organisations will establish a telecommunication link between physicians based in Philadelphia and their counterparts in the Gulf, and work to improve the continuum of care for patients who may need medical care abroad.
Nomos and Lynmed partner to deliver advanced cancer therapy to Chinese hospitals
Full ArticleNomos Corporation has formed a partnership with Lynmed Systems Inc. to distribute Nomos products in the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong. Lynmed will distribute Nomos' Peacock System for the delivery of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), its Corvus IMRT Treatment Planning System, and BAT, the company's unique ultrasound organ locator system, as well as other oncology products.
 
VMWC news bites
 
The Human Genome: there still lies a lot of research ahead of us
Full ArticleThe Human Genome has been unravelled, has it not? Not quite, although there is a rough understanding of the gene sequence, a lot of work still lies ahead of us. At the Supercomputer 2001 Conference in Heidelberg, Manfred Zorn, from the Bioinformatics group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) Human Genome Center presented an overview of the state-of-the-art. The immense amounts of data involved in this type of research, call for large multi-disciplinary research teams supported by large-scale supercomputer centres, much like the physicists have with for instance CERN. In a joint interview, Primeur/EnterTheGrid - Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine asked Manfred Zorn to give us an introduction to the current research in the field.
Cardianove uses CATIA 3D modelling software to speed up heart pump development process
Full ArticleCardianove Inc. has designed the smallest life-saving heart pump ever using advanced software from IBM and Dassault Systèmes that shaved two years off the normal development schedule. The CATIA Solutions computer-aided design software was used to run complex three-dimensional simulations to help ensure that the miniature device will meet requirements when testing begins early next year. If the tests are successful, cardiac surgeons throughout the world would place the fingertip-sized pump, only 22 mm in diameter, inside human hearts to provide breathing relief and to extend the life of patients waiting for transplants. It is estimated that there are more than 4100 people waiting for heart transplants in the United States.
BioArchive System grows into standard for cord blood stem cell banking programmes
Full ArticleThermogenesis Corp. has sold a BioArchive System to the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium. Just a week earlier, the company also had received an order from the Central Blood Bank of the Magen David Adom (MDA) in Ramat Gan, Israel. Professor Shinar, director of the Central Blood Bank, is planning for an October 2001 opening of the cord blood stem cell banking facility. For Belgium, this is already the third BioArchive System selected by a placental and cord blood (PCB) stem cell bank, joining identical systems at the university hospitals in Liege and Leuven. The BioArchive System is one of the enabling technologies for cell therapy, which includes the use of living cells to cure human disease.
New blueprint "blueprints" protein interactions in BIND database to accelerate drug discovery
Full ArticleA new, not-for-profit organisation, blueprint WORLDWIDE INC., has been established, along with the unveiling of the world's first public Biomolecular Interaction Network Database (BIND). Founded by IBM and MDS Proteomics, blueprint will administer the BIND database, which is a comprehensive source of protein interactions that trigger chemical reactions in the body causing healthy or diseased cells. The BIND database enables researchers to easily find the quality data required to speed the development of new medicines, benefiting consumers, increasing patient well-being, and creating tremendous value for research-based companies.
Simulated colonoscopy training likely to stimulate early detection of colorectal cancer
Full ArticleGrowing awareness of colorectal cancer, combined with the ageing United States population, has dramatically increased the demand for doctors trained to perform colonoscopies. Early detection saves lives, but many at-risk individuals delay the screening due to the anxiety associated with the procedure. Immersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corp., has now introduced a colonoscopy training module for its AccuTouch Endoscopy Simulator, which mimics the look, sound, and feel of performing minimally invasive procedures. The computer simulation allows physicians to practise extensively before they come into contact with patients, helping ensure that colonoscopies can be performed more accurately with minimal patient discomfort.
 

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