VMW Monthly - August 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 August 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Scientists worldwide can share molecular scenes in a collaborative environment
Telehealth Ontario has nurses deliver 24/7 medical advice over the phone
Thoughtmill telemedicine solution provides co-ordinated care to congestive heart failure patients in Georgia
AutoAmbulator simulates sense of walking to get rehabilitating patients back on their feet
National Cancer Institute and Cray demonstrate potential of new bioinformatics research tools
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Fakespace and StereoGraphics launch super infrared transmitter for full coverage in immersive environments
VIDAR digitising solution allows to send medical images securely via e-mail
TransMedEx to deliver state-of-the-art in digital ambulatory electro-cardiography
Upgraded KinetDx system expands cardiac imaging capabilities turning hospital into digital laboratory
Canadian Cedara partners with Taiwanese Inqgen to provide local market with medical imaging tools
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
The informed patient/citizen, health technology implementation, and stem cell research addressed at EHFG 2001
Netpartnering helps NetDoctor health portal roll out in France
Sorin LifeWatch brings tele-cardiology monitoring services to Italian telemedicine market
French Cancer Research Institute mandates Clemex to build specialised imaging system
Multi-Gigabit enhanced Géant research platform ushers birth of European virtual laboratories
 
The 21st century hospital
 
"Wealth from Health" and CyberCare concepts to stimulate patient self management
Scott & White to deliver distance medicine through e-Medsoft.com's MedReach
Global Med divisions Wyndgate and Peoplemed sign hospital contracts for transfusion and disease management services
McKessonHBOC's Horizon Clinicals solution expanded with Vanderbilt's clinical decision support and physician order entry tool
First CyberKnife radio-surgery systems delivered to University Hospitals of Georgetown and San Francisco
 
Virtual snap shots
 
e-StudioLive's interactive Web castings deliver distance learning to hospital physicians in the field
Health-e-Rounds on-line service brings medical expertise and telemedicine to remote physician
Frost & Sullivan to predict growing impact of videoconferencing on telemedicine
Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to implement supercomputer for biological research
Medem secure messaging big hit among doctors, integrated delivery networks, and health plans
 
VMWC news bites
 
Non-invasive CyberKnife technology successfully tested in lung tumour therapy with image-guided radio-surgery
Internet has an impact on patients but how on earth do you reach them?
New patent for Computer Motion and Intuitive's da Vinci FDA-cleared for prostate removal
Tele-urology experiments to show added value of telementored robotic surgery
Computer Motion to enhance ZEUS Robotic Surgical System with MicroWrist technology
 

Leads August 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Scientists worldwide can share molecular scenes in a collaborative environment
Full ArticleThe Molecular Interactive Collaborative Environment (MICE) developed by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has been integrated with the Protein Data Bank (PDB), allowing teams of scientists worldwide to view and interact simultaneously with 3D scenes of biological molecules through ordinary Web browsers. This method of interaction and collaboration will promote new ways of seeing and thinking about structure, and is a welcome addition to the current suite of tools, according to Helen M. Berman of Rutgers University, Director of the PDB.
Telehealth Ontario has nurses deliver 24/7 medical advice over the phone
Full ArticleResidents and cottagers in Barrie, Orillia, Peterborough, Midland, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the Canadian 705 area code will now be able to dial up round-the-clock health advice through Telehealth Ontario, a new telephone health information line. The province of Ontario is investing $45 million annually in the telehealth service, including the $5 million contribution from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, an agency founded by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
Thoughtmill telemedicine solution provides co-ordinated care to congestive heart failure patients in Georgia
Full ArticleThoughtmill Corporation, an engineering and assessment services as well as software design provider for technology companies and enterprise organisations, will develop advanced tools with the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. The agreement to develop this technology is part of a research project, which is being conducted by Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, through a grant from the "Improving Chronic Illness Care Program", funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
AutoAmbulator simulates sense of walking to get rehabilitating patients back on their feet
Full ArticleThe Rehabilitation Institute of Saint Louis has been selected for initial feasibility studies relating to the AutoAmbulator, a potentially ground-breaking therapeutic robotic machine, which is developed by HealthSouth Corporation to rehabilitate individuals recovering from conditions affecting walking, such as strokes and spinal cord injuries. The AutoAmbulator was unveiled in July during the dedication of the Rehabilitation Institute, which is a partnership between HealthSouth and BJC HealthCare in affiliation with the Washington University School of Medicine.
National Cancer Institute and Cray demonstrate potential of new bioinformatics research tools
Full ArticleCray Inc. is collaborating with the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop bioinformatics research tools substantially more powerful than those available today. Bioinformatics forms a high-potential market that involves applying computer technology to biology and medicine. By exploiting several unique, ultra-fast technologies originally designed into Cray supercomputers for classified government use, the NCI and Cray are working to create genome analysis software capable of identifying as well as analysing genes involved in cancer and other diseases.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Fakespace and StereoGraphics launch super infrared transmitter for full coverage in immersive environments
Full ArticleFakespace Systems Inc., specialised in immersive visualisation systems, and StereoGraphics Corporation, a major supplier of stereoscopic visualisation products, have partnered to make available the world's most powerful infrared (IR) transmitter for use in immersive environments. The new Extended Range Emitter, that is jointly developed by the two companies, offers a strong signal, covering an expanded area, for reliable stereo viewing in large-scale visualisation systems such as the WorkWall, CAVE, and RAVE.
VIDAR digitising solution allows to send medical images securely via e-mail
Full ArticleVIDAR Systems Corporation, an expert in medical film digitising technology, has been chosen by Easy Pax Inc. to include its digitisers with the new Easy Pax Communication solutions. The integration will facilitate the electronic transmission of x-rays and other non-digital images via e-mail using a secure Internet connection. Two of VIDAR's digitisers, including the DiagnosticPRO plus and the SIERRA plus, have been integrated into the Easy Pax software in order to meet the varying digitisation needs of medical practices.
TransMedEx to deliver state-of-the-art in digital ambulatory electro-cardiography
Full ArticleTransMedEx, a provider of telemedicine monitoring and diagnostic services, is offering a Web-enabled Holter monitoring system, the only such device which can generate 12-leads of EKG data from a 3-channel recording using only five electrodes. In addition, the company also has expanded its trans-telephonic monitoring procedures to both identify transient symptoms and to respond to test data results with 3 distinct interventions appropriate for each test result.
Upgraded KinetDx system expands cardiac imaging capabilities turning hospital into digital laboratory
Full ArticleAt the Twelfth Annual Meeting of the American Society of Echocardiography, held at the end of June, Acuson, a Siemens company, presented new technological features for the KinetDx Solutions Network. Acuson is a manufacturer and service provider of medical diagnostic ultrasound systems that generate, display, archive, and retrieve ultrasound images. Key features of the KinetDx Total Viewer system enable physicians and sonographers to automatically transfer cardiac calculations data from the Sequoia echocardiography system to the KinetDx DS3000 or the CWS3000, eliminating time spent writing up worksheets and improving the turn-around of final reports.
Canadian Cedara partners with Taiwanese Inqgen to provide local market with medical imaging tools
Full ArticleCedara Software, an independent developer of medical imaging software and Inqgen Technology Ltd., which develops and markets total hospital information systems solutions in Taiwan, have formed a strategic partnership agreement valued at USD $6.1 million. Inqgen, which is a subsidiary of Taiwan's largest electric and machinery company, Teco Group, will utilise Cedara Software's proven image management applications, image archiving technologies, and Web-enabling viewers in its hospital information system (HIS) offerings.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
The informed patient/citizen, health technology implementation, and stem cell research addressed at EHFG 2001
Full ArticleThis year, the 4th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) will take place from 26 to 29 September, 2001 in Bad Gastein/Salzburg under the theme "Integrating Health across Policies". Some 500 key decision makers and renowned experts from European institutions and all the relevant social sectors including patients and consumers, politicians, economists and industrialists, and scientists in more than 30 Western and Eastern European countries are expected to participate, with the aim of developing solution proposals on key issues of European health policy. Two special panel forums will be dedicated to "Health in the Information Age", addressing the issues of the informed patient/citizen, and health technology and policy implementation.
Netpartnering helps NetDoctor health portal roll out in France
Full ArticleThe on-line partnership specialist, NetPartnering.com, has been contracted to identify, rank, and negotiate the highest quality content deals to support the roll-out of NetDoctor, Europe's largest health portal, into France. The deal is estimated to be worth 1 million euro. NetPartnering will play a key role in syndicating content to the most appropriate partners in what will be viewed as highly strategic deals. To this end, NetPartnering will utilise their Paris-based consultants for local market analysis to ensure it identifies those companies which place a high strategic value on solid and credible medical information service.
Sorin LifeWatch brings tele-cardiology monitoring services to Italian telemedicine market
Full ArticleSnia, an Italian expert in cardiac surgery and one of the very few companies in the world with a complete line of products for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, has signed a partnership with Card Guard Scientific Survival Limited, an Israeli supplier of high-tech telemedicine systems and monitoring services, to establish Sorin LifeWatch, a new 50-50 joint venture. This Italian-Israeli venture will provide inhabitants of the Milan metropolitan area with cutting-edge telemedicine and tele-cardiology services.
French Cancer Research Institute mandates Clemex to build specialised imaging system
Full ArticleThe Centre Alexis Vautrin, one of the 20 French National Cancer Research Institutes, based at the Université Henri Poincaré in Nancy, has entered into an agreement with Clemex Technologies Inc., an expert in quantitative microscopy, located in Montréal, Canada, to build a prototype imaging system designed for the automatic analysis of cancer cell spheroids. In the centre's Oncology Research Laboratory, the activity is mainly focused on in vitro and in vivo pre-clinical evaluation of the photodynamic therapy as a new modality for cancer treatment. Experiments are performed in relation with the pharmaceutical industry with a view to accelerate the clinical development of new drugs.
Multi-Gigabit enhanced Géant research platform ushers birth of European virtual laboratories
Full ArticleGéant, the pan-European research network, has taken a major step forward with the signature of three milestone contracts for the provision of multi-Gigabit connectivity, which forms the heart of the new network. The contracts, signed by Dante, the co-ordinating partner of the project, on behalf of the consortium of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) from 27 European countries, have been closed with Colt Telecom, Telia International Carrier, and T-Systems.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
"Wealth from Health" and CyberCare concepts to stimulate patient self management
Full ArticleThe Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, will conduct a 12-month funded programme using CyberCare's telehealth technology, products and services under the guidance of Douglas Ratner, M.D. The programme is made possible by a grant from Merck & Company, a research-driven pharmaceutical product and services company. Under the programme, CyberCare will install four patient monitoring units at remote locations as well as the central monitoring station at the hospital.
Scott & White to deliver distance medicine through e-Medsoft.com's MedReach
Full ArticleScott & White Hospital and Clinics, a comprehensive health care provider in the Central Texas area has selected the Application Service Provider (ASP) of integrated health care portal solutions, e-MedSoft.com, to implement its fully integrated distance medicine solution, MedReach. The fulfilled upgrade to MedReach moves Scott & White away from the limitations of a point-to-point service and into the full connectivity of a Web server environment.
Global Med divisions Wyndgate and Peoplemed sign hospital contracts for transfusion and disease management services
Full ArticleGlobal Med Technologies Inc. has signed agreements with the Memorial Health System of East Texas (MHSET) and Underwood Memorial Hospital to license Wyndgate Technologies' SafeTrace Tx hospital transfusion service management information system. Wyndgate is a division of Global Med, an e-Health medical information technology company which provides software products and services to the health care industry. In turn, Global Med's subsidiary PeopleMed.com and Cardiovascular Disease Management LLC (CVDM), a joint venture between the National Jewish Medical & Research Center and Western Cardiology, both of Denver, Colorado, have recently planned to jointly launch an advanced and comprehensive Internet-based cardiovascular disease management programme.
McKessonHBOC's Horizon Clinicals solution expanded with Vanderbilt's clinical decision support and physician order entry tool
Full ArticleVanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, has signed a strategic relationship with the Information Technology Business of McKessonHBOC Inc. to deliver a world-class solution for advanced clinical decision support and expert physician order entry. The solution, which has been in use at Vanderbilt for the past six years, will be known as Horizon Expert Orders. It goes beyond the current industry definition of physician order entry by providing interactive evidence-based guidelines, treatment advisors, and relevant clinical content before orders are placed.
First CyberKnife radio-surgery systems delivered to University Hospitals of Georgetown and San Francisco
Full ArticleAccuray Incorporated, specialised in advanced image-guided radio-surgery, has received the first two orders for the newest CyberKnife radio-surgery system, for Georgetown University Hospital and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. The CyberKnife, which was publicly unveiled for the first time at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons this past April in Toronto, integrates proprietary image-guidance technology with robotic delivery to target and irradiate tumours with unprecedented accuracy and patient comfort.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
e-StudioLive's interactive Web castings deliver distance learning to hospital physicians in the field
Full ArticleThe University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine is using the e-StudioLive 7000 Web casting production system to make its hospital rounds where physicians-to-be can learn from real life cases wherever they are in residence across the state. The school's Video Engineering Group selected e-StudioLive for its capability for live interaction during distance learning between faculty members and hundreds of physicians and students around the state. The system also archives the live Web casts, so busy health care professionals and students can view them on-line anytime their schedules permit.
Health-e-Rounds on-line service brings medical expertise and telemedicine to remote physician
Full ArticleIntegrated Information Systems Inc., an innovative technology and business consultancy, and Partners HealthCare System Inc., an integrated health care delivery system based in Boston and founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, that both are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, have launched the Health-e-Rounds solution. This tool is providing physicians worldwide with Internet access to the medical expertise of Partners HealthCare, including the "Grand Rounds", which are medical training presentations by physicians and medical specialists.
Frost & Sullivan to predict growing impact of videoconferencing on telemedicine
Full ArticleTechnological breakthroughs in the videoconferencing industry have positively affected the health care and telemedicine market, enabling videoconferencing systems and service providers to expand their market penetration. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan titled "U.S. Telemedicine Videoconferencing Systems and Services Market" reveals this market generated $119 million in 2000 and projects revenues to reach $275 million by 2007.
Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to implement supercomputer for biological research
Full ArticleThe Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto are planning to expand the Ontario Centre for Genomic Computing (OCGC). Using a 192-processor SGI Origin 3800 system with 178 GB of memory and 2.7 TB of disk, that is slated to be scaled substantially over the next three years, the OCGC offers the world's largest publicly available computational supercomputer focused solely on biological research.
Medem secure messaging big hit among doctors, integrated delivery networks, and health plans
Full ArticleMedem, the secure physician communications network founded by the United States medical societies and the American Medical Association (AMA), has exceeded projections in 2001 network growth. More than forty medical societies have partnered with the Medem network in the past year. During June, the network swelled to 30.000 participating physicians, with over 5000 of these practices initiating secure messaging to communicate with patients.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Non-invasive CyberKnife technology successfully tested in lung tumour therapy with image-guided radio-surgery
Full ArticleBoth at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Stanford University Medical Center, the first twenty-five lung tumour patients have successfully been treated using non-invasive CyberKnife ablation technology. CyberKnife is developed by Accuray Incorporated, an expert in advanced image-guided radio-surgery, in co-operation with Stanford University. The unique system technology was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 for head, neck, and spine treatment to the cervico-thoracic junction. The new procedure is currently performed under IDE or Investigational Device Exemption, on patients with non-resectable lung tumours, and is carried out without anaesthesia on an outpatient basis.
Internet has an impact on patients but how on earth do you reach them?
Full ArticleAlthough the Internet is increasing its influence on how patients approach their health care, strategies borrowed from consumer sites fail to reach them, according to Harris Interactive Health Care News, which focuses on new research, conducted by Harris Interactive, recently released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The study found that shifts in how people search for health care information present industry players with new opportunities to engage and capture patients on-line.
New patent for Computer Motion and Intuitive's da Vinci FDA-cleared for prostate removal
Full ArticleIntuitive Surgical Inc. recently received market clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote use of the da Vinci Surgical System and endoscopic instruments for performance of Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy. Prostate removal is the most common surgical procedure performed on men with prostate cancer. Meanwhile, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued another broad-based medical robotics patent, numbered 6,244,809, to its competitor, Computer Motion Inc. This marks the 26th patent issued to Computer Motion. The company also has approximately 50 patent applications pending which cover intellectual property created by its in-house development team.
Tele-urology experiments to show added value of telementored robotic surgery
Full ArticleFrom September 1998 to July 2000, an expert team consisting of surgeons from the "Tor Vergata" University in Rome and from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore have performed seventeen robotic telesurgical procedures on patients with urological problems in Italy. Using four ISDN lines, a PC equipped with a dedicated software to manage the telecommunication, both audio and video connection, an external video camera with a panoramic view of the operating theatre and a remote control for the electro-cautery and telestrator, the team bridged a distance of 9320 km between the Policlinico Casilino in Rome and the remote Johns Hopkins consultation site in Baltimore, Maryland.
Computer Motion to enhance ZEUS Robotic Surgical System with MicroWrist technology
Full ArticleComputer Motion Inc., an expert and pioneer in medical robotics, has enhanced the ZEUS Robotic Surgeon with MicroWrist technology. With this new version of the ZEUS system, the surgeon uses familiar open surgery movements while performing endoscopic procedures through tiny 5-mm ports. This dramatically increases the ease at which these procedures can be performed.
 

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