VMW Monthly - September 2001 - ISSN 1388-722X



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MEDNET 2001 - 6th World Congress on the Internet in Medicine

November 29 - December 2, 2001 - Udine, Italy

MEDNET 2001 is an international meeting aimed at bringing together researchers, developers, and users involved in the application of the Internet in medicine, starting either with a medical or technological background.

General theme of the congress is "Medicine beyond the Boundaries".

General information and registration modalities are available at the MEDNET 2001 Web site.

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Contents September 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Oklahoma's statewide network launches Polycom's integrated video-conferencing suite for telemedicine and distance learning
eConsult Live24 video conferencing service brings Internet-based telemedicine to patients in California and Nevada
Texas network coalition expands reach to rural home health care agencies using CyberCare System
Salu launches HIPAA Resource Center and signs partnership with AmeriPath's Dermpath Diagnostics Division
URAC draws up standards manual for independent accreditation of health Web sites
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Xora Platform has Intuitive Surgical's sales and service teams go wireless
PatientCompass medical e-billing tool introduced at Munson Healthcare
Baby Carelink introduces TVemail telemedicine for families with premature infants
Zmed imaging solutions for radiation oncology and neuroscience benefit from VIDAR film digitisers
CoreExpress and VCON bring multi-ISP video-conferencing to the desktop over existing Internet infrastructure
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
German Heart Institute installs new Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance training facility with Philips equipment
Pyrosequencing technology for applied genomics successfully distributed in European, U.S., and Asian-Pacific markets
Oxford GlycoSciences receives US patent for its proprietary robotic drug discovery platform
Viaken and InforSense deliver enterprise data mining systems to life science companies
Portable STORM satellite terminal used during medical evacuation in Gobi Desert
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Emageon to deliver enterprise-wide digital imaging services for SwedishAmerican Hospital
Lahey Clinic chooses Xtria to implement integrated three-phase digital imaging solution
Novadigm's Radia optimises capacity of Antelope Valley Hospital to deploy innovative medical services
Denver Children's Hospital chooses Healthcare.com for patient identity management project
Spartanburg Hospital to adopt McKesson scanning technology for supply chain management
 
Virtual snap shots
 
VISICU's Smart Alarms to electronically control intensive care unit patients' flight path
Virtual Human Gallery shows interactive 3D models of anatomical structures
Fakespace commercialises University of Illinois' digital CAVE design to create superbright visualisation environments
Party of five partners to initiate comprehensive Home Telehealth Project in Canada
ClearCoder reference tool eliminates denied medical claims' risk
 
VMWC news bites
 
Immersion's newly launched colonoscopy simulation modules offer high degree of realism in modelling and force-feedback
Given Imaging's Capsule Imaging Technology market-cleared in the European Union, USA, Australia, and Israel
SGI Visual Serving technology helps surgeons plan and simulate complex procedures
Physiome's simulation of complex cell, tissue and organ models empowered by IBM's eServer supercomputers
Bruker Daltonics showcases innovative mass spectrometry method and new robotics workstation for proteomics research
 

Leads September 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Oklahoma's statewide network launches Polycom's integrated video-conferencing suite for telemedicine and distance learning
Full ArticleOneNet, Oklahoma's telecommunications and information network for education and government, has selected Polycom's ViewStation group video-conferencing system, its ViaVideo desktop video communications appliance and the company's rack-mounted VS4000 for deployment on the OneNet IP network. Polycom Inc. specialises in broadband communication solutions. The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine will use the company's video tools for its telemedicine and medical distance learning programmes.
eConsult Live24 video conferencing service brings Internet-based telemedicine to patients in California and Nevada
Full ArticleeCureMe.com, a new consumer health care Web site, has launched the eConsult Live24 service, a 24-hour video conferencing telemedicine centre which offers consumers the ability to have real time consultations with their physicians via the Internet, anytime and anywhere. The eConsult Live24 telemedicine service also makes it possible for consumers in California and Nevada to consult with one of eCureMe's multi-specialised, board-certified, health care professionals in real time via the Internet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Texas network coalition expands reach to rural home health care agencies using CyberCare System
Full ArticleHealth Access and Alert Network of Texas (HAANet), a statewide secure network sponsored by the Texas Rural Hospital Telecommunications Alliance (TRHTA) and the Texas Association of Local Health Officials (TALHO), has selected the CyberCare System as its telehome care solution, helping to broaden the network's outreach to rural home health care agencies. Allowing rural home health care nurses to see approximately 15-25 patients per day, the CyberCare System will initially be installed in multiple locations throughout Texas.
Salu launches HIPAA Resource Center and signs partnership with AmeriPath's Dermpath Diagnostics Division
Full ArticleSalu's Dermdex division has entered into an agreement with Dermpath Diagnostics, the dermatopathology division of publicly held AmeriPath Inc. AmeriPath is a provider of integrated anatomic pathology services to physicians, and Dermpath Diagnostics evaluates skin biopsies and related patient specimens. The contract will provide physician skin care specialists with enhanced access to information about Dermpath Diagnostics' dermatopathologists, expertise, services, educational laboratories, and regional laboratories. In turn, Salu, a developer of Medical Specialty Hubs which provide Web-based tools and services to help physician-specialists improve patient care and practise efficiency, has recently launched a HIPAA Resource Center including easy-to-follow guidelines for designing and implementing a HIPAA-compliance programme by 2003.
URAC draws up standards manual for independent accreditation of health Web sites
Full ArticleStandards for the first independent accreditation programme for health Web sites in the United States have been released by URAC, the Washington, D.C. based health accreditation organisation. The URAC Board of Directors formally endorsed the standards on July 27, 2001. URAC's Web site accreditation standards were developed through a process which encouraged a broad-based input. The committee's first draft of Web site accreditation standards was submitted for public comment earlier this year and that input was incorporated into the final Web site accreditation standards.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Xora Platform has Intuitive Surgical's sales and service teams go wireless
Full ArticleXora Inc., a company which empowers the mobile workforce by providing wireless and voice access to enterprise applications, has been selected by Intuitive Surgical Inc. to deliver the Xora Platform for Intuitive's mobile deployment across North America and Europe. Intuitive Surgical manufactures the da Vinci Surgical System, the technology which can provide a surgeon with the intuitive control, range of motion, fine tissue manipulation capability, and 3D visualisation characteristic of open surgery. Using the Xora Platform 3.0, Intuitive Surgical will build a wireless solution which transforms its current communications into a real time, comprehensive array of information that supports customer relationships and equipment servicing, as well as e-mail, tasks, and calendaring from Microsoft Exchange.
PatientCompass medical e-billing tool introduced at Munson Healthcare
Full ArticleHealthCom Partners, a patient communications consulting company, and infiNET Solutions, specialised in Web-based software products, have signed a strategic partnership which will potentially change the way health care organisations communicate financial billing information to patients. The alliance is developing an e-billing product, PatientCompass, which will allow patients to access and interact with their updated account information from the health care provider's Web site. The affordable e-Billing application will be available to health care providers via an Application Service Provider (ASP) and will accompany HealthCom's proven paper billing solution. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, HealthCom will integrate infiNET Solutions' QuikPAY e-bill, e-payment, and content management software into its PatientCompass solutions package.
Baby Carelink introduces TVemail telemedicine for families with premature infants
Full ArticleeNote.com Inc., a developer, manufacturer, service provider, and marketer of low-cost Internet appliances, has received a letter of intent from Clinician Support Technology (CST) based in Framingham, Massachusetts, for the companies to partner and provide e-health services to patients and their families. CST, a privately held application service provider focused on the creative use of emerging technologies to deliver e-health solutions to improve patient care, has announced plans to purchase eNote's TVemail appliance and offer it as part of their solution for families of low birth weight infants. A pilot test of the system is expected to begin in October 2001 with a commercial roll out planned in the first quarter of 2002.
Zmed imaging solutions for radiation oncology and neuroscience benefit from VIDAR film digitisers
Full ArticleZmed has chosen VIDAR's complete line of film digitisers for use with its Medical Imaging Solutions, which transmit patient images via the Internet, transforming any personal computer with a Web browser into a full-fidelity image-viewing station. VIDAR Systems Corporation is a specialist in medical film digitising technology whereas Zmed provides cost-effective imaging communication systems, which serve the radiation oncology and neuroscience medical market places.
CoreExpress and VCON bring multi-ISP video-conferencing to the desktop over existing Internet infrastructure
Full ArticleCoreExpress, the first company to guarantee data communication across multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs), has signed an agreement with VCON, specialised in comprehensive networked Video over IP solutions, to deliver the industry's first broadcast-quality desktop video-conferencing solution over the Internet. This partnership will enable VCON resellers to provide organisations with a high-performance, scalable, and reliable video-conferencing solution which extends beyond the boardroom to every employee's PC and holds in store promising expansion for telemedicine applications.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
German Heart Institute installs new Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance training facility with Philips equipment
Full ArticlePhilips Medical Systems, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, has agreed to provide an Intera CV cardiovascular magnetic resonance system to the CMR Academy, a new cardiovascular training facility in Berlin, Germany. Philips will equally provide the CMR Academy with an EasyVision workstation for image viewing, archiving, and processing. The CMR Academy was founded in July 2001 by the prestigious German Heart Institute or GHI, the Deutsches Herz Zentrum, in collaboration with the German Cardiologists Society. The CMR Academy will offer multi-disciplinary training and education in cardiovascular MR for those working in the areas of radiology, cardiology, and nuclear medicine. The GHI is a member of Philips' worldwide network of Clinical Research Partners in Cardiology.
Pyrosequencing technology for applied genomics successfully distributed in European, U.S., and Asian-Pacific markets
Full ArticlePyrosequencing AB, a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of DNA sequencing systems for applied genetic analysis, sold its high-throughput PTP system to the United Kingdom based genomics firm Oxagen Limited. The sale comes just months after Oxagen purchased Pyrosequencing's moderate-throughput PSQ 96 System and represents an increased investment in Pyrosequencing technology. A second order came from Stanford Genome Technology Center in the United States, already a user of the PSQ 96 System as well. The Genome Technology Center has made a further commitment to the robust technology by scaling up its genotyping capacity through the Preferred Technology Programme (PTP).
Oxford GlycoSciences receives US patent for its proprietary robotic drug discovery platform
Full ArticleOxford GlycoSciences Plc will benefit from the recent issuance of the United States Patent No. 6,278,794 entitled "Computer-Assisted Isolation and Characterization of Proteins". The claims of the '794 patent, 81 in total, relate to methods and apparatus for computer-assisted selection and robotic isolation of proteins following two-dimensional separation, and also cover the use of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) to track samples and results obtained from proteomic analysis. Oxford GlycoSciences (OGS) has developed a proprietary technology platform in the emerging field of proteomics, the comprehensive study of proteins, integrating proteomics with genomics to create an innovative drug discovery platform.
Viaken and InforSense deliver enterprise data mining systems to life science companies
Full ArticleViaken Systems Inc., an end-to-end informatics solution provider for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical markets, and InforSense, a developer of e-science and e-business platforms, are developing a marketing and distribution partnership for the Kensington data mining and visualisation suite in the life science domain. The Kensington suite will be offered by Viaken as part of its set of hosted solutions and professional services products. Kensington customers will benefit from Viaken's expertise in the design, deployment, and management of fully integrated end-to-end research informatics solutions.
Portable STORM satellite terminal used during medical evacuation in Gobi Desert
Full ArticleThe STORM portable satellite data terminal, developed by the United Kingdom satellite communications specialist Ottercom Ltd. and configured for worldwide operation at ISDN speeds via Inmarsat's Global Area Network (GAN) satellite service, has played a key role in Raleigh International's recent expedition to Mongolia. The Ottercom STORM has provided Raleigh International with "anywhere anytime" data and voice communications, for the youth development charity's projects in the challenging environment of the Gobi Desert, and also proved its worth during an emergency evacuation.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Emageon to deliver enterprise-wide digital imaging services for SwedishAmerican Hospital
Full ArticleThe SwedishAmerican Hospital has selected Emageon, a technology and enterprise solutions provider for diagnostic imaging in health care to manage its entire enterprise-wide acquisition, archiving, distribution, and viewing of digital images. The company offers hospitals, integrated delivery systems, and health care communities a new means of creating institutional value and managing digital images.
Lahey Clinic chooses Xtria to implement integrated three-phase digital imaging solution
Full ArticleXtria, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xanser Corporation, which was formerly named Kaneb Services Inc., has been selected by Lahey Clinic Medical Center for a $10 million, multi-year project. Xtria, a provider of knowledge management services, will design, implement, integrate, and support a complete digital imaging and telemedicine solution, including a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). In the $10 million, three-phase project, Xtria Healthcare Services division will integrate PACS with Lahey Clinic's Radiology Information System (RIS) and Hospital Information System (HIS) to present digital radiology images, administrative and patient information directly to staff workstations.
Novadigm's Radia optimises capacity of Antelope Valley Hospital to deploy innovative medical services
Full ArticleAntelope Valley Hospital has implemented the Radia tool, developed by Novadigm Inc., a provider of automated software and content management solutions for enterprise and Internet computing environments. Radia allows to enhance the capacity of the hospital's IS team to roll out new software-based medical services. Radia, with its underlying e-wrap technology, speeds the roll-out of software technologies and maximises their up-time, thereby facilitating the introduction of new and innovative software-enabled medical services.
Denver Children's Hospital chooses Healthcare.com for patient identity management project
Full ArticleDenver Children's Hospital has selected Healthcare.com Corporation, a health care integration software and services company, and pending merger with XCare.net Inc., to lead its enterprise-wide patient identifier initiative. The project is designed to protect the integrity of the hospital's patient data, decrease duplicate patient record entry, and to assist in prompt and accurate admission services.
Spartanburg Hospital to adopt McKesson scanning technology for supply chain management
Full ArticleSpartanburg Regional Healthcare System, a 580-bed facility in South Carolina, has made the commitment to achieving savings in the supply chain by investing in state-of-the-art scanning technology. The hospital recently signed an agreement with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based McKesson Automation for the installation of their SupplyScan product. SupplyScan is an automated point-of-use system for managing supplies and capturing inventory and usage information. Product implementation has already been completed on the hospital's oncology unit and emergency department.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
VISICU's Smart Alarms to electronically control intensive care unit patients' flight path
Full ArticleVISICU, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) company, has received FDA 510K approval of the Smart Alarms module, the first in a series of remote access "smart alarms" for patient safety integrated into their Continuous Expert Care Network (CXCN). CXCN constitutes a unique telemedicine solution which dramatically improves ICU patient outcomes and costs through a powerful combination of technology and services.
Virtual Human Gallery shows interactive 3D models of anatomical structures
Full ArticleViewpoint Corporation, specialised in digital marketing technologies and services for the Internet, has licensed its technology to Gold Standard Multimedia (GSM) for on-line display of its "Virtual Human" database of anatomical models. Users can expect the Viewpoint-enabled Virtual Human Gallery to be fully deployed this autumn. Scientifically accurate models displayed in the Gallery Web site will be available for licensing through GSM. In addition, GSM will be reselling the Viewpoint Experience Technology as a value added solution for their clients. Viewpoint in turn will receive a broadcast license fee for each contract sold.
Fakespace commercialises University of Illinois' digital CAVE design to create superbright visualisation environments
Full ArticleFakespace Systems Inc., an expert in immersive visualisation systems, has brought to market a digital version of the CAVE, and an upgrade kit to enhance existing immersive room environments with digital projection technology. The digital CAVE, available exclusively from Fakespace Systems, provides extremely bright, colourful, sharp and stable imagery, significantly expanding its power and flexibility for researchers, engineers, and designers using visualisation for enhanced collaboration and better understanding of complex volumetric data.
Party of five partners to initiate comprehensive Home Telehealth Project in Canada
Full ArticleMarch Networks and We Care Health Services Inc. have launched Canada's largest home telehealth pilot together with three other partners, which are Aliant Telecom, CANARIE Inc., and the Health Telematics Unit of the University of Calgary. The goal of the March Networks and We Care Home Telehealth Pilot Project is to implement and evaluate a secure, Web-enabled home telehealth service involving 140 home care clients within We Care's Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick service areas. This pilot project is jointly funded by March Networks and CANARIE, a not-for-profit, national, Internet technology funding agency.
ClearCoder reference tool eliminates denied medical claims' risk
Full ArticlePhysicians now have a way of checking to see if treatments will be covered by insurance through ClearCoder, a new personal digital assistant-based application. MDeverywhere, a provider of handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, developed ClearCoder as a reference tool for the cumbersome Local Medical Review Policy rules set.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Immersion's newly launched colonoscopy simulation modules offer high degree of realism in modelling and force-feedback
Full ArticleVirtual reality medical education is an increasingly important trend in medical device technology and medical training. Immersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation has released two software products which simulate performing colonoscopy biopsies and polypectomies. The biopsy module trains doctors to diagnose colorectal cancer, while the polypectomy module trains physicians to remove polyps in the colon, potentially halting the progress of the deadly disease.
Given Imaging's Capsule Imaging Technology market-cleared in the European Union, USA, Australia, and Israel
Full ArticlePhysicians and patients in the European Union, the United States of America, Australia, and Israel will now be able to benefit from a new medical technology which allows doctors to visualise the entire length of the small intestine using a minute camera contained in an easily-swallowed capsule. The Israeli company Given Imaging Ltd., which manufactures the diagnostic system, has received official approval to market the video capsule to physicians within European Union countries thanks to the granted CE Mark, Australia, and Israel. In addition, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the marketing of the camera-capsule in the U.S. for use in diagnosing disorders in the small intestine.
SGI Visual Serving technology helps surgeons plan and simulate complex procedures
Full ArticleSGI, a provider of high-performance computing, visualisation, and complex data management solutions for technical and creative users, has made available OpenGL Vizserver 1.3, its latest release of SGI Visual Serving technology, via Web download. This latest Visual Serving solution from SGI gives networked users of desktop systems running SGI IRIX, Sun Solaris or Red Hat Linux 6.2 operating systems the ability to interact visually from powerful remote SGI Onyx 3000 series visualisation systems. The Center of Advanced Studies in Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery of the University of Technology in Munich, Germany, uses SGI Onyx family systems and OpenGL Vizserver software to create a virtual environment which allows surgeons to transfer surgical planning into intra-operative situations as well as focus on individualised treatment strategies.
Physiome's simulation of complex cell, tissue and organ models empowered by IBM's eServer supercomputers
Full ArticleIBM and Physiome Sciences Inc. recently have signed an agreement in which Physiome Sciences will use IBM's next-generation supercomputing technology for research on biological systems, diseases, and potential drug targets. In addition, IBM will license biological modelling technology from Physiome Sciences for its internal use. Physiome Sciences and the University of Auckland in New Zealand, its development collaborator, will receive two of the first shipments of the new IBM eServer POWER4-based supercomputers. The system will enable Physiome Sciences to speed up its current capability to simulate complex models of cells, tissues, and organs, and also to simulate the behaviour of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.
Bruker Daltonics showcases innovative mass spectrometry method and new robotics workstation for proteomics research
Full ArticleBruker Daltonics, a developer and provider of innovative life science tools based on mass spectrometry, has introduced the new UltraFlex TOF/TOF system for ultra-sensitive high-throughput proteomics at the 15th Symposium of the Protein Society. The UltraFlexTOF/TOF is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, and will be priced at $575.000. The UltraFlexTOF/TOF is a patented MALDI tandem time-of-flight (TOF/TOF) mass spectrometer specifically designed for the highest sensitivity and minimal sample consumption. The UltraFlexTOF/TOF enables very high-throughput protein identification by MALDI-TOF peptide mass fingerprinting, immediately followed on the same AnchorChip MALDI target by more detailed MS/MS protein characterisation. This should dramatically increase the throughput of protein identification and characterisation.
 

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