VMW Monthly - October 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".

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Contents October 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
US disaster inspires free access offer to video conference resources for relief, telemedicine, and communication efforts
Vipersat Networks' satellite technology will link 200 Chinese hospitals in Shangai Telemedicinet
Next Generation Internet Application Centers in California also testbed for telemedicine projects
MESA Public Safety Partnership concentrates on remote patient monitoring facilities in emergency and disaster
Palm handhelds help medical students cope with wealth of reference information
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Millbrook and Allscripts provide physician with wireless integrated practice management system
INTEGRIS Health chooses Tivoli tools for wireless access to medical records
HealthTrio installs core administrative system at Cascade East Health Plans and outsources its solution through Zebec
Capsule Technologie to provide medical device connectivity to Dräger Medical Group
Electronic patient record software optimised and brought to market by MedicWare and MedPlus
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
New Trade Fair to have strong focus on business opportunities in the international telemedicine market
BioSci launches virtual scientific publishing network to create European Biotechnology Research Area
Surgeons perform successful near real time telesurgery from New York on patient in France
Blood flow hamper in the heart's interior detected with wave propagation techniques
Finnish company to deliver support and security for medical personnel through mobile positioning
 
The 21st century hospital
 
IBM and Cerner partner to generate "e-hospitals" transforming health care
Sectra's low-dose digital mammography system to be in study at St. Goran's Hospital
Visualisation techniques clearly provide added value at the Leiden University Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess wins award for Interpreters' Carelink video conferencing application
Vignette Enterprise Application Portal transforms Baptist Health Web site into full interactivity
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Ear, Nose, Throat specialists soon granted with specific Electronic Medical Record system
No false readings with Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor but specific hypertension diagnoses instead
Cardiovascular in vitro and in vivo diagnostics focus on early disease detection
Aventis to sponsor handheld physician network in interactive clinical information pilot
Med Diversified's Distance Medicine Technology Platform empowers tele-pathology across the world
 
VMWC news bites
 
CRS Robotics to install new proteomics research platform at Lunenfeld Research Institute
Unfolded views in virtual colonoscopy result in early colon cancer detection
VRINT initiative puts University of Twente on the medical Virtual Reality map
WebSET project shows first simulator results
New endoscopic instrument kits allow atraumatic approach to coronary artery bypass procedures
 

Leads October 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
US disaster inspires free access offer to video conference resources for relief, telemedicine, and communication efforts
Full ArticleAfter the terrorist attacks against the United States World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings on September 11, 2001, PictureTel Corporation, a specialist in integrated collaboration, immediately took a series of measures to aid relief efforts supporting the victims in this disaster. To help families and businesses connect, PictureTel invited its partners and customers to contribute to a central reference site where individuals, organisations, and companies could find information about locations where they were able to use existing video conferencing rooms.
Vipersat Networks' satellite technology will link 200 Chinese hospitals in Shangai Telemedicinet
Full ArticleVipersat Networks, a provider of Internet Protocol-based two-way over satellite multi-media networks and a division of NeTrue Communications Inc., has signed a contract with Shanghai Telemedicinet for the sale and installation of a satellite telemedicine network. The US$ .5 million contract will serve for the implementation of the initial phase of a multi-million dollar network.
Next Generation Internet Application Centers in California also testbed for telemedicine projects
Full ArticleCommerceNet, a global, not-for-profit organisation leading the advancement of e-commerce worldwide, has chosen the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as one of two institutions to host its Next Generation Internet (NGI) Application Centers. The NGI Centers will promote the development, incubation, and demonstration of new business and consumer applications which will take advantage of the evolving Internet. One of the areas for broad-based NGI development is telemedicine.
MESA Public Safety Partnership concentrates on remote patient monitoring facilities in emergency and disaster
Full ArticleThe recent tragedies in New York and Washington D.C. emphasise the importance of global co-operation in order to develop technologies which facilitate the needs of emergency services. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), two of the world's leading standards development organisations, are continuing to progress specifications for emergency service applications, addressing public safety needs of and the effectiveness of frontline medical assistance to not only the 800 million citizens in North America and in Europe, but also those in other parts of the world. One of the key aspects of crisis and disaster management constitutes remote patient monitoring.
Palm handhelds help medical students cope with wealth of reference information
Full ArticlePalm Inc., a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet solutions and a provider of handheld computers, has awarded mobile medicine technology grants to 17 United States universities and teaching hospitals. Palm has provided a total of 1000 Palm IIIc handheld computers for students studying medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, and veterinary medicine.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Millbrook and Allscripts provide physician with wireless integrated practice management system
Full ArticleMillbrook Corporation has closed a marketing and development relationship with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc., a provider of point-of-care wireless client-server and Internet-based clinical decision support solutions for physicians. The two companies have created an interface between Allscripts TouchWorks clinical solution and Millbrook Practice Manager, extending Millbrook's award-winning practice management system capabilities to include mobile clinical work flow tools.
INTEGRIS Health chooses Tivoli tools for wireless access to medical records
Full ArticleINTEGRIS Health has selected the enterprise management solutions, developed by Tivoli Systems Inc., an IBM company, to help meet its goal of 100 percent network availability, providing better service and reducing costs. INTEGRIS Health is a privately owned health system in Oklahoma. This not-for-profit corporation owns, manages or leases 11 hospitals and dozens of primary care clinics, mental health facilities, fitness and independent living centres across the state. The company's goal is to have a paperless medical record within five years.
HealthTrio installs core administrative system at Cascade East Health Plans and outsources its solution through Zebec
Full ArticleHealthTrio, a provider of e-Health applications and core business administration systems for the managed care industry, has installed HealthTrio xpress, a fully integrated end-to-end business administration system, at Cascade East Health Plans in Hermiston, Oregon. HealthTrio has also partnered with Zebec, a full-service IT and data management outsourcing company, to offer a comprehensive information technology solution for the health care industry. This partnership allows HMOs, provider at risk organisations, and other health care entities to streamline their health care administration, data management, and communications through HealthTrio's HIPAA-ready software, hosted by Zebec's data centre and telecommunications network.
Capsule Technologie to provide medical device connectivity to Dräger Medical Group
Full ArticleCapsule Technologie and Dräger Medical have signed an agreement whereby Dräger Medical will incorporate Capsule Technologie's DataCaptor software into its Recall Anaesthesia Information Management System (AIMS). By integrating the DataCaptor software, Recall will be able to receive data from over 140 devices from different manufacturers who are included in the continually growing DataCaptor Device Interface Library.
Electronic patient record software optimised and brought to market by MedicWare and MedPlus
Full ArticleMedicWare Inc., a provider of comprehensive, accurate electronic medical records software, has launched its MedicWare EMR 5.0. This version adds functionalities which provide physicians with greater flexibility in how they maintain and access medical records while improving patient care and saving significant amounts of time and money. In turn, MedPlus Inc. introduced the ChartMaxx Version 3.0, a secured electronic patient record solution. Over the past six months, MedPlus installed the 3.0 version at six sites for testing and evaluation on both Hewlett-Packard and IBM platforms with multiple sites now in full production.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
New Trade Fair to have strong focus on business opportunities in the international telemedicine market
Full ArticleFrom 10 to 12 April, 2002, the first edition of a new annual event focusing on telemedicine, telecare, telehealth, and e-health will be staged in Luxembourg. Bringing together exhibitors and visitors from around the world, the Telemedicine and Telecare International Trade Fair will be a unique opportunity for suppliers of products and services related to telemedicine to meet with users and potential future users of such equipment and services.
BioSci launches virtual scientific publishing network to create European Biotechnology Research Area
Full ArticleThe European Commission recently awarded 2,4 million euro to the BioSci project, which will interlink genomic and proteomic data with the latest in life sciences research literature. Support comes from the "accompanying measures" section of the Fifth Framework Programme's Quality of Life programme. The service aims to establish Europe's position at the forefront of the biotechnology industry and provide scientists and researchers with new ways of navigating an increasing deluge of biological information.
Surgeons perform successful near real time telesurgery from New York on patient in France
Full ArticleOn 7 September, Operation Lindbergh, a complete telesurgical intervention, has been carried out by a team of French surgeons located in New York on a patient in Strasbourg, France. A 68 year-old woman in the Strasbourg Civil Hospital in Eastern France became the first patient in history to receive a complete laparoscopic cholecystectomy or gall bladder removal, performed by surgeons nearly 4000 miles away. This technical solution, implemented by the French Institute for Research into Cancer of the Digestive System (IRCAD), the European Institute of Telesurgery (EITS), France Telecom, and surgical robotic system developer Computer Motion has proved capable of reducing the time delay inherent to long distance transmissions, thus making this type of procedure possible.
Blood flow hamper in the heart's interior detected with wave propagation techniques
Full ArticleThree-dimensional visualisation and quantification in cardiovascular images was the topic of a presentation held by ir. Joris Schaap from the University Medical Center in Leiden (LUMC) at the Dutch National Visualisation Days. The audience were shown some examples of high rendering techniques and algorithms, developed at the LUMC laboratory, to study the quality of vascular ventricles, based on Magnetic Resonance (MR) and Computed Tomography (CT) image scanner material. The results of this lab research are used in the hospital to diagnose heart patients.
Finnish company to deliver support and security for medical personnel through mobile positioning
Full ArticleA wireless medical Call Centre designed to offer security and support to mobile medical professionals will be set up in Härmä Hospital in Finland. The call centre will provide mobile professionals with advice in emergency situations as well as provide them with immediate help in case of an emergency or danger. The Centre will also function as the single information access point to medical databases, service providers, and facilities for the professionals in the field. The Call Centre is a joint project of TE-Centre, Medical District of Southern Ostrobothnia, Härmänmaa District and LifeIT plc.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
IBM and Cerner partner to generate "e-hospitals" transforming health care
Full ArticleIBM and Cerner Corporated have closed a global strategic alliance aimed at helping create e-hospitals which make better use of information technology to improve patient care and provide faster medical treatment with fewer errors. Cerner, a developer of clinical, financial and managerial information software for health care organisations, and IBM, an expert in e-business technology and networking, consider the alliance as a significant step in helping hospitals and medical centres become more efficient. The agreement is effective immediately.
Sectra's low-dose digital mammography system to be in study at St. Goran's Hospital
Full ArticleThe Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra has signed an agreement with Access Radiologi Sverige AB. The agreement means that the first trials in a clinical environment of Sectra's new digital mammography system, Sectra MicroDose Mammography, will be performed at Saint Goran's Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. This revolutionary digital mammography system, which has been developed in collaboration with Mamea Imaging AB, produces images of very high resolution using a considerably lower radiation dose compared to traditional methods.
Visualisation techniques clearly provide added value at the Leiden University Medical Center
Full ArticleAt the recent Dutch National Visualisation Days, Dr. ir. Boudewijn Lelieveldt from the Image Processing Laboratory of the Radiological Department at the University Medical Center in Leiden (LUMC) was invited to give a talk about the clinical use of visualisation techniques in a hospital environment. The speaker stressed the importance of properly segmented Magnetic Resonance (MR) patient images. If the segmentation job has not been carried out with utmost accuracy, physicians are looking at complete rubbish and are unable to provide a correct diagnosis. According to Dr. Lelieveldt's creed, excellent segmentation precedes excellent visualisation.
Beth Israel Deaconess wins award for Interpreters' Carelink video conferencing application
Full ArticleBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, located in Boston, has received the 2001 Best Practice Award, issued by the PictureTel User Group. The award, conferred annually, honours innovative video conferencing applications. Award criteria include technical excellence, end user satisfaction, and organisational value. The hospital was offered the Best Practice Award for its Interpreters' CareLink project, designed to explore the potential for utilising wired and wireless IP-based video conferencing technologies to ensure exceptional patient care for limited-English speakers and the hearing impaired by providing expanded access to and the more timely response of trained interpreters.
Vignette Enterprise Application Portal transforms Baptist Health Web site into full interactivity
Full ArticleBaptist Health Systems of South Florida has selected Vignette Corporation, a provider of integrated content management applications, to implement the Vignette Enterprise Application Portal (VEAP) in order to power the health care organisation's main Web site. Baptist will use VEAP to redesign its flagship Web site as part of its e-health strategy of linking patients, hospitals, physicians, payers, pharmacies, suppliers, and laboratories via the Internet to improve the delivery of patient care services and access to health care information.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Ear, Nose, Throat specialists soon granted with specific Electronic Medical Record system
Full ArticleMedic Computer Systems LLC, a provider of practice management software, e-commerce services, home care applications, and electronic medical records serving more than 85.000 physicians nationwide, and Isenberg Medical Communications (IMC) have signed an agreement which will link the two organisations for the purpose of providing the Ear, Nose and Throat medical sector with a more comprehensive Electronic Medical Records (EMR) product.
No false readings with Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor but specific hypertension diagnoses instead
Full ArticleTransMedEx, a provider of telemedicine monitoring and diagnostic services, has introduced an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor (ABPM) that can record blood pressure and heart rates for up to 48 hours, finally eliminating false, elevated readings associated with test anxiety, and providing clinicians with real time, diagnostic data taken while patients go about their daily routine.
Cardiovascular in vitro and in vivo diagnostics focus on early disease detection
Full ArticleEmerging imaging techniques, such as artery calcium scoring, and new twists on existing modalities, such as electron beam computed tomography (EBT), contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance, and ultrasound, are pushing the cardiovascular in vivo diagnostics segment to stronger growth than in general radiology. According to a new study just released from Kalorama Information, a division of MarketResearch.com, the next five years will see a 70 percent increase in the use of in vivo cardiac testing.
Aventis to sponsor handheld physician network in interactive clinical information pilot
Full ArticleAventis Pharmaceuticals has agreed to sponsor a group of primary care physicians and allergists to participate in the ePocrates handheld network. The ePocrates partnership is part of Aventis' e-business strategy to enhance patient outcomes through technology. In a pilot programme aimed at 500 physicians who are practising in Connecticut and Maryland, sponsored users will receive the ePocrates Rx and ePocrates ID drug reference guides, which contain data on safety topics such as indication-specific dosing, adverse reactions, and drug interactions for 99 percent of the most commonly prescribed drugs. Physicians can easily download information directly from the ePocrates Web site onto their handheld devices.
Med Diversified's Distance Medicine Technology Platform empowers tele-pathology across the world
Full Articlee-Medsoft.com, dba Med Diversified has successfully completed the integration and contracted with the prestigious King Faisal Health System in Saudi Arabia to install the combined integrated MedReach and MedMicroscopy products. This functional advancement will allow the company's existing and future customers to improve the extension of anatomic pathology care to where it is needed anywhere in the world.
 
VMWC news bites
 
CRS Robotics to install new proteomics research platform at Lunenfeld Research Institute
Full ArticleCRS Robotics Corporation has successfully completed its customer acceptance regimen for an advanced proteomics research system that the company has developed in collaboration with the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. This system will be used for high throughput protein expression and cell-based analysis of protein-protein interactions using magnetic bead technology.
Unfolded views in virtual colonoscopy result in early colon cancer detection
Full ArticleFor his doctoral research, Ir. Iwo Serlie is involved in a four-year project on virtual colonoscopy. During the Dutch National Visualisation Days 2001, organised by the Platform HPCN and the SARA high performance computing centre, Ir. Serlie presented the "unfolded cube" method, an innovative approach for early detection of colorectal polyps which over a time period of a few years can turn into malignant tumours provoking colon cancer. The patient-friendly virtual colonoscopy technique is applied to timely discover inherently dangerous polyps and remove them through surgical intervention. This type of preventive diagnosis and treatment can save many people from contracting a life-threatening disease.
VRINT initiative puts University of Twente on the medical Virtual Reality map
Full ArticleAt the beginning of September 2001, the University of Twente launched VRINT, the Virtual Reality Initiative Twente in the Netherlands. As Dr. H. van der Kooij explained in his presentation at the recent National Visualisation Days in Amsterdam, this is a combined effort of a number of departments together with several Dutch companies. One focus of the new initiative is "training operations in a virtual environment". Research has already been started on using Virtual Reality (VR) in rehabilitation, with a feasibility study and a pilot programme involving a VR set-up with a haptic feedback device.
WebSET project shows first simulator results
Full ArticleAt a meeting in Manchester, the WebSET consortium demonstrated the first surgical simulators to a number of surgeons, who will later use the project results to teach surgery procedures to young doctors. One simulator is of a Lumbar Punction, which is widely applicable, and the other one copies a Ventricular Catheterisation procedure used by brain surgeons. The simulators are Virtual Reality environments which can be accessed on any standard PC. This opens the possibility to considerably shorten the time needed to train young doctors to perform new surgery procedures.
New endoscopic instrument kits allow atraumatic approach to coronary artery bypass procedures
Full ArticleAt the annual meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Computer Motion Inc., specialised in medical robotics, has launched the innovative Endoscopic Atraumatic Coronary Artery Bypass (Endo-ACAB) procedure kits. Designed in co-operation with Thomas Vassiliades, M.D. at the Pensacola Heart Institute in Florida, these novel instruments have been used to enable the new minimally invasive Endo-ACAB procedure, which is performed on the beating heart through small incisions without the need to retract or lift the chest wall. Eliminating chest wall trauma greatly reduces post-operative pain and speeds recovery and return to normal activity.
 

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