VMW Monthly - November 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 November 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New tele-collaborative test bed will study brain images to analyse mental diseases
Indiana Genomics initiative to benefit from new IBM supercomputer at Indiana University
Fugu pufferfish DNA sequence offers short cut to Human Genome
Two Eastern Ontario telehealth projects receive $4,5 million in funding from Canadian Government
Advanced Radvision technology brings video conferencing facilities to rural hospitals and health education centres
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
HomMed adds blood clotting time measurer to its in-home tele-monitoring unit
Sunquest to continually promote multi-featured CoPathPlus Anatomic Pathology programme
CareCentric to launch new Visit Assistant point-of-care PDA software for home health agencies
Award winning Health Hero and CyberCare to become telehealth partners while Syzex selects CyberCare as telehealth service provider
First telehealth videophone for homebound elderly patients now available from Motion Media
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Dutch telemedicine policy summarised in eight propositions at Healthcare ICT 2001
Interactivity aspects in medical image visualisation highlighted in multi-faceted workshop
Six European IT Prize finalists showcase smart 3D medical imaging, navigation and mobile computing
First trial results of doc@HOME telemedicine system for cardiac patient monitoring released
Sectra builds medical research centre in Sweden and captures PACS order in Norway
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Providence Hospital to choose Medcon for integrated cath-echo image management
Two U.S. hospitals implant first Biotronik pacemakers with Home Monitoring Technology
Mercy uses Health Hero's Health Buddy for telemedical support to underserved patients
Maine Medical Center joins National Clinical Genomics Initiative to accelerate biomedical research
Growing number of US hospitals goes wireless using 3Com's AirConnect solution
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medical experts use Partners Online Specialty Consultations to deliver second opinions across the world
DocuSys uses DataCaptor medical device connectivity engine with drug delivery software
U.S. Army to invest in Immersion's trauma related medical simulators
New iHealth reports series focuses on emerging Internet applications in health care
Satellite-based educational network to keep Polish doctors abreast with latest medical developments
 
VMWC news bites
 
Virtual lung model allows scientists to measure pollutants' impact on healthy and diseased lungs
Cell Robotics to demonstrate specialised features of new Pathology Imaging Workstation
Star Trek technology inspires new ways to screen patient body
U.S. Food and Drug Administration kept busy approving surgical robots from various market competitors
Surgeons teach trauma interventions on computerised "smart" mannequins
 

Leads November 2001 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New tele-collaborative test bed will study brain images to analyse mental diseases
Full ArticleThe United States National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $20 million to a consortium of universities co-ordinated by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to build the first nationwide high-performance computer environment to study diseases of the brain. Researchers linked over a high-speed network will share high-resolution animal and human brain images to allow analysis and comparison at many different scales. These capabilities will be the means for cross-institutional integration of data and expertise that can advance research on such brain-related diseases as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis.
Indiana Genomics initiative to benefit from new IBM supercomputer at Indiana University
Full ArticleIndiana University (IU) has acquired the largest university-owned supercomputer in the United States. The IBM SP supercomputer, which has been expanded to triple the university's previous computing capacity, will support IU researchers in a broad range of areas, such as life sciences. It will also serve as the backbone for a planned genomics research collaboration with IBM. The IU Teraflop SP will be used to search for Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and to analyse clinical data en route to unravelling the relationships between genes and cancer.
Fugu pufferfish DNA sequence offers short cut to Human Genome
Full ArticleAn international research consortium has taken a substantial short cut to the biologically important information embedded in the human genome with the completion of a genome draft sequence of the Japanese pufferfish Fugu rubripes. Although the Fugu genome contains essentially the same genes and regulatory sequences as the human genome, it carries those genes and regulatory sequences in approximately 365 million bases as compared to the 3 billion bases that make up human DNA. The Fugu draft sequence was announced at the 13th International Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference in San Diego, California on October 26th.
Two Eastern Ontario telehealth projects receive $4,5 million in funding from Canadian Government
Full ArticleHealth Minister Allan Rock has confirmed that the Government of Canada will contribute $4,5 million to two telehealth initiatives in Eastern Ontario. The funds include $1,5 million for Regionally Accessible Secure Cardiac Health Records, a project led by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), and $3 million for Eastern Ontario Telehealth Network, a project led by the Pembroke General Hospital.
Advanced Radvision technology brings video conferencing facilities to rural hospitals and health education centres
Full ArticleThe Adirondack Area Network (AAN) will utilise Radvision's networking solutions to provide video conferencing to rural New York health education centres and hospitals. Radvision is the source of industry-standard products and technology for real time voice and video communication over IP (V2oIP). Using this company's multipoint conferencing units (MCU), gateways and gatekeeper applications, AAN's networking services will be implemented by Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center, Rural Health Training Center (RHTC), Hoosick Falls Health Center, Bennington Hospital, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, and Clifton-Fine Hospital to provide telemedicine and distance learning services.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
HomMed adds blood clotting time measurer to its in-home tele-monitoring unit
Full ArticleAs part of its mission to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for chronic illness, and in an effort to better serve patient populations benefiting from daily in-home monitoring, HomMed LLC has expanded the capabilities of its HomMed Home Monitoring System with the addition of a PT/INR peripheral, a device that measures blood clotting times. HomMed predicts the demand for in-home blood testing will soar as a result of the late September announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Medicare will soon begin paying for in-home testing of patients taking blood-thinning medication.
Sunquest to continually promote multi-featured CoPathPlus Anatomic Pathology programme
Full ArticleSunquest Information Systems Inc., a supplier of clinical data management and a business unit of Misys Healthcare Systems, continues the success of its CoPathPlus Anatomic Pathology programme. In accordance with a Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with Dynamic Healthcare Technologies (DHT) Inc., Sunquest markets and provides support services for CoPathPlus to Sunquest customers and is currently integrating the system with its FlexiLab Laboratory Information System (LIS). During the third quarter of 2001, 20 health care institutions signed contracts with Sunquest to implement CoPathPlus.
CareCentric to launch new Visit Assistant point-of-care PDA software for home health agencies
Full ArticleCareCentric Inc., a provider of management information systems to the home health care community, has released its Visit Assistant, a cost-effective, automated point-of-care solution for home health agencies. Using personal digital assistant (PDA) technology from Golden Rule Software Inc., the Visit Assistant is the latest in CareCentric's line of mobile computing software designed to help agencies achieve their potential.
Award winning Health Hero and CyberCare to become telehealth partners while Syzex selects CyberCare as telehealth service provider
Full ArticleCyberCare Inc. has signed two agreements, one with Syzex Corporation, a Tennessee-based virtual private network company for medical facilities, and another one with Health Hero Network Inc., a Californian developer and marketer of a technology platform for remote patient communications, monitoring, and care management. Syzex will market the CyberCare System products and services to its clients, whereas Health Hero Network executed a global licensing and development contract to incorporate its technology platform into the CyberCare System network services and family of products. Together with Health Hero Network, CyberCare also received an award given jointly by the Association of Telehealth Service Providers (ATSP) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for advancing excellence in the telehealth industry.
First telehealth videophone for homebound elderly patients now available from Motion Media
Full ArticleMotion Media Technology, an expert in video telephony products for the health care, business, and mass markets, has launched the CareStation 125 at the National Association of Home Care Conference. The industry's first videophone system designed specifically for remote health care, the CareStation 125 is a compact, all-in-one system which allows patients and health care providers to communicate quickly and easily using standard phone lines. The videophone supports real time audio and video communications, and directly connects to hundreds of home monitoring devices, automatically sending patient data to telehealth providers, such as physicians, nurses, home care agencies, HMOs, and case management organisations.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Dutch telemedicine policy summarised in eight propositions at Healthcare ICT 2001
Full ArticleThe implementation of telemedicine is rather a matter of organisational issues than of technical obstacles. Cost reduction over the years has slowed down the development of ICT in health care within The Netherlands but now new ICT investments should be prior to benefit. Two overall conclusions following the debate in the telemedicine session at the recent Healthcare ICT Congress in Rotterdam. The forum leaders were Dr. de Vries and Dr. Vierhout, both of Twente University, and Mr. Balm, Director Medical Technologies at Siemens Netherlands NV.
Interactivity aspects in medical image visualisation highlighted in multi-faceted workshop
Full ArticleIMIVA 2001, the Interactive Medical Image Visualization and Analysis workshop was organised as part of the Fourth International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention. This MICCAI satellite event introduced no less than 16 research projects, five of which are carried out at Dutch universities, to an expert audience of some 60 attendants. IMIVA hosted six sessions with eight full and eight short lectures adressing topics such as image segmentation, visualisation and analysis, computer-aided surgery, software platforms for interactive systems, and volume rendering.
Six European IT Prize finalists showcase smart 3D medical imaging, navigation and mobile computing
Full ArticleThe twenty winners of the European Information Technology (IT) prize 2002 have been announced and will be showcased at the IST 2001 event, held from 3 to 5 December in Düsseldorf. The themes of the winning projects include software applications for object identification and 3D modelling, as well as a tool which can identify child pornography on the Internet. A family of mobile robots which has business applications is also one of the winners. No less than six winning companies present advanced technology for medical applications.
First trial results of doc@HOME telemedicine system for cardiac patient monitoring released
Full ArticleResults of a medical trial that involved 50 hypertension patients under the doc@HOME health monitoring programme just have been published. The outcomes of the trial exceeded expectations and confirmed the usefulness of this unique telemedicine system for the treatment of cardiac patients. Cardiac diseases are the leading cause of death among the elderly population. Temporary work disability caused by those diseases costs employers billions of dollars each year. The European Union has recognised the threat of rapidly increasing health care costs and has indicated doc@HOME as a way to make disease management more efficient.
Sectra builds medical research centre in Sweden and captures PACS order in Norway
Full ArticleDiakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway, has signed a contract for a digital radiology system with the Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra. The order includes Sectra's picture archive and communication system (PACS). The value of the order is approximately USD 0,6 million. In addition, Sectra has agreed to establish a new medical research centre in Linkoping, Sweden, in collaboration with Linkoping University and the county council of Ostergotland.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Providence Hospital to choose Medcon for integrated cath-echo image management
Full ArticleProvidence Hospital and Medical Centers (PHMC) in Southfield, Michigan, which recently was named one of the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States by Solucient, a provider of strategic health care information, has selected Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. to provide integrated digital image management and archiving for its catheterisation and echocardiography labs along with sophisticated Web-based tele-cardiology and hospital-wide connectivity.
Two U.S. hospitals implant first Biotronik pacemakers with Home Monitoring Technology
Full ArticleThe California-based Stanford University Medical Center and Providence Everett Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, became the first two medical facilities in the United States to implant Biotronik's novel pacemaker which features Home Monitoring Technology. Home Monitoring is the first technology of its kind to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and is anticipated to revolutionise the way physicians currently monitor their pacemaker patients.
Mercy uses Health Hero's Health Buddy for telemedical support to underserved patients
Full ArticleMercy Health Center and Health Hero Network Inc., an Internet-based platform which enables patient communication for disease management, showed significant health care savings with the Health Hero Health Buddy and the iCare Desktop in Mercy Health Center's Telemedicine Disease Management Programme in Laredo, Texas, while improving the health status of underserved, indigent border residents. Mercy's programme achieved all of its goals by reducing hospital-based utilisation, improving quality of life, and ultimately reducing cost of care to the health care providers while showing high patient satisfaction. A yearlong analysis of clinical and financial outcomes was presented by Mercy representatives at the recent Disease Management Association of America's annual Leadership Forum conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Maine Medical Center joins National Clinical Genomics Initiative to accelerate biomedical research
Full ArticleMaine Medical Center has joined the United States National Clinical Genomics Initiative, a strategic collaboration between Ardais Corporation, a privately held clinical genomics company, and leading medical institutions around the country. The National Clinical Genomics Initiative is dedicated to facilitating the development of genomics-based biomedical research into new disease treatments. Maine Medical Center (MMC) is the first hospital in northern New England to join this Initiative, following Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. As a result of MMC's participation, patients will now have the opportunity to volunteer to have tissue samples contributed to this Initiative that would otherwise be discarded.
Growing number of US hospitals goes wireless using 3Com's AirConnect solution
Full ArticleUnited States hospitals and clinics are relying increasingly on 3Com wireless network solutions to streamline patient-to-physician communications and accelerate patient care. Using secure, anytime, anywhere wireless links provided by 3Com AirConnect access points and PC Cards, staff people register and diagnose patients, schedule procedures, and administer medications with greater efficiency than ever before.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medical experts use Partners Online Specialty Consultations to deliver second opinions across the world
Full ArticleIntegrated Information Systems (IIS), an innovative technology and business consultancy, and Partners HealthCare System Inc., have launched Partners Online Specialty Consultations (POSC). With this innovation, medical professionals throughout the world may seek Internet-based second opinions and speciality consultations from Partners HealthCare-affiliated specialists. Partners HealthCare is the integrated health care delivery system based in Boston which was founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two prominent teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School.
DocuSys uses DataCaptor medical device connectivity engine with drug delivery software
Full ArticleCapsule Technologie and DocuSys Inc. have signed an agreement whereby DocuSys will use Capsule Technologie's DataCaptor medical device connectivity software with the DocuSys system. The DocuSys system provides point-of-care documentation for manual injectable drug delivery in the operating room. Capsule Technologie's DataCaptor solution is a medical device connectivity engine that collects data from medical devices and sends it to a host clinical information system.
U.S. Army to invest in Immersion's trauma related medical simulators
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, has been awarded a research and development grant from the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (DoD SBIR) programme. The DoD SBIR programme is one of the largest sources of technology funding available in the United States, awarding more than $550 million annually to hi-tech companies. The U.S. Army plans to use Immersion Medical's simulation technology for the development of trauma related military medical training systems.
New iHealth reports series focuses on emerging Internet applications in health care
Full ArticleMobile computing is increasingly useful for caregivers to access needed clinical data and applications anywhere and anytime. How soon and to what extent such use may be integrated into standard health care practice is reviewed in Wireless and Mobile Computing, a study conducted by the First Consulting Group for the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). It is not too early for organisations to investigate the benefits it can offer and how it would fit in with current information systems, work flow, and care practices.
Satellite-based educational network to keep Polish doctors abreast with latest medical developments
Full ArticleExus Networks Inc., a global provider of end-to-end telecommunications services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Medical Centre for Postgraduate Education (MCPE), a Polish government-sponsored Continuing Medical Education (CME) provider. The MOU calls for the creation of a satellite-based telemedicine network that will provide Poland-based doctors with access to continuing education programmes delivered from the United States, Europe, and Israel.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Virtual lung model allows scientists to measure pollutants' impact on healthy and diseased lungs
Full ArticleA virtual lung model developed at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) may help predict the impact of pollutants on respiratory systems and provide new insights into asthma, a condition afflicting 15 million American adults, as well as other pulmonary diseases. The computer model, called the virtual respiratory tract, provides an unprecedented, three-dimensional view of how pollutants enter, travel through, and collect in the entire respiratory system. PNNL's prototype system models the nose, larynx, and lungs of a rat. Efforts are underway to similarly model the respiratory systems of monkeys and humans.
Cell Robotics to demonstrate specialised features of new Pathology Imaging Workstation
Full ArticleCell Robotics International has introduced The Pathology Workstation at the recently held American Society for Clinical Pathologists/College of American Pathologists (ASCP/CAP) annual meeting in Philadelphia. This novel tool will allow pathologists to automatically cut out and retrieve all cells of interest from a biopsy for DNA and RNA analysis to provide a definitive cancer diagnosis. In addition, the new Cell Robotics Imaging Workstation is able to support future research on pathogenic agents, such as anthrax, smallpox, or botulism.
Star Trek technology inspires new ways to screen patient body
Full Article"If I can see it, I can fix it", this dry one-liner motivates the continuous search for optimised and more refined visualisation methods in health care. Scanning the whole body and its cells synchronously constitutes the major challenge in interactive medical image visualisation while non-invasive real time diagnosis and treatment is the future, predicted Mayo Clinic expert Dr. Richard Robb in an invited talk at IMIVA, a MICCAI 2001 satellite workshop. Interactive patient visualisation aims at discovering and establishing the exact link between anatomic structure and biologic function. Dr. Robb introduced the audience of medical imaging specialists to the fascinating world of "Bones McCoy", his favourite Star Trek character.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration kept busy approving surgical robots from various market competitors
Full ArticleComputer Motion has received regulatory clearance granted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System. In reviewing SOCRATES, the FDA created a new classification of medical devices, titled "Robotic Telemedicine Device". SOCRATES is the first and only device in this classification to be approved by the FDA for clinical use. The FDA already recently cleared the da Vinci Ultrasonic Shears for use within Intuitive Surgical's current endoscopic indications, including urological, general, thoracic, and gynecological surgery. In turn, Integrated Surgical Systems plans to seek FDA clearance to market the ROBODOC System in the United States. ROBODOC has been applied to perform more than 9000 joint replacement procedures in Europe and Japan.
Surgeons teach trauma interventions on computerised "smart" mannequins
Full ArticleAnyone who has completed a course on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is familiar with the mannequin that is used as a teaching device for trainees to learn how to resuscitate a heart attack victim by compressing the chest and breathing into the airway of the simulated patient. Military surgeons at Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas, are using a new generation of "smart" mannequins as simulated accident and injury victims to teach and evaluate the performance of trauma teams.
 

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