VMW Monthly - January 2002 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents January 2002 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Canadian Society of Telehealth makes plea for broadband to boost distance health care
URAC to accredit first series of thirteen United States e-health Web sites
Qwest and Internet2 sign new contract to quadruple network capacity for pioneering, also telemedical research
Florida Medicaid/CyberCare pilot telemonitoring project lowers hospital and emergency room visits
Physicians Telehealth Network to launch first Telemedicine Pilot Programme in the State of Ohio
University of Pennsylvania and IBM build computing Grid for breast cancer diagnosis and screening
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
beTRUSTed starts services for safe and secure e-Health traffic in a digital environment
Med Diversified subsidiary to integrate bio-agent design into general tele-pathology application
Televoke's automatic crash notification system helps emergency services work faster and save more lives
MobiApps and MDanywhere partner to offer mobile health care solutions to hospitals and physicians
CyberCare teams with IBM to facilitate telehealth remote monitoring application
LION bioscience and IBM alliance paves the way for faster drug discovery
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Germany adds high-throughput PTP system from Pyrosequencing to its National Genotyping Platform
VivoMetrics' LifeShirt monitoring system awarded CE Mark certification for distribution in Europe
IS4ALL highlights electronic health record in second seminar on Universal Access in Health Telematics
Practical examples of universal design for health care applications demonstrated in IS4ALL Seminar
"Decrypthon" project harnesses virtual supercomputer power to understand the causes of genetic disease
Norwegian SonoWand neuronavigation system wins 200.000 euro IST grand prize award
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Northeast Georgia Health System partners with McKesson to tackle medication safety challenge
Nebraska-based BryanLGH Medical Center goes for Sunquest's FlexiLab Laboratory Information System
HEALTHvision's Internet-stored patient records meet growing acceptance with hospital staff
Per-Se's Java technology used in three hospitals to smooth computerised physician order entry
ForHealth Technologies launches PARxD IV robotic preparation system for hospital pharmacy operations
Hospitals select Medcon for cardiac image and Global Med for SafeTrace Tx transfusion service management
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medical equipment e-marketplace provides new streamlined transaction fulfilment services
Sunquest to equip Clinical Event Manager with adverse drug event tracking component
New HIMSS report considers HIPAA rather challenge than burden to health care organisations
HealthTrio integrates SNOMED RT into Web-based clinical communications platform
High Plains Rural Health Network starts using E-Ceptionist scheduling service
US Army contracts Microvision to develop wireless head-worn mobile display for medical applications
 
VMWC news bites
 
Mirror reflects superimposed images of outer and inner patient body using "sonic flashlight"
Computer-aided endoscopic cardiac procedure promoted live on the Internet to surgeons worldwide
Computer Motion's SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System now also 510k FDA-cleared
Italian surgeons telecollaborate using SOCRATES in complex cancer procedure
Mobile CHILI tele-radiology system receives one of 20 IST Prize 2002 awards in Düsseldorf
Platform load sharing tools speed up Entelos' disease simulation for drug design
 

Leads January 2002 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Canadian Society of Telehealth makes plea for broadband to boost distance health care
Full ArticleDr. Robert Filler, Director of Telehealth at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and President of the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST), called on the Canadian federal government to recognise the importance of telehealth and extend high-speed Internet access to more Canadian communities.
URAC to accredit first series of thirteen United States e-health Web sites
Full ArticleThe first health Web sites to attain independent quality accreditation have been announced by URAC, the Washington D.C. based health accreditation organisation. Thirteen e-health Web sites have been accredited by URAC under a programme, which measured them against rigorous standards for quality and accountability. The newly-accredited sites constitute some of the United States' largest and busiest health Web sites, including WebMD, WellMed, InteliHealth, the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), Healthwise and Healthyroads.
Qwest and Internet2 sign new contract to quadruple network capacity for pioneering, also telemedical research
Full ArticleQwest Communications International Inc., the broadband communications company, and Internet2, a university-led research and development consortium, have signed a new five-year agreement to quadruple the Abilene Internet2 network's capacity. Qwest's investment in the improvement of the Abilene Internet2 network is valued at $300 million. The various network applications will further the search for solutions in complex scientific fields such as cancer research, artificial intelligence, robotics, and early preparation for earthquakes.
Florida Medicaid/CyberCare pilot telemonitoring project lowers hospital and emergency room visits
Full ArticleCyberCare Inc. has completed a year-long pilot programme with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in which the CyberCare System was utilised to remotely monitor Medicaid patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Based on financial and claims data collected and outcome indicators identified by AHCA, overall patients participating in the study experienced a reduction in health care claims, and hospital and emergency room visits. The results of the study will be published shortly.
Physicians Telehealth Network to launch first Telemedicine Pilot Programme in the State of Ohio
Full ArticlePhysicians Telehealth Network (PTN) has selected the newly released Video Network Platform (VNP), developed by Forgent Corporation, a provider of advanced video network solutions for enterprise communications, as the management software platform for its telemedicine network. In January of 2002, PTN will install nurse/patient and physician endpoint telemedicine units in several rural retirement centres in the state of Ohio.
University of Pennsylvania and IBM build computing Grid for breast cancer diagnosis and screening
Full ArticleIBM and the University of Pennsylvania launched a powerful computing Grid which aims to bring advanced methods of breast cancer diagnosis and screening to patients across the United States, while reducing costs. Built with open standards, the University of Pennsylvania Grid is a massive distributed computer that delivers computing resources as a utility-like service over the Internet.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
beTRUSTed starts services for safe and secure e-Health traffic in a digital environment
Full ArticlebeTRUSTed, an e-security business of PricewaterhouseCoopers, has launched beTRUSTed Health Care Services, a new offering designed to provide privacy and security of health information in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment. A major impediment to the rapid adoption of e-Health applications is concern over the security, confidentiality, and integrity of underlying information. The effectiveness of new e-Health systems and the confidence of those who use them depends on the privacy, authenticity, and integrity of the complex communications involved.
Med Diversified subsidiary to integrate bio-agent design into general tele-pathology application
Full ArticleTrestle Corporation, a subsidiary of e-MedSoft.com, dba Med Diversified Inc., plans to integrate its previously announced bio-agent detection capability as a feature in an upcoming version of its MedMicroscopy product line. The new version, expected to be released by the fall of 2002, is planned to provide bio-agent functionality and address the needs of the general microbiology and hematopathology market segments.
Televoke's automatic crash notification system helps emergency services work faster and save more lives
Full ArticleTelevoke Inc., a telematics software company, has simulated the collision of a HazMat truck showing how its technology automatically sends emergency notification to appropriate public safety agencies for immediate response. Televoke also demonstrated the automatic notification of the HazMat carrier manager through its automated telematics service platform. The test, sponsored by the ComCARE Alliance, and Valley Health System as part of their Integrated ITS-Public Safety Project, took place at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia.
MobiApps and MDanywhere partner to offer mobile health care solutions to hospitals and physicians
Full ArticleMobiApps, a wireless applications and device solutions provider for the health care industry, and MDanywhere, a developer of e-health, enterprise point-of-care solutions will jointly deliver integrated, end-to-end mobile health care solutions to physicians, clinicians, and hospital administrators across the globe. MobiApps' wireless mobile platform and its front-end application suite, m-Health, integrated with MDanywhere's state-of-the-art back-end applications solutions, will allow physicians and medical facilities to deliver effective patient care where and when it is needed most, at the point of care.
CyberCare teams with IBM to facilitate telehealth remote monitoring application
Full ArticleCyberCare Inc. will join with IBM to deliver cutting edge telehealth remote monitoring and real time interactive communication systems by utilising IBM e-business solutions and CyberCare's Electronic HouseCall (EHC) family of products. The IBM technology will help CyberCare to deliver the applications, products, and infrastructure for more effective and efficient electronic disease and health care management which includes automatic data collection, case management, and personal interaction.
LION bioscience and IBM alliance paves the way for faster drug discovery
Full ArticleLION bioscience AG and IBM have signed a strategic alliance which promises sweeping changes in the way drug makers conduct research and develop new drug targets. Through the far-reaching agreement, IBM and LION will work together to tackle what many researchers say is an overwhelming problem: harnessing the avalanche of data pouring in from human genome studies so that it can be used for more effective and faster drug discovery and development.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Germany adds high-throughput PTP system from Pyrosequencing to its National Genotyping Platform
Full ArticlePyrosequencing AB, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of DNA sequencing systems for applied genetic analysis, has sold a customised, high-throughput system to the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin, Germany. The Gene Mapping Center (GMC) and Department of Molecular Genetics will use the company's 384-well system to analyse single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in their research programme on the genetics of complex diseases.
VivoMetrics' LifeShirt monitoring system awarded CE Mark certification for distribution in Europe
Full ArticleVivoMetrics Inc. has received CE Mark certification for its LifeShirt System, a suite of products and services for the collection, analysis and reporting of ambulatory, physiologic patient data. This regulatory milestone clears the way for VivoMetrics to market the system in Europe, providing clinicians and researchers a new way to obtain objective, comprehensive health data while their patients go about their everyday routines, ultimately improving research decisions and patient care.
IS4ALL highlights electronic health record in second seminar on Universal Access in Health Telematics
Full ArticleThe second seminar on "Universal Access in Health Telematics" was held in the Pyramids Conference & Exhibition Centre in Brussels. Host of the event organised by the European thematic network project "Information Society for All" (IS4ALL), was Dr. Demosthenes Akoumianakis who welcomed 25 participants. Professor De Moor of the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group gave an overview of the current trends in Health Telematics. Hervé Doaré, Director of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) explained some of the issues in the design of Electronic Patient Records (EPRs).
Practical examples of universal design for health care applications demonstrated in IS4ALL Seminar
Full ArticleThe second part of the second IS4ALL "Universal Access in Health Telematics" Seminar was dedicated to the demonstration of practical health care scenarios in which universal access plays a key role. MediBRIDGE CEO, Louis Schilders, highlighted the concrete use of EPRs in the C-CARE project, and Dr. Akoumianakis described the difficult road to a universal health data access code of practice using four existing scenario-based examples.
"Decrypthon" project harnesses virtual supercomputer power to understand the causes of genetic disease
Full ArticlePlatform Computing, an expert in distributed computing software, is partnering with the French Myopathy Association (AFM) and IBM to launch the "Decrypthon" project. The three partners will enable Internet users to participate in a major scientific enterprise, the mapping of more than 500.000 identified proteins. This initiative will be accomplished by networking the unused processing power of tens of thousands of consumer PCs to create a virtual supercomputer, capable of handling massive volumes of calculations. The database generated by this project will help researchers, such as the AFM, to better understand the cause and development of genetic diseases and the development of new therapies.
Norwegian SonoWand neuronavigation system wins 200.000 euro IST grand prize award
Full ArticleThree projects representing the best of Europe's information society innovation were awarded the IST grand prize by Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen at the Information Society Technologies (IST) conference in Düsseldorf, Germany on the evening of 3 December. The three awards of 200.000 euro went to projects which had succeeded in creating a development platform, Virtools, allowing users to create graphically three dimensional (3D) interactive content; an advanced tool control system, ECO-DAN; and a computer aided, ultrasound based navigation system for improved brain surgery, SonoWand.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Northeast Georgia Health System partners with McKesson to tackle medication safety challenge
Full ArticleTaking a pro-active approach to patient safety, Northeast Georgia Health System recently signed a $2.25 million contract for McKesson's Horizon Clinicals and AcuDose-Rx supply cabinets. By adding state-of-the-art pharmacy, scanning, clinical documentation, and administration technology to McKesson systems already in place, Northeast Georgia is strengthening its medication safety solution while also maximising existing information technology investments.
Nebraska-based BryanLGH Medical Center goes for Sunquest's FlexiLab Laboratory Information System
Full ArticleSunquest Information Systems Inc. has signed a significant agreement with the BryanLGH Medical Center located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The agreement covers the licensing and implementation of the Sunquest FlexiLab Laboratory Information System (LIS). Designed as a comprehensive, high-performance laboratory information system which manages specimen data from requisition entry to production of the final cumulative report, Sunquest's LIS allows any user to virtually customise a laboratory system.
HEALTHvision's Internet-stored patient records meet growing acceptance with hospital staff
Full ArticleHEALTHvision Inc., a health care Internet company, reported that its secure Web infrastructure, e-healthSOURCE, hosts more than one million unique registered patient records, making physician access to patient information easier than ever before for participating health systems. The company also noted that this number is continuing to grow rapidly, by more than 200.000 new patient records each month. This milestone illustrates not only market acceptance of HEALTHvision's application service provider (ASP) approach to e-health care, but also a surge in acceptance of Internet technologies as a means of connecting physicians and clinical staff to the patient information they need.
Per-Se's Java technology used in three hospitals to smooth computerised physician order entry
Full ArticlePer-Se Technologies Inc., a provider of integrated business management outsourcing services, application software, and Internet-enabled connectivity for the health care industry, has signed agreements with three health care delivery systems to implement the Java-based graphical user interface (GUI) order entry module of its Patient1 computer-based patient record (CPR) system. Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Holland Community Hospital in Holland, and William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, both based in the state of Michigan, will implement Per-Se's Java-based orders to accelerate support and use of computerised physician order entry (CPOE). CPOE supports reduced error risks in medication prescribing, dispensing, and administration.
ForHealth Technologies launches PARxD IV robotic preparation system for hospital pharmacy operations
Full ArticleForHealth Technologies Inc. has unveiled its newest medical delivery technology, the PARxD IV, a robotic technology which can prepare 60 to 300 syringe-based dosages per hour with an accuracy rate of 0.6 micro liters, a level far more precise than current manual processes. The PARxD IV can complete 500 syringes in 8 hours without operator intervention.
Hospitals select Medcon for cardiac image and Global Med for SafeTrace Tx transfusion service management
Full ArticleAntelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California, a regional expert in the utilisation of the latest cutting-edge technology, selected Medcon's TCS system for Cardiac Image Management and archiving after a thorough evaluation of competing brands. In turn, St. Joseph's Hospital, member of Minnesota's HealthEast Care System, has signed a contract with Global Med to license Wyndgate Technologies' SafeTrace Tx hospital transfusion service management information system, and Triple G Systems Group's ULTRA suite of laboratory applications.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medical equipment e-marketplace provides new streamlined transaction fulfilment services
Full ArticleSoluMed.com has signed an agreement with CocoCommerce Inc. to provide eNetSettle, a transaction management solution for SoluMed.com users to access finance, insurance, appraisal, freight, inspection and escrow services required to complete business-to-business (B2B) medical equipment transactions worldwide. SoluMed.com is an established Internet company which has been successfully operating a medical equipment eMarketplace, Medical EquipNet, for international trade.
Sunquest to equip Clinical Event Manager with adverse drug event tracking component
Full ArticleSunquest Information Systems Inc., specialised in clinical data management and a business unit of Misys plc, has added an adverse drug event (ADE) tracking component to its Clinical Event Manager (CEM) product, the cross-platform, rules-based communication system for clinicians. CEM automatically sends vital clinical data to clinicians after it is processed by data from disparate systems, such as pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology information systems. The ADE component captures, accepts, and manages ADE and intervention data for tracking, trending, root cause analysis, and regulatory compliance.
New HIMSS report considers HIPAA rather challenge than burden to health care organisations
Full ArticleHealth care providers should view the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) not as a threat, but an opportunity to modernise information systems and move toward full automation of many back office functions which traditionally have been labour-intensive, error-prone, and inefficient, according to a new Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) report.
HealthTrio integrates SNOMED RT into Web-based clinical communications platform
Full ArticleHealthTrio, a Nashville-based e-health service provider has licensed SNOMED RT, a concept-based reference terminology for use in its HealthTrio connect Web-based software solution. In support of HealthTrio's mission to provide real time on-line communication between health plans, physicians, members, and employers, SNOMED RT provides the capability to standardise communication so that medical information can be more accessible and usable wherever and whenever it is needed, despite differences in information systems and variations in language.
High Plains Rural Health Network starts using E-Ceptionist scheduling service
Full ArticleE-Ceptionist Inc. has signed an agreement with the High Plains Rural Health Network, a comprehensive health care programme encompassing four states in the USA and twenty hospitals, and will begin providing the E-Ceptionist Internet based scheduling service to the Network. The service allows users such as administrators, doctors, patients, etc., to schedule health care appointments in real time over the Internet as well as to manage the health care process after the appointment occurs. The service is secure and encrypted and the privacy of patient information is protected.
US Army contracts Microvision to develop wireless head-worn mobile display for medical applications
Full ArticleMicrovision Inc. has been awarded a $3.3 million development contract from the United States Army's Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) for the initial phase in the development of a mobile wireless personal display system for medical applications.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Mirror reflects superimposed images of outer and inner patient body using "sonic flashlight"
Full ArticleA "sonic flashlight" developed by a biomedical engineer at the University of Pittsburgh makes the human body seem translucent right in front of your eyes. The prototype device merges the visual outer surface of a patient's skin with a live ultrasound scan of what lies beneath. It creates the effect of a translucent ultrasound image floating in its actual 3D location within the patient, showing blood vessels, muscle tissue, and other internal anatomy.
Computer-aided endoscopic cardiac procedure promoted live on the Internet to surgeons worldwide
Full ArticleCardiac surgeon Dr. Thomas Vassiliades successfully performed a robotically assisted, endoscopic cardiac bypass surgery on a beating heart using the AESOP Robotic Endoscope Positioner, developed by Computer Motion, and a set of specially designed instruments. The procedure was broadcast live over the Internet on December 4 to an international medical audience. Over 200 surgeons, cardiologists, and other medical professionals from forty different countries viewed the two-hour surgery live and were also able to phone in questions for the surgeon during the procedure.
Computer Motion's SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System now also 510k FDA-cleared
Full ArticleThe SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System, developed by Computer Motion Inc., has received a 510(k) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Clearance allowing a remote surgeon access to the pressure readings from the operating room insufflator during telecollaborative and mentoring sessions. The SOCRATES system enables a surgeon located at a remote site to interact with another surgeon located in an operating room down the hall, across the country or on the other side of the world.
Italian surgeons telecollaborate using SOCRATES in complex cancer procedure
Full ArticleOn December 14, 2001, approximately 400 surgeons attending the Third Annual International Workshop on Advanced Digestive Oncology in Rome, Italy were present for the world's first use of the SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System in conjunction with a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical revision using the ZEUS Robotic Surgical System, both developed by Computer Motion.
Mobile CHILI tele-radiology system receives one of 20 IST Prize 2002 awards in Düsseldorf
Full ArticleThe CHILI team from the Heidelberger company Steinbeis-Transferzentum Medizinische Informatik has been rewarded with the European IST Prize 2002, together with nineteen other finalists. The IST Prize constitutes one of the most prestigious awards in the Information Technology (IT) area and can be considered as the Nobel Prize for IT. The Award Ceremony was held on December 3, 2001 at the Annual European IST event 2001, which this year took place in Düsseldorf under the theme "Technologies serving people".
Platform load sharing tools speed up Entelos' disease simulation for drug design
Full ArticleEntelos Inc. will integrate Platform's distributed computing software, Platform LSF and Platform LSF ActiveCluster, with its PhysioLab disease simulation platform. This end-to-end solution will allow Entelos to harness underutilised compute power across the enterprise, enabling its scientists to run faster simulations and accelerate the in silico (in computer) discovery and development of new drug therapies.
 

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