VMW Monthly - March 2002 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Telemedicine & Telecare International Trade Fair

April 10-12, 2002 - Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

Telemedicine & Telecare International Trade Fair is bringing suppliers of telemedicine equipment and services together with buyers, health care professionals, institutional decision makers and policy makers. The event also integrates an extensive educational programme which will cover the results of recent pilot projects, presentations of products and services, and practical training sessions by exhibitors.

The theme of the event is "The Practical Applications", also relating to e-health.

General information and registration modalities are available at the Telemedicine & Telecare International Trade Fair Web site.

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European collaboration and information exchange on IT for medical applications

During the last months, VMW has visited a series of conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings to report on the hottest issues in Europe with regard to medical IT. VMW listened and gathered the most interesting ideas on the need for universal design in health care applications, emerging trends in intelligent systems for health professionals, interactivity in medical image visualisation, telemedicine implementation in daily clinical routine, and simulation of clinical procedures for training purposes.

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Contents March 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere and Per-Se Technologies partner to provide mobile charge capture to physicians
Health-monitoring LifeShirt enhanced with GPS and tested by U.S. Air Force
Dermatologists to test beta version of wireless practice management solution
Novant Health provides 300 doctors with MercuryMD's MData Enterprise System for handheld devices
IDX selects Infologix to provide wireless solutions for the LastWord enterprise clinical system
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Virtual Stroke Center CD-ROM helps American citizens recognise and prevent stroke
Light-speed networks from LuxN and Yipes support advanced NASA and telemedicine studies at Miami University
HIPAA and patient safety top IT priorities in HIMMS Leadership Survey
WebGain's VisualCafe speeds up deployment of Medical Online's telehealth platform in Malaysia
First Nations and rural communities in Québec better served with freshly funded teleconsultation network
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Sun to acquire five new customers with groundbreaking health care technology
CorSolutions relaunches 24-hour Nurse Connections service to support participants with health advice
Natick Visiting Nurse Association selects ehomecare to tie home patient services together
affinitex' Manatee Context Manager and VeriMe Personal Authenticator support hospitals' mobile care providers
Latest version of Dragon's medical speech recognition software offers most accurate physician support
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
EMBL researchers discover how customised drugs can switch off stuck transmission in cancer-causing protein
Bracco to acquire advanced Dextroscope and Dextrobeam 3D visualisation technology from Volume Interactions
European cancer research concentrates on automated sample preparation and light ion therapy
Sectra's digital radiology systems enriched with MD OnLine's comparative ImageMatch service
3Com and Computer 2000 to provide British National Health Service with feature-rich networking solutions
 
The 21st century hospital
 
First all-digital Indiana Heart Hospital takes off in December 2002
Karl Storz delivers latest advances in fully integrated operating room technology to St. Michael's Hospital
Four top hospitals standardise on PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform to make physicians mobile and wireless
Modular TouchWorks solutions render hospital physicians mobile at their own pace
Inova Fairfax Hospital implements fingerprint technology to secure electronic medical records
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Reliance Software Systems adds document management module to clinical integration tool
GE OEC Medical Systems provides mobile imaging technology at 2002 Olympic Winter Games
eGetgoing and Behavioral Healthcare Options initiate efficacy study for on-line chemical dependency treatment
Cleveland Clinic and Perot Systems launch e-Cleveland Clinic for Web-based second opinion delivery
Office Medic database Small Office Edition to complement QRS PC Card medical device platform
 
VMWC news bites
 
Cairo University Hospital debuts with Zeus robot in series of paediatric procedures
Latest CyberKnife version uses fiducial tracking to treat tumours outside of the head
European heart surgeons present positive clinical trial results using Ventrica's Magnetic Vascular Positioner
Deloitte and Fulcrum take pulse of 1200 physicians to know their IT conduct
East Carolina University surgeons report surprising results using da Vinci robot in mitral valve repair
 

Leads March 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere and Per-Se Technologies partner to provide mobile charge capture to physicians
Full ArticlePer-Se Technologies Inc. has executed a referral relationship with MDeverywhere to offer mobile charge capture to Per-Se's more than 15.000 medical billing clients. The partnership is expected to significantly increase physician revenue and curtail administrative costs associated with filing claims. MDeverywhere is specialised in providing handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care.
Health-monitoring LifeShirt enhanced with GPS and tested by U.S. Air Force
Full ArticleThe computerised LifeShirt by VivoMetrics Inc., based on patents created by Dr. Marvin Sackner and Miami Beach-based Non-Invasive Monitoring Systems Inc. (NIMS), will be tested by the United States Air Force for its ability to monitor armed forces in the field. The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has signed a co-operative research and development agreement (CRADA) with VivoMetrics, a developer of health-monitoring technologies based in Ventura, California.
Dermatologists to test beta version of wireless practice management solution
Full ArticleMedical Enterprise Management Corporation introduces Dermsoftware, a leading edge office management system designed exclusively for the dermatology practice which offers a multitude of functions. By utilising a hand held tablet PC with wireless connection to the office network, the physician can conduct a patient examination, make treatment notes, and prescribe medications.
Novant Health provides 300 doctors with MercuryMD's MData Enterprise System for handheld devices
Full ArticleNovant Health System, located throughout central North Carolina, is rolling out MercuryMD's MData Enterprise System to 300 health professionals during the next six months. MercuryMD integrates hospital data and delivers patient information to health care professionals' handheld devices.
IDX selects Infologix to provide wireless solutions for the LastWord enterprise clinical system
Full ArticleIDX Systems Corporation, a provider of health care information systems and Infologix Inc., a value-added wireless integrator, are partnering to supply wireless hardware technology with point of care software to health care organisations. The agreement brings together IDX's expertise in enterprise clinical information systems with Infologix's expertise in wireless technology, further enabling medical practitioners to securely access real time clinical information across the continuum of care.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Virtual Stroke Center CD-ROM helps American citizens recognise and prevent stroke
Full ArticleTo educate Americans about the risks, warning signs, causes, treatment and prevention of stroke, Atlantic Health System's Neuroscience Institute and the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, have designed a Virtual Stroke Center CD-ROM. This interactive tool has been spearheaded by Richard Hodosh, M.D., renowned neurosurgeon and medical director, Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, in collaboration with the American Stroke Association.
Light-speed networks from LuxN and Yipes support advanced NASA and telemedicine studies at Miami University
Full ArticleLuxN, a provider of multi-service, intelligent, metropolitan optical access network platforms, has implemented the LuxN WavSystem platform in the University of Miami's research and educational facilities. With Yipes Communications Inc.'s purchase of the LuxN WavSystem in May of 2001, this provider of instantly scalable Ethernet services has integrated the LuxN WavSystem and deployed the first multi-gigabit wavelength service for researchers and students at the University of Miami. Yipes' service will support complex research applications, such as NASA weather forecasting, telemedicine, and the soaring student demand for Internet access.
HIPAA and patient safety top IT priorities in HIMMS Leadership Survey
Full ArticleUpgrading security on IT systems to meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and promoting patient safety and reducing medical errors are the top IT priorities for health care providers noted by 46 percent of participants, according to responses to the 13th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey. The Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conducted the survey, sponsored by Superior Consultant Company. IT security issues are also forecast to be the top priority for health care providers over the next two years.
WebGain's VisualCafe speeds up deployment of Medical Online's telehealth platform in Malaysia
Full ArticleThe VisualCafe product designed by WebGain Inc., a provider of e-business development environments, has been instrumental in Malaysia's Medical Online delivering a suite of on-line health information technology for its country's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). The MSC is Malaysia's ambitious and idealistic multi-year technology project in support of the government's vision for creating a sophisticated, knowledge-driven society by 2020. Medical Online is a technology company, based in Kuala Lumpur, dedicated to delivering an integrated on-line telehealth solution for patients and providers.
First Nations and rural communities in Québec better served with freshly funded teleconsultation network
Full ArticleFollowing an announcement made by Anne McLellan, the Canadian Minister of Health, the Government of Canada will contribute $900.000 to the primary care telemedicine and distance nursing network in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The Centre de Santé Sainte-Famille, a family health centre in the rural West Québec region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue is leading a telehealth project which will bring primary medical services to four isolated sites, including an Aboriginal community.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Sun to acquire five new customers with groundbreaking health care technology
Full ArticleAn increasing number of health care organisations, from health plans to medical centres to health care professional organisations, choose Sun to power their network infrastructure. Offering such benefits as increased performance, scalability and security, Sun, with its technology partners, recently won a number of new customers, including several medical centres that vary in the number of sites and types of facilities. Sun's new customers include Health Alliance Plan, the American Hospital Association, Major Hospital, Riverside Regional Medical Center, and Peach Regional Medical Center.
CorSolutions relaunches 24-hour Nurse Connections service to support participants with health advice
Full ArticleCorSolutions Medical Inc., a provider of pro-active health intelligence and solutions, has relaunched Nurse Connections, its former 24-hour demand management service in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. CorSolutions recognises that participants have health needs in addition to those of chronic condition management. The enhancement of CorSolutions' demand management model illustrates the company's dedication to providing reliable health information while simultaneously engaging participants to share in the health care decision making process.
Natick Visiting Nurse Association selects ehomecare to tie home patient services together
Full Articleehomecare has signed an agreement for its integrated Web-based point-of-care and billing software with Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), a home care organisation serving the health needs of residents throughout the MetroWest area of Massachusetts for more than a century.
affinitex' Manatee Context Manager and VeriMe Personal Authenticator support hospitals' mobile care providers
Full Articleaffinitex, the health care division of AiT, has unveiled its new Manatee CCOW Context Manager and version 2 of its VeriMe personal authenticator at the 2002 Annual Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. The company also has launched its third pilot project. A clinical unit of a primary care hospital in the United States is deploying a completely integrated digital health care information system, and affinitex' VeriMe solution will secure access to patient data contained in clinical applications.
Latest version of Dragon's medical speech recognition software offers most accurate physician support
Full ArticleScanSoft Inc., a supplier of imaging, speech, and language solutions, has made available Dragon NaturallySpeaking v6 Medical Solutions, the latest release of its award-winning speech recognition software, designed to meet the specific needs of the health care industry.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
EMBL researchers discover how customised drugs can switch off stuck transmission in cancer-causing protein
Full ArticleResearchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have produced a detailed diagram of a protein linked to leukaemia which gives researchers a head start in designing drugs to combat the disease. Italian researcher Giulio Superti-Furga and his colleagues have generated the diagram of the cancer-causing molecule. Their report appears in the recent issue of the journal Cell.
Bracco to acquire advanced Dextroscope and Dextrobeam 3D visualisation technology from Volume Interactions
Full ArticleBracco, an Italian expert in diagnostic imaging, and Volume Interactions, a Singapore company specialised in the development of advanced software applications for the medical field, have reached an agreement on collaboration in the area of high tech systems for use in diagnosis and surgery. Bracco will acquire an eighty percent share in Volume Interactions; the remaining 20 percent will remain in the hands of the firm's management. The company was founded in 2000 as a spin-off of Kent Ridge Digital Labs, the most prestigious research institute in the Information Technology sector operating in Singapore.
European cancer research concentrates on automated sample preparation and light ion therapy
Full ArticleCancer research in Europe is taking a boost. The first application for Gyros technology is under evaluation by the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. The work is being carried out in collaboration with Professor Ulf Hellman, a member of the Ludwig Institute. On the other hand, a new European network for research in cancer therapy has started at CERN, the European organisation for nuclear research. The European ENLIGHT initiative for nuclear research will bring together experts to co-ordinate the development of a variety of projects at European facilities for "light ion therapy", a form of radiation therapy which uses beams of the nuclei of lightweight atoms.
Sectra's digital radiology systems enriched with MD OnLine's comparative ImageMatch service
Full ArticleThe Swedish medical technology and IT company Sectra has signed an agreement with MD OnLine (MDOL), specialised in computer-aided diagnostic support software, for the integration of MDOL's ImageMatch technology in Sectra's digital radiology systems. Through the agreement, MDOL's software ImageMatch is seamlessly integrated into Sectra's system for handling digital radiology images, which enhances and facilitates the work flow of radiologists.
3Com and Computer 2000 to provide British National Health Service with feature-rich networking solutions
Full ArticleComputer 2000, the United Kingdom arm of Tech Data, has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for 3Com's range of networking products for the health care industry. The product range is designed to offer National Health Service (NHS) organisations innovative networking features that are easy-to-use and affordable, at a time when managers are required to do more with fewer resources. The product range includes wireless, security, Web-caching, switching and health community call centre technologies.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
First all-digital Indiana Heart Hospital takes off in December 2002
Full ArticlePatients with heart disease will now have access to the most advanced speciality hospital ever built when the United States' first all-digital heart hospital opens in December 2002. The Indiana Heart Hospital, a $60 million, 210.000-square-foot facility, will be built from the ground up to deliver a new level of care for cardiovascular disease by eliminating paper and film-based medical records. The hospital will function with complete, up-to-date, fully electronic patient records that clinicians can view instantly, from inside or outside the hospital. The hospital will also feature the latest heart care monitoring, diagnostic, and imaging technologies.
Karl Storz delivers latest advances in fully integrated operating room technology to St. Michael's Hospital
Full ArticleKarl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc., a developer of diagnostic and operative endoscope technology, has installed two customised OR1 surgical suites at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada, home of the Minimal Access Therapeutics Programme. Surgeons will perform a wide range of advanced minimally invasive procedures in the facility, which will also function as a regional Center of Excellence in minimally invasive surgery.
Four top hospitals standardise on PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform to make physicians mobile and wireless
Full ArticleChildrens Hospital Los Angeles, Emory Healthcare, Memorial Hermann Health System, and University of Maryland Medical System have awarded PatientKeeper with multi-year contracts. These top institutions will standardise on PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform to empower their physicians with advanced mobile and wireless technology. The Mobilizer Platform bridges the chasm between where patient data resides and the point of care. It is the first open mobile platform designed specifically for health care, and provides secure encryption during transmission of data between mobile devices and information systems. The aggregate value of these contracts is nearly $4 million over the term of the agreements.
Modular TouchWorks solutions render hospital physicians mobile at their own pace
Full ArticleAlbert Einstein Healthcare Network, Central Utah Medical Clinic (CUMC), the Diagnostic Clinic, and Facey Medical Foundation all have signed a multi-year commitment with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions to bring the TouchWorks suite of mobile clinical applications to their physicians. Allscripts offers a modular approach which encourages physician acceptance and utilisation, enabling doctors to become proficient on a single application that they find most beneficial, and then progressing to additional applications over time. Additionally, TouchWorks seamlessly integrates with the IDX practice management system.
Inova Fairfax Hospital implements fingerprint technology to secure electronic medical records
Full ArticleInova Fairfax Hospital, located in Fairfax, Virginia, has implemented Bioscrypt's biometric technology for user authentication and access to its electronic medical records. Combined with eko systems' Frontiers, a hardware and software solution, clinicians can expedite and simplify data capture and data entry and ensure complete privacy of patient records with the touch of their finger.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Reliance Software Systems adds document management module to clinical integration tool
Full ArticleReliance Software Systems has released their new document management component at the 2002 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta recently. This latest addition to the product suite of CDR-Web brings fully integrated document management to an already robust clinical integration tool. CDR-Documents provides clinicians and support staff with the ability to scan and classify a multitude of documents, associate them with the patient record, and provide them to the enterprise.
GE OEC Medical Systems provides mobile imaging technology at 2002 Olympic Winter Games
Full ArticleIn the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the health of the athletes has been preserved with the help of OEC MiniView 6800 mobile digital C-arms from GE Medical Systems. The medical team of the Salt Lake Organising Committee (SLOC) chose the systems for their high quality, real time imaging capability and ease of use, and GE donated the technology for the duration of the games.
eGetgoing and Behavioral Healthcare Options initiate efficacy study for on-line chemical dependency treatment
Full ArticleeGetgoing, an accredited provider of on-line treatment for behavioural health problems, and Behavioral Healthcare Options (BHO), subsidiary of Sierra Health Services, a diversified health care services company which offers behavioural health care services, have established a research partnership to evaluate the efficacy of Internet-based outpatient care.
Cleveland Clinic and Perot Systems launch e-Cleveland Clinic for Web-based second opinion delivery
Full ArticlePerot Systems Corporation and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation have joined forces for delivering technology and business alliance surrounding e-Cleveland Clinic, a secure Web environment which enables people with life-threatening and life-altering medical diagnoses to seek second opinions and specialist consultations electronically from the Cleveland Clinic's staff of world-renowned physicians.
Office Medic database Small Office Edition to complement QRS PC Card medical device platform
Full ArticleQRS Diagnostic, developer and distributor of software-based diagnostic and monitoring medical devices, has launched Office Medic Small Office Edition. Small Office Edition provides solutions for small businesses that wish to network their Office Medic database. Office Medic is an Integrated Data Management System (IDMS) which captures real time patient data using QRS PC Card medical devices. Office Medic IDMS allows health care practitioners to perform ECG, spirometry, pulse oximetry, and more from any workstation using a networked computer.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Cairo University Hospital debuts with Zeus robot in series of paediatric procedures
Full ArticleDoctors at Cairo University's Kasr El Aini Hospital in Egypt have performed a variety of advanced paediatric laparoscopic procedures and adult general surgery cases with the Zeus Robotic Surgical System, developed by Computer Motion. Kasr El Aini Hospital is the first institution in the Middle East and Africa to successfully perform robotic surgery. The paediatric patients ranged in ages from 4 months to 12 years.
Latest CyberKnife version uses fiducial tracking to treat tumours outside of the head
Full ArticleStanford University Medical Center has treated its first 50 patients using the new CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System with Dynamic Tracking Software (DTS). Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) is the first site to conduct patient treatments using the newest CyberKnife system, developed by Accuray, specialised in advanced Image-Guided Radiosurgery. The new CyberKnife began operation in late 2001, with physicians treating an average of 5 to 6 patients a week.
European heart surgeons present positive clinical trial results using Ventrica's Magnetic Vascular Positioner
Full ArticleVentrica Inc., a privately-held medical device company, has issued preliminary clinical trial results from a multi-centre study of its magnetic anastomotic connector for use in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The interim results of the trial, conducted by leading European cardiac surgeons, were presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the TechCon 2002 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Deloitte and Fulcrum take pulse of 1200 physicians to know their IT conduct
Full ArticleThe heated debate around health care costs is not enough on its own to spark physicians' interest in using even common information technologies, such as e-mail, to increase their efficiency. Twenty-three percent of all physicians report they interact with their patients by e-mail, up only four percent from last year, according to a Deloitte Research and Fulcrum Analytics survey. This research study was completed by means of an in-depth telephone interview with a representative sample of 1200 practising physicians in the United States during October-November 2001.
East Carolina University surgeons report surprising results using da Vinci robot in mitral valve repair
Full ArticleCardiac surgeons at East Carolina University are reporting encouraging research data on the largest number of patients who have had mitral valve repair using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, developed by Intuitive Surgical. The findings, showing decreased length of hospitalisation compared to the traditional approach and decreased surgical repair time, as experience using the robotic device grew, were presented during the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in Fort Lauderdale by Dr. Wiley Nifong, director of surgical robotics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
 

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