VMW Monthly - April 2002 - ISSN 1388-722X



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3G Medicine Session at ICCS 2002

April 22, 2002 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

featuring presentations on new health systems and services in a 3G environment; the integration of technologies; legal, ethical and risk issues in 3G medicine; designing for change and reusability in professional health information systems; ...

The programme will also include practical examples of current implementation of 3G systems in health care. In short, this 3G medicine session provides a unique opportunity for all people interested in next generation connectivity for health care.

General information and registration modalities are available at the ICCS 2002 Web site.

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Contents April 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and Skyscape partner to put medical reference works on PDA
Study shows no Hamlet doubts for wireless in health care, it is definitely to be
Cerner integrates handheld computing technology with PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform
Telehomecare project for First Nations Communities in Canada to focus on wireless handheld technology
Japanese pharmaceutical sales forces save time using Dendrite's hybrid technology for handhelds and laptops
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Portable 3D tele-ultrasound screens pregnant women on Indian reservations
University of Maryland researchers use Artificial Intelligence to diagnose colon cancer
IBM and Mayo Clinic work on database design for patient archives and genomic information
Tele-robotics surgery and diabetics network projects in Ontario receive national funding
GE Medical monitoring system captures astronauts' heartbeat during space walks
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Computer Motion's robotic systems soon compatible with Karl Storz's integrated operating room
Mentice and METI medical simulation experts partner to broaden commercial scope in North America
Medtronic CareLink Network extends cardiac patient monitoring beyond clinic walls
GE's Centricity Cardiology delivers "digital cockpit" for electronic cardiovascular data retrieval
E-Z-EM introduces PROTOCO2L colon insufflation system and InnerviewGI workstation for virtual colonoscopy
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
French government heavily invests in powerful computing and high-speed networks for competitive research
Sectra sells digital radiology to Arendal Hospital and signs contract for image management software integration
Guidant opens VR training facility while renewing biliary stent and peripheral vascular disease products
Surgeon team in The Netherlands learns to use Zeus robot in abdominal vascular repair
Carelink expands national Swedish telemedicine network with First Virtual Web conferencing tools
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys modernises pathology in British hospitals and delivers Clinical Financial tool to Connecticut medical centres
Children's Hospital of Michigan promotes paediatric robot surgery programme with Zeus-assisted intervention on teenager
VA Sierra Pacific VISN to install PicisMSM's CareSuite in five hospitals
Eagleville Hospital installs Politec Authentication Security Suite using Iris Recognition biometric for IT safety
Platform LSF ActiveCluster enables Princess Margaret Hospital to boost cancer research
 
Virtual snap shots
 
University of Kansas and Cerner partner to make nursing students familiar with electronic health records
SimSuite simulation training showcased on bus in "Reality Without Risk" roadshow
RealTimeImage and Medasys-Japan licensing contract to facilitate medical image sharing worldwide
New reference book on Teledermatology issued by Richard Wootton and Amanda Oakley
Interventional heart specialists at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center choose Medcon telecardiology solution
 
VMWC news bites
 
Colon cancer prevention goes virtual using low radiation electron beam tomography
Mentice to integrate SimSurgery's simulation algorithms into Procedicus MIST training platform
American Diabetes Association, Entelos, and Compaq team to conduct diabetes in silico simulation research
Californian Neurosurgery Centres of Excellence to acquire CyberKnife with DTS for non-invasive tumour ablation
Canadian space technology expert MDA builds robot for neurosurgery
 

Leads April 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and Skyscape partner to put medical reference works on PDA
Full ArticleLippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW), a provider of professional health care information, has now made available the 30th Edition of The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics for handheld devices through a partnership with Skyscape, an expert in handheld software solutions for the medical community. As the best-selling medical title worldwide, The Washington Manual has long been relied upon by physicians throughout their careers as one of the most valuable reference tools for inpatient care.
Study shows no Hamlet doubts for wireless in health care, it is definitely to be
Full ArticleThe health care industry has taken its own pulse and declared that wireless technology can help solve some of its woes, according to a new study by Technology Assessment Associates, a marketing and technology strategy company. The research firm found that, like most industries, health care is struggling with tight budgets and decreased earnings. While acknowledging these economic drawbacks, many health care professionals say that investments in wireless technology are needed to help improve overall patient care.
Cerner integrates handheld computing technology with PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform
Full ArticlePatientKeeper has signed an agreement in which Cerner will standardise its mobile handheld offerings on PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform. This standardisation will allow Cerner Millennium clients access to the most advanced mobile and wireless technology in health care. Using PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform and Software Development Kits, Cerner's business enterprises will be able to more easily develop mobile applications and deploy them as part of any Cerner Millennium installation.
Telehomecare project for First Nations Communities in Canada to focus on wireless handheld technology
Full ArticleAdActus Care Technologies Inc., in partnership with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), has set up an innovative Home Care project which will trial AdActus' exciting new OutReach wireless handheld technology, Procura's Community Health Care Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software, and Killdara's Data Courier integration engine. The project, to be conducted in three First Nations Communities, will demonstrate the value of comprehensive systems and the timely collection of data in the advancement of health care in the community.
Japanese pharmaceutical sales forces save time using Dendrite's hybrid technology for handhelds and laptops
Full ArticleDendrite has launched two innovative solutions with powerful new capabilities designed specifically to meet the requirements of pharmaceutical sales forces in Japan. j-forceMOBILE, an innovative palmtop-based sales solution, and j-forceNET, which operates on laptops, now feature Dendrite's unique hybrid technology. It enables drug representatives to instantly switch from on-line to off-line operating mode, allowing them to access, review, and update information anytime, anywhere.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Portable 3D tele-ultrasound screens pregnant women on Indian reservations
Full ArticlePregnant women living on South Dakota Indian reservations where infant mortality rates are more than twice the United States' national average will receive speciality care under the first commercial test of a telehealth system called MUSTPAC-3, the third version of the Medical Ultrasound, Three-dimensional and Portable with Advanced Communications.
University of Maryland researchers use Artificial Intelligence to diagnose colon cancer
Full ArticleUsing highly sophisticated computer programmes which mimic human intelligence, researchers at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center have devised a new method to differentiate and diagnose several types of colon tumours. This study was conducted using technology which has been funded, in part, by the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Programme.
IBM and Mayo Clinic work on database design for patient archives and genomic information
Full ArticleIBM and Mayo Clinic have signed an agreement to jointly develop an information system designed to give Mayo Clinic investigators access to information which can help them identify potential clinical trial participants faster. The system will support investigators to identify research participants who meet very thorough, precise, and complex clinical trial criteria. It will also help investigators conduct large-scale clinical research across a broad range of diseases, complex diagnoses, and treatment categories.
Tele-robotics surgery and diabetics network projects in Ontario receive national funding
Full ArticleThe Canadian Government will contribute up to $2 million to electronic health projects in the Hamilton area in the Province of Ontario. The funds will support up to $1 million for the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), a tele-robotics surgery project led by Hamilton's St. Joseph's Healthcare. In addition, up to $1 million will support COMPETE II, a diabetes case management system led by McMaster University. Funding for these projects originates from Health Canada's Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Programme (CHIPP).
GE Medical monitoring system captures astronauts' heartbeat during space walks
Full ArticleFor the first time in the history of the United States Space Programme, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using commercially available heart monitoring and information systems for the important task of monitoring the health of the seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia while they work outside their spacecraft. The astronauts are spending ten days in space on a $172 million mission to upgrade and repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Columbia lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 1, 2002.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Computer Motion's robotic systems soon compatible with Karl Storz's integrated operating room
Full ArticleComputer Motion Inc., a developer of medical robotic systems, has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Karl Storz Endoscopy, specialised in sophisticated operating room integration solutions. The companies intend to collaborate in the development of products which enhance the compatibility between Karl Storz Communication Bus (SCB) and HERMES-Ready devices in an OR1 integrated operating room. The agreement specifies terms for Karl Storz to license speech and voice recognition technology from Computer Motion, and for the products developed as a result of the agreement to be co-marketed.
Mentice and METI medical simulation experts partner to broaden commercial scope in North America
Full ArticleIn an alliance that will intensify the presence of state-of-the-art surgical simulation training in North America's hospitals and medical schools, Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI) has signed an agreement with Mentice AB of Gothenburg, Sweden, to market its virtual reality-based simulators for minimally invasive surgery. The mutual intention of these corporations is for the two experts in medical simulation to further strengthen their position in North America.
Medtronic CareLink Network extends cardiac patient monitoring beyond clinic walls
Full ArticleMedtronic Inc. has completed the first phase of its rollout to United States clinics of the Medtronic CareLink Network, the industry's first Internet-based service which connects cardiac device patients and physicians for "virtual office visits". The Medtronic CareLink Network is a medical information system that combines the patient's monitor, a Web site for clinicians, and a Web site for cardiac device patients and their families or caregivers.
GE's Centricity Cardiology delivers "digital cockpit" for electronic cardiovascular data retrieval
Full ArticleCardiologists will soon be able to instantly access patients' complete cardiovascular information through a single user interface with a single login. GE Medical Systems Information Technologies is about to introduce Centricity Cardiology, a fully integrated cardiac care clinical information system which will pull together disparate pieces of patient data previously accessible only through separate workstations, databases or paper charts within the hospital. Centricity Cardiology software is designed to provide clinicians with increased cardiac patient information at one workstation allowing them to make faster and better-informed care decisions. The Centricity system delivers a seamless, paperless flow of patient cardiovascular data.
E-Z-EM introduces PROTOCO2L colon insufflation system and InnerviewGI workstation for virtual colonoscopy
Full ArticleE-Z-EM Inc. has begun marketing its InnerviewGI workstation for virtual colonoscopy procedures. The product is able to render 3D images in just seconds, and provides imaging professionals with multiple 3D view options as well as synchronised 2D and 3D views of the colon. The company has also received 510(k) FDA-clearance to market its new colon insufflation system, consisting of an automated insufflation device and disposable administration sets, for virtual colonoscopy procedures.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
French government heavily invests in powerful computing and high-speed networks for competitive research
Full ArticleThe French Ministry of Research has turned the access for researchers to larger computer systems and information and communications technologies into a first-class priority. Whatever the scientific disciplines may be, ranging from physics to medicine or social sciences, the use of powerful information tools has become indispensable to the knowledge progress and to its effects on society, pleaded Catherine Roucairol, representative of the French Ministry of Research, at the Fourth DataGrid Conference in Paris. The understanding of large climatological or economic phenomena as well as the analysis of the human genome and matter in general require the increasing use of the most powerful computers in the world and the largest data storage capacities. High-performance tools combined with the use of high-speed networks constitute the necessary equipment for scientific research. International competitivity and the efficiency of the French Research are directly depending on it.
Sectra sells digital radiology to Arendal Hospital and signs contract for image management software integration
Full ArticleThe Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra has widened its Clinical Solutions Network by signing a co-operation agreement with International Medical Multimedia Ltd. (IMM), a software development company based in the United Kingdom. In addition, Sectra has received an order from the Arendal Hospital in Norway for digital radiology systems. The order includes Sectra's picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and amounts to approximately USD 500.000.
Guidant opens VR training facility while renewing biliary stent and peripheral vascular disease products
Full ArticleThe Guidant Europe Cardiac and Vascular Institute, based in Brussels, has opened its virtual reality training facility for physicians. The unique training system was exclusively developed for Guidant by Mentice, a pioneer in clinical education systems utilising the latest virtual reality simulation technologies. Guidant Corporation has also enhanced its Dynalink Biliary Self-Expanding Stent System. In addition, the company, on February 22, received FDA clearance to market the new Agiltrac .018 Peripheral Dilatation Catheter for treating peripheral vascular disease, following CE Mark approval on January 11, 2002.
Surgeon team in The Netherlands learns to use Zeus robot in abdominal vascular repair
Full ArticleAn international team of doctors at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has performed an advanced abdominal laparoscopic procedure with Computer Motion's Zeus Robotic Surgical System. The surgeons, Dr. Carlos Gracia, Dr. Willem Wisselink and Dr. Miguel Cuesta, are the first in the world to use Zeus for a vascular operation of this kind. The surgeons at VU were trained in the procedure and mentored during the case by Carlos Gracia, M.D., Associate Professor and Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine.
Carelink expands national Swedish telemedicine network with First Virtual Web conferencing tools
Full ArticleCarelink, a Swedish national health care organisation, has approved Click to Meet and other products, developed by First Virtual Communications, a provider of integrated rich media communications Web conferencing solutions, for deployment by its member health care organisations. Additionally, Carelink has selected Euromed Networks AB, a Swedish reseller specialising in health care applications, for the provision and integration of First Virtual Communications' technologies as part of the global framework for telemedicine within Sweden.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys modernises pathology in British hospitals and delivers Clinical Financial tool to Connecticut medical centres
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, formerly Sunquest Information Systems, has signed a major contract with the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, on behalf of the West London Pathology Consortium (WLPC), located in the United Kingdom. The agreement will supply the Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Queen Charlotte's, and St. Mary's Hospitals in West London with its award- winning Misys Laboratory System and the CoPathPlus anatomic pathology system.
Children's Hospital of Michigan promotes paediatric robot surgery programme with Zeus-assisted intervention on teenager
Full ArticleOn January 17, 2002, doctors at Children's Hospital of Michigan have performed the first successful advanced computer-assisted robot-enhanced surgical procedure at a children's hospital in the United States. Working in partnership with Computer Motion Inc. of Santa Barbara, California, and the College of Engineering at Wayne State University, Children's doctors and researchers have helped to develop the first application for surgical robots uniquely designed for minimally invasive operations on paediatric patients.
VA Sierra Pacific VISN to install PicisMSM's CareSuite in five hospitals
Full ArticleThe VA Sierra Pacific Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) has chosen to implement PicisMSM's critical care information system, CareSuite, within five of the system's hospitals throughout California and Nevada. The CareSuite critical care information system will seamlessly integrate with the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), which automates the care process work flow that supports the day-to-day operations at VHA health care facilities.
Eagleville Hospital installs Politec Authentication Security Suite using Iris Recognition biometric for IT safety
Full ArticleEagleville Hospital, located in Pennsylvania, has installed the Politec Authentication Security Suite (PASS) using Iris Recognition biometric technology to strengthen system security in preparation for the data privacy and computer security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Eagleville Hospital began implementation for 250 of its users in March 2002 and plans to complete its rollout in April.
Platform LSF ActiveCluster enables Princess Margaret Hospital to boost cancer research
Full ArticlePrincess Margaret Hospital, a comprehensive cancer research, teaching, and treatment facility, has selected Platform LSF ActiveCluster to harness idle compute cycles from desktop PCs during off-peak hours. By utilising the full power of its desktop PC resources, Princess Margaret Hospital will improve collaboration between the 1500 scientists, technical staff, students, and trainees in these institutes to dramatically accelerate cancer research serving as a basis for life-saving developments.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
University of Kansas and Cerner partner to make nursing students familiar with electronic health records
Full ArticleThe University of Kansas School of Nursing and Cerner have created a first-of-its-kind programme to educate future nurses using clinical information systems (CIS). In the past, future nurses learned how to document patient care and assess the health status of a person manually using a paper-based patient record. Now, Kansas University (KU) nursing students can track and trend patient information electronically in a state-of-the-art laboratory through a simulated electronic medical record powered by Cerner Millennium IT solutions.
SimSuite simulation training showcased on bus in "Reality Without Risk" roadshow
Full ArticleMobilising its state-of-the-art simulation training system for health care professionals, Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC), has unveiled the world's first mobile SimSuite Simulation Training Center and kicked off the "Rolling Reality Tour" at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Annual Scientific Session in Atlanta, Georgia. The mobile unit, which features a unique patient study area and a realistic catheterisation lab environment for simulated interventional procedures, is built within a 40-foot coach bus and showcases the company's SimSuite Training System to physicians, hospitals, and medical device manufacturers.
RealTimeImage and Medasys-Japan licensing contract to facilitate medical image sharing worldwide
Full ArticleRealTimeImage, a provider of Internet-based streaming solutions, has closed a licensing agreement with Medasys-Japan, a developer and marketer of picture archiving solutions (PACS) and other pioneering medical imaging technologies. Medasys-Japan markets an innovative, cost-effective DICOM image viewer and teleradiology system with a large number of installation sites throughout Japan.
New reference book on Teledermatology issued by Richard Wootton and Amanda Oakley
Full ArticleDr. Richard Wootton who works at the Centre for Online Health in Brisbane, Australia, and Amanda Oakley from the Department of Dermatology, Health Waikato, Hamilton in New Zealand together have edited a new book titled Teledermatology. The book is published by the Royal Society of Medicine in London and provides an in-depth look at teledermatology and its practice and current status worldwide.
Interventional heart specialists at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center choose Medcon telecardiology solution
Full ArticleEnglewood Hospital and Medical Center has installed a comprehensive digital image management and archiving system with advanced Web-based hospital LAN connections as well as telecardiology and remote communications features. This extraordinary, sophisticated technology produced by Medcon Telemedicine Technology, based in Whippany, New Jersey, was selected following a comprehensive survey of a wide variety of options with the goal of fully meeting the objectives of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center's interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Colon cancer prevention goes virtual using low radiation electron beam tomography
Full ArticleA Southern California disease prevention centre has introduced a new colon cancer screening test that may someday replace the dreaded colonoscopy. Two of the United States' top experts in preventive imaging, Dr. Michael Wright of San Diego, California, and Dr. James Ehrlich of Denver, Colorado, are touting the use of the FDA-approved "ultrafast", low radiation electron beam tomography (EBT) combined with advanced workstations to visualise the large intestine simply, safely, and non-invasively.
Mentice to integrate SimSurgery's simulation algorithms into Procedicus MIST training platform
Full ArticleMentice Corporation and SimSurgery AS have reached an agreement for a far reaching partnership in the area of surgical simulation. The collaboration will range from joint technical development to marketing and distribution of products, based on the global network of partners and customers that Mentice has in place. SimSurgery was established in September 1999 by the National Hospital of Norway and Mobile Media to develop core modelling technologies and products with focus on medical applications.
American Diabetes Association, Entelos, and Compaq team to conduct diabetes in silico simulation research
Full ArticleThe American Diabetes Association and biotechnology firm Entelos Inc. have established a landmark scientific collaboration and major research effort in type 2 diabetes. This collaboration marks the first time the Association has formed an alliance to specifically support drug discovery and development. Using Entelos Diabetes PhysioLab technology, the Association and Entelos will generate novel theories, hypotheses, and discoveries relating to type 2 diabetes and provide that research to a "Diabetes Research Forum" comprised of a select number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Californian Neurosurgery Centres of Excellence to acquire CyberKnife with DTS for non-invasive tumour ablation
Full ArticleThe University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and the University of Southern California (USC) Kenneth Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital have signed contracts to acquire the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System through Accuray's CyberKnife Placement Model (CPM). CPM is a joint venture arrangement where risk and revenue are shared between the medical institution and Accuray. Installation for these two sites is expected to be completed by late 2002 to early 2003.
Canadian space technology expert MDA builds robot for neurosurgery
Full ArticleMacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has signed a $6 million contract with the University of Calgary to develop an advanced robotic device for use in complex neurosurgical procedures. The contract is part of a $25 million robotic project introduced at the University of Calgary, Calgary Health Region.
 

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