VMW Monthly - May 2002 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Seventh International Conference on Telemedicine

September 22-25, 2002 - Regensburg, Germany

All aspects of e-health will be addressed at this conference: the medical, technical, economical, ethical, and others. Besides the classic fields of telemedicine like tele-consultation, tele-diagnostics in radiology, dermatology, pathology etc., and surrounding legal, reimbursement, and organisational conditions, most advanced areas like tele-surgery and robotics, or space medicine will be presented, as well as most widespread technologies for telenursing and home care and as a support for developing regions.

The scientific programme will include plenary sessions, state-of-the-art lectures, symposia, and workshops. Best-practice demonstrations, instructional hands-on courses, and tutorials will be complemented by poster and commercial exhibitions.

General information and registration modalities are available at the Regensburg Telemedicine Conference Web site.

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Flourishing telehealth initiatives in Canada

One of the geographically most considered countries to implement health care at a distance is Canada. Talking telemedicine, Canadians usually refer to telehealth. In recent years, a great variety of such telehealth projects has seen the light. All these initiatives aim at turning tele-consultation into an ubiquitous transaction and at bringing qualitative patient care right at the doorstep of the Canadian population. Below, VMW is presenting a select anthology of Canadian telehealth.

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Contents May 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Orange Wirefree Clinical reduces paper forms, lowers costs, shortens time for drug trials
VeriChip launches secure database to consult health care data stored on implantable RFID chips
AvantGo delivers mobile tool for Aventis Pharma cancer portal and surveys PDA popularity among physicians
Harrison's On Hand offers medical professionals immediate access to key clinical resources
MedAptus signs various partnerships to implement mobile charge capture and coding tool
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Use of telehealth and telehomecare devices bound to get big in Japan
Nurses and patients more than satisfied with Nova Scotia home telehealth pilot
FDA-cleared AutoAmbulator clinically tested on patients with MS, stroke, and spinal cord injury
SPAM project receives multi-year funding to unveil protein structure and biological function
GrangeNet consortium picks Cisco to equip largest R&D network in Australia
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
University of Washington enhances Equator's BSP chips with computing functions to propel medical imaging
RSA Security partners with Siemens Medical, Citrix, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Bracco Group opens Spin facility to produce contrast agent for diagnostic imaging
Medical document processing less time-consuming with FASTRACK-CareCert solution
Compaq adopts accelerated solution strategy to build momentum in health care
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
HINE network builds on HIST study to anticipate ICT needs in European health care market
MOEBIUS Mobile Extranet platform allows telemonitoring of patients with chronic disease
E-Care project aims to generate wireless 3G medical services enhancing outpatients' mobility
Telemedicine pilots showcased at the opening of the new British National e-Science Centre
Finnish report to outline current status and future of computational medicine
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Allina turns to Compaq for end-to-end storage solutions valued at $1.5 million
McKesson to create "high-touch, high-tech" environment at Loudoun Hospital Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital implements Karl Storz custom-built surgical suites for minimally invasive procedures
Vanderbilt improves operating room efficiency linking wireless Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC to central server
University of Pittsburgh cancer experts establish D3 company to centralise advanced radiotherapy
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Bon Secours Healthpartners Laboratories to expand number of Misys Clinical Suite systems
GE Medical Systems unveils new gold standard in mobile and digital fluoroscopy
Brunel University trains future experts in telemedicine and eHealth systems
EC promotes deep, lasting integration of excellence capacities in European research and industry with regard to new health systems and services
E-Ceptionist and TelBios partner to establish medical tele-consultation services across Europe and Africa
 
VMWC news bites
 
Computer Motion and Integrated Surgical Systems take initiative for stronger market integration of surgery robots
Dutch Supercomputer Center SARA and GigaPort assist Glaucus in developing high throughput proteomics tools
BeST Resident on-line training offers virtual university of surgical learning content for doctor students
Computer Motion's Socrates System used in tele-urology procedure between Virginia and Berlin
Immersion integrates Surgical Science's LapSim 1.5 software with Virtual Laparoscopic Simulator
Surgeons' 3D cinema in the operating theatre showcased in Tomorrow's World
 

Leads May 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Orange Wirefree Clinical reduces paper forms, lowers costs, shortens time for drug trials
Full ArticleOrange UK has entered into the health care sector with the launch of Orange Wirefree Clinical, a solution to bring tangible benefits to both patients and pharmaceutical companies during clinical trials. Orange Wirefree Clinical is a data capture solution for the pharmaceutical industry which is set to significantly reduce the time and costs involved in the clinical trials process. The launch represents a significant evolution in clinical trials and is the first time a major mobile communications company has joined forces with the pharmaceutical industry in this way.
VeriChip launches secure database to consult health care data stored on implantable RFID chips
Full ArticleApplied Digital Solutions' wholly owned subsidiary, VeriChip, has selected May 1, 2002, for the launch of its new Global VeriChip Subscriber (GVS) Registry service. This programme will enable VeriChip subscribers to store pertinent personal verification and health care information in the company's secure database. In addition, Digital Angel Corporation has entered into a product and technology licensing agreement that makes available its proprietary, implantable microchips, scanners, and delivery system, including its state-of-the-art, FDA-compliant physician call centre, to VeriChip.
AvantGo delivers mobile tool for Aventis Pharma cancer portal and surveys PDA popularity among physicians
Full ArticleThe pharmaceutical company Aventis Pharma has deployed mobile software from AvantGo Inc., a provider of mobile enterprise solutions, to enable its French speaking customers, health care professionals as well as patients, to access cancer care information anytime, anywhere from their personal digital assistants (PDAs) or the Internet. Oncologists, General practitioners (GPs) and other mobile health care professionals can currently access the latest news and information from ZoomCancer.com, a dedicated portal designed for cancer specialists and patients. AvantGo has also conducted a physician survey on PDA use which was completed by 3482 self-identified physicians responding on their PDAs using the AvantGo mobile Internet service. The on-device survey was held over a four-week period.
Harrison's On Hand offers medical professionals immediate access to key clinical resources
Full ArticleThrough Harrison's On Hand, some of the most important questions that medical professionals and students rely on for diagnosis and treatment can now be answered on Palm OS devices. Created through a joint venture between McGraw-Hill Professional, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, and Unbound Medicine, Harrison's On Hand brings a wide range of resources from Harrison's Manual of Medicine, Harrison's Online, and Lexi-Comp's Drug Information directly to the point of need. The service also provides search links back to additional in-depth content via the Internet in Harrison's Online.
MedAptus signs various partnerships to implement mobile charge capture and coding tool
Full ArticleMedAptus Inc., a health care information technology company providing point-of-care solutions for physicians, has established a referral partnership with Per-Se Technologies Inc., a provider of comprehensive business management outsourcing services, financial and clinical software solutions, and Internet-enabled connectivity for the health care industry. Under the agreement, MedAptus and Per-Se will jointly market the MedAptus mobile charge capture and coding solution to Per-Se Physician Services division's more than 15.000 physician clients.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Use of telehealth and telehomecare devices bound to get big in Japan
Full ArticleDuring the Telemedicine & Telecare International Trade Fair, which took place in Luxembourg last April, Masatsugu Tsuji, Professor of Economics at the Osaka University School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), provided a technological and economic assessment of the telemedicine and telecare system in Japan, its status of implementation, and the further development of new business models in the Japanese health care market.
Nurses and patients more than satisfied with Nova Scotia home telehealth pilot
Full ArticleCanada's largest home telehealth pilot has found that 95.5% of patients who received remote video conferencing homecare visits were satisfied with the home telehealth experience. The goal of the pilot, which brought together We Care Home Health Services nurses and clients in Halifax, Nova Scotia and broadband applications technology from March Networks, was to gauge client and nurse satisfaction, access to care, equivalence in quality of care, and potential cost savings in supplementing conventional homecare with remote home telehealth visits.
FDA-cleared AutoAmbulator clinically tested on patients with MS, stroke, and spinal cord injury
Full ArticleHealthSouth Corporation has received notification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearing the way for marketing the AutoAmbulator, a potentially groundbreaking therapy machine designed to assist patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury. The machine replicates a normal walking pattern to allow safe and efficient rehabilitation.
SPAM project receives multi-year funding to unveil protein structure and biological function
Full ArticleThe National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a $5.4 million, five-year grant to researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), and the Burnham Institute to develop a community resource for systematic protein annotation and modelling (SPAM). The resource will be located at SDSC, which has a record of delivering high quality services to the biology community, including housing the RCSB Protein Data Bank. The proposed public resource will complement the software and data resulting from the individual structural genomics centres as they undertake competitive high throughput structure determination.
GrangeNet consortium picks Cisco to equip largest R&D network in Australia
Full ArticleCisco Systems, specialised in networking for the Internet, has been selected as the networking equipment provider for the GrangeNet project, to create Australia's largest Research and Development network. GrangeNet which stands for GRid and Next GEneration Network, has been awarded a $14 million, 3-year grant by the Federal Government to develop and operate a very high-speed backbone network, linking universities and other public and private research facilities in Australia and overseas. GrangeNet will be integrated with other advanced research and education networking initiatives including Internet2 in the United States and CANARIE in Canada.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
University of Washington enhances Equator's BSP chips with computing functions to propel medical imaging
Full ArticleThe video processing power of Equator's Broadband Signal Processor (BSP) family of chips, which can perform up to 40 GOPs (billion operations per second), is propelling advances in medical imaging devices. Equator Technologies is a provider of video streaming and processing engines and platforms. Using Equator's chip, the University of Washington's (UW) Imaging Computing Systems Lab developed a range of image computing functions that enable Equator's software-programmable chips to support the specific requirements of various medical imaging modalities.
RSA Security partners with Siemens Medical, Citrix, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Full ArticleRSA Security Inc. is working with Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corporation to provide Siemens customers with security solutions that authenticate authorised users and govern access to its software applications hosted from Siemens' Malvern, Pennsylvania-based information services centre. In addition, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas selected RSA Security as its strategic partner to help enable secure health care operations and facilitate e-health initiatives. And Providence Health System has added RSA SecurID to Citrix NFuse Classic and Citrix Secure Gateway allowing secure access to critical patient information via the Internet.
Bracco Group opens Spin facility to produce contrast agent for diagnostic imaging
Full ArticleThe Bracco Group's new facility, Spin, for the production of contrast agents for diagnostic imaging has been inaugurated. The new site will produce X-ray contrast media. The Bracco Group has a market share of 33 percent. The new plant will employ some 100 highly skilled technicians. This production site in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region goes alongside with the plant at Cesano Maderno in Lombardy and represents an important investment confirming the industrial and technological commitment of the Bracco Group to Italy.
Medical document processing less time-consuming with FASTRACK-CareCert solution
Full ArticleTrac Medical Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of AuthentiDate Holding Corporation, and FASTRACK Healthcare Systems Inc., a provider of Microsoft Windows-based software solutions to home health care providers, have forged a strategic alliance to dramatically slash the time-to-completion of medical forms by connecting Trac Medical's Web-based forms processing with FASTRACK software which automates accounting, billing, inventory and patient care, among other functions.
Compaq adopts accelerated solution strategy to build momentum in health care
Full ArticleCompaq Computer Corporation's strategy to solve industry-specific problems with differentiated solutions is driving increased momentum in the health care marketplace. Compaq outlined a heightened strategic focus on key vertical markets including health care in a memorandum from CEO Michael Capellas last June 2001. Executing the strategy, the company organised vertically and marshaled resources to focus on health care providers and managed care organisations.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
HINE network builds on HIST study to anticipate ICT needs in European health care market
Full ArticleDuring 1999-2000, the Deloitte & Touche Health Centre of Excellence was commissioned by the European Directorate General for the Information Society with an analysis of the emerging European health telematics market, known as the Health Information Society Technology (HIST) study. As such, HIST is providing a review of all available statistics with regard to the use of ICT products and services in European health care. In a second phase running from 2001 to 2003, Deloitte & Touche, in collaboration with its British partner Silicon Bridge Research, has set up the Health Information Network Europe (HINE) project to meet the gaps in the European health ICT market, as unveiled in the HIST study. At the recent Telemedicine & Telecare International Trade Fair, held in Luxembourg, Véronique Lessens explained what HINE is all about.
MOEBIUS Mobile Extranet platform allows telemonitoring of patients with chronic disease
Full ArticleIn Switzerland, 15 percent of the population accounts for 90 percent of the expenditures in health care, according to Hans Fisher from MedGate. In close collaboration with the University Hospital of Basel and within the framework of the EC-funded IST project MOEBIUS, MedGate aims at establishing an integrated health care management and a system-oriented cost control to replace the current reactive and episode-oriented processing in disease management. Dr. Fisher gave an extended account of the MOEBIUS vision during one of the plenary sessions at the Telemedicine & Telecare International Trade Fair in Luxembourg.
E-Care project aims to generate wireless 3G medical services enhancing outpatients' mobility
Full ArticleDr. Andy Marsh, 3G Medicine session chair at the recent International Conference on Computational Science 2002, introduced the E-Care project, funded by the European Commission. The E-Care initiative proposes the development of a Medical Expert System for Continuity of Care and Healthy Lifestyle addressed to the elderly, as well as to adult and infant cancer patients in a step-by-step approach to "remove the wires" in the home monitoring process.
Telemedicine pilots showcased at the opening of the new British National e-Science Centre
Full ArticleThe opening of a new National e-Science Centre (NeSC), run jointly by the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, will spearhead the United Kingdom's work on major e-Science initiatives which require huge computing resources and collaboration between scientists and industrialists both in the United Kingdom and around the world. At the opening ceremony, some twenty pilot projects were showcased to prove how Grid Computing, using the combined power of distributed computers, could solve real-life e-Science challenges. A fair number of these demonstrators are situated in the medical field.
Finnish report to outline current status and future of computational medicine
Full ArticleThe Finnish Center for Scientific Computing (CSC) has published an overview on the current status of computational medicine and its challenges for the future. In this report, the term "computational medicine" refers to cross-disciplinary research performed to develop or apply computational methods in medicine or in fields closely related to it. Computational medicine also includes technology research that concentrates on development of medical applications.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Allina turns to Compaq for end-to-end storage solutions valued at $1.5 million
Full ArticleAllina, a family of hospitals, clinics, and care services offering a vast array of services and programmes for patients in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, chose Compaq technology as the foundation for a state-of-the-art messaging system that ensures not only the highest availability possible, but the scalability and flexibility necessary to protect Allina's IT investment in a fast growing industry.
McKesson to create "high-touch, high-tech" environment at Loudoun Hospital Center
Full ArticleLoudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg, Virginia, has chosen McKesson Corporation as its information technology partner to help automate and transform the hospital's clinical, revenue cycle and resource management processes. In addition to an integrated hospital information system, the $6 million contract calls for a wide range of McKesson solutions including Horizon Clinicals, the company's next-generation, integrated clinical offering for physicians and clinicians.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital implements Karl Storz custom-built surgical suites for minimally invasive procedures
Full ArticleKarl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc., specialised in diagnostic and operative endoscope technology, has installed two customised OR1 integrated operating rooms at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, the site of more than 25.000 operations every year and the most active surgery facility in the region. Surgeons will perform a wide range of advanced minimally invasive procedures in the facility, the first of its kind in Chicago and the upper Midwest.
Vanderbilt improves operating room efficiency linking wireless Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC to central server
Full ArticleVanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Tennessee has created more satisfying patient experiences while improving quality and cost efficiencies in surgical care with a new patient tracking and operating room management system developed and implemented by the medical centre's information technology staff. Technology from Compaq Computer Corporation is an integral part of the Web-based system, most notably in the form of iPAQ Pocket PCs linked wirelessly to a central server which stores the schedule of surgeries and patient information.
University of Pittsburgh cancer experts establish D3 company to centralise advanced radiotherapy
Full ArticleExperts in radiation therapy have formed a new company, D3 Advanced Radiation Planning Services, which will greatly improve patient access to a promising cancer treatment called IMRT, or intensity modulated radiation therapy. Co-founded by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health System, D3 will enable UPMC to rapidly implement IMRT throughout its extensive network of cancer centres which treat more than 25.000 patients annually.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Bon Secours Healthpartners Laboratories to expand number of Misys Clinical Suite systems
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, formerly Sunquest Information Systems Inc., an expert in health care IT, has signed a substantial agreement with Bon Secours Healthpartners Laboratories, located in central Virginia. The expanded pact builds upon an existing relationship and will double the number of Bon Secours laboratories supported by their Misys Laboratory system in central Virginia. The contract includes the addition of CoPathPlus anatomic pathology and Misys Clinical Financial systems. The collective Misys clinical product suite will streamline laboratory processes while efficiently managing all laboratory business activities.
GE Medical Systems unveils new gold standard in mobile and digital fluoroscopy
Full ArticleAt the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology's Annual Meeting, GE Medical Systems OEC, a unit of General Electric Company, introduced a new 1k x 1k mobile fluoroscopic digital imaging system for interventional and surgical imaging, the OEC 9800 Plus. The advanced technology of this new mobile system is expected to further help doctors positively impact patients' lives and reduce health care costs by offering enhanced image quality which can improve outcomes and shorten procedure times.
Brunel University trains future experts in telemedicine and eHealth systems
Full ArticleBrunel University has set up a programme to become Master of Sciences in Telemedicine and eHealth Systems. The course is organised by the Faculty of Technology and Information Systems at the Department of Information Systems and Computing (DISC). It aims at providing health care organisations and industry with experts who understand the principles of design, selection, procurement, installation, management, maintenance, and evaluation of both telemedicine and eHealth systems. The course programme consists of eight subject modules and a dissertation project.
EC promotes deep, lasting integration of excellence capacities in European research and industry with regard to new health systems and services
Full ArticleAt the recent ICCS 2002 Conference, Dr. Andreas Lymberis from the European Commission's Directorate General for the Information Society, co-organised the special session on 3G Medicine. In an introductory talk, Dr. Lymberis gave a short overview of present and future market trends in the area of mobile and wireless health care and also laid out EC plans for funding and setting up integrated projects and networks of excellence within the Sixth Framework Programme starting in 2003.
E-Ceptionist and TelBios partner to establish medical tele-consultation services across Europe and Africa
Full ArticleE-Ceptionist Inc. has signed an agreement with TelBios S.p.A., an Italian telemedicine and distance learning service provider, and will begin providing the E-Ceptionist Internet based appointment scheduling service to TelBios' network. E-Ceptionist allows TelBios' users to book medical tele-consultation and manage the e-health process between hospitals, general practitioners, nurses, and specialists.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Surgeons' 3D cinema in the operating theatre showcased in Tomorrow's World
Full ArticleThe BBC science programme Tomorrow's World recently featured a world first as a revolutionary new method of applying 3D computer graphics in the operating theatre developed at the University of Manchester was used by a surgeon for the first time. The system utilises computer graphics technology to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of cancer surgery by creating 3D images which surgeons can consult during surgery.
Computer Motion and Integrated Surgical Systems take initiative for stronger market integration of surgery robots
Full ArticleTwo surgical robotic system developers have taken substantial steps to further commercialise and market their products. Computer Motion Inc. has submitted a 510(k) to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the ZEUS MicroWrist Robotic Surgical System for laparoscopic surgery. Integrated Surgical Systems Inc., specialised in image-directed, semi-autonomous robotic products for surgical applications, has signed a major agreement to develop ROBODOC software for the Stryker knee prostheses.
Dutch Supercomputer Center SARA and GigaPort assist Glaucus in developing high throughput proteomics tools
Full ArticleGlaucus Proteomics BV has entered into agreements with SARA, a Dutch supercomputing facility, and GigaPort, a next generation Internet initiative which provides a state-of-the-art broadband network, also hosted in The Netherlands. These agreements are expected to provide the biocomputing capacity and connectivity to help with the development of novel tools and technologies for high throughput proteomic analysis and the rapid screening of antibody and small molecule drug candidates for improved specificity.
BeST Resident on-line training offers virtual university of surgical learning content for doctor students
Full ArticleEach year fewer medical students in the United States choose to become surgeons because of the severe lifestyle sacrifices required of surgical residents and by the profession. To help improve the daily lives of surgical residents and stem a growing crisis in surgical education, Harvard Medical International (HMI), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and Intuition, an e-learning company, have together created Basic electronic Surgical Training (BeST) Resident, the first international comprehensive on-line surgical training programme.
Computer Motion's Socrates System used in tele-urology procedure between Virginia and Berlin
Full ArticleSurgeons in Norfolk, Virginia and Berlin, Germany have completed a successful clinical case telecollaboration using Computer Motion's Socrates System. Michael Fabrizio, MD, with Devine-Tidewater Urology, and Ingolf Türk, MD, Universitätsklinikum Charité, used the system to collaboratively treat a patient undergoing urology surgery.
Immersion integrates Surgical Science's LapSim 1.5 software with Virtual Laparoscopic Simulator
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, has closed a strategic partnership to sell Surgical Science's LapSim Basic Skills 1.5 software bundled with Immersion's Virtual Laparoscopic simulator. This partnership will provide medical schools and teaching hospitals an alternative method of training doctors in the basic skills necessary to perform laparoscopy, surgery through a small opening in the body using a camera and instruments.
 

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