VMW Monthly - June 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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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 June 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Medication safety greatly enhanced through ePocatres handheld drug database, as Harvard study shows
IDX to integrate wireless barcode medication charting into Carecast and LastWord
Biometric fingerprint technologies and electronic signature to capture health care market
Pioneering VeriChip business model introduced to U.S. market with first "chipped" family
Medtronic monitoring network allows virtual office visits to doctors of cardiac patients
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Medical Missions for Children partners with Polycom to expand global tele-paediatric care network
VISICU's remote ICU service provides full-time electronic coverage to New York Metropolitan area
Military Health System uses Informatica's analytics software to remotely share and manage critical data
UC San Diego scientists create computational method to shorten time of new drugs development
Algotec to provide remote imaging facilities to Louisiana-based Delta Diagnostics' radiologists
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
XyLoc MD offers hospital staff personalised and secure access to medical records and applications
Philips Medical Systems to launch novelties in 3D rotational angiography and magnetic resonance imaging
Tenet and Viatronix sign preferred-vendor agreement for virtual colonoscopy technology
Affinity Health System selects WELLINX clinical management and electronic prescribing toolset for evidence-based medicine
Health care e-procurement platform takes shape in Europe through GHX/vamedis* partnership
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Pricing strategy and human resource training top priorities for European 3D imaging equipment vendors
Global Terabit Research Network inaugurated at European Commission Summit
Medical Future Innovations Awards 2002 grand prize goes to automated human tissue engineering
Dutch telecare projects need flexible funding and centralised co-ordination
University Hospital of Antwerp to invest in joystick surgery for minimally invasive procedures
 
The 21st century hospital
 
HealthSouth adds Surgical Information Systems to short list of partners designing the digital hospital
Smith & Nephew Endoscopy to become digital operating room partner for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Eisenhower Memorial Hospital applies Bridge's barcode technology to prevent medication and transfusion errors
QuadraMed Affinity System and InterSystems' CACHE speed HIS rollout time at Genesis Healthcare
Patient Safety Institute to test wireless communications network in two Washington State hospitals
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Psychiatrists live through lifelike schizophrenia experience in Virtual Reality bus ride
PracticeOne delivers improved medical practice work flow and productivity to Atlanta Gastroenterology
Baxter extends HomeChoice tele-dialysis system to children
InteGreat enhances Virtual Medical Record with Imaging module, rollout completed at Olmsted
Success of wireless networking in hospitals threatened by vulnerable security
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic surgery showcased in China by Stanford's Dr. Black, Dr. White launches surgical robotic programme at Montefiore
Gallbladder and pancreas procedures now trained and rehearsed with Immersion's new ERCP simulator module
Study shows Lifespex' biophotonic technology faster detects cervical cancer than traditional colposcopy
Pioneering anastomotic device technologies to set new standard in CABG procedures
Immersion Medical receives grant from NIH to develop haptic hysteroscopy training simulator
 

Leads June 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Medication safety greatly enhanced through ePocatres handheld drug database, as Harvard study shows
Full ArticleIn the first published study evaluating the clinical impact of handheld drug reference guides, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, demonstrated that ePocrates Rx, a popular evidence-based drug reference guide, may help doctors significantly reduce the incidence of medication errors. The Harvard study follows a widely publicised report by the Institute of Medicine that medication errors cause thousands of deaths each year.
IDX to integrate wireless barcode medication charting into Carecast and LastWord
Full ArticleIDX Systems Corporation has introduced wireless barcode capabilities, used for medication administration and electronic charting with its Carecast and LastWord clinical information systems. Barcode charting helps prevent medication errors by confirming that the right dose of the right drug is being administered to the right patient via the right route at the right time, and alerting the nurse at the time of administration if there are any discrepancies.
Biometric fingerprint technologies and electronic signature to capture health care market
Full ArticlePrecise Biometrics has established a partnership with the United States software provider nSuite Technologies. The agreement involves marketing and selling of nSuite's software PrivacyShell in combination with Precise Biometrics' fingerprint and smart card solutions. The companies will work together on new business opportunities within the health care market. In turn, Communication Intelligence Corporation (CIC), specialised in electronic signature, biometric verification, and natural input solutions and National Health Insurance Company (NHIC) have signed a licensing contract for Sign-it, CIC's biometric electronic signature software.
Pioneering VeriChip business model introduced to U.S. market with first "chipped" family
Full ArticleApplied Digital Solutions' VeriChip has successfully been launched in the United States market with the "chipping" of the Jacobs family and Nate Isaacson. The Global VeriChip Subscriber (GVS) Registry service supports VeriChip subscribers, authorised VeriChip centres and VeriChip System Affiliates such as hospitals, EMTs, search and rescue units, and urgent care clinics, by providing immediate access to vital subscriber information in an emergency.
Medtronic monitoring network allows virtual office visits to doctors of cardiac patients
Full ArticleIn addition to providing a unique way for cardiac patients and physicians to have "virtual office visits", the Medtronic CareLink Network also is easy to use, according to the first users of the system. After patients electronically transmitted information about their heart rhythm and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) using the Medtronic CareLink Monitor, 98 percent said the monitor was easy to use. Also, 97 percent of clinicians were satisfied with the Medtronic CareLink clinician Web site used to review and assess patient-transmitted data.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Medical Missions for Children partners with Polycom to expand global tele-paediatric care network
Full ArticlePolycom Inc., specialised in the convergence of interactive voice, video, data and Web communications, has signed a partnership with Medical Missions for Children (MMC) to provide video communications equipment, financial aid and technical support to expand the MMC Global Telemedicine and Learning Network. Through the use of the telemedicine network, MMC is elevating the level of paediatric care available to children with severe medical conditions living in medically underserved areas of the United States and foreign countries.
VISICU's remote ICU service provides full-time electronic coverage to New York Metropolitan area
Full ArticleVISICU Inc., the creator of the eICU, an advanced solution which improves critical care outcomes and costs, has signed a contract with NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. The eICU is a telemedicine network connecting critical care patients to a remote eICU command centre, staffed around-the-clock by board-certified intensivists and critical care nurses. The contract calls for two eICUs, one connecting 50 beds at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the other connecting 50 beds at NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Military Health System uses Informatica's analytics software to remotely share and manage critical data
Full ArticleThe Executive Information and Decision Support (EI/DS) Programme Office of the Military Health System (MHS), has selected Informatica PowerCenter, Informatica PowerChannel and Informatica PowerMart data integration software products for extracting and integrating critical data for analysis to help empower the effective management of military health care operations. The EI/DS Programme Office provides decision support information and tools used by MHS managers, clinicians, and analysts to manage the business of health care within the MHS, which serves a worldwide population of 8,4 million active-duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors.
UC San Diego scientists create computational method to shorten time of new drugs development
Full ArticleA new computational technique developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and reported in the May 22, 2002 Journal of the American Chemical Society provides a more realistic picture of how potential drugs and their molecular targets behave under normal conditions. The method models drug targets as flexible structures that stretch and bend at room temperatures rather than as rigid objects. The new approach is also much faster than laboratory methods and should complement them in shortening the time it takes to develop potent new drugs.
Algotec to provide remote imaging facilities to Louisiana-based Delta Diagnostics' radiologists
Full ArticleAlgotec, an innovative PACS and radiology image management company, has been selected by Delta Diagnostics a radiology sub-speciality practice from Slidell, Louisiana, to provide advanced telemedicine and remote communications linking all Delta locations. Delta provides on-site reading services in seven hospitals and clinics in the New Orleans area. With headquarters in Israel and fully owned marketing and sales subsidiaries in the United States, France, and Germany, Algotec's ImagiNet family of products are installed in more than 800 health care institutions worldwide.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
XyLoc MD offers hospital staff personalised and secure access to medical records and applications
Full ArticleEnsure Technologies, specialised in intelligent digital information security solutions, has showcased its XyLoc MD 3.0 product at the recent Towards an Electronic Patient Record (TEPR) Conference in Seattle. XyLoc MD was developed specifically for the health care industry, providing authorised health care workers with convenient, personalised access to hospital information and applications. XyLoc MD won the 2001 TEPR Award for Best Healthcare Security Solution and was a finalist for the same award this year.
Philips Medical Systems to launch novelties in 3D rotational angiography and magnetic resonance imaging
Full ArticlePhilips Medical Systems, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, is breaking new boundaries with its Integris 3D-RA rotational angiography interventional tool. The Integris 3D-RA is now compatible with the complete Integris Allura I.I. based series (9", 12" and 15"), which is unique in the market. The company also introduced the Intera I/T, an MR system for Intervention and Therapy.
Tenet and Viatronix sign preferred-vendor agreement for virtual colonoscopy technology
Full ArticleTenet Healthcare Corporation and Viatronix Inc. have signed a three-year, preferred-vendor agreement that will enable Tenet hospitals to offer the Viatronix V3D Virtual Colonoscopy System for colorectal cancer screening. Virtual colonoscopy is a new, innovative procedure which allows physicians to screen patients for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Affinity Health System selects WELLINX clinical management and electronic prescribing toolset for evidence-based medicine
Full ArticleWELLINX, creators of the first system providing evidence-based medicine (EBM) at the point of care via wireless or desktop computers, has signed an agreement with Affinity Health System to provide access to the WELLINX system. Through the agreement, Affinity physicians will offer patients the benefits of evidence-based medicine and electronic prescribing along with diagnosis specific, "print-on-demand" patient education materials. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Health care e-procurement platform takes shape in Europe through GHX/vamedis* partnership
Full ArticleGlobal Healthcare Exchange (GHX) Europe, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, has entered into an agreement with vamedis* AG. Both vamedis* and GHX Europe have been developing Internet-based trading exchanges enabling European hospitals and suppliers to conduct business together more efficiently through e-commerce. As a result of the agreement, vamedis*' suppliers will become members of GHX, expanding the range of suppliers and products available through GHX's e-procurement platform.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Pricing strategy and human resource training top priorities for European 3D imaging equipment vendors
Full ArticleThree-dimensional (3D) imaging continues to gain in popularity as the technology's advantages over two-dimensional (2D) and the broadening scope of clinical applicability become increasingly apparent. The European 3D imaging market, accruing revenues worth $386 million in 2001, is more hotly-contested than ever, attracting a host of new entrants and demonstrating significant technological advancements.
Global Terabit Research Network inaugurated at European Commission Summit
Full ArticleKey leaders in advanced networking from all over the world have inaugurated the Global Terabit Research Network during the Global Research Networking Summit and Géant Commissioning Event hosted by the European Commission and Géant/DANTE. The Global Terabit Research Network (GTRN) is an international partnership to establish a true worldwide next generation Internet to interconnect national and multi-national high speed research and education networks.
Medical Future Innovations Awards 2002 grand prize goes to automated human tissue engineering
Full ArticleA groundbreaking approach, developed by Dr. Chris Mason at University College London (UCL) to engineering human tissue using automated methods which could revolutionise cardiac surgery is the overall winner of the Medical Futures Innovations Awards 2002. In total, ten Awards were offered by the organisation to pioneering health care solutions in the fields of robotic surgery, mobile monitoring, telemedicine, virtual colonoscopy, medical device and drugs design.
Dutch telecare projects need flexible funding and centralised co-ordination
Full ArticleThe Dutch Electronic-Highway Platform (EPN) has made an inventory of telecare projects in The Netherlands. The use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tends to reduce the pressure on health care professionals, saves time and delivers better quality for the patient. The research is based on seven projects in which tele-consultation facilities between dermatologists, general practitioners, physiotherapists, ophthalmologists, and radiologists are playing a key role. Projects in Almere, Salland, and the Gouda region serve as leading models but the overall co-ordination in Dutch telecare still has to be improved.
University Hospital of Antwerp to invest in joystick surgery for minimally invasive procedures
Full ArticleThe University Hospital of Antwerp (UZA) in Belgium, is the very first hospital in Flanders to acquire a da Vinci robotic surgery system from Intuitive Surgical for minimally invasive interventions. Since a few weeks, the system has been installed in the operating theatre. In a first phase, the da Vinci robot will be used for abdominal procedures including gall-bladder, esophagus, and stomach. In a later stage, the robot will assist the surgeons in cardiac interventions, transplantations, gynaecology, and urology, such as, for instance, prostate operations.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
HealthSouth adds Surgical Information Systems to short list of partners designing the digital hospital
Full ArticleHealthSouth Corporation of Birmingham, Alabama, has contracted to deploy the entire Surgical Information Systems suite of peri-operative software to manage the surgery department of its groundbreaking digital hospital. The health care giant will begin installing the software in the 23 operating rooms at the existing HealthSouth Medical Center in Birmingham, and will then include it into the 219-bed digital facility which will replace the current hospital, which is expected to be complete by early 2004.
Smith & Nephew Endoscopy to become digital operating room partner for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Full ArticleSmith & Nephew Inc., Endoscopy Division, a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc, and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), a pre-eminent academic medical centre, have signed a partnership under which Smith & Nephew Endoscopy will utilise cutting-edge and emerging technologies to develop 12 custom-designed, integrated endoscopic digital operating rooms (Digital OR) for WFUBMC.
Eisenhower Memorial Hospital applies Bridge's barcode technology to prevent medication and transfusion errors
Full ArticleEisenhower Medical Center (EMC) will embark on a programme to use barcode technology to intercept both medication and blood transfusion errors at the hospital bedside. EMC has contracted to begin deploying Bridge Medical's MedPoint patient safety software system at its 261-bed Eisenhower Memorial Hospital. In addition to Eisenhower Memorial, the Coachella Valley's only not-for-profit hospital, EMC also includes the Betty Ford Center, Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, and Annenberg Center for Health Sciences.
QuadraMed Affinity System and InterSystems' CACHE speed HIS rollout time at Genesis Healthcare
Full ArticleGenesis HealthCare System has gone live with Web-based QuadraMed Affinity applications built on CACHE, a post-relational database with a multi-dimensional data and application server offering ultra-fast and massively scalable objects and SQL. CACHE, developed by InterSystems Corporation, features breakthrough rapid development technology for building objects and object applications in health care.
Patient Safety Institute to test wireless communications network in two Washington State hospitals
Full ArticleThe Patient Safety Institute (PSI) has selected two hospital sites based on their community leadership and patient-centric focus to demonstrate PSI's VISA-like communications network. PSI is a non-profit, voluntary, collaborative initiative formed to establish a technology-based patient safety and health care information solution. Based on the results from the demonstration sites, PSI anticipates a national rollout of the PSI system in 2003.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Psychiatrists live through lifelike schizophrenia experience in Virtual Reality bus ride
Full ArticleAt the recent 155th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, attendees could see first-hand what happens inside the mind of a person with schizophrenia. The realistic virtual reality experience puts participants on a city bus and surrounds them with the sights and sounds seen and heard by a person with schizophrenia.
PracticeOne delivers improved medical practice work flow and productivity to Atlanta Gastroenterology
Full ArticleAtlanta Gastroenterology Associates (AGA) has selected the PracticeOne health care management applications for improved communication, work flow, and automation among 12 offices and 27 physicians in North Georgia. AGA will initially implement PracticeOne's practice management component which enables physicians to improve administrative efficiencies, maximise service reimbursement, and improve patient satisfaction.
Baxter extends HomeChoice tele-dialysis system to children
Full ArticleBaxter Healthcare has launched its HomeChoice Paediatric automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) system in the United Kingdom which means that babies and young children with renal failure will now be able to have their dialysis at home whilst they sleep. Baxter's automated peritoneal dialysis machine is a lightweight, compact device which cleanses the blood overnight while the patient sleeps. More than 700.000 people worldwide currently use dialysis to cleanse their blood of waste, toxins and excess water, a role normally performed by healthy kidneys.
InteGreat enhances Virtual Medical Record with Imaging module, rollout completed at Olmsted
Full ArticleInteGreat Inc. and Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, Minnesota, have completed implementation of the first phase of InteGreat's Virtual Medical Record (VMR) system with over 120 clinicians, all supporting nursing staff, as well as patient accounting, quality services, and other support staff. In the meanwhile, InteGreat has also made available VMR:Imaging, an optional module for the Virtual Medical Record which gives clinicians access to images of patient documents via a Web browser.
Success of wireless networking in hospitals threatened by vulnerable security
Full ArticleWireless technology has finally made its way into the hospital environment. However, data security issues have forced health care facilities to rethink the prudence of investing in mobile telecommunications systems. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan in a study called Wireless Local Area Network Markets for U.S. Hospitals, reveals this industry generated revenues exceeding $193 million in 2001 and is projected to near $295 million by 2005.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic surgery showcased in China by Stanford's Dr. Black, Dr. White launches surgical robotic programme at Montefiore
Full ArticleComputer Motion Inc., a developer of surgical robotic systems serving over 900 customers and 3000 surgeons in 32 countries, is working with Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, to provide significant educational and technical support for the establishment of a robotic centre of excellence for surgical procedure development and physician training programmes. The company also delivered robotic equipment for a series of paediatric robotic cardiac surgeries which were performed at three hospitals in China under the guidance of Dr. Michael D. Black, Chief of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.
Gallbladder and pancreas procedures now trained and rehearsed with Immersion's new ERCP simulator module
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, has made available its ERCP training module for the AccuTouch Endoscopy Simulator, which will help clinicians acquire, maintain, and measure ERCP skills without putting patients at risk. Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography, referred to as ERCP, is a minimally invasive procedure which allows doctors to diagnose and treat disorders of the gallbladder and pancreas.
Study shows Lifespex' biophotonic technology faster detects cervical cancer than traditional colposcopy
Full ArticleThe results of a major new study on cervical cancer management show that LifeSpex Inc.'s Cerviscan system found significant high-grade cervical disease missed by expert colposcopy. The study was presented recently at the Second International Conference in Cervical Cancer in Houston, Texas, a conference sponsored by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute.
Pioneering anastomotic device technologies to set new standard in CABG procedures
Full ArticleAt the recently held 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), two anastomotic products used in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures drew the attention of the audience. Coalescent Surgical's U-CLIP anastomotic device and Ventrica's anastomotic connector, the Magnetic Vascular Positioner (MVP), have successfully been tested in a series of clinical trials. Both new tools allow surgeons to perform complex high-quality distal coronary anastomoses on a beating heart.
Immersion Medical receives grant from NIH to develop haptic hysteroscopy training simulator
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, has received a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to further develop its haptic training simulator for diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy. Hysteroscopy is a procedure that involves looking into the cavity of the uterus with a thin optical instrument, or hysteroscope, to help evaluate patients with various gynaecologic conditions. During the procedure, the physician can introduce various tools alongside the hysteroscope to correct uterine abnormalities, remove tumours, and even remove the entire uterine lining.
 

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