VMW Monthly - July 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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Contents July 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Pros and cons of wireless technology in health care addressed in new HIMSS publication
Humility of Mary Health Partners first to benefit from Palm-McKesson's mobile care partnership
NovaSync partners with InterSystems to build mobile health care applications on Cache database
Cybernet Medical awarded patent for in-home patient monitoring technology and equipment
Microvision and ViTel Net promote head-up hands-free Nomad Personal Display in hospital environment
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New version of March Networks Home Telehealth Solution to be tested in upcoming diabetes pilot
Ultrasound and satellite technologies bring live cardiac images from field to hospital in Texas
Medem starts Online Consultation offering secure e-mail service between doctors and patients
Entelos' PhysioLab simulation technology introduced to participants of Diabetes Research Forum
Matria and Healthplan Southeast to sign contract for obstetrical disease management programme
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Toshiba awarded Veterans Administration contract to supply multi-slice CT scanner systems
4SC, the Institute for Systems Biology and Molecular Mining Team partner with IBM to advance drug discovery
Datatrak to facilitate clinical trial process using Electronic Data Capture
Easy Web to introduce Elanza video-conferencing products into health care market
Aptilon Health's ReachNet e-markets medical services to MedLink's physician subscribers
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
World of genetic engineered people not so brave as one might expect?
The roots of Grid computing in Europe lie in broadband networking projects
Isabel tool to deliver on-line diagnostic support in paediatrics
TelBios to license RealTimeImage's iPACS for worldwide medical tele-consultations
Spanish teleconsultation pilot in Extremadura shows great promise for future expansion
 
The 21st century hospital
 
NYU Medical Center to select Siemens as only vendor for major radiologic imaging programme
FocalSim CT-integrated virtual simulation software implemented at Gibbs and Lynn Regional Cancer Centers
Wire One's videoconference tools enable telehealth training and remote consultation at St. Vincent
Staten Island University Hospital selects GiantLoop to expand bandwidth for advanced tele-implementations
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center installs advanced VNCI video equipment in renovated operating rooms
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Imaging Diagnostic to install advanced CT Laser Mammography system in Harrington Cancer Center
AuntMinnie.com introduces Virtual Colonoscopy Digital Community sponsored by E-Z-EM
Freshly launched newsletter prepares hospital managers for HIPAA and e-Health implementation
Walker Group makes home health monitoring first target market for PenFlow powered biometric signature
LifeScore's 3D Health Programme to focus on preventive medicine
 
VMWC news bites
 
CyberKnife to ablate brain tumours in infants and children using non-invasive radiosurgery
"Digital microscopes" help future dentists at University of Michigan grow familiar with histopathology
Lifespan's robotic microscope uses Artificial Intelligence for automated pathology image screening and processing
Dynamic process of neurodegeneration in Huntington's disease detected with robotic microscope
Patent Office rulings in surgery robot trial between Intuitive Surgical and Computer Motion
 

Leads July 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Pros and cons of wireless technology in health care addressed in new HIMSS publication
Full ArticleFrom physicians toting cell phones and pagers to other health care professionals using their personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other wireless devices, a technological revolution has taken place in health care. Visit any hospital or medical practice today and the widespread adoption of wireless technology is clear. But is the greatest potential of wireless technology yet to be achieved in this arena? According to a new book, only just released by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), that answer is a definitive yes.
Humility of Mary Health Partners first to benefit from Palm-McKesson's mobile care partnership
Full ArticlePalm Inc., a provider of handheld computers, has signed a strategic, two-year alliance with McKesson Corporation, a provider of supply, information and care management solutions to the health care industry. The agreement combines the strength of these two companies to offer health care organisations and professionals mobile and wireless access to the critical clinical information they need to make the best possible patient-care decisions.
NovaSync partners with InterSystems to build mobile health care applications on Cache database
Full ArticleNovaSync Corporation has signed an agreement with InterSystems Corporation to incorporate InterSystems' Cache database into NovaSync's suite of mobile health care applications which include Pocket Point of Care, Home Care Planner and Resident Tracker. By integrating the high performance Cache database with NovaSync's powerful, easy to use PDA and tablet-based health care solutions, NovaSync plans to deliver a suite of superior enterprise-grade mobile applications which address key issues large health care organisations face when undertaking mobile initiatives such as database security, stability, and scalability.
Cybernet Medical awarded patent for in-home patient monitoring technology and equipment
Full ArticleCybernet Medical, a developer of biometric monitoring technology and medical devices for outpatient care, has been granted the award of U.S. patent 6,375,614 covering the broad implementation of a variety of Internet-enabled medical products and the data services which support them. The Cybernet Medical patent continuation, awarded April 23, 2002, includes the innovative use of Internet and wireless connectivity for portable physiological measurement instruments like EEG, EKG, weight, blood pressure, temperature, peak flow and respiration volume, pulse oximetry and other systems.
Microvision and ViTel Net promote head-up hands-free Nomad Personal Display in hospital environment
Full ArticleViTel Net, a developer of telemedicine solutions, has signed a contract with Microvision Inc. to be a co-marketing partner and value added reseller for the Nomad Personal Display System. Both companies will collaborate on solutions which combine ViTel Net's Total Enterprise Telemedicine Solutions or wireless hospital information systems with Microvision's Nomad Personal Display System. Microvision has announced the signing of fifteen channel partners in the past ninety days.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New version of March Networks Home Telehealth Solution to be tested in upcoming diabetes pilot
Full ArticleMarch Networks, a developer of broadband IP voice, video and data applications, has demonstrated its Home Telehealth Solution during the Telemed Live "Theatre of Operations" at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual meeting. The March Networks Home Telehealth Solution demonstration over DSL broadband connections took place on Tuesday, June 4 and showcased a real time visit between a remote "patient" in Los Angeles and a "nurse" in Ottawa, Canada.
Ultrasound and satellite technologies bring live cardiac images from field to hospital in Texas
Full ArticleAt the American Society of Echocardiography's 13th Annual Scientific Sessions, doctors from the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston and engineers from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio presented new research with regard to the wireless and remote transmission of live ultrasound images from the field to the hospital. This diagnostic technique is a new use of telemedicine to assist in medical diagnosis and treatment during a mass casualty situation.
Medem starts Online Consultation offering secure e-mail service between doctors and patients
Full ArticleMedem, the secure on-line physician network founded by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the United States' medical societies, has launched Online Consultation, a revolutionary service which delivers patient savings, quality care, and direct payment to Medem's 83.000 physician users through secure e-mail with patients. The new Online Consultation service connects patients to their own doctor on a secure network, thereby meeting the exploding patient demand, and expectation, for on-line physician access.
Entelos' PhysioLab simulation technology introduced to participants of Diabetes Research Forum
Full ArticleThe American Diabetes Association and Menlo Park-based biotechnology firm Entelos Inc. have selected the first participant to join the Diabetes Research Forum. Their choice fell on Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development L.L.C. The Forum is a groundbreaking scientific collaboration to advance research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of type 2 diabetes. Research conducted by the Forum will be provided to a select number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The announcement was made in San Francisco at the Association's 62nd Annual Scientific Sessions.
Matria and Healthplan Southeast to sign contract for obstetrical disease management programme
Full ArticleMatria Healthcare Inc. and Healthplan Southeast have reached an agreement for Matria to provide comprehensive obstetrical disease management services for Healthplan Southeast members. The agreement spans the entire Healthplan Southeast membership in the State of Florida and utilises all components of Matria's proprietary disease management system, TRAX. The TRAX technology platform allows for seamless data integration and connectivity and secure data access between the Healthplan Southeast case managers, the participants in the programme, the physicians, and Matria's clinical and administrative staff.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Toshiba awarded Veterans Administration contract to supply multi-slice CT scanner systems
Full ArticleToshiba America Medical Systems Inc. (TAMS) has been awarded a contract from the Veterans Administration National Acquisition Center (VANAC) to supply its multi-slice Aquilion, a powerful Computed Tomographyy scanner system, to the VA's 170 medical centres and other federal agencies worldwide. The agreement covers a one-year period and may be extended up to a total of five years. Under the terms of the contract, Veterans Administration facilities, as well as other federal hospitals, can purchase CT scanner systems directly from TAMS through the VANAC.
4SC, the Institute for Systems Biology and Molecular Mining Team partner with IBM to advance drug discovery
Full ArticleIBM seems to be cruising the life sciences highway with its powerful solutions for the biotechnology, genomic, e-health, and pharmaceutical markets. The biotechnology company 4SC AG has decided to use IBM Linux Cluster technology for drug discovery. The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) has selected IBM to provide its infrastructure technology. In addition, IBM and Molecular Mining Corporation (MMC) will collaborate on technology offerings which can help researchers analyse gene and protein expressions, discover relationships among the data to diseases, and predict drug responses.
Datatrak to facilitate clinical trial process using Electronic Data Capture
Full ArticleDatatrak International Inc., an Application Service Provider (ASP) in the Electronic Data Capture (EDC) industry, is co-operating with DaVita Clinical Research, a subsidiary of DaVita Inc. and MedTox Scientific Inc. to optimise the integration of clinical trial data between clinical research sites and reference laboratories. MedTox Scientific provides products and services for central laboratory and bio-analytical testing for pharmaceutical clinical trials. DaVita Clinical Research is a provider of research services to the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, Datatrak EDC has also been selected as the preferred product suite for implementation in clinical trials for an oncology division of a top twenty global pharmaceutical company.
Easy Web to introduce Elanza video-conferencing products into health care market
Full ArticleTelco-Technology Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with respect to its proposed acquisition of an 80 percent interest in Easy Web Communications Inc., a privately held corporation engaged in the marketing and sales of Internet appliances. Easy Web Communications is party to a definitive agreement with Elanza Technologies Inc., the supplier and original equipment manufacturer of the Elanza Webphone, Elanza Webpad, and the Elanza Web-VideoPhone. Under this agreement, Easy Web has the exclusive North American distribution rights for all three products within the health care market.
Aptilon Health's ReachNet e-markets medical services to MedLink's physician subscribers
Full ArticleMedLink Corporation, producer and electronic publisher of clinical information services for physicians, has signed a two-year agreement with Aptilon Health. This agreement makes MedLink one of the newest Aptilon Health ReachNet partners. The ReachNet is a network including health-related Web sites which serves as a channel for pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies to effectively and quickly recruit health professionals for integrated e-marketing programmes that drive sales.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
World of genetic engineered people not so brave as one might expect?
Full ArticleJens Reich, biologist at the Max-Delbrück Center of Molecular Medicine in Berlin, probably held the most philosophical and ethical related talk among the presentations at the International Supercomputer Conference 2002. Sketching the roots, history, and political implications of man's ultimate dream to create the perfect human race, Dr. Reich acknowledged possible useful developments in future genetic engineering but doubted the need to generate a perfect human being in what might turn out to be an individual existence in a not all that perfect society.
The roots of Grid computing in Europe lie in broadband networking projects
Full ArticleDomenico Laforenza from the Advanced Computing Department at the Institute of the Italian National Research Council and also attached to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pisa, offered the audience at the recent International Supercomputer Conference an overview with regard to the current status of Grid computing in Europe.
Isabel tool to deliver on-line diagnostic support in paediatrics
Full ArticleAutonomy Corporation plc has launched the Isabel clinical decision support system for medical professionals, which is based on Autonomy's sophisticated infrastructure software. Isabel aims to bridge the knowledge gap that exists in many health systems, notably that most of the critical knowledge and experience resides with senior consultants in hospitals and not with the doctors who first examine patients.
TelBios to license RealTimeImage's iPACS for worldwide medical tele-consultations
Full ArticleRealTimeImage, the international innovator of Internet-based medical image streaming technology, has signed a licensing agreement with the Italian company TelBios S.p.A., a telemedicine and distance learning service provider, for the use of RealTime's iPACS technology in its worldwide medical communications network. With the addition of iPACS, TelBios offers customers a complete virtual diagnostic consultation service, which allows physicians in remote locations to view medical images over the Internet in the same quality and resolution as the originals in real time.
Spanish teleconsultation pilot in Extremadura shows great promise for future expansion
Full ArticleOn April 12, 2002, a Grand Opening Celebration in Extremadura, Spain was organised to publicly acknowledge the profound success of a telemedicine pilot. Participants in the celebration included political, business, and health care leaders from the region of Extremadura, invited leaders throughout Europe, and members of the community and local health care system. The Provincial Hospital San Sebastian of Badajoz, ViTel Net, and Videomed sponsored the telemedicine pilot. Teleconsultations in dermatology, cardiology, radiology and vascular surgery are being conducted between the Health Center of Olivenza and the Provincial Hospital San Sebastian.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
NYU Medical Center to select Siemens as only vendor for major radiologic imaging programme
Full ArticleNew York University (NYU) Medical Center has entered into a strategic alliance with Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., designed to establish the academic medical centre as one of the nation's pre-eminent institutions for imaging in clinical care and scientific research. The landmark agreement will bring to NYU Medical Center a broad array of state-of-the-art imaging equipment which, collectively, will provide patients with access to the best diagnostic tools available and will provide researchers with cutting-edge technology to advance the applications of imaging in nearly every field of medicine.
FocalSim CT-integrated virtual simulation software implemented at Gibbs and Lynn Regional Cancer Centers
Full ArticleComputerized Medical Systems Inc. (CMS) along with Gibbs Regional Cancer Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Lynn Regional Cancer Center, Boca Raton, Florida introduced the first clinical use of FocalSim, the PC-based virtual simulation software. The cancer centres demonstrated seamless integration of the Computed Tomography (CT), FocalSim, and their CMS' FOCUS treatment planning system.
Wire One's videoconference tools enable telehealth training and remote consultation at St. Vincent
Full ArticleSt. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana, has become the first organisation to conduct international telehealth training using Wire One's Glowpoint network. With technical assistance from Wire One's video bridging department in Camarillo, California, Dr. David Jackson, Medical Director of Maternal and Foetal Medicine at St. Vincent Healthcare and a private practitioner at the Foetal Diagnostic Center in Billings, participated in a videoconference with the Interuniversity Hospital in Dubrovnik, Croatia, as part of one of Europe's largest conferences on medical ultrasounds.
Staten Island University Hospital selects GiantLoop to expand bandwidth for advanced tele-implementations
Full ArticleGiantLoop Network, a provider of data centre networking services and software, is providing a comprehensive optical networking solution to Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), a 780-bed teaching health care system located in Staten Island, New York. This new solution will dramatically increase network capacity between SIUH facilities, allowing the hospital to deploy new bandwidth-intensive health care applications like teleradiology, video-conferencing, and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS).
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center installs advanced VNCI video equipment in renovated operating rooms
Full ArticleVideo Network Communications Inc. (VNCI), an expert in visual networking solutions, has deployed its video networking technology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) as part of a new programme offering numerous clinical advantages to cancer patients. In the initial installation, VNCI video technology is integrated into one of two extensively renovated operating rooms which feature the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art video equipment.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Imaging Diagnostic to install advanced CT Laser Mammography system in Harrington Cancer Center
Full ArticleImaging Diagnostic Systems Inc. has installed its Computed Tomography Laser Mammography (CTLM) system at the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, a Comprehensive Breast Center located in Amarillo, Texas, under the FDA-approved IDE programme. This programme permits the company to place ten systems in key geographic locations, recoup equipment and installation costs, collect clinical data, and construct the clinical atlas.
AuntMinnie.com introduces Virtual Colonoscopy Digital Community sponsored by E-Z-EM
Full ArticleAuntMinnie.com, one of the fastest-growing on-line resources for radiology professionals worldwide, has launched its new Virtual Colonoscopy Digital Community. This feature is designed to deliver customised, targeted colon diagnostic technology content to the medical imaging community via the AuntMinnie.com Web site. The new Virtual Colonoscopy Digital Community has been made possible through the sponsorship of E-Z-EM Inc., an international designer, manufacturer and marketing promotor of contrast media for gastro-intestinal tract radiography.
Freshly launched newsletter prepares hospital managers for HIPAA and e-Health implementation
Full ArticleIngenix, an expert in health intelligence and decision-support tools, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), a membership organisation representing more than 31.000 health care financial managers, are releasing the HIPAA and e-Health for Facility Management newsletter.
Walker Group makes home health monitoring first target market for PenFlow powered biometric signature
Full ArticleSecurity Biometrics Inc. has signed a Vertical Distribution Agreement with the Walker Group to market and distribute its biometric signature authentication solutions powered by PenFlow to specific vertical markets in North America. The Walker Group will be focusing on several vertical markets, the first being to provide Medical Secure, a biometric signature authorisation and document access control solution for P2P Health Systems, an in home health monitoring system.
LifeScore's 3D Health Programme to focus on preventive medicine
Full ArticleLifeScore, a preventive medicine and imaging centre, has unveiled an innovative health care programme which involves patient, doctor, and medical technology in a new preventive health care relationship. The new 3D programme stands for Discover, Design, and Do: patients take advantage of new technology to discover the earliest stages of possible disease, consult with both physician and clinic to design preventive care programmes, and then do what is necessary to manage their health.
 
VMWC news bites
 
CyberKnife to ablate brain tumours in infants and children using non-invasive radiosurgery
Full ArticlePhysicians at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have used Accuray's CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System to treat infants with brain tumours for the first time in the United States. The benefits of radiosurgery, which involves delivery of high doses of accurately targeted radiation to non-invasively ablate tumours, have not been available to infants and very young children in the past because of limitations of existing commercially available radiosurgical systems.
"Digital microscopes" help future dentists at University of Michigan grow familiar with histopathology
Full ArticleThe conventional light microscope may soon become the next historical artifact found in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's Gordon H. Sindecuse Museum. Dental students who have been using the device in some of their classes are now benefiting from the latest technology instead. Dr. Carl Hanks, a professor in the Department of Oral Medicine, Pathology, and Oncology and Dr. Nisha D'Silva, an assistant professor in the same department, are developing a 21st century approach to learning histopathology. They are creating a "virtual textbook" which allows dental students to learn about pathology and histology in a novel way.
Lifespan's robotic microscope uses Artificial Intelligence for automated pathology image screening and processing
Full ArticleA new robotic microscope system, capable of capturing and analysing many thousands of images per day, is dramatically accelerating analysis of gene and protein expression at the cellular level, according to scientists at LifeSpan BioSciences. The company, which invented the new automated image capture and analysis system, recently deployed the first of its robotic microscopes in its molecular pathology and tissue proteomics efforts. It plans to deploy three additional systems in the coming months.
Dynamic process of neurodegeneration in Huntington's disease detected with robotic microscope
Full ArticleSteven Finkbeiner, MD, PhD, investigator in the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) assistant professor of neurology and physiology has invented a robotic microscope. Dr. Finkbeiner's brainchild is opening the way for scientists to track changes in cells over time as genes are expressed and the resulting proteins go into action. Tracking this dynamic process is extremely difficult using conventional techniques. Part of the problem has been the cells' need for the warmth and atmosphere of an incubator such that cells can only be taken out and viewed for brief periods of time.
Patent Office rulings in surgery robot trial between Intuitive Surgical and Computer Motion
Full ArticleThe United States Patent Office (PTO) has entered final judgment in Intuitive Surgical's favour in the interference proceeding involving Computer Motion's 5,855,583 patent. As a result of that judgment, subject to Computer Motion's right to appeal, Computer Motion has lost its rights to all 15 claims of the 583 patent, and Intuitive is entitled to claim for itself the invention concerning proportional movement of articulating robotic surgical instruments.
 

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