VMW Monthly - September 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 September 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Physician practice selects Dictaphone's GoMD handheld charge capture and dictation with voice recognition
Severn Healthcare expands use of Webversa's voice technology software for mobile service reporting
Nonin Medical and Penell A/S in agreement to develop first Bluetooth-enabled pulse oximeter
Skyscape and Thomson Healthcare team to bring Skyscape PDRDrugs to handheld devices
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Michigan awards Photonix Imaging with holography contract for Visible Human and Iceman projects
National Alliance for Health Information Technology to establish IT standards for mobile computing
Radiology Corporation of America educates medical industry on PET scanning through MindBlazer's Webcasting
URAC to accredit first six disease management services companies and another 15 health Web sites
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Agilent and AxCell use IBM database technology for faster drug discovery
HyperORTHO Wear newest feature in Rogan's pre-operative orthopaedic surgery software
PracticeOne selects Interliant to host its ASP-based health care management applications
CareDecision Medicius merger, patents and trademarks propel medical PDA innovator to e-Health forefront
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Medicinsk Rontgen's radiology services to be digitised by Sectra
Precise Biometrics and ORGA partner to bring smart card technology to Health and ID markets
TimTem telemedicine workstation pilot on Tilos model for remote island tele-consultation
Symbol's Wireless Technology brings real time records to the patient's bedside in Austria
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Sutter Health to invest in life saving eICU technology and medication delivery
Pitt County Memorial Hospital selects Heartlab's Encompass Cardiac Network for multi-modality image management
Novell Secure Identity Management puts critical information at Mount Sinai NYU Health's physicians' fingertips
Loma Linda University Medical Center to implement Overland's Neo Series storage technology
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Computer-aided surgery products market bound to reach $2.6 billion by 2010
Abbott Northwestern installs fully-integrated, voice-controlled operating room of the future
U.S. Army awards Microvision addition to wearable display for mobile medics contract
Tufts Health Plan and AdvancePCS release results of electronic prescribing study
 
VMWC news bites
 
Hollywood visualisation software generates 3D images of animated beating heart
Academic and industry partners launch medical robotic and technology centre at UCLA
Teleradiology system for stroke unit in Rhineland-Palatinate builds on CHILI solution
Fonix Text-To-Speech integration with portable DYNAwrite device voice-enables speech-impaired individuals
 

Leads September 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Physician practice selects Dictaphone's GoMD handheld charge capture and dictation with voice recognition
Full ArticleBridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates (BGPMA) has entered into a joint, multi-year agreement with Dictaphone Corporation and MedAptus Inc. to implement a comprehensive point-of-care documentation solution which combines Dictaphone's GoMD suite of handheld charge capture and dictation applications with its Enterprise Express dictation and EXSpeech speech recognition systems. This solution, which integrates the ease and accuracy of point-of-care charge capture with the labour-savings and efficiency of speech recognition, will be rolled-out to BGPMA's approximately 80 multi-speciality physicians and providers across the group's four outpatient locations south of Boston, Massachusetts.
Severn Healthcare expands use of Webversa's voice technology software for mobile service reporting
Full ArticleSevern Healthcare Provider Services (SHPS) Inc., a home health care management service, has expanded its use of Webversa's Mobile Enterprise Platform (MEP) to enable all of its network providers to report service delivery in real time from the field by using a wired or wireless telephone. SHPS provides comprehensive home care management services to area members of health plans throughout the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Provider services include home nursing, respiratory therapy, medical equipment, and infusion therapy.
Nonin Medical and Penell A/S in agreement to develop first Bluetooth-enabled pulse oximeter
Full ArticleNonin Medical Inc., developer and manufacturer of innovative pulse oximetry and other medical monitoring technologies, has signed an agreement with Penell A/S of Denmark, a supplier of wireless solutions for medical devices, under which the two companies will develop the next generation in pulse oximetry: wireless monitoring using Bluetooth technology.
Skyscape and Thomson Healthcare team to bring Skyscape PDRDrugs to handheld devices
Full ArticleSkyscape Inc., a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has signed a partnership with Thomson Healthcare, publisher of the popular Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) for doctors. Skyscape has electronically enhanced the PDR guide to enable it for both Pocket PC and Palm handheld devices creating Skyscape PDRDrugs, giving medical professionals access to critical drug information at the point of care.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Michigan awards Photonix Imaging with holography contract for Visible Human and Iceman projects
Full ArticlePhotonix Imaging Inc., developer of a patented Light Valve technique in digital holography, has been awarded a contract by the University of Michigan (UM) to produce multiple holograms for two globally recognised Life Science endeavours. The Visible Human Project (VHP) and the Iceman Project holograms demonstrate the benefits of use of the Light Valve holographic process in viewing bioinformatic data. The company's process, capable of up to 2' square high-resolution holograms, represents significant holography industry breakthroughs in time, quality, cost, and technique.
National Alliance for Health Information Technology to establish IT standards for mobile computing
Full ArticlePatientKeeper Inc., transforming the delivery of health care through mobile technology, has assumed its position as a founding member of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT), a newly formed coalition organised to develop voluntary standards for health information technology (IT), and ultimately to improve patient care and health care delivery. As a founding member of the Alliance, PatientKeeper will leverage its commitment to establishing open IT standards for mobile computing.
Radiology Corporation of America educates medical industry on PET scanning through MindBlazer's Webcasting
Full ArticleRadiology Corporation of America (RCOA), a provider of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging services, is committing to a unique Webcast solution for providing clinical and technical education to referring physicians. RCOA has selected MindBlazer Inc. to deliver Webcasting strategy, development and production. The initial Webcast modules will be launched at the end of August 2002, with additional content added on a regular basis.
URAC to accredit first six disease management services companies and another 15 health Web sites
Full ArticleURAC, the Washington D.C.-based health accreditation organisation, has named six companies which have been accredited under its new Disease Management Standards, a programme designed to empower patients by giving them an expanded role in managing their own chronic diseases. URAC also announced that 15 more health Web sites have achieved accreditation under URAC's Health Web Site Accreditation programme. The newly accredited sites include some of the largest and busiest health plan Web sites, providing services to 14,5 million members.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Agilent and AxCell use IBM database technology for faster drug discovery
Full ArticleAgilent Technologies Inc. and IBM have signed an agreement to bring together complementary technologies to create an informatics system designed to help accelerate drug discovery and development. Through the agreement, the companies will collaborate to make IBM's DiscoveryLink data integration technology compatible with the new Agilent Synapsia Informatics Workbench family of software products. Synapsia is designed to help researchers synthesise and share research knowledge. Another IBM partner, AxCell Biosciences, a subsidiary of Cytogen Corporation, is using IBM DB2 database technology to help its scientists chart the communication pathways within cells that enable proteins to interact and cause or prevent diseases.
HyperORTHO Wear newest feature in Rogan's pre-operative orthopaedic surgery software
Full ArticleRogan Medical Systems has successfully launched its HyperORTHO product line in Europe. Since the RSNA 2001 in Chicago, where the product was introduced as a works in progress, almost a dozen systems have been sold and installed. HyperORTHO is a version of HyperVIEW that provides specialised functionality for pre-operative orthopaedic work. Continuously evolving, the software's newest features give surgeons advanced tools for selecting and monitoring implants.
PracticeOne selects Interliant to host its ASP-based health care management applications
Full ArticlePracticeOne has signed an agreement with New York-based Interliant Inc. for Web-based hosting of its customers' mission-critical data. By October 2002, PracticeOne will use Interliant's co-location facilities for the monitoring and management for all of its ASP-based practice management, EMR and process improvement applications.
CareDecision Medicius merger, patents and trademarks propel medical PDA innovator to e-Health forefront
Full ArticleATR Search Corporation has concluded its merger with Medicius Inc., the e-health technology developer and medical PDA innovator. The resultant entity has changed its name to CareDecision Corporation and constitutes an Internet-enhanced PDA-based information technology company that provides physicians with sophisticated information solutions at the point-of-care. The company's patent-pending software systems, communication technologies and clinical applications furnish office-based physicians with vital patient information via the Web on a Microsoft Windows CE-based PDA. They provide the mechanism for electronically communicating value added medical, administrative and financial information to insurers, pharmacies, clinical labs, and hospitals.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Medicinsk Rontgen's radiology services to be digitised by Sectra
Full ArticleThe Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra has signed an agreement with the private health care provider Medicinsk Rontgen AB regarding delivery of Sectra's digital radiology systems. The agreement covers the digitisation of Medicinsk Rontgen's complete operations in Stockholm, Malmø, and Vasteras in Sweden, and Medicinsk Rontgen will pay per examination over eight years. The order value is estimated to US $400.000-800.000 per year.
Precise Biometrics and ORGA partner to bring smart card technology to Health and ID markets
Full ArticlePrecise Biometrics AB, developer and provider of world leading and user friendly biometric security solutions based on fingerprints, and ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH, a major system provider internationally in the Health and ID markets, have set up a partnership agreement. Under the agreement, ORGA will license Precise Biometrics' software for fingerprint functionality, Precise BioMatch C, and integrate it into ORGA's strong MICARDO smart card family. The two companies will jointly market and sell the new product to existing and potential customers in the Health and ID markets.
TimTem telemedicine workstation pilot on Tilos model for remote island tele-consultation
Full ArticleThe ongoing TimTem initiative, managed by the Department of Surgery at the University of Pisa and set up in 1997 to implement a permanent telemedicine workstation on the Greek island of Tilos, has left the project phase to become a real model for European islands and remote areas, according to Dr. Enrico Cavina who is Head of the Telemedicine Project TimTem. The synergy and collaboration with similar project experiences is only taking up slowly but things seem to be moving nevertheless. After the visit of the Health Department Officers, located on Rhodos, at the end of July 2002, the bureaucratic procedures for the connection between Tilos and the "Sismanoglio Telemedicine Center" in Athens were started, but doubts about the efficiency of this 24/7 Teleconsult Center remain. However, the interest of the Greek Authorities for Telemedicine in Tilos offers nice perspectives for TimTem.
Symbol's Wireless Technology brings real time records to the patient's bedside in Austria
Full ArticleSymbol Technologies Inc. has installed the Symbol Spectrum24 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) at the Tyrolean Provincial Hospital Company (TILAK) in Austria, which manages the Innsbruck University Clinic and four other regional hospitals. The infrastructure, which was developed with Symbol business partner Alcatel, employs the Symbol Spectrum24 High Rate 11Mbps WLAN system and Kerberos security architecture, providing medical staff using handheld devices with rapid and secure access to health information including patient records, charts and X-rays, from any location within the hospital.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Sutter Health to invest in life saving eICU technology and medication delivery
Full ArticleAs part of an ongoing commitment to improving quality care and patient safety, the not-for-profit Sutter Health network of hospitals and physicians has signed a $50 million investment in new advanced technology which promises fundamental changes in hospital ICU care and bedside medication delivery. Visicu Inc., the creator of the eICU, an advanced solution that improves critical care outcomes and costs, is partner in this contract with the 26-hospital Sutter Health organisation, which is the first in California to implement the system.
Pitt County Memorial Hospital selects Heartlab's Encompass Cardiac Network for multi-modality image management
Full ArticlePitt County Memorial Hospital has selected Heartlab Inc.'s Encompass Cardiac Network to handle the hospital's cardiac image distribution and storage needs. The 731-bed tertiary referral centre in Greenville, North Carolina, is part of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and home to The Heart Center, recognised as a state and national expert in developing, performing and refining innovative procedures such as robotic surgery to treat coronary disease.
Novell Secure Identity Management puts critical information at Mount Sinai NYU Health's physicians' fingertips
Full ArticleTo provide better access to hospital information and resources like operating room schedules and in the near future, medical billing, Mount Sinai New York University (NYU) Health developed a corporate portal. In order to be secure and effective, however, the portal needed a way to verify the identities of users, and it had to provide sufficient integration with backend systems. A Secure Identity Management solution from Novell met these needs with a customised mix of software and professional services.
Loma Linda University Medical Center to implement Overland's Neo Series storage technology
Full ArticleOverland Storage Inc., a fast growing provider of mid-range storage solutions, has installed Overland's Neo Series tape libraries at Loma Linda University Medical Center, featuring the industry's first automation shipment of Super DLT 320 (SDLT 320) tape technology. Utilising the SDLT 320 drive, the Neo Series offers the highest storage density, lowest cost per gigabyte and fastest tape back-ups available to enterprise customers such as Loma Linda University Medical Center.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Computer-aided surgery products market bound to reach $2.6 billion by 2010
Full ArticleGrowth in the market for devices and systems related to computer-aided surgery (CAS) is being driven in great part by the gains realised in patient benefits, according to the August 2002 issue of MedMarkets. Also covered in the same issue is the recent innovation in arthroscopy for hip and knee replacement.
Abbott Northwestern installs fully-integrated, voice-controlled operating room of the future
Full ArticleAbbott Northwestern Hospital is the first medical institution in the Twin Cities to launch Endosuite, a fully integrated, voice-controlled operating room of the future. A key component of the Endosuite is the voice-controlled system called Hermes, Computer Motion's FDA cleared system capable of networking medical equipment in the operating room. Hermes gives surgeons direct control of surgical devices using simple verbal commands. The Endosuite will also provide surgeons with the technology to receive digital images from other sources in the hospital, including x-rays and microscopic pathology.
U.S. Army awards Microvision addition to wearable display for mobile medics contract
Full ArticleMicrovision Inc., an expert in light scanning technologies for personal displays and imaging solutions, has been awarded a $1,1 million addition to an existing $3,3 million development contract from the United States Army's Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). The contract, originally announced on December 20, 2002, is to continue the next phase of development for a mobile wireless personal display system for medical applications.
Tufts Health Plan and AdvancePCS release results of electronic prescribing study
Full ArticleTufts Health Plan and AdvancePCS have issued the results of a year-long innovative pilot programme which studied the effectiveness of e-prescribing in physician practices. The co-operative effort involving 100 Massachusetts physicians was designed to measure the value and impact of e-prescribing. Initial results illustrate that e-prescribing effectively improves patient safety and prescribing efficiency, and reduces health care costs. Additionally, the pilot demonstrated an increase in the overall management and satisfaction with pharmacy benefits for health plan members, physicians, and pharmacists.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Hollywood visualisation software generates 3D images of animated beating heart
Full ArticleNew York University Medical Center's Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stephen Colvin, MD, and Eugene Grossi, MD, Director of the Cardiac Surgical Research Laboratory introduced a major advance in medical animation technology with the creation of a three-dimensional, animated beating heart. Developed in collaboration with CyberFiber Inc., the animated heart was presented recently at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association in Big Sky, Montana, to approximately 400 of the world's top cardiac surgeons.
Academic and industry partners launch medical robotic and technology centre at UCLA
Full ArticleIn a unique academic and business partnership, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Computer Motion Inc.; Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc. and Berchtold Corporation, have opened a new robotic and technology centre at UCLA. One of the first of its kind in the United States, the new centre will help promote clinical, educational and research use of surgical robots and digital imaging in surgery and medicine.
Teleradiology system for stroke unit in Rhineland-Palatinate builds on CHILI solution
Full ArticleThe Steinbeis Transferzentrum Medizinische Informatik, a technology transfer company in Heidelberg, has been selected by the Rhineland-Palatinate German federal state to implement a telemedicine network for stroke diagnosis and therapy. The pilot communication network for radiological image distribution will connect the referring hospitals in Neustadt and Worms with the expert centres in Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. The concept is based on the award-winning CHILI teleradiology system enhanced with automatic encryption and decryption of e-mails, and automatic protocol conversions between DICOM and the simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP).
Fonix Text-To-Speech integration with portable DYNAwrite device voice-enables speech-impaired individuals
Full ArticleFonix Corporation, a provider of natural-user interface technology for wireless and mobile devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics, and DynaVox Systems LLC, specialised in Advanced Augmentative Communication (AAC) solutions, announced that Fonix award-winning Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology has been licensed by DynaVox Systems for use with that company's new DYNAwrite speech augmentation device. By way of Fonix DECtalk TTS, DYNAwrite enables speech-impaired individuals to communicate audibly via a portable speech-output device, which offers a rich, fully customisable range of voices.
 

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