VMW Monthly - October 2002 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents October 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape's SmARTrain programme offers students power of medical library on PDA
CareDecision Corporation introduces wireless voice command medical PDA
Southern California physicians embrace MEDeMORPHUS electronic prescription programme
Franklin issues The Merck Manual and Oxford clinical handbooks for mobile use
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Computerized Screening participates in Mississippi telehealth project for uninsured patient monitoring
Visiting Nurse Service conducts demonstration pilot with American Telecare home telehealth system
Bureau of National Health Insurance in Taiwan introduces 22 million Sun-powered health cards
California HealthCare Foundation and First Consulting Group publish guide for IT-challenged doctors' offices
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
ProAct and HealthShare deliver integrated data on health care providers, plans, and hospitals
HYTEC's FlashCT computed tomography scanners to improve Invisalign's orthodontics procedures
Image-guided magnetic catheter navigation brings robotics to the cath lab
Mercator's Healthcare Integration Package helps health care organisations meet impending HIPAA deadline
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
MobiHealth uses Body Area Network concept to promote personalised mobile health services
RoboDoc challenges surgeons to feel with their eyes at the University Hospital of Antwerp
Sixth Framework programme should give boost to coherent European cancer research projects
Big potential of European Hospital Information Systems market stifled by lack of funding
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Duke University Medical Center chooses McKesson's Horizon Clinicals to enhance safety and efficiency
Singing River Hospital System engages McKesson for comprehensive clinical quality initiative
Vanderbilt University Medical Center selects NetSilica's Enterprise Private Network for secure access
Scottsdale Healthcare to install Skylight Systems' GetWellTV interactive digital patient bedside services hospital-wide
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ImageGuide and GE Medical Systems to promote Image-Guided Robot-Assisted Surgery platforms
E-health Edmonton Project goes wearable and wireless in remote patient monitoring
CSTAR and MD Robotics partner to re-apply space robot technology for surgical robots
Growth perspectives look very promising for computer aided surgery market
 
VMWC news bites
 
Neurosurgeons perform robotic brain tele-surgery between Halifax and New Brunswick
3D visualisation in the operating room to improve accuracy of tumour removal
Medical Records Institute and SNOMED release Fourth Annual Survey of Electronic Health Record Trends and Usage
Three neurosurgical speciality institutions to acquire CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System
 

Leads October 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape's SmARTrain programme offers students power of medical library on PDA
Full ArticleSkyscape Inc., a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has launched smARTrain for students and residents, a special group programme designed to meet the needs of residents, medical students, nursing students, and physician assistant students. Already, over 90 residency and college programmes have taken advantage of this solution, including Tulane University, University of Chicago, Abbott Northwestern, Stanford University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools. Now right from their pockets, students and residents can access their medical reference information, revolutionising the way they utilise information in the learning process.
CareDecision Corporation introduces wireless voice command medical PDA
Full ArticleCareDecision Corporation, the e-health technology developer and medical PDA innovator, has introduced the patent pending MD@Command, the e-health sector's first PDA-based wireless voice command product and technology. MD@Command furnishes physicians with the alternative capability of voice command to power and navigate the company's wireless MD@Hand and MD@Practice-Probe product on an Internet enhanced PDA.
Southern California physicians embrace MEDeMORPHUS electronic prescription programme
Full ArticleFour Southern California medical groups have licensed MEDeMORPHUS' wireless, point-of-care device to improve the accuracy and efficiency of prescribing medications for their patients. The four medical groups: High Desert Medical Group in Lancaster, Harriman-Jones Medical Group in Long Beach, Bright Medical Group in Whittier, and Riverside Medical Clinic in Riverside, will add approximately 250 physicians to MEDeMORPHUS' growing base of physicians now using its e-prescribing systems in seven states, bringing total subscribers to nearly 2500.
Franklin issues The Merck Manual and Oxford clinical handbooks for mobile use
Full ArticleFranklin Electronic Publishers Inc., a worldwide provider of handheld electronic books and medical reference products, has launched its PDA version of the top-rated "The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, Seventeenth Edition". This premier publication is used by more medical professionals worldwide than any other general medical textbook and has continuously been published longer than any other English language general medical text. In addition, Oxford University Press announced Franklin's launch of handheld editions of two of the top clinical medicine handbooks: "Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine" and "Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties".
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Computerized Screening participates in Mississippi telehealth project for uninsured patient monitoring
Full ArticleComputerized Screening Inc. (CSI), visionary pioneers in the field of preventive health screening technology, is part of a major initiative to manage the health burdens of residents afflicted with asthma, diabetes and hypertension in Hinds County, Mississippi. The Hinds County Health Alliance, a coalition of health advocates and government and community health providers, is targeting approximately 455.000 uninsured residents in the state of Mississippi to participate in this free programme made possible by CSI's innovative health stations.
Visiting Nurse Service conducts demonstration pilot with American Telecare home telehealth system
Full ArticleAmerican TeleCare Inc. (ATI) and the Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) of Southern Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire demonstrated the benefits of home telehealth monitoring to United States Senator Susan Collins at the VNS's annual recognition event. The event was held at the Colony Hotel of Kennebunkport, Maine, where Senator Collins was presented with the VNS's Doris Reando "Spirit of Caring" award. The Spirit of Caring Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and leadership in advancing home health care. In addition to the Senator's award, other corporations including ATI were recognised for their support of VNS.
Bureau of National Health Insurance in Taiwan introduces 22 million Sun-powered health cards
Full ArticleSun Microsystems has successfully deployed the Java Card technology and Sun network solutions by the Bureau of National Health Insurance of Taiwan (BNHI). The BNHI has started to roll out 22 million Java Card technology-powered Integrated Circuit (IC) health cards to Taiwan citizens in July, replacing its original paper-based system. This new smart card will bring substantive time and cost savings to the BNHI.
California HealthCare Foundation and First Consulting Group publish guide for IT-challenged doctors' offices
Full ArticleInformation technology (IT) strategies that work for the small physician office are finally emerging as traditional barriers like cost and complexity begin to diminish, according to a newly published report by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and First Consulting Group (FCG). Solo doctors and small physician offices now have access to IT benefits previously affordable only to larger physician groups, according to the study, "Achieving Tangible IT Benefits in a Small Physician Practice".
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
ProAct and HealthShare deliver integrated data on health care providers, plans, and hospitals
Full ArticleProAct Technologies Corporation, an expert in Human Resources and benefits management solutions for employers and health plans, has partnered with HealthShare Technology, a provider of health care analytical tools for improving business and clinical performance. Through this partnership, customers will be able to implement a hosted, Web-based solution that provides employees or health plan members with up-to-date, personalised information on health care providers and plan benefits.
HYTEC's FlashCT computed tomography scanners to improve Invisalign's orthodontics procedures
Full ArticleAlign Technology Inc., makers of Invisalign, a proprietary method of straightening teeth without wires or brackets, have added HYTEC Inc.'s FlashCT to their manufacturing process. FlashCT is an advanced industrial computed tomography (CT) system for high-speed 3D imaging. Implementing this new equipment will enhance the quality of Invisalign, while eliminating a time-intensive step in the manufacturing process and reducing overall manufacturing costs.
Image-guided magnetic catheter navigation brings robotics to the cath lab
Full ArticleAt the Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Conference, September 24-28, 2002, Siemens Medical Solutions Inc. has unveiled the first digital imaging system that can work with magnetic navigation systems for interventional medicine. The combination of Siemens' AXIOM Artis dFC Magnetic Navigation Imaging System and Stereotaxis' Magnetic Navigation Systems is expected to be uniquely capable of helping cardiologists improve the ease and accuracy of catheter-based procedures.
Mercator's Healthcare Integration Package helps health care organisations meet impending HIPAA deadline
Full ArticleMercator Software Inc. has made available Version 2.1 of its Healthcare Integration Package (HCIP), featuring improved compliance checking and exception reporting and out-of-the-box health care standards support. These enhancements strengthen HCIP's ability to help health care organisations successfully comply with the federally mandated Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA), which requires the standardisation of electronic transactions and code sets by October 2003.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
MobiHealth uses Body Area Network concept to promote personalised mobile health services
Full ArticleDuring the recent Congress on ICT-Knowledge which took place in The Hague, The Netherlands, Professor Dimitri Konstantas from the University of Twente presented the MobiHealth project, funded by the European Commission. The MobiHealth consortium aims at introducing mobile personalised patient management applications established through wireless network services including GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System). The ideal scenario consists in setting up a Body Area Network (BAN) and helping to generate an individualised dialogue in real time between the patient at home and the remote health care provider.
RoboDoc challenges surgeons to feel with their eyes at the University Hospital of Antwerp
Full ArticleSeated at a console at a few meters distance from the operating table and watching a 3D electronic image of the patient's abdomen, Professor Surgeon Guy Hubens is manipulating two joysticks. His movements are translated into corresponding surgical actions by a robot. The patient has not been cut open for this gastro-intestinal surgery. Only through tiny incisions, the thin tube-like ends of the three robotic arms are entering the body. RoboDoc is invading the operating theatre. The American Da Vinci robot system allows to perform in an extremely flexible and accurate manner, a range of patient-friendly surgical interventions including complex bypass operations. The familiar advantages of keyhole surgery such as less injuries, faster recovery and reduced risk to incur complications, are combined with a precision which equals and even exceeds the results acquired in conventional surgery. Last May, the University Hospital of Antwerp (UZA) in Belgium started to use the new system as the first academic hospital in Flanders.
Sixth Framework programme should give boost to coherent European cancer research projects
Full ArticleEuropean Union Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin supported the creation of a European cancer research area when speaking at the conference "Towards greater coherence in European cancer research" on 19 September. Two EU funded research projects addressing new therapies for cancer were presented. "Cell Therapy" is developing new therapies for brain tumours using encapsulated cell technology, and "Inducible Melanoma" is developing anti-melanoma therapies using a mouse model.
Big potential of European Hospital Information Systems market stifled by lack of funding
Full ArticleA new study by Frost & Sullivan, the international marketing consulting company, echoes the turmoil in the Hospital Information Systems (HIS) market. Exacerbated by the shake-up in the IT industry, the crisis in United States capitalism is creating uncertainty and confusion in the marketplace. The HIS market suffers from a number of challenges that tend to depress the European health care IT arena generally. The most common topic of discussion is the level of spending "authorised" by the governments or health care authorities in the various countries. However, this situation is one that is rapidly changing as hospitals gain greater autonomy.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Duke University Medical Center chooses McKesson's Horizon Clinicals to enhance safety and efficiency
Full ArticleDuke University Medical Center, one of the United States' top-ranked hospitals, will implement Horizon Clinicals solutions from McKesson Corporation. The Horizon Clinicals suite will serve as the backbone for Duke's clinical automation initiative, which is focused on enhancing patient safety, reducing variation in care delivery and streamlining clinician work flow. Horizon Clinicals is McKesson's comprehensive suite of next-generation, integrated solutions for physicians and other clinicians.
Singing River Hospital System engages McKesson for comprehensive clinical quality initiative
Full ArticleAs part of a comprehensive strategic plan focused on the quality of community care and enhancement of patient safety, Singing River Hospital System (SRHS) including Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital in Jackson County, Mississippi, has contracted for the Horizon Clinicals suite from McKesson Corporation. Horizon Clinicals is McKesson's comprehensive suite of next-generation, integrated solutions for physicians and other clinicians.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center selects NetSilica's Enterprise Private Network for secure access
Full ArticleVanderbilt University Medical Center, an expert in medical education, research, and patient care, has licensed NetSilica Inc.'s Enterprise Private Network (EPN) technology as a core component of its overall remote network access and data transfer solution. Vanderbilt's diverse user group of over 15.000 physicians, students, and service providers will use EPN to access and move data to and from the Vanderbilt network via any device, with the highest levels of security.
Scottsdale Healthcare to install Skylight Systems' GetWellTV interactive digital patient bedside services hospital-wide
Full ArticleScottsdale Healthcare, one of the top three health care organisations in Arizona, is bringing cutting edge digital interactive entertainment and communication services directly to the hospital bedside. The GetWellTV contract, from San Diego-based Skylight Systems, includes the offering of interactive administrative services such as on-demand health education, in addition to patient and visitor services available for purchase such as premium cable television channels, high-speed Internet and e-mail access, music, interactive games and feature films. The system is installed in over 250 patient rooms at Scottsdale Healthcare's Osborn campus and is scheduled to be installed at the Shea campus in autumn.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ImageGuide and GE Medical Systems to promote Image-Guided Robot-Assisted Surgery platforms
Full ArticleImageGuide Inc. has opened new headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and launched a new era in Image-Guided Robot-Assisted Surgery (IGRS). The company's minimally invasive surgical systems will seamlessly integrate imaging platforms, including Computed Tomography (CT), Fluoroscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound technologies, with medical robotics to deliver real time, needle driven, therapeutic interventions.
E-health Edmonton Project goes wearable and wireless in remote patient monitoring
Full ArticleDevStudios International Inc. and an international team of twelve partner organisations have joined forces to produce wireless wearable physiological monitors (WWPM) and e-health applications for the E-health Edmonton Project. The E-health Edmonton Project will develop new physiological monitors and integrate them for the purpose of remote health monitoring, wellness management, and illness prevention.
CSTAR and MD Robotics partner to re-apply space robot technology for surgical robots
Full ArticleThe Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) organisation and MD Robotics, maker of the world-renowned Canadarm, are collaborating to develop the next generation of surgical robots. MD Robotics is a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates. CSTAR is a collaborative effort of London Health Sciences Centre and Lawson Health Research Institute. The announcement was made at University Campus, London Health Sciences Centre.
Growth perspectives look very promising for computer aided surgery market
Full ArticleThe global computer guidance and robotic surgery market was worth $400 million in 2001 and is growing rapidly with 24 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2001 to 2010, driven by collaborative agreements between manufacturers of computer guided surgery, navigation, and robotic surgery systems, and surgical device manufacturers, and by placement of devices within clinical trial programmes.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Neurosurgeons perform robotic brain tele-surgery between Halifax and New Brunswick
Full ArticleDr. Ivar Mendez and his team have advanced the field of remote surgical robotics. As head of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and Dalhousie University and chair of the Brain Repair Centre, Dr. Mendez led a team in using the SOCRATES Robotic Tele-collaboration System to assist in the world's first-ever tele-surgery on the brain.
3D visualisation in the operating room to improve accuracy of tumour removal
Full ArticleIn a successful experiment which could help to benefit the way surgery is performed, surgeons have begun viewing and manipulating 3D medical images of the very patients on whom they are operating while the operation is in progress. Early results indicate the potential for improving success rates on such procedures as the removal of cancerous tumours.
Medical Records Institute and SNOMED release Fourth Annual Survey of Electronic Health Record Trends and Usage
Full ArticleThe Medical Records Institute (MRI) and SNOMED International have issued the results of the Fourth Annual MRI Survey of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Trends and Usage. The survey, which was compiled by MRI and sponsored by SNOMED, provides the health care industry with a balanced and objective measure of current EHR practices and meaningful insights into market directions. Among its top findings, the survey showed that the motivations for implementing EHRs have risen substantially in the last four years. The need to share patient data ranked at the top of the list, cited by 75 percent of respondents as their primary management and administrative motivating factor and by 90 percent of respondents as their top clinical motivating factor. Improving patient care and safety, reducing costs, and meeting legal and regulatory requirements were also key motivators for EHR adoption.
Three neurosurgical speciality institutions to acquire CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System
Full ArticleAccuray Incorporated, specialised in advanced image-guided radiosurgery, has signed three new contracts for the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System with Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, Colorado; Illinois CyberTechnologies Incorporated in Bloomington, Illinois; and St. Joseph's Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The addition of these institutions will bring the total number of CyberKnife sites in the United States to eleven. Installation for all three sites is expected to be completed in early 2003.
 

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