VMW Monthly - November 2002 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Seventh Annual World Conference on the Internet and Medicine - Mednet 2002

December 4-7, 2002 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

MEDNET 2002 is an international meeting aimed at bringing together researchers, developers and users involved in the application of the Internet in medicine, starting either with a medical or technological background.

The theme of this year's conference is "Quality-e-Health". Mednet 2002 will also host the Internet Healthcare Coalition's annual meeting addressing "Quality Healthcare Information on the Net". The Medical Specialism in Focus will be "Womens' Health". Mednet participants will discuss in the sessions e-obstetrics, e-gynaecology and e-(in)fertility, the applications in these fields of medicine.

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Contents November 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape helps hospitals, residency programmes and individual practitioners utilise power of their PDAs
MDeverywhere and Unbound Medicine team to arm physicians with drug and research information on handhelds
OPTIMUS to implement Michaels mobile ambulatory reporting system in Washington D.C.
QRS Diagnostic leverages physicians' adoption of handheld computers in clinical practice
Sutter Health, Springfield Clinic and University of Tennessee Medical Group to further implement Allscripts TouchWorks
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
International SOS and Johns Hopkins International sign co-operative agreement for remote emergency medical services
Great-West insurer first commercial user of CST's Baby CareLink neonatal care programme
NIST grant enables Peoples Genetics to conduct large-population analysis of entire human genome
Two cardiac centres in China to enable Endo-ACAB using Computer Motion's robot technology
National Science Foundation offers grant to language technology experts for protein structure research
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Mobile PET Systems and Bracco Diagnostics to form cardiac PET partnership
HealthTrio and FlexTech partnership increases resources and expertise available to health plans
American Medical Alert Corporation and Health Hero Network launch PERS Buddy for interactive patient monitoring
Major health care organisations choose Citrix NFuse Elite for portal deployments
Diagnostic Imaging partners with RealTimeImage to distribute iPACS solution
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Europe's contrast media market strongly tied to medical imaging equipment industry
FreeStyle means new breakthrough in blood glucose monitoring for diabetic patients
Oxford University, IBM, and British Government build eDiamond Grid for breast cancer screening and diagnosis
Space, textile and information technologies: a unique combination of expertise for the development of a new generation of communicating bio-medical clothes
University College London and Massachusetts Institute of Technology team up for first human Internet touch
 
The 21st century hospital
 
First robotic-assisted surgery performed at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to launch smart OR
Bell Canada to implement converged voice, video, and data network from Cisco Systems at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Deborah Heart and Lung Center selects Netilla for secure Web-based remote access to physicians
Physicians Hospital of El Paso deploys Pyxis SAFETYnet to help reduce medical errors
Montefiore physicians use IDX's LastWord to enter 100 percent of inpatient orders electronically
 
Virtual snap shots
 
PhotoBiotics wins new ventures competition with its light activated cancer therapies
Andromed to receive FDA approval for its third generation electronic stethoscope
CareDecision Corporation to envision rapid e-health market expansion
Covance's acquisition of Virtual Central Laboratory extends capabilities in clinical trial testing
First DataBank to introduce Drug Information Framework for Canada
 
VMWC news bites
 
New Philips simulation technology enables more precise tumour targeting for cancer patients' treatment
Accuray unveils three new CyberKnife radiosurgery products at the annual ASTRO meeting
Medical Simulation Corporation opens SimSuite Center at the Swedish Heart Institute
Pittsburgh researchers to release Visible Human Browser for educational and surgery planning use
Surgeons in Italy and Israel perform telepresence surgery with Computer Motion's SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System
 

Leads November 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape helps hospitals, residency programmes and individual practitioners utilise power of their PDAs
Full ArticleMore than 100.000 medical professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, residents and medical students, have registered to use Skyscape-powered software. Since entering the market in 2000, Skyscape, specialised in interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has realised substantial growth and has been recognised for a number of firsts.
MDeverywhere and Unbound Medicine team to arm physicians with drug and research information on handhelds
Full ArticleMDeverywhere, specialised in providing handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, has added new features to its EveryReference solution through a partnership with Unbound Medicine. Using CogniQ, Unbound Medicine's mobile knowledge management platform, care providers now have the option to add A to Z Drug Facts, Drug Interaction Facts Module and MEDLINE Journals to their MDeverywhere service.
OPTIMUS to implement Michaels mobile ambulatory reporting system in Washington D.C.
Full ArticleOPTIMUS Corporation, a provider of public safety technology, has been awarded a contract by Washington D.C. to implement Michaels Fire and EMS, a comprehensive mobile communications system for emergency personnel. Michaels provides wireless, uniform access to critical assessment, triage, and reporting data needed to effectively mitigate and respond to emergency situations helping to break down communication and co-ordination barriers.
QRS Diagnostic leverages physicians' adoption of handheld computers in clinical practice
Full ArticleTwenty-nine percent of practising physicians in the United States now report using PDAs or handheld computers, and Manhattan Research, a New York based health care marketing information and services firm projects that 40 percent of all practising physicians will do so within the next two years. To tap this potential, physicians need applications they can use on handhelds at the point of care.
Sutter Health, Springfield Clinic and University of Tennessee Medical Group to further implement Allscripts TouchWorks
Full ArticleSutter Health designated Allscripts as a "Preferred Vendor" for its TouchWorks mobile applications. As a result, physician practices and physician service organisations within the Sutter Health network throughout more than 100 Northern California communities will now have access to the Allscripts TouchWorks solution and will begin to install it within the Sutter Health system. Springfield Clinic of Springfield, Illinois, will use TouchWorks software to develop their clinical repository. And the University of Tennessee Medical Group (UTMG) contracted Allscripts to add the TouchWorks Rx+, TouchWorks Dictate, and TouchWorks Document applications to their existing TouchWorks modular electronic medical record (mEMR).
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
International SOS and Johns Hopkins International sign co-operative agreement for remote emergency medical services
Full ArticleInternational SOS, a large medical and security assistance company and Johns Hopkins International, the organisation within Johns Hopkins Medicine charged with advancing the Johns Hopkins mission of teaching, research, and patient care internationally, have signed a co-operative agreement concerning emergency medical services. The agreement provides SOS with access to Johns Hopkins' Department of Emergency Medicine and its extensive expertise in directing emergency patient care at a distance using telecommunications and telemedicine to handle complex emergency cases. Johns Hopkins International will also provide SOS with second opinion consultations and access to their emergency protocols.
Great-West insurer first commercial user of CST's Baby CareLink neonatal care programme
Full ArticleClinician Support Technology's (CST) innovative Baby CareLink product for neonatal care management has been selected for use by one of the United States' major health insurers. Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co., which serves nearly five million Americans, will incorporate Baby CareLink into its "Great Beginnings" prenatal and infant health care management programme. It will address the needs of parents who give birth to infants either born premature or with significant medical complications.
NIST grant enables Peoples Genetics to conduct large-population analysis of entire human genome
Full ArticleThe National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Programme (ATP) has awarded Peoples Genetics Inc., a $2 million grant to create an instrument that will make it possible to discover all of the disease-causing mutations among the human genome's 40.000 genes. Drawing on the company's genetic analysis of vast populations, this knowledge may lead to a new form of medical test, which would detect every genetic risk factor an individual may carry for diseases such as early-onset breast cancer.
Two cardiac centres in China to enable Endo-ACAB using Computer Motion's robot technology
Full ArticleChina's two leading cardiac centres have successfully performed the Endoscopic Atraumatic Coronary Artery Bypass (Endo-ACAB) procedure. The procedure, co-developed by Computer Motion and renowned cardiac surgeons around the world, is enabled by the company's AESOP Robotic Endoscope Positioner and Computer Motion's procedure kit. Beijing Fu Wai Cardiovascular Hospital's three-month start-up phase has been a great success. Shanghai Medical University affiliated Zhong San Hospital has also successfully completed its initial cases, with excellent results.
National Science Foundation offers grant to language technology experts for protein structure research
Full ArticleThe United States National Science Foundation has made a $9 million, five-year grant to a collaboration of Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists, University of Pittsburgh, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology biological chemists, and others from Boston University and the National Canadian Research Council to advance a new field called computational biolinguistics. Computational biolinguistics, which combines the use of computational tools, including statistical language modelling, machine learning methods, and high-level language processing, will allow scientists to better understand how proteins work inside cells.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Mobile PET Systems and Bracco Diagnostics to form cardiac PET partnership
Full ArticleMobile PET Systems Inc., a provider of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging services to health care entities and Bracco Diagnostics Inc., the Princeton-based US operating company of the Bracco Group, specialised in global integrated solutions for diagnostic imaging, the supplier of CardioGen-82, a cardiac Rubidium 82 infusion system product, have agreed to establish a strategic partnership pilot programme designed to jointly provide cardiac PET products and services to health care providers.
HealthTrio and FlexTech partnership increases resources and expertise available to health plans
Full ArticleHealthTrio, a provider of e-health and core business solutions for the managed care industry, and FlexTech Inc., specialised in the managed health care consulting industry, will work together to develop additional experienced implementation resources for HealthTrio xpress, a system for automating a health plan's core administrative functions. The HealthTrio xpress system utilises a unique architecture and leading-edge technology to reduce this complexity, simplifying and accelerating the implementation process.
American Medical Alert Corporation and Health Hero Network launch PERS Buddy for interactive patient monitoring
Full ArticleAmerican Medical Alert Corporation (AMAC), a provider of Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and 24 hour monitoring services, and Health Hero Network Inc., the developer of award-winning technology solutions for health monitoring, have released PERS Buddy. This new, interactive monitoring system combines AMAC's personal emergency response technology with Health Hero Network's Health Buddy appliance, utilising the Health Hero technology platform to ensure secure data management and health care provider access to patient data across an Internet connection.
Major health care organisations choose Citrix NFuse Elite for portal deployments
Full ArticleThree health care organisations have selected Citrix NFuse Elite software for development of customised employee and patient access portals. Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) in Phoenix, Arizona; Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, are all implementing NFuse Elite to complement their use of MetaFrame application serving and management software, expanding access to vital client/server and Web-based applications through a single, secure user interface.
Diagnostic Imaging partners with RealTimeImage to distribute iPACS solution
Full ArticleRealTimeImage, a provider of Internet-based image streaming and distribution solutions, and Diagnostic Imaging, a distributor of imaging equipment and supplies, have signed an agreement providing Diagnostic Imaging the right to distribute and support RealTimeImage's iPACS product line throughout the United States.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Europe's contrast media market strongly tied to medical imaging equipment industry
Full ArticleThe lacklustre performance and sluggish growth of recent years, against a backdrop of deepening market maturity, have cast doubt over the future of Europe's contrast media industry, worth $684 million in 2001. A new study by Frost & Sullivan, the international marketing consulting company, highlights the arrival of new diagnostic imaging technologies requiring limited doses of contrasting agents or rendering any administration of the solution obsolete, as a key factor depressing sales.
FreeStyle means new breakthrough in blood glucose monitoring for diabetic patients
Full ArticlePeople with diabetes in the United Kingdom can be free from painful blood glucose testing with the launch of the new FreeStyle, a technologically superior blood glucose monitoring system, developed by Therasense, based in Alameda, California. For the first time, breakthrough technology means that the world's smallest blood sample can be taken from the arm, thigh or base of thumb as well as other parts of the body, for a quick and accurate blood glucose reading.
Oxford University, IBM, and British Government build eDiamond Grid for breast cancer screening and diagnosis
Full ArticleOxford University has joined with IBM and the British Government to build a sophisticated computing Grid that will enable early screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, and provide medical professionals with more information to help treat the disease. The project, which represents an investment of approximately $6 million jointly by IBM and the United Kingdom, has been named "eDiamond" by Oxford researchers and is part of the British government's eScience initiative.
Space, textile and information technologies: a unique combination of expertise for the development of a new generation of communicating bio-medical clothes
Full ArticleThe medical sector is always looking for new and advanced solutions to increase the quality of life and allow for cost-effective prevention and treatment of diseases. A growing interest for co-operation between the medical, Information and Communication Technology (ITC) as well as textile communities has been noticed around Europe and the world, confirmed by a workshop recently organised by the European Commission IST Programme. In fact, ITC-advanced applications developed within the framework of the European Commission Research Programmes have shown that electronic devices can be developed smaller and smaller in order to be wearable, opening new perspectives for example in body parameter monitoring for health enhancement and management of acute diseases. In parallel, textile engineering and technology has demonstrated that sensors and actuators can be integrated into the fabric texture, making them disappear in the cloth as recently presented at the AVANTEX Fair in Frankfurt.
University College London and Massachusetts Institute of Technology team up for first human Internet touch
Full ArticleUniversity College London (UCL) scientists will be teaming up with colleagues at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pull off the first transatlantic hand shake over the Internet. Professor Mel Slater and his UCL team, Jesper Mortensen and Joel Jordan, will make tactile contact with Professor Mandayam Srinivasan of the Touch Lab at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the eve of a major conference "Internet2" on the next generation of Internet technologies to be staged in Los Angeles, USA.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
First robotic-assisted surgery performed at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to launch smart OR
Full ArticleFor the first time, surgeons at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are using Computer Motion's Zeus, a three-armed surgical robot, coupled with multiple robotic systems, to launch Sentara's integrated operating room of the future. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's "smart" operating room is a marriage of robotics with some of the most advanced operating room equipment in the United States, surgical equipment so advanced it actually follows doctors' orders.
Bell Canada to implement converged voice, video, and data network from Cisco Systems at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Full ArticleChatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is taking advantage of next-generation network technology from Bell Canada and Cisco Systems to power advanced voice and data services over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. CKHA will be one of the first hospitals in Canada to feature an IP communications system to deliver voice, video, and data over an IP network.
Deborah Heart and Lung Center selects Netilla for secure Web-based remote access to physicians
Full ArticleDeborah Heart and Lung Center, one of New Jersey's premier cardiac and pulmonary speciality hospitals, has implemented Netilla Networks' Web-based remote access platform to provide its physician network with secure "anytime, anywhere" access to vital patient information via a standard Web browser. Thanks to Deborah's use of the Netilla Service Platform, both affiliated and on-staff physicians at this 161-bed, Browns Mills, New Jersey, health care centre can monitor the status of their patients by using a standard Web browser to securely connect to Deborah's centralised hospital applications.
Physicians Hospital of El Paso deploys Pyxis SAFETYnet to help reduce medical errors
Full ArticlePyxis Corporation, a subsidiary of Cardinal Health Inc., has signed an agreement with Physicians Hospital of El Paso, Texas, to provide its comprehensive suite of medication and supply automation and information management technology for the new physician-owned health care facility. Opening in March 2003, the facility will provide high-quality, personalised care to patients throughout the southwestern United States. Physicians Hospital will also install the new PyxisVisualMED computerised physician order entry system.
Montefiore physicians use IDX's LastWord to enter 100 percent of inpatient orders electronically
Full ArticleMontefiore Medical Center has achieved a milestone in its continuing quest to improve the quality of patient care and reduce medical errors. As of September 2002, all inpatient orders, including medications, lab tests, diagnostic tests and all other clinical care orders, are being entered electronically using the computerised physician order entry (CPOE) capabilities of LastWord from IDX Systems Corporation.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
PhotoBiotics wins new ventures competition with its light activated cancer therapies
Full ArticleA spin out from London's Imperial College has won the pan-European "HP new ventures competition" for its light-activated therapies for cancer and microbial infections. PhotoBiotics Ltd. beat 20 entrants from eleven of Europe's top technological universities to win 30.000 euro worth of HP equipment of their choice. Chemist and Managing Director of PhotoBiotics, Lionel Milgrom, highlighted the reliance of companies like his on funding grants. PhotoBiotics is developing photodynamic therapy (PDT), a method of killing diseased cells using light and photo-sensitising drugs.
Andromed to receive FDA approval for its third generation electronic stethoscope
Full ArticleAndromed, a high-tech medical company, received FDA approval to market in the United States its new electronic stethoscope Androscope iStethos, the next revolution in electronic auscultation. This third generation electronic stethoscope developed by Andromed will enable remote cardiac and pulmonary auscultation, autocalculation and display of heart rate on a LCD screen. Andromed will launch Androscope iStethos in the United States market in November 2002.
CareDecision Corporation to envision rapid e-health market expansion
Full ArticleRobert Cox, CEO of CareDecision Corporation, an e-health technology developer and medical PDA innovator, during recently hosted telephonic discussions with e-health industry analysts and market research professionals, projected a substantial leap in growth for the e-health industry which is expected to correspondingly yield considerable benefits for the company's products and revenue progression.
Covance's acquisition of Virtual Central Laboratory extends capabilities in clinical trial testing
Full ArticleCovance Inc. has acquired Virtual Central Laboratory b.v. (VCL), a Netherlands-based company. VCL uses a novel proprietary system to harmonise laboratory results from local and regional laboratories to help expand the reach of traditional central laboratory services. Due to the decreasing availability of treatment-naive patients, for example, more clinical trials are being conducted in regions of the world that are difficult and/or expensive to service via conventional methods. As a result, pharmaceutical companies need innovative solutions for making laboratory services readily available for investigators and ensuring that they themselves receive a complete, harmonised data set which is available in a timely fashion.
First DataBank to introduce Drug Information Framework for Canada
Full ArticleFirst DataBank has introduced its advanced integrated content software, the Drug Information Framework, for Canadian users. The Framework enables developers to encapsulate First DataBank knowledge bases into end-user health information systems quickly and economically. The new Framework is for use with First DataBank's International Drug Data File-Canada (IDDF-CA), an accurate, comprehensive knowledge base that provides descriptive and clinical data for every drug product sold in Canada.
 
VMWC news bites
 
New Philips simulation technology enables more precise tumour targeting for cancer patients' treatment
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has introduced AcQSim MR to the market, a new software package that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to plan radiation treatment for oncology patients, and the Panorama 0.23T R/T, a new MR system dedicated to radiation therapy planning. This MRI-based solution is the first of its kind and will enable clinicians to more accurately direct treatment to the diseased area and reduce irradiation of healthy tissue.
Accuray unveils three new CyberKnife radiosurgery products at the annual ASTRO meeting
Full ArticleAccuray Incorporated will be releasing three new products for its image-guided, robotic CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System. The products, which are scheduled for commercial release in 2003, are designed to significantly enhance the CyberKnife, which is already the most advanced and versatile radiosurgery system on the market. Accuray launched these new products, named Synchrony, Express, and Open Architecture Software, at this year's annual meeting of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new products will be add-on enhancements to the existing CyberKnife with Dynamic Tracking Software (DTS) system.
Medical Simulation Corporation opens SimSuite Center at the Swedish Heart Institute
Full ArticleAt the Swedish Heart Institute in Seattle, the world's first commercial SimSuite Center has opened. Developed by Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) of Englewood, Colorado, the high-tech simulated training system is poised to revolutionise how physicians and health care teams learn, and to benefit patient outcomes and quality of care. Enabled with a simulated patient named "Simantha", the SimSuite Training System simulates the realistic experience of a patient with routine or unique needs being received and treated by hospital staff. The system integrates a patented, tactile "force-feel" technology in a dynamic learning environment.
Pittsburgh researchers to release Visible Human Browser for educational and surgery planning use
Full ArticleResearchers at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have publicly released the PSC Volume Browser (PVB), an interactive graphical interface and rapid-retrieval system. When used with the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Visible Human, PVB provides a versatile, self-teaching resource in human anatomy for medical students and a tool for planning of surgery and radiation therapy. Developed by subcontract with the University of Michigan (UM), under an NLM Next Generation Internet contract, PVB is the outcome of a three-year collaboration between PSC computer scientists, scientific visualisation specialists, and UM anatomists and educators.
Surgeons in Italy and Israel perform telepresence surgery with Computer Motion's SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System
Full ArticleDr. Moshe Rubin at Rabin Medical Center Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, used the SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System during a procedure performed by Professor Cristiano Huscher at San Giovanni Hospital in Rome, Italy. The SOCRATES System's enabled telepresence allowed Dr. Moshe Rubin to share control of the AESOP Robotic Endoscope Positioner, to visually annotate the surgical image during the procedure, and to monitor the status of additional medial devices.
 

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