VMW Monthly - December 2002 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Eurographics 2003 Medical Prize: Call for Contributions

Submission deadline June 30th, 2003 - Granada, Spain

The EG2003 Medical Prize acknowledges the contribution that computer graphics is playing in the medical field and is intended to encourage further development. The winner of the EG2003 Medical Prize will be announced during the closing ceremony of the Eurographics 2003 conference. The author(s) of the winning entry will receive a total prize of 500 euro.

The submission must consist of a one page description of the medical application detailing how it is making use of computer graphics. In addition, one or more of the following must be included in your submission:

  • images from the application showing computer generated graphics;
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  • a runnable executable to demonstrate the application.

Package your submission in a zip file or compressed tar file and put "EG 2003 Medical Prize Entry" in the subject field of your e-mail to Dr. Nigel John. More info is available at the Eurographics 2003 Web site.

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Contents December 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere's integrated encounter capture solution provides value to physicians at Saint Louis University
AllScripts offers TouchWorks' modular electronic medical record on Tablet PC
Skyscape introduces medical reference software for Nokia smartphones while supporting the Symbian platform
Nextair's wireless DispatchForce solution implemented at United Kingdom based ambulance service
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Brain images from patients with schizophrenia will be shared in first United States imaging network
University of Iowa researchers use computational methods to predict drug side effects
Ottawa and Australian Research Institutes join forces to extend touch over global networks and industrialise the Internet
New URAC book dispels myths surrounding HIPAA security standards
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
TheraSense and Health Hero Network team up for diabetes data monitoring and patient management
Accuray teams with Medtronic Surgical Navigation Technologies and President Medical Technologies Corporation
Platform partners with Matrix Science to accelerate drug discovery for pharmaceutical companies
Wellogic builds on MillenniumObjects to provide secure Web access to Cerner Millennium Patient Information
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Austrian childhood cancer centre discovers 3Com's "Pay as You Grow" approach to network expansion
Minimilly invasive surgery and ambulatory plus homecare services to the forefront in European hospital market
Security concerns overhang wireless LAN's entry into Europe's hospitals, warns Frost & Sullivan
SGI technologies and grid visualisation advance membrane protein research at Henri Poincaré University
 
The 21st century hospital
 
I-trax to provide software solutions to Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Kingston General Hospital researchers bring real time information to patient bedside using Avaya wireless and VPN solutions
Bernhoven Hospital places order for digital systems with Oldelft Benelux and Rogan-Delft
Misys enhances Radiology Information System and signs strategic alliance with Eclipsys
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Icon Health Publications issues patient's guide on diabetic retinopathy for the Internet age
AuntMinnie radiology community launches AuntMinnieMobile service for PDA users
ComMedica wins European Innovation Award with Patient Record Library System technology
National Science Foundation awards $1 million to develop Protein Database at UCSD's San Diego Supercomputer Center
 
VMWC news bites
 
Both FDA-cleared da Vinci robot and "port-access" approach to score in heart surgery
University of Florida research team to develop computational wear models for knee joints
Biomedical scientist to test nanoparticles as early cancer detection agent
Simulation-based training available to medical professionals at Geisinger Health System
 

Leads December 2002 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere's integrated encounter capture solution provides value to physicians at Saint Louis University
Full ArticleMDeverywhere, a provider of handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, has launched the latest return on investment (ROI) results, which include a related productivity review. The study, conducted for the Department of Internal Medicine, the physician group at Saint Louis University (SLUCare), is unique because it encompasses MDeverywhere's integrated encounter capture services, EveryCharge for charge capture and EveryNote for voice dictation.
AllScripts offers TouchWorks' modular electronic medical record on Tablet PC
Full ArticleAllscripts Healthcare Solutions, a provider of point-of-care decision support tools for physicians, has made available TouchWorks, the complete modular electronic medical record (mEMR), for deployment on the Tablet PC. With the release of the enhanced Windows XP operating system for Tablet PC from Microsoft and the launch of a new Tablet PC from HP, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions leverages the power of this important new platform to bring mobility to all of the clinical applications in the TouchWorks suite.
Skyscape introduces medical reference software for Nokia smartphones while supporting the Symbian platform
Full ArticleSkyscape Inc., a provider of intelligent, interactive mobile solutions for the health care community, will offer Skyscape medical references on Nokia wireless mobile phones, including the Nokia 9290 mobile phone/PDA and the 3650 mobile phone/camera devices. Skyscape also will support the Symbian operating system for mobile wireless phones. Skyscape is the first mobile health care solutions company to support the Symbian platform.
Nextair's wireless DispatchForce solution implemented at United Kingdom based ambulance service
Full ArticleNextair Inc., the developer of the award-winning AIRIX wireless enabling platform, has been selected with its new Passenger Transport Edition of DispatchForce for full wireless deployment after a reported tremendous success during pilot trials and implementation at Sussex Ambulance Service National Health Service (NHS) Trust in the United Kingdom. As a result of this success, Nextair also has formally received "Approved Partner" status by Vodafone, a mobile operator with 105 million customers worldwide.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Brain images from patients with schizophrenia will be shared in first United States imaging network
Full ArticleBrain images from hundreds of people with schizophrenia at ten research sites in the United States will be shared in a first-of-its-kind research project funded with $10,9 million from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a branch of the National Institutes of Health. The project will create an extensive and unique database of brain information which is expected to expand understanding of disabling brain illnesses such as schizophrenia, and speed the development of new treatments.
University of Iowa researchers use computational methods to predict drug side effects
Full ArticleComputer programmes that simulate biological events in virtual reality are playing an increasingly important role in many areas of pharmaceutical research. Adrian Elcock, Ph.D., University of Iowa (UI) assistant professor of biochemistry, is studying whether purely computational approaches can be used to identify unintended drug interactions that might cause side effects.
Ottawa and Australian Research Institutes join forces to extend touch over global networks and industrialise the Internet
Full ArticleThe National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT) and the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIR0) in partnership with several Canadian technology companies are industrialising the Internet by capitalising on the ability to "touch" over a network. In a recent demonstration, a surgeon in Australia guided a trainee in Canada 16.000 km away to perform a simulated cholecystectomy, an operation to remove the gall bladder. The demonstration was developed by CSIRO Australia to show how two surgeons in separate locations could plan and rehearse surgical procedures within a shared virtual environment. Applications range from everyday consulting to responding to crisis situations.
New URAC book dispels myths surrounding HIPAA security standards
Full ArticleURAC has published the HIPAA Handbook "What Your Organization Should Know About the Federal Security Rule", to help the industry cope with the uncertainty surrounding HIPAA data security regulation. This "must read" publication is an expanded update to the original HIPAA Handbook, and features explanations and strategies by the United States' leading experts for meeting the security requirements under HIPAA.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
TheraSense and Health Hero Network team up for diabetes data monitoring and patient management
Full ArticleTheraSense Inc., specialised in blood glucose monitoring and maker of the popular, virtually pain-free FreeStyle blood glucose monitoring system, and Health Hero Network Inc., the developer of award-winning technology solutions for health monitoring, have signed a license contract. Under the agreement, Health Hero Network has granted to TheraSense a co-exclusive license in the field of diabetes to Health Hero's extensive patent portfolio relating to medical data monitoring and patient management.
Accuray teams with Medtronic Surgical Navigation Technologies and President Medical Technologies Corporation
Full ArticleAccuray Incorporated has partnered with Medtronic Surgical Navigation Technologies (SNT), a division of Medtronic Incorporated, to co-market Accuray's CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System to neurosurgical centres in the United States. In addition, Accuray also has entered a new distributor agreement with President Medical Technologies Corporation (PMTC) to distribute CyberKnife and related products in Asia.
Platform partners with Matrix Science to accelerate drug discovery for pharmaceutical companies
Full ArticleMatrix Science, a developer of bioinformatics products and services, has become a Platform Computing technology partner. Matrix Science has integrated Platform's flagship enterprise grid solution Platform LSF with its powerful search engine, Mascot. This technology partnership will accelerate drug discovery for pharmaceutical companies within the emerging life sciences sector of proteomics.
Wellogic builds on MillenniumObjects to provide secure Web access to Cerner Millennium Patient Information
Full ArticleAs physicians become more comfortable and reliant on information technology, they want the same access to patient information elsewhere that they enjoy in hospitals and clinics where they exercise privileges. Wellogic's Consult application, integrated with Cerner Millennium, provides an additional solution to Cerner's existing offerings. Under a technology and marketing agreement, Wellogic will integrate its Consult product with MillenniumObjects. Consult is a clinical work flow manager based on Web standards which allows hospitals to offer their affiliated physicians access to patient records anywhere a Web browser is available.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Austrian childhood cancer centre discovers 3Com's "Pay as You Grow" approach to network expansion
Full ArticleSt. Anna Children's Hospital in Vienna, Austria, one of Europe's major centres for research into childhood cancers, is the latest organisation to secure a productive and cost-effective future for its technology infrastructure by opting for 3Com's "pay as you grow" approach to building its LAN core. Using a combination of 3Com Gigabit Ethernet switches and XRN technology, St. Anna Hospital will be able to set its ambitious development strategy in motion, confident that it has the technology and the necessary budget to fulfil all its objectives including the addition of a new research unit in 2005.
Minimilly invasive surgery and ambulatory plus homecare services to the forefront in European hospital market
Full ArticleIncreases in health care expenditure, rises in surgical procedures, and cost containment measures are some of the key characteristics that will define the European health care landscape in days to come, reveals a new study by Frost & Sullivan. By 2020, almost a quarter of Europe's population will be aged over 65. This demographic trend is likely to have a three-fold impact on health care development.
Security concerns overhang wireless LAN's entry into Europe's hospitals, warns Frost & Sullivan
Full ArticleWireless and mobile client device technologies are beginning to make their presence felt in the European hospital environment. Rising awareness of their potential in enhancing productivity and efficiency standards at the point of care is likely to promote their expanded deployment. However, niggling data security issues will have to be addressed before full growth potential can be achieved, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan study.
SGI technologies and grid visualisation advance membrane protein research at Henri Poincaré University
Full ArticleThe Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Group at the Henri Poincaré University in Nancy, France, has become the first visualisation services client of the National Higher Education Computing Center (CINES) supercomputing facility at the University of Montpellier in southern France. The centre is newly equipped with a 512-processor SGI Origin 3800 server and an eight-processor Silicon Graphics Onyx2 visualisation system with four InfiniteReality2 subsystems.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
I-trax to provide software solutions to Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Full ArticleLucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University will use two I-trax software applications, Health-e-Coordinator and MyFamilyMD, in separate pilot programmes. One programme is designed to manage the care of children and adults with cystic fibrosis and the other will provide community based care to children with asthma.
Kingston General Hospital researchers bring real time information to patient bedside using Avaya wireless and VPN solutions
Full ArticleAvaya Inc., a global provider of communications networks and services for businesses, is collaborating with Queen's University Anaesthesiology Informatics Laboratory (QUAIL) to deliver real time information to patient bedsides with Avaya wireless and VPN solutions. The department of the Anaesthesiology's Acute Pain Management Service at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is serving as a trial environment for a broader implementation of wireless networking.
Bernhoven Hospital places order for digital systems with Oldelft Benelux and Rogan-Delft
Full ArticleOldelft Benelux B.V., a subsidiary of Delft Instruments N.V., has been awarded an order by Bernhoven Hospital to supply, implement, and maintain a Picture Archiving & Communication and Radiology Information System (PACS/RIS) together with all-digital radiology suites. The order is worth a total of 3,25 million euro.
Misys enhances Radiology Information System and signs strategic alliance with Eclipsys
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, specialised in health care information technology, has made available its newly enhanced Radiology Information System (RIS), Misys Radiology. Featuring close integration of TalkStationRadiology voice recognition technology, and Web access through Misys WebView, this enhanced version offers radiology departments the ability to improve turnaround time, gain operational efficiencies, improve information access, and achieve HIPAA compliance. In addition, Eclipsys Corporation has formed a strategic alliance with the Hospital Systems unit of Misys Healthcare Systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Eclipsys will offer the Misys Laboratory information system in conjunction with its top-ranked Sunrise solution set.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Icon Health Publications issues patient's guide on diabetic retinopathy for the Internet age
Full ArticleIcon Health Publications has launched a comprehensive manual for anyone interested in self-directed research on diabetic retinopathy. "The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Diabetic Retinopathy" is fully referenced with ample Internet listings and glossary, and addresses all a patient should know about diabetes retinopathy; insulin-dependent diabetes retinopathy; non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus retinopathy; non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy; and proliferative diabetic retinopathy.
AuntMinnie radiology community launches AuntMinnieMobile service for PDA users
Full ArticleAuntMinnie.com, an on-line community for radiology professionals, has launched AuntMinnieMobile, a new service designed for users of handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs). AuntMinnieMobile enables radiology professionals to download and view AuntMinnie's award-winning clinical and business content on any PDA equipped with the AvantGo content delivery service. AuntMinnieMobile is available as an AvantGo channel that can be downloaded to a user's PDA, free of charge. AvantGo supports both the Pocket PC and Palm platforms.
ComMedica wins European Innovation Award with Patient Record Library System technology
Full ArticleComMedica's world-leading clinical information software systems have won the "Best Software Innovation" prize at the European Innovation Awards 2002. ComMedica's software products are based around its flagship PIRILIS or Patient Record Library System technology, which is transforming health care provision worldwide by enabling the universal sharing of all forms of clinical information, including diagnostic-quality medical images and waveforms. In time, such systems will bring to a close the days of archaic and inefficient paper- and film-based medical record-keeping.
National Science Foundation awards $1 million to develop Protein Database at UCSD's San Diego Supercomputer Center
Full ArticleThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $1 million for research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to develop the Protein Kinase Resource (PKR), a database cataloguing a family of enzymes that play key roles in cellular regulation.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Both FDA-cleared da Vinci robot and "port-access" approach to score in heart surgery
Full ArticleHeart surgeons from throughout the United States gathered at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, on November 21, for the nation's first conference on the use of robotic technology in repair of the heart's mitral valve. In the same week, cardiologists heard about the benefits of robotic heart surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System at the annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association. While this technique offers some benefits, other minimally invasive heart surgery approaches may be more patient-friendly.
University of Florida research team to develop computational wear models for knee joints
Full ArticleKnee replacement surgery is performed on more than 250.000 Americans annually, yet less technology is brought to bear on this issue than on the development of common household appliances. Only incremental advances have been made in the design of knee joints since the devices were developed in the 1960s but a makeover is in the works. Dr. B.J. Fregly, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, is addressing the problem by taking technologies traditionally used for mechanical engineering and extending them to the human body.
Biomedical scientist to test nanoparticles as early cancer detection agent
Full ArticleBiomedical scientist Shuming Nie is testing the use of nanoparticles called quantum dots to dramatically improve clinical diagnostic tests for the early detection of cancer. The tiny particles glow and act as markers on cells and genes, giving scientists the ability to rapidly analyse biopsy tissue from cancer patients so that doctors can provide the most effective therapy available.
Simulation-based training available to medical professionals at Geisinger Health System
Full ArticleThe first SimSuite Center in the Eastern United States is now open at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. Developed by Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) of Englewood, Colorado, the high-tech simulation based training system is designed to replicate the process of caring for patients, including simulating a hospital's catheterisation lab. The system is a learning tool with multiple approaches that allows health care teams to review a patient's history, formulate a diagnosis, conduct a simulated interventional procedure, create a post-procedure care plan, and evaluate performance metrics, all without any risk to patients.
 

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