VMW Monthly - January 2003 - 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;
  • a movie file of the application in use;
  • 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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*** Virtual Medical World Magazine's 2002 TOP 10 articles listing ***

The emergence of wireless and digital applications in health care, the need for sound HIPAA implementation, simulation and robotic surgery, virtual reality, advanced 3D medical imaging, and clever devices for minimally invasive interventions: these are the highest ranking topics in VMW's past year survey. Here is your chance to do some catching up with regard to the hottest items in medical IT of the year 2002.

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Contents January 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Pilot programme awards CME credit to physicians using handheld evidence-based medicine guidance
Ohio State University Medical Center keeps mobile devices on call with XcelleNet
Skyscape brings natural medicine, alternative therapy references, and the Special Forces Medical Handbook to PDA
MDeverywhere to release new version with enhanced features of its point-of-care solution
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Arizona Telemedicine Programme selects Riverstone for multi-campus metropolitan network deployment
URAC and NIST form workgroup to assess impact of security requirements on health care operations
Canadian $900.000 project explores Alberta's SuperNet model to deliver telehealth and electronic services
Technology breakthroughs and provider acceptance aid rural health care delivery
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips enables open access with new Vequion family of clinical IT products and services
VIDAR's newest film digitiser included in mammography clinical study at Mayo Clinic
Misys announces RIS/PACS integration strategy and demonstrates enhanced pharmacy and clinical decision support systems
Health Hero renews patient monitoring contract with Veterans Integrated Service Network 8 for three years
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Sun selects Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as a Center of Excellence in biomedical research
European Commission sets out quality criteria for health-related Web sites
Sectra signs co-operation with European health IT supplier Torex and Mirada image fusion Solutions
European gene therapy market in search for "proof of principle"
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Brio software streamlines research data reporting for Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Wavelink to implement wireless network management at St. Vincent's Hospital
Providence Hospital and RelWare issue case study on CDR-Web clinical data repository
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital launches CyberKnife non-invasive robotic tumour treatment
 
Virtual snap shots
 
BroadVision powers BUPA's myHealth Web service providing access to personalised health information
Telemedicine Alliance project aims to deliver e-health services for Europe
TeleVital low bandwidth telemedicine technology used in remote surgery monitoring
Buffalo General Hospital/Kaleida Health becomes third site for FDA mandated clinical trials with ROBODOC
 
VMWC news bites
 
R2 Technology and Chroma Medical Systems develop Computer Aided Detection for virtual colonoscopy
Applicability of Moore's Law to IT in health care examined in MMVR 2002 proceedings
Sandia "Be There Now" hardware examines huge data sets remotely yet interactively
Study proves medical simulators reduce number of patient-based procedures required to learn endoscopy skills
 

Leads January 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Pilot programme awards CME credit to physicians using handheld evidence-based medicine guidance
Full ArticlePhysicians who use handheld computers to access evidence-based medical information while caring for patients will now have the opportunity to earn continuing medical education (CME) credit for their efforts. The American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) has announced its participation in a pilot programme with the American Medical Association (AMA) to provide AMA PRA category 1 CME credit to physicians using PIER, ACP-ASIM's evidence-based clinical decision support tool, integrated with TouchWorks clinical software from Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
Ohio State University Medical Center keeps mobile devices on call with XcelleNet
Full ArticleOhio State University (OSU) Medical Center has selected XcelleNet, a provider of Mobile Infrastructure solutions and expertise, to support and synchronise over 1600 Palm handheld devices. XcelleNet ensures OSU Medical Center that its wide range of applications, including drug interaction software, medical calculators, and patient medical records, are consistently and quickly updated without the need for time-consuming and expensive manual interventions.
Skyscape brings natural medicine, alternative therapy references, and the Special Forces Medical Handbook to PDA
Full ArticleSkyscape Inc., a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has introduced three new natural medicine and alternative therapies references, including Guide to Popular Natural Products (GNP) published by Facts and Comparisons, a complete version of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database published by Therapeutic Research Corporation, and the Nursing Herbal Medicine Handbook published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Skyscape has also made available the Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook from Teton NewMedia for the PDA. The content was created by the United States Special Operations Command, Office of the Command Surgeon, and over 80 medical specialists, and is now the unified reference for Special Forces combat medics in all branches of the Armed Forces.
MDeverywhere to release new version with enhanced features of its point-of-care solution
Full ArticleMDeverywhere, specialised in providing handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, has made available version 7.0 of its tool. The newest release features enhanced solutions that easily adapt to different health care environments by further customising the way physicians and administrators are able to manage information to fit individual needs, preferences, and situations.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Arizona Telemedicine Programme selects Riverstone for multi-campus metropolitan network deployment
Full ArticleThe Arizona Telemedicine Programme (ATP), a University of Arizona-based project, is deploying Riverstone Networks' metro routers to extend distance learning, telemedicine applications, and informatics training to campuses throughout Arizona. Functioning as a "virtual corporation", the Arizona Telemedicine Programme is creating new paradigms for health care delivery over the information superhighway. The programme is recognised as one of the premier programmes at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and has received numerous awards at the national level for its research and innovations.
URAC and NIST form workgroup to assess impact of security requirements on health care operations
Full ArticleA new effort is underway in the USA to facilitate the identification and implementation of best practices in health care for information security requirements. To this end, the Security Healthcare Certification and Accreditation Workgroup has been convened and will bring together a wide array of key stakeholders from the public and private sectors in hopes of developing a more uniform approach to security assessments. The Workgroup held its first meeting in December 2002 to identify a 2003 work plan, including the review of the recently published draft security guidelines by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the new Security Rule as authorised by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
Canadian $900.000 project explores Alberta's SuperNet model to deliver telehealth and electronic services
Full ArticleThe Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) will fund a $900.000 study examining the impact of next-generation high-speed Internet on urban and rural communities, as council president Marc Renaud has announced. The project led by Dr. David Mitchell, a University of Calgary communications and culture professor, will look at Alberta's SuperNet project as a model for how advanced high-speed Internet connectivity can help communities remove the barriers of distance for the delivery of both commercial content and essential health, education, and emergency services.
Technology breakthroughs and provider acceptance aid rural health care delivery
Full ArticleInnovations in technology, connectivity, and financing are lowering the barriers to delivering quality care in rural communities, according to the report, "Rural Health Care Delivery: Connecting Communities Through Technology". Commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and conducted by First Consulting Group (FCG), the report highlights the technology available to connect providers to specialists and other resources with the rural communities they serve. The report also cites case examples of technology solutions and addresses implementation issues such as provider collaboration, regulations, and funding.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips enables open access with new Vequion family of clinical IT products and services
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has introduced Vequion, a new family of clinical IT products and services, aimed at streamlining operations and improving patient care. The Vequion family of clinical information products and services enables unparalleled integration across legacy IT systems, including multiple modalities and other manufacturers' equipment, as well as customised data management based on individual or departmental preferences used in various imaging modalities and PACS.
VIDAR's newest film digitiser included in mammography clinical study at Mayo Clinic
Full ArticleVIDAR Systems Corporation, a manufacturer of medical film digitisers, will work with Siemens Medical Solutions and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, to perform a mammography clinical study. This study will focus on the comparison of digitised images versus hard-copy original films. Dr. Elizabeth DePeri, Diagnostic Radiologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville will serve as the principal investigator. VIDAR also launched its newest digitiser, the CAD PRO, designed specifically for the application of computer aided detection (CAD) for screening mammography. The CAD PRO digitiser was unveiled at the 2002 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.
Misys announces RIS/PACS integration strategy and demonstrates enhanced pharmacy and clinical decision support systems
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has highlighted its product strategy for PACS integration with the Misys Radiology information system (RIS) at the Radiological Society of North America's (RSNA) Conference in Chicago, which was held December 1st through 6th, 2002. As part of a continuing commitment to its ambitious product development programme, Misys also has demonstrated enhanced versions of its Misys Insight clinical decision support system and Misys Pharmacy information system at the 2002 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Health Hero renews patient monitoring contract with Veterans Integrated Service Network 8 for three years
Full ArticleHealth Hero Network Inc. has signed a three-year contract extension with Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) 8. The VISN 8 Community Care Co-ordination Service (CCCS) programmes succeeded in reducing hospital admissions, surgeries, and prescriptions by over 60 percent during a two-year demonstration project incorporating Health Hero technology. Due to the success of its programmes, the Community Care Co-ordination Service was selected at the Fourth Annual Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) Leadership Forum as a consecutive award winner.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Sun selects Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as a Center of Excellence in biomedical research
Full ArticleBuilding on its commitment to advance academic research through high performance computing technology, Sun Microsystems Inc. has selected Switzerland's Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich (ETHZ) as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Biomedical Research. The National Center of Competence in Research for Computer Aided and Image Guided Medical Interventions (NCCR Co-Me), hosted by ETHZ, is utilising Sun's high performance computing systems and graphics solutions to aid in the promotion of a new model for medical interventions and ultimately, patient care.
European Commission sets out quality criteria for health-related Web sites
Full ArticleThe European Commission has published a communication, outlining its quality criteria for Web sites offering health-related information to citizens. The communication comes after a decision was made by the European Council to support such an initiative within the eEurope 2002 Action Plan, and after wide consultation with governments, industry, international organisations, and representatives from medical and patient interest groups.
Sectra signs co-operation with European health IT supplier Torex and Mirada image fusion Solutions
Full ArticleThe Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra has signed a partnership agreement with the United Kingdom-based Torex Health company, one of Europe's major suppliers of health IT. Torex Health currently has the largest installed base of hospital information system clients in the United Kingdom and the Torex strategy is increasingly focused on clinical systems. Sectra also has widened its Clinical Solutions Network by signing a co-operation agreement with Mirada Solutions Ltd., an Oxford-based medical software development company. Through the agreement, Mirada's solution for image fusion is fully integrated into Sectra's system for handling digital x-ray images.
European gene therapy market in search for "proof of principle"
Full ArticleAfter a tumultuous decade characterised by unrivalled hype and devastating blows, the controversial medical field of gene therapy is fast becoming a robust scientific discipline. On the cusp of an exciting new era, large-scale production of gene therapy products for clinical trials and potential product launches are now a reality. A new study by Frost & Sullivan believes that the European market will see the first commercial launch of gene therapy in 2005.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Brio software streamlines research data reporting for Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Full ArticleCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has selected Brio Intelligence, a key component of the Brio Performance Suite, as its standard query and reporting solution alongside its Oracle research data repository storing data sourced from more than 20 disparate systems. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is a world leader in paediatric research and one of the busiest paediatric facilities in the United States. Researchers there are now relying on Brio and Oracle to help understand how a child's clinical and genomic characteristics influence the outcome of care.
Wavelink to implement wireless network management at St. Vincent's Hospital
Full ArticleSt. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, which has one of the most advanced information technology networks in the United States, recently implemented Wavelink Corporation's wireless network management solution, further expanding Wavelink's reach into the health care industry. Wavelink Corporation is a provider of wireless application development software, network management, and mobile device solutions for the enterprise.
Providence Hospital and RelWare issue case study on CDR-Web clinical data repository
Full ArticleHospitals and health systems today search for software that provides them a straightforward way to increase patient safety, reduce costs, and meet compliance efforts. Typically software of this caliber costs well into the millions. Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, a member of the St. John Health System, Providence, has found their solution in a unique partner, Reliance Software Systems (RelWare). RelWare brought CDR-Web to Providence three years ago. With the help of Providence's physicians and clinicians, RelWare has created a state-of-the-art, robust application utilising the best in emerging technologies, and all of this is available for under 1 million dollars.
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital launches CyberKnife non-invasive robotic tumour treatment
Full ArticleUSC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital in Los Angeles has treated its first 25 patients using the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System developed by Accuray Incorporated. The CyberKnife is a non-invasive medical device incorporating image-guided robotics to ablate tumours and other lesions throughout the body using precisely directed beams of radiation. USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital is one of 39 designated sites by the National Cancer Institute and also the first designated site to offer this non-invasive, robotic surgery. The hospital began treating patients with the CyberKnife technology in mid-October 2002.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
BroadVision powers BUPA's myHealth Web service providing access to personalised health information
Full ArticleBroadVision Inc., a provider of enterprise business portal applications, has helped launching MyHealth portal service, an advancement in personal health information from BUPA, one of the United Kingdom's major independent health care organisations.
Telemedicine Alliance project aims to deliver e-health services for Europe
Full ArticleA European Commission funded collaboration project between the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) aims to formulate policies for the delivery of e-health services to Europe's citizens by 2010. The Telemedicine Alliance project aims to promote the use of telecommunication technologies in medicine, whilst standardising different countries' e-health systems in order to provide citizens with seamless services throughout the European Union.
TeleVital low bandwidth telemedicine technology used in remote surgery monitoring
Full ArticleTeleVital enables MITAC, a NASA-funded research programme with telemedicine software for monitoring remote surgeries in remote locations. On December 9th and 10th of 2002, utilising a single 64Kbps satellite connection along with TeleVital's low bandwidth telemedicine software, numerous remote surgeries in a small village in Sucua, Ecuador were monitored and mentored from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Buffalo General Hospital/Kaleida Health becomes third site for FDA mandated clinical trials with ROBODOC
Full ArticleIntegrated Surgical Systems Inc. (ISS), a pioneer in medical robotics and specialised in image-directed, semi-autonomous robotic products for surgical applications, has reached an agreement with Buffalo General Hospital/Kaleida Health and Dr. Kenneth Krackow for their participation as the third clinical site in the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) procedure for the ROBODOC System.
 
VMWC news bites
 
R2 Technology and Chroma Medical Systems develop Computer Aided Detection for virtual colonoscopy
Full ArticleR2 Technology Inc., specialised in computer-aided detection (CAD), has signed a product development and license agreement with Chroma Medical Systems Inc. for the development of CAD for computed tomography (CT) based virtual colonoscopy, sometimes known as CT colonography. The companies have already showed prototypes at the 87th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Applicability of Moore's Law to IT in health care examined in MMVR 2002 proceedings
Full ArticleThe conference proceedings of the tenth edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event, held January 23-26, 2002 in Newport Beach, California, have been published as the 85th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This MMVR 2002 edition includes 108 papers, presenting state-of-the-art applications in Virtual Reality for the health care practice, under the general theme of "Digital Upgrades: Applying Moore's Law to Health", in which the editors think of "digital upgrades" as upgrading the human body in analogy with upgrading computer software.
Sandia "Be There Now" hardware examines huge data sets remotely yet interactively
Full ArticleA surgeon in New York who wants the opinion quickly of a specialist in Los Angeles probably would send medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) files as e-mail attachments or make them accessible in Internet drop zones. Unfortunately for patients on operating tables, extremely large files may take a half-hour to transmit and require a very large computer, perhaps not available, to form images from the complicated data. Additionally, each rotation of the image for better viewing can take minutes to appear. Now, interactive remote visualisation hardware that allows doctors to view and manipulate images based on very large data sets as though standing in the same room has been developed at Sandia National Laboratories.
Study proves medical simulators reduce number of patient-based procedures required to learn endoscopy skills
Full ArticleAs part of an ongoing study at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, residents who practised sigmoidoscopies on Immersion Medical's simulators demonstrated a statistically significant 75 percent increase in overall competency scores. This study validates the use of Immersion Medical's AccuTouch Endoscopy Simulator with Flexible Sigmoidoscopy module in reducing the number of patient-based procedures required to achieve competency in performing flexible sigmoidoscopy. A gastro-enterologist objectively scored the residents, monitoring factors such as intubation, retroflexion, pathology, and virtual patient discomfort.
 

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