VMW Monthly - February 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;
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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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*** 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 February 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
PocketScript enables e-prescription on BlackBerry wireless handhelds and sets up pilot with partners
HEALTHvision partners with PacifiCare Health Systems to provide e-prescription solutions
QRS Diagnostic introduces instant data synchronisation to enhance its patient information management software
Skyscape introduces HIV and therapy guides to PDA using physicians
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Health Canada approves Home Telehealth solution and funding for tele-ophthalmology project
Medweb, Vivometrics and Siemens Environmental Systems showcase emergency technologies during Shadow Bowl
Illumina's BeadArray technology to underpin Canadian genotyping in HapMap Project
University of Tokyo deploys Japan's largest genome analysis system based on Sun solution
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Meridian Health Care Management releases PRIMEridian version 6.0 with claims auto-adjudication rate to over 80 percent
deCODE and IBM to deliver technology solution for applying genetics to drug discovery
Bayer Diagnostics expands relationship with Matsushita Electric creating Viterion TeleHealthcare
Philips' whole-body MRI package gives clinicians big picture in oncology and vascular examinations
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Mathematical modelling of the cardiovascular system
eDiamond and Mammogrid to develop grid infrastructure for standardised annotated mammograms
Operative sports medicine increasingly turns to orthopaedic biomaterials
Sectra to digitise radiology operations at Trelleborg Hospital
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Community Health Network will link Indianapolis physicians and patients on-line using RelayHealth
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System deploys PatientKeeper and Clarinet Systems EthIR LAN
Valley Medical Center chooses McKesson for complete range of information solutions
Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study of American Hospital Association now available
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Via Christi selects Whale's e-Gap solution for secure access to digitised radiological images
Amazing Charts breaks down price barrier for Electronic Medical Record systems
Technological innovations drive United States 3D imaging market to the fore
Stryker Howmedica Osteonics launches on-line Joint Replacement Resource Center
 
VMWC news bites
 
Limited incision hip replacement surgery reduces risk to patient
Image-guided spine radiosurgery success at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
3D virtual colonoscopy screening quick, effective and patient-friendly alternative to traditional colonoscopy
Immersion and Lippincott create interactive physical assessment and diagnosis tool with tactile feedback
 

Leads February 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
PocketScript enables e-prescription on BlackBerry wireless handhelds and sets up pilot with partners
Full ArticleMedix Resources Inc. has closed an alliance with PocketScript and Research In Motion (RIM) to enable physicians to execute secure electronic prescriptions using their BlackBerry wireless handhelds. This announcement follows the news that Medix and PocketScript have entered into a definitive agreement providing for Medix's acquisition of PocketScript. In addition, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), in conjunction with Express Scripts Incorporated, Medix Resources and PocketScript, is conducting an electronic prescribing pilot leveraging the PocketScript system.
HEALTHvision partners with PacifiCare Health Systems to provide e-prescription solutions
Full ArticleHEALTHvision Inc., a health care Internet company, recently entered into a strategic alliance with PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. to provide e-prescription solutions to payers and physicians throughout the country. The alliance, which includes a technology licensing agreement and acquisition of the e-prescribing assets of wholly owned PacifiCare subsidiary MEDeMORPHUS Healthcare Solutions Inc., allows HEALTHvision to assume responsibility for MEDeMORPHUS' existing contracts with more than 1600 physicians. Collectively, these physicians write roughly 180.000 electronic prescriptions per month. The agreement includes the delivery of MEDeMORPHUS' handheld devices and wireless functionality.
QRS Diagnostic introduces instant data synchronisation to enhance its patient information management software
Full ArticleWith the release of MedicSync, QRS Diagnostic now enables users of its Office Medic and Pocket Medic software to synchronise databases of patients' physiological data collected with QRS computer card medical devices. The MedicSync feature is a wizard that synchronises data between two different Office Medic databases or between a Pocket Medic and Office Medic database.
Skyscape introduces HIV and therapy guides to PDA using physicians
Full ArticleSkyscape Inc., a provider of interactive, intelligent mobile solutions for the health care community, has made available five new additions to its infectious disease speciality line, including two titles from noted expert Dr. John Bartlett of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The addition of these titles, which are PDA versions of the same trusted, recognised medical reference publications used by physicians and other health care practitioners across the globe, gives medical professionals unprecedented access to the most comprehensive, top quality infectious disease information available today.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Health Canada approves Home Telehealth solution and funding for tele-ophthalmology project
Full ArticleHealth Canada is currently involved in two successful telemedicine projects. On the one hand, it is contributing up to $436.177 to the WestNet Tele-Opthalmology Project managed by the Government of the Northwest Territories. On the other hand, March Networks, a proven innovator in developing home telehealth solutions, is now able to actively market and sell its Home Telehealth solution in Canada following the receipt of Health Canada approval on the solution's Health Monitoring Kit (HMK).
Medweb, Vivometrics and Siemens Environmental Systems showcase emergency technologies during Shadow Bowl
Full ArticleVivoMetrics and Siemens Environmental Systems have monitored an emergency first responder for signs of environmental hazard and physiologic stress from a remote command post during the Shadow Bowl situational readiness drill, which was held on Super Bowl Sunday in San Diego, California. Medweb provided a Mobile Medical Communications & Triage Vehicle (MMCTV) and an Instant Internet Field Clinic (IIFC) for the Shadow Bowl initiatives.
Illumina's BeadArray technology to underpin Canadian genotyping in HapMap Project
Full ArticleIllumina Inc. has signed an agreement with Genome Québec for the purchase of Illumina's SNP genotyping solution. Illumina's solution includes all aspects of a production-scale laboratory and will be an integral component of the new Genome Québec Innovation Centre, located on the McGill University campus in Montréal, Canada. The genotyping solution will be used to support Canada's contribution to the International HapMap Project as well as genotyping projects for Genome Québec, Genome Canada, McGill University and other academic institutions in Canada.
University of Tokyo deploys Japan's largest genome analysis system based on Sun solution
Full ArticleThe Human Genome Center (HGC), a branch of the Institute of Medical Science of the University of Tokyo, has deployed Sun Fire 15K servers as the basis of its human genome analysis system. Powered by Sun's high-end 64-bit servers, the system went fully operational on January 1, 2003. The University of Tokyo's genome analysis system is the second largest Sun Fire 15K server supercluster in the world.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Meridian Health Care Management releases PRIMEridian version 6.0 with claims auto-adjudication rate to over 80 percent
Full ArticleMeridian Health Care Management Inc., a provider of outsourced managed care technology and administrative services, has released the managed care information system, PRIMEridian. The version 6.0 is slated to significantly improve operational efficiency and the rate of claims auto-adjudication for Meridian's outsourced and ASP clients. PRIMEridian is an integrated information technology system that supports administrative functions and managed care transactions for health plans and risk-contracted provider organisations.
deCODE and IBM to deliver technology solution for applying genetics to drug discovery
Full ArticledeCODE genetics and IBM have signed a strategic alliance to deliver a set of integrated applications, technologies, and services for analysing, managing, and storing genetic, genealogical, and clinical data. Under the three-year agreement, deCODE genetics and IBM will jointly market and sell deCODE's Clinical Genome Miner (CGM) Discovery system running on IBM hardware and software. The deCODE and IBM solution will be available globally to pharmaceutical biotechnology firms, government-sponsored research organisations, research hospitals, and medical care facilities beginning midyear.
Bayer Diagnostics expands relationship with Matsushita Electric creating Viterion TeleHealthcare
Full ArticleThe Diagnostics Division of Bayer HealthCare LLC, a member of the Bayer Group, and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan, which is best known by its Panasonic brand, have expanded their relationship with the signing of a joint venture agreement and establishing "Viterion TeleHealthcare LLC", a Bayer-Panasonic company, to market products and services for the rapidly growing telehealth market.
Philips' whole-body MRI package gives clinicians big picture in oncology and vascular examinations
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has introduced a unique whole-body imaging package for its Intera MR systems that enables head-to-toe scanning with a virtual field-of-view of more than 2 meters. In approximately 5 minutes, clinicians can now obtain images of the entire body in a single scan. The increased scanning speed contributes to patient comfort and safety.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Mathematical modelling of the cardiovascular system
Full ArticleThe cardiovascular system distributes blood with oxygen and many other substances of vital concernment. Therefore, it is the most important part of the human body. Knowing how the cardiovascular system works allows us to treat a variety of heart diseases, but it also helps us to learn about its disfunctionality. Numerical simulation of the cardiovascular system has also become a useful tool for the surgeon who diagnoses cardiovascular diseases and recommends ways for their medical treatment.
eDiamond and Mammogrid to develop grid infrastructure for standardised annotated mammograms
Full ArticleAt the First European HealthGrid Conference, Jérôme Declerck, chief scientist at Mirada Solutions, presented the British eDiamond and the European Mammogrid projects, both dealing with the screening and detection of breast cancer. These two-year initiatives were showcased as potential prototypes for supranational databases of medical images since both project consortia are trying to build grid-enabled federated databases of annotated mammograms and testing validation of the need for standardisation of fixed parameters to detect breast tumours using Mirada's Standard Mammogram Form (SMF) in eDiamond.
Operative sports medicine increasingly turns to orthopaedic biomaterials
Full ArticleA spurt in sports-related injuries across all ages, the multiple benefits offered by absorbable products, as well as the rising preference for bone graft substitutes over allografts will underline the rapid growth of the orthopaedic biomaterials segment of the absorbable and erodible biomaterials market. According to latest research by growth consultants at Frost & Sullivan, total market revenues will be further augmented by the relatively sedate expansion of the wound closure biomaterials segment.
Sectra to digitise radiology operations at Trelleborg Hospital
Full ArticleThe Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra has signed a contract with Trelleborg Hospital in Sweden, regarding digitisation of the hospital's radiology operations. The order includes Sectra's system for image viewing, communication and archiving (PACS) and its value amounts to approximately USD 870.000.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Community Health Network will link Indianapolis physicians and patients on-line using RelayHealth
Full ArticleCommunity Health Network (Community), an Indianapolis-based integrated delivery network with over 1100 affiliated physicians, will extend its suite of eHealth services by offering RelayHealth's secure doctor-patient communication service. The RelayHealth service will be offered to Community affiliated physicians who choose to make this service available to their patients from Community's existing eHealth access point.
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System deploys PatientKeeper and Clarinet Systems EthIR LAN
Full ArticleClarinet Systems Inc., a global provider of wireless infrared connectivity for handheld devices, and PatientKeeper Inc., accelerating the transformation of health care through mobile computing solutions, have joined forces to bring point-to-point dedicated infrared connectivity to clinicians at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System (North Shore-LIJ).
Valley Medical Center chooses McKesson for complete range of information solutions
Full ArticleValley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, recently has contracted for a broad array of products and services from McKesson Information Solutions. The 300-bed public hospital system in Washington's Puget Sound region will implement McKesson's Horizon Clinicals suite as well as solutions to enhance revenue cycle management and resource management. It has also contracted with McKesson to create the technological infrastructure for high availability and robust disaster recovery needed to support mission-critical systems.
Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study of American Hospital Association now available
Full ArticleToday, hospital leaders can access the 2003 Most Wired Survey and Benchmark Study. Developed in 1998 by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine, the survey has come to be regarded as a credible benchmark tool for measuring information technology (IT) effectiveness. Last year, nearly 800 hospitals participated in the 8-page on-line survey measuring IT connectivity with patients, doctors and nurses, employees, suppliers and health plans.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Via Christi selects Whale's e-Gap solution for secure access to digitised radiological images
Full ArticleVia Christi Regional Medical Center has selected Whale Communications' e-Gap Remote Access Appliance to provide some 1000 physicians secure access to digitised radiological images, leading to a projected savings of more than $500.000 annually. Whale Communications' award-winning e-Gap product suite provides secure SSLVPN solutions, also referred to as clientless VPNs, which offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than traditional VPNs.
Amazing Charts breaks down price barrier for Electronic Medical Record systems
Full ArticleAmazingCharts.com Inc. has redefined the economics of medical record keeping with the introduction of Amazing Charts software. With a total cost of $500 for essentially all the same functionality as software programmes that sell for thousands of dollars more, Amazing Charts enables small medical practices to begin using an electronic medical record (EMR) system without making significant investments in complicated licensing fees, user training, or extra software modules.
Technological innovations drive United States 3D imaging market to the fore
Full ArticleThe intense pace of innovations in three-dimensional (3D) imaging technologies used with computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance, angiography and ultrasound modalities epitomise the growth of the United States 3D imaging market. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, U.S. 3D Imaging Markets, reveals that this market generated revenues worth $397,6 million in 2002 and is likely to reach $1,15 billion in 2009.
Stryker Howmedica Osteonics launches on-line Joint Replacement Resource Center
Full ArticleStryker Corporation's division, Stryker Howmedica Osteonics, a provider of orthopaedic implants, has launched an on-line Joint Replacement Resource Center. The sponsored Resource Center, aimed at educating patients on joint replacement therapies for hips, knees and shoulders, provides content developed by Stryker Howmedica Osteonics.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Limited incision hip replacement surgery reduces risk to patient
Full ArticleOrthopaedic surgeons at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have demonstrated a surgical technique that may be quicker, better and safer when it comes to having a hip replaced. Less invasive total hip replacement surgery in 35 to 45 minutes was demonstrated on the Internet during a Webcast from the operating rooms at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. This was the fourth procedure to be broadcast on the Internet by Jefferson in the last year.
Image-guided spine radiosurgery success at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Full ArticleThe University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pennsylvania has now treated 100 spinal tumour patients with Accuray's CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System. Treatments took place over the last 14 months and were delivered in single and staged fractions. Stereotactic radiosurgery involves the use of precise targeting and multiple beams of high doses of radiation to ablate tumours and other defined lesions non-invasively.
3D virtual colonoscopy screening quick, effective and patient-friendly alternative to traditional colonoscopy
Full ArticleEBT-Heart and Body Imaging has introduced the new virtual colonoscopy procedure for colon cancer screening to the Detroit, Michigan area. The test uses FDA-approved, low radiation, electron beam tomography (EBT) combined with advanced workstations to create a high-tech 3D fly-through of the large intestine.
Immersion and Lippincott create interactive physical assessment and diagnosis tool with tactile feedback
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, and Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW), a Wolters Kluwer Corporation and publisher of health care information, intend to develop the first-ever interactive physical assessment and diagnosis tool to provide essential tactile feedback.
 

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