VMW Monthly - March 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 March 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere's wireless functionality enhances information flow for physicians anywhere anytime
Amicore partners with QRS Diagnostic and launches integrated clinical and practice management software
Medco Health Solutions survey shows e-prescribing technology as a tool to improve health care
Fujitsu and Source Medical showcase pen-based outpatient information system
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Michigan launches ambitious 3D exploration of living cells in real time
Johns Hopkins University uses IBM technology in heart disease research
National Institutes of Health to award $1,3 million to Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center for biomedical research
Berkeley scientists create first 3D map of protein universe
 
Grid for Health
 
HealthGrid should stop health care from looking like tenth century travelling
Smallpox Research Grid Project links more than two million computers in search for smallpox cure
European Commission launches problem solving Grid-based approach across application sectors
Drug therapy decision support for infectious diseases showcased as prototypical Grid killer app
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CareAnyware installs Internet-based home health information system at Natick VNA
Health Hero Network signs contract with Veterans Integrated Service Network 10 for health monitoring
Eye Q Digital Retinal Imaging System from Canon captures eye images for fast diabetic screening
HP and InSiteOne sign five-year agreement to deliver medical imaging solutions and services
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Docobo starts trial of doc@HOME system in four European countries
Welsh Gwent Healthcare deploys converged IP network from Nortel Networks to reach over 600.000 people
Sectra to supply diagnostic imaging services through partnerships in Sweden, Australia and North America
University of Edinburgh awarded IBM e-Server p690 for in-silico genetic and medical reserach
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys signs agreements with hospital and PACS partners and sponsors JCAHO seminar events
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority selects Carecast to support CPOE and clinical documentation initiatives
AMICAS to provide Web-based PACS technology for teleradiology at South Shore Hospital
GE Medical Systems and Brigham and Women's Hospital unveil Evidence-Based Medicine System
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Intel Health Research team brings silicon-based technology benefits to health care
New DataCaptor includes "out-of-the-box" support for nearly 200 diverse bedside medical devices
Capsule endoscopy is a superior tool for diagnosing chronic inflammation in small intestine
Microstereopsis introduces digital 3D viewing and recording system for surgical microscopes
 
VMWC news bites
 
Washington Hospital performs first robotic laparoscopic colectomy using ZEUS Surgical System
Doctors support Viatronix Virtual Colonoscopy screening system to save more lives
InTouch Health and Silverado Senior Living start clinical testing of remote presence robot Companion
New software-based learning tool makes study of dental anatomy interactive
 

Leads March 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere's wireless functionality enhances information flow for physicians anywhere anytime
Full ArticleMDeverywhere, specialised in providing handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, announces advanced wireless functionality of its handheld solutions. The new wireless capability enables providers to garner greater convenience and timesavings through the ability to access real time information at the point of care.
Amicore partners with QRS Diagnostic and launches integrated clinical and practice management software
Full ArticleAmicore Inc., a practice improvement company, introduced an integrated clinical and practice management software that will enable physicians to focus more time on caring for their patients. Amicore Integrated Management is an easy-to-use solution that combines an efficient delivery model with the ability to access critical patient information anytime, anywhere. Amicore Integrated Management creates new technology to streamline physician practice work flow and connect physicians to hospitals, labs, pharmacies and payers as never before. At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference in San Diego, California, Amicore and QRS Diagnostic have signed a partnership agreement.
Medco Health Solutions survey shows e-prescribing technology as a tool to improve health care
Full ArticleBoston area physicians are embracing the movement to replace the traditional written prescription system with electronic prescribing or e-prescribing technology, according to a survey released by Medco Health Solutions Inc. e-Prescribing, which uses handheld devices and desktop software to generate prescriptions electronically, is considered a viable tool in eliminating the potential problems commonly associated with the current prescription process, including medication errors, illegible handwriting, formulary compliance, and drug interactions.
Fujitsu and Source Medical showcase pen-based outpatient information system
Full ArticleFujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, and Source Medical have created a highly efficient pen-based outpatient information system to improve patient care and streamline record keeping procedures. The application is a result of a strategic relationship between the two companies to collaborate on application-specific solutions for the health care marketplace. Fujitsu and Source Medical unveiled and showcased the new system using a Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000 Series Tablet PC to run the Source Medical TherapySource application during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Michigan launches ambitious 3D exploration of living cells in real time
Full ArticleA path-breaking collaborative effort of University of Michigan researchers will attempt to capture never-before-seen views of the chemical activity inside living cells in real time and 3D. The three-year project brings together public health, engineering, chemistry, biology, physics and statistics with support from a $1,5 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation in Los Angeles. The University of Michigan has committed an additional $500.000 to the project.
Johns Hopkins University uses IBM technology in heart disease research
Full ArticleJohns Hopkins University researchers are using IBM technology to discover how genes and proteins can influence heart disease. By understanding the origins of heart disease at the molecular level, the researchers hope to gain insights that could lead to new, more effective drugs for treating heart-related illnesses. Through a Shared University Research (SUR) award from IBM, Johns Hopkins has received IBM hardware and software technology for the university's new Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics and Modelling.
National Institutes of Health to award $1,3 million to Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center for biomedical research
Full ArticleThe Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received an award of $1,3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance research in biology and medicine. This award, from NIH's National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), will provide for computational resources to support the work of several world-leading, biomedical research teams.
Berkeley scientists create first 3D map of protein universe
Full ArticleThe universe has been mapped. Not the universe of stars, planets, and black holes, but the protein universe, the vast assemblage of biological molecules that are the building blocks of living cells and control the chemical processes which make those cells work. Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) at Berkeley have created the first three-dimensional global map of the protein structure universe. This map provides important insight into the evolution and demographics of protein structures and may help scientists identify the functions of newly discovered proteins.
 
Grid for Health
 
HealthGrid should stop health care from looking like tenth century travelling
Full ArticleSince thirteen years, Dr. Ilias Iakovidis is paving the way towards a person-centred type of health care within the European Commission's Directorate General for the Information Society - eHealth unit. At the recent First European HealthGrid Conference in Lyon, he stressed that in the new development cycle of the upcoming Sixth Framework Programme, health care projects have to focus on practical implementation rather than on creating computer-savvy applications such as it occurred in the previous Framework Programmes. In this regard, the HealthGrid concept constitutes a tool for synergy in a collaborative environment by building on previous efforts.
Smallpox Research Grid Project links more than two million computers in search for smallpox cure
Full ArticleIBM, United Devices and Accelrys have initiated a project supporting a global research effort that is focused on the development of new drugs that could potentially combat the smallpox virus post infection. The project will be powered through a massive computing "Grid" that will enable millions of computer owners worldwide to contribute idle computing resources with the goal of developing a wide collection of potential anti-smallpox drugs.
European Commission launches problem solving Grid-based approach across application sectors
Full ArticleIn view of the Sixth Framework Programme, the European Commission (EC) has created a fresh unit which will particularly focus on Grid-based systems for complex problem solving. Dr. Max Lemke, who is responsible for this unit, gave a short overview of its objectives and direction to the participants of the HealthGrid conference. Although the new unit is not specifically health-related, the EC changed her policy in such a way to enhance multi-disciplinarity and have synergies exploited across different sectors, allowing Grid-enabling application technologies to enter the field of the health care sector as well.
Drug therapy decision support for infectious diseases showcased as prototypical Grid killer app
Full ArticleAt the University of Amsterdam, a distributed medical support system for drug therapy of HIV infection has been developed and is currently tried out in 25 hospitals and in 20 physician practices. Peter Sloot presented the rule-based expert system which was recently enhanced with a simulation unit, at the HealthGrid conference. Physicians can have fast access to the system through their PDA, WAP or mobile phone devices and via wireless networks. There are two ways to retrieve results quickly, whether by using the middleware approach, or by applying Java technology.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CareAnyware installs Internet-based home health information system at Natick VNA
Full ArticleCareAnyware LLC and the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Inc. have completed the development of CareAnyware's comprehensive clinical and financial application, operating over the Internet. Already, CareAnyware's Internet-accessible product, provided as a monthly service, has been able to demonstrate at the VNA of Natick a dramatic reduction in implementation time and resources as compared to the traditional homecare software implementation models.
Health Hero Network signs contract with Veterans Integrated Service Network 10 for health monitoring
Full ArticleHealth Hero Network Inc. has signed a contract with the Veterans Integrated Service Network 10 (VISN 10) Dayton, Ohio site to provide heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and diabetes disease management. The programmes will utilise Health Hero technology to improve care for chronically ill veterans by enabling them to remain healthy within the comfort of their own home.
Eye Q Digital Retinal Imaging System from Canon captures eye images for fast diabetic screening
Full ArticleApproximately six million people in the United States live with a biological time bomb: undiagnosed diabetes. To help doctors diagnose the disease sooner and implement treatment during its earliest phases, the medical profession is using a new tool that combines traditional medical techniques with the latest digital imaging technology while eliminating the process of dilating a patient's eye. The Eye Q Digital Retinal Imaging System from Canon Medical Systems, with a price range of $26.000 to $80.000 depending on configuration, enables ophthalmologists and optometrists to capture instantly ultra high-resolution digital images that can be reviewed, analysed, printed, and digitally communicated anywhere in the world.
HP and InSiteOne sign five-year agreement to deliver medical imaging solutions and services
Full ArticleHP and InSiteOne Inc. have signed a five-year technology and services agreement to deliver a medical imaging and archiving solution to the global health care industry. The contract is valued at approximately $55 million. The solution is a cost-effective, fee-for-usage service for short-term on-site and long-term off-site archiving with real time access to medical images, such as MRIs, CT scans, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Docobo starts trial of doc@HOME system in four European countries
Full ArticleDocobo Ltd., an international telemedicine company, has started a multi-national trial validating the usability of a novel home monitoring system doc@HOME. The study involves five medical universities and 220 hypertension patients in Germany, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Estonia. The telemedical system doc@HOME allows patients to measure their health parameters at home and send the data to medical professionals electronically. Different estimates set the distant monitoring saving potential of doc@HOME at up to 50 percent.
Welsh Gwent Healthcare deploys converged IP network from Nortel Networks to reach over 600.000 people
Full ArticleGwent Healthcare, one of the largest National Health Service (NHS) Trusts in Wales, has deployed a converged Internet Protocol (IP) voice and data communications network from Nortel Networks to provide improved and increased medical services to over 600.000 people. The new solution, deployed in conjunction with channel "partners" ITS Technology Services and British Telecom (BT), has the flexibility to incorporate the latest medical technologies for the benefit of NHS Trust patients.
Sectra to supply diagnostic imaging services through partnerships in Sweden, Australia and North America
Full ArticleThe Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra has opened a new office in Sydney, Australia. This move will allow Sectra to give local service to its partners and users in the Australian and New Zealand diagnostic imaging market. Sectra has also signed three partnership agreements. The first one is with InSight Oceania Pty Ltd., an Australian medical distribution company. Insight provides value-added services to a large customer base throughout the diagnostic imaging and medical IT market segments in the Oceania region. Second, Sectra has been selected to provide a fully integrated enterprise imaging solution in partnership with the North American health care solutions company Eclipsys Corporation. On top of this, there is a contract regarding the digitisation of radiology operations at St. Goran Hospital in Stockholm and its three satellite clinics. The purchaser here is Capio Diagnostik, a private medical health care provider.
University of Edinburgh awarded IBM e-Server p690 for in-silico genetic and medical reserach
Full ArticleAt an event hosted in the e-Science Institute at the University of Edinburgh, IBM donated one of its flagship e-Server p690 to the internationally renowned School of Informatics. The IBM eServer e-Series p690 is equipped with 16 processors, 128 GB of memory, and several terabytes of disk. The award is being made to a team of database experts led by Professors Malcolm Atkinson and Peter Buneman in Edinburgh and IBM's Research Division in Almaden, California. The Edinburgh and IBM teams will use the machine to investigate how to use scientific data to accelerate in-silico research in areas such as genetics, medicine, and engineering.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys signs agreements with hospital and PACS partners and sponsors JCAHO seminar events
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an extensive agreement with Kindred Healthcare Operating Inc., located in Louisville, Kentucky. The agreement covers Misys Pharmacy and Misys Insight implementation across Kindred's 65 hospitals nationwide. Misys also has expanded its partnership with Cathedral Healthcare System, located in Newark, New Jersey. The addendum contract involves the addition of several new Misys clinical products and consulting services to four Cathedral member hospitals. On top of this, the new Misys Radiology PACS Integration Module (PIM) has been launched, which is designed to integrate Misys Radiology information system (RIS) with nearly any PACS solution, and Misys and eRAD/ImageMedical have closed a joint, strategic alliance to develop and deliver a fully integrated RIS-PACS solution that will be marketed and supported by Misys. Finally, Misys will sponsor six seminar series events, organised by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations (JCAHO), during 2003.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority selects Carecast to support CPOE and clinical documentation initiatives
Full ArticleIDX Systems Corporation has signed an agreement with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA) in Vancouver, British Columbia, to provide the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system across the largest health organisation in Canada. VCHA, serving 25 percent of British Columbia's residents, selected Carecast to leverage the system's expanded computerised physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic clinical documentation capabilities.
AMICAS to provide Web-based PACS technology for teleradiology at South Shore Hospital
Full ArticleAMICAS Inc., a Web-based Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) company, will provide South Shore Hospital, a 304-bed facility based in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, with Web-based PACS for teleradiology and clinical image distribution. South Shore Hospital radiologists will use AMICAS Web-based PACS to distribute, archive and retrieve approximately 70.000 of the more than 170.000 medical studies it generates within the facility each year.
GE Medical Systems and Brigham and Women's Hospital unveil Evidence-Based Medicine System
Full ArticleGE Medical Systems, a unit of General Electric Company and Brigham and Women's Hospital have introduced an unrivalled "Evidence-Based Medicine System" that gives doctors instant access to critical information, once housed in disparate databases, to streamline the diagnostic imaging process. The need for the system is evidenced by a recent survey of over 1000 Americans age 18 and older, conducted for GE Medical Systems, in which 67 percent claimed they thought that in general, patients always or sometimes undergo unnecessary medical imaging tests such as MRIs, CT and PET scans, to diagnose illness.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Intel Health Research team brings silicon-based technology benefits to health care
Full ArticleThrough social science research and development of technology prototypes, Intel's Proactive Health Research team is exploring the benefits that silicon-based technologies could bring to the health and wellness needs of people in their homes and everyday lives. A key focus area is using a sensor network embedded throughout the home to help elders, especially the growing worldwide demographic of people 60 years and older, to receive better care in their homes.
New DataCaptor includes "out-of-the-box" support for nearly 200 diverse bedside medical devices
Full ArticleCapsule Technologie, specialised in medical device connectivity solutions, has made available DataCaptor 4.2, a significantly enhanced version of its advanced software for connecting bedside medical devices with information systems.
Capsule endoscopy is a superior tool for diagnosing chronic inflammation in small intestine
Full ArticleA study published in Gut 2003;52:390-392 has concluded that wireless capsule endoscopy is more effective in diagnosing patients with suspected Crohn's Disease than conventional methods, such as small bowel x-ray and endoscopy. All the patients in the study had symptoms of suspected Crohn's disease including iron deficiency anemia, abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss. Mean duration of symptoms before diagnosis was over 6 years. Most patients who received medication as the consequence of the diagnosis, showed good improvement of their clinical symptoms.
Microstereopsis introduces digital 3D viewing and recording system for surgical microscopes
Full ArticleMicrostereopsis has launched Retro-Opsis DV for 2003, a PC-based digital 3D viewing and recording system for use on Leica or Zeiss surgical microscopes. The system permits normal optical vision plus high resolution on-monitor vision at the same time. The cameras are connected to a PC equipped with RAID memory of up to 8 hours of recorded "footage" and viewed with inexpensive active LCD eyewear, wireless or "tethered". The software included with Retro-Opsis DV is called TRI-D.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Washington Hospital performs first robotic laparoscopic colectomy using ZEUS Surgical System
Full ArticleSurgeons at Washington Hospital in Fremont, California have performed the first completely robotic laparoscopic colectomy in the United States using the ZEUS Surgical System. Dr. Ramsey Araj, Medical Director of Washington's Institute for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, performed the total abdominal colectomy procedure on a 60-year-old male patient.
Doctors support Viatronix Virtual Colonoscopy screening system to save more lives
Full ArticleViatronix, an FDA-approved 3D virtual colonoscopy system developer, is specialised in diagnostic medical imaging and treatment through innovative 3D computer imaging technologies. A high quality 3D image of the colon is constructed, eliminating the need for inserting and moving a scope through the colon. After the exam the physician can actually "fly through" the patient's colon, from beginning to end, and around all folds, searching for even tiny polyps. One hundred percent of the colon surface can be seen. It is estimated that physicians only see 80 percent of the colon service area with conventional colonoscopy.
InTouch Health and Silverado Senior Living start clinical testing of remote presence robot Companion
Full ArticleInTouch Health Inc., specialised in remote presence technology for health care providers, and Silverado Senior Living, a speciality Alzheimer's care provider, are collaborating to evaluate a revolutionary new system, a robot called the "Companion". When used in a long term care community, the Companion enables remote health care experts to "virtually" consult with caregivers, residents and family members at the point of care, whenever they are needed, forever changing the level of expertise available in long term care. With the Companion, an expert can move, see, hear, and talk in another location as though they were actually there.
New software-based learning tool makes study of dental anatomy interactive
Full ArticleDental and hygiene schools face challenging goals when teaching dental anatomy. Schools must provide quality education, preserve funds and resources as well as enhance students' understanding of anatomic interrelationships. Brown and Herbranson Imaging has created a unique three-dimensional imaging, interactive visualisation technology designed to help schools fulfil these goals.
 

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