VMW Monthly - April 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 April 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
McGraw-Hill and Skyscape partner to increase mobile access to medical information
DrFirst to provide Rcopia e-prescribing application to Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
University of Kentucky physicians extend MDeverywhere mobile solution enterprise-wide
NEC portable handsets deliver real-time patient data through Emergin's text messaging
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Anthem and University of Virginia bring medical technology to rural areas of Virginia
SolidWorks 3D CAD and COSMOSFloWorks software used in Hong Kong Telehealth System for blood monitoring
Worcester Polytechnic Institute to develop wireless sensor technologies for real-time troop status monitoring
HIMSS supports adoption of uniform health information exchange standards for federal government
 
Grid for Health
 
"Sandbox Gridding" feasible solution for compute-intensive bio-informatics tasking?
British e-Science Programme faces ambitious e-Health Care Agenda and Grid middleware deployment
Entropia's DCGrid selected by one of the world's largest health care companies
iCAPTUR4E Centre uses IBM technology to study heart, lung and blood vessel diseases
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Wellogic Consult delivers EPRs and medical images for second opinion medical consultations for WorldCare
Siemens introduces new technology for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
MedAire and AirCell partner to advance inflight medical emergency communications
tds (Telemedicine) expands its services from dermatology to diabetic retinopathy
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
British scientists discover possible new treatment for genetic diseases
University of Ulster DNA finger printing technique leads fight against bio-terrorism
Infineon supplies 3D biochips and complete analysis system for efficient drug development
InHealth Group and CTI partner in United Kingdom to advance availability of PET and molecular imaging
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Saint Luke's Health System deploys HealthCom's integrated on-line account management system
Memorial Health System relies on ReefEdge to advance wireless patient care
St. Vincent Hospital deploys Misys Laboratory Multi-Facility software
Five new United States hospitals to acquire CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System
 
Virtual snap shots
 
U.S. Army invests in Immersion's trauma simulators to advance combat medical training
Apollo Telemedicine introduces ASAP Imaging with live streaming imaging and reporting capabilities
American Hospital Directory puts hospital outpatient data free on the Internet
CardioComm Solutions announces first European marketing agreement for GlobalCardio
 
VMWC news bites
 
Bell Canada delivers surgical grade network to power telerobotics assisted surgery
Portland doctor among first in his region to use 3D technology for detecting colon cancer
Enhanced funding provides impetus to global microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip markets
Neuro-Chip from Infineon measures electrical activity in living cells to further brain research
 

Leads April 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
McGraw-Hill and Skyscape partner to increase mobile access to medical information
Full ArticleMcGraw-Hill Professional, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, a provider of electronic and print materials for medical professionals, and Skyscape Inc., a supplier of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing reference solutions, have signed a strategic partnership to bring electronic powered by Skyscape versions of McGraw-Hill's medical references to PDAs, giving health care professionals access to critical information, in-context, at the point-of-care.
DrFirst to provide Rcopia e-prescribing application to Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
Full ArticleDrFirst, specialised in e-prescribing handheld solutions, is collaborating with Kaiser Permanente on a pilot programme to improve patient safety and prescribing accuracy. Participating physicians with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group PC (MAPMG) will be able to use Rcopia, DrFirst's e-prescribing solution available on desktop PCs and handheld devices.
University of Kentucky physicians extend MDeverywhere mobile solution enterprise-wide
Full ArticleMDeverywhere, specialised in handheld solutions for physicians in order to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, will expand its mobile solution to up to 150 physicians in Kentucky Medical Services Foundation Inc. (KMSF), the University of Kentucky's faculty practice management plan. KMSF elected to broaden its partnership with MDeverywhere and extend the EveryCharge solution system-wide after reviewing the service's value to the organisation, physician satisfaction with the product, and the exceptional return-on-investment (ROI).
NEC portable handsets deliver real-time patient data through Emergin's text messaging
Full ArticleNEC America Inc. (NEC), a provider of innovative communications products, solutions and services, has made interoperable its NEAX Wireless Communications System with Emergin WirelessOffice. Emergin software and the NEC wireless system work together to provide standardisation between NEC Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs) and nurse call systems. As a result, health care professionals enjoy increased accessibility to their patients and each other.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Anthem and University of Virginia bring medical technology to rural areas of Virginia
Full ArticleThousands of rural Virginians lack access to locally available speciality health care services, face long distance travel to reach a hospital or to access medical speciality care and in many cases, receive care in a less timely fashion than their urban counterparts. To help reach these citizens in need, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has awarded a $250.000 grant to the University of Virginia (UVA) Office of Telemedicine to extend the reach of speciality care into rural, medically underserved areas of Virginia.
SolidWorks 3D CAD and COSMOSFloWorks software used in Hong Kong Telehealth System for blood monitoring
Full ArticleHong Kong's largest school of nursing is using SolidWorks three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) and COSMOSFloWorks fluid analysis applications to develop equipment for testing blood sugar levels over a Telehealth System that links remote areas with the school's satellite health station.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute to develop wireless sensor technologies for real-time troop status monitoring
Full ArticleThe Bioengineering Institute (BEI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts has landed its most significant research grant to date for a study in the field of telemedicine. The award, from the United States Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, Maryland, provides more than $800.000 to fund the first year of what is expected to be a multi-year commitment to BEI. The Center for Untethered Medicine at BEI will oversee the study to investigate the development of a real-time troop monitoring system using new sensor and wireless communications technologies to remotely track health data and assess injuries.
HIMSS supports adoption of uniform health information exchange standards for federal government
Full ArticleThe Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have launched the first set of uniform standards for the electronic exchange of clinical health information to be adopted across the U.S. federal government. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) supports the announcement made by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. The three agencies are leading the way in this initiative, laying the groundwork for all federal agencies to use the same information technology standards for sharing clinical information.
 
Grid for Health
 
"Sandbox Gridding" feasible solution for compute-intensive bio-informatics tasking?
Full ArticleSmall health care and bio-informatics companies with a relatively limited staff need sufficient computing power to process their ongoing protein structure analysis projects in the light of drug discovery and research to fight contemporary diseases. To cope with this type of challenge, the answer may be found in Grid computing applications for bio-informatics tasks. The Danish health care company Novo Nordisk is a typical example of how Grid implementation can contribute to better treatment plans for diabetes, haemostasis management, growth hormone therapy, and hormone replacement therapy. Dennis Madsen from the Department for Scientific Computing at Novo Nordisk explained the company's strategy at the recent European HealthGrid Conference.
British e-Science Programme faces ambitious e-Health Care Agenda and Grid middleware deployment
Full ArticleAt the First European HealthGrid Conference, Tony Hey, Director of the United Kingdom e-Science Core Programme, introduced some of the more relevant medically-related projects, which are being funded in this Programme. He also gave an overview of the present status of Grid middleware, the direction into which Grid services are moving, and the importance of developing open source software and standards to make the Grid computing concept generally available for everyone, whether scientific researcher or commercial user, who is in need of powerful collaborative applications.
Entropia's DCGrid selected by one of the world's largest health care companies
Full ArticleEntropia Inc., a provider of PC grid computing solutions, has signed an agreement with one of the world's top five health care companies enabling them to purchase DCGrid to increase their high performance computing capacity available for executing applications that aid drug research and discovery. The company's goal in deploying a PC grid is to explore and exploit the untapped potential of their networked PCs as a complement to their other computing platforms.
iCAPTUR4E Centre uses IBM technology to study heart, lung and blood vessel diseases
Full ArticleIBM and Vancouver-based iCAPTUR4E Research Centre are teaming up to investigate the linkages between genetic and environmental influences on the leading causes of death in North America which are heart, lung and blood vessel diseases. The collaboration, announced at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, brings together the world-renowned researchers of the iCAPTUR4E Centre, a partnership of St. Paul's Hospital, the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre and the University of British Columbia (UBC), and IBM scientists and state-of-the-art information technology (IT).
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Wellogic Consult delivers EPRs and medical images for second opinion medical consultations for WorldCare
Full ArticleWellogic and WorldCare have activated a turnkey telemedicine system that will enable WorldCare clients to receive expert second opinion medical consultations rendered by the WorldCare Consortium which involves the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Health System, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Partners HealthCare System, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Siemens introduces new technology for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions introduced new technology that eliminates the need to obtain an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal during cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging at a satellite meeting of the Annual Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) in Orlando, Florida. The satellite meeting at SCMR was a gathering of the Siemens CMR collaborative partners, known as the MAGNETOM World CMR Ambassadors. This new technology was developed with partners from Northwestern University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. A joint patent application was recently submitted for this software, which is based on technology previously patented by Siemens Medical Solutions, AG, Erlangen, Germany.
MedAire and AirCell partner to advance inflight medical emergency communications
Full ArticleSeatback phones have been removed from a large number of commercial aircraft. Access to the cockpit radio is prohibited or not practical. Not all business aircraft have adequate cabin telecom systems. As a result, it has become very difficult for crews to consult with ground-based physicians when they are dealing with an inflight medical emergency, an event that occurred more than 12.000 times in 2002 alone. MedAire Inc. and AirCell Inc. have teamed up to resolve this inflight dilemma through the joint introduction of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved airborne telecommunication systems that provide air-to-ground communications from the aircraft cabin, anywhere in the world.
tds (Telemedicine) expands its services from dermatology to diabetic retinopathy
Full Articletds (Telemedicine) Inc. is committed to expand into the field of diabetic retinopathy screening and is committed to provide such services both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. tds (Telemedicine) Inc. has a wealth of experience in the United Kingdom in the delivery of telemedical services using store and forward technology over the Internet. The telemedicine services industry utilises the Internet and digital and voice telecommunication technologies to bridge this separation of patient and physician.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
British scientists discover possible new treatment for genetic diseases
Full ArticleScientists from Imperial College London, the University of Leicester, and Hammersmith Hospital have found a way to stop certain types of genetic diseases from occurring by modifying the way DNA is turned into proteins. The research published in this month's Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows how the researchers have been able to restore proper expression of defective genes, and that this might potentially have a positive effect in genetic diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy.
University of Ulster DNA finger printing technique leads fight against bio-terrorism
Full ArticleA University of Ulster researcher has pioneered new analytical techniques that could save thousands of lives in the event of a bio-terrorist attack. Dr. Colm Lowery, from the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, has developed a revolutionary method of detecting the killer bugs that could wipe out entire populations if terrorists strike.
Infineon supplies 3D biochips and complete analysis system for efficient drug development
Full ArticleInfineon Technologies has made available Flow-Thru biochips and a matching complete bio-analysis system, which Infineon markets together with its United States partner company, MetriGenix Inc. These biochips are miniaturised sample substrates made of silicon, on which hundreds of simultaneous biomolecular assays can be performed using optical evaluation techniques. The Flow-Thru-Chip (FTC) technology and 4D Array System that uses the chips enable scalable, flexible drug screening with significant time savings, a higher degree of automation, improved sensitivity, and a reduced consumption of test material and re-agents.
InHealth Group and CTI partner in United Kingdom to advance availability of PET and molecular imaging
Full ArticleInHealth Group and CTI Molecular Imaging Inc. will partner to advance the availability of positron emission tomography (PET) and molecular imaging in order to improve disease diagnosis and therapy management for patients in the United Kingdom. PET is a technology that has significant advantages in improving patient care in oncology, neurology, and cardiology. The business alliance between InHealth and CTI will include the initial development of up to seven new PET and PET/CT centres throughout the United Kingdom and the management of existing centres.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Saint Luke's Health System deploys HealthCom's integrated on-line account management system
Full ArticleSaint Luke's Health System (SLHS) has deployed HealthCom Partners' PatientCompass solution to enable its patients to access updated financial account and insurance information for all hospital and medical group visits from one site. PatientCompass allows SLHS to seamlessly integrate two disparate patient billing systems, HBOC for their hospital and IDX for their medical group, into one on-line platform that provides comprehensive customer self-service and on-line account management capabilities for its patients.
Memorial Health System relies on ReefEdge to advance wireless patient care
Full ArticleMemorial Health System is deploying the ReefEdge Connect System to secure and manage its wireless electronic medical records system at Memorial Medical Center, the health system's flagship hospital. ReefEdge's Connect System ensures concurrent access to medical records for the entire staff, maintains user connectivity, supports the hospital's handheld devices and allows administrators to manage the system remotely.
St. Vincent Hospital deploys Misys Laboratory Multi-Facility software
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement to expand its relationship with St. Vincent Hospital, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Already a successful Misys Laboratory and CoPathPlus from Misys client, St. Vincent Hospital plans to increase its service level and client base while reducing overall costs with the addition of Misys Laboratory Multi-Facility software and several new interfaces. This approach will ensure essential patient and clinical data integration throughout St. Vincent Hospital's multiple health care facilities, extending the reach of Misys Laboratory and its benefits enterprise-wide.
Five new United States hospitals to acquire CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System
Full ArticleFive new contracts have been signed for the purchase and placement of Accuray's CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System. The new sales include Atlantic Health System in Summit, New Jersey; Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee; and the CyberKnife Center of the Americas LLC in Miami, Florida. New placement contracts were signed with Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in Maryland and St. Joseph's Hospital, a member of HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
U.S. Army invests in Immersion's trauma simulators to advance combat medical training
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, has been awarded a research and development grant by the United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity at Fort Detrick, Maryland, from the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (DoD SBIR) programme. This grant, phase II of Immersion Medical's ongoing relationship with the SBIR programme, will be used to develop a training simulator for needle thoracentesis, a procedure where a physician inserts a needle and catheter through the chest wall and into the space around the heart and lungs.
Apollo Telemedicine introduces ASAP Imaging with live streaming imaging and reporting capabilities
Full ArticleCelebrating its 10th year in business, Apollo Telemedicine has introduced the latest version of its software, ASAP Imaging, that enables remote access with live streaming imaging from a microscope to PCs on the Internet. High quality images can be incorporated into medical reports, creating savings and efficiencies in health care delivery.
American Hospital Directory puts hospital outpatient data free on the Internet
Full ArticleImportant new information about a hospital's outpatient services and charges is available free on the Internet. The American Hospital Directory (AHD) has been providing the operating details of virtually every hospital in the United States as a free on-line service since September 1997. On-line reports describe a hospital's general characteristics, services provided, financial information, volumes, average lengths of stay, average charges and much more. The free service is provided to over 3000 users each day.
CardioComm Solutions announces first European marketing agreement for GlobalCardio
Full ArticleCardioComm Solutions Inc. has entered into an exclusive agreement with Meditel Srl of Milan, Italy. The agreement establishes Meditel as the exclusive customer for CardioComm's GlobalCardio in Italy for a minimum period of eighteen months. Meditel will provide, on an exclusive basis, interpretation services involving the recording of ECGs and interpretation of ECGs for health centres in Italy.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Bell Canada delivers surgical grade network to power telerobotics assisted surgery
Full ArticleOn Friday February 28th, Dr. Mehran Anvari, Dr. Craig McKinley, and their respective surgical teams performed a hospital-to-hospital telerobotics assisted surgery. Located at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario, Dr. Anvari, founding Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), successfully collaborated with Dr. McKinley, a General Surgeon at North Bay General Hospital, Ontario, to complete a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication or anti-reflux surgery on a female patient located at North Bay General Hospital, nearly 400 kilometres away. The hospitals discussed the results of the collaboration at a conference in Hamilton.
Portland doctor among first in his region to use 3D technology for detecting colon cancer
Full ArticleA quick, 3D virtual inspection of the colon may convince more people to undergo critical screening for one of the deadliest forms of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among non-smokers and the second leading cause of cancer deaths overall, developing in almost 6 percent of the population. Yet 60 percent of those at risk are playing Russian roulette, avoiding the very screening that could save their lives. On the upside, if detected early, colon cancer is one of the easiest cancers to cure.
Enhanced funding provides impetus to global microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip markets
Full ArticleAs new products emerge with ever-increasing frequency and the number of applications spiral, the global microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip markets are poised for strong growth. According to a new report by international growth consultants Frost & Sullivan, augmented public and private sector funding allied with technology, manufacturing, and medical advances are likely to drive revenues from last year's $127,8 million to $709,9 million by 2008.
Neuro-Chip from Infineon measures electrical activity in living cells to further brain research
Full ArticleResearchers at Infineon Technologies have succeeded in co-operation with the Max Planck Institute in directly connecting a newly developed biosensor chip with living nerve cells and reading electrical signals produced by the cells. This breakthrough technology, which Infineon calls a "Neuro-Chip", will allow scientific researchers to gain new insights into the biologic function of neurons, nerve tissue, and organic neural networks. In the field of drug development, the Neuro-Chip ultimately will enable tests of the effects of new pharmaceutical compounds on living neurons, contributing to greater efficiency and productivity in research.
 

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