VMW Monthly - May 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 May 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Eagle Hospital Physicians leverages MDeverywhere to grow hospitalist business
TeleMedic Systems signs up CyberSol to distribute VitalLink in the Middle East
DrFirst makes CPOE Rcopia engine available for licensing on OEM basis
Cybernet Medical receives FDA clearance for MedStar to expand into home monitoring for diabetics
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New virtual reality simulator Kylie helps Australian doctors reduce surgical errors
eHealth developers are optimistic about technology adoption despite economic challenges
Satellite: just what the doctor ordered
American Telemedicine Association to launch Telemedicine Consumer Awareness Initiative
 
Grid for Health
 
Neuroscientists map how Alzheimer's disease engulfs the brain using SGI technology
Montréal Neurological Institute uses SGI's Visual Area Networking in remote collaborative brain-mapping
European Union accompanying measure provides gateway to genome research in Europe
Sengent's D2OL uses idle computing time to find a cure for SARS
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Medtronic's cardiac resynchronization therapy reverses progression of heart failure
Philips introduces cardiac novelties and Cardiovascular Care Business Team at American College of Cardiology Conference
Viterion TeleHealthcare introduces its new telehealth business strategy
Cardinal Health and Expression Analysis to integrate gene expression technology into drug development
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Scientists releasing final human genome sequence usher in the genomic age
Two European projects tackling Parkinson's disease present promising results
British NCRI launches new National Cancer Tissue Resource to boost cancer research
F&S study shows Web-enablement of health care supply chain still faces hurdles in European market
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Covenant Health bolsters patient services using 3Com enterprise network
Hospital Development of West Phoenix chooses Misys Healthcare Systems to streamline laboratory and pharmacy departments
ChartMaxx selected as electronic patient record solution by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Montefiore Medical Center to upgrade to the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Surrey Ambulance Service adopts Paramedix emergency telemedicine system
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to use Linux Networx cluster for analysis of smallpox vaccines
MMVR 11 proceedings explore "NextMed" horizon in simulation and modelling
Papers in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health prove telemedicine effectiveness
 
VMWC news bites
 
Wavefront technology in laser eye surgery makes 20/20 vision a clear reality
Immersion receives funding to advance trauma simulation products for military and civilian health care
Surgeons train paediatric interventions using robotic telecollaboration between Hannover and Johannesburg
Study reports on new hybrid treatment of coronary artery disease combining robotic surgery and agioplasty
 

Leads May 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Eagle Hospital Physicians leverages MDeverywhere to grow hospitalist business
Full ArticleMDeverywhere, specialised in providing handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, has launched successful enterprise deployment to Eagle Hospital Physicians. Eagle hospitalists work in a variety of inpatient settings in hospitals throughout the southeast and are currently utilising MDeverywhere's EveryCharge solution to manage the complex charge capture environment inherent in a hospitalists' work flow.
TeleMedic Systems signs up CyberSol to distribute VitalLink in the Middle East
Full ArticleCyberSol brings together the skills of its technology partners in order to deliver and integrate computer and communications solutions for harsh and extreme conditions. CyberSol is a provider of rugged solutions for remote areas and as part of its portfolio wants to present its customers with the perfect remote medical monitoring solution. Telemedic's VitalLink, designed for use by non-medically trained personnel, transmits a patient's vital signs in real time via satellite, Internet, cellular or landline to a designated 24/7 medical monitoring centre anywhere in the world.
DrFirst makes CPOE Rcopia engine available for licensing on OEM basis
Full ArticleDrFirst Inc. has introduced an affordable, deployable and adoptable Computerised Physician Order Entry (CPOE) engine. The Rcopia engine is the first with the versatility to span the Continuum of Care, combining inpatient CPOE medication ordering in the hospital with outpatient e-prescribing functionality in the physician office. The result is the most advanced tool available for reducing medication errors and improving patient safety.
Cybernet Medical receives FDA clearance for MedStar to expand into home monitoring for diabetics
Full ArticleCybernet Medical, a developer of biometric monitoring technology and medical devices for outpatient care, has received clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration for expanding the capabilities of its MedStar Disease Management Data Collection System. Used to remotely collect and transmit the physiological data of patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, hypertension and congestive heart failure (CHF), the handheld MedStar unit now includes an interface for glucose monitoring, allowing health care providers to conduct regular checks on diabetics at home.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New virtual reality simulator Kylie helps Australian doctors reduce surgical errors
Full ArticleThe surgeons of the future could soon be learning their skills with the help of a new virtual reality simulator invented by a team at Monash University. It will enable surgeons to master keyhole techniques, which are being used for an increasing number of operations like hysterectomies, tumour removal and the removal of ectopic pregnancies, which previously required major surgical intervention.
eHealth developers are optimistic about technology adoption despite economic challenges
Full ArticleThe eHealth Institute has released the report "Sustaining eHealth in Challenging Times", which summarises the proceedings of its Third Annual eHealth Developers' Summit. In November 2002, more than 130 leaders representing more than 110 organisations in the fields of technology, health care, business, and public health gathered at this invitation-only forum held in Tempe, Arizona, to exchange ideas and experiences in the field of eHealth.
Satellite: just what the doctor ordered
Full ArticleTelemedicine broadly defined includes everything from telediagnosis, remote consultation, and nursing, as well as remote education and medical information services such as custom-information retrieval via a wide area telecommunications network. As a result, telemedicine is playing an increasingly important role in the health care industry for the advancement of patient health and treatment.
American Telemedicine Association to launch Telemedicine Consumer Awareness Initiative
Full ArticleThe American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has launched a Telemedicine Consumer Awareness Initiative at its Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This initiative is aimed at educating consumers about the benefits of telemedicine in improving access to care by reducing geographic and time barriers, enhancing quality by establishing ongoing links between providers, and possibly containing cost by diminishing the need for travel and avoiding unnecessary duplication of service.
 
Grid for Health
 
Neuroscientists map how Alzheimer's disease engulfs the brain using SGI technology
Full ArticleNeuroscientists at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Queensland in Australia are using a powerful new imaging analysis technique to create the first three-dimensional video maps showing how Alzheimer's disease systematically engulfs the brains of living patients. Dramatic time-lapse videos were built on an SGI Onyx family visualisation system, starting with enormous data sets that were assembled on a 64-processor SGI Origin 3000 server at UCLA.
Montréal Neurological Institute uses SGI's Visual Area Networking in remote collaborative brain-mapping
Full ArticleIndicating the growing acceptance of the SGI Visual Area Networking concept, the Montréal Neurological Institute (MNI) is the 100th user of the year-old technology. The institute's deployment of Visual Area Networking is powered by a five-pipe SGI Onyx 3400 visualisation server with an InfiniteReality graphics subsystem and OpenGL Vizserver client/server software purchased in 2002. This compute infrastructure enables collaborative work with extremely large data files over very long distances, which is becoming a key requirement for neuro-imaging researchers.
European Union accompanying measure provides gateway to genome research in Europe
Full ArticleA European Union funded accompanying measure is continuing to play a primordial role in improving communication networks in genomics with the launch of a virtual gateway to genomes in Europe. Funded under the Quality of Life programme of the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5), the "co-ordination of genomes research across Europe" accompanying measure (COGENE) is managed by the Academy of Finland on behalf of the forum of genomes programme managers. The measure has a total budget of over 200.000 euro.
Sengent's D2OL uses idle computing time to find a cure for SARS
Full ArticleAbout a year ago, Sengent Inc., a provider of technology that allows organisations to unify Web services via the Service Grid, was chosen by the Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases, a non-profit research organisation, to power the institute's current and ongoing scientific research to find a cure for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Based on the technology behind Sengent's first initiative for life sciences, the Drug Design and Optimization Lab (D2OL), every company and household across the globe is able to contribute to the search for a cure for TSC by simply downloading the non-intrusive software application. The software company has now released a distributed computing agent that harnesses the spare processor cycles of PCs all over the world to come up with a possible cure for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Medtronic's cardiac resynchronization therapy reverses progression of heart failure
Full ArticleWhen it comes to patients with congestive heart failure and the ability of their hearts to pump blood more efficiently, smaller is better. An article published in Circulation, the official journal of the American Heart Association, shows that patients in a large clinical study who received cardiac resynchronization therapy from pacemaker-like devices developed smaller, stronger hearts, a concept known as reverse remodelling.
Philips introduces cardiac novelties and Cardiovascular Care Business Team at American College of Cardiology Conference
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics' Medical Systems division has established a focused Cardiovascular Care Business Team to develop new technologies and solutions that meet the unique and growing needs of cardiovascular professionals. Philips' collaborative approach builds upon the company's best in class imaging, diagnostic, IT and professional services offering customers highly integrated, customised solutions for cardiovascular care.
Viterion TeleHealthcare introduces its new telehealth business strategy
Full ArticleViterion TeleHealthcare LLC, a Bayer - Panasonic company, has launched a new strategy for one of the fastest growing market segments within health care. Telehealth indeed has an annual 37 percent growth rate predicted for the next five years. The current United States market was estimated to be $100 million dollars in 2002.
Cardinal Health and Expression Analysis to integrate gene expression technology into drug development
Full ArticleCardinal Health Inc., a provider of products and services supporting the health care industry, has formed a strategic alliance with Expression Analysis Inc., a micro-array genetics testing and analysis company. The alliance incorporates advanced gene expression technology into mainstream drug discovery and development processes and enables Cardinal Health's pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers to optimise and accelerate the discovery of a drug and its development toward an appropriate target population.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Scientists releasing final human genome sequence usher in the genomic age
Full ArticleThe International Human Genome Consortium has successfully completed the Human Genome Project more than two years ahead of schedule. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which was the only British organisation involved in the project, carried out nearly one-third of the work, making it the biggest contributor. Less than three years ago the international team announced the original working draft of the three billion letters that make up the code of life. However, the finished sequence is essential for growth of research worldwide to produce further medical advances.
Two European projects tackling Parkinson's disease present promising results
Full ArticleThe European Commission has highlighted the results of two European Union funded projects aimed at improving research into Parkinson's disease and the rehabilitation of sufferers. The PARREHA or Parkinsonians rehabilitation project is designed to help patients overcome their symptoms through visual and audio stimuli, while the EuroPa project or European co-operative network for research, diagnosis and therapy of Parkinson's disease aims to improve understanding and treatment of Parkinson's through the networking of clinical centres in various European countries.
British NCRI launches new National Cancer Tissue Resource to boost cancer research
Full ArticleThe creation of a national system to collect and analyse cancerous tissue through a virtual UK "tumour bank" will provide a vital resource to help researchers find cancer treatments and cures more easily. This initiative is being taken by the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), the co-ordinating body between the Government, the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and other cancer charities. The proposed strategy for a managed distributed network, to be known as the National Cancer Tissue Resource, has been designed to provide the infrastructure, co-ordination and ethical framework required to meet both current and future cancer research needs.
F&S study shows Web-enablement of health care supply chain still faces hurdles in European market
Full ArticleHealth care providers' gradual transformation into e-health organisations will expand interest in the usage of e-business for on-line health care supply procurement. The advantages of e-procurement are clear and the migration to this method of procurement inexorable. This trend will lead to a growth surge in purchases of computer systems and administration software. More specifically, the shift to e-procurement will stimulate the implementation of the underlying technology related to e-business, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Covenant Health bolsters patient services using 3Com enterprise network
Full ArticleMedical care will never be the same to Covenant Health Care. Required to standardise on a new medical information system by 2003, Covenant needed an enterprise communications infrastructure to bolster its medical and administrative services, something it found quickly and affordably via a high-speed network from 3Com Corporation.
Hospital Development of West Phoenix chooses Misys Healthcare Systems to streamline laboratory and pharmacy departments
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Vanguard Health Systems, Hospital Development of West Phoenix Inc. located in Goodyear, Arizona. The new contract covers the acquisition, deployment and software maintenance of Misys Laboratory and Misys Pharmacy in a new facility, West Valley Hospital, which is to open in mid-2003. The clinical suite of Misys lab products will streamline the new site's laboratory work flow, while the pharmacy system will provide it with reporting of medication use across the entire continuum of care.
ChartMaxx selected as electronic patient record solution by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Full ArticleChildren's Hospital of Wisconsin has selected Medplus' ChartMaxx as its enterprise-wide electronic patient record solution. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, based in Milwaukee, serves the state of Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and other surrounding areas, and is the fourth children's hospital in the United States to select ChartMaxx as its solution for managing computerised patient records across the hospital enterprise.
Montefiore Medical Center to upgrade to the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system
Full ArticleMontefiore Medical Center, a long-time IDX LastWord user, has signed an agreement to upgrade to the Carecast enterprise clinical system at the close of the fourth quarter 2002. In an ongoing commitment to utilising IDX technology to promote patient safety, Montefiore will provide enhanced documentation capabilities for nurses and physicians, bar code medication administration, advanced ambulatory capabilities and a host of other features across its integrated delivery system, using Carecast.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Surrey Ambulance Service adopts Paramedix emergency telemedicine system
Full ArticleWithin seconds of arrival at the scene of an accident or emergency, paramedics of the Surrey Ambulance Service are now able to monitor and transmit a casualty's real time vital signs back to the accident and emergency department of the receiving hospital, where the doctors can assess the situation in advance and make preparations that could save precious minutes on their arrival at the hospital.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to use Linux Networx cluster for analysis of smallpox vaccines
Full ArticleThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using a Linux Networx Evolocity cluster supercomputer to study smallpox genomics in light of the threat of possible bioterror attacks. The cluster is designed to provide optimum performance for bioinformatics problems and will be used by the Biotechnology Core Facility Branch at CDC, the United States leading public health agency. Due to health problems caused by the current smallpox vaccine, CDC is using the extra computing power to study the disease and evaluate new vaccines.
MMVR 11 proceedings explore "NextMed" horizon in simulation and modelling
Full ArticleThe conference proceedings of the eleventh edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event, held January 22-25, 2003 in Newport Beach, California, have been published as the 94th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This MMVR 2003 edition includes 86 papers, presenting state-of-the-art applications in Virtual Reality for the health care practice, under the general theme of "NextMed: Health Horizon", in which the editors support the integration of information technology with biological and physical sciences for a future of improved health care.
Papers in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health prove telemedicine effectiveness
Full Article"Success Stories in Telemedicine", a series of papers that highlight the effectiveness of telemedicine technology in a broad range of clinical applications, is the focus of the Spring 2003, Volume 9, No. 1 issue of the Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health is the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Wavefront technology in laser eye surgery makes 20/20 vision a clear reality
Full ArticleAfter receiving wavefront-guided LASIK, a promising new technology that allows physicians to customise the LASIK procedure, an overwhelming majority of patients experienced better vision quality, with 96 percent of treated eyes attaining 20/20 vision, according to data presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
Immersion receives funding to advance trauma simulation products for military and civilian health care
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, a developer and licensor of haptic feedback technology, has been awarded a $349.000 research and development grant from the National Medical Technology Testbed (NMTB). The NMTB programme identifies, evaluates and selects researchers who can improve military and civilian health care. With this federal grant, Immersion Medical will build on its successful CathSim Vascular Access simulator for training in intravenous procedures and develop a computer-based training simulation for a life-saving procedure called pericardiocentesis.
Surgeons train paediatric interventions using robotic telecollaboration between Hannover and Johannesburg
Full ArticleProfessor Benno Ure at Hannover Medical School, Germany has used Computer Motion's SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System during a series of three procedures performed by Dr. Robert Banieghbal on paediatric patients located at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. This marks the first international use of telecollaboration to introduce new technology and minimally invasive procedures to paediatric surgeons around the world.
Study reports on new hybrid treatment of coronary artery disease combining robotic surgery and agioplasty
Full ArticleAt the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 52nd Annual Scientific Session, Dr. Kenneth D. Stahl, Cardiac Surgeon, presented results of a study into a new breakthrough in the treatment of multiple vessel coronary artery disease, gathered from several centres, including Cleveland Clinic Weston; Buffalo General; Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida; and Selesia, Poland. In the study, Dr. Stahl and his co-authors, Kenneth R. Fromkin, MD; Andrzej Bochenek, MD; W. Douglas Boyd, MD; Thomas A. Vassiliades, MD; Hratch L. Karamanoukian, MD; and Marek Cisowski, MD demonstrate the excellent outcomes and patient benefits achieved when using a combination of angioplasty and a groundbreaking robotically assisted minimally invasive coronary artery bypass procedure, Endoscopic Atraumatic Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (Endo-ACAB), to treat multi-vessel heart disease.
 

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