VMW Monthly - June 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 June 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere integrates with Siemens PDAccess Clinical Summary for enhanced inpatient encounter capture
PDSHeart remote monitoring provider calls for new telemedicine standards for quality and service
TDS Telemedicine store and forward diagnostic services right business at right time in USA
Tennessee physician practice selects TouchWorks for 100 physicians
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
UrologyTrends.com Web site launched at American Urological Association Annual Meeting
CATAAlliance launches coalition to introduce person-enabling technologies teaching youths new skills for self-control
University of Alberta to build Virtual Cell with IBM Award
Patented blood pressure screening technology reduces hypertension risks for 50 million afflicted Americans
 
Grid for Health
 
American Diabetes Association taps power of Gateway Grid to expedite services to over 17 million Americans
Rothberg Institute leveraging Internet to mount first computer-based effort against SARS
SARS researchers in China use SGI technologies to search for genomic clues and anti-SARS drugs
The Scripps Research Institute and Entropia complete first phase of FightAIDS@Home PC Grid project
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Major health care organisations adopt QualysGuard on-demand security platform
VitalWorks' new electronic medical record systems to debut at TEPR 2003
Misys signs contracts with Central Plains Laboratories and Salem Hospital
Andromed signs an agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners to promote the Androscope i-stethos
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Tuning medical education in Europe
Guidant's Virtual Reality physician training technology added to Paris Course on Revascularisation
First Virtual Communications demonstrates Click To Meet Web conferencing at telemedicine seminar in Sweden
Xiomed wins Smart Award for medical remote assessment system
 
The 21st century hospital
 
IDX salutes Montefiore Medical Center for highest verified use of CPOE
St. Vincent's Hospital selects Adobe Enterprise Solutions to streamline document processes
Saint Luke's Health System invests in VISICU's eICU patient safety solution
St. Anthony's selects IBM technology to deliver real-time access to patient medical images
 
Virtual snap shots
 
U.S. Army adds $1,6 million to Microvision development contract providing wearable displays for mobile medics
Nikon's Coolscope promises to have big impact on microscope-based telemedicine applications
Linux Cluster system speeds development of disease diagnostics products
State of Arizona selects Mercator to ensure timely HIPAA compliance
 
VMWC news bites
 
Students train complex dental procedures on Simulife's virtual reality 3D Dental simulator
Exactech introduces Link MITUS Minimally Invasive Technique for unicondylar knee replacement
Given Imaging to highlight Capsule Endoscopy's growing clinical utility at Digestive Disease Week
Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center performs groundbreaking paediatric surgeries using robotics
 

Leads June 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
MDeverywhere integrates with Siemens PDAccess Clinical Summary for enhanced inpatient encounter capture
Full ArticleMDeverywhere, a provider of handheld solutions for physicians to improve efficiency and accuracy at the point of care, announces enhanced inpatient capabilities for its EveryCharge and EveryNote physician customers who have access to Siemens Medical Solutions' handheld PDAccess Clinical Summary in an affiliated hospital. The MDeverywhere and Siemens products are integrated through context sharing, allowing physicians to select a patient and seamlessly review patient-specific clinical information and capture charges and digital dictation, all in a single work flow on the same handheld device.
PDSHeart remote monitoring provider calls for new telemedicine standards for quality and service
Full ArticlePDSHeart's looping multi-event monitor now transmits at 4x speed, significantly reducing the time that staff and patients are required to spend on the phone. The company provides the highest quality, physician-prescribed remote and ambulatory care monitoring of non-symptomatic, symptomatic and post-surgical cardiac patients, via landline, cellular telephone and the Internet. PDSHeart's WebHolter is the industry's first Web-based ECG.
TDS Telemedicine store and forward diagnostic services right business at right time in USA
Full ArticleTDS Telemedicine Inc. (TDST) is in the process of transferring a successful technology and business plan from the United Kingdom to the United States. The British company, now a subsidiary, was established in 1998 for the purpose of providing diagnostic services in the fields of dermatology and retinopathy via Internet digital communication between the patient and diagnosing specialist physicians. This service is particularly valuable to people who live far from a specialist or are immobile, such as many nursing home patients. The move into the United States is the result of both the company's acquired experience and expertise and the size of the potential market. Management projects significant growth of both sales and earnings once the company has established a foothold in the United States.
Tennessee physician practice selects TouchWorks for 100 physicians
Full ArticleAllscripts Healthcare Solutions, a provider of clinical software and information solutions focused on physicians, has expanded the use of TouchWorks Rx+ within the Summit Medical Group physician practice in Knoxville, Tennessee. After using the e-prescribing software with a subset of physicians, Summit will be rolling out the programme for use by approximately one hundred of their 155 physicians.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
UrologyTrends.com Web site launched at American Urological Association Annual Meeting
Full ArticleUrologyTrends.com, an on-line community dedicated to providing educational resources to the practising urologist, has been launched at the American Urological Association (AUA) annual meeting. The Web site is intended to help urologists improve patient care by providing a convenient forum to expand their knowledge of key clinical, economic, and patient management issues.
CATAAlliance launches coalition to introduce person-enabling technologies teaching youths new skills for self-control
Full ArticleCanada's largest high tech association, CATAAlliance, has signed a new strategic partnership that will combine technology with mental health programmes in order to help at-risk individuals in the community. Collaborating in this partnership with CATAAlliance is S4Potential, a company dedicated to maximising human behavioural potential in individuals and groups through behavioural telehealth, and, Youth Services Bureau (YSB), one of Ontario's largest mental health centres for youth.
University of Alberta to build Virtual Cell with IBM Award
Full ArticleResearchers supported by an IBM award have begun groundbreaking work to develop a virtual cell, a micro-organism that lives only in cyberspace to cut health care costs, speed the development of new drugs and test new treatments. The Canadian researchers, working at the University of Alberta's Institute of Biomolecular Design, are creating a virtual version of an E.coli cell. The "CyberCell" project, aided by a technology award from IBM's Shared University Research (SUR) programme, will create a simulation of an E.Coli cell with the goal of developing the knowledge and technology to simulate more complex living organisms.
Patented blood pressure screening technology reduces hypertension risks for 50 million afflicted Americans
Full ArticleHypertensive Americans can now significantly reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, arteriosclerosis, and kidney failure with Computerized Screening Inc.'s (CSI) free patented blood pressure screening technology. In response to the National Hypertension Month, the visionary pioneers in the field of preventive health screening technology have raised awareness and facilitated easier disease management by providing consumers with superior monitoring technology.
 
Grid for Health
 
American Diabetes Association taps power of Gateway Grid to expedite services to over 17 million Americans
Full ArticleSignificantly increasing the speed and accuracy at which the more than 17 million Americans with diabetes can find the best treatments, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has selected the grid-computing service from Gateway Inc. and United Devices, specialised in secure grid solutions. The ADA will use Gateway Processing On Demand (GPOD), backed by United Device's Grid MP Alliance platform, to accelerate critical diabetes-related research. The platform will run software to help the ADA analyse clinical programmes and treatments, develop clinical practice guidelines, study the efficiency of care processes, set priorities and plan diabetes research.
Rothberg Institute leveraging Internet to mount first computer-based effort against SARS
Full ArticleThe Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases, a non-profit research institute devoted to discovering and developing drugs for orphan childhood diseases, has added a recently discovered SARS target to its Drug Design and Optimization Lab (D2OL) grid computing project. This addition has led to the installation of D2OL on 29.000 new computers worldwide to speed up its efforts to identify potential new drugs capable of treating SARS and other emerging microbial diseases.
SARS researchers in China use SGI technologies to search for genomic clues and anti-SARS drugs
Full ArticleSeparated by 676 miles, two key research institutes at ground zero of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic are conducting breakthrough research into this mysterious disease, using SGI servers to advance their important work. The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is identifying the genomic basis for SARS in its many variations, while the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM) is pursuing an effective pharmaceutical vaccine or cure. Currently, there is no rapid test available to confirm diagnosis of this newly characterised respiratory illness in a timely manner, and there is no known effective treatment or cure.
The Scripps Research Institute and Entropia complete first phase of FightAIDS@Home PC Grid project
Full ArticleEntropia Inc., a provider of PC grid computing solutions and the Olson Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), the largest private, non-profit biomedical research organisation in the United States, have successfully completed the initial phase of the FightAIDS@Home (FAAH) research project. FAAH accelerates AIDS research by generating and testing candidate drug compounds against detailed models of evolving AIDS viruses.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Major health care organisations adopt QualysGuard on-demand security platform
Full ArticleQualys Inc., a provider of on-demand security audit and vulnerability management solutions, has announced the rapid adoption of its QualysGuard service by major health care organisations across the United States. Members of the health care industry are subscribing to the QualysGuard service to regularly audit the security of their networks in order to protect patient information and maintain a secure infrastructure. In addition to enhancing network security, health care organisations use the QualysGuard service to comply with the many complexities of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
VitalWorks' new electronic medical record systems to debut at TEPR 2003
Full ArticleVitalWorks Inc., a provider of health care information management technology, has unveiled its newest electronic medical records systems, Ingenuity EMR and CHARTstation 6.0, at the TEPR 2003 Annual Conference and Exhibition, held in San Antonio. Ingenuity EMR is VitalWorks' latest addition to its clinical systems product suite, the result of a significant R&D initiative that began in 2001.
Misys signs contracts with Central Plains Laboratories and Salem Hospital
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with Central Plains Laboratories located in Hays, Kansas. The contract covers the acquisition, deployment, and software maintenance of a suite of new and upgraded Misys clinical information systems that will complement the client's growing reference laboratory business and their existing Misys Laboratory information systems and includes Misys Commercial Laboratory 3.0, Misys Clinical Financial 3.0, and CoPathPlus from Misys. The company also has signed an agreement with Salem Hospital, located in Salem, Oregon. Building upon the existing Misys-Salem Hospital relationship, the contract covers the acquisition, deployment and software maintenance of the Misys Clinical Financial, a comprehensive information system that combines accounts receivable and billing with a rich set of regulatory compliance tools.
Andromed signs an agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners to promote the Androscope i-stethos
Full ArticleAndromed Inc., a high-tech medical company, and Premier Purchasing Partners L.P., a U.S. health care purchasing group, have signed an agreement to promote the Androscope i-stethos, an advanced electronic stethoscope designed and manufactured by Andromed, to Premier's network of 1600 hospitals and health care systems in the United States.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Tuning medical education in Europe
Full ArticleMedical education must continuously adapt to changes in the relevant environment. In Europe some of the most important changes to be addressed include: 1) the reality that increasingly "external" factors affect health (e.g. smoking, traffic accidents) that are beyond the scope of medicine; 2) the increasing ageing of the population; and 3) the consequences of the increasing impact of the European Union (EU) on higher education. These issues were among those discussed at a recent joint meeting of Mednet2, an EU-sponsored "Socrates Thematic Network" of (European) medical schools (Majoor, 1998) and ECTS/ICMG, a network of approximately 40 medical schools that on request of the EU initially developed and tested a standardised European course credit transfer system (ECTS) (www.med-ects.org). The meeting was held on 9 and 10 May, 2003 and hosted by the Medical Faculty of the University of Oviedo, Spain.
Guidant's Virtual Reality physician training technology added to Paris Course on Revascularisation
Full ArticleGuidant Corporation, specialised in the treatment of cardiac and vascular disease, and the Paris Course on Revascularisation (EuroPCR) jointly announced that Guidant's Virtual Reality (VR) training technology for catheter-based procedures has been integrated into the core curriculum of the course. The annual Paris Course on Revascularisation, held May 20-23 in Paris, is focused on education and training of physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular diseases. Advanced education techniques and programmes related to patient treatment are of particular interest and value at the well-attended event.
First Virtual Communications demonstrates Click To Meet Web conferencing at telemedicine seminar in Sweden
Full ArticleFirst Virtual Communications, a provider of rich media Web conferencing and collaboration solutions, has demonstrated its Click to Meet Web conferencing solution at a telemedicine seminar at the Swedish-based hospital Karolinska Hospital, along with Cisco Systems and Euromed Networks AB, a Swedish-based First Virtual reseller specialising in health care applications. The telemedicine seminar, hosted by one of the largest university hospitals in Sweden, focused on the e-health applications enabled by rich media communications and how video and Web conferencing specifically can empower health care.
Xiomed wins Smart Award for medical remote assessment system
Full ArticleXiomed Ltd, the Cambridge based start-up developing wireless and multimedia solutions for the health care industry, has been awarded a Smart award for its innovative medical remote assessment system. Xiomed has been working closely with cardiothoracic specialists at Harefield Hospital to define a first application of the system in the field of heart transplantation.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
IDX salutes Montefiore Medical Center for highest verified use of CPOE
Full ArticleWhen KLAS, a research and consulting firm specialising in monitoring and reporting on the performance of health care information technology (IT) vendors, researched the use of computerised physician order entry (CPOE) in the United States' hospitals, Montefiore Medical Center, an academic medical centre in New York City, topped the list. Montefiore demonstrated the highest level of inpatient CPOE among the organisations surveyed, with 100 percent of inpatient orders entered electronically and 2500 physicians participating.
St. Vincent's Hospital selects Adobe Enterprise Solutions to streamline document processes
Full ArticleSt. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, has selected the full suite of Adobe's document integration solutions to further improve patient care and streamline operations by automating the delivery of up to 27 document processes over the course of the next two years. Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated is specialised in network publishing and offers a comprehensive line of software for enterprise and creative professional customers. Its products enable customers to create, manage and deliver visually rich, compelling and reliable content.
Saint Luke's Health System invests in VISICU's eICU patient safety solution
Full ArticleSaint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, has made a multi million-dollar investment in VISICU's eICU solution as part of an ongoing commitment to improving patient safety. The investment makes Saint Luke's Health System the first in the region to use technology to provide physician specialists with tools that will enable them to keep an even closer eye on critical care patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
St. Anthony's selects IBM technology to deliver real-time access to patient medical images
Full ArticleSt. Anthony's Medical Center is installing a new data centre using IBM storage, server and software, allowing physicians to access patient information, including large diagnostic image files, such as X-rays, mammographies and CAT scans, typically in 30 seconds or less. The new system will allow doctors to access high-resolution images quickly from a computer. Previously, medical images from radiology would have to be stored on film, retrieved and hand delivered to doctors.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
U.S. Army adds $1,6 million to Microvision development contract providing wearable displays for mobile medics
Full ArticleMicrovision Inc., an expert in light scanning technologies, has been awarded a $1,6 million addition to an existing development contract from the U.S. Army's Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). The contract funds the continued development of a mobile, personal display system for medical applications.
Nikon's Coolscope promises to have big impact on microscope-based telemedicine applications
Full ArticleNikon Instruments Europe BV, based in The Netherlands, has developed a digital microscope for applications in biological and clinical applications. The innovative product is called Coolscope and offers a new vision in microscopy as well as a huge potential to be used in advanced telemedicine settings.
Linux Cluster system speeds development of disease diagnostics products
Full ArticlediaDexus, a developer of diagnostic and therapeutic products, is using a Linux Networx Evolocity II (E2) cluster computing system to expedite the development of diagnostic products for cancer and cardiovascular disease. The E2 system has helped speed the rate of gene analysis for the development of future diagnostic products from weeks to hours, or by more than 20 percent compared to the large, multi-processing RISC-based machine diaDexus used previously.
State of Arizona selects Mercator to ensure timely HIPAA compliance
Full ArticleThe state of Arizona's Health Care Cost Containment System Administration (AHCCCSA) has selected Mercator Inside Healthcare as the integration architecture to meet the October deadline for full Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) compliance. AHCCCSA worked in conjunction with the Arizona Medicaid Programme and Med-QUEST, the Hawaii Medicaid Programme, for which AHCCCSA handles all core business transaction processing, to make their selection.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Students train complex dental procedures on Simulife's virtual reality 3D Dental simulator
Full ArticleThe French company Simulife Systems is now marketing 3D Dental, the first virtual reality dental training simulator for students. This product has been developed over the past three years, in collaboration with the Physiology of Manducation Laboratory at Paris 7, Denis Diderot University, and the Analysis and Modellisation in Biological Imagery Laboratory (INRA), in order to create new solutions and high tech softwares for dental faculties. Simulife was founded in the beginning of 2002. The company's mission is to create new solutions and hightech software for odontology and especially for dental schools.
Exactech introduces Link MITUS Minimally Invasive Technique for unicondylar knee replacement
Full ArticleExactech Inc. will begin introducing the Link MITUS, its Minimally Invasive Technique for the Unicondylar SLED instrument system and Link's Endo-Model SLED unicondylar knee prosthesis to orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. The innovative instrumentation set facilitates minimally invasive implantation of the SLED knee system, resulting in significant patient benefits.
Given Imaging to highlight Capsule Endoscopy's growing clinical utility at Digestive Disease Week
Full ArticleGiven Imaging has announced that data from 85 oral and poster presentations at Digestive Disease Week 2003 (DDW), taking place in Orlando, Florida, from May 17th - 22nd at the Orange County Convention Center, demonstrate the increasing clinical utility of capsule endoscopy (CE) over conventional diagnostic methods in diagnosing diseases of the small bowel, including Crohn's disease, cancer and obscure bleeding.
Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center performs groundbreaking paediatric surgeries using robotics
Full ArticleAt Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, Thom E. Lobe, MD, successfully completed a surgery on a 41-day-old baby, weighing just over six pounds (2,8kg). During the operation, Dr. Lobe used Computer Motion's robotic system called ZEUS to perform delicate surgical repairs on the infant's birth defects. Dr. Lobe, Le Bonheur paediatric surgeon, and Chairman of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Section of Paediatric Surgery, is among the first surgeons in the United States to do paediatric laparoscopy in the world. The patient is the smallest child ever to be operated on using the ZEUS Surgical System.
 

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