VMW Monthly - July 2003 - ISSN 1388-722X



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12th Annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" Conference

Abstract submission deadline: July 15th, 2003 - January 15-17, 2004, Newport Beach, California, USA

"Building a Better You: The Next Tools for Medical Education, Diagnosis, and Care"

The MMVR12 Organizing Committee and Aligned Management Associates, Inc. are pleased to announce the 2004 "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" and the annual Call for Papers. Researchers who are working to advance the role of interactive electronic technologies in clinical care and medical education are invited to participate.

In addition, the MMVR12 programme will include:

  • Exhibition of commercial products and non-commercial research projects
  • The 5th annual session featuring stereoscopic (3D) projection
  • Presentation of the 10th annual Satava Award
More info is available at the MMVR Web site.

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Contents July 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Per-Se Technologies' Patient1 product line purchased by Misys Healthcare Systems
Accelerated Technology's Nucleus RTOS helps patients rehabilitate at home via Internet monitoring
Andromed and Hewlett-Packard partner to introduce hp iPAQ Pocket PC Diagnostic Mobility Solution
First Virtual Communications' Click to Meet conferencing technology used in Texas University's medical mobile van
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Duke University Medical Center and the Center for the Advancement of Genomics launch genomic-based prospective medicine collaboration
American Diabetes Association and Entelos to present insight discoveries to Diabetes Research Forum
Fred Hutchinson launches major research effort in early detection of cancer
New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland work together to promote Aussie biotechnology to the world
 
Grid for Health
 
Building a PetaFlops class machine for large scale system design experience and biomolecular simulation
Exploring the benefits of FPGA-processor technology for genome analysis at Acconovis
Access Grid technology used by Taiwan in fight against SARS
Supercomputing clusters power Grid-based disease mapping at the University of Liverpool
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Impact Labs launches Master Archive Medical Edition compression software for DICOM medical images
CompuMed to expand worldwide OsteoGram distribution to Middle East, South America and South Asia
Provider of revenue cycle services and handheld point-of-care solution join forces
Misys introduces enhanced versions of Encompass and Clinical Financial v6.0 as well as Insight v2.2
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Medicine for Mars: the ultimate telemedicine challenge
Predict your health condition with genetic snippets - SNPs
Increased life expectancy key to success in hip and knee replacement industry
Isabel decision support tool to receive additional funding from British Department of Health
 
The 21st century hospital
 
PACS at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok enhanced with Dot Hill's SANnet storage solution
Parkview Health selects IDX and Sentillion for access and security capabilities
Lehigh Valley Hospital goes live on wireless bar code assisted medication charting
Drake Center selects Misys Healthcare Systems to deploy suite of clinical information systems products
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ATKOSoft's Frontis S/W Suite among the 33 leading applications of eHealth in Europe
Cardnet, the Italian Cardiology Network to use E-Ceptionist
Xograph Imaging Systems to distribute Rogan-Delft PACS products
Viatronix launches latest software version for virtual colonoscopy featuring supine-prone registration
 
VMWC news bites
 
Virtual Biopsy, a new way to look at cancer
Ultrasound and robotics surgery pioneer to receive high award from SRI International
Experts and caregivers use InTouch Health's remote presence robot in state-to-state validation
Image-guided suite of the future brings precision to minimally invasive procedure
 

Leads July 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Per-Se Technologies' Patient1 product line purchased by Misys Healthcare Systems
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Per-Se Technologies Inc. to acquire the Computerised Patient Record/Computerised Physician Order Entry (CPR/CPOE) product line currently marketed as Patient1. Under the terms of the agreement and pending final transaction closing, Misys Healthcare Systems will assume support agreements for the extensive base of Patient1 clients and will develop, market and support the products as Misys CPR and Misys CPOE. Misys will also assume ownership of Decision1, the clinical data warehousing and advanced reporting tool companion to Patient1.
Accelerated Technology's Nucleus RTOS helps patients rehabilitate at home via Internet monitoring
Full ArticleThe Nucleus Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), developed by Accelerated Technology, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, was used in the development of the e-ReMedy project from Air Machine in Italy. e-ReMedy is a telemedicine or long-distance medicine platform that enables patients requiring rehabilitation for cardiology, respiratory and orthopaedic problems to manage their related therapies at home via an Internet connection.
Andromed and Hewlett-Packard partner to introduce hp iPAQ Pocket PC Diagnostic Mobility Solution
Full ArticleAndromed Inc., an innovative high-tech medical company, and HP health care solutions, a manufacturer of IT solutions for health care professionals, have agreed to promote the hp iPAQ Pocket PC h5450/STG/i-stethos Diagnostic Mobility Solution in a joint effort with physicians to support medical professionals in North America.
First Virtual Communications' Click to Meet conferencing technology used in Texas University's medical mobile van
Full ArticleThe University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, located in the world renowned Texas Medical Center, is using First Virtual Communications' Click to Meet Conference Server to connect doctors located at the main campus in Houston with the University's medical mobile van that travels along the Texas/Mexico border in order to provide free medical care to underprivileged patients.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Duke University Medical Center and the Center for the Advancement of Genomics launch genomic-based prospective medicine collaboration
Full ArticleThe Center for the Advancement of Genomics (TCAG) and Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) have signed a formal collaboration to create the first fully-integrated, comprehensive practice of genomic-based prospective medicine. Through this new collaboration, Duke and TCAG plan to generate predictive and prognostic data on specific diseases that can aid both doctors and patients in the earlier detection and better treatment of these illnesses.
American Diabetes Association and Entelos to present insight discoveries to Diabetes Research Forum
Full ArticleThe American Diabetes Association and the biotechnology firm Entelos Inc. have delivered the first set of insight discoveries to the Diabetes Research Forum (DRF). The insights, discovered as part of the ongoing development of the Metabolism PhysioLab technology, consist of novel targets and hypotheses into the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. Additionally, the Association announced the members of the Scientific Advisory Board selected to support the Scientific Alliance between Entelos and the Association.
Fred Hutchinson launches major research effort in early detection of cancer
Full ArticleFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has launched a major new programme to develop tests that could alert doctors to the earliest signs of cancer. Known as the Early Detection Initiative, the effort will benefit from $4.4 million in new funding from the Paul G. Allen Foundation for Medical Research of Seattle, the W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles and businessman Donald J. Listwin of Woodside, California.
New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland work together to promote Aussie biotechnology to the world
Full ArticleThe Premiers of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria have signed a historic agreement, joining forces to promote Australia's $12 billion biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries to the world. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Melbourne by the Premier of New South Wales, Mr. Bob Carr; Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie; and Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, to create the AustralianBiotechAlliance.
 
Grid for Health
 
Building a PetaFlops class machine for large scale system design experience and biomolecular simulation
Full ArticleMr. Jamshed Mirza from the Deep Computing Department at IBM addressed the painstaking issue of the laborious emergence of PetaFlop systems in relationship to the BlueGene initiative at IBM. The road to achieve PetaFlop computing power has shown itself to be a tentalising one: the goal always seemed within sight but always stayed just out of reach up till now because of the multiple challenges and potholes on the way, as Mr. Mirza expressed it.
Exploring the benefits of FPGA-processor technology for genome analysis at Acconovis
Full ArticleAt the ISC 2003 Conference, Holger Singpiel from Acconovis in Mannheim and Carsten Jacobi from BASF in Ludwigshafen presented the FPGA technology and its use in high throughput genome analysis. FPGA processor-based genome research offers promising results with regard to speed and accuracy in the analysis and modelling of complex energy models.µ
Access Grid technology used by Taiwan in fight against SARS
Full ArticleWhen the medical staffs of several key hospitals in Taiwan were quarantined by the SARS epidemic, threatening to make a critical situation even worse, computer scientists there, in the United States, and throughout the Asia Pacific Rim turned to grid computing technology and old-fashioned teamwork. PRAGMA, the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly, showed how relationships and expertise developed to tackle computational research could also help thousands of SARS patients in Taiwan.
Supercomputing clusters power Grid-based disease mapping at the University of Liverpool
Full ArticleThe University of Liverpool has unveiled its new large-scale Dell high-performance computing cluster (HPCC), powered by Intel Pentium 4 processors, to underpin further ground-breaking disease mapping and physics research, and to enhance international public-interest work conducted on the University's own cross-campus Grid network (ULGRID).
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Impact Labs launches Master Archive Medical Edition compression software for DICOM medical images
Full ArticleAt the 20th Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR 2003) Impact Labs has introduced its next-generation DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) compression server, Master Archive Medical Edition 3.5. This Windows-based application, being developed specifically for compressing and encrypting DICOM files including digital X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, etc., is one of three specialised image compression applications.
CompuMed to expand worldwide OsteoGram distribution to Middle East, South America and South Asia
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has signed new agreements to distribute its OsteoGram system in Israel, Brazil, Egypt and India. The new distribution partners will enhance CompuMed's growing global distribution network.
Provider of revenue cycle services and handheld point-of-care solution join forces
Full ArticleMed e-Manager, a provider of physician revenue cycle services, has acquired MDeverywhere, a developer of point of care solutions for physicians. The resulting company will operate as Med e-Manager and will continue to offer and support MDeverywhere's encounter capture solution as well as Med e-Manager's revenue cycle management services.
Misys introduces enhanced versions of Encompass and Clinical Financial v6.0 as well as Insight v2.2
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, a provider of health care IT, has made available Misys Encompass 2.0, an upgraded version of its comprehensive Web-based clinical information solution. The company has also launched its latest version of Misys Clinical Financial, a critical financial information system for independent reference labs and outreach hospital lab programmes that automates and manages all laboratory business activities. In addition, an enhanced version of Misys Insight, which includes new HIPAA compliancy and multi-facility support features, was introduced. The new release, version 2.2, is expected to become generally available during June 2003.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Medicine for Mars: the ultimate telemedicine challenge
Full ArticleAt the Club of Amsterdam meeting in May, Oliver Angerer from the Europan Space Agency, ESA, explained that medical research is underway to support a mission to Mars. With a time delay between the Earth and a Mars mission of tens of minutes and a duration of a mission in the range of 16 to 36 months, this poses the ultimate telemedicine challenge. However, as Mr. Angerer explained, the main goal is to prevent health problems from developing. Scanning the astronauts' potential genetic structure to check it on extreme vulnerability for loss of bone mass in weightless conditions is one study.
Predict your health condition with genetic snippets - SNPs
Full ArticleKnowing your genes can help you to live healthier, claimed Chris de Bruijn, Director Science and Technology of EURIMM at the Club of Amsterdam meeting in May. We are not yet good at healing chronic diseases. According to Chris de Bruijn, most of those are the result of the combination brain-immune system that is not working well. Especially in an aging population we see a lot of problems as a result of that. Studying the genes that steer the brain-immune system connection, can provide the insight needed to cure these diseases or prevent them from occurring, for instance by changing the diet. Each person has a unique set of genes that have to be studied to know whether they could lead to health problems for this specific person.
Increased life expectancy key to success in hip and knee replacement industry
Full ArticleAs Europe's demographics shift towards an increasingly aged population, the European market for primary and revision hip and knee replacements will benefit from the rising incidence of metabolic diseases inherent in elderly patients. The broad spectrum of severe arthritic conditions necessitating joint replacements includes osteo-arthritis, the primary cause of joint degeneration. Posting revenues of $1,27 billion in 2002, the total European market for primary and revision hip and knee replacements will climb to $1,81 billion by 2009, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5,2 percent.
Isabel decision support tool to receive additional funding from British Department of Health
Full ArticleThe Isabel Medical Charity has received funding from the Department of Health and the Helen Hamlyn Trust that will enable the extension of its clinical decision support system to assist with the treatment of adult patients. Isabel, which is based on Autonomy Corporation's sophisticated infrastructure software, was launched last year to bridge the knowledge gap that exists in many health systems, notably that most of the critical knowledge and experience resides with senior consultants in hospitals and not with the doctors who first examine patients.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
PACS at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok enhanced with Dot Hill's SANnet storage solution
Full ArticleDot Hill is partnering with system integrator ASL Automated Ltd. in Thailand. Working with JF Advance Med Company Ltd., ASL integrated Dot Hill's SANnet storage solution into the Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) environment at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. ASL, based in Bangkok, provides technology solutions and services to its extensive customer base. ASL also works closely with specialised vertical solution providers in the financial, insurance and health care sectors.
Parkview Health selects IDX and Sentillion for access and security capabilities
Full ArticleParkview Health will implement four additional IDX Carecast offerings across its six hospital network to enhance secure, streamlined access to patient information across the Parkview enterprise. Parkview will use IDX Single Sign-on, IDX Authentication, IDX Context Management and IDX Privacy Management, all powered by Sentillion, to integrate its diverse and powerful application environment.
Lehigh Valley Hospital goes live on wireless bar code assisted medication charting
Full ArticleLehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN) is the first customer to go live with IDX's wireless bar code medication charting technology. LVHHN is using the application with IDX LastWord; it is also available with the next-generation IDX Carecast. LVHHN has implemented bar code medication charting on a busy 31-bed medical/surgical unit, and will roll it out to the remaining units in its three community hospitals over the next three months.
Drake Center selects Misys Healthcare Systems to deploy suite of clinical information systems products
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed a substantial agreement with Drake Center, the rehabilitation specialists, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The new contract covers the acquisition, deployment, and software maintenance of Misys Laboratory, Misys Pharmacy, and Misys Insight. The comprehensive suite of Misys laboratory products includes an automation module to increase efficiency and patient safety, while the pharmacy system will provide medication use reporting across the entire continuum of care.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
ATKOSoft's Frontis S/W Suite among the 33 leading applications of eHealth in Europe
Full ArticleIn the European Ministerial eHealth 2003 Conference focused on Information and Communication Technology for the Health Sector (ICT), which took place in Brussels, the 33 most outstanding applications of health in all European countries were presented, combining innovative ideas with advanced technology.
Cardnet, the Italian Cardiology Network to use E-Ceptionist
Full ArticleCardnet, the Italian Cardiology Hospital Network, will begin using the E-Ceptionist Internet-based case management and appointment scheduling system. The Milan, Italy company will be supported by E-Ceptionist's Italian customer TelBios S.p.A.
Xograph Imaging Systems to distribute Rogan-Delft PACS products
Full ArticleXograph Imaging Systems Ltd, the British foremost privately owned radiology and health care IT organisation, has been appointed to promote, implement and support Rogan-Delft's innovative range of medical image management solutions (PACS) in the United Kingdom. Rogan-Delft is part of Delft Diagnostic Imaging and a member of the Dutch Delft Instruments Group.
Viatronix launches latest software version for virtual colonoscopy featuring supine-prone registration
Full ArticleLong Island-based innovator and expert in 2D/3D visualisation software Viatronix Inc. has released version 1.3 of its best of breed Virtual Colonoscopy software. The new version of V3D Virtual Colonoscopy module provides numerous software enhancements and a unique supine and prone registration feature, allowing the user to easily correlate between the supine and prone scan.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Virtual Biopsy, a new way to look at cancer
Full ArticleScientists are using new imaging technology to help them perform "virtual biopsies", biological profiles of specific tumours that may help predict a patient's response to treatment and probability of long-term survival. This whole new realm of imaging is called functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a process that offers insight into a tumour's character, not just its superficial structure.
Ultrasound and robotics surgery pioneer to receive high award from SRI International
Full ArticleResearch institute SRI International has honoured Phil Green with the institute's prestigious Weldon B. Gibson Achievement Award. The award is given to an SRI staff member or team who has furthered the institute's mission by making a noteworthy impact on the improvement of the general standard of living and the peace and prosperity of society.
Experts and caregivers use InTouch Health's remote presence robot in state-to-state validation
Full ArticleInTouch Health Inc., specialised in remote presence technology for health care providers, and Silverado Senior Living, a speciality Alzheimer's care provider, have organised an expanded collaborative effort to evaluate the InTouch Health "Companion", a new mobile robot system. 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 are actually there.
Image-guided suite of the future brings precision to minimally invasive procedure
Full ArticleMinimally invasive treatment of disease, a revolutionary alternative to larger surgical incisions and longer recovery times, is undergoing its own transformation. Interventional radiologists are fusing imaging technologies with the accuracy of robots and automated instruments to help physicians target cancerous tumours and diseases with exquisite precision. Three major categories of technology are at the forefront: robotics, global positioning systems (GPS) and next-generation image displays, such as imaging fusion, 3D imaging and virtual reality devices known as "augmented reality".
 

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