VMW Monthly - August 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 August 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Maui Sky Fiber deploys Aperto PacketWave to launch business-grade wireless
Major implementation project will enable computerised physician order entry for Continuum Health Partners
NotifyMD's WebMessenger service added to the MGMA AdminiServe programme
PDSHeart moving into pacemaker monitoring services with acquisition of Physicians' CardioTrace
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
JWCH Institute unveils innovative CSI Health Stations in Central Los Angeles
Smith & Nephew to deliver eleven Digital Operating Rooms at Toronto General Hospital
Telestroke supports emergency stroke care in North Canadian communities
Alzheimer's Association and Intel team up to expand home care technology research
 
Grid for Health
 
Find-a-Drug Internet computing in search for AIDS and cancer growth inhibitors
Indiana University and IBM to develop advanced system for biomedical research
San Diego Supercomputing Center licenses Genego's MetaCore platform for systems biology applications
IBM Supercomputer undertakes complex simulations into cancer research
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
VIDAR Systems Corporation signs agreement with IDX Imagecast
Xtria signs agreement with VHA for PACS consulting and implementation services
3Com voice solution remedies patient communications at University of Tennessee Cancer Institute
DINMAR debuts major new release of Oacis electronic medical record
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Commission makes the case for EU funded embryonic stem cell research
Frost & Sullivan to analyse attitude in Benelux towards drug testing
Universidad Complutense of Madrid selects Enterasys to install high-performance network for services like telemedicine
European Commission issues Call for Proposals in life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Most Wired hospitals extend patient reach through Internet
Zix Corporation provides secure e-mail services to Jewish Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Florida selects Misys Laboratory for two member hospitals
IBM and New York Hospitals sign contracts for technology transformation
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Intuitive Surgical and Computer Motion close merger
Next Dimension Imaging launches Model Analyzer and Anatomy Analyzer software
Entelos and MIT to study causes of immune and inflammatory diseases
TeleHealth TIGR 5.3 interactive video system enables hospitals to respond instantly to patient complaints
 
VMWC news bites
 
Immersion Medical's simulator delivers improved training and reduced pain during invasive exams
InTouch Health's Remote Presence Robot for health care begins clinical testing in skilled nursing setting
Amnis provides key MPEG-2 systems for Bell Canada tele-robotic surgery
Immersion's Virtual Patient software teaches medical and health science students physical exam skills
 

Leads August 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Maui Sky Fiber deploys Aperto PacketWave to launch business-grade wireless
Full ArticleMaui Sky Fiber, a wireless access provider to consumers and visiting tourists on Maui, is launching business-grade wireless connectivity on the island and has deployed Aperto Networks as its exclusive provider for 2,5 GHz point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems supporting wireless business access and backhaul infrastructure for Universal Mobile Telecommunication Services (UMTS) for portable wireless access.
Major implementation project will enable computerised physician order entry for Continuum Health Partners
Full ArticleContinuum Health Partners has selected the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system to integrate electronic patient data, clinical documentation and computerised physician order entry (CPOE) capabilities. Continuum, one of New York's largest hospital systems, is an integrated delivery network comprising four academic medical centres and numerous ambulatory clinics that treats over 100.000 inpatients and has more than 1,3 million outpatient visits every year.
NotifyMD's WebMessenger service added to the MGMA AdminiServe programme
Full ArticleThe Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the United States' principal voice for medical group practice, added NotifyMD's WebMessenger service to the MGMA AdminiServe preferred supplier programme. WebMessenger will expand NotifyMD's current after-hours answering service to daytime message management of live voice communications via secure Internet access for MGMA members.
PDSHeart moving into pacemaker monitoring services with acquisition of Physicians' CardioTrace
Full ArticlePDSHeart LLC, an expert in the delivery of cardiac telemedicine, is further expanding its pacemaker monitoring services in the Midwest, with the acquisition of the business of Physicians' CardioTrace Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio. The strategic alliance allows PDSHeart to combine its commitment to quality and technological expertise with the long-standing reputation of Physicians' CardioTrace for premium remote cardiac and pacemaker monitoring services.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
JWCH Institute unveils innovative CSI Health Stations in Central Los Angeles
Full ArticleThe JWCH Institute Inc. unveiled Computerized Screening Inc.'s (CSI) patented Health Stations in Central Los Angeles, an area commonly referred to as "Skid Row". Bringing this innovative technology to the underserved population furthers the mission of the Service Planning Area 4, Co-ordinated Prevention Network (SPA 4, CPN), which is to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases. Led by the JWCH Institute, the SPA 4, CPN is a coalition of twenty organisations committed to reducing the incidence of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and substance abuse among at-risk members of the downtown LA community.
Smith & Nephew to deliver eleven Digital Operating Rooms at Toronto General Hospital
Full ArticleToronto General Hospital (TGH), University Health Network has opened eleven multi-speciality Digital Operating Rooms designed and constructed by Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc. The opening was part of a dedication ceremony held for Toronto General Hospital's new McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine located in the new 600.000 square foot Clinical Services Building.
Telestroke supports emergency stroke care in North Canadian communities
Full ArticleEmergency-based telemedicine programmes are beginning to make inroads in the Ontario landscape. Telestroke has been introduced through funding made available by the Canadian Stroke Network, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and the NORTH Network. Residents of the communities of North Bay and Sudbury, along with emergency department health care providers, have the benefit of expertise from neurologists situated at Toronto's Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre and the University Health Network.
Alzheimer's Association and Intel team up to expand home care technology research
Full ArticleThe Alzheimer's Association and Intel Corporation have formed a consortium to spur development of technologies for the home to help people with Alzheimer's disease. The Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer Care (ETAC) consortium plans to fund more than $1 million of research to develop new models of Alzheimer care based upon current and evolving technologies in computing, communications and home health care.
 
Grid for Health
 
Find-a-Drug Internet computing in search for AIDS and cancer growth inhibitors
Full ArticleFind-a-Drug has started an HIV project. The success of this project depends on members of the public volunteering their computer's free time. By harnessing the power of thousands of home PCs connected to the Internet, distributed computing software has the potential to significantly accelerate drug research. In the mean time, the preliminary results of Find-a-Drug's Cancer Internet project have exceeded all their expectations.
Indiana University and IBM to develop advanced system for biomedical research
Full ArticleIndiana University has been working with IBM to create a powerful information system at the IU School of Medicine that could transform the hunt for the origins of disease and effective remedies. The new Centralized Life Sciences Data (CLSD) system is being designed to help researchers at one of the world's largest medical schools tap into a wealth of collective knowledge about the genes and proteins related to disease to make faster, better informed decisions about the causes of disease and dysfunction.
San Diego Supercomputing Center licenses Genego's MetaCore platform for systems biology applications
Full ArticleGeneGo will license its MetaCore platform to the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC). MetaCore is a proprietary computational platform for Systems Biology that combines analytical tools, data content, and algorithms for understanding the complex interconnected pathways that are affected in common human diseases. Under the agreement, the SDSC will make MetaCore available to SDSC and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) researchers to apply to their own research programmes. GeneGo will provide training and host educational seminars, symposia, and user group meetings. Additional details about the agreement were not disclosed.
IBM Supercomputer undertakes complex simulations into cancer research
Full ArticleAn IBM supercomputer is deployed for complex biocomputing applications at the data centre of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg for analysing the structures of human genomes and proteins within the worldwide "Human Genome Project". The recently expanded supercomputing system consists of IBM supercomputers including IBM eServer p690 systems with a total of 96 POWER processors.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
VIDAR Systems Corporation signs agreement with IDX Imagecast
Full ArticleVIDAR Systems Corporation, specialised in medical film digitiser technology, has signed an agreement with IDX Systems Corporation to include VIDAR's DiagnosticPRO and SIERRA film digitisers in their speciality work flow solutions, IDX Imagecast. The VIDAR solutions will complement IDX's advanced work flow and image distribution technologies. The IDX Imagecast solution along with VIDAR's DiagnosticPRO film digitiser was featured during the SCAR Annual Meeting and Exhibit held in Boston on June 7-10, 2003.
Xtria signs agreement with VHA for PACS consulting and implementation services
Full ArticleXtria LLC, a provider of information solutions and services, has signed an agreement with VHA Inc., a United States health care co-operative, to provide Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) consulting services to VHA member health care organisations. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Xtria will offer its digital imaging integration, implementation and management consulting services to VHA members, facilitating the transition to and deployment of complex PACS systems.
3Com voice solution remedies patient communications at University of Tennessee Cancer Institute
Full ArticleAs the key health care provider for haematology and oncology patients over a 300-mile area, University of Tennessee Cancer Institute (UTCI) requires reliable telephone communications. Now, bolstered by a powerful voice solution from 3Com Corporation, the fast-growing 400-employee clinic system is blazing new trails in cancer treatment and research.
DINMAR debuts major new release of Oacis electronic medical record
Full ArticleDINMAR (U.S.) Inc., a North American health care technology solutions company, has made available a major new release of the Oacis electronic medical record, Oacis version 7.0. Unveiled at the annual Oacis users' conference in Houston last Spring, this new product release builds on Oacis' leading-edge clinical data repository and associated applications to supply a wealth of new modules and features spanning the Oacis client server deployment and the newer Web-based "Virtual Oacis".
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Commission makes the case for EU funded embryonic stem cell research
Full ArticleThe European Commission has announced details of its proposal to allow EU funding for embryonic stem cell research. Under the plans, stem cells used in EU research projects must come from spare embryos created for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) purposes, and that were frozen before the adoption of the Sixth Framework Programme. The European Union will not fund such research in Member States where it is illegal.
Frost & Sullivan to analyse attitude in Benelux towards drug testing
Full ArticleIn the European clinical diagnostics arena, the Benelux region often represents one of the smaller markets, if not the smallest market. This can usually be explained by a combination of the relatively low population and their conservative nature towards novel technologies. In terms of revenues generated through the sales of drugs-of-abuse tests (DATs), the Benelux market has again been ranked as the smallest in Europe. In this case, however, the resistance to the use of DATs does not apply evenly across Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Here, Alex Wong, health care analyst at Frost & Sullivan, looks at how the geographical differences in uptake are holding back the growth of the Benelux DAT market.
Universidad Complutense of Madrid selects Enterasys to install high-performance network for services like telemedicine
Full ArticleThe Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM), the world's fourth largest university, has selected Enterasys for a $2,7 million network infrastructure project. UCM selected Enterasys' switching and network management solutions to build an infrastructure providing the highest levels of network security and performance, and to support current and future applications such as on-demand video conferencing, telemedicine and high-resolution digital images.
European Commission issues Call for Proposals in life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health
Full ArticleThe European Commission has published a call for proposals in the area of "Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health", under the Sixth Framework Programme's "Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health" activity. This is one of the areas covered by the "Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area" specific programme. In addition, another call for proposals has been published for strategic specific support actions across the thematic priority "life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health" covering area 1.3 of the work programme. This is one of the areas covered by the "integrating the European Research Area" specific programme of the Sixth Framework Programme.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Most Wired hospitals extend patient reach through Internet
Full ArticleThe United States' Most Wired hospitals and health systems are transforming patient care, according to the results of the 2003 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, recently released. The 100 Most Wired hospitals are providing Web-based patient education at the bedside, disease-specific self-assessments on-line and are linking clinical equipment to feed patient readings directly into the medical record.
Zix Corporation provides secure e-mail services to Jewish Hospital
Full ArticleThe Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services (JHHS), a centre for adult tertiary medical and surgical care in Kentucky and southern Indiana, has selected ZixCorp as its e-mail security provider. The JHHS health care network, headquartered in Louisville, joins Kentucky's two largest health insurers according to number of members that have recently deployed ZixCorp services.
Cleveland Clinic Florida selects Misys Laboratory for two member hospitals
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The contract creates a new relationship and covers the acquisition, deployment, and software maintenance of Misys Laboratory to two Cleveland Clinic Florida affiliates, Naples Hospital and Clinic and Weston Hospital. The Misys Laboratory information systems suite will provide these hospitals with advanced functionality and improved operational work flow.
IBM and New York Hospitals sign contracts for technology transformation
Full ArticleThe Mount Sinai Hospital, New York University Medical Center and NYU Downtown Hospital in New York City have selected IBM to manage the organisations' core computing systems and establish a new disaster recovery/business continuity system outside Manhattan. In connection with the contracts, which total $380 million, IBM and the hospitals will also pursue joint projects in the area of Life Sciences, such as information-based medicine and medical imaging.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Intuitive Surgical and Computer Motion close merger
Full ArticleIntuitive Surgical Inc., specialised in operative surgical robotics, has completed its merger with Computer Motion. Stockholders of both Intuitive Surgical and Computer Motion approved the merger in stockholder meetings held earlier on. In connection with the closing of the merger, each outstanding share of Computer Motion common stock was converted into the right to receive 0,51426943 shares of Intuitive Surgical common stock, without giving effect to the reverse stock split.
Next Dimension Imaging launches Model Analyzer and Anatomy Analyzer software
Full ArticleNext Dimension Imaging, a privately held, independent software developer with the focus on innovative 3D graphic solutions, has released two Windows products. Model Analyzer and Anatomy Analyzer are the first two applications published since the relocation to Thailand in the year 2000. The two products, which incorporate various novel techniques, address the markets for general 3D modelling and medical education, research and biomedical engineering.
Entelos and MIT to study causes of immune and inflammatory diseases
Full ArticleEntelos and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a collaboration to better understand how and why communication signals in certain immune system cells break down, a situation that can cause numerous widespread immune and inflammatory diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
TeleHealth TIGR 5.3 interactive video system enables hospitals to respond instantly to patient complaints
Full ArticleTeleHealth Services, a supplier of hospital television systems, has launched TIGR Version 5.3, an interactive video system that can instantly alert hospital managers to patient complaints. Hospital staff can address patient concerns when it counts, while the individual is still in the bed.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Immersion Medical's simulator delivers improved training and reduced pain during invasive exams
Full ArticleFor the first time, a new study presented at this year's Digestive Disease Week conference in Orlando, Florida, finds that patients experience less pain during certain invasive exams when performed by residents who first trained on an Immersion Medical endoscopy simulator, rather than solely on live patients.
InTouch Health's Remote Presence Robot for health care begins clinical testing in skilled nursing setting
Full ArticleInTouch Health Inc., specialised in remote presence technology for health care providers, and Otterbein Retirement Living Communities, an Ohio based continuing care retirement communities group, have set up a collaborative effort to evaluate the InTouch Health "Companion", a new mobile robot system. When used in a skilled nursing setting, the Companion enables remote health care experts to "virtually" consult with caregivers, residents and family members at the point of care, whenever they're 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.
Amnis provides key MPEG-2 systems for Bell Canada tele-robotic surgery
Full ArticleAmnis Systems Inc., a global provider of networked streaming video systems, has provided key MPEG-2 infrastructure for a live tele-robotic surgery pilot implemented by Bell Canada. History was definitely in the making as two Ontario doctors used tele-robotics to perform surgery on a North Bay General Hospital patient hundreds of miles away. The pilot was deemed a success by the surgical teams who performed this first time ever procedure.
Immersion's Virtual Patient software teaches medical and health science students physical exam skills
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins introduced the first commercially available PC-based health training programme that incorporates haptics into a mouse. "Clinical Experiences: Interview, Assess, Diagnose" replicates and combines the senses of sight, sound and touch to let health care professionals and students practise conducting a physical exam with a computer and a touch-enabled mouse. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a global health publisher, is the exclusive publisher and distributor of this training tool.
 

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