VMW Monthly - September 2003 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents September 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape and Mount Sinai Hospital jointly deliver handheld solution for $1 million grant from NIH
Dell technology projects at Park Nicollet establish digital health care environment
Timely detector of home patients' heart problems PDSHeart acquires Navix Diagnostix Cardiac Event Monitoring Division
Veterans receive daily cancer care using Health Hero Technology Platform and ADCOM to deliver it in Canada
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of California, San Diego Medical Center and Molecular Imaging Corporation open molecular imaging facility
Alaska Pharmacy Demonstration Project expands patients' access to prescription drugs in remote areas
Wilson County Home Health Agency pilots Mi-Co's mobile data capture software system
Computerized Screening brings critical health care for diabetes and obesity patients to rural Alaska
 
Grid for Health
 
University of California uses Adaptec network accelerator to speed genome research
Grid technology from SAS enables Environmental Health Organization to deliver quick results
Fred Hutchinson uses IBM technology to help find genetic links to immune-system diseases
United Devices and Optive Research transform in silico drug discovery research with Grid computing
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
John Muir Mt. Diablo Health System selects Medcon's TCS Symphony for cath image management and archiving
NEC's MobilePro Tricryption System helps health care providers meet HIPAA privacy rule requirements
Metrologic's Voyager bar code scanners help improve patient care and safety
CompuMed seeks patent protection for new DICOM version of OsteoGram
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
National Social Insurance Office for Westfalen deploys SeeBeyond as Enterprise Integration Platform
Product manufacturers adjust to European health care industry's passage from freedom to control
Restrictive approach of health care funding bodies stifles uptake of remote patient monitoring technologies
Growing fray of value-added services to set new paradigm in medical imaging equipment service delivery
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Brigham and Women's installs PatientKeeper mobile solution to improve billing at the point-of-care
Holy Cross Hospital installs DxTx Lung CAre Center for screening of early stage lung cancer
Research project tests VISICU eICU solution in telehealth consultations between Hawaii and Guam
University of Utah Hospital continues innovating with 3Com Network Jacks and networked telephony
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Electric Genetics Corporation releases eVoke gene expression ontology toolkit
iMetrikus' MediCompass service featured in the Yahoo! Diabetes Health Center
Universities of Bristol and Essex estblish partnership to build a conscious robot
STM Networks' satellite-based communication technology selected for ITU sponsored distance education project
 
VMWC news bites
 
University of Iowa researchers use SIREN simulator to study driving risk factors
Studies show three out of four patients prefer virtual colonoscopy
Successful coronary artery bypass operations achieved with Estech beating heart surgery devices
Cardima to launch Surgical Ablation System with radio frequency in the United States market
 

Leads September 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape and Mount Sinai Hospital jointly deliver handheld solution for $1 million grant from NIH
Full ArticleSkyscape Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing reference solutions, was selected to provide the software infrastructure and application that served as a base for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study with the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. The principal investigator was Dr. Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD. Together Mount Sinai and Skyscape developed this handheld solution for the treatment of cardiology patients as part of a $1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Dell technology projects at Park Nicollet establish digital health care environment
Full ArticlePark Nicollet Health Services has selected Dell for a series of information-technology projects and services to help the hospital achieve its vision of a digital health care environment. Park Nicollet, an integrated care system in the Minneapolis metro area, will replace existing technology with 6100 Dell OptiPlex desktops, 700 Dell Latitude notebooks and Dell Services, managing the lifecycle of these systems during the next three years. Park Nicollet will use the systems to complete or develop a variety of technology projects including electronic medical records, a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and clinical physician order entry.
Timely detector of home patients' heart problems PDSHeart acquires Navix Diagnostix Cardiac Event Monitoring Division
Full ArticleAt PDSHeart, the second largest telemedicine cardiac monitoring service in the United States, data is transmitted by landline, cell phone or the Internet from patients in near real-time to a monitoring clinic staffed 24/7 by certified cardiac technicians. PDSHeart is the only cardiac monitoring service accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The company acquired the cardiac event monitoring business of Navix Diagnostix Inc. of Taunton, Massachusetts. The purchase, PDSHeart's second in the past five weeks, expands the company's business in the northeast, mid-west and Texas, as well as other parts of the country, continuing its strategy of growth through key market acquisitions. In July, PDSHeart acquired Physicians' CardioTrace Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Veterans receive daily cancer care using Health Hero Technology Platform and ADCOM to deliver it in Canada
Full ArticleVeterans Integrated Service Network 8's Community Care Coordination Service (VISN 8 CCCS) have been enrolled into the Advancing Cancer Care Through Technology (ACCTT) project. VISN 8 CCCS currently uses Health Hero technology to manage over 1000 patients across seventeen disease states in Florida and the surrounding region. In addition, Health Hero Network and ADCOM have signed a partnership contract. Under the terms of the agreement, ADCOM will distribute Health Hero Network products throughout Canada.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of California, San Diego Medical Center and Molecular Imaging Corporation open molecular imaging facility
Full ArticleA subsidiary of Molecular Imaging Corporation has entered into definitive agreements with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to open and operate a state-of-the-art facility that will offer Positron Emission Tomography (PET) patient imaging services. The facility will be known as the "University of California, San Diego Center For Molecular Imaging". Under the terms of the agreements, UCSD School of Medicine radiology faculty will provide all clinical patient support services and the company will manage the business operations of the centre.
Alaska Pharmacy Demonstration Project expands patients' access to prescription drugs in remote areas
Full ArticleHealth and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has granted his approval for an innovative demonstration project that will make prescription medications more accessible to health centre patients in two isolated areas of Alaska through the use of remote drug dispensers.
Wilson County Home Health Agency pilots Mi-Co's mobile data capture software system
Full ArticleWilson County is implementing state of the art mobile data capture technology from Mi-Co to analyse expected cost savings and maximise the quality of the data they collect while serving their clients. The pilot programme will begin September 1st for the Wilson County Home Health Agency and will be under the direction of the Agency's Home Health Director, Debra Harris.
Computerized Screening brings critical health care for diabetes and obesity patients to rural Alaska
Full ArticleThe Inupiat Illitqusiat tribe of rural Northwest, Alaska can now pro-actively monitor and manage potentially life-threatening medical conditions with the installation of six Health Stations from Computerized Screening Inc. (CSI). In a collaborative outreach effort with the Maniilaq Health Center (MHC), CSI has enabled the area's 8000 residents to monitor blood pressure, as well as manage diabetes and obesity, two extremely prevalent conditions within the community. Advanced telehealth technology sends critical information to doctors at the MHC, the only health care facility within a 600-mile radius of this rural area.
 
Grid for Health
 
University of California uses Adaptec network accelerator to speed genome research
Full ArticleAdaptec Inc., specialised in storage solutions, has made available a new network accelerator card that increases the performance of servers used in high-performance computing applications. The Adaptec network accelerator offloads all TCP/IP processing from the host to make more CPU processing power available for networked applications.
Grid technology from SAS enables Environmental Health Organization to deliver quick results
Full ArticleThrough its advanced multiprocessing capabilities, which are available to every SAS tool and solution, SAS enables IT organisations and application developers to create a distributed computing environment that leverages unused computing resources to obtain information that would otherwise take weeks or months to process. The ability to do this is at the heart of Grid computing. One of the company's customer is the United States National Institute of Environmental Health Science. In addition, SAS has also joined the Global Grid Forum.
Fred Hutchinson uses IBM technology to help find genetic links to immune-system diseases
Full ArticleThrough an IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Award that includes computer hardware, software and research expertise, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and IBM are developing a new information system to support research on the human immune system. The new Molecular and Clinical Integrated Platform is designed to facilitate collaboration among Fred Hutchinson scientists and provide faster and more efficient access to information that could lead to scientific discovery.
United Devices and Optive Research transform in silico drug discovery research with Grid computing
Full ArticleUnited Devices, specialised in secure Grid solutions, has partnered with life sciences software company, Optive Research Inc., to develop software for computer-assisted drug discovery (CADD) specifically optimised for United Devices' Grid computing platform. The partnership will allow pharmaceutical companies to speed lead identification and lead optimisation phases of the drug discovery process and will result in the development of novel cheminformatic and molecular design software that was previously impossible or impractical.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
John Muir Mt. Diablo Health System selects Medcon's TCS Symphony for cath image management and archiving
Full ArticleJohn Muir Medical Center of the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Health System in Walnut Creek, California, a recipient of HCIA's Top 100 award for Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in 1999, and NCR awards for Overall Quality and Image in 2000 and 2001, and Heart Care in 1999, selected Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. to provide cardiac image management and archiving for its three cardiac catheterisation labs after a year long evaluation process of competing vendors.
NEC's MobilePro Tricryption System helps health care providers meet HIPAA privacy rule requirements
Full ArticleNEC Solutions (America) Inc., a provider of business solutions and services for commercial and professional markets in North America, has unveiled the NEC MobilePro Tricryption System, a unique three-layered data security solution ideal for health care applications. Using advanced encryption and automated key management, the MobilePro Tricryption System can help health care organisations meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy rule requirements regarding patient data. MobilePro Tricryption System is also suitable for enterprise applications where security and confidentiality are critical.
Metrologic's Voyager bar code scanners help improve patient care and safety
Full ArticleOne of the United States' largest operators of hospitals and health care facilities purchased in excess of 7500 of Metrologic's MS9520 Voyager bar code scanners as part of a patient safety initiative. Metrologic Instruments Inc. is an expert in optical image capture and processing solutions that designs, manufactures and markets sophisticated imaging and scanning solutions for a variety of point-of-sale, commercial and industrial applications using a broad array of laser, holographic and vision-based technologies.
CompuMed seeks patent protection for new DICOM version of OsteoGram
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has filed a provisional United States patent application for a Digital Communications and Imaging in Medicine (DICOM) version of its OsteoGram system. The OsteoGram enables health care providers to screen, diagnose and monitor osteoporosis using a standard hand x-ray coupled with computer imaging technology. The highly accurate results and competitive cost advantages of the OsteoGram system make it an attractive solution for growing markets worldwide.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
National Social Insurance Office for Westfalen deploys SeeBeyond as Enterprise Integration Platform
Full ArticleThe State Social Insurance Office for Westfalen, known as the Landesversicherungsanstalt Westfalen (LVA), has deployed SeeBeyond as its enterprise integration platform, enabling a common integrated hospital information system across the organisation's rehabilitation clinics. Utilising the SeeBeyond platform, LVA was able to connect a heterogeneous environment of disparate applications across individual departments of both the clinics and central administration. The SeeBeyond solution has allowed LVA to streamline work processes, optimise resource management and improve process management quality, data archiving and medical care.
Product manufacturers adjust to European health care industry's passage from freedom to control
Full ArticleNeeds assessment, planning and delivery in Europe's health care sector are undergoing a paradigm shift. The traditional latitude given to physicians is giving way to stricter controls. Higher quality and cost-effectiveness in terms of treatment outcomes is now the primary focus area with disease management emerging as the planning technique of choice, according to a report issued by Frost & Sullivan.
Restrictive approach of health care funding bodies stifles uptake of remote patient monitoring technologies
Full ArticleRemote patient monitoring, especially telecardiology, is poised to become an integral part of the European health care market. Initial acceptance has, however, been stymied by the more conservative elements in the health care profession. An ageing population and high rates of cardiac disease have overlapped with escalating costs of health care technology. These trends have coincided with the promotion of market-oriented policies by European governments. Together, these factors have created a framework favourable to telecardiology's acceptance into the European health care system.
Growing fray of value-added services to set new paradigm in medical imaging equipment service delivery
Full ArticleThe servicing and maintenance of medical imaging equipment remains a necessary "evil" for health care institutions aiming to minimise the risks of downtime, revenue loss and increased waiting lists. Entering a comprehensive service agreement for each piece of installed kit is a costly undertaking and puts a severe dent in the value of radiology or clinical engineering service budgets. Benign growth prospects in most imaging modality markets, with the notable exception of a few types such as positron emission tomography, do not automatically render the service centre synonymous with a profit centre.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Brigham and Women's installs PatientKeeper mobile solution to improve billing at the point-of-care
Full ArticleThe Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has selected PatientKeeper to supply mobile software for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds to its physicians. The selection follows a three-month study that drew positive response from physicians and a 15 percent increase in revenue due to improved charge capture at the point of care.
Holy Cross Hospital installs DxTx Lung CAre Center for screening of early stage lung cancer
Full ArticleHoly Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, Maryland, has signed a contract to become the first partner with DxTx Corporation to create a DxTx LungCAre Center for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of early stage lung cancer. The LungCAre Center will offer advanced technologies to identify and treat early stage lung cancer. Treatment will include the use of Targeted Image-Guided Radio-ablation Integrated Solution (TIGRIS) non-invasive focused beam therapy, the only linear accelerator designed specifically to use image-guidance technology in the treatment of lung cancer in its earliest stages.
Research project tests VISICU eICU solution in telehealth consultations between Hawaii and Guam
Full ArticleTripler Army Medical Center, part of the Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC), is the first military medical centre to use the VISICU eICU solution for remote monitoring and care. Currently, patients in six Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at Naval Hospital Guam receive remote monitoring and care from an eICU facility in Tripler. The eICU solution is part of a research project funded and managed by the Pacific Telehealth & Technology Hui, a joint partnership of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) and the Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System, Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center in Honolulu.
University of Utah Hospital continues innovating with 3Com Network Jacks and networked telephony
Full ArticleRecognised as one of the United States' "most wired hospitals", the University of Utah Hospital (UUH) is taking the next technological step to better serving patients and staff by incorporating an innovative networking solution from 3Com Corporation. UUH, identified as one of the most wired hospitals in 2000, 2001 and 2002 by the American Hospital Association, is integrating 3Com Network Jacks into the hospital's expanding 3000-employee, 400-bed health care system.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Electric Genetics Corporation releases eVoke gene expression ontology toolkit
Full ArticleElectric Genetics Corporation, comprising a United States based headquarters and a South Africa based R&D arm, has released its eVoke gene expression ontology toolkit and solution. eVoke is quickly earning acceptance, seeing key genome researchers around the world rapidly adopting its ontologies as industry standard for describing gene expression states.
iMetrikus' MediCompass service featured in the Yahoo! Diabetes Health Center
Full ArticleYahoo! Inc. has established a relationship with iMetrikus that will make iMetrikus' award-winning personal health management programme, MediCompass, available to Yahoo! Health users. Available on Yahoo! Health starting now, MediCompass is a secure on-line system that empowers people with diabetes to take control and effectively manage their condition.
Universities of Bristol and Essex estblish partnership to build a conscious robot
Full ArticleResearchers from the United Kingdom are launching an ambitious project to develop a conscious robot, with the aim of advancing the technology of intelligent machines and improving our understanding of human consciousness. The initiative brings together computer scientists from the University of Essex and neuro-psychologists from the University of Bristol. The United Kingdom's engineering and physical sciences research council (EPSRC) is providing 700.000 euro for the project from its "adventure fund", a programme that supports highly ambitious research with a considerable element of risk.
STM Networks' satellite-based communication technology selected for ITU sponsored distance education project
Full ArticleSTM Networks Inc., a company dedicated to the development and supply of advanced VSAT products, has been selected for supply of its latest Solante VSAT products for an ITU and UNESCO sponsored project in Morocco related to VSAT based e-learning education for teachers. For developing countries, delivering even basic health care and education to remote, sparsely populated regions has long seemed an almost insurmountable challenge. Today, thanks to the advent of broadband satellite communication and advances in compression and image processing technology, telemedicine and distance education applications are becoming cost-effective solutions.
 
VMWC news bites
 
University of Iowa researchers use SIREN simulator to study driving risk factors
Full ArticleSurrounded by projection screens, a blue Saturn sits in a basement room in the University of Iowa (UI) Hospitals and Clinics. If you look very closely, you can see several tiny video cameras inside the car, and a glance under the hood gives a whole new meaning to the term "souped-up". In the space where the engine normally resides sits an array of electronic instrumentation that turns this ordinary vehicle into a high-fidelity driving simulator known as SIREN, which stands for Simulator for Interdisciplinary Research in Ergonomics and Neuroscience.
Studies show three out of four patients prefer virtual colonoscopy
Full ArticleAccording to Detroit physician Dr. Marc Kahn, more area patients are choosing virtual colonoscopy as a safe, effective and patient-friendly alternative to the traditional colonoscopy procedure. It is a trend that fits with two recent independent studies, which found that most patients prefer the new virtual colonoscopy to traditional screening. The first one is a study of 1313 patients conducted at the Mayo Clinic and reprinted in Radiology, May 2003. A separate study of 246 patients from Amsterdam's Academic Medical Center reached similar conclusions and was presented at the 2003 European Congress of Radiology.
Successful coronary artery bypass operations achieved with Estech beating heart surgery devices
Full ArticleSurgeons in the United States and Europe have now performed over 100 least invasive beating heart coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures using the Estech Access and Stabilisation Systems, developed by Endoscopic Technologies Inc. (Estech), a medical device company focused on the development and sale of products for use in minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery procedures, in conjunction with a surgical robot.
Cardima to launch Surgical Ablation System with radio frequency in the United States market
Full ArticleMarking the United States market launch of Cardima Inc.'s Surgical Ablation System, doctors at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, New York, reported great success in the first case application of the system to treat atrial fibrillation (AF). Doctors Didier F. Loulmet, M.D., Chief of the Minimally Invasive Robotic Cardiac Surgery Programme, under the sponsorship of V.A. Subramanian, M.D., Director of Surgery/Senior Cardiac Surgeon, performed the procedure to treat a patient with a long history of chronic AF using Cardima's Surgical Ablation System which ablates cardiac tissue during heart surgery using radio frequency (RF) energy.
 

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