VMW Monthly - October 2003 - ISSN 1388-722X



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12th Annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" Conference

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". Researchers who are working to advance the role of interactive electronic technologies in clinical care and medical education are invited to participate.

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Contents October 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape provides five new psychiatric references on handhelds for better mental care
Lancaster General Hospital uses Motion Tablet PCs to increase patient safety
Vodafone Netherlands starts 3G pilots within the MobiHealth project framework
Park City Solutions partners with PatientKeeper to deliver advanced mobile solutions to clients
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Eighteen sites selected to evaluate effectiveness of eHealth technologies
Burntsand and Providence Health Care bring Healthy Heart Virtual Cardiac Rehab Programme to Internet
Web-based virtual textbook on pain management deals with problem of untreated pain
UCLA researchers use virtual reality to locate brain cells responsible for human navigation
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM Supercomputer powers testing of Elecro-Optical Sciences' melanoma diagnosis tools
Over 50.000 computers from 93 countries come together to combat SARS
University of Utah's biomedical research cluster planned to include 1000 AMD Opteron processors
UCSD-TCAG collaboration to focus on transformation of genome-based knowledge into health benefits
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
MedCath selects QuadraMed to implement advanced clinical and financial information system solutions
North Bronx Healthcare Network integrates speech recognition with Misys CPR system
Canon debuts software system for medical digital imaging and information management
TDS Telemedicine starts Texas operations and receives inquiries from two new States and Canada
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Cardiff University selects Foundry Networks to enhance e-Science centre applications
IDX deployment across eight London hospitals and new facility supports NHS Integrated Care Record System initiative
MobiHealth Body Area Networks new promise to meet mobile health care challenges
EC project MobiHealth launches field trial phase in four European countries
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys Healthcare Systems signs agreement with New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation
TeleHealth's TigrNet brings Internet access to hospital patients
Zix signs three-year contracts with MemorialCare and John C. Lincoln Health Network for secure e-messaging
Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals launch Health Card Technologies' smart card programme
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Rogan-Delft introduces new product Suite and "PACS in a box"
Cardima's Surgical Ablation System breakthrough for patients with heart disease
American TeleCare teams up with Partners Home Care and Partners Telemedicine
Kansas State scientists use livestock health sensors and wireless data storage in veterinary telemedicine project
 
VMWC news bites
 
Liverplanner from Austrian research team wins EG2003 Medical Prize at Eurographics 2003
Health care IT companies prospect exciting potential of disease management, shows Frost & Sullivan study
Immersive 3D simulation environment helps radiotherapists visualize cancer treatment plans
eMagin supplies OLED displays as 3D imaging source for VRmagic surgical training simulator
 

Leads October 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Skyscape provides five new psychiatric references on handhelds for better mental care
Full ArticleSkyscape Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing reference solutions, has introduced five new, PDA-enhanced references from the industry's leading publishers, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), to give psychiatrists access to the most comprehensive line of psychiatric references on handheld computers. Additionally, Skyscape announces a new partnership with American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. (APPI), a major publisher of books, journals, and other media related to psychiatry and mental health.
Lancaster General Hospital uses Motion Tablet PCs to increase patient safety
Full ArticleLancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is putting into practice 75 Motion M1300 Tablet PCs as part of the hospital's mobility initiative. Lancaster General is rolling out MedPoint-MedAdmin software from Bridge Medical Inc. on the Motion M1300 Tablet PCs. The MedPoint application uses bar-code technology to increase patient safety with a bedside medication verification application, which communicates with Lancaster General's pharmacy, registration and administration systems.
Vodafone Netherlands starts 3G pilots within the MobiHealth project framework
Full ArticleVodafone Netherlands has started pilots to test 3G services. At the Technical University Twente in the city of Enschede, Vodafone is running a 3G test, which can change the medical care services in a revolutionary way. The project called MobiHealth is funded by the European Commission. Vodafone claims to be the first operator in The Netherlands to open up its UMTS network to a number of business partners to test new services.
Park City Solutions partners with PatientKeeper to deliver advanced mobile solutions to clients
Full ArticlePark City Solutions (PCS), an eHealth integration solution provider in health care, has signed a partnership with PatientKeeper, specialised in mobile computing software for health care, to deliver advanced mobile solutions to clients. PCS will extend its award winning emPOWERnet eHealth integration platform and solutions to popular Palm OS and Pocket PC devices by leveraging the PatientKeeper Platform, a widely adopted mobile infrastructure for health care computing.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Eighteen sites selected to evaluate effectiveness of eHealth technologies
Full ArticleSeeking to realize the full potential of the emerging field of eHealth, the use of interactive technologies to improve health behaviour and disease management, eighteen sites have been awarded $4,8 million in grants by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through its Health e-Technologies Initiative national programme.
Burntsand and Providence Health Care bring Healthy Heart Virtual Cardiac Rehab Programme to Internet
Full ArticleBurntsand Inc., a North American business solutions integrator, in conjunction with Providence Health Care, has launched the Healthy Heart Virtual Cardiac Rehab Programme (VCRP). Developed as a pilot study at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Burntsand worked closely with the Healthy Heart team to successfully deliver this innovative Web-based solution.
Web-based virtual textbook on pain management deals with problem of untreated pain
Full ArticleAn estimated 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain, yet most medical school students do not take a single course focused on treating pain, research shows. That's why the American Academy of Pain Medicine, former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, and representatives of several leading medical schools have launched a bold new initiative to fill this troubling gap in the education of new doctors.
UCLA researchers use virtual reality to locate brain cells responsible for human navigation
Full ArticleUsing a video game featuring a yellow taxi, virtual city and human players with electrodes embedded in their memory banks, neuroscientists at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and Brandeis University have discovered how three types of brain cells interact to help people navigate the real world. Published in the September 11 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Nature, the findings offer unique information about how human memory works and present new avenues of investigation for treatment of memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM Supercomputer powers testing of Elecro-Optical Sciences' melanoma diagnosis tools
Full ArticleElectro-Optical Sciences will be using IBM's deep computing on demand facility to access supercomputing power over the Internet, helping to free them from the fixed costs and management responsibility of owning and operating a supercomputer. Electro-Optical Sciences (EOS) is the first example of a life sciences customer using IBM's deep computing on demand facility. EOS has created MelaFind, a computerized hand-held diagnostic device for non-invasive early detection of malignant melanoma, which could be used by a doctor or nurse while a patient is still in the office.
Over 50.000 computers from 93 countries come together to combat SARS
Full ArticleThe Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases (TRI), a non-profit research institute devoted to discovering drugs for orphan childhood diseases such as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), has released Version 2.0 of the Drug Design and Optimization Laboratory (D2OL) Software developed at Sengent Inc. D2OL is based on Sengent's CommunityOS, a Grid computing programme that harnesses idle time on volunteer computers from the on-line community to create a "supercomputer".
University of Utah's biomedical research cluster planned to include 1000 AMD Opteron processors
Full ArticleThe University of Utah has selected AMD Opteron processor-based systems from Angstrom Microsystems for a new supercomputing cluster scheduled to be delivered by October 2003. The 500-node cluster is designed to use 1000 AMD Opteron processors and is part of the University's plan to provide the vast computational power needed in its biomedical research. The cluster, code named "Arches" will enable advanced genetic and biomedical research. Research activities are expected to include working to identify the causes of inherited cancers and other diseases attributed to multiple genes.
UCSD-TCAG collaboration to focus on transformation of genome-based knowledge into health benefits
Full ArticleThe University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and The Center for the Advancement of Genomics (TCAG) have entered a formal collaboration in genomic medicine that combines large-scale human genome analysis with innovative medical research. Through this new collaboration, the two organisations will conduct genomic studies aimed at elucidating the links between multi-gene associations and the prediction and outcome of disease, with the goal of moving patient treatment closer to personalized drug therapy geared to an individual's genetic make-up.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
MedCath selects QuadraMed to implement advanced clinical and financial information system solutions
Full ArticleQuadraMed Corporation has made progress in its partnership with MedCath Corporation of Charlotte, North Carolina to implement QuadraMed's Affinity Health care Information System (HIS) as part of MedCath's continuing commitment to deliver quality patient care. Affinity is an industry-leading health care information system (HIS) that provides a proven, real-world solution for acute care information management by fully integrating clinical, financial, and patient information around a single, patient-centred database.
North Bronx Healthcare Network integrates speech recognition with Misys CPR system
Full ArticleThe North Bronx Healthcare Network, operated by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is integrating Voicebrook's VoiceOver speech recognition solution with Misys Healthcare Systems' award-winning Misys CPR integrated electronic patient record and CPOE system. Approximately 270 physicians and 100 nurses at the Network's two hospitals, Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital, use the combined tools to improve patient safety, enhance clinical documentation, and accelerate billing reimbursement.
Canon debuts software system for medical digital imaging and information management
Full ArticleCanon's Eye Q Sharp, a new software digital imaging and information management system that will deliver medical imaging network connectivity options and services for the Canon's Eye Q Digital Retinal Imaging System, has been introduced by the medical systems division of Canon U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. Canon's Eye Q Sharp, which is designed to facilitate compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), was shown for the first time at the International Vision Expo, September 17-20, 2003 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
TDS Telemedicine starts Texas operations and receives inquiries from two new States and Canada
Full ArticleFollowing the recent confirmation of the contractual situation in Texas TDS Telemedicine Inc. expects to commence operations in Texas in September 2003. TDS Telemedicine's innovative approach to funding has been well established in the United Kingdom over a period of five years, with the result that the British National Health Service (NHS) has given its funding approval to TDS. A similar innovative approach for funding was made in Texas and has resulted in the establishment of a unique contractual relationship. Accordingly, the company expects to commence operations in Texas in September 2003 as well as in two Eastern States of the United States in early 2004.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Cardiff University selects Foundry Networks to enhance e-Science centre applications
Full ArticleCardiff University, one of the United Kingdom's top ten universities, in partnership with the University of Wales College of Medicine (UWCM), has chosen Foundry Networks Inc. to supply intelligent switching and routing systems for its new combined network, one of the largest and most advanced IT infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom today. The first phase of the five-year project began last month, as Cardiff implemented Foundry's 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) switching technology. Later this year, Cardiff expects to be one of the first UK organisations to deploy Foundry's new 40-Gigabit-ready BigIron MG8 switching and routing system.
IDX deployment across eight London hospitals and new facility supports NHS Integrated Care Record System initiative
Full ArticleIDX Systems UK Ltd., a subsidiary of IDX Systems Corporation, has provided further details on the definitive agreement between University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (UCLH) and IDX. IDX will deliver the IDX LastWord comprehensive integrated care record system to UCLH as well as managing implementation and installation services for the project, which encompasses eight hospitals, five sites and more than 1000 beds.
MobiHealth Body Area Networks new promise to meet mobile health care challenges
Full ArticlePatients enjoy full mobility and more quality of life whilst undergoing health monitoring. Furthermore quality in health care goes up at reduced costs. All this should be realised by a newly designed solution for mobile patient monitoring, the MobiHealth system. Already at the Medica International and Medical Conference and Exhibition in Düsseldorf in 2002, the first live demo of the Body Area Network (BAN), the core element of the solution for mobile patient monitoring, was demonstrated. At the ICT-Kenniscongres in The Hague, Aart van Halteren from the Technical University Twente introduced the project to the Dutch audience.
EC project MobiHealth launches field trial phase in four European countries
Full ArticleSince the end of July 2003, field trials have started in connection with the MobiHealth system developed in the MobiHealth project funded by the European Community. First of all, these trials are intended to prove the technical feasibility. The trials are being run in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Spain with the Body Area Network (BAN) for mobile patient monitoring. The trials are being conducted in the areas of acute trauma care, chronic and high-risk patient monitoring and monitoring of patients in home care settings. Each trial lasts around three months.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys Healthcare Systems signs agreement with New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, specialised in health care information technology, has signed an agreement with the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) to deploy Misys Data Warehouse, an advanced clinical decision support application. HHC, the largest municipal health care system nationwide, will use the solution to measure and improve patient outcomes and aid in evidence-based research throughout its 4578-bed system.
TeleHealth's TigrNet brings Internet access to hospital patients
Full ArticleTeleHealth Services, an integrator of hospital television systems and applications in the United States, launched TigrNet, a new system enabling hospital patients to access the Internet, send and receive e-mail, select from enhanced entertainment programme options, order meals and provide real-time feedback via their bedside TV set.
Zix signs three-year contracts with MemorialCare and John C. Lincoln Health Network for secure e-messaging
Full ArticleZix Corporation, a global provider of e-messaging protection and transaction services, has signed a three-year agreement for secure e-messaging with MemorialCare Medical Centers (MHS), a five-hospital system located in Southern California. MHS selected ZixCorp services to keep its patient and financial information confidential, maintain prudent practice standards, and comply with the e-mail privacy and security regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Zix Corporation has also been selected by John C. Lincoln Health Network for its company-wide e-messaging security. The Phoenix-based organisation has signed a three-year contract for both ZixVPM or Zix Virtual Private Messenger and ZixPort e-mail protection services.
Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals launch Health Card Technologies' smart card programme
Full ArticleBeverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert hospital patients are receiving medical smart cards as part of a programme designed to make hospital registration faster and more efficient. With nearly 500.000 cards to be distributed in the next 12 months, they are the first private hospitals in the United States to issue smart cards to all of their patients.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Rogan-Delft introduces new product Suite and "PACS in a box"
Full ArticleRogan-Delft B.V., part of Delft Diagnostic Imaging and specialised in everything on-line PACS solutions, has introduced the Rogan OnLine XS product suite and a turnkey solution "PACS in a box". The new, extremely scalable, Rogan OnLine XS product suite can handle small modality archiving up to large multi-sided enterprise PACS archives in a no single point of failure set-up.
Cardima's Surgical Ablation System breakthrough for patients with heart disease
Full ArticleIn February 2003, Cardima Inc. received approval from the Food and Drug Adminitration for their Surgical Ablation System in the United States. The Cardima Ablation System was first utilized by cardiac surgeons at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital to repair damaged heart tissue in patients with a long history of chronic Atrial Fibrillation (AF) in conjunction with valve disease.
American TeleCare teams up with Partners Home Care and Partners Telemedicine
Full ArticleAmerican TeleCare Inc. (ATI) has signed a partnership to launch a home telemonitoring nine-month clinical trial with Partners Home Care and Partners Telemedicine. The purpose of this study is to see if Partners Home Care patients with Class 3 or 4 Congestive Heart Failure will improve with daily telemonitoring and nursing assessments, compared to patients receiving standard homecare services. Improvement is defined as fewer emergency room visits, fewer hospitalizations and improved quality of life.
Kansas State scientists use livestock health sensors and wireless data storage in veterinary telemedicine project
Full ArticleOn the near-horizon for American livestock producers is the likelihood they'll need to be able to identify and track each and every animal they send to market, according to animal health experts at Kansas State University. A veterinary telemedicine research and development project entering its second stage at Kansas State University is attempting to create the infrastructure to monitor the health of cattle remotely, and if the researchers are successful, the system would give livestock producers and veterinarians heads-up to emerging disease.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Liverplanner from Austrian research team wins EG2003 Medical Prize at Eurographics 2003
Full ArticleThe organisers of the EG2003 Medical Prize received fourteen high quality submissions from researchers and developers who could demonstrate that a particular benefit has resulted from the use of computer graphics technology in a medical application that they have produced. The winners of the EG2003 Medical Prize were announced during the closing ceremony of the recent Eurographics 2003 Conference. The judging panel selected the augmented reality based liver surgery planning system developed by Alexander Bornik and his research team on the basis of its clinical value, use made of computer graphics, and novelty. The winners were granted a total prize of 500 euro.
Health care IT companies prospect exciting potential of disease management, shows Frost & Sullivan study
Full ArticleSignificant opportunities are emerging for health care IT companies within general health care provision and more particularly in disease management. Developments in IT are proving to be as critical as medical advances in spurring the growth of evidence-based medicine. Mainstream applications of health care IT companies focus on offering clinical information systems (CIS) and hospital information systems (HIS). In addition, there are several niche areas of which the "disease management service sector" is the most prominent.
Immersive 3D simulation environment helps radiotherapists visualize cancer treatment plans
Full ArticleA large-scale immersive display system is helping university and industry researchers at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom gain deeper understanding of highly complex data. The ability to view and manipulate three-dimensional models and simulations in an immersive, volumetric space is enhancing communications and improving collaboration among research teams. In a recent project, the system helped the staff at an area medical centre demonstrate how 3D visualization can improve the planning and administration of radiation treatment for cancer patients.
eMagin supplies OLED displays as 3D imaging source for VRmagic surgical training simulator
Full ArticleeMagin's organic light emitting diode (OLED) microdisplays are a key component of the second generation of VRmagic's EYESI surgical training equipment. EYESI is a Virtual Reality system for training of ophthalmic surgery which provides real-time simulation, high performance biomechanical tissue simulation, precision tracking, and realistic stereo imaging. The innovative system was presented at the 101st meeting of the German Ophthalmic Society or Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft, September 25-28, 2003, in Berlin, Germany.
 

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