VMW Monthly - November 2003 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents November 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Healthcom and LifeLink partner to make new telehealth services available to homecare agencies
RTX Wireless TeleHealth Gateway added to Health Hero platform
Cybernet's PalStar works with MedStar to remotely interact with chronic disease patients
MEDecision's CarePlanner Remote delivers alternative to real-time, wireless network connectivity
CardioNet's wireless, mobile cardiac monitoring system wins award for technology innovation in health care
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New Mexico Corrections Department & Addus Healthcare adopt Trestle's MedReach telemedicine platform
Stanford computer model shows bypass surgery more cost-effective than stents
Integrated Teleradiology and VPACS produces new profits for rural health facilities
UC Davis' Health and Technology Center selects Norsat SecureLink for portable satellite system pilot
Canadian National Initiative for Telehealth releases Framework of Guidelines for Telehealth
 
Grid for Health
 
Emory Healthcare virtualizes datacentre with Egenera BladeFrame System
Novartis powers up R&D with new Intel-based PC computing Grid
Siemens signs agreement with i3ARCHIVE to deliver National Digital Mammography Archive to health care facilities
United Devices' Smallpox Research Grid delivers results to U.S. Department of Defense at British Embassy
Netezza debuts biology-aware data warehouse for era of genomic medicine
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Eclipsys' SunriseXA provides new care delivery model for Surgical Alliance's innovative facilities
MedAbiliti provides better way to implement Electronic Medical Record technology
TeraRecon advances volume rendering for 3D/4D multi-Gigabyte datasets and reaches 400 medical imaging systems with U.S. Navy installation
A4 Health Systems selects Sprint and Nortel Networks for converged voice, data, wireless contact centre services
AstraZeneca selects new SGI Altix 3000 system for discovery of candidate drugs
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
InSightec ExAblate 2000 surgical application wins European 2004 IST Grand Prize
GRAB project develops tool to help blind people access 3D computer graphics
European approval and first implant of Guidant's next generation heart failure therapy system
PARREHA headset allows Parkinsonians to move around their home without any external assistance
A retired TimTem Telemedicine field worker is not in the least a man at rest
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Children's Specialized Hospital chooses Netilla Networks to provide secure Web-based remote access to its staff
California Pacific Medical Center performs "touch-free" heart surgeries on children and adults
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth to select IDX Carecast; long-time user Kettering upgrades to next-generation system
Lutheran Medical Center awards messaging contract to Aquis Communications
Montefiore Medical Center improves patient care with Answerthink's drug inventory system
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Sixth Framework Programme projects to reinforce European role in cancer research
iPilot introduces affordable wireless scanning tool for home health care industry
Siemens and X3D unveil the first Extreme 3D Display for medical application
Z-KAT selects DataPlay micro-optical format for its newest image-guided surgery platform
AccuImage signs diagnostic image software distribution agreement with SMAART Medical Systems
 
VMWC news bites
 
Experimental study uses computer programme based on SGI libraries to teach autistic children figurative thinking skills
Epigenomics and The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute launch Human Epigenome Project to follow EU pilot study
Siemens' syngoOR software platform to seamlessly integrate with Karl Storz' OR1 solution
Newest Deshpande Center grant round includes speech recognition, cardiac screening, wireless and environmental technologies
Siemens Medical Solutions enters into the particle therapy market
 

Leads November 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Healthcom and LifeLink partner to make new telehealth services available to homecare agencies
Full ArticleHealthcom, a telehealth company, and LifeLink Monitoring, a provider of advanced home telemonitoring services, have created a new strategic partnership. This partnership is now making important new services available to home health providers nationwide and eliminates any requirement for them to invest, purchase equipment or sign long-term leases to obtain these services for their clients.
RTX Wireless TeleHealth Gateway added to Health Hero platform
Full ArticleThe Health Hero technology platform now provides support for wireless medical devices through integration of the RTX Wireless TeleHealth Gateway. The RTX devices, including blood pressure monitors and weight scales, communicate with the Health Hero iCare Desktop application via secure Bluetooth and Internet transmission. Health Hero Network is previewing the RTX Wireless TeleHealth Gateway, which will be commercially available in early 2004, at the DMAA conference in Chicago.
Cybernet's PalStar works with MedStar to remotely interact with chronic disease patients
Full ArticleCybernet Medical, a developer of biometric monitoring technology and medical devices for outpatient care, has launched a new personal activity log device for its MedStar Disease Management Data Collection System at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the World HOMECARExpo in Orlando, Florida. Known as PalStar, this handheld touch screen unit facilitates two-way communication between a health care provider and a chronic disease patient by enabling an electronic dialogue via standard dial-up telephone lines, a boon for patients in rural areas or those with limited mobility.
MEDecision's CarePlanner Remote delivers alternative to real-time, wireless network connectivity
Full ArticleMEDecision Inc., a software and services expert in care management, has launched CarePlanner Remote. Mobile users now gain fully functional, disconnected access to the company's Integrated Medical Management solution. At the core of MEDecision's Integrated Medical Management, CarePlanner is an integrated case, disease, and utilization management system that unites clinical staff with care management processes through automated work flow and detection tools. CarePlanner Remote expands the options of care managers and other mobile users requiring remote access to care management data. General availability is expected by year-end.
CardioNet's wireless, mobile cardiac monitoring system wins award for technology innovation in health care
Full ArticleCardioNet Inc. has received the TETHIE Award for most innovative technology in Pharma/Bio from the Emerging Technology & Health Innovations Congress (TETHIC), an organisation sponsored by leading technology companies, health care providers and payers. TETHIC is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing technological innovation in health care. The award was presented on September 24th at the 2003 TETHIC Congress in Washington D.C.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New Mexico Corrections Department & Addus Healthcare adopt Trestle's MedReach telemedicine platform
Full ArticleTrestle Holdings Inc., a provider of digital tissue imaging solutions and network medicine applications, has implemented its next generation telemedicine solution, MedReach, for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Specifically designed to manage physician-patient encounters over Internet protocol (IP) networks, the MedReach solution was chosen by the New Mexico Corrections Department to provide comprehensive health care services to inmates in seven facilities under the Department's jurisdiction, including both public and privately-owned and operated facilities that house the Department's inmates.
Stanford computer model shows bypass surgery more cost-effective than stents
Full ArticleStanford University Medical Center researchers have developed a computer model showing that bypass surgery is more cost-effective in the long run than stents in patients with two or more blocked coronary arteries. Not only does surgery ultimately cost less but it results in a better quality of life, including less chest pain. The results hold even when comparing surgery to newer stents coated with drugs to keep vessels from re-narrowing.
Integrated Teleradiology and VPACS produces new profits for rural health facilities
Full ArticleAs the worldwide human population migrates to urban settings, rural communities often struggle to provide basic services, such as health care. With dwindling population and resources, rural health care facilities find it increasingly difficult to compete with large urban medical centres for the treatment of patients in their own region. Radiology departments in rural facilities, where most of the profit and appeal to local physicians is centred, can now take advantage of new technology to reduce cost, improve efficiency and deliver higher earnings that translate to more effective competition.
UC Davis' Health and Technology Center selects Norsat SecureLink for portable satellite system pilot
Full ArticleUsing the same portable satellite terminal technology that enables journalists to broadcast news reports live from remote regions throughout the world, University of California Davis physicians will deliver speciality care to patients who live in some of California's remotest communities. Norsat International Inc. has been chosen by the Center for Health and Technology of the University of California, Davis Health System, to supply a portable Norsat SecureLink terminal as well as a fixed earth station. This equipment will be used in support of their latest telehealth initiative.
Canadian National Initiative for Telehealth releases Framework of Guidelines for Telehealth
Full ArticleThe National Initiative for Telehealth (NIFTE) Framework of Guidelines has been released at the Canadian Society for Telehealth (CST) annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 6th, 2003. Teletriage and teleconsultation are becoming a mainstream part of the health system. These guidelines will go a long way to ensuring Canadians consistency in the quality of care and service provided by health care professionals using innovative technologies, according to Lois Scott, Executive Vice-President Clinidata Corporation.
 
Grid for Health
 
Emory Healthcare virtualizes datacentre with Egenera BladeFrame System
Full ArticleEgenera Inc., specialized in next-generation datacentre infrastructure, has received an order for its BladeFrame system from Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare, one of the United States' largest health care organisations. As part of a strategic initiative to simplify the datacentre and reduce IT spending through utility computing, Emory is moving mission-critical applications from proprietary Unix and mainframe platforms to the Egenera system.
Novartis powers up R&D with new Intel-based PC computing Grid
Full ArticleNovartis has adopted an Intel Pentium 4 processor powered PC Grid platform as a strategic part of its 5-year plan for extending R&D capabilities. The PC refresh programme forms part of enhancements to the organisation's IT strategy. These enhancements include boosting computing power, strengthening R&D efficiencies and supporting efforts to bring novel medicines to patients faster. Novartis is also looking to apply the PC Grid infrastructure to mainstream business-computing challenges.
Siemens signs agreement with i3ARCHIVE to deliver National Digital Mammography Archive to health care facilities
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions has signed an agreement with i3ARCHIVE Inc., a company specializing in national storage, access and distribution of health images and data, to deliver i3ARCHIVE's National Digital Mammography Archive (NDMA) to health care facilities nationwide. This unique agreement, which will include marketing, sales, and research and development activities, makes Siemens the first mammography vendor to develop a co-operative relationship with i3ARCHIVE to distribute NDMA services, and offer the NDMA as an integrated part of its mammography solution.
United Devices' Smallpox Research Grid delivers results to U.S. Department of Defense at British Embassy
Full ArticleUnited Devices, IBM and Accelrys, along with several technology and research partners, delivered the results of the Smallpox Research Grid project to representatives from the United States Department of Defense in an event hosted by the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. The event marked the completion of an important first-stage in finding a treatment for smallpox.
Netezza debuts biology-aware data warehouse for era of genomic medicine
Full ArticleNetezza Corporation has unveiled its Netezza Performance Server (NPS) data warehouse for bioinformatics. Integrated with BLAST ("SQL-BLAST") and incorporating defined genomic data types, the NPS system delivers increased functionality and performance for large, complex and constantly growing bioinformatics analyses at half the cost of existing data warehouse systems. For genetic researchers, this means faster time to discovery for uncovering defects in proteins, and finding new therapeutic proteins and life-saving cures.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Eclipsys' SunriseXA provides new care delivery model for Surgical Alliance's innovative facilities
Full ArticleSurgical Alliance Corporation, a developer and manager of surgical facilities, is deploying Eclipsys' SunriseXA advanced health care information solution in its new orthopaedic surgical hospitals. The only fourth-generation system on the market, Eclipsys' SunriseXA is delivered as a seamless fully integrated Web-based solution built on the Microsoft .NET Framework.
MedAbiliti provides better way to implement Electronic Medical Record technology
Full ArticleRecent trends in the medical community toward creating electronic medical record systems have shown the benefits of such technology. However, the process of conversion often seems daunting both in terms of the costs to replace existing systems and the time spent training key personnel in the new software. A new technology solution from MedAbiliti Software Inc. now provides the benefits of digital medical records while mitigating the costs and training time.
TeraRecon advances volume rendering for 3D/4D multi-Gigabyte datasets and reaches 400 medical imaging systems with U.S. Navy installation
Full ArticleTeraRecon Inc. has achieved the milestone of 400 medical imaging system installations worldwide, with a recent installation of Aquarius Workstations and an AquariusNET server at the United States Naval Medical Center of San Diego. The company also launched a powerful new addition to the VolumePro 1000 family of real-time 3D hardware rendering boards for the visualization of extremely large volumetric datasets in mission critical applications.
A4 Health Systems selects Sprint and Nortel Networks for converged voice, data, wireless contact centre services
Full ArticleA4 Health Systems, a provider of Electronic Medical Record solutions, has selected converged voice, data and wireless contact centre services from Sprint and Nortel Networks. Through an existing strategic alliance the two companies will help A4 enhance customer access to contact centre agents and provide the reliable, high-speed communications services needed to deliver advanced health care information management services to more than 1100 physician and hospital customers across the United States.
AstraZeneca selects new SGI Altix 3000 system for discovery of candidate drugs
Full ArticleAstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, has purchased SGI Altix 3000 and SGI Origin 3000 servers and superclusters. Installed in the R&D facility at AstraZeneca's United States corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, the systems will support simulation studies and the large computational requirements of identifying promising drug candidates.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
InSightec ExAblate 2000 surgical application wins European 2004 IST Grand Prize
Full ArticleThe Israeli company InSightec has won the European 2004 IST Grand Prize. The company, controlled by Elbit Medical Imaging for 54 percent and General Electric Medical Systems (GEMS) for 19,5 percent, won the award, which includes 200.000 euros and the IST prize trophy, for its ExAblate 2000, a non-invasive thermal ablation system.
GRAB project develops tool to help blind people access 3D computer graphics
Full ArticleA European Union project has developed a new type of computer interface capable of helping blind people access computer applications that use three-dimensional graphics. The GRAB (Computer GRAphics access for Blind people through a haptic virtual environment) project has received a total of 1,38 million euro in EU funding under the information society technology (IST) programme of the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). Bringing together researchers and experts from Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, the project has sought to address some of the remaining disability-related barriers in information technology.
European approval and first implant of Guidant's next generation heart failure therapy system
Full ArticleGuidant Corporation, specialized in the treatment of cardiac and vascular disease, announced European CE Mark and first implant of the newest addition to the RENEWAL family of cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D), the CONTAK RENEWAL 4. The RENEWAL 4 represents Guidant's most advanced heart failure therapy offering and delivers industry-leading therapies and diagnostics. In addition, it is the thinnest CRT-D available on the market today, which is intended to make it easier to implant and give added comfort to patients.
PARREHA headset allows Parkinsonians to move around their home without any external assistance
Full ArticleMore than 700.000 people in the European Union alone suffer from Parkinson's disease, a number forecast to increase as the population ages. But IST project PARREHA is utilising the development of wearable virtual reality technology to allow some people stricken with this disease to walk where before they were paralysed, as has been reported by the European IST Results news service.
A retired TimTem Telemedicine field worker is not in the least a man at rest
Full ArticleProfessor Enrico Cavina, now retired from the Department of Surgery at the University of Pisa but still the ardent advocate of the TimTem Telemedicine Station which his team has been building up with tireless effort on the Greek isle of Tilos, has contacted Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine after a fairly long period of time to keep us posted about the latest facts with regard to the TimTem whereabouts on Tilos. As always with die-hard experts in field research, Professor Cavina's story is one of mixed feelings but nevertheless, his true conviction about the use of telemedicine for remote and rural areas in general makes his long and tough experience a hopeful one.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Children's Specialized Hospital chooses Netilla Networks to provide secure Web-based remote access to its staff
Full ArticleChildren's Specialized Hospital, an affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, has implemented Netilla's Web-based platform to provide its administrative and support staff with secure remote access across its entire network. Through Netilla, Children's Hospital administrative staff and approved third-party vendors can securely connect to centralized hospital applications including e-mail, Microsoft applications and access to personal folders on the network. The Netilla solution allows the IT staff the ability to support the hospital's registration system, order entry and patient accounting software remotely and during off hours.
California Pacific Medical Center performs "touch-free" heart surgeries on children and adults
Full Article"Touch-Free" heart operations using tiny incisions in the chest in combination with miniaturized instruments, digital cameras and robots, are now routine at California Pacific Medical Center. Patients, whether a neonate or an adult, do not need to undergo heart surgery by techniques of the past. California Pacific Medical Center recently acquired the da Vinci Telemanipulator to complement Dr. Michael Black's surgical philosophy.
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth to select IDX Carecast; long-time user Kettering upgrades to next-generation system
Full ArticleThe Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS) has selected the IDX Carecast enterprise system to integrate patients' clinical, financial and administrative data on one technology platform. SCLHS also plans to use Carecast to support computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and to connect clinicians and patients via the Internet across the entire organisation. Kettering Medical Center Network (KMCN), a long-time IDX LastWord user, will upgrade to the next-generation IDX Carecast enterprise system from IDX Systems Corporation. The agreement was signed in the third quarter of 2003.
Lutheran Medical Center awards messaging contract to Aquis Communications
Full ArticleLutheran Medical Center has chosen Aquis Communications Group Inc. to supply 500 messaging and wireless devices to employees based throughout the 476-bed hospital located in Brooklyn, New York. Personnel ranging from doctors and nurses to administrative and support personnel will be equipped with the messaging devices to speed communications related to late-breaking health care, security and maintenance issues.
Montefiore Medical Center improves patient care with Answerthink's drug inventory system
Full ArticleMontefiore Medical Center, located in New York City, has become one of the first hospitals in the United States to implement Answerthink's completely automated drug replenishment system. The system utilizes the SAP R/3 Release 4.6C software solution and wireless handheld computers to dramatically improve the efficiency of the drug inventory process. Implemented earlier this year, the new system is already delivering results for Montefiore, ensuring that critical drugs are on hand while reducing drug inventory levels and aiding Montefiore's efforts to control rising costs.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Sixth Framework Programme projects to reinforce European role in cancer research
Full ArticleThe European Commission will fund 19 new projects, worth 100 million euro, in the field of cancer research. Funded under the "life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health" priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the projects range from investigating links between genomics and cancer, and developing imaging and radiotherapy technologies, to establishing clinical trials for breast cancer and leukaemia, and helping to create bio-banks and cancer registers.
iPilot introduces affordable wireless scanning tool for home health care industry
Full ArticleiPilot Inc. has developed an affordable, portable and automated wireless data scanner designed for the growing health care industry. The iPilot barcode scanner serves a critical market need of accurately recording time, attendance and services rendered to home health care recipients. As a result, home health care operators can reduce the time-consuming manual paperwork required at each visit and be able to receive patient service information uploaded directly to the home office.
Siemens and X3D unveil the first Extreme 3D Display for medical application
Full ArticleThe first multi-user commercially available 18 inches medical grade Extreme 3D Display (X3D) will be unveiled at the RSNA 2003 in Chicago from November 30th to December 4th at the Siemens stands. An exclusive cooperation agreement for medical applications was signed between Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and X3D Technologies Corporation. The new displays are capable of displaying three-dimensional images without the need of special viewing aids like 3D glasses.
Z-KAT selects DataPlay micro-optical format for its newest image-guided surgery platform
Full ArticleDPHI Inc. will supply Z-KAT with its DataPlay micro-optical system for use in Z-KAT's new z-box digital surgery platform. The z-box is designed to bring a new evolution of computer-assisted surgery technology to hospital operating rooms worldwide. Specialized in single-use, procedure-specific software applications for minimally-invasive surgery, Z-KAT selected the DataPlay micro-optical system for its compact form factor and robust archival and security features.
AccuImage signs diagnostic image software distribution agreement with SMAART Medical Systems
Full ArticleAccuImage Inc., a global expert in providing digital image software and related workstations to the medical industry, has signed an agreement with SMAART Medical Systems for the worldwide distribution of its portfolio of systems and diagnostic image software. SMAART Medical Systems Inc., a Dallas-based company, was formed for the specific business purpose of distributing diagnostic image software.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Experimental study uses computer programme based on SGI libraries to teach autistic children figurative thinking skills
Full ArticleThe cereal-filled spoon as a toy airplane and the clenched hand as a puppet face may make sense to most young kids, but children with autism often are unable to make the imaginative leaps of logic required to transform the ordinary into something playful. Now researchers at the University of Valencia's Robotics Institute, using OpenGL Performer software from SGI, have developed a breakthrough computer programme specifically designed to assist children with autism in acquiring figurative thinking skills.
Epigenomics and The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute launch Human Epigenome Project to follow EU pilot study
Full ArticleEpigenomics AG and The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have entered into an agreement to fund and carry out the first phase of the Human Epigenome Project (HEP). The HEP will identify and describe sites in the human genome at which cytosine bases are modified by DNA methylation. This announcement follows the successful completion of the HEP pilot study funded by the European Union under the Fifth Framework Programme, which investigated links between genetics and disease. The HEP is expected to be completed within five years.
Siemens' syngoOR software platform to seamlessly integrate with Karl Storz' OR1 solution
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions has introduced a new integrated solution for the operating room (OR), the syngoOR software platform, at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 89th annual clinical congress, held October 19-23 in Chicago, Illinois. This solution delivers an OR-specific platform that contributes the smooth and continuous flow of information from medical imaging systems, workstations, and the facility's information technology (IT) system to OR equipment and systems.
Newest Deshpande Center grant round includes speech recognition, cardiac screening, wireless and environmental technologies
Full ArticleThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation has issued its largest grant round since the launch of the Center nearly one year ago. The Deshpande Center awarded 13 grants selected from 45 proposals. The seven Ignition grants, which fund proof of concept explorations, and six Innovation Programme grants, which further research towards commercialization, total $1,3 million. The grants were awarded to MIT faculty in the School of Engineering and support a wide range of emerging technologies, including medical technology, tiny technology, communications, information technology, and environmental innovations.
Siemens Medical Solutions enters into the particle therapy market
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions has signed agreements with strategic partners to develop particle therapy treatment solutions for the global radiation oncology community, while exhibiting at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), held October 19-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. With these partnerships, Siemens is further expanding its oncology solution with this precise method of radiation delivery used in the treatment of cancer.
 

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