VMW Monthly - December 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.

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 December 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Fortress Technologies secures PocketMD's handheld software for point-of-care patient data
Living Independently partners with LifeFone offering seniors greater security with peace of mind for families
Tufts Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts provide wireless prescribing to physicians
Baycrest Centre selects Enterasys Networks' RoamAbout wireless to support mobile electronic health records
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Cybernet Medical collaborates with INTEGRIS Health to win USDA grant for Rural Oklahoma Telemedicine Project
MetroPlus Health Plan selects AMAC's enabling telehealth solutions for improving paediatric asthma management
Study shows increased access to telecom and broadband networks improves quality of life
Canadian Space Agency project to deliver telehealth applications via Telesat's Anik F2 satellite
 
Grid for Health
 
New collaborative agreement to establish Worldwide Protein Data Bank
Chemical Computing Group and Platform Computing launch distributing computing partnership for drug discovery
National Cancer Institute and Merck select SGI servers for biomedical research
The Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases launches first international effort to fight Malaria
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
GE Medical Systems introduces AutoBone software for the Advantage Workstation
Siemens to dramatically improve Magnetic Resonance imaging using total imaging matrix technology
Guidant broadens Advanced Patient Management initiative with CardioMEMS investment
CompuMed licenses DICOM version of its Osteogram software to Orex Computed Radiography
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Frost & Sullivan issues white paper on development of point of care connectivity in European hospitals
Rapidly evolving technology expands the European interventional cardiology market, says Frost & Sullivan
AMIT imaging system delivers high resolution images on the fly
Pioneering approach to spinal surgery improves post-operative success of lumbar spine implants
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys installs Laboratory/Pharmacy solutions at West Valley Hospital and PACS Integration Module at Sutter Health
Kaiser to integrate Stentor's Enterprise PACS throughout Northern California Health System
Philips and Inova Heart Institute deliver cardiovascular imaging equipment to screen patients
Mission Hospital chooses Perfigo for network protection and HIPAA compliance
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield clears Capsule Endoscopy for diagnosis of Crohn's disease
Integrated Surgical Systems develops orthopaedic surgical planning software for integration into Fuji Synapse system
Motion Media forges alliances with AMD Telemedicine and Cardionics to open global market distribution
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to sign with Apollo Telemedicine for telediagnostic solution
 
VMWC news bites
 
HIT Lab study shows that touch doubles power of virtual reality therapy for spider phobia
BrainLAB offers higher accuracy for total knee replacements using CT-free image-guided surgery
Studies presented at the Annual RSNA Meeting demonstrate value of chest CT CAD
Immersion Medical introduces first touch feedback hysteroscopy training simulator
 

Leads December 2003 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
Fortress Technologies secures PocketMD's handheld software for point-of-care patient data
Full ArticlePocketMD is using AirFortress products, developed by Fortress Technologies, to secure applications used to access patient records and medical references through mobile handheld devices. This system enables health care professionals making rounds to display sensitive patient information through a Fortress-secured wireless LAN that authenticates access at the network, device and user levels to uphold patient privacy.
Living Independently partners with LifeFone offering seniors greater security with peace of mind for families
Full ArticleLiving Independently Inc., a next generation health and elder care company that helps seniors live more safely in their own homes, has partnered with LifeFone to deliver the first affordable, round-the-clock home health security system for seniors and their families. The service combines Living Independently's QuietCare 24/7 Eldercare Health Security System and LifeFone's Personal Emergency Response Service into a unique new service that allows seniors to continue living independently, but with greater peace of mind for them and their families, for less than $3 per day.
Tufts Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts provide wireless prescribing to physicians
Full ArticleTwo of Massachusetts' major insurers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) and Tufts Health Plan (THP), have secured $3 million to fund an initiative to offer physicians a comprehensive e-prescribing programme that will dramatically improve patient safety and reduce medical costs. The innovative initiative will offer approximately 3400 Massachusetts physicians in both the THP and BCBSMA networks e-prescribing software developed by Zix Corporation on either BlackBerry Colour PDA SmartPhones or wireless Pocket PC devices.
Baycrest Centre selects Enterasys Networks' RoamAbout wireless to support mobile electronic health records
Full ArticleBaycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, a recognized leader in geriatric research and provider of specialized health services for the elderly, has selected Enterasys' RoamAbout wireless local area network (WLAN) solution for secure mobile data and voice connectivity throughout its multi-building campus in Toronto, Canada. The wireless solution supports Baycrest's electronic health records (EHRs) initiative, enabling client care staff to access client records from anywhere on campus using the network.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Cybernet Medical collaborates with INTEGRIS Health to win USDA grant for Rural Oklahoma Telemedicine Project
Full ArticleCybernet Medical, a developer of biometric monitoring technology and medical devices for outpatient care, has received a grant of almost $500.000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to expand a telemedicine project in rural Oklahoma. The award from the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Programme will enable Cybernet's MedStar Data Transmission Device and Disease Management Data Collection System to be used to remotely monitor 200 chronic disease patients in Oklahoma via the INTEGRIS Health Rural Telemedicine Programme.
MetroPlus Health Plan selects AMAC's enabling telehealth solutions for improving paediatric asthma management
Full ArticleAmerican Medical Alert Corporation's (AMAC) AsthmaLink System, part of AMAC's robust portfolio of life enhancing monitoring technologies, will be piloted by MetroPlus Health Plan, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). The pilot is funded in part by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy.
Study shows increased access to telecom and broadband networks improves quality of life
Full ArticleNew opportunities could be sparked in California for new jobs, better health care, independent living, and consumer cost savings if federal and state regulators restructure the regulatory framework to encourage more investment and innovation in broadband and other telecommunications services, according to a new report by the Alliance for Public Technology (APT). The report also cites examples from a diverse group of eight California leaders who note that consumers, seniors, students, rural residents, and people with disabilities, as well as all Californians in general, would benefit from telecom reform and the acceleration of broadband in the state.
Canadian Space Agency project to deliver telehealth applications via Telesat's Anik F2 satellite
Full ArticleMarch Networks and Telesat are combining their technology and expertise to deliver video-enabled telehealth services over Canada's satellite communications networks. The $1,5 million project, which will bring highly advanced telehealth applications to commercial trials by the autumn of 2004, is being cost-shared by the Canadian Space Agency through the European Space Agency, March Networks and Telesat.
 
Grid for Health
 
New collaborative agreement to establish Worldwide Protein Data Bank
Full ArticleThe Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB), the Macromolecular Structure Database at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (MSD-EBI), and Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj) have signed a collaboration to form the Worldwide Protein Data Bank. An announcement of the agreement appears in the December issue of Nature Structural Biology.
Chemical Computing Group and Platform Computing launch distributing computing partnership for drug discovery
Full ArticleChemical Computing Group Inc. (CCG) and Platform Computing have made their flagship products compatible in order to accelerate computer-assisted drug discovery. CCG's Molecular Operating Environment (MOE), an integrated suite of powerful drug discovery applications, can now be combined with Platform's LSF, a solution for production-quality workload management. Used in tandem, they represent a powerful new way for researchers at pharmaceutical companies to perform large-scale distributed computations that are easy to set up and manage.
National Cancer Institute and Merck select SGI servers for biomedical research
Full ArticleThe National Cancer Institute's Advanced Biomedical Computing Center (ABCC) in Frederick, Maryland, has purchased from SCICOR an SGI Altix 3000 server, which was recently put into production. In addition, the Department of Bioinformatics at Merck & Co. Inc. has turned to SGI to support ongoing informatics efforts at its Merck Research Laboratories (MRL). The global, research-driven pharmaceutical company has installed two SGI Origin 3000 family of servers for complete integration of informatics and molecular profiling into basic and pre-clinical research.
The Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases launches first international effort to fight Malaria
Full ArticleThe Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases (TRI), a non-profit research institute devoted to discovering medicines for orphan childhood diseases such as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), has released the first Malaria target to an international community of more than 54.000 users from 93 countries currently running the Drug Design and Optimization Laboratory software (D2OL).
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
GE Medical Systems introduces AutoBone software for the Advantage Workstation
Full ArticleGE Medical Systems has introduced AutoBone, the latest in its innovative suite of clinical applications. AutoBone uncovers a vascular "roadmap" by allowing clinicians to remove the bone structure from diagnostic images. The removal of these high-density, bony barriers reveals blood vessels that are otherwise hidden in traditional imaging views. This optimizes surgical pathways with more precise information to allow for less-invasive clinical procedures and increased diagnostic confidence.
Siemens to dramatically improve Magnetic Resonance imaging using total imaging matrix technology
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions introduces a new technology that will dramatically change and improve Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging. Total imaging matrix technology, dubbed Tim, is the first seamless, whole body surface coil design that combines 76 seamlessly integrated coil elements with up to 32 RF channels, opening the door to the most advanced clinical applications available today. MAGNETOM Avanto, the first MR system based on Tim technology, will be unveiled at the 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 30 - December 5 in Chicago, Illinois.
Guidant broadens Advanced Patient Management initiative with CardioMEMS investment
Full ArticleGuidant Corporation, specialised in the treatment of cardiac and vascular disease, has made an equity investment in CardioMEMS Inc. CardioMEMS develops innovative devices based on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology to enable physicians to remotely monitor the progression of chronic diseases such as heart failure. The investment in CardioMEMS broadens Guidant's Advanced Patient Management initiative.
CompuMed licenses DICOM version of its Osteogram software to Orex Computed Radiography
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has signed an agreement to license the DICOM version of its patented OsteoGram software to Orex Computed Radiography Inc. of Yokneam, Israel. Orex has more than 2500 CR systems installed in over 20 countries worldwide.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Frost & Sullivan issues white paper on development of point of care connectivity in European hospitals
Full ArticlePoint of care testing (POCT), near patient testing and connectivity are expected to fundamentally reshape the European diagnostic equipment market over the next decade. To encourage market take-off, vendors will need to convince end-users of both the financial and clinical benefits of this new technology. The ability to undertake patient diagnoses at the point of care and to feed the resultant data instantaneously back into the hospital network represents a major advancement both in terms of clinical care and cost saving, according to recent research from a white paper published by Frost & Sullivan.
Rapidly evolving technology expands the European interventional cardiology market, says Frost & Sullivan
Full ArticleRapid technological advances are spurring high investment in product development and increasing the convergence of medical device companies and pharmaceuticals in the European market for interventional cardiology, reveals new research from Frost & Sullivan. Ongoing research in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures covers new interventional devices such as drug-eluting stents (DES), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and vascular closure equipment. Advanced drug therapies for patients undergoing balloon angioplasty and stent placement in their coronary arteries are also being studied.
AMIT imaging system delivers high resolution images on the fly
Full ArticleConventional Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI), used to produce 3D images of patients, takes several seconds to build up a high resolution image. This makes it unsuitable for guiding surgical instruments in real time. If only it was possible to produce high resolution images quickly, then MRI would be ideal for minimally invasive surgery. AMIT has developed an MRI imaging system that fits the picture and which is awaiting commercialisation.
Pioneering approach to spinal surgery improves post-operative success of lumbar spine implants
Full ArticleThe IST project, Design and Evaluation of Spine Implants (DEVASPIM), aims to improve the post-operative success rate for complex surgical procedures related to spine stabilisation. Part of the European eHealth initiative, the two-year DEVASPIM project is due for completion by the end of 2004. Yet with clinical trials well under way, the Spanish, French and Portuguese project partners are already confident that their achievements will change the medical approach to this type of surgery.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Misys installs Laboratory/Pharmacy solutions at West Valley Hospital and PACS Integration Module at Sutter Health
Full ArticleMisys Laboratory and Misys Pharmacy solutions are fully operational at West Valley Hospital Medical Center, a Vanguard Health System facility in Goodyear, Arizona. Activated the same day of the September 4 opening of the 74-bed acute care hospital, the two clinical solutions are improving clinicians' access to patient information and the capture of clinical and charge data to produce more accurate and timely bills. Misys Healthcare Systems will also conduct demonstrations of its RIS-PACS integrated work flow solution to RSNA 2003 conference attendees. Misys solutions include Misys Radiology information system (RIS), Misys PACS Integration Module (PIM) and Misys Image Management system.
Kaiser to integrate Stentor's Enterprise PACS throughout Northern California Health System
Full ArticleKaiser Permanente will implement Stentor's iSite Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS) across its 18-hospital delivery system in Northern California. The implementation of Stentor's iSite PACS follows the success of Kaiser Permanente's "KP Hawk" enterprise image distribution project. KP Hawk was rolled-out over the past two years with Stentor's iSite Enterprise image distribution solution providing emergency coverage to all Kaiser Permanente Northern California facilities.
Philips and Inova Heart Institute deliver cardiovascular imaging equipment to screen patients
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has signed a ten-year, multi-million dollar strategic agreement with Inova Health System, a not-for-profit health care system based in Northern Virginia. Under the terms of the agreement, Philips will provide best-in-class cardiovascular imaging equipment, consulting and professional services to Inova Fairfax Hospital, one of the nation's best hospitals for cardiac surgery and cardiology. In addition, Philips will provide Inova Heart Institute, a speciality hospital scheduled to open in 2004, with a variety of innovative products and services, making it a premier location for state-of-the-art cardiac care in the nation's capital and the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
Mission Hospital chooses Perfigo for network protection and HIPAA compliance
Full ArticleThe SecureSmart solution, developed by Perfigo Inc., an innovative provider of integrated, software-based wireless LAN (WLAN) security and management solutions, has been selected by Mission Hospital in Mission, Texas to secure and manage both its wired and wireless local area networks. Mission Hospital's top evaluation criteria were roles-based authentication, compliance with the privacy and security requirements mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, and the ability to manage both wireless and wireline networks from a central location.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield clears Capsule Endoscopy for diagnosis of Crohn's disease
Full ArticleThe Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's Medical Advisory Panel has determined that Given Imaging's Capsule Endoscopy meets the criteria of the association's Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) for initially diagnosing patients with suspected Crohn's disease, following negative conventional diagnostic tests such as barium follow-through and upper and lower endoscopy.
Integrated Surgical Systems develops orthopaedic surgical planning software for integration into Fuji Synapse system
Full ArticleIntegrated Surgical Systems Inc. (ISS), a pioneer in medical robotics and an expert in image-directed, semi-autonomous robotic products for surgical applications, has signed an agreement with FUJIFILM Medical Systems, USA for the development of a 2D/3D orthopaedic surgical planning software system which will be integrated into Fuji's Synapse System. Fuji will market it to its Synapse customers worldwide once available.
Motion Media forges alliances with AMD Telemedicine and Cardionics to open global market distribution
Full ArticleMotion Media Technology, a developer of affordable, high-quality, real-time video communications solutions, has signed a strategic distribution alliance with AMD Telemedicine, a provider of medical devices for the telemedicine market. As part of this alliance, Motion Media's videophone solutions for telemedicine applications, including the recently announced CareStation 126s, will now be available to markets in more than 55 countries worldwide through AMD Telemedicine's extensive distribution network.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to sign with Apollo Telemedicine for telediagnostic solution
Full ArticleMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is installing Apollo Telemedicine's dynamic telediagnostic systems to create real-time visual connection between the pathologist in the laboratory and the surgeons in the operating room.
 
VMWC news bites
 
HIT Lab study shows that touch doubles power of virtual reality therapy for spider phobia
Full ArticleResearchers at the University of Washington's Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab measured aversion and anxiety responses of students, some of whom had a clinical phobia of spiders, before and after undergoing virtual reality (VR) therapy. During the therapy, some of the subjects touched a realistic model of a large spider while grasping a virtual one. Those participants were able to come twice as close to a real spider after completing three therapy sessions, and reported a greater decrease in anxiety during treatment, than those who underwent VR therapy alone.
BrainLAB offers higher accuracy for total knee replacements using CT-free image-guided surgery
Full ArticleBrainLAB Inc., an innovator of Image-Guided Surgery (IGS) and stereotactic radiosurgery systems, presents first results on improved accuracy of implant positioning with VectorVision CT-free knee. VectorVision CT-free knee is a new navigation system that enables surgeons to verify each step of the knee replacement procedure in real time and to use the resulting new data to optimize their planning of the surgery. This way, possible deviations between the planning and the actual treatment results of the total knee replacement (TKR) can be corrected on the spot and misplacements of the prosthesis avoided.
Studies presented at the Annual RSNA Meeting demonstrate value of chest CT CAD
Full ArticleThe impact of computer-aided detection (CAD) on the evaluation of chest CT exams is the focus of seven research papers accepted for presentation at the 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 30-December 4. According to R2 Technology, the developer of the only commercially available CAD system for use with chest multi-detector CT (MDCT), these papers join a growing body of research demonstrating the value of CAD technology that can improve radiologist accuracy and efficiency in interpreting these studies.
Immersion Medical introduces first touch feedback hysteroscopy training simulator
Full ArticleImmersion Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, has introduced its beta AccuTouch Hysteroscopy simulator. This simulator is one of the first commercial gynaecological simulators that specifically incorporates training with a hysteroscope while simulating a specific procedure. The new hysteroscopy simulator with Immersion's proprietary haptic-feedback technology realistically recreates this procedure on a virtual female patient.
 

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