VMW Monthly - January 2004 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents January 2004 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
ePocrates receives eHealth Developers' Summit Award for application excellence
Scottsdale Healthcare of Arizona selects ChartMaxx as its electronic patient record solution
Zix signs $450.000 contract with health benefits company and three-year contract with Cedars-Sinai MC
Enhanced communication capabilities drive wroldwide demand for networked ECG monitoring systems
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Mexican Government to award GE Medical Systems contract for 80 mammography systems
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network funding assists University of Pennsylvania researcher in pursuit of early detection methods
Technology Integrations for Medical Applications implements telemedicine platform to link doctors and hospitals worldwide
National Naval Medical Center provides landmark research for Virtual Colonoscopy study
 
Grid for Health
 
NEC installs vector supercomputer at the Technical University of Dresden for biological process modelling
AT&T and Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) to advance United States' Grid networking infrastructure
Vita Nuova to deliver Inferno Grid support for GOLD molecule-protein binding prediction software
Indiana University's Genomics Grid wins High Performance Computing Challenge at SC2003
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Cedara and Alion join forces to develop life-saving technology for military medical emergencies
Virtual Colonoscopy and Preventive Medicine come of age with formation of Predictive Medicine Centers of America
Kodak and IBM to deliver global storage infrastructure for medical imaging management
Fischer Imaging receives $1,2 million grant from National Cancer Institute
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Bionic Ear research project looks into new ways to cure deafness
R2's Universal Breast Imaging Workstation and MeVis BreastCare's soft-copy reading software support advanced CAD applications
Forensic radiology makes minimally invasive virtual autopsy a reality
Otelo project members demonstrate robotic tele-echography between Tours, Barcelona and Nicosia
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Barton HealthCare System selects Misys for RIS-PACS integrated work flow optimization solution
Alexian Brothers Hospital Network unveils Learning Laboratory to assist surgeons in perfecting skills
Emageon to provide intelligent visual medical system for Meriter Hospital
St. Jude only children's hospital ranked among Top 500 Supercomputer Centres
 
Virtual snap shots
 
American Hospital Association selects slp3D to provide Internet broadcasting solutions
New release of Oracle Clinical Remote Data Capture to speed data collection in clinical trials
Maine Health Alliance extends access to health care in rural Maine using Trestle telemedicine products
CACI awarded Information Technology contract to support military health systems
 
VMWC news bites
 
Growth of extracranial radiosurgery highlighted at Annual CyberKnife Users' Meeting
DNA analysis for chimpanzees and humans reveals striking differences in genes for smell, metabolism and hearing
Sensant presents clinical images of blood flow in the breast that may benefit cancer diagnosis
Virtual Colonoscopy focus of CAD license agreement between R2 Technology and University of Chicago
 

Leads January 2004 Issue

 
3G Medicine
 
ePocrates receives eHealth Developers' Summit Award for application excellence
Full ArticleePocrates was recognized with an "eHealth Impact Award" at the eHealth Institute's annual Developers' Summit held in November in San Diego, California. The "eHealth Impact Award" is given to the eHealth product which can be software, hardware or a device that has made the greatest positive impact on health and/or health care.
Scottsdale Healthcare of Arizona selects ChartMaxx as its electronic patient record solution
Full ArticleScottsdale Healthcare of Scottsdale, Arizona has selected MedPlus' ChartMaxx as its enterprise-wide electronic patient record solution. Scottsdale Healthcare, a non-profit community health system founded in 1962, serves the northeast quadrant of the greater Phoenix area and beyond through two hospitals, three medical campuses, several outpatient centres, home health services and community outreach programmes.
Zix signs $450.000 contract with health benefits company and three-year contract with Cedars-Sinai MC
Full ArticleZix Corporation, a global provider of protection, management, and delivery solutions for electronic communications, has signed a new contract with one of the largest publicly traded health benefits companies in the United States for hosted anti-spam and anti-virus services, along with a renewal of its secure e-messaging contract. The contracts, which together have a value of $450,000 on an annual basis, will provide protection services to more than 20.000 employees. In addition, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the largest non-profit academic medical centres in the Western United States, has selected ZixCorp for its secure e-messaging services. The organisation chose ZixCorp to protect private health information and to meet the e-mail safeguard requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Enhanced communication capabilities drive wroldwide demand for networked ECG monitoring systems
Full ArticleThe market for cardiovascular monitoring equipment (CME) represents a major component of the diagnostic testing suite for hospitals and clinics worldwide. With increasing volumes of ECG tests being performed, market penetration levels of cardiovascular monitoring devices are being spurred by enhanced communication capabilities demands for work flow efficiency and opportunities for cost reduction.
 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Mexican Government to award GE Medical Systems contract for 80 mammography systems
Full ArticleThe Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social, a health care agency of the Mexican government, has awarded GE Medical Systems a contract to install and service 80 new mammography systems. These systems will be installed by the end of this year, enabling physicians across Mexico to detect breast cancer earlier and diagnose the disease more accurately.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network funding assists University of Pennsylvania researcher in pursuit of early detection methods
Full ArticleA major scientific discovery, funded in part by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), may revolutionize the detection and treatment of one of the most deadliest cancers known to man, pancreatic cancer. David A. Tuveson, MD, PhD, of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, led the team that developed and characterized the first animal model that describes the creation and characterization for ductal pancreatic cancer. His discovery provides insight into the development of future diagnostic tests for early disease detection as well as potential therapeutic strategies. The research will be published on-line in Cancer Cell.
Technology Integrations for Medical Applications implements telemedicine platform to link doctors and hospitals worldwide
Full ArticleSince 2000, a Stevens Institute of Technology Special Lecturer in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Thomas Cattabiani, has worked to help realize the global vision of a successful New York surgeon, his longtime friend and onetime classmate in the Stevens pre-med programme, Undergraduate Projects in Technology and Medicine (UPTAM). The vision enfolds the establishment of clinics and hospitals worldwide that are served by Internet links to experts in the United States, physicians who can, from great distances, help to train other doctors, and even advise on real-time surgical procedures, in regions where the latest in modern techniques are not commonly known.
National Naval Medical Center provides landmark research for Virtual Colonoscopy study
Full ArticleThe findings of a joint landmark study involving a new colon cancer screening test conducted at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) were published in the December 4 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Virtual colonoscopy (VC) is the latest technology for detecting polyps. VC uses a computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdominal area and creates a series of cross-sectional pictures of the inside of the colon from different angles. The virtual reality software assembles the images into what resembles a 3D moving film of the entire length of the colon.
 
Grid for Health
 
NEC installs vector supercomputer at the Technical University of Dresden for biological process modelling
Full ArticleThe Centre for High-Performance Computing (ZHR) at the Technical University of Dresden and NEC are collaborating on the testing and provisioning of bioinformatics software for modelling biological processes on vector supercomputers. The research team in Dresden plans to use NEC's high performance computers to accelerate the process of decoding the interaction between genes and proteins in living systems. The disciplines of biology and materials science, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology enterprises, especially those located at the Biotechnology Centre in Dresden, will particularly profit from the knowledge transfer from the Dresden-based institute.
AT&T and Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) to advance United States' Grid networking infrastructure
Full ArticleAT&T and the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) have signed a collaboration agreement that will allow the United States' research and education community to use AT&T's newest national network infrastructure for experimental work on the next generation of networking technology and applications, called Grid networking. The collaboration agreement is designed to speed the creation of regional and national Grid services to support the United States' research and education (R&E) community.
Vita Nuova to deliver Inferno Grid support for GOLD molecule-protein binding prediction software
Full ArticleVita Nuova has announced support for the ligand docking application GOLD within the Inferno Grid System. GOLD, from the Cambridge Crystallography Data Centre (CCDC), is one of the leading software packages for predicting how flexible molecules will bind to proteins, a problem of enormous significance in the rational design of drugs.
Indiana University's Genomics Grid wins High Performance Computing Challenge at SC2003
Full ArticleA team led by University Information Technology Services (UITS), the Indiana University Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (CGB), and the High Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) won a prestigious High Performance Computing Challenge award last November at SC2003, a major annual international supercomputing conference. Their project, "Global analysis of arthropod evolution", took top honours in the category of "Most Geographically Distributed Application". The HPC Challenge, held each year at the conference, brings together the world's leading experts in supercomputing to demonstrate new capabilities in supercomputing and Grid computing.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Cedara and Alion join forces to develop life-saving technology for military medical emergencies
Full ArticleCedara Software Corporation, an independent developer of medical software technologies for the global health care market, has signed a development agreement with Alion Science and Technology to supply the United States military with ultrasound guidance surgical technology that will reduce combat fatalities. Although initially targeted for military use, the new technology may ultimately be used in civilian emergency services around the world to prolong the survivability of patients with stroke, heart attack, and other traumatic injuries.
Virtual Colonoscopy and Preventive Medicine come of age with formation of Predictive Medicine Centers of America
Full ArticleA new company that developed the first predictive medicine and preventive health business model in the United States has been formed to bring preventive medicine and new technologies such as the virtual colonoscopy to the emerging consumer driven marketplace. Predictive medicine is the discipline of identifying disease before it erupts in its classical symptom form, which is often late in the disease curve, so that pro-active interventions can be taken to prevent or minimize its occurrence.
Kodak and IBM to deliver global storage infrastructure for medical imaging management
Full ArticleEastman Kodak Company and IBM will work together to make it easier and more efficient for health care facilities to manage the wealth of medical images and information being created in a digital world. In response to customer demand, Kodak and IBM will offer health care facilities solutions that combine Kodak's medical imaging products and services, such as enterprise archiving and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), with IBM's storage devices. This open, flexible software and hardware combination will allow medical professionals to reduce cost and improve patient care by allowing them to store, retrieve and share large amounts of data across their enterprise.
Fischer Imaging receives $1,2 million grant from National Cancer Institute
Full ArticleFischer Imaging has received a fast track Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The $1,2 million grant will fund an effort with IBM to characterize and evaluate the technical performance and clinical efficacy of the advanced IBM T221 flat-panel display as part of Fischer's SenoScan digital mammography review workstation. FDA clearance will be required before the IBM 9-megapixel monitor could be made available to SenoScan customers.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Bionic Ear research project looks into new ways to cure deafness
Full ArticleAn EU funded consortium has been recognised for its pioneering work on new cures for deafness. The Bionic Ear project is looking into ways of repairing the inner ear, in cases where hair cells are damaged by trauma, antibiotics or ageing, thus resulting in an irreversible hearing impairment. This affects more than 10 percent of the population.
R2's Universal Breast Imaging Workstation and MeVis BreastCare's soft-copy reading software support advanced CAD applications
Full ArticleR2 Technology Inc., specialised in computer-aided detection (CAD), and MeVis BreastCare (MBC) GmbH Co. KG of Bremen, Germany, a developer of softcopy reading software for breast cancer diagnosis, have signed a license agreement whereby the MBC soft-copy reading (SCR) software will be incorporated into a R2 breast imaging workstation, currently under development. This agreement supports R2's efforts to develop a universal CAD workstation.
Forensic radiology makes minimally invasive virtual autopsy a reality
Full ArticleSwiss investigators are partnering the latest in radiologic imaging technology with forensic science to provide a bloodless, minimally invasive method to examine victims for causes of accidental deaths and murders. In Switzerland, virtual autopsy is already a reality. The University of Berne's Institute of Forensic Medicine, in collaboration with its Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, has performed 100 virtual autopsies, called "Virtopsy", in the last three years.
Otelo project members demonstrate robotic tele-echography between Tours, Barcelona and Nicosia
Full ArticleOn November 7th, 2003, a robotic tele-echography live demonstration was performed between two western European cities: Tours in France and Barcelona in Spain, and Nicosia in Cyprus, one of the European Community newcomers, using Eutelsat satellite links. This live world premiere demonstration has been performed in the frame of the OTELO EC-funded project, by nine partners originating from five countries: France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Greece.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Barton HealthCare System selects Misys for RIS-PACS integrated work flow optimization solution
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with Barton HealthCare System in South Lake Tahoe, California. The agreement covers the acquisition, deployment and software maintenance of Misys Radiology information system (RIS), Misys PACS Integration Module (Misys PIM), and MRS Mammography Reporting System. The comprehensive solution is designed to optimize medical imaging work flow, diagnostic data performance and productivity for acute-care and outpatient radiology departments. Misys Radiology is recipient of the overall RIS Silver Award for the third consecutive year from KLAS Enterprises.
Alexian Brothers Hospital Network unveils Learning Laboratory to assist surgeons in perfecting skills
Full ArticleReflecting a commitment to bringing advanced medicine to Chicago's northwest suburbs, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network has opened a state-of-the-art training site where physicians, nurses and technicians can learn in a hands-on environment how to perform the latest diagnostic and surgical procedures. The Alexian Center for Medical Innovations opened the Alexian Advanced Medicine Learning Laboratory on November 20, 2003. The 2400 square-foot facility is one of only a few such learning labs in the United States.
Emageon to provide intelligent visual medical system for Meriter Hospital
Full ArticleEmageon, a provider of intelligent visual medical systems, has signed an agreement with Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, to manage medical image visualization and work flow integration throughout its health care facilities. The new system supports medical image sources from across the enterprise and will integrate with Meriter's existing storage area network, billing systems, scheduling, ordering, specialized clinical applications and their recently implemented electronic medical record.
St. Jude only children's hospital ranked among Top 500 Supercomputer Centres
Full ArticleSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital has joined the ranks of world-class supercomputer users around the world with the installation of an IBM computer system that can perform more than 600 billion operations per second. The supercomputer, an IBM eServer BladeCenter, which is equivalent to 280 servers working at once, puts St. Jude in 251st place among the top 500 supercomputer users in the world, according to Clayton W. Naeve, Ph.D., chief research information officer and director of the St. Jude Hartwell Center for Bioinformatics and Biotechnology.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
American Hospital Association selects slp3D to provide Internet broadcasting solutions
Full ArticleThe American Hospital Association (AHA) has awarded its exclusive endorsement to slp3D's Internet broadcasting platform. Today's patients are Web-savvy, utilizing the Internet to access information on symptoms, procedures, and conditions to work in concert with their doctor or hospital. Taking advantage of slp3D's Internet broadcasting solutions, hospitals can help bring that information to their community's fingertips.
New release of Oracle Clinical Remote Data Capture to speed data collection in clinical trials
Full ArticleOracle Corporation has made available Oracle Clinical Remote Data Capture (RDC) version 4.5, a major new release featuring advances in usability, form design and support for international trials. Pfizer Inc. co-sponsored the development of this new release and has taken a license to the new release for use with future clinical trials.
Maine Health Alliance extends access to health care in rural Maine using Trestle telemedicine products
Full ArticleMaine Health Alliance (MHA), a non-profit organisation consisting of approximately 325 physicians and 11 hospitals in Northern Maine, has purchased MedReach, a telemedicine product, developed by Trestle Holdings Inc., a supplier of tissue imaging and network medicine applications. MedReach provides real-time integrated medical data sharing among physicians and patients while enabling the remote examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.
CACI awarded Information Technology contract to support military health systems
Full ArticleCACI International Inc. has been awarded a 10-year Defense Systems Integration, Design, Development, Operations and Maintenance Services (D/SIDDOMS) III contract to provide information technology support for the Military Health System (MHS). CACI anticipates the value of its tasking under this contract will be approximately $60 million. The total value of the multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity D/SIDDOMS contract is estimated at $8 billion. The contract will be used by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs to issue task orders in support of the IT needs of the vast DoD health care community. The award supports all of the company's core areas of expertise as well as its growing presence in the DoD health care services market.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Growth of extracranial radiosurgery highlighted at Annual CyberKnife Users' Meeting
Full ArticleExtracranial radiosurgery using the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System was the highlighted topic at the Third Annual CyberKnife Users' Meeting, held November 13-15 at the Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, California. The meeting was co-hosted by Accuray and the CyberKnife Society. The Users' Meeting featured clinical presentations by users from around the world and provided opportunity for networking and education on new technological and clinical advances with the CyberKnife System. Over 110 participants attended, representing surgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists, and other affiliated medical personnel from 20 sites throughout the world.
DNA analysis for chimpanzees and humans reveals striking differences in genes for smell, metabolism and hearing
Full ArticleNearly 99 percent alike in genetic makeup, chimpanzees and humans might be even more similar were it not for what researchers call "lifestyle" changes in the six million years that separate us from a common ancestor. Specifically, two key differences are how humans and chimps perceive smells and what we eat. A massive gene-comparison project involving two Cornell University scientists, and reported in the latest issue of the journal Science on December 12, 2003, found these and many other differences in a search for evidence of accelerated evolution and positive selection in the genetic history of humans and chimps.
Sensant presents clinical images of blood flow in the breast that may benefit cancer diagnosis
Full ArticleSensant Corporation, a developer of silicon-based ultrasound imaging technology, has presented images that show improved visualization of micro-vessel blood flow inside the breast and kidney at the 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, recently held in Chicago. In conjunction with Italian ultrasound system manufacturer Esaote from the Bracco Group, Sensant presented the first clinical images showing micro-vessel blood flow to breast tumours using Silicon Ultrasound technology and the SonoVue ultrasound contrast agent.
Virtual Colonoscopy focus of CAD license agreement between R2 Technology and University of Chicago
Full ArticleExpanding their relationship to another disease state, R2 Technology Inc., an expert in computer-aided detection (CAD) technology, has signed a license agreement with the University of Chicago Medical Center for work developed in the Department of Radiology, covering the development of CAD tools for the detection of polyps and masses in virtual colonoscopy. The Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago is a recognized pioneer in CAD development. CAD for computed tomography (CT) based virtual colonoscopy is designed to aid in the early detection of pre-cancerous lesions and colon cancer.
 

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