VMW Monthly - February 2004 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents February 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Frost & Sullivan to scan the world diabetes glucose monitoring devices market
Connecting for Health creates incremental roadmap for achieving electronic connectivity in health care
George Washington University Hospital first in D.C. to use da Vinci surgical robot
Virtual Reality helps breast cancer patients cope with chemotherapy
 
Grid for Health
 
Apple's Xgrid technology delivers computational clustering to run gene-sequencing applications
United Devices' Global Grid surpasses 2,5 million connected devices in fight against cancer and smallpox
e-Science takes on some of the grand challenges in medical research
Noregon Systems helps Targacept speed development of new drugs
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
IDX Carecast and eMedicine to provide point-of-care access to medical reference library
Main Line Health selects RSA Security to help physicians improve productivity and protect sensitive patient records
OSF Healthcare System embraces IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system to enhance patient safety
QRS Diagnostic makes high-tech medicine more accessible with its patented medical device technology
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Trestle delivers MedMicro telepathology tool to cancer researcher Bostwick Laboratories and its Medreach telemedicine solution to University of Louisville
Medtronic releases two left-heart delivery systems designed to help navigate challenging heart anatomies
Entelos to develop haematology model for Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Davidson Healthcare employs Shavlik's Patch Management Solution to protect sensitive network data
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European PACS market to gain impetus from government support and forthcoming digitisation
Professional change management likely to ease transition to PACS implementation
Computer-guided hip surgery using Robodoc put under critical attack in Germany
B-SIM and Erasmus University Hospital Rotterdam awarded for operating room capacity planning system
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Western Maryland Health System selects Park City Solutions emPOWERnet as real-time enterprise (RTE) Web platform
Computer Programs and Systems' fully integrated PACS, ImageLink successfully implemented at three hospitals
Drawbase Software enables integrated facility management solution at LifeBridge Health System
Emageon to provide Intelligent Visual Medical System to Lourdes Hospital and Wisconsin's ThedaCare
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study now available on the Web for United States hospitals
IBM technology selected in computer-assisted surgery Navitrack surgical navigation system
Sectra honoured with Frost & Sullivan Business Development Strategy Leadership Award
Completion of SEEREN project extends pan-European research network to Balkans
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic coronary bypass surgery performed using da Vinci and Ventrica's Endoscopic Distal Anastomotic Device
Robotic surgery for young heart patients shortens hospital stay and speeds recovery, study indicates
Medtronic Octopus 4.3 device offers new refinements to facilitate surgery on the beating heart
Actuality's Perspecta Spatial 3D System shipped to National Institutes of Health to visualize tumours in cancer patients
 

Leads February 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Frost & Sullivan to scan the world diabetes glucose monitoring devices market
Full ArticleSustained efforts of educators and manufacturers in the health care industry have not only enhanced public awareness about diabetes worldwide, but also increased the demand for glucose self-monitoring devices among diagnosed diabetics. This, in turn, is leading to product innovation aimed at enhancing ease of use and convenience. However, this vibrant growth is accompanied by a unique set of challenges, making the glucose monitoring business highly competitive and expensive.
Connecting for Health creates incremental roadmap for achieving electronic connectivity in health care
Full ArticleConnecting for Health, an extraordinary collaborative of public and private stakeholders, will launch a continuation of its effort to promote electronic connectivity in the health care field in order to improve patient care and lower costs while protecting patient privacy. At a meeting in New York, the project's Steering Group, comprised of more than 50 leaders and decision makers in the health care industry, renewed their commitment to advancing the use of electronic connectivity in health care.
George Washington University Hospital first in D.C. to use da Vinci surgical robot
Full ArticleThe da Vinci Surgical System incorporates the latest advances in robotics and computer technology to provide surgeons with a sophisticated new tool in the operating room. The George Washington University Hospital is the first hospital in Washington, D.C., to have a core group of surgeons trained in the da Vinci System.
Virtual Reality helps breast cancer patients cope with chemotherapy
Full ArticleWomen with breast cancer have fewer adverse effects from chemotherapy and less fatigue when using virtual reality as a distraction intervention during treatments, according to a study from the Duke University School of Nursing and Case Western Reserve Comprehensive Cancer Center. In the study, published in the January 2004 issue of Oncology Nursing Forum, the researchers described how chemotherapy patients eased their fatigue and discomfort by solving a mystery, touring an art gallery or going deep-sea diving in a virtual environment as they underwent treatment.
 
Grid for Health
 
Apple's Xgrid technology delivers computational clustering to run gene-sequencing applications
Full ArticleApple has previewed Xgrid, a computational clustering technology from Apple's Advanced Computation Group (ACG). Xgrid helps scientists and others working in compute intensive environments to fully utilize all IT resources, including desktops and servers, by creating a Grid-enabled "virtual" IT environment that takes advantage of unused computing capacity to run batch and workload processing. Available as a free beta download, Xgrid brings Apple's legendary ease-of-use to computational clustering by providing the easiest way to run compute intensive applications, such as the popular gene-sequencing application BLAST, on multiple Macs using Apple's Rendezvous networking technology.
United Devices' Global Grid surpasses 2,5 million connected devices in fight against cancer and smallpox
Full ArticleThe number of PCs and servers involved in United Devices' Global Grid has surpassed two and a half million. These servers, workstations, desktops and notebooks join together from over 200 countries and territories to help speed grand-scale cancer and smallpox research.
e-Science takes on some of the grand challenges in medical research
Full ArticleA project to tackle the two diseases which together cause over 60 percent of deaths in the United Kingdom, heart disease and cancer, has been launched by Oxford University, which will work in collaboration with other leading universities, CCLRC, and IBM. The project will use e-Science, seen as the future of scientific research. Oxford also plans a GBP4 million building to house the development of e-Science.
Noregon Systems helps Targacept speed development of new drugs
Full ArticleNoregon Systems, a software development firm, has been subcontracted by Targacept Inc. to assist in the enhancement of the biopharmaceutical firm's molecular dynamics simulation programme. The work being completed by Noregon is one part of a two million dollar project grant that Targacept recently received from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Programme (ATP).
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
IDX Carecast and eMedicine to provide point-of-care access to medical reference library
Full ArticleIDX will make eMedicine's peer-reviewed Clinical Knowledge Base content available through its IDX Carecast enterprise clinical, financial and administrative system. With articles on more than 6500 diseases and conditions, eMedicine is one of the most comprehensive and current sources of peer-reviewed clinical reference materials on the Web. IDX and eMedicine will build direct, context-sensitive access to the eMedicine Clinical Knowledge Base within Carecast, enabling clinicians to immediately access relevant medical reference information at the point of care.
Main Line Health selects RSA Security to help physicians improve productivity and protect sensitive patient records
Full ArticleMain Line Health, one of the largest health care providers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is using RSA Security's RSA SecurID two-factor authentication solution to help comply with HIPAA requirements for ensuring patient privacy and security of health information. The RSA SecurID solution, combined with a NetScreen Technologies Inc. SSL VPN, reduces hospital costs and improves productivity for more than 500 doctors and medical specialists at Main Line Health by allowing secure access to clinical information. Medical staff can view test or lab results and patient records over a high-speed Internet connection anytime, anywhere, while preserving the privacy and integrity of patients' personal data.
OSF Healthcare System embraces IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system to enhance patient safety
Full ArticleOSF Healthcare System, an integrated delivery network with more than 10.000 employees in two states, has activated the IDX Carecast system, the next generation enterprise clinical system from IDX Systems Corporation. OSF is currently using Carecast in three of its six hospitals, located in Bloomington and Pontiac, Illinois; and Escanaba, Michigan, and expects to activate its remaining facilities in 2004. Carecast is an integrated system that links the entire organisation, creating a single, lifetime electronic medical record for each patient, which clinicians are able to access and update at the point of care.
QRS Diagnostic makes high-tech medicine more accessible with its patented medical device technology
Full ArticleThe 325.000 primary care physicians in the United States are on the front lines contending with the central challenge of the health care system: providing quality care at an affordable cost. They need convenient, reliable and reasonably priced devices for diagnostic testing and patient monitoring. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, QRS Diagnostic designs and develops software-based medical devices, built into computer cards, which cost 25 percent to 50 percent less than traditional device products.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Trestle delivers MedMicro telepathology tool to cancer researcher Bostwick Laboratories and its Medreach telemedicine solution to University of Louisville
Full ArticleTrestle Holdings Inc., a supplier of tissue imaging and network medicine applications, has secured a new contract to provide its MedMicro telepathology product to Richmond, Virginia-based, Bostwick Laboratories, a private anatomic pathology reference laboratory. In addition, the company has installed its telemedicine product, MedReach, at the Department of Paediatrics of the University of Louisville (UOL) School of Medicine. The Department of Paediatrics consists of nearly 100 full-time faculty members representing the full-range of paediatric subspeciality services.
Medtronic releases two left-heart delivery systems designed to help navigate challenging heart anatomies
Full ArticleMedtronic Inc., specialized in implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) systems, has brought to market two new Attain left-heart delivery systems, both designed to facilitate placement of left-heart leads during implantation of CRT devices. The Attain Prevail Steerable catheter system and the Attain Deflectable catheter system are specifically designed to help physicians navigate challenging heart anatomies during implant.
Entelos to develop haematology model for Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Full ArticleEntelos Inc., an expert in the emerging field of systems biology, will develop a haematology model for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development L.L.C. (J&JPRD). In addition, Entelos will conduct an in silico research programme upon completion of the model to support clinical development and Phase IV clinical trial design.
Davidson Healthcare employs Shavlik's Patch Management Solution to protect sensitive network data
Full ArticleDavidson Healthcare, a Lexington, North Carolina-based health care organisation, has implemented an automated patch management solution from Shavlik Technologies LLC, to help it eliminate network vulnerabilities, maximize uptime and protect sensitive patient information.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European PACS market to gain impetus from government support and forthcoming digitisation
Full ArticleGiven the current economic slump on one hand and the urgent need for efficient resource utilisation in health care delivery, government intervention is key to expand implementation of picture archiving and communications system (PACS) solutions, reveals new analysis by Frost & Sullivan. Using PACS among other IT solutions, health departments of governments across Europe need to pass legislation allowing for a smooth transition to complete digitisation. The governing authorities can also partially or completely fund such initiatives through financial subsidies, soft loans and grants.
Professional change management likely to ease transition to PACS implementation
Full ArticleLikely outcomes of expanded picture archiving and communication system (PACS) implementation include re-engineered work flow in radiology departments and organisational/cultural resistance to change. Effective change management during this transition phase is, therefore, vital. Professional service vendors that can convince providers about a smooth transition during and uninterrupted services after PACS implementation are poised to reap substantial market share.
Computer-guided hip surgery using Robodoc put under critical attack in Germany
Full ArticleThe use of the computer-assisted surgery system Robodoc in German hospitals to replace worn hips probably has led to serious complications and irreparable muscle damage, according to the Dutch professor C.N. van Dijk. Several hundred patients may have turned cripple. The German-American Robodoc system is a fully automated and computer-guided robot which is applied to insert hip prostheses in patients who suffer from arthrosis or have had a hip fracture. Purchase price for the robot is 500.000 euro.
B-SIM and Erasmus University Hospital Rotterdam awarded for operating room capacity planning system
Full ArticleThe Erasmus University Hospital and B-SIM company have been granted the Dutch "KIVI Speurwerk 2003 Award" for innovative medical technology on December 16, 2003. Both partners received the award for the jointly developed planning system which allows hospitals to optimize their operating room capacity. The software programme is able to forecast the amount of inpredictability in the duration of surgical interventions. As such, the disponibility of operating theatres, operating staff and specialists can be far better planned than before. Using the same capacity, it is now possible to perform 10 to 20 percent more interventions.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Western Maryland Health System selects Park City Solutions emPOWERnet as real-time enterprise (RTE) Web platform
Full ArticleWestern Maryland Health System of Cumberland, Maryland, a Premier member hospital, has selected Park City Solutions' emPOWERnet:Provider as the real-time enterprise (RTE) portal solutions for 24/7 access to patient data and medical resources from any secured Internet connection.
Computer Programs and Systems' fully integrated PACS, ImageLink successfully implemented at three hospitals
Full ArticleComputer Programs and Systems Inc. (CPSI), a provider of health care information solutions, successfully implemented the ImageLink Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) at three of its client hospitals. Shelby Memorial Hospital, located in Shelbyville, Illinois; Sweetwater Hospital, located in Sweetwater, Tennessee; and Cary Medical Center, located in Caribou, Maine, have each installed the full featured, DICOM-compliant medical image viewing, storage, and communications system. The ImageLink product has been designed and developed entirely by CPSI in order to continue to meet the challenges faced by today's community health care provider.
Drawbase Software enables integrated facility management solution at LifeBridge Health System
Full ArticleLifeBridge Health System facility staff needed a tool that would facilitate better management of their hospital facilities, including Baltimore's Sinai Hospital. In evaluating different solutions, Robert Turner, vice president of campus services for the LifeBridge Health System, had a stringent set of criteria in mind. He required that the new software serve as a high-level management tool that would be easy-to-use, eliminate repetitious, time-consuming tasks, and above all, integrate seamlessly with the hospital's preventative maintenance scheduling package. Drawbase from Drawbase Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Graphisoft, was the only software platform that ultimately met LifeBridge's high demands.
Emageon to provide Intelligent Visual Medical System to Lourdes Hospital and Wisconsin's ThedaCare
Full ArticleEmageon, a provider of intelligent visual medical systems, has signed an agreement with Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York, to manage medical image visualization and work flow integration throughout its organisation. The company also signed a contract with ThedaCare, an integrated delivery system in Central Wisconsin, to provide advanced visualization, content management and work flow integration of medical imaging throughout its multi-facility enterprise. Emageon's Intelligent Visual Medical System (IVMS) supports enterprise medical image sources and will integrate with ThedaCare's existing business and clinical information software applications. All physicians and medical professionals throughout the ThedaCare hospitals will be able to access multi-speciality images, related information and advanced visualization toolsets, which are dynamically selected through a single user interface.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study now available on the Web for United States hospitals
Full ArticleBeginning today, hospitals across the United States can access the new "2004 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study". Last year, nearly 19 percent of United States hospitals participated in the on-line survey measuring IT connectivity with business processes, customer service, safety and quality, workforce and public health and safety. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2004. To participate in the survey, hospital leaders can log on to the site with the user ID code and password provided earlier this year.
IBM technology selected in computer-assisted surgery Navitrack surgical navigation system
Full ArticleIBM and ORTHOsoft Inc. have worked together to embed IBM M Pro 6220 IntelliStation workstations into ORTHOsoft's Navitrack Station, a Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) system offering to orthopaedic surgeons around the world a stable, reliable tool in the placement of implants for knee, hip or spine surgeries.
Sectra honoured with Frost & Sullivan Business Development Strategy Leadership Award
Full ArticleThe picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) vendor Sectra has been presented the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Business Development Strategy Leadership Award for its proven ability to best perceive clients' needs, develop and introduce products and/or services to the industry and to identify new market segments to expand existing customer base.
Completion of SEEREN project extends pan-European research network to Balkans
Full ArticleThe pan-European high speed research network GEANT has been extended to the Balkan countries with the completion of the "South Eastern European research and education networking" (SEEREN) project. The project was awarded 1,3 million euro under the European Union's Fifth Framework Programme for research, and was charged with not only connecting the research communities in South East Europe to one another, but also linking them to the existing European network.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic coronary bypass surgery performed using da Vinci and Ventrica's Endoscopic Distal Anastomotic Device
Full ArticleVentrica Inc.'s Endo MVP Distal Anastomotic Device was successfully utilized in a closed-chest coronary artery bypass procedure performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic platform developed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. This revolutionary technology has demonstrated feasibility in enabling surgeons to perform closed-chest coronary revascularization and will pave the way for the future of minimally invasive bypass procedures.
Robotic surgery for young heart patients shortens hospital stay and speeds recovery, study indicates
Full ArticleIn the first-ever direct comparison of robot-assisted and traditional surgery for children's heart defects, University of Michigan surgeons report that the robot's help reduces patients' recuperation time and surgery-related trauma and scarring, while extending the length of the operation by just over half an hour. Their finding suggests that the minimally invasive surgical techniques made possible by the surgeon-controlled, camera-guided robot system can give the same surgical result as open-chest techniques, with less impact on the young patient's body. And although the study group was small, the finding demonstrates that robot-assisted surgery may be a good option for certain defects.
Medtronic Octopus 4.3 device offers new refinements to facilitate surgery on the beating heart
Full ArticleContinuing its leadership in significant new technologies for bypass grafting surgery on the beating heart, Medtronic Inc. has launched the worldwide commercial release of the Medtronic Octopus 4.3 Tissue Stabilizer. With more than 325.000 of its market-leading predecessor Octopus devices used by the world's surgeons since the innovative instrument was introduced in 1997, Medtronic demonstrated significant new refinements at meetings of the Society for Thoracic Surgeons in San Antonio.
Actuality's Perspecta Spatial 3D System shipped to National Institutes of Health to visualize tumours in cancer patients
Full ArticleThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, has installed Actuality Systems' Perspecta Spatial 3D System. Perspecta is a revolutionary 3D visualization system that projects images into a globe display to create full 360-degree spatial images that give users the ability to create, observe and manipulate objects as they appear in nature. Perspecta Spatial 3D is installed at the NIH Clinical Center and will be used for research by biomedical investigators from the Clinical Center and the National Cancer Institute to visualize exact tumour location, using stored patient data, for radiofrequency tumour ablation in the liver, and to compare tumour location with treatment location during procedures.
 

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