VMW Monthly - March 2004 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents March 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
OSC and Ohio Medical Research Centers receive federal funds for paediatric cancer research
Canadian research team discovers how yeast mutations offer window into human disease
Swartz Foundation establishes Computational Neuroscience Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Proliferation of ultrasound imaging to new clinical markets boosts revenues in the United States
Joslin Diabetes Center affiliated with prevecare to prevent type 2 diabetes from striking
 
Grid for Health
 
Biomedical engineers build virtual hearts using Grid computing to test cardiac drugs and devices
Raining Data's new TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server aggregates pharmaceutical and health care information
Harnessing Grid technology will help tomorrow's surgeons use Grid-enabled medical simulation services
TOUCH project uses Access Grid to provide distributed interactive virtual environment for collaborative medical education and training
Seven million dollar awarded in first round of Colorado Institute of Technology Equipment Programme
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
MobiHealth forms strategic partnerships with RxHub and SureScripts for safer electronic prescribing
Atlantic Integrated Health to provide DrFirst's Rcopia e-Prescribing solution to its 4000 physician members in North Carolina
Study demonstrates wireless voice communication positively impacts hospital communications, work flow, and caregiver satisfaction
SkyStream contributes IP video solution to DREAMS mobile medical communications system
GE Healthcare selects Questra to provide next-generation remote monitoring for medical instruments
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Misys introduces Misys Optimum to support physicians and caregivers across the continuum of care
SurroMed delivers biomarker data in interactive Posters from Spotfire
Entelos enhances high-throughput systems biology platform for combinatoric analyses of virtual patients
Capsule Technologie, selected by Integriti Systems, Surgical Information Systems, and Eclipsys, now tops 250 supported medical devices
Daou launches R.A.P.I.D. initiative for new health care IT implementations
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Med-e-Tel, the International Trade Exhibition and Conference for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, announces highlights of 2004
APOPIS integrated project aims to advance understanding of neurodegenerative disorders
Doc@Hand aims to deliver knowledge sharing and decision support for health care professionals
Four-year BIOXHIT project to create European platform for biological crystallography
European Governments hold the key to growth of laboratory software and systems market
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Swedish Medical Center is first to offer eICU care in the Northwest of the United States
Citrix helps Hackensack University Medical Center enable on-demand access to patient information
Sutter Lakeside Hospital to deploy new Sensitron patient monitoring system
NorthEast Medical Center able to diagnose heart attack patients quicker using HP iPAQ Pocket PCs
Unisys helps transform El Camino Hospital into the smart hospital of Silicon Valley
 
Virtual snap shots
 
AMICA project targets improved medical decision making at the point of care
Shriners Hospitals for Children to prescribe Airespace for wireless mobilty at 22 hospitals
HEALTHvision introduces its Mobile Inpatient Rounding handheld application
Telvent and Rogan Delft win large European PACS deal
TheraDoc's Clinical Alerts Assistant evaluates patient condition to deliver timely alerts and reminders
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic, fast fix as effective as full surgery for post-hysterectomy sagging vagina
Motion DNA to launch wireless motion-tracking tool for treating biomechanics related injuries
MMVR 12 proceedings present overview of next tools for medical education, diagnosis, and care
Haptic communication in swing dancing may lead to more refined robotic surgery
ORTHOsoft releases new surgical navigation system technologies for knee and spine
 

Leads March 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
OSC and Ohio Medical Research Centers receive federal funds for paediatric cancer research
Full ArticleThe Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), along with three state medical centres, has received $350.000 for paediatric cancer research as part of the federal FY2004 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This grant will be used to apply new techniques developed at the National Cancer Institute's Advanced Biomedical Computing Center (NCI-ABCC) to the study of children's diseases. Research results will accelerate the insight and understanding of cancer, leading to improved diagnostics, treatments and even new prevention options.
Canadian research team discovers how yeast mutations offer window into human disease
Full ArticleDifferent combinations of genetic mutations may give rise to diverse human traits, including complex diseases such as schizophrenia, according to scientists at the University of Toronto and McGill University in Montréal. Drs. Brenda Andrews and Charles Boone of the University of Toronto and Howard Bussey of McGill used simple yeast cells to demonstrate that there are many different combinations of genetic mutations that can lead to cell death or reduced cell fitness. The research team will now focus on mapping gene interactions for those yeast genes that are similar to human genes. Their study appeared in the February 6 issue of the journal Science.
Swartz Foundation establishes Computational Neuroscience Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Full ArticleIn a landmark move to expand the understanding of the brain, the Swartz Foundation is establishing a research Initiative at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, creating a Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (SCCN) at the Long Island-based facility. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), one of the major neuroscience research facilities worldwide, has pursued sophisticated neuroscience since the late 1980s, making significant discoveries in the understanding of the fundamental processes that govern learning and memory.
Proliferation of ultrasound imaging to new clinical markets boosts revenues in the United States
Full ArticleUltrasound imaging is a low-cost, effective and highly mobile imaging technology that can help clinicians obtain actionable clinical information at the point of care. Increasing adoption of this technology in non-radiology specialities is creating fresh market opportunities for vendors. Ultrasound imaging systems are already common in the offices of cardiologists, obstetricians, gynaecologists, surgeons, urologists and vascular specialists. New user groups, such as anaesthesiologists and emergency physicians, are continuing to emerge in both hospital and non-hospital segments. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "U.S. Ultrasound Markets", reveals that the industry generated revenues totaling $1,26 billion in 2003. Total revenues expect to reach $1,89 billion by 2010.
Joslin Diabetes Center affiliated with prevecare to prevent type 2 diabetes from striking
Full ArticleJoslin Diabetes Center, specialised in diabetes research and care, is affiliating with prevecare, a preventive medicine centre in Charleston, South Carolina. The venture represents the first time Joslin has ever partnered with an institution devoted specifically to prevention of the disease and its complications. The only non-hospital Joslin affiliate, prevecare focuses on stopping diabetes and cardiovascular disease before they strike. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at prevecare will use a strategy that involves assessment of each patient's risk factors for type 2 diabetes, advanced technologies for early detection of the disease, and the latest risk reduction techniques to reduce complications.
 
Grid for Health
 
Biomedical engineers build virtual hearts using Grid computing to test cardiac drugs and devices
Full ArticleWestern Canada's powerful new Grid computing system is helping University of Calgary biomedical engineers reduce the costs and time involved in developing new heart-healing drugs and devices, such as implantable defibrillators. Dr. Joshua Leon and his colleagues in the Faculty of Engineering, such as Dr. Edward Vigmond, are using the WestGrid system to build complex computer models of the heart to provide an early cost-and-time-saving step in testing new medical ideas and innovations.
Raining Data's new TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server aggregates pharmaceutical and health care information
Full ArticleRaining Data Corporation's new TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server supports key standards for enabling streamlined clinical drug trials and is able to act as a virtual electronic health records (vEHR) repository. TigerLogic, acting in concert with products from over 20 different vendors, is the sole vEHR repository for a demonstration coordinated by the standards organisation Health Level Seven (HL7) and the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative, held during the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) from February 22-26, 2004.
Harnessing Grid technology will help tomorrow's surgeons use Grid-enabled medical simulation services
Full ArticlePowerful computer simulation tools have been developed to assist doctors in diagnosis, pre-operation planning and surgery. So powerful in fact that many of these tools cannot be run efficiently on normal computers. The Grid, however, is much more than a normal desktop, it is a vast interconnected collection of computers, programmes and people. And the IST project GEMSS is harnessing the Grid's processing power to place it in the hands of medical practitioners.
TOUCH project uses Access Grid to provide distributed interactive virtual environment for collaborative medical education and training
Full ArticleAt the recent "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 12" Conference, held in Newport Beach, California, the TOUCH project, a multi-year programme initiated in August 2000, was presented to the audience. TOUCH is a collaboration between the Schools of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and the University of New Mexico, which was developed to integrate advanced technologies into medical education and training to enhance experiential distributed learning, aimed at improving human comprehension, retention of knowledge, and ultimate performance. The project employs medical case scenarios as virtual models to make learning of critical concepts relevant and translatable to real-life application. TOUCH deploys and distributes these methods to remote training sites using the Next Generation Internet (NGI) Access Grid.
Seven million dollar awarded in first round of Colorado Institute of Technology Equipment Programme
Full ArticleSeveral colleges and Universities in Colorado have received up to $7 million total in computer equipment, services and cash from the Colorado Institute of Technology in a programme that seeks to advance Colorado's efforts in technology education and research and to establish the state as leader in technology innovation. An amount of $300.000 of the awards is in cash, the balance in equipment and services donated by Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Hitachi Data Systems, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
MobiHealth forms strategic partnerships with RxHub and SureScripts for safer electronic prescribing
Full ArticleMobiHealth Inc., a health care technology solutions provider offering health care organisations and practitioners a suite of mobile applications to enhance health care delivery at the point-of-care, signed a strategic partnership with RxHub to provide clients with an electronic prescribing capability and easy access to relevant clinical patient information. The company also established a partnership with SureScripts to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of the overall prescribing process making it easier for physicians' offices and medical facilities to send prescription to pharmacists electronically.
Atlantic Integrated Health to provide DrFirst's Rcopia e-Prescribing solution to its 4000 physician members in North Carolina
Full ArticleDrFirst and Atlantic Integrated Health (AIH), a large physician owned network in North Carolina, have closed a partnership to deploy Rcopia, DrFirst's e-Prescribing solution, to its 4000 physician members. The announcement comes after a successful 90-day pilot with AIH physicians that found that Rcopia saves time, enhances patient safety, and reduces the resources spent handling telephone calls and faxes related to the prescription process. Just a week before, DrFirst and PatientKeeper signed a partnership to port Rcopia to the PatientKeeper Platform. The joint solution allows clinicians to use their mobile devices to produce legible prescriptions that are checked for drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions.
Study demonstrates wireless voice communication positively impacts hospital communications, work flow, and caregiver satisfaction
Full ArticleVocera Communications, a wireless voice communications company, and St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore, Maryland, have published the results of a comprehensive benefits study measuring the impact the Vocera wearable instant communications system has on time-savings, work flow, and nursing satisfaction in the hospital. Conducted at St. Agnes Healthcare, a 299-bed, full-service, teaching community hospital, by First Consulting Group (FCG), the study showed the Vocera Communications System saved each health care unit an average of 3400 hours per year in improved communications, which equates to a cost savings of $74.000 per unit. The system also reduced noisy overhead paging by 94 percent.
SkyStream contributes IP video solution to DREAMS mobile medical communications system
Full ArticleSkyStream Networks is playing a key role in providing video solutions for the Disaster Response and Emergency Medical Services (DREAMS) Project. DREAMS is a next-generation initiative meeting the needs of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Defense agencies and the nation's hospitals for mobile medical communications and emergency treatment that can reach injured people anywhere in the United States. DREAMS can help first responders deliver expert treatment to victims of car accidents, plane or train wrecks, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, war and other emergencies.
GE Healthcare selects Questra to provide next-generation remote monitoring for medical instruments
Full ArticleGE Healthcare, formerly GE Medical Systems, a global expert in medical technology and information systems with more than $10 billion in annual sales, has agreed to a strategic alliance with Questra, a provider of remote diagnostics for medical instruments,. As part of the agreement, GE Healthcare will use Questra software to power its next generation of InSite remote device monitoring and diagnostic services.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Misys introduces Misys Optimum to support physicians and caregivers across the continuum of care
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, specialised in health care information technology, has introduced Misys Optimum, a suite of products that provides physicians and caregivers with integrated information management across the continuum of care. Misys Optimum is a comprehensive suite of world-class clinical systems and services uniquely positioned to support community-wide health care with data sharing among acute, ambulatory and post-acute care providers, affiliated and non-affiliated. Misys Optimum offers rapid return on investment while improving operational efficiencies and decreasing costs for all participants by focusing on continuity of care.
SurroMed delivers biomarker data in interactive Posters from Spotfire
Full ArticleSurroMed is using Spotfire DecisionSite Posters as its biomarker discovery analysis platform for collaboration with its partners and customers to speed development of new "personalized medicines". DecisionSite Posters is an easy-to-use Web application that enables sharing of live visual analysis of biomarker identification data between SurroMed and its partners and customers securely over the Internet.
Entelos enhances high-throughput systems biology platform for combinatoric analyses of virtual patients
Full ArticleEntelos Inc., specialised in the emerging field of systems biology for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, has successfully developed a new software engine capable of tripling the speed at which simulation results can be generated from its high-throughput PhysioLab systems biology platforms. The simulation engine has already been successfully placed in PhysioLab platforms at one of Entelos' pharmaceutical partners.
Capsule Technologie, selected by Integriti Systems, Surgical Information Systems, and Eclipsys, now tops 250 supported medical devices
Full ArticleIntegriti Systems, Surgical Information Systems (SIS), and Eclipsys' SunriseXA advanced clinical tool will integrate Capsule Technologie's DataCaptor solution to collect and manage medical device data in the integriti vital signs charting system, in the SIS peri-operative information system, and in the SunriseXA. The DataCaptor software for connecting bedside medical devices to clinical applications can now also interface with four Infrasonics/Tyco Healthcare paediatric ventilators, pushing the number of medical devices supported by DataCaptor to more than 250.
Daou launches R.A.P.I.D. initiative for new health care IT implementations
Full ArticleDaou Systems Inc., the provider of IT consulting and management services to health care organisations, has launched a dual-track initiative designed to help a significant cross- section of health care organisations adopt new technologies regardless of their approach to clinical system adaptation. Whether organisations are working to extend the life and value of legacy systems or are implementing new clinical systems, Daou's R.A.P.I.D. IT Solutions support and optimize both the outcomes and investment returns of either strategy.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Med-e-Tel, the International Trade Exhibition and Conference for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, announces highlights of 2004
Full ArticleThe Med-e-Tel exhibition and conference, taking place on 21-23 April 2004 in Luxembourg, focuses on a wide range of medical ICT applications and on the convergence of information and communication technologies (ICTs) with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, work flow efficiency, improved disease management and patient compliance, and widespread availability of health care services.
APOPIS integrated project aims to advance understanding of neurodegenerative disorders
Full ArticleAn Integrated Project supported by the European Commission, and bringing together 40 international research facilities, is hoping to identify new strategies in the fight against neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The abnormal proteins in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders (APOPIS) project is being established with nine million euro of Community funding under the "life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health" priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).
Doc@Hand aims to deliver knowledge sharing and decision support for health care professionals
Full ArticleA new Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) project, funded under the information society technologies (IST) priority, will design a set of IT tools to support health care professionals. The aim of the project is to facilitate information gathering for a more informed decision-making process with regard to diagnoses, therapies and protocols. The project, called Doc@Hand, was launched in January 2004 and will have a duration of 30 months. It is supported by the European Commission with a budget of nearly 2,3 million euro.
Four-year BIOXHIT project to create European platform for biological crystallography
Full ArticleThe European Commission has given a significant boost to structural genomics by awarding ten million euro of Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) funding to an Integrated Project called BIOXHIT. The project will create a European platform for scientists working in the field of biological crystallography. The best European technologies in structural biology will be brought together, further developed and then disseminated through a number of training centres created specifically to spread newly acquired know-how.
European Governments hold the key to growth of laboratory software and systems market
Full ArticleFuelled by the coincidence of vendor and end-user objectives of improved enterprise connectivity, the 172,3 million euro European laboratory software and systems market has entered a period of dynamic change. Budgetary myopia, however, looms as a key obstacle to exploiting potential growth opportunities.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Swedish Medical Center is first to offer eICU care in the Northwest of the United States
Full ArticleSwedish Medical Center in Seattle will be the first in the Northwest to offer VISICU's critical-care patients eICU care. This contract reflects Swedish Medical Center's ongoing commitment to improving patient care and quality throughout its health system. The eICU solution uses telemedicine, early warning software and electronic monitoring to connect and provide off-site critical-care physicians and nurses with the information needed to pro-actively care for ICU patients. The advanced technology enables Leapfrog ICU patient safety compliance and promises fundamental changes in hospital ICU care. The Swedish Medical Center installation will initially include connecting the eICU facility to 42 ICU beds located on the First Hill campus and later to the health system's two other Seattle-area campuses.
Citrix helps Hackensack University Medical Center enable on-demand access to patient information
Full ArticleHackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), based in Hackensack, New Jersey, is using Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server as the foundation for its campus-wide IT infrastructure, which provides doctors, nurses and clinical technicians with mobile access to medical systems and information through wireless-enabled tablet PCs or any other computing device. In this way, HUMC is enhancing patient care, improving medical response time, streamlining the delivery of prescription medications and helping the hospital maintain one of the lowest average lengths of patient stay in the United States.
Sutter Lakeside Hospital to deploy new Sensitron patient monitoring system
Full ArticleTo help improve patient care, introduce even more efficient work flows, and increase nurse, patient, and doctor satisfaction, Sutter Lakeside Hospital will pilot Sensitron's CareTrends monitoring system, which provides a universal wireless link directly from point-of-care medical devices to clinicians.
NorthEast Medical Center able to diagnose heart attack patients quicker using HP iPAQ Pocket PCs
Full ArticleNorthEast Medical Center of North Carolina has deployed a new digitized Cardiac and Imaging Information System utilizing the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 to more quickly diagnose heart attack patients. Trained Carrabus emergency medical service technicians use the handheld device combined with a wireless service to transmit detailed EKG reports to cardiologists who determine if patients need to go directly to the hospital's catheterization lab from the field for a cardiac procedure. The early notification of a patient's heart health enables the hospital to properly prepare for a patient's arrival saving much time and minimizing pain and heart muscle damage.
Unisys helps transform El Camino Hospital into the smart hospital of Silicon Valley
Full ArticleEl Camino Hospital has chosen two ES7000 servers from Unisys Corporation to simplify its datacentre and help meet its goal to become the "smart hospital of Silicon Valley", equipped with the latest technology to improve patient safety, enhance services and lower costs. An independent community hospital located in Silicon Valley, El Camino is a technology leader, renowned for being the first hospital in the world to implement a computerized physician order-entry system (CPOE), which helps to significantly reduce prescribing and transcription errors.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
AMICA project targets improved medical decision making at the point of care
Full ArticleA new specific targeted research project, aimed at helping medical practitioners to avoid making errors, has been launched under the European Union information society technologies (IST) section of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The AMICA project aims at assembling data and knowledge at the point of care to improve medical decision making and prevent error. The project is supported by 2,65 million euro of EU funding, and was kicked off in January.
Shriners Hospitals for Children to prescribe Airespace for wireless mobilty at 22 hospitals
Full ArticleShriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals that provide expert, no-cost orthopaedic and burn care to children under 18, has chosen Airespace as a strategic platform for Wireless LAN (WLAN) services. By deploying the Airespace Wireless Enterprise Platform in each of its hospitals throughout North America, Mexico, and Canada, Shriners Hospitals for Children can provide doctors, nurses, and support staff with anytime access to records and on-line resources. In addition, the Airespace wireless LAN enables on-line scheduling of resources and electronic data input for improved efficiency and reduced administrative errors.
HEALTHvision introduces its Mobile Inpatient Rounding handheld application
Full ArticleHEALTHvision, a health care Internet company, has launched its Mobile Inpatient Rounding solution. Designed specifically for use on PocketPCs and other Windows-compatible handheld devices, Inpatient Rounding allows physicians to wirelessly retrieve the updated patient and clinical resources they need to complete their hospital rounds.
Telvent and Rogan Delft win large European PACS deal
Full ArticleAfter months of intensive preparations and testing, Telvent Interactiva, Abengoa Information Technology subsidiary, has won a 3,2 million euros contract for a PACS system in Huelva, Andalucia area. With this contract, Telvent will provide Rogan OnLine PACS products to all the in total 17 hospitals and primary centres in the province of Huelva.
TheraDoc's Clinical Alerts Assistant evaluates patient condition to deliver timely alerts and reminders
Full ArticleTheraDoc Inc. introduced its newest decision-support software, the Clinical Alerts Assistant knowledge module, during the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition 2004. The software furthers TheraDoc's dedication to helping clinicians improve patient safety and the quality of care by increasing awareness of real and potential issues while supporting the decision-making process.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic, fast fix as effective as full surgery for post-hysterectomy sagging vagina
Full ArticleAn initial Mayo Clinic study has confirmed the effectiveness and durability over time of a patient-friendly, robot-assisted procedure that corrects a complication that can follow hysterectomy. The study, published in the February issue of Urology, is the first in the United States to examine the feasibility of using this method to repair vaginal vault prolapse, or collapsed vaginal walls.
Motion DNA to launch wireless motion-tracking tool for treating biomechanics related injuries
Full ArticleMotion DNA Corporation has agreed to develop motion capture software with medically related, diagnostic capabilities for wireless hardware designed by InterSense Inc. of Burlington, Massachusetts. Once completed, the system will be the first of its kind allowing for completely mobile, diagnostic motion analysis of human movement.
MMVR 12 proceedings present overview of next tools for medical education, diagnosis, and care
Full ArticleThe conference proceedings of the twelfth edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event, held January 15-17, 2004 in Newport Beach, California, have been published as the 98th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This MMVR 2004 edition includes 94 papers, presenting state-of-the-art applications in Virtual Reality for the health care practice, under the general theme of "Building a Better You: The Next Tools for Medical Education, Diagnosis, and Care", in which the editors explore the frontiers of medical imaging technology and surgical simulation.
Haptic communication in swing dancing may lead to more refined robotic surgery
Full ArticleSommer Gentry, who has appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is investigating the complex haptic communication behind the often-improvised moves in swing dancing. Her experiments have already shown that pure haptic communication without visual cues is sufficient, for two humans or even a human and a robot, to move in co-ordination. The paper describing the results of Sommer Gentry's human-robot experiments won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2003 IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Conference.
ORTHOsoft releases new surgical navigation system technologies for knee and spine
Full ArticleORTHOsoft Inc., a specialist in Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS), has released the next version of the Navitrack TotalKnee Image-less solution for total knee replacement surgeries, and announced the availability of the next generation of 3D image-guided technology for pedicle screw placement, Navitrack PSP 4.0, part of the Navitrack Spine product family. These two advancements in surgical navigation systems are designed to improve implant placement accuracy and outcome, and to potentially reduce recuperation time for patients following an orthopaedic surgical procedure.
 

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