VMW Monthly - June 2004 - ISSN 1388-722X



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IST 2004

November 15-17, 2004, The Hague, The Netherlands

This year's edition of the European Commission's most important Information Society Technologies (IST) event is designed in co-operation with the Dutch Presidency. The title of IST 2004 is "Participate in your future", with "People" and "Economy" as the main themes. This year the event will bring together not only researchers and companies, but also politicians and interested citizens of Europe.

IST 2004 will include a conference, networking facilities, an exhibition of research results and the IST Prize Village. The IST 2004 exhibition will be open to demonstrations of IST research projects from across Europe. It will comprise around 150 stands.

More info is available at the IST 2004 Web site.

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Contents June 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New LSIT Global Institute establishes universally-accepted IT systems to speed medical products to patients worldwide
IATRA Life Sciences signs Letter of Intent to form joint venture with P2P Health Systems Inc.
NASA-funded telemedicine research brings medical care to people living in Earth's remote regions and improves space medicine
Canada Health Infoway signs arrangement with Initiate Systems for client registry
Applied Perception awarded $1 million DoD grant to expand development of agile robotic vehicles for wounded soldier extraction
Enhanced Crash Notification Safety Pilot earns prestigious Telematics Industry Award
 
Grid for Health
 
University of York Department of Biology to install Vita Nuova's Inferno Grid
New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Dept. selects Metatomix SMARTE to integrate public health information
SGI Altix 3000 system helps Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center computational biologists quickly gain insights into disease
National Science Foundation lets brain disease research and particle physics meet in the middle(ware)
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee implements IBM Virtualization Technology to simplify computing environment
HP delivers all-in-one archive and retrieval solution based on industry-first storage Grid architecture
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CareDecision and Kelly Co. World Group agree to structure of initial $50 million wireless e-prescription initiative
BT plans on delivering broadband telemedicine services for long-term care of elderly or vulnerable people
Boston Public Health Commission implements Mi-Co's mobile data capture and digital writing software for efficient data collection
MobiHealth allows health care practitioners to retrieve essential drug information directly at bedside on handheld
MobiHealth integrates RFID technology with wireless clinical solutions
HealthRamp purchases palmOne handhelds to advance electronic prescribing initiatives
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Computerized Screening and ViTel Net provide self-health maintenance technology with telehealth capabilities
Vital Images introduces ViTALConnect and signs PACS integration agreement with Sectra
Citrix GoToAssist helps TeleVox support critical doctor-patient communications worldwide
Lenox Hill Hospital completes two less invasive atrial fibrillation procedures using Cardima's Surgical Ablation System
Sprint and DrFirst to offer health care providers wireless ePrescription solution
ACL Laboratories activates Misys Commercial Laboratory to broaden acute care and outreach growth markets
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
EGERIS emergency response system helps fight disasters with mobile and wireless communication tools
European Commission issues e-Health action plan to streamline citizen health care services
Uppsala scientists receive honourable mention for Pure Quality Life health site in eHealth Awards contest
Regional differences notwithstanding, European digital radiography market to expand steadily, says Frost and Sullivan
Expansion of the European Union to have tremendous impact on health care industry growth rate, says Frost and Sullivan
Oulu-region in Finland introduces a broad range of wireless health care services
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Californian hospital tries to solve nursing shortage with virtual reality Health Skills Education Center
Verity LiquidOffice at heart of eForms strategy implemented by Ottawa Hospital
St. Charles Medical Center specialists provide patient diagnosis over 250 miles away using STARBAK technology
VEPRO AG installs integrated PACS solution at Franz von Prümmer Clinic in Bad Brückenau
Pascack Valley Hospital chooses Misys Healthcare Systems to advance to next level of CPR and CPOE sophistication
World's premier wireless hospital scheduled for launch by 2006 in Oulu, Finland
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Mobile Diabetic creates automated data collection system for wireless blood glucose meters
Immersion's Haptic Workstation installed at Sandia and EPFL research institutions
U.S. National Cancer Institute purchases Starbridge Hypercomputer to accelerate genome data research
Missile-guided CyberKnife weapon against pancreatic cancer now available in Miami
British-Chinese scientific team aims to develop intelligent robotic wheelchair
New survey by Harris Interactive reveals surprising attitudes about joint replacement
 
VMWC news bites
 
Study suggests patients feel comfortable and satisfied with robotic doctor
Elekta unveils new neurosurgery treatment solutions in the brain and body
3D models being used by OHSU and Oregon3D to determine gene development in heart
Medtronic expands physician education with procedure training initiatives based on Virtual Reality
St. John's Hospital uses da Vinci's robot-assisted surgery to fight deadly cancer
Mentice sponsors breakthrough Virtual Reality medical procedure at Euro-PCR
 

Leads June 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New LSIT Global Institute establishes universally-accepted IT systems to speed medical products to patients worldwide
Full ArticleGlobal CONNECT, in partnership with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), introduces the newly formed Life Sciences-Information Technology (LSIT) Global Institute to the world on May 12, 2004 in La Jolla, California. The not-for-profit institute will develop trustworthy open source IT architectures and pursue IT solutions to benefit life sciences and health worldwide.
IATRA Life Sciences signs Letter of Intent to form joint venture with P2P Health Systems Inc.
Full ArticleIATRA Life Sciences Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent with P2P Health Systems Inc. of Halifax, Nova Scotia to form a joint venture to develop and commercialize P2P's telehealth, telemonitoring and diagnostic telemedicine technologies worldwide. IATRA will contribute funding of $2.000.000 to the joint venture in agreed tranches, and provide marketing, sales, administrative and management support. P2P's contributions to the joint venture will be its technology systems, patient information systems and intellectual property. P2P will further provide research and development, product development, customer support, administrative and management functions. P2P offers health care providers a full range of integrated telehealth solutions, fully supported by a patient information system that is Web accessible.
NASA-funded telemedicine research brings medical care to people living in Earth's remote regions and improves space medicine
Full ArticleWhat do villages in the Amazon jungles, the peaks of Mount Everest and Mars have in common? All are remote places where doctors may not be available to provide medical care for patients. Now, doctors can reach patients via television and computers, a concept called telemedicine. One day, space explorers may use telemedicine to consult with doctors on Earth. Telemedicine research is being conducted by Dr. Ronald Merrell, director of the Medical Informatics Technology Applications Consortium, a NASA Research Partnership Center managed by the Space Partnership Development programme at the Marshall Center.
Canada Health Infoway signs arrangement with Initiate Systems for client registry
Full ArticleCanada Health Infoway and Initiate Systems Inc. have signed a bilateral arrangement aimed at accelerating the development of Canadian-wide electronic health records (EHR). Initiate Identity Hub software can be used by health care facilities to create a client registry that accurately identifies patients and can link their medical records from multiple systems and providers.
Applied Perception awarded $1 million DoD grant to expand development of agile robotic vehicles for wounded soldier extraction
Full ArticleApplied Perception Inc. (API), a Pittsburgh-based company that develops and licenses robotics-related technologies to market-leading companies in the fields of defense, transportation, and agriculture, has been awarded a follow-on, $1 million Phase II Plus Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the Department of Defense (DoD). The Phase II Plus programme will be executed concurrently with API's previously announced, baseline Phase II SBIR programme to adapt and integrate the company's proprietary outdoor mobile robot technology to comply with the Department of Defense Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) for use on patient evacuation, sentry/reconnaissance and other related military tasks.
Enhanced Crash Notification Safety Pilot earns prestigious Telematics Industry Award
Full ArticleGreater Harris County Emergency 9-1-1 Network, Cross Country Automotive Services, Intrado Inc., and Roadside Telematics Corporation together have been awarded the coveted 2004 Telematics in Action: Best Use of Telematics for Safety Award from Telematics Update. The award recognizes a company or organisation for the development and deployment of telematics for the enhancement of emergency response and driver safety.
 
Grid for Health
 
University of York Department of Biology to install Vita Nuova's Inferno Grid
Full ArticleThe University of York Department of Biology, England has installed Vita Nuova's Inferno Grid to aid their research. The Inferno Grid will be used to support distributed computation for sequence matching using BLAST and biomolecular simulations using CHARMM or Chemistry at HARvard Molecular Mechanics.
New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Dept. selects Metatomix SMARTE to integrate public health information
Full ArticleThe New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Department has selected Metatomix SMARTE as its solution for integrating laboratory data from a variety of systems within the city's Health Department. Metatomix Inc. is specialised in Semantic Web-based software solutions for enterprise resource interoperability (ERI). Metatomix SMARTE will enable disparate systems such as the ElectronicClinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS) and the Universal Reporting Form (URF) to share data more easily and allow maximum interoperability among heterogeneous systems without replacing or modifying any legacy systems or retraining any staff.
SGI Altix 3000 system helps Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center computational biologists quickly gain insights into disease
Full ArticleAided by high-performance computing technology from Silicon Graphics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's (MSKCC) Computational Biology Center is using a 12-processor SGI Altix 3000 system to accelerate its computational disease research, including the modelling and simulation of genes involved in cancer pathways.
National Science Foundation lets brain disease research and particle physics meet in the middle(ware)
Full ArticleThe study of Alzheimer's disease and the analysis of particle collisions may not appear to have much in common, but behind the scenes, middleware being developed with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is helping groups of researchers in neuroscience, physics and other fields to apply the power of Grid-based computational resources.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee implements IBM Virtualization Technology to simplify computing environment
Full ArticleBlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST), the largest health insurance plan in the state, has purchased IBM's storage virtualization software to help manage an immense number of health care claims and simplify their business process. The company will virtualize and leverage their Storage Area Network (SAN), built upon IBM TotalStorage, eServer and Tivoli products, which has already saved the company more than $5 million on storage related costs. BCBST will use IBM's TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller product as part of a storage infrastructure that will support health care insurance systems, including traditional database, imaging, and optical character recognition systems.
HP delivers all-in-one archive and retrieval solution based on industry-first storage Grid architecture
Full ArticleHP has made available an all-in-one archive and retrieval solution for storing, indexing and rapidly retrieving reference information. The HP StorageWorks Reference Information Storage System (RISS) is a high-performance solution that simplifies long-term data management, reduces costs and addresses growing regulatory and retention requirements. It is also HP's first system based on an innovative "storage Grid" architecture that will enable information services delivery and adapt to changing business needs.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CareDecision and Kelly Co. World Group agree to structure of initial $50 million wireless e-prescription initiative
Full ArticleCareDecision Corporation, the developer of patent-pending Wi-Fi PDA technologies for e-health and EMR applications and a provider of technology and products to the lodging and satellite media industries, and CareGeneration Inc., a distributor of pharmaceutical products and a division of Kelly Co. World Group Inc. have agreed to the structure of a sweeping e-health initiative for America's medically uninsured. Implementation is scheduled to begin later this month. The initiative will involve the distribution of CareDecision's MD@Rx PDAs to an expected 20.000 physicians, who will use these units and other CareDecision technologies to electronically prescribe medications for the medically uninsured.
BT plans on delivering broadband telemedicine services for long-term care of elderly or vulnerable people
Full ArticleTelecare and telemedicine services are increasingly being seen as a potential solution to one of society's most pressing health care issues, that of long-term care of elderly or vulnerable people. BT's broadband telecare proposition is simple and compelling: it can help support continued secure and independent living whilst preserving quality of life at a reduced cost of care to individuals and society. To achieve this BT has been looking at ways of using broadband to improve the delivery of health care services.
Boston Public Health Commission implements Mi-Co's mobile data capture and digital writing software for efficient data collection
Full ArticleOne of the largest home-visiting programmes of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is implementing the Mi-Forms Software System, developed by Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, to collect and manage the large amount of data captured in the field.
MobiHealth allows health care practitioners to retrieve essential drug information directly at bedside on handheld
Full ArticleMobiHealth Inc., a provider of wireless clinical solutions and premier technology firm to enhance health care delivery at the point of care, has signed an agreement with industry-leading electronic drug information developer, Gold Standard Multimedia (GSM), to integrate its award-winning Clinical Pharmacology drug information content into MobiHealth's clinical suite of applications.
MobiHealth integrates RFID technology with wireless clinical solutions
Full ArticleMobiHealth Inc., a provider of wireless clinical solutions and premier technology consulting firm offering cutting-edge solutions to the health care industry, showcased the integration of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology combined with the m-Health suite of mobile solutions during the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004 in Orlando, Florida, recently.
HealthRamp purchases palmOne handhelds to advance electronic prescribing initiatives
Full ArticleHealthRamp Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ramp Corporation, purchased more than 200 Wi-Fi enabled Tungsten C handhelds, manufactured by palmOne Inc., a maker of handheld computers and highly acclaimed smartphones, for deployment to doctors to enable the company's electronic prescribing initiatives with CarePoint. In June, HealthRamp and palmOne will co-sponsor a webinar focused on electronic prescribing and the increased quality of care and cost savings it can bring to physicians.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Computerized Screening and ViTel Net provide self-health maintenance technology with telehealth capabilities
Full ArticleComputerized Screening Inc. (CSI), a developer of self-health maintenance and prevention technology, has signed a partnership with ViTel Net, a provider of telehealth medical solutions. A critical need to automate vital sign testing and expedite transmission of test results led to the partnership. The two companies have coupled CSI's patented digital, seated weight scale and blood pressure technology with ViTel Net's MedVizer telehealth software in a freestanding kiosk. Incorporating telehealth capabilities with the CSI monitoring device minimizes the time between vital sign testing and physician evaluation. As a result, physicians can identify epidemic trends, which reduce the probability of disease outbreaks.
Vital Images introduces ViTALConnect and signs PACS integration agreement with Sectra
Full ArticleVital Images Inc., an advanced medical imaging software company, has introduced ViTALConnect, a medical diagnostic software tool that allows physicians to use PCs or notebook computers to access 2D, 3D and 4D advanced visualization from a Web-enabled thin-client server. Vital Images also has signed an integration agreement with Sectra, a Sweden-based provider of picture archive and communication systems (PACS) throughout the world. Under this agreement, Vital Images' Vitrea 2 software for advanced 3D visualization and analysis will be integrated with Sectra PACS solutions.
Citrix GoToAssist helps TeleVox support critical doctor-patient communications worldwide
Full ArticleTeleVox Software Inc., specialised in messaging solutions for the health care industry, utilizes Citrix GoToAssist to support critical doctor-patient communications transmitted millions of times every week to more than 6000 practices, clinics and hospitals worldwide. With Citrix GoToAssist virtual on-site support technology, TeleVox technical-support staff can troubleshoot issues in real-time on demand, enabling physicians and health care workers to get back to work quicker, while adhering to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provisions.
Lenox Hill Hospital completes two less invasive atrial fibrillation procedures using Cardima's Surgical Ablation System
Full ArticleMarking a major first for Cardima Inc.'s Surgical Ablation System (SAS), doctors at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, New York reported two successful "less invasive" cases using the system to treat atrial fibrillation (AF). Cardima's SAS ablates cardiac tissue during heart surgery using radio frequency (RF) energy.
Sprint and DrFirst to offer health care providers wireless ePrescription solution
Full ArticleSprint and DrFirst, a provider of unique software solutions for physicians, hospitals and clinics, have signed an agreement whereby Sprint and DrFirst will jointly offer DrFirst's wireless ePrescribing solution to health care providers. Under the agreement, DrFirst's Rcopia electronic prescription-management system will be available on select Sprint PCS Vision Smart Devices as part of Sprint's health care mobility solutions strategy, which includes a recently announced agreement with palmOne Inc. to develop end-to-end mobile enterprise solutions targeting health care organisations.
ACL Laboratories activates Misys Commercial Laboratory to broaden acute care and outreach growth markets
Full ArticleACL Laboratories is fully operational with Misys Commercial Laboratory, a highly scalable information system designed specifically for high-volume, independent reference laboratories. ACL Laboratories will use the Misys solution to broaden its clinical outreach and acute care business and to support its NIDA drug-testing laboratory at Advocate Health Care, Illinois' largest integrated delivery system, and Aurora Health Care, the largest integrated health care system in Wisconsin.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
EGERIS emergency response system helps fight disasters with mobile and wireless communication tools
Full ArticleIn densely populated Europe, environmental and industrial disasters endanger thousands of peoples' lives every year, causing enormous disruption to civil infrastructures. Frequently emergency services struggle to react in time and control a fast-developing situation. IST project EGERIS was intended to increase the safety and the efficiency of civil protection organisations and authorities involved in risk management operations.
European Commission issues e-Health action plan to streamline citizen health care services
Full ArticleEvery European Union Member State should develop national or regional roadmaps for e-Health by 2005, according to the recommendations set out in an action plan on e-Health adopted by the European Commission on 3 May. The action plan "e-Health - making health care better for European citizens: an action plan for a European e-Health Area" specifies around 20 practical steps for making better use of information and communication technologies (ICT) within the health care sector, with the goal of establishing a European e-Health Area. Responsibility for achieving these steps is shared between the Commission and Member States.
Uppsala scientists receive honourable mention for Pure Quality Life health site in eHealth Awards contest
Full ArticleThe health site Pure Quality Life (PQL), which has been tested by Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, among others, has been shown to have a clear effect on health. For instance, treatment via the Internet counteracted stress-related reduction of DHEA, an "anti-aging" hormone. PQL is the result of several years of research at Uppsala University, and recently, in stiff European competition, won honourable mention in the finals of the contest titled "eHealth Awards". David Byrne, European Commissioner and Michael Martin, Irish Minister for Health and Children, presented the eEurope Awards for eHealth 2004 at the Conference in Cork, Ireland on 6th May.
Regional differences notwithstanding, European digital radiography market to expand steadily, says Frost and Sullivan
Full ArticleThe European market for digital radiography (DR) systems has more than doubled since 2000. From $51,6 million, DR revenues jumped to $114,4 million in 2003. While strong regional variations persist in terms of uptake levels, speed and manner of penetration and motivations for purchase, the overall market is projected to continue expanding. Growing at a sedate annual average of 7,7 percent between 2003 and 2010, the total market is forecast to reach $192,3 million.
Expansion of the European Union to have tremendous impact on health care industry growth rate, says Frost and Sullivan
Full ArticleThe accession of ten more central and east European countries to the European Union (EU) -15 in 2004 has created a single European market, the largest market and trading zone for the health care industry with almost 500 million consumers. The total health care industry comprising pharmaceuticals and drugs, medical devices and equipment, and health services is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6,4 percent from 2003 to 2008.
Oulu-region in Finland introduces a broad range of wireless health care services
Full ArticleHealth care services that utilize top technology have become an increasingly important business area to many companies located within the Oulu-region of Finland. Companies of the area are creating sales worth nearly one-fourth of a billion of euros, by producing products such as heart rate monitors, wireless monitoring and location devices, as well as providing digital information services and other solutions aimed at promoting health care services and well-being. In addition, several of the Oulu-region firms have also expanded their production outside the Finnish boarders - production sites, which produce additional sales revenue worth several millions of euros.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Californian hospital tries to solve nursing shortage with virtual reality Health Skills Education Center
Full ArticleLong Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital invested $10 million with California State University, Long Beach, as part of a precedent-setting $15 million partnership to address the United States' critical nursing shortage. Nursing education will now be available to more university students via a satellite campus at the hospital.
Verity LiquidOffice at heart of eForms strategy implemented by Ottawa Hospital
Full ArticleThe Ottawa Hospital (TOH), one of the largest health care facilities in Canada, has deployed Verity LiquidOffice, a Web-based business process automation solution on its intranet to improve the efficiency and productivity of employees who review, handle and process many types of forms in performing their duties. Verity partner and systems integrator MedSeek facilitated the implementation of this Web-based eHealth solution. Verity LiquidOffice had been branded Cardiff LiquidOffice prior to its acquisition by Verity in February 2004.
St. Charles Medical Center specialists provide patient diagnosis over 250 miles away using STARBAK technology
Full ArticleSTARBAK Communications Inc., specialised in integrated solutions that enable users to create, deliver, and manage rich media content, has been selected by the St. Charles Medical Center, specialised in heart, cancer, and orthopaedic care, to successfully stream patient visits from rural towns hundreds of miles away to their specialists at the centre for diagnosis.
VEPRO AG installs integrated PACS solution at Franz von Prümmer Clinic in Bad Brückenau
Full ArticleIn Bad Brückenau, the Franz von Prümmer clinic decided to replace their previous digital information system by an innovative and substantially lower-priced PACS of the VEPRO AG and for this reason quit the co-operation with their present PACS and modality manufacturer. Because of the fact, that also after years the requirements of the radiology in Bad Brückenau could not be realized by this offerer technically, they were not about to wait any longer and now let implement the entire PACS project by the VEPRO AG.
Pascack Valley Hospital chooses Misys Healthcare Systems to advance to next level of CPR and CPOE sophistication
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, New Jersey, to purchase Misys Optimum clinical information management solutions including Misys CPR, Misys Data Warehouse, Misys Media Manager, Misys Laboratory and Misys Encompass. Pascack Valley Hospital, the most aggressive user of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in Bergen County bordering New York City, is replacing its Eclipsys E7000 clinical system with the Misys CPR fully integrated computer-based patient record information system with CPOE.
World's premier wireless hospital scheduled for launch by 2006 in Oulu, Finland
Full ArticleMobile phones and wireless networks are an international trend these days, because of their ability to ease the everyday lives of people. According to research studies, even the health care industry could benefit significantly from the use of wireless technology, as it could for instance improve the sector's internal processes and in that way also boost cost efficiency. Innokas Medical, which operates in Kempele located within the Oulu-region, is a key driver of a project, which develops and seeks to create a new marketing brand for a so-called "Wireless Hospital" concept.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Mobile Diabetic creates automated data collection system for wireless blood glucose meters
Full ArticleMobile Diabetic Inc. has launched secure diabetes health monitoring with automated collection of blood glucose meter data. Testing and recording blood glucose levels is a routine task for insulin dependent diabetics. Combining wireless blood glucose meters with automated data collection technology will help simplify the routine task while creating a historical health database for care providers.
Immersion's Haptic Workstation installed at Sandia and EPFL research institutions
Full ArticleImmersion Corporation, a developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, has installed its Haptic Workstation product at both Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Ecole de Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The first product of its kind, the Haptic Workstation is a three-dimensional simulation platform that includes right- and left-hand haptic feedback systems, immersive 3D viewing, and CAD model manipulation and interaction software.
U.S. National Cancer Institute purchases Starbridge Hypercomputer to accelerate genome data research
Full ArticleThe National Cancer Institute's Advanced Biomedical Computing Center (ABCC) in Frederick, Maryland, recently purchased a Starbridge Hypercomputer, the first high-end reconfigurable computer acquired for bioscience research. The Starbridge Hypercomputer will serve as an important scientific computational resource and represents a revolutionary leap in high performance computing capabilities.
Missile-guided CyberKnife weapon against pancreatic cancer now available in Miami
Full ArticleCyberKnife Center of Miami will begin treating patients with pancreatic cancer, after clinical trials at Stanford University showed CyberKnife's robotic, image-guided system of delivering radiation would benefit most patients. Using a robotic arm and missile guidance technology, CyberKnife delivers targeted doses of radiation to often inoperable tumours with sub-millimeter accuracy.
British-Chinese scientific team aims to develop intelligent robotic wheelchair
Full ArticleComputer scientists at the University of Essex have been awarded a grant to develop an intelligent robotic wheelchair. Researchers from the Department of Computer Science will work alongside scientists from the Institute of Automation at Beijing in developing the advanced technology needed for a high performance, low cost RoboChair which will enable the elderly and disabled to gain increased mobility and live more independently.
New survey by Harris Interactive reveals surprising attitudes about joint replacement
Full ArticleDePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, has released the results of a Harris Interactive survey showing that, when asked about joint replacement, nearly half of surgery candidates said they were holding off on surgery because they were waiting for more advanced surgical techniques. Computer assisted surgery (CAS) may be their answer, as two-thirds of orthopaedic surgeons polled said CAS represents a significant advancement in the field, and more than half believe integrated CAS systems represent the future.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Study suggests patients feel comfortable and satisfied with robotic doctor
Full ArticleA new study at Johns Hopkins finds that many hospitalized patients prefer visits from their own physician to those of the physicians on duty, even when those "visits" are virtual "telerounds". Last year, researchers in Hopkins' Department of Urology introduced a robot electronically linked to a physician to augment the rounds physicians make routinely to check on their patients. Vaguely resembling a human torso, in a Star Wars "R2D2" sort of way, the robot sports a computer screen for a head, a video camera for eyes and a speaker for a mouth. It "walks", in a manner of speaking, on three roller balls, talks, and most importantly, "listens".
Elekta unveils new neurosurgery treatment solutions in the brain and body
Full ArticleElekta has given neurosurgeons attending AANS in Orlando May 1-6 the first look at the new Leksell Gamma Knife 4C, the fourth generation of the most successful radiosurgery weapon in the fight against brain disorders. In addition, the company previewed the revolutionary Elekta Synergy S, the ideal extracranial counterpart to Leksell Gamma Knife.
3D models being used by OHSU and Oregon3D to determine gene development in heart
Full ArticleOregon3D Inc., the Academy for Digital Arts & Sciences, and the Oregon Health vmp:amp; Science University (OHSU) Heart Research Center are collaborating in a heart development visualization project that marks a new direction in medical research. This private-public partnership combines the talents of the region's only state-of-the-art visualization centre with the United States' expert in heart development research.
Medtronic expands physician education with procedure training initiatives based on Virtual Reality
Full ArticleDemonstrating its long-standing commitment to the safe and effective use of its device-base medical therapies for the benefit of thousands of people each day, Medtronic Inc. has deployed a significant investment in simulation technologies and new facilities for the training of physicians and other clinical personnel. The comprehensive training opportunities enable beginning and seasoned cardiology specialists to enhance their device techniques in a highly sophisticated, risk-free, simulated medical setting.
St. John's Hospital uses da Vinci's robot-assisted surgery to fight deadly cancer
Full ArticleRobotics will now lend a hand and assist local surgeons at St. John's Hospital with delicate prostate cancer surgery. St. John's Hospital is the first community hospital in the Twin Cities with the da Vinci Surgical System. This state-of-the-art robot-assisted technology is being used initially and exclusively for prostate cancer surgery. The first surgeries were successfully performed this week.
Mentice sponsors breakthrough Virtual Reality medical procedure at Euro-PCR
Full ArticleMentice, together with Guidant Corporation and Paris Course on Revascularization (Euro-PCR), showed that for the first time during a live case transmission at the Euro-PCR, a carotid stenting procedure was rehearsed on a Virtual Reality simulator before the actual procedure was performed on the patient. The training simulator uses technology developed by the Swedish company Mentice and provides realistic visual and tactile feedback. The virtual anatomy used in the rehearsal is created from a 3D scan of the patient's anatomy.
 

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