VMW Monthly - August 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 August 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Funding underway for public private-sector collaboration on community electronic health information exchange
Connecting for Health recommends specific actions for bringing health care into the Information Age
Northern California surgeon performs spine surgery with minimally invasive Atavi atraumatic system
Technique for deciphering brain recordings can capture thinking as it happens
 
Grid for Health
 
i3ARCHIVE to adopt new 3G standards into National Digital Mammography Archive
NEC develops Grid middleware for commercial IT systems, also in the medical field
Infinity Pharmaceuticals uses MATLAB for drug discovery data analysis
Hundreds of new customers around the world join Sun in the network services revolution
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CompuMed selects Schiller data platform for remote ECG system upgrade and wins New York and California statewide contracts
Sprint selects PatientKeeper mobile software platform for health care market
The George Washington University MFA leads health care automation using Allscripts' Touchworks
Patients take charge of their health care with McKesson telehealth solution
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
McKesson expands patient strategy deploying interactive Horizon PatientVision solution with LodgeNet
Siemens signs exclusive distribution agreement with Platinum Medical for U.S. mobile C-arm market
Distributed Diagnostics Inc. company acquires Real Radiology Inc.
iCAD provides lung cancer detection, analysis and tracking software for TeraRecon Aquarius 3D visualization and imaging products
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Schilde launches pilot project Video Care for its disabled, chronically ill and elderly inhabitants
New European Union-funded Biopattern project will help combat cancer and brain diseases
Leg Ulcer Telemedicine Service for dermatology wins NHS innovation award
European Space Agency takes its Telemedicine via Satellite road map one step further
 
The 21st century hospital
 
HCA Midwest awards cardiovascular image and information management contract to Camtronics
Cyberknife arrives at New Jersey's Overlook Hospital to treat inoperable brain and spine tumours
High Point Regional Hospital Health System of North Carolina selects ChartMaxx as its electronic patient record solution
Health Science Research Institute in North of Thailand to install VEPRO PACS solution
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Computerised Information Technology to deliver radiograph film digitisation and radiograph digital copy services
MEDecision's Integrated Medical Management now processing over 42 million United States patients
CompuMed expands global distribution of OsteoGram and releases computed radiography system with integrated osteoperosis diagnostics
FDA clears Intuitive Surgical's robotic-like device for cardiac revascularization
 
VMWC news bites
 
Accuray launches world's first dynamic radiosurgery system for lung, liver, kidney and pancreatic tumours
Hip replacement patients benefit from routine precision in BrainLAB's new CT-free hip navigation software
Confirma debuts next version of CADstream introducing innovative interventional guidance tool
The British Museum uses state-of-the-art 3D display to showcase first-ever virtual mummy unwrapping
 

Leads August 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Funding underway for public private-sector collaboration on community electronic health information exchange
Full ArticleThe Foundation for eHealth Initiative (eHI) has selected nine communities nationwide that are being awarded funding, collectively totalling over $2 million, through the Connecting Communities for Better Health (CCBH) programme to pursue local projects in electronic health information exchange. Announcement of the CCBH awards were made as part of the National Health Information Infrastructure 2004: Cornerstones for Electronic Healthcare Conference during the Secretarial Summit on Health Information Technology (HIT) hosted by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and at which Thompson and National Health Information Technology Co-ordinator David Brailer, MD, PhD, unveiled the nation's first strategic framework report on a ten-year initiative to develop electronic health records and other uses of health information technology and advance HIT adoption.
Connecting for Health recommends specific actions for bringing health care into the Information Age
Full ArticleAs momentum grows for bringing the outdated, paper-based health care system into the Information Age, Connecting for Health, a public-private collaborative, has released a timely report that details specific actions the public and private sectors can take to accelerate the adoption of information technology in health care. Connecting for Health's "Preliminary Roadmap for Achieving Electronic Connectivity in Health Care" calls for all stakeholders from across the health care industry to work together to build a health information infrastructure that would improve patient care, reduce medical error and lower costs while protecting patient privacy.
Northern California surgeon performs spine surgery with minimally invasive Atavi atraumatic system
Full ArticleBack pain specialist and orthopaedic surgeon Bruce S. Orisek, M.D., is providing patients in the Northern California region with a safe and minimally invasive option to treat serious spine disease. The Atavi Atraumatic Spine Surgery System, developed by Endius, provides a less traumatic and potentially more effective treatment alternative to traditional spine surgery for chronic back pain. Dr. Orisek performs this minimally invasive procedure at several hospitals in the Santa Cruz area, including Watsonville Community Hospital, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center and Dominican Hospital.
Technique for deciphering brain recordings can capture thinking as it happens
Full ArticleA team led by University of California San Diego neurobiologists has developed a new approach to interpreting brain electro-encephalograms, or EEGs, that provides an unprecedented view of thought in action and has the potential to advance our understanding of disorders like epilepsy and autism.
 
Grid for Health
 
i3ARCHIVE to adopt new 3G standards into National Digital Mammography Archive
Full Articlei3ARCHIVE Inc., a provider of systems for managing digital mammography information, will become the first company to adopt the new third-generation (3G) standards for Grid Computing in a medical offering. i3ARCHIVE will integrate the standards into its National Digital Mammography Archive (NDMA), the largest archive of digital mammography images and patient data, setting the stage for its growth nationwide. The project, which will be completed in 2005, is being funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
NEC develops Grid middleware for commercial IT systems, also in the medical field
Full ArticleNEC Corporation has succeeded in the development of Grid middleware, which enables autonomous resource allocation of services in response to dynamic changes in service workloads. The middleware mainly focuses on commercial enterprise IT systems like for instance data centres consisting of several resources, such as servers, networks and services.
Infinity Pharmaceuticals uses MATLAB for drug discovery data analysis
Full ArticleInfinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. is using MATLAB, the Statistics Toolbox, and the Curve Fitting Toolbox for data analysis, developed by The MathWorks. Infinity Pharmaceuticals' scientists now have a common technology for their analysis tasks, which cuts redundant experiments as a result. By integrating MATLAB into their existing data analysis applications, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based drug discovery company was able to cut development time significantly, which resulted in annual savings of $100.000. MATLAB and its toolboxes also provided Infinity researchers with a consistent, powerful tool for conducting accurate data comparisons and increasing the certainty and quality of results.
Hundreds of new customers around the world join Sun in the network services revolution
Full ArticleSun Microsystems Inc. has highlighted more than 30 of the hundreds of customers worldwide who chose Sun to reduce costs and simplify their network computing environments. From financial services companies such as CLSA Asia-Pacific, to major airline carriers such as Air Canada, to leading academic institutions including the George Washington University, organisations throughout the world and across numerous industries, such as health care, are benefiting from Sun's open, secure and affordable systems.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CompuMed selects Schiller data platform for remote ECG system upgrade and wins New York and California statewide contracts
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has selected global patient monitoring/data acquisition systems expert Schiller AG to provide a new server platform and terminals for its upgraded CardioGram remote electrocardiograph (ECG) product line. In addition, CompuMed has been awarded a five year renewal of its contract to provide electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation systems and services for the New York State Department of Correctional Services (NYDOCS) and a three-year statewide contract to provide the same services for the California Department of Corrections (CDC).
Sprint selects PatientKeeper mobile software platform for health care market
Full ArticleSprint and PatientKeeper have established a formal arrangement to offer a comprehensive mobility solution covering a broad portfolio of administrative and clinical applications, including PatientKeeper Clinical Results, PatientKeeper Charge Capture, PatientKeeper Mobile Dictation, PatientKeeper ePrescription, and more. The open standards of the PatientKeeper Platform and the PatientKeeper Software Development Kits (SDKs) pave the way for third-party developers to create custom applications to meet specific client needs.
The George Washington University MFA leads health care automation using Allscripts' Touchworks
Full ArticleThe George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) group has implemented the full suite of TouchWorks, developed by Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve health care. TouchWorks delivers EMR functionality for over 100 physicians in less than 30 days by leveraging the Allscripts 3D implementation strategy. MFA demonstrated that with determined executive leadership and physician commitment, EMRs can be implemented rapidly and effectively, even in very large practices.
Patients take charge of their health care with McKesson telehealth solution
Full ArticleHome health patients and those with chronic illnesses now have an easy way to monitor their health in the privacy of their homes, thanks to the McKesson Telehealth Advisor. McKesson has launched its new remote disease management and monitoring solution as part of the company's strategy focused on helping providers to empower their patients in becoming well-informed and more actively engaged in managing their own health care.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
McKesson expands patient strategy deploying interactive Horizon PatientVision solution with LodgeNet
Full ArticleThe typical hospital stay will soon feel much more personal for patients and their families with Horizon PatientVision from McKesson, the world's largest health care services and information technology company. It is the company's newest innovation for enhancing the patient experience and equipping patients to be more informed and active in managing their own care. Using a bedside display or television, the new in-room solution will combine secure access to patient information with on-demand entertainment options, Internet access, e-mail and educational services, fostering more interaction between patients, their families and clinicians. Horizon PatientVision is designed to be used by clinicians at the bedside, resulting in greater efficiency and more time spent with patients.
Siemens signs exclusive distribution agreement with Platinum Medical for U.S. mobile C-arm market
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions has established an exclusive distribution agreement for sales of mobile C-arm fluoroscopy products in the United States with Platinum Medical Inc., a national distribution company specializing in the sales and marketing of surgical imaging equipment and ancillary products.
Distributed Diagnostics Inc. company acquires Real Radiology Inc.
Full ArticleDistributed Diagnostics Inc. has acquired the entire Issued Share Capital of Real Radiology Inc. Real is a Health Care Biotechnology company that focuses on creating value to health care professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and medical diagnostics companies. Real Radiology conducts research in the areas of real time, point of care technologies and discoveries to serve its identified markets.
iCAD provides lung cancer detection, analysis and tracking software for TeraRecon Aquarius 3D visualization and imaging products
Full ArticleiCAD Inc. which designs, develops and markets computer-aided detection imaging technology and systems for the early detection of cancer and TeraRecon Inc., specialized in advanced image processing and 3D visualization technologies have entered into a non-exclusive product licensing and distribution agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, TeraRecon will develop a new server-based product offering to include iCAD lung cancer detection, analysis and tracking software in various configurations.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Schilde launches pilot project Video Care for its disabled, chronically ill and elderly inhabitants
Full ArticleThe pilot project "Video Care" in Schilde, Belgium analyses the use of state-of-the-art communication technologies in care providing. The aim of this new project is to enhance the patients' independency and to reduce the feeling of isolation and unsafety for less mobile persons who need regular care.
New European Union-funded Biopattern project will help combat cancer and brain diseases
Full ArticleA groundbreaking European project led by the University of Plymouth will help to combat major diseases such as cancer and brain diseases. The 6,4 million European Union-funded Biopattern Network of Excellence project will integrate key elements of European research to enable Europe to become a world leader in eHealth care. The four-year project, which involves 31 institutions across Europe, was launched in Milan on Friday 9 July, when the first workshop took place.
Leg Ulcer Telemedicine Service for dermatology wins NHS innovation award
Full ArticleAn innovative scheme that not only uses electronic referral and PACS but software that plots healing patterns based on archived images has won its creators a cash award for Innovative Service Delivery in the British National Health Service (NHS) Innovations Health & Social Care Awards.
European Space Agency takes its Telemedicine via Satellite road map one step further
Full ArticleHow can space improve telemedicine and what do users need? These are some of the questions that were discussed by telemedicine experts and policy makers at the one-day "Telemedicine via Satellite: the ESA Road Map" Symposium, on 5 July at ESA's European Space Research Institute, ESRIN in Italy. The European Space Agency (ESA) is one step nearer to establishing a Telemedicine via Satellite Programme thanks to a constructive meeting with telemedicine experts who reported on the work that had been done since the last meeting a year ago and to decide on the way forward.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
HCA Midwest awards cardiovascular image and information management contract to Camtronics
Full ArticleHCA Midwest, Kansas City, Missouri, has selected Vericis for cardiovascular image and information management. The system is developed by Camtronics Medical Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of Analogic Corporation. A division of HCA, one of the United States' largest providers of health care services, HCA Midwest is an integrated delivery network that includes 12 hospitals and related health care entities serving Kansas City and surrounding areas.
Cyberknife arrives at New Jersey's Overlook Hospital to treat inoperable brain and spine tumours
Full ArticleOverlook Hospital, part of New Jersey's Atlantic Health System, is now treating its first patients with the hospital's new $5 million CyberKnife. An incision-free "surgical" option, the CyberKnife uses the latest technology to precisely outline malignant or benign tumours and obliterate them with a super targeted beam of radiation.
High Point Regional Hospital Health System of North Carolina selects ChartMaxx as its electronic patient record solution
Full ArticleHigh Point Regional Hospital Health System of High Point, North Carolina has selected ChartMaxx, developed by MedPlus, the health care information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, as its enterprise-wide electronic patient record solution.
Health Science Research Institute in North of Thailand to install VEPRO PACS solution
Full ArticleSince June 2004 the VEPRO AG with its VEPRO PACS is present for the first time also in the North of Thailand. There it could completely convince the Health Science Research Institute of the Naresuan university in Phitsanulok with their clever PACS solution. As international IT provider with over 25 years experience, VEPRO is an expert for digital information systems.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Computerised Information Technology to deliver radiograph film digitisation and radiograph digital copy services
Full ArticleComputerised Information Technology (CIT) Ltd. is a United Kingdom based company, specialised in Digital Radiography technology for hospitals and medical clinics. Radiograph film digitisation services are specially designed for medical practices such as mammography and orthopaedic. Electronic image density enhancements and qualitative measurements can be made which are essential for diagnostic.
MEDecision's Integrated Medical Management now processing over 42 million United States patients
Full ArticleMEDecision Inc., a software and services expert in care management, has announced that 65 organisations are now using the company's comprehensive care management solution, Integrated Medical Management (IMM). With seven customer contracts signed last quarter, the company now has IMM running at 21 of the nation's 41 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and processing over 42 million United States patients.
CompuMed expands global distribution of OsteoGram and releases computed radiography system with integrated osteoperosis diagnostics
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc.,a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has partnered with seven additional, highly experienced medical imaging product distributors to expand worldwide sales of its OsteoGram osteoporosis imaging system. With OsteoGram sales already growing in Asia and North America, the new distributors will be charged specifically with launching sales efforts in Europe and expanding existing sales in the Middle East.
FDA clears Intuitive Surgical's robotic-like device for cardiac revascularization
Full ArticleThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the marketing of a robotic-like system to assist in coronary artery by-pass surgery in which there is direct access to the chest using standard open chest technique or sternotomy or a smaller surgical incision, called thoracotomy. The device enables a surgeon to perform heart surgery while seated at a console with a computer and video monitor.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Accuray launches world's first dynamic radiosurgery system for lung, liver, kidney and pancreatic tumours
Full ArticleAccuray Incorporated has released Synchrony, a new enhancement to the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System. Synchrony is the first technology in the world capable of delivering dynamic radiosurgery to targets that move with respiration, such as lung, liver, kidney and pancreatic tumours. The Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System has been a much-anticipated enhancement that enables real-time dynamic tracking and delivery of a highly precise dose of radiation to targets that move with respiration.
Hip replacement patients benefit from routine precision in BrainLAB's new CT-free hip navigation software
Full ArticleBrainLAB, an innovator in image-guided medical technology, has presented its surgical navigation system VectorVision CT-free hip for the first time at the 4th Annual CAOS International Meeting in Chicago from June 17 through June 19. The new system offers all the advantages associated with CT-based image-guided hip replacement without the need for pre-operative imaging. Since surgeons are now able to integrate the new technology into their daily clinical routine at minimal additional cost and without time-consuming preparation, many more patients will benefit from the advantages associated with image-guided total hip replacement, which include higher accuracy, reduced complications and potentially increased mobility and implant life span. The system is already in clinical use both in the United States and Germany.
Confirma debuts next version of CADstream introducing innovative interventional guidance tool
Full ArticleConfirma Inc., specialized in computer-aided-detection (CAD) for MRI, has introduced CADstream 3.1, offering imaging centres, for the first time ever, a CAD-analysis tool, SureLoc, for more convenient and efficient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided interventional procedures. A 2003 study published in Radiology reported that up to 14 percent of malignant lesions in the breast are detectable only by MRI, according to Elizabeth A. Morris, MD, et al., "Breast Lesions Detected with MR Imaging: Utility and Histopathologic Importance of Identification with US", Radiology 2003; 11:856-861.
The British Museum uses state-of-the-art 3D display to showcase first-ever virtual mummy unwrapping
Full ArticleA 12-foot tall by 42-foot wide curved screen SGI Reality Center facility has been installed at the museum while Fakespace Systems Inc. provided the new state-of-the-art 3D immersive virtual reality theater for the British Museum. The stereoscopic visualization system is the centerpiece for a new exhibition titled "Mummy: The Inside Story", that takes visitors through an extraordinary virtual reality presentation where they will be able to experience the "virtual unwrapping" and exploration of the 3000 year old untouched body of Nesperennub, a priest from the temple of Khons who lived in 800 BC and who has been housed at the museum since 1899.
 

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