VMW Monthly - September 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 September 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Sprint-APEC $14,6 million partnership to expand broadband access, enhancing health care quality in Eastern North Carolina
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh scientists discover biological basis for autism
Cedars-Sinai introduces the Hyperspectral Imaging Endoscope, a new tool for non-invasive in vivo cancer detection
Undersea habitat becomes experimental hospital for remote medical care in NEEMO 7 project
Canadian McGuinty government investment in telemedicine brings health care to northern Ontarians
 
Grid for Health
 
Mayo Clinic researcher uses supercomputer to model a SARS viral enzyme for developing anti-SARS drug
Home computers aid efforts to develop new medications, according to Stanford researcher
Virtual Compute Corporation unveils Houston based On-Demand supercomputing resources for medical research
SGI server and storage solutions help Robarts Research Institute create 3D models of functioning human organs
Mayo Clinic and IBM collaborate to accelerate advances in personal health care, research and education
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to provide DrFirst Rcopia electronic prescribing solution to 500 network physicians
Fifty percent of independent pharmacies now able to connect with physicians through SureScripts Messenger Services
ViTel Net partners with award-winning home care provider Sentara, offering advanced telehealth solutions
e-MDs announces partnership with Motion Computing for EMR integration into tablet PCs
RTX Healthcare launches wireless breakthrough for home health monitoring
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Siemens installs first SOMATOM Sensation 64-slice CT system in United States
Juniper Networks and Sana Security deliver defense-in-depth solution for Cambridge Health Alliance
New Medtronic Octopus Tissue Stabilizers advance minimally invasive bypass surgery on the beating heart
Optio Software acquires VertiSoft to broaden the Optio QuickRecord Suite offering
Physicians at University Health Network enter medication orders on-line to enhance patient safety and CPOE adoption
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
E-Ceptionist Telehealth Manager begins Medway NHS Trust and Iraq service
Frost & Sullivan issues report on Strategic Analysis of the European Telemedicine Markets
High tech implants to aid facial reconstruction to be developed at Loughborough University
German surgeons remodel and grow jaw bone in the back of a cancer survivor
EG2005 Medical Prize competition will be launched at Eurographics 2004
 
The 21st century hospital
 
North Carolina Baptist Hospital upgrades to IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system
Lower Bucks Hospital deploys Misys RIS-PACS as an integrated work flow optimization solution
VEPRO to install teleradiological network between four hospitals practices
Saint Joseph's Hospital named exclusive Southeast training centre for robotic surgery
Helios Clinic Oberwald to throw old jukeboxes out and put Vepro on-line server in
 
Virtual snap shots
 
European Commission issues Call for Tenders for study on impacts of eHealth
European Commission launches Call for Ideas for networking sessions at IST 2004
Kodak MIN-R EV mammography film wins R&D 100 award
Northwest MedStar supports rural EMS agencies with GPS donations
Lifeline Biotechnologies signs Eastern European distributor for MastaScope product line
 
VMWC news bites
 
Karl Storz unveils innovative diagnostic modality for lung cancer
University of California Davis Medical Center tests robot that brings doctor to patient after surgery
Clarkson engineering professor uses 3D technology to assist recovery for stroke patients and people with disabilities
Simulation Manikin helps teach student nurses at University of Wisconsin
Joint project between SGI and Atamai creates 3D virtual patient simulation system at Robarts Research Institute
 

Leads September 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Sprint-APEC $14,6 million partnership to expand broadband access, enhancing health care quality in Eastern North Carolina
Full ArticleAn innovative $14,6 million public-private partnership between Sprint and the Albemarle-Pamlico Economic Development Corporation (APEC) will lead to dramatic communications infrastructure enhancements in eastern North Carolina. Sprint and APEC officials, legislative leaders and plan partners praised the plan, which immediately will begin expanding the availability of broadband access, telehealth and e-learning capabilities east of Interstate 95, and will provide a boost for economic development efforts statewide.
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh scientists discover biological basis for autism
Full ArticleA team of brain scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have made a groundbreaking discovery into the biological basis for autism, a mysterious brain disorder that impairs verbal and non-verbal communications and social interactions. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans, the researchers have found numerous abnormalities in the activity of brains of people with normal IQs who have autism.
Cedars-Sinai introduces the Hyperspectral Imaging Endoscope, a new tool for non-invasive in vivo cancer detection
Full ArticleA newly designed endoscope, capable of providing sub-second polarized spectral images of tissue in vivo, this is in the body, allows physicians and surgeons to non-invasively survey and sample an entire area without actually removing tissue, and may offer hope as a new tool for detecting cancer early. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh describe the instrument’s capabilities and clinical applications in the July 2004 issue of Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging.
Undersea habitat becomes experimental hospital for remote medical care in NEEMO 7 project
Full ArticleThe days of doctors making house calls may seem like ancient history for most patients in North America, but in October, three astronauts and a Canadian doctor will test the latest concepts in long-distance house calls using a unique underwater laboratory. Delivering telerobotics-assisted medical procedures by sea and then applying them to space and other harsh environments is an important goal of the 10-day underwater NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 7 Mission. Cisco Systems Inc. will be providing the secure networking technologies to help enable this remote-care mission.
Canadian McGuinty government investment in telemedicine brings health care to northern Ontarians
Full ArticleThe McGuinty government is improving health care in northern Ontario by investing $5,7 million in telemedicine technology to deliver health services to more northern communities, according to Minister of Health and Long Term Care, George Smitherman. The NORTH Network provides telemedicine services in northern and central Ontario and supports over 100 sites, including 65 hospitals, 11 nursing stations and three regional cancer centres. The Northern Ontario Remote Telecommunication Health (NORTH) Network delivers a wide range of health services in areas such as psychiatry, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, burn management, paediatrics, and geriatrics.
 
Grid for Health
 
Mayo Clinic researcher uses supercomputer to model a SARS viral enzyme for developing anti-SARS drug
Full ArticleA Mayo Clinic researcher is the first to develop a series of three-dimensional (3D) models of an enzyme responsible for the replication of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. These instantaneous "structures-in-time" are central to designing an anti-SARS drug and are therefore a welcome advance as the virus continues to threaten public health.
Home computers aid efforts to develop new medications, according to Stanford researcher
Full ArticleCould your home computer help cure Alzheimer's disease? Vijay Pande, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and of structural biology at Stanford University, believes the answer may be yes. He has devised a way to identify potential drug compounds by using a network of more than 150.000 home computers and some innovative algorithms. He claimed the method accurately predicts how well molecules will bind to a given protein. Proteins are the ubiquitous workhorses of living systems and most diseases can be traced to protein malfunctions of one kind or another, so designing a compound that binds to a particular protein is an early step in drug development.
Virtual Compute Corporation unveils Houston based On-Demand supercomputing resources for medical research
Full ArticleVirtual Compute Corporation will dedicate a portion of their supercomputing infrastructure to the biomedical segments of the "On-Demand" HPC industry. The new vCompute Bioinformatics Group has a very interesting approach to medical research by applying advanced supercomputing and data mining methodologies.
SGI server and storage solutions help Robarts Research Institute create 3D models of functioning human organs
Full ArticleWith help from high-performance computing and storage solutions from Silicon Graphics, scientists at Canada's Robarts Research Institute are modelling functioning human organs to aid in the development of minimally invasive surgery and therapy techniques. With a 20-processor SGI Altix 3000 server, a dual-processor SGI Altix 350 server, and a 6 terabyte SGI InfiniteStorage Storage Area Network (SAN) solution, the Virtual Augmentation & Simulation for Surgery & Therapy (VASST) laboratory at Robarts is working to advance a broad range of medical procedures in such areas as neurosurgery, prostate cancer therapy, breast cancer biopsy, and cardiac intervention and surgery.
Mayo Clinic and IBM collaborate to accelerate advances in personal health care, research and education
Full ArticleMayo Clinic and IBM have signed a broad collaboration to accelerate advances in patient care and research with an aggressive set of technology initiatives. The goal is to take advantage of an explosion in new medical data to drive tighter linkage between research and the practice of medicine to achieve breakthroughs.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to provide DrFirst Rcopia electronic prescribing solution to 500 network physicians
Full ArticleCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland's largest health insurer, will provide the DrFirst Rcopia electronic prescription management solution to 500 high prescribing physicians in the CareFirst network. This initiative is intended to dramatically improve patient safety and reduce prescription-related costs.
Fifty percent of independent pharmacies now able to connect with physicians through SureScripts Messenger Services
Full ArticleSureScripts has now certified technology solutions that serve roughly half of the United States' independent pharmacies. Recently certified solutions include those offered by SureScripts Certified Solution Providers Etreby Computer Company, HealthCare Computer Corporation (HCC), McKesson Corporation, and QS/1 Data Systems. SureScripts' certification process not only requires that the solution be able to connect seamlessly with the SureScripts neutral electronic prescribing network, but also requires providers to follow certain business rules that will ensure doctor's choice of therapy and patient's choice of pharmacy.
ViTel Net partners with award-winning home care provider Sentara, offering advanced telehealth solutions
Full ArticlePremier Telehealth systems integrator ViTel Net and its home health monitoring solution has been selected by Sentara Home Care Services, an integrated home health care provider, to support their clients' important health care needs and further expand Sentara's groundbreaking, Virginia-based telehealth programme.
e-MDs announces partnership with Motion Computing for EMR integration into tablet PCs
Full Articlee-MDs has signed a partnership with Motion Computing, an expert in ultramobile computing and wireless communications. Under the partnership, e-MDs and Motion Computing will work together to encourage the adoption and optimization of Motion's tablet PCs within medical practices operating e-MDs' electronic medical record (EMR) solutions.
RTX Healthcare launches wireless breakthrough for home health monitoring
Full ArticleThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a 510(k) Premarket Notification Clearance to RTX Healthcare, a subsidiary of RTX Telecom for the RTX3320 PSTN Wireless Telehealth Gateway, designed for home monitoring, e-health and remote disease management applications. The device provides immediate benefits to patients by utilizing advanced wireless and Internet technologies, carefully implemented for seamless and automated operation with a minimum need for patient interaction to improve patient quality of life, convenience and compliance in their daily monitoring.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Siemens installs first SOMATOM Sensation 64-slice CT system in United States
Full ArticlePatients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota were the first Americans scanned by the SOMATOM Sensation 64 computed tomography (CT) system last week. Developed by Siemens Medical Solutions, this system sets a new benchmark in imaging quality with its ability to acquire images of the smallest intracranial, pulmonary, mesenteric and peripheral vessels in less than 10 seconds.
Juniper Networks and Sana Security deliver defense-in-depth solution for Cambridge Health Alliance
Full ArticleSana Security Inc., specialized in intrusion prevention software (IPS), has teamed with Juniper Networks Inc. to deliver an IT security solution for Cambridge Health Alliance (the Alliance), an award-winning Massachusetts-based health care system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's Metro-North region. The Alliance's layered Sana Security-Juniper Networks solution provides network, application and host protection from known and unknown Internet threats to secure patient information, maintain regulatory compliance and empower its affiliated hospitals and physicians with the information, applications and services necessary for world-class provision of care.
New Medtronic Octopus Tissue Stabilizers advance minimally invasive bypass surgery on the beating heart
Full ArticleMedtronic Inc. has introduced two versions of its widely used Medtronic Octopus Tissue Stabilizer, completing a new generation of surgical instrumentation designed to facilitate closed-chest bypass surgery on coronary arteries without stopping the heart or splitting the breastbone or sternum. Teamed with the Medtronic Starfish NS Heart Positioner, which was introduced in 2003, the Octopus Non-Sternotomy (NS) and the Octopus Totally Endoscopic (TE) Tissue Stabilizers offer new confidence and stability during minimally invasive coronary bypass procedures.
Optio Software acquires VertiSoft to broaden the Optio QuickRecord Suite offering
Full ArticleOptio Software, a provider of enterprisewide output management and forms automation solutions, has acquired VertiSoft Corporation. This acquisition broadens Optio Software's portfolio of integrated health care solutions, adds valuable health care expertise and establishes a subscription-based licensing model for a new line of solutions, the Optio QuickRecord Suite. All of the solutions in the Optio QuickRecord Suite are designed to streamline information access and distribution for physicians and clinical, medical records and financial services staff through a single interface or Composite Patient View.
Physicians at University Health Network enter medication orders on-line to enhance patient safety and CPOE adoption
Full ArticleGeneral internal medicine physicians at University Health Network's (UHN) Toronto General Hospital are now placing 95 percent of medication orders on-line, an essential last step forward in the full activation of computerized physician order entry (CPOE). Long-time users of Misys CPR computer-based patient record solution, the physicians are now incorporating its CPOE clinical decision support tools to support UHN's Patient Safety Initiative of combining the latest technologies with medical practice to enhance quality of patient care delivery and patient safety.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
E-Ceptionist Telehealth Manager begins Medway NHS Trust and Iraq service
Full ArticleMedway NHS Trust has signed a contract with E-Ceptionist Inc. for the use of the E-Ceptionist Telehealth Manager. The E-Ceptionist Telehealth Manager will be used by Medway to run the tele-dermatology programme at the Trust. The Italian military has begun using the E-Ceptionist Telehealth Manager in Iraq to run the telemedicine station at Tallil Airbase that serves both Italian soldiers in Iraq as well as local humanitarian needs.
Frost & Sullivan issues report on Strategic Analysis of the European Telemedicine Markets
Full ArticleThe European telemedicine markets are at a critical growth phase where vendors need to capitalize on growing opportunities and gain the early-mover advantage over competitors. However, they must first counter the resistance of patients and health care professionals who remain doubtful regarding the security and long-term viability of the technology.
High tech implants to aid facial reconstruction to be developed at Loughborough University
Full ArticleLoughborough University researchers have been awarded more than GBP200.000 to develop state-of-the-art tailor made implants for people requiring facial reconstructive surgery. The Department of Health's "New and Emerging Applications of Technology" (NEAT) funding programme has awarded the University GBP234.761 for the 2 year project, which is being led by Dr. Russell Harris of the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
German surgeons remodel and grow jaw bone in the back of a cancer survivor
Full ArticleA new procedure for creating and transplanting bone grafts is detailed by German authors of a study in this week's issue of The Lancet. The case, which is reported in The Lancet, involved a 56-year-old man who lost a substantial portion of his jawbone, also called the mandible, during cancer surgery. After nine years of eating only soft food and soup, the patient asked the researchers to reconstruct his mandible. Dr. Patrick H. Warnke, from the University of Kiel in Germany, and colleagues began the reconstruction by taking three-dimensional CT images of the man's mandible. Using computer-aided design techniques, the team created an image of what the replacement bone graft should look like.
EG2005 Medical Prize competition will be launched at Eurographics 2004
Full ArticleAt Eurographics 2004, the Annual Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics, to be held in Grenoble, France, from August 30 to September 3, 2004, Professor Nigel W. John from the School of Informatics at the University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom will be launching the EG2005 Medical Prize competition.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
North Carolina Baptist Hospital upgrades to IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system
Full ArticleIDX Systems Corporation and North Carolina Baptist Hospital (NCBH), part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina have signed an upgrade agreement for the next-generation IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system. NCBH will be upgrading from IDX LastWord to Carecast to expand its use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), electronic patient records and on-line clinical documentation at the 830-bed North Carolina Baptist Hospital, a North Carolina teaching and tertiary care facility. The agreement also includes the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and its faculty practice plan, Wake Forest University Physicians.
Lower Bucks Hospital deploys Misys RIS-PACS as an integrated work flow optimization solution
Full ArticleLower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pennsylvania, has signed an agreement to purchase Misys PACS Integration Module and Misys Image Management solution. The two solutions will interface with the already installed Misys Radiology, a radiology information system (RIS). The 233-bed non-profit community hospital is among the first Misys provider lclients to deploy all three Misys Optimum applications to realize full integration between RIS and PACS technologies.
VEPRO to install teleradiological network between four hospitals practices
Full ArticleThe radiological practice Dres. Reinheimer, Simon and Stoelben in Wittlich for some time can benefit from the advantages of a digital practice work flow with a VEPRO PACS of the extra class. Apart from the complete connection of all modalities in the hospital Wittlich, the intelligent IT solution covers a teleradiological networking with three other practices in the hospitals Bernkastel, Zell and Daun as well as the smooth integration of five home offices. Thus four more radiological locations are completely networked with digital information systems of the VEPRO AG in Germany.
Saint Joseph's Hospital named exclusive Southeast training centre for robotic surgery
Full ArticleSaint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta has been designated as the exclusive training centre in the Southeastern United States including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Mississippi, for the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Surgical System received FDA-approval in July to perform coronary artery bypass surgery.
Helios Clinic Oberwald to throw old jukeboxes out and put Vepro on-line server in
Full ArticleReliable IT archiving concepts of the latest state of the art are essential especially in medicine. Only a fast data access from each desired workstation allows a smooth and efficient work flow. In order to be able to use all advantages of current storage technologies, the Helios Clinic Oberwald, Germany, this summer together with VEPRO modernized their existing archiving strategies by the newest on-line storage technologies and an additional failure security concept.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
European Commission issues Call for Tenders for study on impacts of eHealth
Full ArticleThe European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a study on the economic and productivity impact of eHealth. The object of the contract is to provide the Information Society Directorate General of the Commission with a study illustrating the impact of eHealth services. The deadline for requesting tender documents is September 20, 2004 and the deadline for submitting tender documents is October 1, 2004.
European Commission launches Call for Ideas for networking sessions at IST 2004
Full ArticleThe European Commission has opened a call for ideas for the networking sessions of the forthcoming Information Society Technologies Conference (IST 2004) to be held in The Hague, The Netherlands from 15 to 17 November, 2004. Closing date of the call is October 29, 2004.
Kodak MIN-R EV mammography film wins R&D 100 award
Full ArticleA revolutionary mammography screen-film system from Eastman Kodak Company's Health Imaging Group won a prestigious 2004 "R&D 100" award that recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced over the past year.
Northwest MedStar supports rural EMS agencies with GPS donations
Full ArticleThrough a $16.100 grant from the Washington State Trauma Care Fund, a division of the Department of Health, Northwest MedStar is donating 150 Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) units to 49 public safety agencies in 14 counties in eastern Washington. In an emergency, GPS units supplied to emergency medical services (EMS) teams enable MedStar crews to quickly locate and evacuate accident victims. With the GPS unit, the flight crews are able to land within feet of the accident scene.
Lifeline Biotechnologies signs Eastern European distributor for MastaScope product line
Full ArticleLifeline Biotechnologies Inc. has signed an agreement with Vamstec, of Zagreb, Croatia that gives Vamstec exclusive rights to distribution of the company's micro-endoscope product. Countries included in the agreement are Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania and Hungary.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Karl Storz unveils innovative diagnostic modality for lung cancer
Full ArticleKarl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc., specialized in diagnostic and operative minimally invasive endoscopic technology, has launched the D-Light Autofluorescence (AF) Bronchoscopy System for the early detection of lung cancer. Early detection provided by this combination of state-of-the-art endoscopy and the unique capabilities of autofluorescence technology may enable physicians to treat this malignancy at an early stage. Karl Storz remains the only United States company currently marketing an FDA-approved autofluorescence bronchoscopy system.
University of California Davis Medical Center tests robot that brings doctor to patient after surgery
Full ArticleUniversity of California Davis Medical Center has begun testing a new, five-and-a-half-foot-tall robot that allows physicians to personally check in and interact with their hospital patients following surgery without the doctor actually being there in person.
Clarkson engineering professor uses 3D technology to assist recovery for stroke patients and people with disabilities
Full ArticleFor patients recovering from strokes or certain types of injuries, using repetitive and strength-building exercises to regain ranges of motion, grip and balance is an important part of the recovery process. At Clarkson University's emerging Center for Assistive and Adaptive Technologies for Rehabilitation Engineering, Professor James Carroll of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and health care professionals on research using virtual reality technology to facilitate rehabilitation for stroke patients and people with certain neurological disorders or injuries.
Simulation Manikin helps teach student nurses at University of Wisconsin
Full ArticleA student nurse walks into a hospital room to check on a patient and finds him coughing. She administers prescribed medication and takes vital signs, but notices the patient is gasping for breath and his tongue is beginning to swell. What's wrong? What should the nurse do? SimMan, a new high-tech virtual patient, will begin giving student nurses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing a realistic feel for such situations this fall.
Joint project between SGI and Atamai creates 3D virtual patient simulation system at Robarts Research Institute
Full ArticleSilicon Graphics and Atamai Inc. are involved in a joint effort to enable scientists at Canada's Robarts Research Institute to model functioning human organs using Atamai software and SGI servers and storage solutions, and leveraging the integration expertise of SGI Professional Services. As part of a two-year consulting project, the two firms are collaborating on a virtual patient simulation system aimed at improving surgery and therapy techniques by testing the effects of procedures on 3D models of human organs and soft tissue.
 

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