VMW Monthly - October 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.

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Contents October 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
US LABS brings cancer centre quality diagnostic capabilities to every physician's computer
Scientists at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Carnegie Mellon University can deliver HDTV-quality stereo viewing at reasonable cost
Temple University investigates use of telemedicine to virtually manage gestational diabetes and reduce large birth weights
Apollo Hospitals to link India and Pakistan through telemedicine
Breast MRI gains support as important diagnostic tool while computer-aided detection improves efficiency and quality of exams
 
Grid for Health
 
UKLight, the JISC bandwidth and access project, issues call for research proposals
Canada's biggest calculator supplies computational power for protein folding and biological membranes
AlmereGrid, the world's first city supercomputer, is taking shape
Next Generation Grids 2 expert group in new report provides directives to implement Invisible Grid
Japanese research lab to use an IBM supercomputer for protein research
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Handheldmed releases Natural Standard, alternative medicine information formatted for handheld devices
PanGo introduces PanGo Locator|Healthcare for hospitals and teams with Colubris to implement mobile health care Wi-Fi solutions
RSA Security supplies largest Chicago hospitals with industry leading two-factor authentication
Motorola takes communication technologies to a new level monitoring chronically ill 24-7 at home, work or play
MDanywhere enters Letter of Intent to merge with MobiHealth
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
MEDecision taps premier supplier of clinical best practices and data
Siemens technology offers 3D visualisation of coronary vessels
Eklin Medical Systems and Elinc Corporation partner to integrate PACS and veterinary practice management
Smith & Nephew and ORTHOsoft sign worldwide distribution and development pact
Philips showcases new cardiovascular imaging technologies, delivering enhanced image quality
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Ageing population and technological progress combine to drive European orthopaedic braces and supports market
European health care industry widens use of Internet, according to Frost and Sullivan
More work needed on 3G health care applications, states Wireless Healthcare white paper
Locomotion project to provide wireless care for elderly and disabled people
First patient treated with ExacTrac X-ray Adaptive Gating at the AZ-VUB in Belgium
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Mayo Clinic first in the world to install new, high-field, open MRI
Arnot Health selects Misys EMR solution as first Misys Optimum client to connect hospital and physician office
Children's Heart Center of Columbus Children's Hospital selects Camtronics' Paediatric Cardiovascular Information System
Iowa Health System upgrades to IDX Carecast to support patient safety and nursing informatics initiatives
VEPRO offers teleradiology according to most current legal requirements
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Indian Medisoft Telemedicine company offers new Tele Doctor telemedicine solution
Minimally invasive total knee replacement with computer-assisted surgical technique now performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Rogan-Delft releases next generation View Pro-X workstation while Maasziekenhuis Pantein in Boxmeer goes digital with Delft Diagnostic Imaging
Ascension to introduce breakthrough guidance device to European medical community
Optio accelerates implementations with introduction of Rapid Document Design
 
VMWC news bites
 
Improved treatment of bone fractures with BrainLAB's image-guided VectorVision trauma
International Virtual Medical School advances learning content creation, management and brokerage for medical education
Surgeons use da Vinci to perform first robot-assisted cardiac bypass surgeries in Illinois and Tennessee
New minimally invasive approach to upper lumbar fusion surgery reduces complication risk
Simulator training boosts confidence and skills for surgical residents at Temple University
 

Leads October 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
US LABS brings cancer centre quality diagnostic capabilities to every physician's computer
Full ArticleBringing the skill and tools from far-flung experts to the community-based physician and the patient's bedside has become a reality in Virtual Image, a new Internet-based analysis system from US LABS, the United States' fastest-growing cancer diagnostic laboratory. Announced at the College of American Pathologists' Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Virtual Image is designed to assist community-based physicians to rapidly and accurately define the prognosis of breast cancer patients.
Scientists at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Carnegie Mellon University can deliver HDTV-quality stereo viewing at reasonable cost
Full ArticleIf you are a baby boomer, you may remember watching horror movies with "3D glasses"." This novelty approach to creating a visual sensation of depth was one of the first movie forays into stereo viewing. Since then, with stereo goggles for computer gaming and, at the high-end of quality and expense, with supercomputing applications in science and engineering, the technology has improved. But you still can't go to the movies and see good 3D, according to visualization experts at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), who have come up with an approach that may fill the void in theaters, meeting rooms and at home.
Temple University investigates use of telemedicine to virtually manage gestational diabetes and reduce large birth weights
Full ArticleIn the first study of its kind, researchers at the Temple University School of Medicine will analyse whether the frequent monitoring and adjustment critical to the management of diabetes during pregnancy can be better accomplished virtually. The ultimate goal is to reduce large birth weights, which can pave the way to later problems such as obesity and diabetes.
Apollo Hospitals to link India and Pakistan through telemedicine
Full ArticleA telemedicine link has been established between Apollo Hospitals at Hyderabad, Delhi, and Chennai in India and Lahore Medical Imaging Center, Lahore in Pakistan. This is the first telemedicine link between India and Pakistan. This telemedicine facility was formally inaugurated by the First Secretary at the Indian High Commission in Lahore, Ms. Swapna Tiwari at Lahore.
Breast MRI gains support as important diagnostic tool while computer-aided detection improves efficiency and quality of exams
Full ArticleMore than 8,5 million women in the United States are at high risk for breast cancer due to their family history or genetic predisposition. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an important and highly sensitive breast imaging modality. Breast MRI studies are increasing by 40 percent per year in the United States. A recent major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provided strong evidence that breast MRI exams can be effective in finding tumours in women at high risk for breast cancer that are sometimes missed by screening mammography.
 
Grid for Health
 
UKLight, the JISC bandwidth and access project, issues call for research proposals
Full ArticleParticle physics, radio astronomy, computing visualisation experiments, remote viewing of high-resolution mammography images. These are just some project areas that researchers are working on which suck up computer network bandwidth. As it does so, other staff and students at institutions could be affected as the researchers unwittingly freeze up the network as they exchange and download, necessarily for the cause of advancing science, humungous quantities of data. But there need not be any reason to fret. The researchers could have hooked into UKLight, which offers a new network infrastructure and access to a global initiative funded by the JISC Committee for the Support of Research and Science Research Investment Fund.
Canada's biggest calculator supplies computational power for protein folding and biological membranes
Full ArticleThe Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet), the NRC's Canadian Bioinformatics Resource, the University of Alberta, C3.ca, and partners have performed the Third Canadian Internetworked Scientific Supercomputer (CISS-3) experiment. The experiment completed 20 years of computation in 48 hours. Two chemo-biological problems, both requiring high-performance computational power, were tackled: protein folding and biological membranes.
AlmereGrid, the world's first city supercomputer, is taking shape
Full ArticleToday, the incubation of the world's first virtual city supercomputer was announced with the AlmereGrid project kick-off in the city of Almere, The Netherlands. This event took place at the last day in a week of intense Grid activity and announcements in Europe, that started with the Europan Grid technology day in Brussels last week and was followed by the Global Grid Forum 12 conference in the same city.
Next Generation Grids 2 expert group in new report provides directives to implement Invisible Grid
Full ArticleIn July 2004, the extended expert group for Next Generation Grids (NGG2), selected by the European Commission, has issued a report titled "Next Generation Grids 2: Requirements and Options for European Grids - Research 2005-2010 and Beyond". This report builds on the earlier findings of the NGG report 2003 and the experience gathered since in the first EU-funded Grid projects of the Fifth Framework Programme. In conjunction with the NGG report 2003, the new report establishes a European vision and technological requirements towards the realisation of the "invisible Grid", offering key features for a service-orientated knowledge utility, a new paradigm for software and service delivery, for the next decade, according to the NGG2 expert group.
Japanese research lab to use an IBM supercomputer for protein research
Full ArticleAIST, a Japanese research laboratory, will use an IBM BlueGene/L supercomputer to advance their research in proteins, potentially accelerating breakthroughs in drug design. The Computational Biology Research Center (CBRC) of The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) will use the extreme computational power of BlueGene/L to better predict 3D protein structures, key to understanding how drugs interact with diseases. IBM Research and AIST are also exploring possible areas for joint research using application software IBM has specifically designed to tackle protein simulations on BlueGene/L.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Handheldmed releases Natural Standard, alternative medicine information formatted for handheld devices
Full ArticleHandheldmed Inc. and Natural Standard have released Natural Standard for use on handheld computers and personal digital assistants. Widely considered the most authoritative and reliable reference of its kind, Natural Standard is the product of an international collaboration of top researchers and clinicians that provides impartial evidence-based information about herbs, supplements, modalities and conditions and traditional health techniques for professionals and consumers. Coupled with Handheldmed Technology, Natural Standard will for the first time be made available to mobile health professionals whenever they need it, wherever they are.
PanGo introduces PanGo Locator|Healthcare for hospitals and teams with Colubris to implement mobile health care Wi-Fi solutions
Full ArticlePanGo Networks Inc., a provider of location aware systems for WiFi Networks, has launched PanGo Locator|Healthcare, a complete asset tracking and visibility system for hospitals. PanGo Locator|Healthcare is the first asset tracking product for caregivers, facilities and biomedical departments that provides a true end user application and yet does not require a single-use proprietary RFID network. Powered by the latest version of PanOS, the company¬??s patent-protected software platform, PanGo Locator|Healthcare uses standards-based 802.11 wireless access point infrastructure as its reader network. In addition, Colubris Networks and PanGo Networks have signed a global technology, sales and marketing agreement to provide integrated mobile health care solutions.
RSA Security supplies largest Chicago hospitals with industry leading two-factor authentication
Full ArticleChicago-area hospitals are using RSA Security Inc.'s strong authentication solution to empower physicians with secure remote and mobile access to patient health information, reduce costs and protect patient privacy in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Motorola takes communication technologies to a new level monitoring chronically ill 24-7 at home, work or play
Full ArticleMotorola and Partners Telemedicine, a service of Harvard-affiliated Teaching Hospitals, have signed a collaboration to test MOTOHEALTH, a Motorola solution that uses mobile phones to help health care providers monitor chronically ill patients as they go about their normal daily routines.
MDanywhere enters Letter of Intent to merge with MobiHealth
Full ArticleMDanywhere Technologies Inc., an award-winning, emerging health care information solutions provider of state-of-the-art Web-based technologies for hospitals and physicians practices, has signed Articles of Agreement with MobiHealth Inc., a provider of wireless clinical solutions and premier technology firm offering mobile solutions to the health care industry, to merge the two organisations.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
MEDecision taps premier supplier of clinical best practices and data
Full ArticleMEDecision Inc., a software and services expert in care management, has entered a relationship with IFI Health Solutions, the division of Interactive Forums Inc., that provides care management solutions and consulting services to managed care organisations, hospitals, physician organisations, and health care technology companies. Under the long-term agreement, MEDecision will amplify the clinical impact of its comprehensive care management solution, Integrated Medical Management (IMM), by integrating it with IFI Health Solutions' premier clinical best practices and data.
Siemens technology offers 3D visualisation of coronary vessels
Full ArticleThe Angiography and X-ray Division of Siemens Medical Solutions recently introduced Interventional Cardiac 3D (IC3D) technology to create three-dimensional (3D) images of the coronary vessels in the heart. When paired with an AXIOM Artis imaging system from Siemens, IC3D allows cardiologists to view the coronaries in 3D with as few as two images, leading to great precision in determining appropriate stent size and length, faster examination times, the use of less contrast medium and lower radiation dosages.
Eklin Medical Systems and Elinc Corporation partner to integrate PACS and veterinary practice management
Full ArticleEklin Medical Systems, specialized in digital radiography and image management systems for the veterinary care market, and Elinc Corporation, a provider of veterinary practice management software, have formed a multi-year joint venture relationship to develop a set of standards for the seamless integration of Elinc's VIA Veterinary Practice Information Management System (PIMS) with Eklin's RapidStore clinical PACS platform and EklinVault and EklinRead Web-based informatics and telemedicine systems.
Smith & Nephew and ORTHOsoft sign worldwide distribution and development pact
Full ArticleSmith & Nephew Inc., Orthopaedics Division, has signed a worldwide development and distribution agreement with ORTHOsoft Holdings Inc., a provider of computer-assisted surgery (CAS) applications for orthopaedics. With this agreement, Smith & Nephew will develop and distribute customized cutting edge CAS product applications to support their hip and knee reconstructive implants. This arrangement provides ORTHOsoft with the opportunity to further expand its penetration in the orthopaedic market, which is experiencing worldwide double-digit growth.
Philips showcases new cardiovascular imaging technologies, delivering enhanced image quality
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has introduced enhanced cardiovascular X-ray and computed tomography (CT) systems designed to meet the cardiovascular market's demanding clinical requirements for interventional procedures. Presented at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's (CRF) Annual, Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Scientific Symposium (TCT 2004), in Washington, D.C., the new systems include the Philips Allura Xper FD20, which captures and processes information at a resolution up to four times greater than that of conventional angiography systems. The company also introduced the customized, fast and reliable Philips Brilliance CT Private Practice CV configuration, targeted toward cardiologists, and the Philips Allura 3D-Coronary Angiography (3D-CA) tool, which obtains three-dimensional images of the coronary arteries. Both technologies were recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Ageing population and technological progress combine to drive European orthopaedic braces and supports market
Full ArticleFrom an estimated USD 402,4 million in 2003, the overall European orthopaedic braces and supports market is expected to expand to USD 536,2 million by 2010. A combination of demographic factors, technological advances and supplier-backed end-user education programmes is set to fuel market growth.
European health care industry widens use of Internet, according to Frost and Sullivan
Full ArticleFrost analysts have found a significant shift in the use and impact of the Internet within the European health care industry. To date, the European health care industry has used the Internet principally as a tool for commerce and cost-effective communications. Increasingly, the industry is using the Internet to transform health care delivery at the patient level.
More work needed on 3G health care applications, states Wireless Healthcare white paper
Full ArticleThe GBP6 billion being spent on the United Kingdom's national health service IT infrastructure as part of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) should provide a significant boost for ehealth vendors. However a white paper published by Wireless Healthcare suggests that, to date, the programme has been of little help to small to medium sized IT companies. Therefore, a special interest group should be formed to develop and exploit health care applications for 3G networks since an alliance of companies might find it easier to attract grants and funding, according to Wireless Healthcare.
Locomotion project to provide wireless care for elderly and disabled people
Full ArticleIn the past old age or disabilities have often implied a loss of independence, as elderly and disabled people find themselves reliant on family members and carers to look after them. In the future that situation may change, thanks to a location-aware mobile system developed by LOCOMOTION. The central aim of the 30-month IST project is to allow elderly and disabled people to continue living independently, while at the same time providing peace of mind to their families and reducing the burden on professional carers. Using GPS in combination with standard mobile phones, the LOCOMOTION system provides elderly and disabled people with a way to contact carers, in effect extending in-home alarm systems to the street. In turn carers know where users are at all times.
First patient treated with ExacTrac X-ray Adaptive Gating at the AZ-VUB in Belgium
Full ArticleBrainLAB, a global expert in image-guided medical technology, announced the first treatment of a liver tumour patient with BrainLAB's new tumour tracking and targeting system, ExacTrac X-Ray Adaptive Gating. The patient was treated at the AZ-VUB in Brussels, Belgium, by the team of Professor Guy Storme.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Mayo Clinic first in the world to install new, high-field, open MRI
Full ArticleMayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, has installed the world's first open bore, 1,5 Tesla, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. It combines a larger bore, or opening, for obese and claustrophobic patients with the ability to capture high-field quality diagnostic images and maximize patient comfort.
Arnot Health selects Misys EMR solution as first Misys Optimum client to connect hospital and physician office
Full ArticleArnot Health - Arnot Ogden Medical Center and Arnot Medical Services - in Elmira, New York, have signed an agreement to purchase the Misys EMR physician office ambulatory clinical solution for its affiliated physician group. The contract includes options to purchase Misys Image Management powered by eRad/ImageMedical developed technology, Misys Media Manager for the hospital, and Misys practice management solution paired with Misys EMR for community-based physician practices.
Children's Heart Center of Columbus Children's Hospital selects Camtronics' Paediatric Cardiovascular Information System
Full ArticleColumbus Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, has signed an agreement to purchase and implement Camtronics' Paediatric Cardiovascular Information System CardioIMS. The hospital's Children’s Heart Center is the region's largest congenital cardiac referral centre, serving both children and adults with congenital heart disease.
Iowa Health System upgrades to IDX Carecast to support patient safety and nursing informatics initiatives
Full ArticleIowa Health System will upgrade from IDX LastWord to the next-generation IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system from IDX Systems Corporation. A long-time IDX LastWord customer, Iowa Health System will deploy Carecast across its network of hospitals according to the terms of the upgrade, signed in December 2003. Iowa Health System will deploy Carecast's integrated clinical, financial and administrative functionality across its 11 hospitals. The organisation is the first and largest integrated health care system in Iowa, and provides nearly 25 percent of the state's hospital services.
VEPRO offers teleradiology according to most current legal requirements
Full ArticleTeleradiology is forming a class of its own within the telemedicine field because of the special requirements and needs radiology imposes. Now, one of the first German practices, the X-ray practice of Dr. Nährig in the hospital Gransee, will benefit from teleradiology. With a progressive PACS developed by VEPRO AG, which is represented for over 20 years as an international expert for innovative IT solutions on the medical market, a fast, safe and reliable connection from the hospital Gransee to the hospital for accident cases in Berlin could be created by implementing a teleradiological solution. The substantial goal is the improvement of the patient medical care in emergencies.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Indian Medisoft Telemedicine company offers new Tele Doctor telemedicine solution
Full ArticleMedisoft Telemedicine Pvt. Ltd. in India is a research and development company with a focus effort on telemedicine. Medisoft has now come up with Tele Doctor, an innovative telemedicine system, after an extensive research of two years.
Minimally invasive total knee replacement with computer-assisted surgical technique now performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Full ArticleDoctors with Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Orthopaedic Institute have a new and valuable tool for performing knee replacement surgeries. VectorVision, a "global-positioning system for the body", allows surgeons to use pre-operative diagnostic images to visualize and track the position of their choice of surgical instruments intraoperatively through a touch-screen interface.
Rogan-Delft releases next generation View Pro-X workstation while Maasziekenhuis Pantein in Boxmeer goes digital with Delft Diagnostic Imaging
Full ArticleDelft Diagnostic Imaging consists of Oldelft Benelux B.V., Rogan Delft B.V and Delft Imaging Systems B.V. After a successful testing period with a group of selected customers, Rogan-Delft has released the new diagnostic viewing application "View Pro-X" (VPX). In addition, Oldelft Benelux B.V. has signed an agreement with Maasziekenhuis Pantein in Boxmeer, The Netherlands, to supply, implement and maintain PACS/RIS in combination with digital X-ray rooms and phosphor imaging systems.
Ascension to introduce breakthrough guidance device to European medical community
Full ArticleAscension Technology introduces microBIRD, a new 3D measurement device that precisely tracks the location of instruments inside and outside the human body at the premier Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention Conference (MICCAI) in Saint-Malo, France, September 26-30, 2004. microBIRD instantly measures the six degrees-of-freedom location of one or more sensors, just 1,8 mm wide and smaller, for applications in medical imaging.
Optio accelerates implementations with introduction of Rapid Document Design
Full ArticleOptio Software, a provider of document output management and forms automation solutions, has introduced Rapid Document Design, a new facility that will streamline the implementation of document-driven processes and enable organisations to quickly create and deploy high volumes of mission-critical documents.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Improved treatment of bone fractures with BrainLAB's image-guided VectorVision trauma
Full ArticleTrauma injury is a common public health problem in the United States. Broken bones often result in painful surgery and long rehabilitation time causing disruptions to daily life, including long absences from work or school, and the inability to participate in recreational activities, including most sports. Although trauma injuries can occur year round, throughout the fall and winter, trauma surgeons regularly notice a significant increase in patients with broken bones. Most often those patients suffer from fractures of the femur, tibia, shoulder, upper arm, hip, or pelvis.
International Virtual Medical School advances learning content creation, management and brokerage for medical education
Full ArticleThe International Virtual Medical School (IVIMEDS) is a major international collaboration of 37 medical schools and organisations, created to meet the challenges facing medical education by combining the latest educational thinking with advances in information and communications technology. IVIMEDS embraces the concept of re-usable learning objects (RLOs), which enable flexible and easy retrieval, customization, reconfiguration and re-use of e-learning materials; sharing of existing learning and teaching resources sourced from leading medical schools, the Internet and publishers; and adoption of a full range of delivery methods.
Surgeons use da Vinci to perform first robot-assisted cardiac bypass surgeries in Illinois and Tennessee
Full ArticleHistoric heart surgery was performed recently at Central DuPage Hospital by cardiovascular surgeon Marc Gerdisch, MD, making him the first to perform closed-chest, robot-assisted cardiac bypass in the State of Illinois, with the help of the robotic surgical system called "da Vinci". In Nashville, cardiac surgeons at Centennial Medical Center have become among the first in Tennessee to perform coronary artery bypass surgery endoscopically using da Vinci without splitting the breastbone and stopping the heart, the traditional approach to the surgery.
New minimally invasive approach to upper lumbar fusion surgery reduces complication risk
Full ArticleSurgeons at the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders describe in the August 1 issue of the journal Spine a minimally invasive approach "Endoscopic Lateral Transpsoas Approach to the Lumbar Spine", that enables them to perform fusion surgery on the difficult-to-access upper lumbar region of the spine with a reduced risk of serious complications.
Simulator training boosts confidence and skills for surgical residents at Temple University
Full ArticleA pilot in training doesn't fly a plane at his first lesson. And so it goes for surgeons in training. To learn such complex skills, it's safer and more effective to practise first on a simulator. In a new study, researchers at Temple University School of Medicine found that a complete laparoscopic skills training curriculum based entirely in the laboratory enables residents to build confidence and perfect skills outside of the operating room.
 

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