VMW Monthly - November 2004 - ISSN 1388-722X



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April 7-9, 2005, Oxford, United Kingdom

HealthGrid 2005 will provide a forum for Grid projects in the medical, biological and biomedical domains as well as for Grid projects that seek to integrate these.

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Contents November 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
$2,45 million in grants awarded to explore how technology can change care
5000 emergency medical service providers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to learn latest techniques via the INHS TeleHealth Video Network
Technology and health care leaders come together to resolve incompatibility in exchanging information
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab software links paediatric doctors with new research
 
Grid for Health
 
University of California, Davis Center to support advanced computing in public health and safety
ESA joins European DILIGENT effort to create Digital Libraries for science
HealthGrid 2005 aims to report on results of current Grid projects in health care
Achieve Healthcare Technologies selects joint Intacct and IBM ERP On Demand solution to meet growing demand
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
InforMedix and McKesson BioServices to provide clinical study services for diabetic patients at St. Vincent Healthcare
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System selects Zix Corporation for secure e-messaging services
Spending on wireless technologies is soaring among United States health care providers, according to ITSPA
Mini Mitter's VitalSense to perform wireless vital signs monitoring
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips to begin pilot study of TV-based solution to help patients manage their health from home
CMAS selects HaiVision's hai500 Codec for telemedicine procedures during NEEMO 7 space analogue mission
Canon U.S.A. Medical Systems Division introduces all digital fundus imaging camera
Given Imaging receives U.S. marketing clearance for Pillcam ESO video capsule for imaging the esophagus
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
SIT Technologies to provide SRAM, a mobile integrated multi-standard radio base station for bounds-free communications
Altmark clinics in Salzwedel and Gardelegen to select the VEPRO PACS system
AO Foundation and BrainLAB announce partnership on image guidance for trauma surgery
HEARTS consortium develops system for non-invasive wearable heart care
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Swedish Medical Center first in Northwest to bring remote monitoring system to intensive-care units
Hospital Munich Perlach starts being digital with VEPRO
Misys Healthcare Systems extends Misys CPR to support behavioural health services at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois selects Heartlab's Encompass for managing patient cardiology data
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Visicu's innovative life saving eICU solution awarded United States patent
Delft Diagnostic Imaging digitizes the best hospital in The Netherlands
Mobilquest Inc. acquires assets of Mobilcube2 wireless health care workstation provider
Trestle's MedMicro helps Dynacare Kasper provide telepathology services to underserved areas across rural Canada
 
VMWC news bites
 
Sargent Rehabilitation Center tests new device designed to increase independence in quadriplegic individuals
Brain in a dish acts as autopilot, living computer
Cyberknife radiosurgery is a safe and effective treatment for benign tumours, study claims
Ascension's ReActor 2 is key to analysing human movements at Rutgers
 

Leads November 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
$2,45 million in grants awarded to explore how technology can change care
Full ArticleSix new research projects designed to assess the efficacy of Web-based patient-provider portals have been awarded grants by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through its Health e-Technologies Initiative national programme.
5000 emergency medical service providers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to learn latest techniques via the INHS TeleHealth Video Network
Full ArticleA $111.313 Federal Rural Emergency Medical Service Training and Equipment (REMSTEP) grant means more than 5000 emergency medical service personnel (EMS) in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska's Aleutian Islands will have access to training in topics such as initial trauma assessment, head and spinal trauma, trauma assessment of children and other critical care issues. Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) was awarded the grant to expand live interactive EMS training programmes through its Northwest TeleHealth network.
Technology and health care leaders come together to resolve incompatibility in exchanging information
Full ArticleCanadian health care and technology communities have founded Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Canada, an initiative to facilitate sharing of patient information across different facilities, which can result in better health care for Canadians. IHE Canada becomes part of a growing worldwide movement that, for the last six years, has been working to remove incompatibility barriers that impede the effective flow of clinical and administrative data in health care.
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab software links paediatric doctors with new research
Full ArticleConjoined twins from Guatemala and the Philippines were recently separated after marathon surgeries in the United States, since their small communities lacked the quality medical care for the delicate procedure. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are working with doctors on a computer system that might eventually allow such high-tech surgeries to be performed in a remote country using a virtual paediatric intensive care unit.
 
Grid for Health
 
University of California, Davis Center to support advanced computing in public health and safety
Full ArticleHarnessing advanced computer power for public health and safety applications is the aim of the new technology centre at the University of California, Davis, established in collaboration with Sun Microsystems Inc. Sun is providing servers, computer network switches and software to the university at a steep discount over normal academic pricing, through its "Sun Centers of Excellence" programme.
ESA joins European DILIGENT effort to create Digital Libraries for science
Full ArticleSpacecraft constantly scan the Earth, creating hundreds of gigabytes of new data products daily. Working with this ever-growing mass of information has made ESA's Earth Observation Directorate a pioneer user of powerful Grid computing. Now ESA is participating in an ambitious project that applies this same technique to information distribution and retrieval, with the aim of creating Digital Libraries for global scientific collaboration.
HealthGrid 2005 aims to report on results of current Grid projects in health care
Full ArticleThe third annual HealthGrid Conference will be held in Oxford, United Kingdom, April 7-9, 2005. HealthGrid 2005 will provide a forum for Grid projects in the medical, biological and biomedical domains as well as for Grid projects that seek to integrate these.
Achieve Healthcare Technologies selects joint Intacct and IBM ERP On Demand solution to meet growing demand
Full ArticleAchieve Healthcare Technologies, the largest United States privately owned IT provider to the long-term care industry substantially increased its subscription of Intacct's Web-based enterprise resource planning applications to meet growing customer demand. Intacct Corporation, the ERP On Demand solution for distributed enterprises and ISVs, is working together with IBM.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
InforMedix and McKesson BioServices to provide clinical study services for diabetic patients at St. Vincent Healthcare
Full ArticleSt. Vincent Healthcare Foundation is providing a $30.000 grant for a pioneering study of remote rural diabetic patients using InforMedix and McKesson BioServices' integrated patient-monitoring and medication-dispensing platform. The new technology platform integrates InforMedix's Med-eMonitor patient diary and medication device; InforMedix's Med-eXpert database and patient enrollment system; and McKesson BioServices' speciality clinical trial material packaging design and medication-distribution systems. This is the first collaboration between McKesson BioServices and InforMedix in supporting a clinical trial under the recently announced strategic alliance.
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System selects Zix Corporation for secure e-messaging services
Full ArticleMemorial Hermann Healthcare System, the largest non-profit, community-based health care organisation in Texas, has selected Zix Corporation to meet its secure e-messaging needs. Memorial Hermann signed a three-year contract that includes the purchase of ZixVPM or Virtual Private Messenger, ZixPort, and ZixAuditor services to help the organisation meet the April 2005 security deadline of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Spending on wireless technologies is soaring among United States health care providers, according to ITSPA
Full ArticleAlthough wireless technology adoption among United States health care providers is relatively new, a recent FocalPoint Group study indicates the industry will invest $7 billion in this technology by 2010, reported the Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance (ITSPA), a national, non-profit alliance that helps small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) understand how technology and local technology providers can help them succeed.
Mini Mitter's VitalSense to perform wireless vital signs monitoring
Full ArticleThe Mini Mitter Company has released VitalSense, an innovative and exciting new way to telemetrically monitor physiological parameters without wires or probes. This breakthrough technology was designed in partnership with the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Phase I of this Integrated Physiological Monitoring System includes core body and skin temperature sensors. Phase 2, a heart rate sensor, is scheduled for release in late 2004. Sensors to monitor other physiological parameters are under development. °
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips to begin pilot study of TV-based solution to help patients manage their health from home
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has launched a pilot study to test a secure, personalized health care communication platform that connects chronic disease patients at home to their care providers through their television. Philips will be testing this platform, called Motiva, this fall with the Cardiovascular Associates of the Delaware Valley (CADV), a United States-based physicians' group providing complete cardiovascular care to patients.
CMAS selects HaiVision's hai500 Codec for telemedicine procedures during NEEMO 7 space analogue mission
Full ArticleHamilton, Ontario based Center for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) has selected HaiVision¬??s hai500 MPEG-2 encoder/decoder to provide video transmission for the NEEMO 7 space analogue mission. During this mission the CMAS team is supporting astronauts in experimental procedures related to their breakthrough telesurgery and telementoring techniques. CMAS has selected the hai500 for this advanced experimental medical system due to the hai500's extremely high quality and low latency video transmission within a very reliable product.
Canon U.S.A. Medical Systems Division introduces all digital fundus imaging camera
Full ArticleThe medical systems division of Canon U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc., has introduced the Canon CF-60DSi all digital colour fundus camera that also supports fluorescein angiography (FA). It provides high image quality, immediate image viewing and DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) networking capabilities. The CF-60DSi has been introduced at the recent American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in New Orleans.
Given Imaging receives U.S. marketing clearance for Pillcam ESO video capsule for imaging the esophagus
Full ArticleGiven Imaging, specialized in capsule endoscopy, has received marketing clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new Given Diagnostic System, including the PillCam ESO video capsule for imaging the esophagus. The new PillCam ESO video capsule is the same size as the company's small bowel video capsule, PillCam SB, which is 11x26mm. Miniaturization of electronics has enabled the PillCam ESO capsule to include two imaging sensors, one at each end of the capsule. Each imager captures two frames or images per second, totaling four frames per second.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
SIT Technologies to provide SRAM, a mobile integrated multi-standard radio base station for bounds-free communications
Full ArticleNatural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, floods, etc. and man-made disasters such as wars, ethnic strife, chemical explosions, derailments, building collapse, etc. have increasingly devastating consequences on the human populations involved, due to ever greater urbanization, lack of enforcement of construction codes, and the general decay of public services in megalopolises. In this context, capable and instantly available multi-media communications are a major requirement for the emergency relief and mitigation crews of local, national and international assistance bodies that intervene in the field. To this purpose, SIT Technologies has developed a mobile integrated multi-standard radio base station.
Altmark clinics in Salzwedel and Gardelegen to select the VEPRO PACS system
Full ArticleFor modern hospitals and practices the step into the digital future with a strong cost reduction in film consumption and a more efficient work flow in all specialized divisions has become indispensable. Especially in the radiology department digital image management (PACS) systems, which are individually structured, inexpensive, reliable and state-of-the-art, are not to exclude any more. For these reasons the Altmark clinic GmbH with locations in Salzwedel and Gardelegen decided to introduce a PACS solution and selected the progressive technology of the VEPRO AG. After the Altmark clinic in Salzwedel during a short time live operation could convince itself of the advantages of the VEPRO PACS for the image/film acquisition, processing, archiving and findings, now also the clinical centre Gardelegen is equipped with the innovative VEPRO PACS. Over 90 percent of film saving after only a small running time, a sensational price-performance ratio, the realization of all promises and the smooth work flow corresponding to the IHE guidelines in the clinical centre Salzwedel constituted the best references for the clinical centre Gardelegen. with the decision for VEPRO.
AO Foundation and BrainLAB announce partnership on image guidance for trauma surgery
Full ArticleThe AO Foundation, a medically oriented non-profit organisation with international research and educational activities and BrainLAB, an innovator in image-guided medical technology, announce their partnership on image guidance for trauma surgery and related fields. The partnership will not only focus on research and development in image-guided surgery (IGS) but also on teaching and training surgeons using the AO expertise in surgical education.
HEARTS consortium develops system for non-invasive wearable heart care
Full ArticleLinking continuous monitoring of "health behaviour" through non-invasive wearable sensors with decision support the European Union-funded project HEARTS offers support to healthy, ill, and high-risk people alike.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Swedish Medical Center first in Northwest to bring remote monitoring system to intensive-care units
Full ArticleOn September 8, 2004 Swedish Medical Center became the first health care provider in the Northwest to begin using new technology that allows intensive-care physicians, called intensivists, to remotely monitor patients in multiple intensive care units (ICUs). With this new eICU system, an intensivist at Swedish is able to watch over and direct care for dozens of patients at once from a location apart from the hospital. Intensivists who staff the eICU command centre back up regular bedside care and help monitor ICU patients around-the-clock.
Hospital Munich Perlach starts being digital with VEPRO
Full ArticleEfficient, digital information systems of different IT providers today in most practices and hospitals form the basis for a modern and efficient work flow. The decision, which of the digital solutions is the right one for the individual requirements of the medical institution, is frequently difficult with the multiplicity of providers on the market. The hospital Munich Perlach with its choice for the radiological department is on the safe side and decided for a VEPRO PACS (Picture, Archiving and Communication System). This is already the sixth successful PACS installation of a VEPRO solution in the Munich area alone.
Misys Healthcare Systems extends Misys CPR to support behavioural health services at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems is extending Misys CPR, the cornerstone component of Misys Optimum, at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) to allow clinicians to document behavioural health services for inpatient, outpatient and emergency settings. HHC is the largest municipal health care system in the United States and will be the first Misys customer to implement this Misys CPR functionality.
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois selects Heartlab's Encompass for managing patient cardiology data
Full ArticleMethodist Medical Center of Illinois has selected Heartlab's Encompass Cardiac Network for integrated cardiology image and information management in the newly-opened Methodist Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute, the first comprehensive centre for the prevention, detection and treatment of heart, lung and vascular disorders in Central Illinois.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Visicu's innovative life saving eICU solution awarded United States patent
Full ArticleVisicu Inc. has been granted patent no. 6,804,656 from the Business Methods section of the United States Patent and Trademark office for its "system and method for providing continuous, expert network critical care services from a remote location(s)" eICU technology. The eICU solution features a centrally located, remote monitoring system equipped with high fidelity telemedicine and proprietary early warning and intervention software.
Delft Diagnostic Imaging digitizes the best hospital in The Netherlands
Full ArticleThe Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad (AD) has conducted a survey into the quality of Dutch hospitals, the results of which were published on 14 October 2004. The Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, which went digital with Delft Diagnostic Imaging, was ranked number 1. The Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ) commended the survey. "We value the thorough way in which AD conducted the survey", stated NVZ chairman, Joan Leemhuis-Stout.
Mobilquest Inc. acquires assets of Mobilcube2 wireless health care workstation provider
Full ArticleIn a move sure to provide customers not only with a better product, but also with better service, a group of technical investors has purchased the assets of one of the mobile wireless health care workstation providers, Mobilcube2 Inc. The new company, Mobilquest Inc., has a management team with more than 40 years experience in medical devices, design and quality testing.
Trestle's MedMicro helps Dynacare Kasper provide telepathology services to underserved areas across rural Canada
Full ArticleDynacare Kasper Medical Laboratories, a full-service laboratory headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is deploying Trestle's MedMicro solution to provide real-time telepathology and teleconsulting services to doctors and clinics around the province.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Sargent Rehabilitation Center tests new device designed to increase independence in quadriplegic individuals
Full ArticleSargent Rehabilitation Center's consultant, Jon Mukand, M.D., Ph.D., has presented preliminary clinical results of a novel device designed to increase the independence of individuals with quadriplegia. These pilot results were introduced at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Phoenix, Arizona. In the study, a patient who is unable to use his hands or arms due to a spinal cord injury was able to control a computer, using his thoughts and the BrainGate Neural Interface System.
Brain in a dish acts as autopilot, living computer
Full ArticleA University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network. The "brain", a collection of 25.000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat's brain and cultured inside a glass dish, gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level.
Cyberknife radiosurgery is a safe and effective treatment for benign tumours, study claims
Full ArticleTreating benign tumours outside the brain with CyberKnife Frameless Radiosurgery resulted in significant improvement in symptoms and minimal toxicity, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in Atlanta.
Ascension's ReActor 2 is key to analysing human movements at Rutgers
Full ArticleReActor 2, Ascension's active-optical motion-capture system, is being used by Rutgers University to gather quantitative data on the visual perception of movement. For researchers there, ReActor 2 has quickly become a critical tool in exploring how visual experience, motor experience, and social processes all contribute to the visual analysis of human movement.
 

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