VMW Monthly - January 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents January 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
American TeleCare to provide telehealth technology for diabetes research by IDEATel Consortium and participate in Department of Veterans Affairs' expanding telehealth programme
Beverly Healthcare has selected T-Med Behavioral to provide video telemedicine at their Virginia facilities
Zimmer Holdings announces MIS agreement with University of Nebraska Medical Center
Bell University Laboratories to support telerobotic surgery and telemedicine research
 
Grid for Health
 
NIH provides $32,8 million to enhance Biomedical Informatics Research Network
HP and Siemens to provide greater accessibility, reliability in medical imaging management
HPC Center from Howard University showcases flash Cyber-infrastructure tools for breast cancer diagnosis
Supercomputing power helps generate model that simulates dynamics of heart rhythm disorders
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Samsung equips phone devices with wireless applications to improve patient care and forges strategic alliance with Skyscape
MedDay's revolutionary communication standard to impact daily routines in health care
Lifesaving cardiac monitor technology unveiled at International Workshop on Personal Health Management Systems
Trestle's Internet solutions selected by Hawaii Health Systems and Canadian West Parry Sound Health Centre
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
LogiXML and Sierra Scientific Software partner to create the next generation of tools for clinical research
Electronic Medical Records expert ChartLogic acquires Patient Education specialist DynoMed
Siemens introduces enhanced angiography suite applications with flat detector technology for CT-like images
Confirma introduces next generation breast MRI CADstream system with advanced features
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Thinking about moving? Let brain waves do the walking
Isle of Man to deploy Europe's first third-generation - 3G - network
Haptica's 2005 European IST Prize-winning life-like surgical simulator is a cut-above the competition
An interview with Dr. Cesare Massone, M.D. of telederm.org
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Columbus Regional Hospital selects Fortress Technologies to secure wireless medical network used by over 1000 clinicians
Brainwaves Neuroimaging Clinic announces breakthrough AD/HD assessment tool
Actuality Systems installs Perspecta Spatial 3D system at Rush University Medical Center
VEPRO India realizes the electronic medical record with PACS at the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medisoft offers free download of Tele Doctor Evaluation version
Ascension offers dramatic new noise-reduction software for its trackers
Wounds can be successfully monitored remotely, according to recent study
Colon cancer screening with Computed Tomography may also identify heart attack risk
 
VMWC news bites
 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund new centre for advanced limb-loss research
MEDICS consortium is linking biomedicine and microtechnologies for 21st century healing
DelltaTech to launch SIMENDO Virtual Reality trainer for minimally invasive surgery procedures
Brain remapping may be key to recovery from stroke
 

Leads January 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
American TeleCare to provide telehealth technology for diabetes research by IDEATel Consortium and participate in Department of Veterans Affairs' expanding telehealth programme
Full ArticleAmerican TeleCare Inc. has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the VA's rapidly expanding telehealth programme. Blanket Purchase Agreements are a simplified method of filling anticipated repetitive needs for services and products. American TeleCare was also re-selected by the Informatics for Diabetes Education and Telemedicine (IDEATel) Consortium as the primary telehealth technology provider for another four-year, $4,5 million project serving rural and inner-city New York residents with diabetes.
Beverly Healthcare has selected T-Med Behavioral to provide video telemedicine at their Virginia facilities
Full ArticleT-Med Behavioral has contracted with Beverly Healthcare-Virginia to provide Video Telemedicine services for both Psychiatric - medication and psych consults - services and face to face services for Psychotherapy. The programme, initially offered at Beverly Martinsville in Martinsville, Virginia and Beverly Shenandoah Healthcare of Buena Vista, Virginia, gives these facilities a full mental health programme to offer to their present and prospective residents.
Zimmer Holdings announces MIS agreement with University of Nebraska Medical Center
Full ArticleZimmer Holdings Inc. has entered into an agreement with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to establish a Zimmer Institute location at the school to collaborate on advancement of Minimally Invasive Solutions (MIS) Procedures and Technologies. The University of Nebraska location is under the direction of Kevin Garvin, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. Under terms of the agreement, Todd Sekundiak, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedics, will train orthopaedic surgeons to use Zimmer's minimally invasive technologies and participate in MIS product refinement. The university will function as a Zimmer Institute teaching facility and will become a Center of Excellence for MIS patient care.
Bell University Laboratories to support telerobotic surgery and telemedicine research
Full ArticleMcMaster University has signed a partnership with Bell Canada to undertake research in areas such as telerobotic surgery and telemedicine. Bell University Laboratories will contribute $450,000 over three years to McMaster University to support the creation of an integrated systems laboratory, part of the proposed McMaster School of BioMedical Engineering.
 
Grid for Health
 
NIH provides $32,8 million to enhance Biomedical Informatics Research Network
Full ArticleThe National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will provide $32,8 million in additional funding to enhance its Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN). The University of California San Diego Medical School will receive $18,8 million over five years, while Massachusetts General Hospital will be granted nearly $14 million for three years of support. BIRN is an NIH initiative involving a consortium of 15 universities and 22 research groups that fosters collaborations in biomedical science by utilizing information technology innovations. BIRN's initial three test bed projects focus on brain imaging of human neurological disorders and associated animal models.
HP and Siemens to provide greater accessibility, reliability in medical imaging management
Full ArticleHP and Siemens Medical Solutions are making medical imaging management more reliable to a wider audience by combining Siemens' SIENET Cosmos Image Management System with HP services and industry-standard servers. Designed for radiological practices and community hospitals, SIENET Cosmos handles tasks such as examination scheduling, reporting and archiving, image and report distribution, and fast documentation output for medical billing by using a centralized server structure, large-scale automatic data distribution and cost-effective hardware platform.
HPC Center from Howard University showcases flash Cyber-infrastructure tools for breast cancer diagnosis
Full ArticleThe Center for Applied High Performance Computing (CAHPC) based at Howard University in Washington D.C. left an impression at this year's Supercomputing 2004 Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CAHPC showcased a number of research projects related to high performance computing and Cyber-infrastructure. But MammoData, a Web-accessible Grid tool for collaborative breast cancer diagnosis, made an immediate impression on spectators, due in part, to a flashy Web-accessible user interface.
Supercomputing power helps generate model that simulates dynamics of heart rhythm disorders
Full ArticleDutch researcher Kirsten ten Tusscher has developed a model that can simulate the electrical behaviour of the heart during heart rhythm disorders. One of the things her model revealed is that the electrical activity of the heart during a rhythm disorder is much less chaotic than was originally thought.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Samsung equips phone devices with wireless applications to improve patient care and forges strategic alliance with Skyscape
Full ArticleSamsung Telecommunications America has launched a mobile solutions package that gives medical professionals access to critical data for diagnosing and treating patients without leaving the bedside or examining room. By combining Samsung's wireless handsets with health care technology applications, the offering is designed to help health care professionals deliver better and more efficient patient care. In addition, Skyscape Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America have signed a strategic alliance aimed at bringing the best in mobile medicine to a new generation of converged wireless devices by co-marketing Skyscape-powered software on select Samsung phones. The Skyscape Constellation for Samsung Phones, an intuitive, all-in-one health care decision support solution, provides comprehensive coverage of critical information about drugs, diseases, interactions, lab information and treatment options.
MedDay's revolutionary communication standard to impact daily routines in health care
Full ArticleThe Swedish health services company MedDay has developed a standard for communication between doctor and patient. The new de facto standard is called Daily Medical Support or DMS. The first application based on the standard is RegPoint, a disease detection and management system. RegPoint is tailored for monitoring chronic diseases like diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic conditions. It has been calculated that in China the application can lead to savings of up to 23 billion dollars, in addition to the millions of Chinese that can be spared from complications occurred in examinations.
Lifesaving cardiac monitor technology unveiled at International Workshop on Personal Health Management Systems
Full ArticleA revolutionary Personal Health Status Monitor for early detection of life threatening cardiac rhythms is just one of the exciting new medical devices set to revolutionise health care on show at the Personalised Health Workshop in Belfast. In recognition of their expertise in the areas of e-health and sensor technology, researchers at the University of Ulster have been asked by the Information Society Directorate-General for eHealth at the European Commission to organise the Second International Workshop on Personal Health Management Systems. The event, "Personalised Health: The integration of innovative Sensing, Textile, Information and Communication Technologies", was held on December 13, 14 and 15, 2004.
Trestle's Internet solutions selected by Hawaii Health Systems and Canadian West Parry Sound Health Centre
Full ArticleTrestle Holdings Inc., a supplier of digital imaging and telemedicine applications, has been selected as the primary technology partner for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), a public-benefit company, in a grant project to bring specialized medical service and distance learning statewide to rural, underserved communities in Hawaii. In turn, West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC), a network of health care facilities covering 70.000 people throughout Parry Sound, Muskoka and surrounding communities in Ontario, has deployed its first Trestle Internet microscopy solution. The system, Trestle's MedMicro, uses standard PCs to connect microscopes to the Internet enabling users to view and navigate slides remotely for real-time, accurate consultation and diagnosis.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
LogiXML and Sierra Scientific Software partner to create the next generation of tools for clinical research
Full ArticleLogiXML Inc., a provider of Web-based business intelligence reporting and analysis tools, and Sierra Scientific Software Inc. have signed a strategic partnership to add LogiXML's LGX Info functionality to Sierra's Clinical Research Information System (CRIS) version 8. Sierra's CRIS is the first truly integrated, fully interactive, Part 11-compliant clinical research software package for the FDA-regulated medical products industry. CRIS provides a single system that completely integrates all the functionality for clinical trials management, clinical data management, safety data management, and investigational materials management.
Electronic Medical Records expert ChartLogic acquires Patient Education specialist DynoMed
Full ArticleChartLogic Inc., a provider of Electronic Medical Records, has acquired industry leader DynoMed Inc., developer of patient education software and medical multimedia programmes. ChartLogic, featured in the Inc. 500 list in 2004 as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States, offers its proprietary Electronic Medical Records solutions to physicians nationwide, focusing in 50 medical specialities.
Siemens introduces enhanced angiography suite applications with flat detector technology for CT-like images
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions has received 510K clearance from the Food and Drug Administration of DynaCT, an enhancement for C-arm angiography systems that allows soft tissue imaging in the angio suite. DynaCT is the first application in the industry that enables clinicians to perform Angiographic Computed Tomography (ACT) with the AXIOM Artis Flat Panel Detector (FD) technology systems, increasing diagnostic capabilities in the angiography laboratory. This technology was featured in the Siemens booth at the 90th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) from November 29 through December 3, 2004 in Chicago.
Confirma introduces next generation breast MRI CADstream system with advanced features
Full ArticleConfirma Inc., specialized in computer-aided-detection (CAD) for MRI, has launched the next generation of its successful CADstream product, the standard in CAD for breast MRI. The latest developments in CADstream contain advanced features that include a streamlined portfolio for more comprehensive patient treatment planning, incorporating the ACR BI-RADS Atlas for lesion classification, and a multimodality ready configuration, offering users the ability to access, view and reference patients' mammography and ultrasound studies while interpreting breast MRI with CADstream. Confirma has filed CADstream's new features with the FDA.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Thinking about moving? Let brain waves do the walking
Full ArticleUsing brain waves to control screen cursor movements, rather than moving a mouse by hand, seems like science fiction. Yet such direct control over our environment is an integral part of the development work being undertaken by participants in the Presencia project. The IST project Presencia is not due for completion until October 2005, yet project researchers have already developed a working brain/computer interface able to provide direct control of computers. The method is primitive as yet, but has been demonstrated to work.
Isle of Man to deploy Europe's first third-generation - 3G - network
Full ArticleThe Isle of Man, located in the British Isles and internationally recognized for its pro-business environment, has announced that mmO2 will deploy Europe's first super fast, third generation (3G) mobile data network on the Isle of Man. The network will incorporate high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology and Internet Protocol Multimedia services (IMS) and positions the Isle of Man and mmO2 at the forefront of providing advanced mobile data services to customers within Europe. The 3G mobile data network will be available next summer through mmO2's subsidiary, Manx Telecom.
Haptica's 2005 European IST Prize-winning life-like surgical simulator is a cut-above the competition
Full ArticleWith an overall mission to improve health care delivery through innovative technology, Irish start-up company Haptica Ltd. is leading the field in the development and supply of prize winning surgical simulators. Haptica's ProMIS is an open platform that delivers a blended solution for training MIS teams. Haptica's unique platform technology integrates a patient manikin, real surgical equipment, objective assessment of surgical skills, 3D graphics and certified curricula.
An interview with Dr. Cesare Massone, M.D. of telederm.org
Full ArticleThat last time an Italian caused this much excitement in Vienna, was in the Academy Award winning movie, Amadeus, with a great sound track by The Academy of St. Martin in the Field, conducted by Sir Neville Mariner. But, that was fiction, this is not. When I first heard about and then saw telederm.org, I was surprised. After a few e-mails back and forth across time zones, Dr. Massone, from the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz, Austria, readily agreed to this interview.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Columbus Regional Hospital selects Fortress Technologies to secure wireless medical network used by over 1000 clinicians
Full ArticleColumbus Regional Hospital, located in Columbus, Georgia, has deployed the Fortress wireless security solution to safeguard the wireless transmission of patient information. The hospital has migrated from time-consuming paper processes to more efficient electronic tracking of medical records, file folders, X-rays and test results. The secure wireless network has increased efficiency and productivity of clinical staff and, more importantly, improved levels of patient care. With this new system, health care professionals can access the hospital's main network wirelessly to pinpoint patient details as they conduct their daily rounds.
Brainwaves Neuroimaging Clinic announces breakthrough AD/HD assessment tool
Full ArticleThe Brainwaves Neuroimaging Clinic is introducing the first biologically based tool for the aid in assessment of AD/HD in the Houston area. The DataLex Indicator Report for AD/HD from Lexicor Inc. uses brainwave technology to finally help answer the question: "Does my child have attention deficit disorder?" AD/HD is a disorder of the brain associated with lack of impulse control, inattention and other behaviour problems. It affects an estimated 7 to 10 percent of school-age children and an estimated 4 percent of all adults.
Actuality Systems installs Perspecta Spatial 3D system at Rush University Medical Center
Full ArticleActuality Systems Inc., an expert in Spatial 3D visualization technology, has installed its Perspecta Spatial 3D System in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The unique Spatial 3D system will be used by researchers to explore the use of advanced 3D image display technology in planning radiation treatment for cancer patients.
VEPRO India realizes the electronic medical record with PACS at the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute
Full ArticleThe desire of the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute to realize an electronic medical record (EMR) just with a PACS, was a huge challenge for VEPRO India. As an PACS expert VEPRO India however was able to master this requirement with bravery at the end of the year. Without support of another sub-system such as HIS, RIS or CIS the VEPRO PACS independently allows to convert the digital work flow in the institute and administrate efficiently all kinds of patient data in a digital record.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medisoft offers free download of Tele Doctor Evaluation version
Full ArticleMedisoft Telemedicine Pvt. Ltd. India is a Research and Development company. Its Tele Doctor telemedicine system is developed in collaboration with medical practioners. Medisoft aims to create awareness on the potential of telemedicine and convince medical practioners to use it for their benefits.
Ascension offers dramatic new noise-reduction software for its trackers
Full ArticleAscension Technology has developed a landmark "noise-reduction" software programme, Noise X, for its RS232 serial and ISA-based trackers, Flock of Birds, miniBIRD, Nest of Birds, pcBIRD, and MotionStar Wired. It accomplishes this in a new utility programme that automatically measures interfering frequencies present in a tracker's magnetic field, and then determining the tracker's best operating frequency to overcome jitter. As a result, Ascension trackers now work better in noisy electromagnetic environments with a dramatic reduction in environmental noise.
Wounds can be successfully monitored remotely, according to recent study
Full ArticleA pilot study has shown that leg wounds can be accurately assessed using photographs taken at a patient's home, adding one more example to a growing list of medical conditions that can be successfully monitored remotely. The study, which was published in the December 7 issue of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, involved 34 home health patients with a leg wound as their primary diagnosis. Visiting nurses, who are not experts in wound care, took digital photographs of the wounds, then sent the images and other patient health information to an enterostomal therapy nurse (ETN), a specialist in wound care.
Colon cancer screening with Computed Tomography may also identify heart attack risk
Full ArticleVirtual colonoscopy, an imaging procedure used for early identification of colon cancer, may also detect heart attack risk in patients, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Computed tomographic (CT) colonography, more commonly known as virtual colonoscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure that tests for colon cancer by creating 2D and 3D fly-through images that identify such abnormalities as pre-cancerous polyps. Virtual colonoscopy requires no sedation and is less costly than conventional colonoscopy.
 
VMWC news bites
 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund new centre for advanced limb-loss research
Full ArticleCreating "biohybrid" limbs that use human tissue and space-age technology to assist amputees is the major goal of a $7,2 million grant by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a special research centre in Rhode Island. The five-year grant will fund the new Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, to be operated jointly by the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
MEDICS consortium is linking biomedicine and microtechnologies for 21st century healing
Full ArticleTo help European industries compete in the burgeoning 184 billion euro biomedical market, the European Union funded MEDICS consortium is working to make biomedical devices smaller, cheaper and more reliable, as well as developing completely new types of devices and applications.
DelltaTech to launch SIMENDO Virtual Reality trainer for minimally invasive surgery procedures
Full ArticleBy applying the latest technology, the Dutch company DelltaTech has developed the SIMENDO Virtual Reality (VR) trainer to train the basic skills of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) in a challenging way and without the high costs of the current generation of VR-trainers. The SIMENDO system can be purchased for about 5000 US dollar including the software.
Brain remapping may be key to recovery from stroke
Full ArticlePeople suffering from paralysis due to stroke or traumatic brain injury may be able to reprogram their brains to improve motor skills and to control artificial limbs, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a "cyberglove" to record brain changes during motor activities, researchers demonstrated that people can learn to remap, or redirect, motor commands. This is an important step in stroke recovery and in training strategies for brain-machine interfaces, conduits between the brain and artificial limbs.
 

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