VMW Monthly - February 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents February 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Trauma surgery goes virtual to aid rural Arizona
Canada Health Infoway invests $1,4 million in NeCST messaging and telehealth/teleradiology projects
Sunnybrook and Women's to partner with Health Record Network in effort to create public demand for eHealth Continuity of Care Record (CCR)
Health care and Information Technology groups endorse Common Framework for health information exchange
China Human Proteome Organisation selects SGI to help save hundreds of thousands of people dying from liver cancer
 
Grid for Health
 
Oracle unveils first database to extend Grid computing to the mobile enterprise
SGI arms researchers with new high-tech weapons in global battle against cancer
University of Washington's Rosetta software to unlock secrets of many human proteins
United Devices to build global enterprise Grid infrastructure for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development
National Digital Mammography Archive announces installation at University of Pennsylvania Health System
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Heart patients on anticoagulants benefit from home self-testing using Raytel's INR@Home system
IDX earns prestigious Support Center Practices (SCP) Certification for the second consecutive year
Cardiac services experts launch eCardio Diagnostics for advanced cardiac arrhythmia monitoring
Heart disease study selects ViTel Net in national vendor search for Idaho-based telemedicine network
e-Prescribing brings safe and accurate prescriptions to Massachusetts health care consumers according to the eRx Collaborative
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
dbMotion establishes North American subsidiary bringing virtual patient records to the United States and Canadian market
Enhanced Micron CMOS image sensor leads to new diagnostic applications for revolutionary PillCam
HP launches reduced pricing programme for members of Pri-Med Medical Education Organisation
IDX Information Technology experts selected for Certification Commission work groups for the Ambulatory EHR Project
Fulana Healthcenters to launch world's largest health care network venture
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
ESAOTE S.p.A. ultrasound systems will feature Sensant Silicon Ultrasound imaging technology in 2005
MedDay has breakthrough solution for tsunami warning system based on disease detection and management system
European Space Agency claims telemedicine via satellite to be health care's new frontier
I-DISCARE project offers tsunami victims in South-East Asia treatment via satellite
eLearning can help Europe become the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Symbol Technologies helps unplug the wires at Monash Medical Center
Trestle's MedMicro becomes first remote-controlled microscope installed in Denver's The Children's Hospital
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust selects CoPathPlus from Misys to enhance pathology operations, system integration and support
Mississippi Baptist and Georgetown University Hospital to acquire Accuray's CyberKnife System
Physicians at Duke University Hospital rapidly adopt McKesson's expert order system
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Imalux Corporation receives final FDA clearance to market the Niris imaging system
Galilaeus and Heidelberg Pharma agree on co-development of anti-cancer drugs
Chindex International announces exclusive distribution agreement with Intuitive Surgical for China
San Diego State University plays a role in tsunami relief efforts
University of Manchester researchers develop inkjets that can print human cells
 
VMWC news bites
 
VirtuoSaph Endoscopic Vein Harvesting System from Terumo Cardiovascular Systems advances minimally invasive technique and training for coronary bypass grafting
MedicalCV to complete first U.S. clinical case using AtriLaze Surgical Ablation System in open heart surgery
Tampa-area now home to ORTHOsoft's latest Navitrack joint replacement technology
Emory University begins NIH study using Virtual Reality therapy for back pain
Respected surgeon predicts major change in lung cancer treatment
 

Leads February 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Trauma surgery goes virtual to aid rural Arizona
Full ArticleA new "teletrauma" system that links the emergency room at Southeast Arizona Medical Center in Douglas, Arizona, and the Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson is saving lives. On November 21, an 18-month-old baby was critically injured in a car accident with three fatalities. The baby was rushed by paramedics to the hospital in Douglas, a small, rural town along the U.S.-Mexico border. The baby was in shock, having lost almost two-thirds of her blood from multiple injuries. She was minutes from death and the nearest trauma centre was in Tucson, more than 100 miles away...
Canada Health Infoway invests $1,4 million in NeCST messaging and telehealth/teleradiology projects
Full ArticleCanada Health Infoway has signed three standards projects agreements totalling $1,4 million in investments for telehealth, teleradiology interoperability and National e-Claims Standard (NeCST) messaging. Sponsors for these projects are the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA).
Sunnybrook and Women's to partner with Health Record Network in effort to create public demand for eHealth Continuity of Care Record (CCR)
Full ArticleSunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre will team with United States based Health Record Network Foundation (HRN) to develop a strategy and pilot programme designed to streamline the delivery of health record information between health care providers and test the market for an electronic Continuity of Care Record (CCR) system.
Health care and Information Technology groups endorse Common Framework for health information exchange
Full ArticleThirteen major health and information technology organisations, in an unprecedented joint collaboration, have endorsed a "Common Framework" to support improved health information exchange in the United States while protecting patient privacy. The collaborating organisations have identified the vital design elements - of standards, policies, and methods - for creating a new information environment that would allow health care professionals, institutions, and individual Americans to exchange health information in order to improve patient care. These recommendations were developed in response to the Request for Information related to a "National Health Information Network" issued by the United States Office of the National Co-ordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) within the Department of Health and Human Services in November 2004.
China Human Proteome Organisation selects SGI to help save hundreds of thousands of people dying from liver cancer
Full ArticleIn conjunction with National Cancer Awareness Month, China Human Proteome Organisation, a member of Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO) and Silicon Graphics have completed the installation of SGI supercomputing and storage solutions for research designed to ultimately link liver-specific proteins to diseases such as hepatitis and liver cancer that could save hundreds of thousands of people dying from liver cancer.
 
Grid for Health
 
Oracle unveils first database to extend Grid computing to the mobile enterprise
Full ArticleOracle has launched Oracle Database Lite 10g, the first database to extend the power of Grid computing to the mobile workforce. Oracle Database Lite 10g, a complete and integrated solution for developing and deploying vital database applications for mobile environments, delivers features common in mission-critical systems to mobile and embedded devices. Enabling persistent access to critical information and applications without requiring continuous connectivity to back-end enterprise systems, Oracle Database Lite 10g enables users to increase efficiency, productivity and responsiveness of mobile workforces, reduces costs, and improves customer satisfaction.
SGI arms researchers with new high-tech weapons in global battle against cancer
Full ArticleScientists around the world are pursuing new approaches to diagnosing and treating cancer with the help of breakthrough technologies from Silicon Graphics. Leading research institutions including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the National Cancer Institute, and Robarts Research Institute have turned to SGI computing, visualization and storage solutions to treat and potentially prevent some of the most lethal illnesses known to man.
University of Washington's Rosetta software to unlock secrets of many human proteins
Full ArticleUniversity of Washington TechTransfer recently licensed software that will give scientists a huge advantage in the fight against disease. The software, known as Rosetta, predicts how proteins fold, information that is highly valuable to biological and biomedical researchers.
United Devices to build global enterprise Grid infrastructure for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development
Full ArticleUnited Devices, a market expert in enterprise grid solutions, has entered into an agreement with Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development L.L.C. (J&JPRD), a Johnson & Johnson company, to use its United Devices' Grid MP platform to establish a worldwide Grid for its pharmaceutical research and development business.
National Digital Mammography Archive announces installation at University of Pennsylvania Health System
Full Articlei3Archive Inc., a provider of comprehensive breast imaging and reporting data management, has recently installed the National Digital Mammography Archive (NDMA) at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). Considered to be the first radiology department in the United States, Penn Radiology continues to be a leader in radiological advancements and research.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Heart patients on anticoagulants benefit from home self-testing using Raytel's INR@Home system
Full ArticleSt. Jude Medical Inc. has recently launched an exclusive marketing alliance with Raytel Cardiac Services to promote Raytel's new INR@Home anticoagulation blood monitoring system, which could benefit millions of mechanical heart valve patients using the blood-thinning medication warfarin. St. Jude Medical is a major mechanical heart valve company and recently implanted its 1,5 millionth mechanical heart valve. All mechanical heart valve patients must take blood-thinning medication to reduce the risk of thrombosis and, as a result, must regularly monitor their anticoagulation. Raytel's INR@Home system allows patients to self-test their anticoagulation levels at home rather than visiting a clinic or a laboratory.
IDX earns prestigious Support Center Practices (SCP) Certification for the second consecutive year
Full ArticleIDX Carecast has been re-certified under the prestigious Support Center Practices (SCP) Certification programme. Carecast achieved re-certification after an extensive annual audit of the IDX Seattle, Washington support centre. SCP Certification quantifies the effectiveness of customer support based upon a stringent set of performance standards and represents best practices in the industry.
Cardiac services experts launch eCardio Diagnostics for advanced cardiac arrhythmia monitoring
Full ArticleAn experienced team of cardiac services experts has launched eCardio Diagnostics LLC, which provides advanced technology cardiac arrhythmia monitoring. Based in The Woodlands, Texas, eCardio Diagnostics provides comprehensive cardiac services, including cardiac event monitoring, digital holter monitoring and pacemaker follow-up. Through strategic alliances with arrhythmia and telemedicine device manufacturers, eCardio Diagnostics offers cardiologists, electrophysiologists and other medical professionals state-of-the-art monitoring equipment designed to assist caregivers in diagnosing cardiac arrhythmias. Typically, the only alternative to identifying an intermittent arrhythmia may be a long, extremely costly, hospital stay.
Heart disease study selects ViTel Net in national vendor search for Idaho-based telemedicine network
Full ArticlePremier Telehealth systems integrator ViTel Net and its ViTelCare DataGate remote monitoring home solution has been selected for a heart disease study by Idaho-based Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. The study is sponsored by the Department of Defense, United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, Fort Detrick, Maryland.
e-Prescribing brings safe and accurate prescriptions to Massachusetts health care consumers according to the eRx Collaborative
Full ArticleAfter a successful first year, the eRx Collaborative is on its way to its initial goal of deploying e-prescribing in the offices of 3400 Massachusetts physicians. As of December 31, 2004, nearly 2700 physicians plus their clinical staff have signed up to participate. At the end of 2004, more than 1500 physicians had the technology incorporated into their practices. The average weekly e-prescriptions written during the last month of quarter 4 were more than 27.000, a 77 percent increase during the same time frame of the previous quarter.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
dbMotion establishes North American subsidiary bringing virtual patient records to the United States and Canadian market
Full ArticledbMotion Ltd. has established its North American subsidiary, dbMotion Inc., registered in Delaware. dbMotion Inc. is headed by Peter van der Grinten as General Manager. Mr. van der Grinten has held senior management positions at numerous health care software and services companies. He is joined by Mark Gross, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, who brings to dbMotion 30 years of experience in health care information technology in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Enhanced Micron CMOS image sensor leads to new diagnostic applications for revolutionary PillCam
Full ArticleDesign enhancements by Micron Technology Inc. have led to the introduction of a new product from the global expert in patient-friendly solutions for the gastro-intestinal community, Given Imaging. Given's PillCam ESO, the swallowable diagnostic device which takes high-quality, high-speed photos as it passes through a patient's esophagus, has been granted FDA approval and will be making its way into use in medical centres immediately. Micron's new CMOS sensor, embedded in the PillCam, features a higher frame-rate than the original PillCam SB design.
HP launches reduced pricing programme for members of Pri-Med Medical Education Organisation
Full ArticleHP has launched a new affiliate programme for members of Pri-Med, a continuing medical education organisation that offers clinicians the best available patient care practices enabled by current advances in research, treatment protocols and technology. Announced at the 2005 Pri-Med Southwest Conference and Exhibition, the programme allows Pri-Med members to take advantage of discounted pricing on HP commercial products. As a result, health professionals affiliated with Pri-Med can enjoy savings of up to 10 percent on HP products, including printers, notebooks, desktop PCs, storage systems, servers, tablet PCs, and HP iPAQ Pocket PCs.
IDX Information Technology experts selected for Certification Commission work groups for the Ambulatory EHR Project
Full ArticleTwo information technology experts from IDX Systems Corporation have been selected to participate in an industry organisation that will help drive the realization of a national health information network (NHIN) in the United States. These senior members of IDX will contribute to an initiative encouraging the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) nationwide. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) selected Rich Elmore, IDX Vice President of Research and Development, and Eric Rose, MD, IDX Physician Consultant, as members of the organisation's work groups charged with developing a voluntary certification process for ambulatory EHR products.
Fulana Healthcenters to launch world's largest health care network venture
Full ArticleEconomic Technologies, through its health care subsidiary, Fulana Healthcenters, has started its plan to build, operate and manage 5300 high-tech, globally-interconnected network of health centres, clinics and health cafes in 150 countries, with on-site/no-border pharmacies and a SmartCard Intelligent Network Healthcare Access, powered by the company's breakthrough point-to-growth Dimax/EXCAP economic growth model's Performance Solutions (EXCAP-PS).
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
ESAOTE S.p.A. ultrasound systems will feature Sensant Silicon Ultrasound imaging technology in 2005
Full ArticleSensant Corporation, a developer of silicon-based ultrasound imaging technology, has received its first commercial order for its advanced Silicon Ultrasound imaging probes from Italian imaging systems manufacturer ESAOTE S.p.A. The product order is for Sensant's newly developed broadband Silicon Ultrasound array transducer that is due out later next year. The state-of-the-art probe, based on a breakthrough in silicon microtechnology, will be featured on Esaote ultrasound systems.
MedDay has breakthrough solution for tsunami warning system based on disease detection and management system
Full ArticleThe Swedish health services company MedDay has a warning system innovation to detect and inform people about catastrophes like the tsunami wave in South-East Asia on December 26th, 2004. For several years, MedDay has developed a cell phone service to detect and restrict epidemics of various kinds, e.g. SARS and bird flu. The very same system can also be modified to send warning messages of possible catastrophes around the world.
European Space Agency claims telemedicine via satellite to be health care's new frontier
Full ArticleThe European Space Agency has decided to prepare the ground for a telemedicine programme to be presented at the next ESA Ministerial Conference. This is in response to the need to further tailor support for the development of telemedicine via satellite to comply with the key priorities of the health care system. Telemedicine is health care's new frontier, a means of facilitating the distribution of human resources and professional competences. It can speed up diagnosis and therapeutic care delivery and allow peripheral and primary health care providers to receive continuous assistance from specialised centres.
I-DISCARE project offers tsunami victims in South-East Asia treatment via satellite
Full ArticleThe European Space Agency (ESA) funded telemedicine project called I-DISCARE has been put into action to help victims along the coastal areas ravaged by last month's tsunami. It is being used to connect mobile teams of rescue workers with hospitals via satellite, greatly improving medical care. On the initiative of the French Space Agency (CNES) with transport costs paid by them as well, three Portable Telemedicine Work (PTW) Stations have been lent to the Indian telemedicine company IndoComputech. These are being used on the east coast of India by mobile teams of doctors and paramedics, connecting them with central hospitals at Lucknow, Madras and Ahmadabad.
eLearning can help Europe become the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010
Full ArticleThe eLearning Industry Group (eLIG), a consortium of 43 leading ICT and eLearning content providers believes that if the European Union is to achieve its objective of being the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010, there is a need to actively support the widespread deployment and adoption of eLearning throughout Europe, in education, in the home and in industry, especially among SMEs.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Symbol Technologies helps unplug the wires at Monash Medical Center
Full ArticleSymbol Technologies Inc., the Enterprise Mobility company, through its value-added distributor Warp Systems, has provided handheld computers and wireless networking infrastructure to facilitate a trial of wireless and health care mobility applications at Monash Medical Center in Melbourne, Australia. The project, called mWard, has been developed by the Center for Health Services and Operations Management (CHSOM) at Monash University, also in Melbourne.
Trestle's MedMicro becomes first remote-controlled microscope installed in Denver's The Children's Hospital
Full ArticleThe Children's Hospital (TCH), a non-profit paediatric health care network located in Denver, Colorado, has selected Trestle's Internet-accessible slide-viewing solution, MedMicro, to aid its doctors in diagnosing and treating tumours and other serious diseases. TCH believes the deployment of MedMicro makes TCH the first children's hospital in the nation to link its network of physicians and pathologists remotely with an Internet-enabled microscopy system.
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust selects CoPathPlus from Misys to enhance pathology operations, system integration and support
Full ArticleUniversity College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust has selected CoPathPlus from Misys as its anatomic pathology information system to replace their legacy application. UCLH joins a growing number of other Trusts and health care institutions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and the Middle East already utilising CoPathPlus, continuing to reinforce Misys as one of the leading suppliers of clinical information system software internationally.
Mississippi Baptist and Georgetown University Hospital to acquire Accuray's CyberKnife System
Full ArticleBaptist Cancer Services, a division of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, has acquired the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, the only such system approved by the FDA for tumour treatment anywhere in the body. Treatments will begin the week of January 24, 2005. Baptist Cancer Services will have the only system of this kind in the four-state area of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. In the meanwhile Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. has purchased a second CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System for its Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. This acquisition represents the 50th CyberKnife System purchased in the United States.
Physicians at Duke University Hospital rapidly adopt McKesson's expert order system
Full ArticleMcKesson's clinical decision support and computerized physician order entry (CDS/CPOE) system is in use with broad physician acceptance at Duke's Heart Center in Durham, North Carolina. Less than two months after turning on Horizon Expert Orders, more than 100 physicians are using the system, with roll-out to all remaining adult beds in the hospital expected to be complete by summer 2005. To further rapid adoption models by other hospitals, Duke and McKesson have formed a strategic relationship wherein Duke will contribute evidence-based clinical content, documented processes for best practices and transferable knowledge for use with McKesson's CDS/CPOE solution.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Imalux Corporation receives final FDA clearance to market the Niris imaging system
Full ArticleImalux Corporation, a medical device company and developer of the Niris Imaging System based on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technology, has recently received market clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the Niris System. Imalux will begin intensive, broad-based marketing and sales efforts for the system in the first quarter of 2005.
Galilaeus and Heidelberg Pharma agree on co-development of anti-cancer drugs
Full ArticleGalilaeus Oy and Heidelberg Pharma GmbH have signed a co-development agreement on two anti-cancer lead compounds discovered by Galilaeus. The pre-clinical phase compounds are new cytotoxic small molecules. Heidelberg Pharma is now responsible for the further pre-clinical development, while Galilaeus is responsible for production of the compounds. The companies have also agreed on income-sharing of any revenues from commercialisation of the compounds to third parties.
Chindex International announces exclusive distribution agreement with Intuitive Surgical for China
Full ArticleChindex International Inc., an independent American provider of western health care products and services in the People's Republic of China, has signed an exclusive, multi-year distribution agreement for the People's Republic of China with Intuitive Surgical, the innovator and market expert in surgical robotics.
San Diego State University plays a role in tsunami relief efforts
Full ArticleSan Diego State University's Visualization Center and several faculty members are assisting in relief efforts for those affected by the tsunami that battered South and Southeast Asia late last year. Eric Frost, director of the Visualization Center, has acquired and printed satellite imagery with regional and high-resolution views of the disaster area before and after the earthquake and tsunami. Doctors involved in relief efforts in Indonesia will use these data sets as planning and management tools for medical assistance.
University of Manchester researchers develop inkjets that can print human cells
Full ArticleThe treatment of burn victims or patients with severe disfigurements is set to be revolutionised following the development by scientists in the United Kingdom of an inkjet that can print human cells. Using this method, the team of researchers from the University of Manchester states that it will be possible to print "made-to-measure" tissue and bones to be grown simply by inputting their dimensions into a computer.
 
VMWC news bites
 
VirtuoSaph Endoscopic Vein Harvesting System from Terumo Cardiovascular Systems advances minimally invasive technique and training for coronary bypass grafting
Full ArticleTerumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation has introduced the VirtuoSaph Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (EVH) System for use in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The system is designed to enhance the precision and performance of clinicians interested in introducing this endoscopic procedure at their institutions. The new minimally invasive device provides an endoscopic approach to saphenous vein harvesting in which one small leg incision minimizes scarring, morbidity and infection associated with traditional longitudinal incisions.
MedicalCV to complete first U.S. clinical case using AtriLaze Surgical Ablation System in open heart surgery
Full ArticleMedicalCV Inc., a cardiovascular surgery device manufacturer, focusing on surgical needs surrounding atrial fibrillation, has completed the first United States human clinical case using the AtriLaze Surgical Ablation System. The diode laser system allows the cardiovascular surgeon to deliver laser energy to atrial tissue creating exact and complete lines of cardiac tissue ablation.
Tampa-area now home to ORTHOsoft's latest Navitrack joint replacement technology
Full ArticleThe Navitrack Navigation System, developed by ORTHOsoft Inc., an expert in the development of innovative Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology, is now available and successfully being used by a number of Tampa-area surgeons, hospitals and surgery centres to optimize the results of total knee and total hip replacements. With its launch in the Tampa-area, the Navitrack Navigation System is now more widely available in the United States.
Emory University begins NIH study using Virtual Reality therapy for back pain
Full ArticleResearchers at Emory University School of Medicine and Virtually Better Inc., funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are testing the use of Virtual Reality therapy to find out if it can help people with lower back pain learn how to relax, breath properly, and manage their pain.
Respected surgeon predicts major change in lung cancer treatment
Full ArticleRespected cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. William Thomas Brown has predicted that lung cancer treatment will undergo a major shift in the near future due to new technology already being used in South Florida. For the past year, Dr. Brown has been successfully treating lung cancer patients using the latest radiation technology called CyberKnife. Using a robotic arm and missile guidance technology, CyberKnife delivers targeted doses of radiation to often inoperable tumours with sub-millimeter accuracy.
 

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