VMW Monthly - April 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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RFID and Emerging Technologies Market Guide to Healthcare

Bradley Sokol - Fast Track Technologies Ltd.

A newly issued comprehensive study and analytical business tool describing and analyzing the impact that emerging technologies including RFID, wireless and connectivity will have on the healthcare hospital market.

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Contents April 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Indian telemedicine firm to supply its Tele Doctor Telemedicine system to the first telemedicine project in Pakistan
Virtual Reality PTSD therapy awarded research funding by U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research
Innovative treatments in spinal surgery may get patients back on their feet sooner
DARPA selects SRI International to lead Trauma Pod Battlefield Medical Treatment System Development Programme
Nemours and JEA set a national standard in remote home monitoring children with asthma using Broadband over Power Lines
 
Grid for Health
 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences picks Cray XD1 supercomputer for protein structure analysis
IBM launches software to help hospitals and government health care agencies identify and manage medical challenges
Top hospitals choose Sun Microsystems IT platform for enterprise-wide health care information systems
CrossGrid Achievements and Future Plans
National Cancer Institute releases software tool for sharing microarray data
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
VNA of Texas selects Misys Homecare to automate health care delivery to improve care and support workforce mobility
RFID Market Guide to Healthcare analyses new market: marry the business strategy and not the technology
Daou launches strategic mobile health solution and signs Southern Regional
U.S. Army to secure mobile medical information with endpoint security solution from Pointsec
LGC Wireless enables critical wireless communications in Shands HealthCare facilities
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips advances cardiology leadership by integrating best-in-class technologies for improved patient care and outcomes
FDA clears new, smaller Ultrasound catheter from Siemens for the visualization of entire heart during non-invasive procedures
New version of Misys Laboratory to enhance day-to-day work flow efficiencies and Misys Optimum RIS-PACS solution showcased at PACS 2005
Vital Images launches two advanced visualization software products: Vitrea 2, version 3.7 and ViTALCardia
Mississippi Baptist Health Systems uses real-time work flow management and patient location from PeriOptimum and Radianse
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Science Foundation publishes forward look report on nanomedicine
Telemedicine revolution is disappearing from the British National Health Service
Siemens Medical Solutions to present Somatom Emotion 16 and DynaCT at the European Congress of Radiology
HINE is taking the pulse of Europe's e-health market
Mobihealth Body Area Network empowers patients to lead fully mobile lives
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Near-paperless Hospital of the Future now open in south Florida
Pasadena Hospital first in California to offer patients computer-assisted surgery
Surgeons at Scottsdale Bariatrics and Swedish Hospital to use new generation 3D vision system from Viking Systems
WakeMed Hospital deploys MobileAccess in-building wireless network
Already fifth Helios clinical centre in Germany decides to select VEPRO IT-solution
 
Virtual snap shots
 
HIPAA regulations force medical practices to reconsider e-mail and Web communications
Optio Software increases market focus with expanded customer advisory boards
Ascension to release newest microBIRD guidance device and IRLUS medical imaging tool
Novadaq reports positive results after using its Spy intra-operative imaging system in CABG study
E-Care project to make remote health care monitoring not so distant
 
VMWC news bites
 
Quanser and Handshake VR to provide single station development studio for haptic research & development
University of Florida's virtual reality patient teaches bedside manners to medical students
Health Discovery Corporation announces approval of patent application covering Fractal Genomics Modelling (FGM) technology
UCLA Medical Center becomes world's first hospital to introduce remote presence robots in ICU
Iowa baby to receive life-saving robotic surgery by University of Iowa doctors using da Vinci
 

Leads April 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Indian telemedicine firm to supply its Tele Doctor Telemedicine system to the first telemedicine project in Pakistan
Full ArticleThe renowned telemedicine consultant of Pakistan, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed, working in association with the premier medical institute, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, ENGRO & Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation, has decided to go for Tele Doctor, the telemedicine system for the first telemedicine project in Pakistan. The project has equipments for a real-time and store-and-forward telemedicine system.
Virtual Reality PTSD therapy awarded research funding by U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research
Full ArticlePacific Telehealth & Technology Hui announced that an innovative behavioural health initiative that uses virtual reality (VR) therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in warfighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has been awarded $1,3 million in research funding as part of the Warfighter Mental Health Programme at the Medical and Biological Science and Technology Division of the Office of Naval Research.
Innovative treatments in spinal surgery may get patients back on their feet sooner
Full ArticleNew technologies may offer new treatment options for some patients with degenerative back problems, according to research presented and discussed at the recently held 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. These latest innovations in spinal surgery could provide promise for hundreds of thousands of United States patients who undergo spinal surgery each year.
DARPA selects SRI International to lead Trauma Pod Battlefield Medical Treatment System Development Programme
Full ArticleImagine an automated medical treatment system that does not require on-site medical personnel on the front lines of battle, and is ready to receive, assess, and stabilize wounded soldiers during the critical hours following injury. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) has taken a significant step toward that goal by awarding an SRI International-led multi-organisation team a $12 million, two-year contract to develop such a revolutionary system. The groundbreaking programme is an important step toward ensuring a future generation of battlefield-based unmanned medical treatment systems, or "trauma pods", to stabilize injured soldiers within minutes after a battlefield trauma and administer life-saving medical and surgical care prior to evacuation and during transport.
Nemours and JEA set a national standard in remote home monitoring children with asthma using Broadband over Power Lines
Full ArticleNemours, one of the United States' largest paediatric subspeciality group practices, and JEA, the eighth largest municipal electric, water and sewer utility in the United States and the largest in Florida, will begin monitoring chronically ill children in their home using a wall socket to carry the children's medical information back to doctors at Nemours. This is a first for the nation and a first in paediatrics: to use Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) in connection with medical monitoring of patients in their home.
 
Grid for Health
 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences picks Cray XD1 supercomputer for protein structure analysis
Full ArticleThe National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, will use a Cray XD1 supercomputer for advanced research in protein structure analysis and molecular modelling. The Cray XD1 system was procured from GMRI, utilizing their NASA/SEWP contract. Based in Manassas, Virginia, GMRI provides information technology solutions for federal, corporate and education customers. GMRI is a prime contractor to NIEHS and a partner of Cray. GMRI specializes in enterprise mass storage, supercomputing, e-commerce, web application development, network operations, and information and infrastructure assurance.
IBM launches software to help hospitals and government health care agencies identify and manage medical challenges
Full ArticleIBM has made available software, shaped by the input of Federal agencies and private hospitals, that enables adopters to exchange clinical data during a medical crisis, such as an influenza outbreak, the spread of tainted or problematic food and medicines, and inappropriate health care, or can track longer-term health problems, such as those related to diabetes or asthma.
Top hospitals choose Sun Microsystems IT platform for enterprise-wide health care information systems
Full ArticleHealth care delivery organisations, hospitals and medical centres are relying on Sun Microsystems Inc. systems and software, including Solaris, the most advanced operating system in the industry, to ensure the highest degree of availability and security as they work to modernize their clinical records systems. Sun is helping health care providers to securely manage the patient data for hundreds of thousands of patients annually, including the Children's Hospital, the Queen's Medical Center (QMC), and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Sun's expertise in sophisticated IT platforms combined with the premier software and services of Epic Systems Corporation provides a secure platform for enterprise-wide health care information systems, which include electronic medical records (EMR) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) technologies to help reduce medical errors, increase operational efficiencies and improve patient care.
CrossGrid Achievements and Future Plans
Full ArticleIn three years we have developed Grid-enabled solutions for compute- and data-intensive applications that are distributed and require near real-time responses. These solutions are suitable for applications with a person in a computing loop; CrossGrid enables monitoring the progress of application execution, changing its parameters and receiving output on the fly.
National Cancer Institute releases software tool for sharing microarray data
Full ArticleThe National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has released a new software tool that will facilitate the sharing and analysis of microarray data by the medical research community. Microarray technology has many applications in cancer research, including identifying novel genes associated with certain cancers, classifying tumours, and predicting patient outcome. The new tool will advance the NCI's goal of creating an information-sharing network modelled on the World Wide Web for cancer researchers as well as researchers in other fields.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
VNA of Texas selects Misys Homecare to automate health care delivery to improve care and support workforce mobility
Full ArticleThe Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA) in Dallas North Texas' largest homecare agency and one of the nation's premiere non-profit home health care organisations has selected Misys Healthcare Systems, specialized in health care information technology, to deploy Misys Homecare. The software solution, part of the Misys Optimum family of products, will automate VNA of Texas' health care delivery processes by moving to a paperless operation, improving patient care and enhancing work flow efficiency. Misys Homecare will also help the organisation achieve its goals of increasing field workforce mobility and effectiveness and attaining a single enterprise database platform.
RFID Market Guide to Healthcare analyses new market: marry the business strategy and not the technology
Full ArticleFast Track Technologies Ltd., specialized in emerging health care technologies and RFID training, has published an extensive manual titled "RFID and Emerging Technologies Market Guide to Healthcare". Author of the study is Bradley H. Sokol, who has started three emerging technology companies in a variety of industries and currently is running the Fast Track Technologies business. The new manual aims to project market opportunities for key technologies for wireless, medical device connectivity, and RFID technologies. The guide has been written for the entire medical and health care interest community, but is tailored for readers with an interest in the sales, marketing and management dimensions of emerging technologies.
Daou launches strategic mobile health solution and signs Southern Regional
Full ArticleDaou Systems Inc., a provider of IT consulting and management services to health care organisations, has launched a new service offering in the design and implementation of enterprise-wide mobile health strategies for health care providers. The company also has signed Southern Regional Health System located outside of Atlanta.
U.S. Army to secure mobile medical information with endpoint security solution from Pointsec
Full ArticlePointsec, a global expert and provider of the de facto standard for enterprise security software for laptop and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones, will provide endpoint security technology for the U.S. Army's Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4). MC4 will work with Insight Public Sector, a provider of IT products and services for federal governmental divisions and agencies, including the United States Army, to deploy over 11.000 Windows Mobile-based HP Pocket PC handheld devices with Pointsec for Pocket PC encryption technology to its highly-trained medical staff. These devices will be used by Army medical professionals all over the world, especially in the combat situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LGC Wireless enables critical wireless communications in Shands HealthCare facilities
Full ArticleLGC Wireless, specialized in in-building wireless networking solutions, has installed its InterReach Unison system in numerous Shands HealthCare hospitals including Shands at the University of Florida, Shands at AGH, and Shands Jacksonville. Shands HealthCare is affiliated with the University of Florida and is one of the Southeast's premier health systems. The LGC Wireless solution allows for enhanced wireless coverage and capacity throughout the Shands HealthCare hospitals, facilitating delivery of the highest quality of care.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips advances cardiology leadership by integrating best-in-class technologies for improved patient care and outcomes
Full ArticleAt the 2005 American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting, Royal Philips Electronics has unveiled new products and technologies specifically designed for the cardiology market to enhance patient care and comfort, as well as to increase imaging capabilities, improve interoperability and efficiency for clinicians. In addition, Philips participated in the Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) Pavilion as a leadership-level supporter. IHE is an initiative led by health care professionals and industry groups to improve how computer systems share information.
FDA clears new, smaller Ultrasound catheter from Siemens for the visualization of entire heart during non-invasive procedures
Full ArticleOffering the medical community an even smaller, powerful tool to visualize the entire heart during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, Siemens has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to market the new ACUSON AcuNav 8F ultrasound catheter. The new catheter, sized at eight French, is 33 percent smaller in the cross sectional area than the existing AcuNav 10F catheter and enables improved access in all patients, particularly smaller patients for left heart applications in electrophysiology and interventional cardiology.
New version of Misys Laboratory to enhance day-to-day work flow efficiencies and Misys Optimum RIS-PACS solution showcased at PACS 2005
Full ArticleConfronting ever-present challenges managing the medical laboratory technologist shortage, hospitals are increasingly turning to technology to automate their lab operations. The latest version of Misys Laboratory from Misys Healthcare Systems, being demonstrated at the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) Conference in Chicago, introduces new enhancements to blood bank and microbiology modules that improve work flow and productivity and eliminate time-consuming manual steps during lab testing.
Vital Images launches two advanced visualization software products: Vitrea 2, version 3.7 and ViTALCardia
Full ArticleVital Images Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software, is introducing ViTALCardia, a technology solution designed specifically for cardiologists. ViTALCardia includes high-powered software for diagnosis as well as a Web-based thin-client distribution technology to provide access to images throughout the cardiology enterprise. Toshiba America Medical Systems is offering ViTALCardia to its customers in conjunction with its new Aquilion 64 CFX multislice CT scanner. Vital Images demonstrated ViTALCardia at the recent 2005 Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Orlando, Florida. The company also has launched Vitrea 2, Version 3.7, its latest software for 2D, 3D and 4D visualization analysis. The new release features Cardiac Functional Analysis (CFA) and CT Lung options developed by Vital Images. In addition, Version 3.7 includes enhancements to InnerviewGI, the company's CT colon software. Version 3.7, geared to enhance work flow and productivity, is now available for shipment.
Mississippi Baptist Health Systems uses real-time work flow management and patient location from PeriOptimum and Radianse
Full ArticleCommitted to using information technology to support improved clinical outcomes, staff productivity and operational efficiency, Mississippi Baptist Health System Surgery Department has deployed a real-time work flow management and patient location solution from industry partners PeriOptimum and Radianse. The solution integrates patent-pending Radianse active-RFID location technology into PeriOptimum's PathFinder, a software application that collects patient, equipment and process tracking data across peri-operative care, distributes it via a hospital's Intranet or the Internet and stores it for analysis.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
European Science Foundation publishes forward look report on nanomedicine
Full ArticleThere is optimism within the scientific community that the application of nanotechnology to the field of medicine can deliver significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. However, before this optimism can be realised, a number of challenges must first be overcome. Recognising this, the European Science Foundation (ESF) launched the first ever foresight exercise focused on the medical applications of nanotechnology in 2004: its "Scientific Forward Look on Nanomedicine".
Telemedicine revolution is disappearing from the British National Health Service
Full ArticleDespite high expectations, telemedicine and telehealthcare systems, which enable doctors to interact with patients many miles away via video, digital imaging and electronic data transmission, have had only limited impact on the National Health Service (NHS), according to a study sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom.
Siemens Medical Solutions to present Somatom Emotion 16 and DynaCT at the European Congress of Radiology
Full ArticleAt the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria, Siemens Medical Solutions has launched the new Somatom Emotion 16, significantly expanding their Somatom Emotion product line. The new Somatom Emotion 16 enables hospitals and private practices with limited budgets or space allocations to install a 16-slice CT suitable for comprehensive clinical applications. The Somatom Emotion product line has been proven in almost 3500 installations worldwide, and is thus among the most successful product lines in computed tomography (CT) history. Siemens also introduced DynaCT for the first time in Europe. This new application enables users of angiographic C-arm systems to create soft tissue images based on the principles of CT. These CT-like images allow soft tissue differentiation that enables, for instance, detection of intracranial haemorrhages and visualization of the brain tissue. This in turn supports decision making during interventions. It is all made possible by modern flat detector (FD) technology from Siemens.
HINE is taking the pulse of Europe's e-health market
Full ArticleAre Europe's hospitals equipped to meet e-health opportunities? This type of issue was covered by the Health Information Network Europe (HINE) in the largest ever survey of hospitals in Europe, just one of a range of studies it offers members. This unparalleled survey involved telephone interviews with hospital CIOs in 900 hospitals in 15 countries.
Mobihealth Body Area Network empowers patients to lead fully mobile lives
Full ArticleHigh risk and chronically ill patients in Europe may soon find themselves able to lead independent and fully mobile lives thanks to the work of a project that has developed a Body Area Network of wireless sensors to remotely monitor vital signs. Since this IST-funded project MobiHealth ended in February 2004, the project partners have gone on to further develop the mobile health care system and expect to have a commercial product on the market by early next year, potentially marking a major advancement in European health care with benefits for both patients and doctors.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Near-paperless Hospital of the Future now open in south Florida
Full ArticleThe nation's newest digital paperless hospital is now open for patient care, showcasing sophisticated technology that will improve care from admission to discharge. What patients won't find at Memorial Hospital Miramar, though, is manila folders holding paper charts or X-ray films. With advanced digital and wireless technology, Memorial Hospital Miramar features a near-paperless environment, with electronic health records, facility-wide electronic patient tracking, wireless barcode medication charting, the use of digital images across the hospital, and many other innovations.
Pasadena Hospital first in California to offer patients computer-assisted surgery
Full ArticleHuntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, is the first California hospital to purchase ORTHOsoft's Navitrack Navigation System. With this addition, Computer-Assisted Surgery (CAS) is now available to patients in Southern California seeking the most advanced and affordable technology in orthopaedic knee and hip replacement surgery. Huntington Memorial Hospital has the area's highest level of experience in the field of joint replacement. Each year, its orthopaedic surgeons carry out hundreds of knee and hip replacement procedures, and its expertise helps ensure good outcomes for patients.
Surgeons at Scottsdale Bariatrics and Swedish Hospital to use new generation 3D vision system from Viking Systems
Full ArticleThe surgeons at Scottsdale Bariatrics Center, one of United States' leading centers for Bariatric Surgery, will begin using the new generation EndoSite 3Di Vision System, developed by Viking Systems Inc., to perform laparoscopic Bariatric surgery and other general laparoscopic colorectal surgical procedures. Designed for use in complex minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures and training environments, the new system delivers significant enhancements in resolution and visualization capabilities. In turn, surgeons at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden have begun testing Viking's new EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System to perform laparoscopic radical prostatectomies and other complex minimally invasive urological procedures including donor nephrectomies and pyeloplasties.
WakeMed Hospital deploys MobileAccess in-building wireless network
Full ArticleWakeMed Health & Hospitals, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has fully deployed the MobileAccess MA-1000 multi-service voice and data platform providing reliable wireless coverage throughout WakeMed's Raleigh Campus including the hospital, the Andrews Center for Medical Education, and the world-famous Heart Center. WakeMed is committed to providing high-quality patient care, so it is critical that medical personnel stay connected regardless of their location on the hospital campus.
Already fifth Helios clinical centre in Germany decides to select VEPRO IT-solution
Full ArticleAfter the Helios hospitals Grebenhein, Volkach, Bad Nauheim and Berlin-Buch, Germany, also the still completely analogue working Helios clinical centre Müllheim will be equipped with a VEPRO PACS and the VEPRO work flow manager (RIS) in the next weeks. This decision for VEPRO was made simply due to the wide range solution offer and successful co-operation with four other Helios hospitals. The existing Helios customers indeed confirm VEPRO to be the best solution for their individual requirements including the integrated work flow manager and a PACS with only one hospital-wide surface (Graphical user interface), through which all specialized divisions have access to images and finding data.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
HIPAA regulations force medical practices to reconsider e-mail and Web communications
Full ArticleThe latest updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) call for health care providers to adopt secure communication practices to protect Patient Identifiable Data. While not specific as to which technologies should be used, HIPAA does require physicians and health care providers to examine their use of e-mail and on-line communication and take appropriate measures to ensure that private information is not compromised. Until recently, this meant implementing an expensive secure server or Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions, or avoiding the use of e-mail and on-line communication altogether. Recent software developments and innovations, however, have put HIPAA-compliant e-mail and Web solutions within reach of the small health care provider and physician practice.
Optio Software increases market focus with expanded customer advisory boards
Full ArticleFive new members will join Optio Software's 2005-2006 Enterprise and Healthcare Customer Advisory Boards. The two boards meet regularly to recommend product developments, offer their insights and provide feedback on product direction. The most recent meeting of the Healthcare Customer Advisory Board took place March 14-15, 2005, at Optio's world headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Enterprise Customer Advisory Board met March 7-8, 2005. During the recent meetings, Customer Advisory Board members participated in sessions addressing Optio's product roadmap and strategic direction, and shared their feedback, deployment experiences and best practices.
Ascension to release newest microBIRD guidance device and IRLUS medical imaging tool
Full ArticleAscension Technology has released its newest microBIRD guidance device with sensor 30 percent smaller than earlier models. The significance of a six degrees-of-freedom sensor, just 1,3 mm wide, is considerable for minimally invasive medical procedures. In addition, Ascension Technology and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) have developed a new medical imaging tool, called IRLUS, that gives a surgeon a 3D roadmap of the anatomy for performing pancreatic and liver interventions. The two organisations are presently collaborating in the development of medical imaging and simulation systems using pulsed DC magnetic guidance and localization as the enabling technology.
Novadaq reports positive results after using its Spy intra-operative imaging system in CABG study
Full ArticleDrs. Nimesh Desai and Stephen Fremes have reported data on a 120-patient prospective study conducted at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada using Novadaq's proprietary Spy intra-operative imaging system for the assessment of graft quality during Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG). The presentation, "Achieving Perfect Coronary Bypass Patency With Intraoperative Angiography", was presented at the 54th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology, in Orlando, Florida.
E-Care project to make remote health care monitoring not so distant
Full ArticleEfficient, effective and reliable remote health care monitoring is a holy grail in medicine but solutions have so far proved elusive. But it took a step closer to reality with the recent completion of the E-Care project. The IST programme funded project developed a comprehensive monitoring system to capture, transmit and distribute vital health data to doctors, carers and family. Pilot tests of the E-Care system indicate that doctors, nurses, patients and their families found E-Care reliable, simple to use and an effective method to improve the quality of care while reducing costs.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Quanser and Handshake VR to provide single station development studio for haptic research & development
Full ArticleQuanser Inc. and Handshake VR Inc., specialized in control and network haptics, have joined forces to provide the ultimate single-station platform for haptic research and development. The new "Haptic Developers' Studio" (HDS) is an integrated product bundle from Quanser and Handshake that is optimized for single or multiple PC use. The package includes the Handshake proSENSE Virtual Touch Toolbox software, Quanser's versatile hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) software development kit (SDK), and a choice of Quanser's high-performance Q8 or Q4 HIL control board. The HDS functions seamlessly in a MATLAB/Simulink environment.
University of Florida's virtual reality patient teaches bedside manners to medical students
Full Article"Tell me where it hurts" is the classic opening to many a doctor's examination, and University of Florida researchers have given it a digital twist. The scientists have created a virtual reality "patient" that can help medical students master the subtle art of the patient-doctor interview. "DIANA", which stands for DIgital ANimated Avatar, is a life-sized image of a 19-year-old Caucasian female with a passing resemblance to video game hero Lara Croft. Her image, complete with simulated doctor's office in the background, is projected onto a wall. Through their interviews with her, medical students can practise not only the right questions to ask to come to an accurate diagnosis but also the less straightforward aspects of human interaction such as gestures and eye contact.
Health Discovery Corporation announces approval of patent application covering Fractal Genomics Modelling (FGM) technology
Full ArticleHealth Discovery Corporation has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its patent application covering "The method for the manipulation, storage, modelling, visualization and quantification of datasets using a proprietary adaptation of the fractal analysis". This is the base patent application and the first of a series of patent applications covering the Fractal Genomics Modelling (FGM) technology. The FGM technology can be applied to genomic analysis to identify biomarkers to develop treatments, diagnoses or prognoses of diseases by exploiting the map of interactions and the causal relationships between genes rendered by this technology.
UCLA Medical Center becomes world's first hospital to introduce remote presence robots in ICU
Full ArticleUniversity of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center has announced initial clinical tests of the RP-6 mobile robot system in its neurosurgery intensive care unit (ICU). The RP-6 robot, made by InTouch Health Inc. in Santa Barbara, California, allows doctors to "virtually" consult with patients, family members and health care staff at a moment's notice, even if miles away from the hospital.
Iowa baby to receive life-saving robotic surgery by University of Iowa doctors using da Vinci
Full ArticleSurgeons with Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City recently repaired a potentially lethal disorder in a six-day old Iowa girl, making her the first patient to have this type of defect corrected with a robotic surgical system as a neonate, and the smallest person to ever receive robotic surgery of any kind anywhere in the world.
 

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