VMW Monthly - June 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents June 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
IBM and UPMC in $402 million on demand agreement to drive health care transformation
National Geographic and IBM launch landmark project to map how humankind populated planet
Sick Kids establishes telehealth partnership with Trinidad and Tobago
Breast CT reaches clinical testing at the point to may improve on mammography
Gene archeology gets easier using Carnegie Mellon University software
 
Grid for Health
 
Europe's first interactive system bringing Grid technology to the final user
Marist College is first university to join World Community Grid powered by 100.000 devices
EGEE speeds up hunt for new Malaria drugs
Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology chooses HP supercomputer to accelerate scientific discovery
Shared computing Grid cuts data mountains down to size in Grid Laboratory of Wisconsin
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Syscan and Sybase team to provide RFID-based pathology system
MedAptus' point-of-care solution suite strengthened via integration of Zix Corporation's PocketScript e-Prescribing application
Health Hero Network partner Sananet honoured by Ministry of Health for best practice in telehealth using Health Buddy system
Zix debuts PocketScript Version 5.52 including electronic connectivity to pharmacies
BCC Consulting to release white paper entitled Mobile e-Prescribing: The Killer App for IT Adoption
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Trestle Holdings releases Xcellerator suite of pathology work flow applications
Iron Mountain offers Comprehensive Health Information Management programme
NuVasive launches SpheRx DBR minimally disruptive fixation system
R2 Technology launches its second-generation ImageChecker CT Lung computer-aided detection system
Inland Northwest Health Services selects Kryptiq to connect Regional Health Information System
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Capgemini to assist Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports with national implementation of medical records
I-Learning IST project enhances rehabilitation and learning in the presence of virtual reality
Sister Mary, the robo-doc to start making ward rounds at St. Mary's Hospital
Surgical robots win GBP 1,025 million funding through Oxford Angels Network
European Commission calls for better use of technologies that empower patients, improve health care and save lives
 
The 21st century hospital
 
St. Clair Hospital reduces medication administration errors with Socket Communications bar code scanning technology
Methodist Health System in Omaha to select Zix Corporation e-mail encryption
Cleveland Clinic researchers to use SGI visualization technology for positioning, analysis and calibration of brain pacemakers
St. Francis Hospital introduces new CT scanner for early detection of heart disease
Stanford Hospital and Clinics and PeaceHealth upgrade to next-generation IDX Carecast
 
Virtual snap shots
 
MercuryMD and AccessPt enter formal partnership leveraging strengths to benefit current and potential customers
Ohio State University College of Medicine signs a collaboration agreement on digital pathology with BioImagene
Applied Digital's VeriChip Corporation introduces improved patient wander protection
Computed tomography has potential to offer accurate, safer method for detecting artery disease
Wealthy jacket Wearable Health Care System has won the Avantex Innovation Prize 2005
 
VMWC news bites
 
University of Michigan and French ROBEA project to design walking RABBIT robot for rehabilitation purposes
Robotic surgery dramatically reduces physical trauma for head and neck cancer patients
CyberKnife Radiosurgery System now eliminates need for surgical procedure with XSight tracking to treat spine tumours
Da Vinci surgical robot helps to reduce stroke in common cardiac disorder
Teletrauma... From myth to reality? An interview with Dr. Rifat Latifi, Associate Professor of Surgery and Trauma and Critical Care, University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona
 

Leads June 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
IBM and UPMC in $402 million on demand agreement to drive health care transformation
Full ArticleIBM and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have entered into an eight-year, $402 million agreement to address some of the biggest problems facing health care today. The on demand agreement will radically transform the ability of the health care industry to create the technology solutions necessary to address the increasingly critical issues of health care quality and cost.
National Geographic and IBM launch landmark project to map how humankind populated planet
Full ArticleThe National Geographic Society and IBM have launched a groundbreaking research initiative that will trace the migratory history of the human species. The Genographic Project, a five-year research partnership, will use sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people, including indigenous peoples and members of the general public, to map how the Earth was populated. Led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells, Ph.D., a team of international scientists and IBM researchers will collect genetic samples, analyse results and report on the genetic roots of modern humans.
Sick Kids establishes telehealth partnership with Trinidad and Tobago
Full ArticleThe Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) expands its global reach with the establishment of a telehealth site in Trinidad and Tobago. The telehealth link between Sick Kids and the University of the West Indies (UWI), launched today, will use videoconferencing technology to conduct real-time patient consultations between the two centres. Health care paediatric professionals from Mount Hope Hospital in Trinidad will use the UWI telehealth site to access specialists at Sick Kids for the purposes of patient consultations, education and research in order to strengthen paediatric health care services in Trinidad and Tobago.
Breast CT reaches clinical testing at the point to may improve on mammography
Full ArticleA new breast screening technology that may be able to detect tumours earlier than mammography, without the need for uncomfortable breast compression, is being tested in patients at the University of California (UC), Davis, Medical Center. Developed at UC Davis, the machine is the first breast CT to reach clinical testing in a generation. An early prototype was tested in the 1970s, but abandoned as impractical.
Gene archeology gets easier using Carnegie Mellon University software
Full ArticleComparing genomes of different species can tell you when new genes evolved and what they do for their respective hosts. But pinpointing the ancestry of any given gene is a complex computational task. Now, powerful new software makes gene "archeology" considerably easier, reports a team of investigators at Carnegie Mellon University. The scientists, who are making this software publicly available for the first time, presented their findings at the RECOMB meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Grid for Health
 
Europe's first interactive system bringing Grid technology to the final user
Full ArticleEver since the Internet was created, it has developed and advanced as new services have been introduced that have made it easier to access and send data between remote computers. Electronic mail and the easy-to-use interactive interface known as the World Wide Web are just two of the most important services that have helped to make the Internet as popular as it is today. Grid technology, one of the latest systems that has been developed for linking computing resources, connects hundreds of large computers so they can share not only data itself, but also data processing capability and large storage capacity. This technology has now taken an important step forward: the hardware and tools required to make the interface interactive have become available. The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has participated in the project, taking charge of creating software to co-ordinate access between the different computers in the new system.
Marist College is first university to join World Community Grid powered by 100.000 devices
Full ArticleRecently, World Community Grid enlisted its 100.000th computer and its first university partner, Marist College, in the humanitarian effort to find answers to the world's most daunting scientific problems through unparalleled computational research provided by IBM. World Community Grid is harnessing the unused computer power of the world's computers and directing it to humanitarian efforts. In less than five months, more than 64.000 individuals have signed up their personal and business computers and have donated more than 8250 years of run time.
EGEE speeds up hunt for new Malaria drugs
Full ArticleThe Drug Discovery application running on the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) production service aims to find potential new drugs to combat malaria, a disease which kills a million people per year and affects 300 million more. The number of malaria cases and deaths has increased in many parts of the world, mainly because the most widely used drug - Chloroquine - has been rendered useless by drug resistance, and because the Anopheles mosquitoes that carry malaria have become increasingly resistant to common insecticides. In molecular biology research, parasite proteins have been identified which are potential targets for drugs against malaria.
Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology chooses HP supercomputer to accelerate scientific discovery
Full ArticleThe Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research based in New Delhi, India, has chosen a four-teraflop HP supercomputer running the Linux operating system to advance its life sciences computational biology research.
Shared computing Grid cuts data mountains down to size in Grid Laboratory of Wisconsin
Full ArticleAlthough University of Wisconsin-Madison professors Wesley Smith and David Schwartz operate in completely different scientific spheres - one seeking to explore the fundamental properties of matter and the other trying to wrest free the secrets of the human genome - both have the same dilemma: they are awash in a sea of data. To make sense of the human genome, for example, David Schwartz and the small army of scientists engaged in one of biology's grandest projects must sort through 20.000-25.000 genes and the hundreds of millions of base pairs - long, contiguous sequences of DNA that are the genes' biochemical memory.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Syscan and Sybase team to provide RFID-based pathology system
Full ArticleSyscan International Inc. has teamed with Sybase Inc., a provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, to deliver a completely integrated RFID-based specimen tracking and processing system for ProPath of Dallas Texas, an expert in pathology services to physicians and hospitals. ProPath is using Sybase's RFID Enterprise data and process integration suite coupled with the RFID Anywhere middleware platform from Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions to better manage specimen testing along with Syscan's RFID transponders, readers and RFID systems expertise to increase the efficiency and precision of ProPath's internal operations. The implementations will accelerate sample processing and improve records management, while dramatically reducing the possibility of the "human error" factor.
MedAptus' point-of-care solution suite strengthened via integration of Zix Corporation's PocketScript e-Prescribing application
Full ArticlePocketScript, an e-prescribing application from Dallas-based Zix Corporation, is now generally available through the MedAptus solution suite. In addition, Dedham Medical Associates (DMA), a multi-speciality group practice located in greater Boston, has agreed to deploy PocketScript to 71 physicians. DMA is the second MedAptus customer to contract for the integrated solution.
Health Hero Network partner Sananet honoured by Ministry of Health for best practice in telehealth using Health Buddy system
Full ArticleHealth Hero Network's Dutch partner Sananet B.V., an eHealth company offering information and communication technology products and services to improve the quality of health and social services in The Netherlands, was selected by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) for a best practice project in telemedicine. Sananet was invited to demonstrate their project using Health Hero Network technology at the Ministerial Conference and Exhibition e-health 2005, May 23 and 24 in Tromsø, Norway. The Ministerial Conference is a high-level conference and exhibition sponsored by the European Commission to promote advances in health care enabled by information and communications technology (ICT).
Zix debuts PocketScript Version 5.52 including electronic connectivity to pharmacies
Full ArticleZix Corporation, a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, has made available PocketScript 5.52, the latest version of its e-prescribing application. This newest release adds direct computer connectivity to transmit prescriptions electronically to pharmacies via the SureScripts Electronic Prescribing Network, enhancements to alternative formulary messaging, and additional logging/reporting functions.
BCC Consulting to release white paper entitled Mobile e-Prescribing: The Killer App for IT Adoption
Full ArticleBCC Consulting has released "Mobile e-Prescribing: The Killer App for IT Adoption". The white paper explains in detail how mobile electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing (eRx), can improve patient safety while driving down costs. The white paper also argues that the greatest return on health care IT investment will result from delivering key eRx functionality through mobile devices (mRx).
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Trestle Holdings releases Xcellerator suite of pathology work flow applications
Full ArticleTrestle Holdings Inc., a supplier of digital imaging systems and services for pathology, drug safety and discovery, has introduced the Xcellerator suite of digital pathology work flow applications following the company's recent acquisition of InterScope Technologies. The new suite of Web-based applications is available for both clinical and educational settings. It provides digital image archiving, and caseflow and database management, auditing, conferencing, and image-enhanced report generation across a wide range of imaging platforms, simplifying the work flow of anatomic and cytological pathologists.
Iron Mountain offers Comprehensive Health Information Management programme
Full ArticleIron Mountain Incorporated, an expert in outsourced records management and data protection services, has made available on a wide scale its Comprehensive Health Information Management (CHM) programme, a fully outsourced medical records file room operation. The programme is geared toward helping major health care providers drive down costs, increase efficiencies and prepare for the deployment of the Electronic Health Record (EHR).
NuVasive launches SpheRx DBR minimally disruptive fixation system
Full ArticleNuVasive Inc., a medical device company focused on developing products for minimally disruptive surgical treatments for the spine, has launched the SpheRx Dual Ball Rod (DBR) Minimally Disruptive Fixation System for percutaneous posterior spinal fixation. The SpheRx DBR is the latest addition to the company's Maximum Access Surgery (MAS) Platform of products and offers spine surgeons a number of clinical and ease-of-use benefits, as well as seamless integration with the company's NeuroVision Nerve Avoidance System.
R2 Technology launches its second-generation ImageChecker CT Lung computer-aided detection system
Full ArticleR2 Technology Inc., specialized in computer-aided detection (CAD) technology for earlier detection of breast cancer, has launched its ImageChecker CT Lung Version 2.0 CAD software system and AutoPoint temporal comparison feature for use during review of multi-slice CT (MSCT) chest exams. This second-generation software is designed to maximize physician accuracy and efficiency in finding actionable lung nodules early - when treatment can be most effective - and tracking nodule changes over time. The new system also features expanded PACS integration for increased work flow efficiency. The ImageChecker CT Lung Version 2.0 CAD software system and AutoPoint temporal comparison tool will soon be made available as the only CT Lung CAD option integrated into the Vitrea workstation's CT Lung visualization package, developed by Vital Images Inc.
Inland Northwest Health Services selects Kryptiq to connect Regional Health Information System
Full ArticleLauded by peers as a pre-eminent example for Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) success, Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) of Spokane, Washington, is expanding its relationship with Kryptiq Corporation to further its vision for a connected health care community. INHS is a non-profit corporation sponsored by Deaconess Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center, and manages medical information for 2,6 million patients across 32 hospitals in Washington and Idaho. By integrating Kryptiq ClinicalMessenger with their existing network of electronic health record (EHR) systems, an entire region of health care providers can now share critical patient information where and when it is needed from directly within their EHR.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Capgemini to assist Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports with national implementation of medical records
Full ArticleCapgemini is assisting with the national implementation of the Electronic Medication Record (EMD) and the Observation File for General Practitioners (WDH). The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS) has awarded this task to Capgemini Consulting Services' Health Care marketing group. Dutch politicians are focusing on the introduction of medical records in health care. The EMD implementation will be the first step to the integrated launch of an Electronic Medical Record (EPD). VWS aims to score results in the area of EMD and WDH and has appointed Gijs de Vries, vice president at Capgemini Consulting Services, as the implementation manager.
I-Learning IST project enhances rehabilitation and learning in the presence of virtual reality
Full ArticleSuccessful tests have shown that virtual reality (VR) can greatly help users to "mentally rehearse" and acquire new, or relearn old, motor tasks. Unlike current sports training practices or the rich simulation techniques used in pilot training, the I-Learning IST project used relatively simple VR technology which can potentially produce a compelling sense of presence that helps learners create new motor tasks or, if necessary, to activate and modify pre-existing ones.
Sister Mary, the robo-doc to start making ward rounds at St. Mary's Hospital
Full ArticleSt. Mary's NHS Trust and Imperial College London are piloting a scheme where medical robots will cover ward rounds. Remote Presence (RP6) Robots allow a medical expert to visually examine and communicate with a patient from anywhere in the world, via the machine, using wireless technology. The robots, nicknamed by staff Sister Mary and Dr. Robbie, can also be used for surgical teaching and even videoconferencing.
Surgical robots win GBP 1,025 million funding through Oxford Angels Network
Full ArticleA Buckinghamshire company whose intelligent robots can assist surgeons during complex operations, has raised GBP 1,025 million with the help of Oxfordshire Investment Opportunity Network (OION), Europe's leading technology business angel network, and investment from Hoegh Capital and Octopus Asset Management. Armstrong Healthcare Ltd., a producer of image-guided surgical robots, will use the funds to support the development of its three main products through clinical trials to launch as revenue generating products.
European Commission calls for better use of technologies that empower patients, improve health care and save lives
Full ArticleCommissioners Markos Kyprianou, Health and Consumer Protection, and Viviane Reding, Information Society and Media, are calling on governments and the private sector to make better use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Europe's health care systems. Health ministers and IT experts from across Europe are due to meet in the Norwegian town of Tromsø on 23 and 24 May to debate how the potential of "eHealth" can be realised. This third European ministerial conference on eHealth is jointly organised by the Commission, Luxembourg Presidency and the Norwegian government. The event also encompasses an exhibition of best practices in health care drawn from across Europe
 
The 21st century hospital
 
St. Clair Hospital reduces medication administration errors with Socket Communications bar code scanning technology
Full ArticleSt. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, selected Socket Communications Inc.'s bar code scanning technology to upgrade and automate the hospital patient care system. St. Clair is using Socket's In-Hand Scan Card with Pocket PCs in conjunction with Veriscan from Sculptor Developmental Technologies Inc., a software engineering company dedicated to providing software solutions to the health care industry, to reduce medication errors, streamline work flow and improve patient safety.
Methodist Health System in Omaha to select Zix Corporation e-mail encryption
Full ArticleMethodist Health System, a non-profit organisation based in Omaha, Nebraska, has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorporation's eSecure services. Methodist Health System purchased ZixVPM - Virtual Private Messenger - and ZixPort e-mail encryption and content filtering services to meet the e-mail protection mandates of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). ZixVPM will enforce e-mail security policies to ensure secure handling of confidential data for 3000 users, including a pre-configured HIPAA lexicon that automatically detects and encrypts protected health information (PHI). ZixPort will provide custom branding and encrypted messaging functionality to the organisation's Web site.
Cleveland Clinic researchers to use SGI visualization technology for positioning, analysis and calibration of brain pacemakers
Full ArticleTo alleviate symptoms of Parkinson's Disease and other nervous system movement disorders, researchers and clinicians at the Cleveland Clinic are implanting an FDA-approved electrical stimulation device into the brain. The deep brain stimulation (DBS) device, very similar to a cardiac pacemaker, is being implanted in approximately 200 people a year at the Cleveland Clinic, one of the largest DBS implant centres in the world. To provide a theoretical understanding of how electric fields influence the way neurons in the brain respond to this electrical stimulation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute is using visualization technology from Silicon Graphics with the near-term focus of generating and studying computer models of the phenomenon.
St. Francis Hospital introduces new CT scanner for early detection of heart disease
Full ArticleSt. Francis Hospital, the Heart Center, is introducing the most promising new development in diagnostic imaging technology in years, the 64-slice Multidetector Computed Tomography (MDCT) scanner. With its ability to see inside coronary arteries with unprecedented clarity, the new scanner is a major step forward in the early detection and treatment of heart disease. Moreover, the scanner is faster, more reliable, easier on the patient, and in some cases eliminates the need for more invasive exams.
Stanford Hospital and Clinics and PeaceHealth upgrade to next-generation IDX Carecast
Full ArticleStanford Hospital & Clinics and IDX Systems Corporation have signed an upgrade agreement for the next-generation IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system. Using IDX LastWord, Carecast's predecessor, Stanford has achieved close to 100 percent physician adoption rates for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) for inpatient care. With its upgrade to Carecast, signed in Q1 2005, Stanford plans to launch wireless medication barcode charting and continue its roll-out of CPOE and electronic, interdisciplinary clinical documentation across its hospital facility. In addition PeaceHealth, a long-time IDX LastWord customer, will upgrade to the next-generation IDX Carecast enterprise system from IDX Systems Corporation. Carecast will enable the organisation to further advance its electronic community health record (CHR), which supports the care of 1,4 million people across three states. Accessed by 16.000 employees and affiliated physicians, PeaceHealth's community health record (CHR) spans six acute care hospitals as well as multiple physician clinics in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Using Carecast, the organisation plans to expand use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), further advance on-line clinical documentation, and introduce a fully image-enabled electronic patient record in conjunction with IDX Imagecast technology. PeaceHealth's upgrade to Carecast was also signed in Q1 2005.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
MercuryMD and AccessPt enter formal partnership leveraging strengths to benefit current and potential customers
Full ArticleMercuryMD, a private, health care-focused software company that provides hospitals with mobile technology solutions for clinicians, and AccessPt, a developer of Internet-based software applications for the health care industry, have formed a strategic partnership. This partnership pairs together the experts in their respective market segments. MercuryMD is specialized in mobilizing patient data; AccessPt is the proven portal integration solution for the health care industry. This partnership will extend preferred pricing options to current and potential customers. Additionally, both companies will explore platform interoperability strategies.
Ohio State University College of Medicine signs a collaboration agreement on digital pathology with BioImagene
Full ArticleThe Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine and BioImagene have signed an agreement to engage in numerous collaborative activities, including joint research proposals at the state and national levels, joint projects with profit potential, and other mutually beneficial activities. The collaborative programme is to be undertaken by the Department of Pathology, under the leadership of Sanford H. Barsky, M.D., Professor and Senhauser Chair in the Department of Pathology, who has teamed up with BioImagene to develop Digital Pathology as both a research as well as a diagnostic tool.
Applied Digital's VeriChip Corporation introduces improved patient wander protection
Full ArticleVeriChip Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Digital, has released its improved patient wander protection solution in conjunction with its recent acquisition of eXI Wireless Inc. With the integration of eXI Wireless' external security solutions for people, VeriChip Corporation now provides leading-edge security solutions utilizing both implanted and external RFID products for people. The company now, through the introduction of improved external products, offers a complete wander protection system in the health care industry.
Computed tomography has potential to offer accurate, safer method for detecting artery disease
Full ArticleMultislice computed tomography appears to provide high accuracy for detecting coronary artery disease and may represent a useful complement to conventional coronary angiography, according to a study in the May 25 issue of JAMA. Conventional invasive coronary angiography is currently the diagnostic standard for clinical evaluation of known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), according to background information in the article. The risk of adverse events is small, but serious and potentially life-threatening events may occur, including arrhythmia, stroke, coronary artery dissection, and access site bleeding - total complication rate, 1,8 percent; death rate, 0,1 percent. Furthermore, angiography catheterization induces some discomfort and mandates routine follow-up care. Guidelines recommend that conventional invasive diagnostic angiography be restricted to stringent clinical indications.
Wealthy jacket Wearable Health Care System has won the Avantex Innovation Prize 2005
Full ArticleThe Wealthy jacket "Wearable Health Care System", has won the "Avantex Innovation Prize 2005". The prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at Avantex and Techtextil 2005 in Frankfurt am Main. Additionally, the prize-winning developments will be presented to an audience of international trade visitors in a special exhibition during Avantex and Techtextil, June 7-9, 2005.
 
VMWC news bites
 
University of Michigan and French ROBEA project to design walking RABBIT robot for rehabilitation purposes
Full ArticleThe machine called RABBIT, which resembles a high-tech Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz", minus the arms, was developed by University of Michigan and French scientists over six years. It's the first known robot to walk and balance like a human, and late last year, researchers succeeded in making RABBIT run for six steps. It has been able to walk gracefully for the past 18 months. Universit of Michigan researcher Jessy Grizzle, who developed the control theory for the robot, said that the balancing ability programmed into the robot has many applications in the medical field, such as so-called smart prosthetics that adapt to the wearer, and physical rehabilitation aids to help people regain the ability to walk.
Robotic surgery dramatically reduces physical trauma for head and neck cancer patients
Full ArticleFor patients with cancer of the mouth and throat, surgery is a frequent course of treatment, often leading to speech and swallowing dysfunction and external scarring. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) School of Medicine's Department of Otorhino-laryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, have completed two studies - the most comprehensive and largest to date - that demonstrate the effective use of the daVinci Surgical Robotic System to perform Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) which greatly reduces surgical trauma for patients. Their initial findings were presented at the recent combined Annual Meetings of Otorhino-laryngology (ear, nose and throat) Experts - the Triologic Society in Boca Raton, Florida.
CyberKnife Radiosurgery System now eliminates need for surgical procedure with XSight tracking to treat spine tumours
Full ArticleMarking a major advance in non-invasive surgery, Accuray has introduced the Xsight Spine Tracking System, which integrates with the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System to eliminate the need for surgical implantation of uncomfortable radiographic markers, or fiducials, in the delivery of radiosurgery treatments for spinal tumours.
Da Vinci surgical robot helps to reduce stroke in common cardiac disorder
Full ArticleA Southwestern Ontario man has become the first in the world to undergo a robotic procedure that aims to reduce the chance of clot formation and stroke for high risk patients suffering from Atrial Fibrillation (AF). The procedure called a robotic assisted left atrial appendage ligation was performed at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) by an interdisciplinary team of surgeon/scientists from Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) and Lawson Health Research Institute and will provide patients with AF another treatment option.
Teletrauma... From myth to reality? An interview with Dr. Rifat Latifi, Associate Professor of Surgery and Trauma and Critical Care, University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona
Full ArticleIn a recent interview with Dr. Anton V, Dr. Latifi brought up the topic of Teletrauma and the other day, I found an interesting e-mail in my inbox about an active Teletrauma programme in Tucson Arizona and I realized that I needed to follow on the use of telemedicine in trauma care. Interview by Bob Pyke, with Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS.
 

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