VMW Monthly - July 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents July 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Polycom demonstrates diabetes telehealth care programme in Delta Diabetes Project
American Diabetes Association launches powerful new health risk profiling tool: Diabetes PHD
Electronic Health Records gain ground across Canada
New computing cluster to help scientists reconstruct the tree of life
Iowa State scientists study using ultrasound to treat brain tumours
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM introduces Grid Medical Archive Solution to manage health care storage growth
Researchers discover window on the brain that could help treat disorders
University of Lübeck first in Europe to implement Terrascale's Terragrid
Association for Computing Machinery joins World Community Grid
Drug discovery drives Grid adoption in the pharmaceutical sector but enterprise use is limited. according to The 451 Group
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Zarlink introduces world's first wireless chip designed specifically for in-body communication systems
Remote vital-sign monitoring technology receives FDA clearance: going live in rural Nevada
Allstream signs agreement with Hospital Logistics for RFID solution
Salem Hospital signs Daou for enterprise mobile health strategy by deploying wireless technology
Taipei City Hospital and Nortel demonstrate the potential of wireless telemedicine
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CompuMed study demonstrates increased efficiency of DICOM OsteoGram over standard x-ray-based version
Kodak to offer innovative 3D software for review and management of virtual colonoscopy images
Mercury Computer Systems announces ExamineRT Server/Thin Client solution for 3D imaging in PACS
Enhanced Misys Radiology brings enterprise efficiency benefits to diagnostic imaging operations
Philips new research facility targets Alzheimer's and Parkinson's with whole body MRI research system
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Telemedicine and Stroke Box initiatives helping acute stroke victims access thrombolysis
New York NeuroImaging Centre will help to uncover the secrets of the brain
European funding for research on biomolecular nanomachines
IBM and EPFL join forces to uncover the secrets of cognitive intelligence
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft approves 16 new Collaborative Research Centres
 
The 21st century hospital
 
eICU system interoperability enables independent hospitals to share critical care resources
Mayo Clinic and Siemens install first SOMATOM Sensation Open CT system with 40 slices
First of its kind medical training facility opens at Riverside Methodist Hospital
Operating rooms of the near future: fewer wires, more information
UCLH NHS Foundation Trust Hospital goes live on IDX Carecast Electronic Patient Records system
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Ascension and Schaerer-Mayfield to show new image-guided surgery system at major European medical conference
Quality Improvement Organisations to help physicians adopt and use IT for better care in the USA
eXI's RFID solutions now available in health care provider sector through Novation
Cardiogenesis announces first robotically-assisted TMR Plus procedure successfully completed
Chiropractors aim to slash waiting times using telemedicine technology
 
VMWC news bites
 
Success of remote screening for diagnosing eye disease in premature infants
New haptics systems challenge stroke patients to grasp, pinch, squeeze their way to recovery
Holographic movies show promise for medical, military applications
New Virtual Reality surgery simulator hones surgeons' skills and improves patient safety
UCSB professors among team awarded $13 million to mount nano-attack on plaque
 

Leads July 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Polycom demonstrates diabetes telehealth care programme in Delta Diabetes Project
Full ArticleCapitol Hill lawmakers are getting a glimpse of the benefits teleconferencing can bring to medicine in a presentation of the Delta Diabetes Project, a joint programme between the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to help aid in the prevention and treatment of diabetes in the Mississippi Delta. The successful telehealth project has utilized videoconferencing technology solutions from Polycom Inc., a provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, providing care to 3000 patients in the Delta to date. Since 2000, Memphis-based UTHSC has used Polycom's solutions to support clinical visits and provide clinical teaching and patient and provider education for the programme.
American Diabetes Association launches powerful new health risk profiling tool: Diabetes PHD
Full ArticleThe American Diabetes Association haslaunched a new interactive Web-based tool that makes it easier for people with diabetes - and anyone at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, or stroke - to better manage their health. The tool, Diabetes Personal Health Decisions (PHD), is the most accurate health risk profiling programme ever developed and is available free to the public.
Electronic Health Records gain ground across Canada
Full ArticleIn line with its mission to help improve health care quality by accelerating the development of Electronic Health Records, Canada Health Infoway has increased the pace of its investments and now has initiatives underway in every province and territory. In 2004-05, Infoway committed project investments of $195 million, 56 percent more than in the previous three years combined, for a total of $321 million since Infoway was created. Infoway initiated 52 new projects in 2004-05, virtually doubling its project count and bringing its cumulative total to 105 projects. These results for the year ended March 31, 2005, which surpass many of the established targets, were presented to Infoway's members at its Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on June 22, 2005.
New computing cluster to help scientists reconstruct the tree of life
Full ArticleA new supercomputing cluster designed for the phylogenetic research community has been installed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). The cluster, a 16 node, 8-way Fusion A8 by Western Scientific, features a total of 128 Opteron processors each with 4 GB memory, for a total of 0,5 TB memory. The cluster was purchased with a grant from the National Science Foundation in support of the CyberInfrastructure for Phylogenetic Research (CIPRes) project, a collaboration of biologists, computer scientists, statisticians and mathematicians at 19 institutions whose goal is to understand the evolutionary relationships between all living organisms.
Iowa State scientists study using ultrasound to treat brain tumours
Full ArticleAn Iowa State University (ISU) research team led by Viren Amin, a scientist at Iowa State's Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering, will study the feasibility of using high-intensity focused ultrasound as a non-invasive way to treat brain tumours.
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM introduces Grid Medical Archive Solution to manage health care storage growth
Full ArticleIBM and Bycast Inc. have designed new solutions to help deliver improved patient care through a Grid-powered storage system that enables Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) applications and other systems to more readily access fixed-content data including medical files, documents and images. IBM Healthcare and Life Science's Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS), based on IBM's TotalStorage and eServer and Bycast Inc.'s StorageGRID software, provides flexible and scalable virtualized storage solutions for medium to large health care organisations and hospital networks.
Researchers discover window on the brain that could help treat disorders
Full ArticleA discovery by scientists at the University of Oregon's Neuroinformatics Center (NIC) promises to help physicians "see" electrical activity in the brain more clearly, opening the way to improved medical care for epilepsy and other brain disorders. The process, which recently won a major international award, provided the genesis for a new company, Cerebral Data Systems.
University of Lübeck first in Europe to implement Terrascale's Terragrid
Full ArticleThe University of Lübeck's Institute of Computer Engineering, located in northern Germany and known by the acronym "ITI", is the first research centre in Europe to implement Terrascale's TerraGrid software into a large-scale computer cluster. The ITI cluster is based on Dual-Opteron blades from Angstrom Microsystems. The nodes are interconnected using a Topspin Infiniband switch and Linux distribution is provided by SuSe. System integration was performed by SCSuperComputingServices Ltd. The cluster is also used for medical applications.
Association for Computing Machinery joins World Community Grid
Full ArticleThe Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has joined IBM's World Community Grid, which is destined to be the largest technology humanitarian effort ever launched. ACM will encourage its 80.000 members worldwide to donate their idle computing time to World Community Grid in an effort to find answers to some of the world's most challenging problems through unparalleled computational research provided by IBM.
Drug discovery drives Grid adoption in the pharmaceutical sector but enterprise use is limited. according to The 451 Group
Full ArticleThe 451 Group has found that while a small number of leading pharmaceutical companies have established significant Grid deployments for drug discovery, a majority of users in this sector remain unconvinced about the broader value of grid computing. A need for high-performance computing makes the pharmaceutical sector a natural adopter of Grids, but The 451 Group has found that compared with other industries, such as financial services, the pharmaceutical sector is somewhat behind in terms of broader deployments.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Zarlink introduces world's first wireless chip designed specifically for in-body communication systems
Full ArticleZarlink Semiconductor has introduced the world's first transceiver chip designed exclusively for wireless communication systems that link implanted medical devices and base stations. The ZL70100 ultra low-power transceiver chip fully meets the MICS standard defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). No other commercially available chip designed for implanted communication systems matches the data rate, ultra low-power performance and high level of integration delivered by the ZL70100 transceiver.
Remote vital-sign monitoring technology receives FDA clearance: going live in rural Nevada
Full ArticleTeleVital Inc., one of the world's largest providers of telemedicine products and services has just been granted FDA clearance for its latest product: VitalWare VMS. VitalWare VMS is TeleVital's remote real-time bed-side monitoring solution allowing for wired and wireless bed-side monitoring from any clinical location in the world. The technology can be adopted for use in almost any critical and intensive care environment.
Allstream signs agreement with Hospital Logistics for RFID solution
Full ArticleAllstream, one of Canada's national business communication solutions providers, has signed an agreement with Hospital Logistics Inc. (HLI) to provide a supply chain management solution using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Hospital Logistics Inc. is a Toronto, Ontario-based company that provides supply chain management solutions to hospitals across the Greater Toronto Area.
Salem Hospital signs Daou for enterprise mobile health strategy by deploying wireless technology
Full ArticleDaou Systems Inc., a provider of IT consulting and management services to health care organisations, has contracted with Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon, to develop a comprehensive plan for integrating wireless technology with the organisation's overall IT systems strategy. The contract represents the third significant mobile health project Daou has signed so far this year.
Taipei City Hospital and Nortel demonstrate the potential of wireless telemedicine
Full ArticleTaipei City Hospital and Nortel have demonstrated a far-reaching wireless telemedicine application with the potential to enable a new immediacy in life-saving medical resources for remote Taiwan communities and outlying islands. In this initiative's first trial application, a surgeon from the Renai Branch of Taipei City Hospital was able to make a real-time wireless Internet connection from a Taipei city subway station to the county hospital on the island of Lienkiang in the Taiwan Strait.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CompuMed study demonstrates increased efficiency of DICOM OsteoGram over standard x-ray-based version
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has presented results of a clinical study comparing its digital x-ray OsteoGram against its standard film x-ray OsteoGram. The results affirm that the digital version assesses Bone Mineral Density (BMD) more efficiently than the standard x-ray version, with comparable reliability and image quality.
Kodak to offer innovative 3D software for review and management of virtual colonoscopy images
Full ArticleEastman Kodak Company will offer an innovative virtual colonoscopy application for use with its KODAK DIRECTVIEW PACS System 5. Kodak and Viatronix Inc. have successfully integrated V3D Colon software into Kodak's PACS to enable health care professionals to automatically process CT images into three-dimensional (3D) models for rapid viewing, diagnosis and report generation. Kodak will demonstrate this seamless, fully integrated medical imaging solution at the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology conference.
Mercury Computer Systems announces ExamineRT Server/Thin Client solution for 3D imaging in PACS
Full ArticleMercury Computer Systems Inc. has launched its innovative software for advanced volume rendering and 3D visualization for PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) OEMS, during the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The Mercury ExamineRT Server/Thin Client provides a centralized, scalable, clustered server architecture that fits within existing PACS frameworks to seamlessly unite installed legacy systems across multiple platforms. Enabling a dramatic increase in 3D work flow speed, the ExamineRT Server/Thin Client also reduces development costs as well as time to market for PACS OEMs.
Enhanced Misys Radiology brings enterprise efficiency benefits to diagnostic imaging operations
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, a provider of health care information technology solutions, has made available Misys Radiology 4.3, an enhanced version of its market-proven radiology information system. Approximately 185 hospitals, integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and imaging centres worldwide use Misys Radiology to automate and manage their patient information and digital imaging needs.
Philips new research facility targets Alzheimer's and Parkinson's with whole body MRI research system
Full ArticlePhilips Medical Systems, a division of Royal Philips Electronics,has opened the ultra high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research centre at its Cleveland facility. The innovative Philips Achieva 7.0T (tesla) research system installed at the centre, responds to researchers' needs for ongoing improvements in MRI capabilities, particularly for the study of degenerative neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. The centre will host the first and only whole body 7.0T MRI system installed in a corporate environment.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Telemedicine and Stroke Box initiatives helping acute stroke victims access thrombolysis
Full ArticleStroke specialists meeting at the European Stroke Congress heard how the use of initiatives such as telemedicine and a novel "Stroke Lysis Box" are now making it possible for an increasing number of acute stroke victims to receive life saving thrombolysis treatment. Acute ischaemic stroke is a treatable condition that requires urgent specialist attention because both thrombolytic drug treatment and specialist care of acute ischaemic stroke have been shown to influence survival as well as recovery.
New York NeuroImaging Centre will help to uncover the secrets of the brain
Full ArticleOne of Europe's most important centres for the study of the human brain was officially opened at the University of York. The GBP 5,2 million York NeuroImaging Centre has been opened by the Minister for Science and Innovation, Lord Sainsbury of Turville. The centre, on York Science Park, boasts two of the most powerful brain scanners in the United Kingdom, which cost a total of GBP 3,5 million, and produce visually stunning images, allowing detailed study of a huge range of brain functions and conditions. Guests at the ceremony on Friday 27 May, will have the chance to tour the centre and see the scanners in action. There will also be a series of presentations on imaging and the centre's links with the commercial and health sector.
European funding for research on biomolecular nanomachines
Full ArticleScientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, and from eight other scientific institutions in Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Italy have received 2 million euro from the European Union for research on "Active Biomimetic Systems". These systems involve two types of biomolecular nanomachines, growing filaments and stepping motors, which are able to generate force in the nanodomain. The research network, which is co-ordinated by Professor Reinhard Lipowsky, will elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying this force generation and will explore new possibilities for the integration of these molecular machines into nano- and microsystems. The network was launched on May 1, 2005.
IBM and EPFL join forces to uncover the secrets of cognitive intelligence
Full ArticleIBM and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have launched a major joint research initiative, nicknamed the Blue Brain Project, to take brain research to a new level. Over the next two years scientists from both organisations will work together using the huge computational capacity of IBM's eServer Blue Gene supercomputer to create a detailed model of the circuitry in the neocortex, the largest and most complex part of the human brain. By expanding the project to model other areas of the brain, scientists hope to eventually build an accurate, computer-based model of the entire brain.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft approves 16 new Collaborative Research Centres
Full ArticleEight of the 16 new Collaborative Research Centres established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) as of 1 July 2005 are primarily focussed on the life sciences. As well as studying memory formation during sleep, the projects also focus on impaired development of the nervous system and immune system therapy. Two Collaborative Research Centres working in engineering aim to develop components with new physical properties, including components made from a single, solid piece. The Collaborative Research Centres that deal primarily with the natural sciences will deal with aspects such as molecular switching, spectral structures in mathematics and studies of quantum matter. Following the decision taken by the Grants Committee responsible for Collaborative Research Centres at its session on 23 and 24 May 2005 the DFG will now fund a total of 269 Collaborative Research Centres at 59 universities, including 23 Transregional Collaborative Research Centres, which are Collaborative Research Centres located at more than one site, as well as 16 Transfer Units, which convert the findings of basic research into practical applications through co-operation between scientists and end users. Additionally, funding for 26 Collaborative Research Centres was extended for a further funding period, including 4 from the humanities and social sciences and engineering, 8 from the natural sciences and 10 from life sciences. The funding for 2005 amounts to approximately 370 million euro.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
eICU system interoperability enables independent hospitals to share critical care resources
Full ArticleThe eICU solution, created by VISICU Inc., will be integrated later this year across three independent Wisconsin hospital systems. A new partnership, Critical Care Solutions LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joins Froedtert & Community Health, ThedaCare and Bellin Health to facilitate the provision of critical care benefits to their intensive care unit (ICU) patients. The interoperability of the VISICU eICU system is the key to functionality across multiple hospitals where each uses a different HIS/CIS platform.
Mayo Clinic and Siemens install first SOMATOM Sensation Open CT system with 40 slices
Full ArticleMayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is the first medical facility to install the SOMATOM Sensation Open computed tomography (CT) system with 40-slice technology. An optional high-capacity patient table, developed as part of the CT Clinical Innovation Center partnership between Mayo Clinic and Siemens Medical Solutions, was installed to offer advanced CT imaging capabilities for bariatric patients. The SOMATOM Sensation Open will be used for image-guided interventional procedures, and cancer and routine diagnostic CT imaging.
First of its kind medical training facility opens at Riverside Methodist Hospital
Full ArticleRiverside Methodist Hospital has opened the Center for Medical Education + Innovation, (CME+I), a prototype training centre that incorporates some of the world's most advanced health care simulation technologies available. The new Center is a comprehensive medical training facility featuring innovative human patient simulation and education technologies, many of which have never been used outside the military. The Center has been lauded as the first of its kind in the world.
Operating rooms of the near future: fewer wires, more information
Full ArticleOnce the new Reinier de Graaf Hospital building opens in Delft in 2009, the operating theatres will be equipped with the very latest technology to facilitate the work of the specialists there. TNO Science and Industry is working together with medical specialists and suppliers of operating theatre equipment primarily to find wireless solutions. - Published in TNO magazine, June 2005 and reprinted with kind permission of the TNO magazine editors
UCLH NHS Foundation Trust Hospital goes live on IDX Carecast Electronic Patient Records system
Full ArticleIDX Systems Corporation and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust have launched the first phase of the Trust's state-of-the-art IDX Carecast electronic patient records (EPR) system, which went live across all eight of the Trust's hospitals earlier this week. This first phase of the Carecast activation replaces the Trust's existing patient administration system and provides additional functions in the Accident & Emergency (A&E) and Maternity departments.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Ascension and Schaerer-Mayfield to show new image-guided surgery system at major European medical conference
Full ArticleAscension Technology will provide 3D guidance for Schaerer-Mayfield's new image-guided surgery system. The Mayfield Acciss II system, initially directed at image guidance in neurosurgery, is being exhibited at CARS, the Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery Conference in Berlin, Germany, June 22-25, 2005. It uses an Ascension pulsed-DC magnetic tracker to provide real-time navigation of a sterile probe within the patient's anatomy. The probe's tip is registered to "pre-acquired" or real-time patient images to give the surgeon a clear roadmap of the operative field during the procedure.
Quality Improvement Organisations to help physicians adopt and use IT for better care in the USA
Full ArticleUnder a new three-year contract (2005-2008) with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the national network of Quality Improvement Organisations (QIOs) will begin in 2005 to help physicians adopt and use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other health information technology (HIT) to improve care. QIOs will assist the physician practices that often need the most help, mainly smaller and medium-sized practices that make up the majority of primary care practices in America.
eXI's RFID solutions now available in health care provider sector through Novation
Full ArticleVeriChip Corporation's recent acquisition, eXI Wireless Inc., has signed a three-year, dual-source agreement with Novation, the supply company of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). With this contract, two of eXI's RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) solutions for the health care industry will now be made accessible to more than 2500 VHA and UHC members as top-of-the-line protection solutions.
Cardiogenesis announces first robotically-assisted TMR Plus procedure successfully completed
Full ArticleThe first robotically-assisted entirely endoscopic TMR PLUS procedure has been completed. Louis A. Brunsting, III, M.D., successfully performed the procedure at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The patient, a 58-year-old male suffering from intractable angina pectoris, had undergone two coronary artery bypass procedures in the last five years. While still in severe distress from his condition, he was no longer a candidate for further bypass surgery or stent placement.
Chiropractors aim to slash waiting times using telemedicine technology
Full ArticleDr. Peter Bull and Dr. Ray Hayek, who have a combined chiropractic experience of 50 years, are senior academics and chiropractors at Macquarie University in Australia. They have established a spin-off company called Image Connections Australasia (ICA) which will provide an end-to-end teleradiology solution for chiropractors based anywhere in the country leading to faster, cheaper and more professional chiropractic care for patients.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Success of remote screening for diagnosing eye disease in premature infants
Full ArticleIn a major step forward for the care of premature infants as well as telemedicine, new research shows that remote screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) can be accomplished as effectively as bedside diagnosis, and with potentially greater efficiency. These findings from the international Photographic Screening Study for ROP (PhotoROP) were presented at the recent annual meeting of the Association for Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
New haptics systems challenge stroke patients to grasp, pinch, squeeze their way to recovery
Full ArticleStroke patients who face months of tedious rehabilitation to regain the use of impaired limbs may benefit from new haptics systems - interfaces that add the sense of touch to virtual computer environments - in development at the University of Southern California's Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC). The new systems, being designed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Annenberg School for Communication, are challenging stroke patients to grasp, pinch, squeeze, throw and push their way to recovery.
Holographic movies show promise for medical, military applications
Full ArticleIn a small research laboratory at the University of Texax (UT) Southwestern Medical Center, a grainy, red movie of circling fighter jets emerges from a table-top black box, while nearby, a video of a rotating human heart hangs suspended in a tank of gooey gel. These images, the first true, three-dimensional, holographic movies, are the brainchild of Dr. Harold "Skip" Garner, professor of biochemistry and internal medicine at UT Southwestern.
New Virtual Reality surgery simulator hones surgeons' skills and improves patient safety
Full ArticleOregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine recently acquired a new high-fidelity simulation device that enables surgeons to practise complex operative tasks before entering the operating room, improving patient safety in Oregon and beyond. The Department of Surgery recently won a $50.000 grant from the Oregon Simulation Alliance to purchase a state-of-the-art virtual reality laparoscopic surgery simulator, the LSW 3.0.
UCSB professors among team awarded $13 million to mount nano-attack on plaque
Full ArticleA partnership of 25 scientists from the College of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Burnham Institute and the Scripps Research Institute, both of La Jolla, have been awarded $13 million to use nanotechnologies in the design of new ways to detect, monitor, treat, and eliminate "vulnerable" plaque, the probable cause of death from sudden cardiac arrest. The organisations were selected as a collaborative "Programme of Excellence in Nanotechnology" (PEN) by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
 

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