VMW Monthly - August 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents August 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Canadian researchers at University of Alberta call for more angiograms
Imaging goes 3D with Stanford University PET/CT image capturing SNM's 2005 Image of the Year
United States state and local agencies drive Health Information Technology initiatives
Philips ties up with ISRO, Apollo Hospital and DHAN to provide affordable rural health care
Comparative chromosome study finds breakage trends and cancer ties
 
Grid for Health
 
Massively Parallel Technologies announces successful early beta testing of bioinformatics solution
United Devices powers free on-line health assessment from American Diabetes Association
The BioSciences Group of Fujitsu unveils new in silico technique for enhanced ADME/Tox predictions
Cybercamps uses extra computer bandwidth to fight disease
Ecce Homology draws with DNA in bioart to illuminate genomics
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Siemens provides top-level security for digital signatures: smart card operating system CardOS certified for 2048-bit signatures
Health Hero Network awarded Medicare demonstration project that will use innovative technology based preventive care for patients
Implantable chips bear promise but privacy standards are needed
Zix Corporation and eClinicalWorks form strategic alliance to provide interoperability for clinical information and e-prescribing systems
TAGSYS item-level RFID systems adopted by leading life science research labs
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
NuVasive files IDE for Cerpass cervical Total Disc Replacement product
DataGlider chooses IBM as preferred partner to deliver On Demand business solutions to meet health care industry customer needs
HERAE launches paperless payment processing for health care industry
Bridgetech acquires exclusive distribution rights for PalTrack Asset Tracking technology
Trestle's Xcellerator services offering selected by Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education for Dermatopathology update course
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
BioFinger portable molecular detection tool to revolutionise medical diagnosis
GRAB system to aid the blind nominated for Descartes Prize
Elekta and Medical Intelligence form international distribution partnership creating complete solutions for stereotactic radiation treatments
European Union-funded technology bound to improve health care and empower patient
St. Jude Medical announces exclusive European co-promotion alliance with HemoSense Inc.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
New technology diagnoses health problems before symptoms appear
World's first Ambient Experience radiology suite opens at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital
High-tech Helford Clinical Research Hospital gives patients a new lease on life
New Royal Ottawa Hospital to showcase power of wireless telemedicine
Neurology clinic of UCSF Medical Center manages client charts with FileTrail's technology
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Aerotel unveils Voice Receiving Module eliminating need for operator to receive transtelephonic ECG transmissions
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia announces Screven County Hospital to join Georgia Rural Telemedicine Network
Global Med Technologies to install SafeTrace and SafeTrace Tx throughout Nigeria
The Austin Diagnostic Clinic becomes first in Texas to offer patients innovative computer-assisted surgery technology
Medcon receives FDA clearance for its innovative haemodynamic monitoring system, Windsurfer
 
VMWC news bites
 
MIT to develop Anklebot for stroke patients and research team to foresee robotic gym
Infant simulator makes its first appearance at the University of California Davis Medical Center
Virtual colonoscopy reveals diseases outside the colon as well
Hydraulic machines and software create better spinal implants
Surgical robot scrubs in at UNC and may be more precise than conventional surgery
 

Leads August 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Canadian researchers at University of Alberta call for more angiograms
Full ArticleMore tests need to be prescribed to save and prolong the lives of Canadians living with coronary artery disease, according to a study released from the University of Alberta. The research shows that the more Alberta physicians prescribe cardiac catheterizations, also know as angiograms, to detect people with coronary artery disease, the more people they are finding who have high-risk blockages and who would benefit from therapeutic treatment, such as bypass surgery and angioplasty.
Imaging goes 3D with Stanford University PET/CT image capturing SNM's 2005 Image of the Year
Full ArticleAn image by Stanford University researchers that details taking molecular/nuclear imaging to a three-dimensional level - providing a merged or "fused" picture of the body's metabolism and structure as well as a "virtual" visualization of the body's organs "from the inside out" - has been named the 2005 Image of the Year at the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM)'s 52nd Annual Meeting in Toronto.
United States state and local agencies drive Health Information Technology initiatives
Full ArticleThe federal government has awarded over 100 grants worth $139 million to 38 state governments to implement federal Health Information Technology (HIT) initiatives over the next four years, according to a report released by INPUT, the expert in government market intelligence. The primary purpose of these initiatives is to promote the movement toward health care information automation and to generate electronic health records, which will be shared nationwide.
Philips ties up with ISRO, Apollo Hospital and DHAN to provide affordable rural health care
Full ArticlePhilips India, a subsidiary of the Netherlands based Royal Philips Electronics, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), part of the Department of Space under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF) and Development of Humane Action (DHAN), a Madurai-based NGO, are jointly involved in DISHA or Distance Healthcare Advancement, a project aimed at meeting the health care needs of the less privileged in India. Each is a strategic partner in the project bringing their unique capabilities to deliver the project's aims.
Comparative chromosome study finds breakage trends and cancer ties
Full ArticleBreakages in chromosomes in mammalian evolution have occurred at preferred rather than random sites as long thought, and many of the sites are involved in human cancers, an international team of 25 scientists has discovered. The researchers, reporting in the July 22 issue of the journal Science, also found that chromosomal evolution has accelerated, based on the rate of breakages and reorganisation, since the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
 
Grid for Health
 
Massively Parallel Technologies announces successful early beta testing of bioinformatics solution
Full ArticleEarly beta testers of BioTech BLAST Virtual Power Center (VPC), developed by Massively Parallel Technologies (MPT), a provider of on-demand high-performance computing, dramatically reduced time-to-answers for large and complex search sequences. The beta tester programme helped the company to better understand the challenges and needs of life scientists related to search sequences that currently take hours or days to complete.
United Devices powers free on-line health assessment from American Diabetes Association
Full ArticleThe American Diabetes Association (ADA) is using United Devices' Grid infrastructure technology to power an on-line health-risk assessment programme free to anyone with Internet access. Diabetes Personal Health Decisions (PHD) is a unique 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 on-line tool is the most accurate health risk profiling programme ever developed.
The BioSciences Group of Fujitsu unveils new in silico technique for enhanced ADME/Tox predictions
Full ArticleThe BioSciences Group of Fujitsu Computer Systems has unveiled a new technique for generating enhanced predictions for ADME/Tox research, consisting of a unique docking-based approach combined with off-the-shelf and purpose-built technologies, to develop viable and effective predictive models. The new approach was developed with a commercial collaborator focusing on drug-resistant infectious diseases and cancer.
Cybercamps uses extra computer bandwidth to fight disease
Full ArticleSince 1997, Cybercamps has provided children between the ages of 7-17 the opportunity to learn cutting-edge technology through a unique summer camp programme. This year, Cybercamps has added another layer to its summer programme: distributive computing. Distributive computing enables vastly large computational processing projects to be broken down and spread out amongst a larger set of "idle" computers. For Cybercamps, that means when the campers aren't using their dedicated computers for creating Web pages, designing games, or programming their robots, those same computers are working to predict protein interactions in biological processes, basically solving tiny parts of three-dimensional molecular biology puzzles.
Ecce Homology draws with DNA in bioart to illuminate genomics
Full ArticleOn any given day, tens of thousands of biologists around the globe run DNA sequences of unknown function through a lightning-fast on-line algorithm called BLAST, typically submitting 200 to 400 base pairs, or "letters" of genetic code, to be matched against the billions of letters for known genes. Searching for similarities that can shed light on functional or evolutionary relationships, scientists routinely use BLAST to churn through and produce vast amounts of data. Everyday applications include genetic medicine and pharmaceuticals. Yet this process and, more generally, genomics remain dimly understood by the public.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Siemens provides top-level security for digital signatures: smart card operating system CardOS certified for 2048-bit signatures
Full ArticleHiPath SIcurity CardOS is the Siemens operating system for smart cards, the foundation for chip-based access, identification and encryption solutions. The current Version 4.3 of the HiPath SIcurity CardOS has now been certified as compliant with CC EAL 4+ (Common Criteria Assurance Level 4+) for digital signature applications. It supports cryptographic operations with RSA keys up to 2048 bits in length. This means Siemens already meets the technical security standard which legislation is to make mandatory for legally binding digital signatures by the year 2010, and offers its customers a future-oriented investment in addition to top-level security standards.
Health Hero Network awarded Medicare demonstration project that will use innovative technology based preventive care for patients
Full ArticleThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected Health Hero Network, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), and medical groups in Washington and Oregon to demonstrate how doctors can use home health monitoring technology to help Medicare patients struggling with severe chronic illness live healthier, happier, longer lives, and reduce Medicare spending by preventing hospitalizations. The medical groups are Bend Memorial Clinic in Bend, Oregon, and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Wenatchee, Washington. The medical groups will implement a physician-led, technology-supported care management programme for up to 2000 Medicare beneficiaries with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and/or diabetes.
Implantable chips bear promise but privacy standards are needed
Full ArticleRadio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted into human beings hold the promise of improving patient care, particularly in emergency settings, but only after privacy questions are addressed, according to a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) physician who has a chip implanted in his arm. Writing in the July 28 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, John Halamka, MD, chief information officer at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School and an emergency room physician, says the chip implanted in his upper right arm would allow anyone with a handheld RFID reader to scan his arm and obtain his 16-digit medical identifier.
Zix Corporation and eClinicalWorks form strategic alliance to provide interoperability for clinical information and e-prescribing systems
Full ArticleZix Corporation, a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, and eClinicalWorks, a provider of integrated end-to-end electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management systems (PMS), have signed a strategic alliance that will include an interface to enable bidirectional data exchange utilizing industry standards and an integration of applications. The two companies will also co-market and support each other's sales efforts in strategic physician and payer opportunities.
TAGSYS item-level RFID systems adopted by leading life science research labs
Full ArticleTAGSYS' item-level RFID solution for the life sciences industry is successfully being used in four of France's most prestigious hospital research laboratories: La Timone, Marseille Medical Faculty, Hospital La Conception and the Paoli Calmettes Institute. TAGSYS ARIO SDM (Small Disc Module) 13.56 MHz High-Frequency RFID tags are used to reliably, accurately and securely track and manage invaluable pathology samples.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
NuVasive files IDE for Cerpass cervical Total Disc Replacement product
Full ArticleNuVasive Inc., a medical device company focused on developing products for minimally disruptive surgical treatments for the spine, has filed for an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the safety and efficacy of its Cerpass cervical Total Disc Replacement (TDR) product on June 30, 2005 as planned. Approval of the IDE from the FDA would allow the company to initiate a pivotal human clinical study of the device in the United States.
DataGlider chooses IBM as preferred partner to deliver On Demand business solutions to meet health care industry customer needs
Full ArticleDataGlider has achieved industry optimized in IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks. DataGlider can now take advantage of IBM's sales, marketing and technical expertise to develop and deliver on demand solutions that meet customer requirements in the health care industry. Customers are seeking solutions that can help them better integrate processes and applications and allow them to quickly respond to changing market opportunities - all key elements in transforming to an On Demand business.
HERAE launches paperless payment processing for health care industry
Full ArticleHERAE LLC, a new business process management and Web services provider for the health care industry, has introduced paperless processing of electronic remittance advice for health care providers and health plan payers. In a clearinghouse fashion, HERAE, pronounced "hurray", moves information associated with health care claim payments from insurance companies to physician offices, electronically. The result is simpler and faster processing, the elimination of paper envelopes, checks and explanation of benefit (EOB) forms, and an expected overall savings of billions of dollars per year for the health care industry.
Bridgetech acquires exclusive distribution rights for PalTrack Asset Tracking technology
Full ArticleBridgetech Holdings International Inc., a company focused on maximizing the potential of emerging health care products and services in the United States and Asian markets, has acquired exclusive distribution rights for the PalTrack Asset Tracking System for the United States and China health care markets from Sovereign Tracking Systems LLC (STS). HealthCare Pilot, an operating division of Bridgetech, is a health care solutions provider focused on RFID solutions to improve hospital operations, lower facility costs and improve patient care.
Trestle's Xcellerator services offering selected by Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education for Dermatopathology update course
Full ArticleTrestle's Xcellerator services offering has been selected for use at an upcoming Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education course. The event, "Dermatopathology Update with Mini-symposium on Mucosal Pathology and Hands on Slide Seminar on Adnexal Tumours", will be attended by practising pathologists, dermatopathologists and dermatologists from all over the world. It is to be held September 15-17, 2005, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
BioFinger portable molecular detection tool to revolutionise medical diagnosis
Full ArticleA portable, versatile and low-cost molecular detection tool being developed by a team of European researchers promises to revolutionise the diagnosis of diseases such as cancer and open up new applications in sectors as diverse as environmental protection, chemical analysis and food safety. Working in the field of micro- and nano-technologies, the IST programme-funded BioFinger project is due to begin testing its state-of-the-art system over the summer amid expectations for a commercial product to be available on the market within two to three years.
GRAB system to aid the blind nominated for Descartes Prize
Full ArticleInvolving six partners from four European countries, the IST GRAB project developed a system to allow blind and visually impaired people to access three-dimensional computer graphics through the senses of touch and hearing. The GRAB project - which is among 14 projects competing for the European Commission's 1,15 million euro Descartes Research Prize, the winners of which will be announced in London on December 2 - forms part of ongoing research by Fundación Labein in Spain and the other project partners into haptic and audio technologies to aid people who are visually impaired.
Elekta and Medical Intelligence form international distribution partnership creating complete solutions for stereotactic radiation treatments
Full ArticleElekta, a supplier of clinical solutions, comprehensive information systems and services for improved cancer care and management of brain disorders, has signed a global distribution agreement with Medical Intelligence (MI), a single-source supplier of high-precision patient fixation systems. Integrating key elements of MI's radiotherapy and patient positioning systems into its own product portfolio, the agreement reinforces Elekta's position as the world's most comprehensive provider of complete solutions for stereotactic radiation treatment throughout the body.
European Union-funded technology bound to improve health care and empower patient
Full ArticleThe European Commission is calling for better use of technology to improve health care, empower patients and save lives. It highlighted several success stories, at a recent eHealth conference in Norway, which show that the European Union's research and technology initiatives are reaping rewards for society.
St. Jude Medical announces exclusive European co-promotion alliance with HemoSense Inc.
Full ArticleSt. Jude Medical Inc. has signed an exclusive agreement in most European countries with HemoSense Inc. to increase awareness and access to self-testing and monitoring the effectiveness of anticoagulation medication or Coumadin or warfarin for mechanical heart valve patients. Mechanical heart valve patients take blood-thinning medication to minimize the risk of thrombolic events and, as a result, regularly monitor their anticoagulation levels, a measurement expressed in International Normalized Ratio (INR).
 
The 21st century hospital
 
New technology diagnoses health problems before symptoms appear
Full ArticleIntroducing a new direction in the field of cardiovascular medicine, Westside Medical Imaging (WMI) in Beverly Hills, California, now offers technology so precise that coronary problems can often be confidently diagnosed without a hospital visit for a conventional angiography. Cancers or other potential health problems can also be identified before they show up on standard tests.
World's first Ambient Experience radiology suite opens at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Full ArticleAdvocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital and Royal Philips Electronics have opened the world's first Ambient Experience paediatric radiology suite. This suite is designed to create a soothing environment that enables children to relax while undergoing computed tomography (CT) scans. The overall goal of the design is to make children more comfortable potentially reducing the need for sedation and repeat examinations.
High-tech Helford Clinical Research Hospital gives patients a new lease on life
Full ArticleCity of Hope National Medical Center has opened one of the nation's most technologically advanced research hospitals on July 15, 2005. The 347.000-square foot, $200 million Helford Clinical Research Hospital at City of Hope is designed to advance research into cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Featuring some of the latest treatments and most advanced equipment, Helford Hospital will further City of Hope's ability to develop promising medical advances for patients battling serious diseases.
New Royal Ottawa Hospital to showcase power of wireless telemedicine
Full ArticleThe Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (ROHCG) will deliver the next step in high-quality, specialized mental health care with the addition of wireless telemedicine applications and services to its new Royal Ottawa Hospital currently under construction. ROHCG plans to deploy a Mobility Solution from Nortel, initially including wireless mesh technology, at the new mental health centre and research institute for use by more than 1000 doctors, researchers and hospital staff to improve the efficiency and productivity of medical staff and enhance the quality of care delivered.
Neurology clinic of UCSF Medical Center manages client charts with FileTrail's technology
Full ArticleThe neurology clinic of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) is yet another clinic to save time and money tracking its clients' charts by using FileTrail's chart management solutions. FileTrail Inc. is a supplier of Enterprise Records and Information Management (ERIM) solutions software that helps clinics track and manage patient medical records.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Aerotel unveils Voice Receiving Module eliminating need for operator to receive transtelephonic ECG transmissions
Full ArticleTelemedicine Aerotel Medical Systems, a manufacturer of cutting-edge diagnostic telemedicine systems, has introduced its new Voice Receiving Module (VRM), the HRS-VRM. The latest tool for the company's Heartline Receiving Software (HRS) designed to receive ECG transmissions from patients via the telephone.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia announces Screven County Hospital to join Georgia Rural Telemedicine Network
Full ArticleScreven County Hospital has been selected to participate in a comprehensive telemedicine network as part of the Georgia Rural Health Initiative, which was launched by Insurance and Fire Commissioner John Oxendine on March 7. The hospital will be one of the initial sites in what will become a network of 40 health care facilities utilizing leading edge telemedicine equipment and technology to improve access to speciality health care for rural Georgians.
Global Med Technologies to install SafeTrace and SafeTrace Tx throughout Nigeria
Full ArticleWyndgate Technologies, a division of Global Med Technologies Inc., has signed a nationwide contract with Nigeria for its SafeTrace donor management system and SafeTrace Tx advanced transfusion management system. Nigeria is the largest country by population in Africa, with approximately 130 million people. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Austin Diagnostic Clinic becomes first in Texas to offer patients innovative computer-assisted surgery technology
Full ArticleThe Austin Diagnostic Clinic is the first health care facility in the southern United States to utilize PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc.'s PiGalileo computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery system. With the adoption of this innovative technology, the Austin Diagnostic Clinic is now the first facility in Texas and in the entire southern United States to be able to provide patients this advanced computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery.
Medcon receives FDA clearance for its innovative haemodynamic monitoring system, Windsurfer
Full ArticleMedcon Telemedicine Technology Inc., a global expert in cardiac image and information management solutions, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its new haemodynamic monitoring system, Windsurfer. Windsurfer is marketed and sold separately, or together with Medcon's TCS Symphony image management solution for unrivaled integration of cardiac images and data in the cath lab.
 
VMWC news bites
 
MIT to develop Anklebot for stroke patients and research team to foresee robotic gym
Full ArticleClinical trials have already shown that a robotic arm developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can help stroke patients regain movement faster. Now MIT pioneers in the field of robotic therapy are hoping a robotic gym full of machines targeted at different parts of the body will significantly improve stroke patients' movement in arms, wrists, hands, legs and ankles. To that end the researchers have created a new Anklebot, and on July 1, MIT and the Baltimore Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center (MC) established a Center of Excellence on Task-Oriented Exercise and Robotics in Neurological Diseases to further such work on lower extremity movement.
Infant simulator makes its first appearance at the University of California Davis Medical Center
Full ArticleAs part of its commitment to enhancing medical education and emergency training throughout the region, the University of California (UC) Davis Medical Center is now the proud parent of a highly realistic infant simulator. The virtual "baby", with many physical characteristics of a 3- to 6-month old, is among the first simulators of its size in California. It offers computerized simulations for paediatric illnesses and emergencies, which test the skills of a variety of patient-care providers, from physicians and medical students to nurses and paramedics.
Virtual colonoscopy reveals diseases outside the colon as well
Full ArticleComputed tomographic (CT) colonography, known as virtual colonoscopy, can be used to diagnose significant medical problems in organs outside the colon, according to a new study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). In the study, 45 virtual colonoscopy patients out of 500, or 9 percent, were found to have clinically important extracolonic findings ranging from kidney cancers to abdominal aortic aneurysms. In 35 of the patients, or 7 percent, these conditions had not been previously diagnosed.
Hydraulic machines and software create better spinal implants
Full ArticleMechanical and biomedical engineers at Purdue University have developed specialized hydraulic machines and software to help industry create better and longer lasting implants for people suffering from spinal injuries, disease and age-related wear. Orthopaedic device companies are trying to design implants that behave more like natural disks and tendons in the spine, according to Ben Hillberry, a professor of mechanical engineering who is leading the research and working with Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.
Surgical robot scrubs in at UNC and may be more precise than conventional surgery
Full ArticleThe new surgical assistant at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals arrived in February sporting three arms, a computerized brain and a glowing track record in helping to repair heart valves, remove cancerous prostates, bypass blocked coronary arteries and perform gastric bypass operations for morbid obesity. The new arrival is a robotic machine, the da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical. UNC currently is the only gynaecological oncology programme in the Southeast that is using it.
 

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