VMW Monthly - September 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents September 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Animals warn of human health hazards in new Canary Database
Scientists reach back 2000 years to bring rare child mummy back to life
eHI Foundation releases national report on Health Information Exchange (HIE) efforts
Cells direct membrane traffic by channel width, according to scientists
Telemedicine links high-risk pregnant women and specialists in Marlyland
 
Grid for Health
 
e-Science methods reveal new insights into antibiotic resistance
GeneGo is awarded Phase II NIH grant for in silico assessment of drug metabolism and toxicity
Fleet Science Center joins World Community Grid
University of Queensland leads Australia in innovative e-research
SGI to install leading-edge HPC environment for data-intensive computing at Dresden Technical University
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
VeriChip expands hospital infrastructure with VeriChip system for patient identification
iSentry launches Digital Witness
ALR Technologies reaches product development milestones with their disease management home monitoring system
Wearable Health IT Systems
IDX announces winners of 2005 Carecast Customer Innovation Awards
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Siemens Medical and Xilinx team to deliver breakthrough 3D medical imaging solutions
NuVasive acquires cervical nucleus-like replacement device from Pearsalls
FDA clears Siemens ARCADIS Avantic mobile C-arm with wide range of clinical applications for use in surgery
Bridgetech partners with Chinese University of Hong Kong, United Premier Medical Group and Biofield
Delphi Medical Systems offers cost-effective electronic medical record software
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Radiotherapy Department in Bergen makes smooth transition to total Varian system and offers more targeted treatments for cancer patients
BrainLAB collaborates with Synthes and Biomet to advance trauma, spine, hips, knees, and maxillofacial surgery
Nanotechnology to provide portable genetic risk detection
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum develops valuable software for pancreatic surgery
Home telehealth in partnership with Newham University Hospital NHS Trust to provide remote patient monitoring
 
The 21st century hospital
 
ORTHOsoft awarded grant for Orthopaedic Training Centre
Innovative hospitals offer amenities enabling patients and visitors to stay connected to their regular daily lives
St. Charles Hospital first in Northeast to perform computer-assisted OrthoPilot total hip replacement surgery
SCI Solutions' scheduling.com proves speed and scalability expertise in small and large hospitals alike
US Army grants LiveData award to enhance patient safety at MGH/CIMIT operating room of the future
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Rochester researchers take fantastic voyage through the human body
Smith & Nephew's computer-assisted surgery system to allow precise knee implants
VEPRO has published its PACS market share in Germany for the first time
Robotic gastric bypass surgery to prove its worth, according to recent study
Medical professional diagnostic software Medisentio: a medical Google model
 
VMWC news bites
 
Louisiana State University Health Science Center innovation in patient safety training to improve surgical outcomes
Da Vinci robotic technique shows promise in weight-loss surgery
Oddball science helps locked in people communicate via a brain computer interface
University of Iowa professor receives $142.750 NIH grant to advance medical imaging
Robot-assisted prostate surgery has possible benefits despite high cost
 

Leads September 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Animals warn of human health hazards in new Canary Database
Full ArticleYale School of Medicine has launched a state-of-the-art database funded in part by the National Library of Medicine, called the Canary Database, containing scientific evidence about how animal disease events can be an early warning system for emerging human diseases. There have long been reports of animals succumbing to environmental hazards before humans show signs of illness, according to the project's leader, Peter Rabinowitz, M.D., associate professor of medicine in the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Programme at Yale University School of Medicine.
Scientists reach back 2000 years to bring rare child mummy back to life
Full ArticleMedical Modeling LLC is part of an exciting collaborative effort with researchers at Silicon Graphics (SGI) in Mountain View, California, and Stanford University Hospital and Stanford-NASA Biocomputational Center, both in Palo Alto, California, applying advanced technology to the study of a child laid to rest 2000 years ago in Egypt. The mummy, held by the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium in San Jose, California for the last 75 years, is believed to be that of a four to six year old who lived around the time of Christ. Over the last several months scientists in the contributing groups have analysed and processed huge volumes of high resolution computed tomography (CT) image data acquired by Stanford's Radiology Department and have developed unprecedented visualizations. At Silicon Graphics' headquarters in Mountain View, California the findings and remarkable images are being showcased along with models produced by Medical Modeling.
eHI Foundation releases national report on Health Information Exchange (HIE) efforts
Full ArticleThe majority of state, regional and community-based health information exchange initiatives are already beginning to exchange electronic health care data, and they identify funding as the major barrier in their collaborative effort to connect for faster, safer, and better quality health care, according to a study released by the eHealth Initiative Foundation (eHI).
Cells direct membrane traffic by channel width, according to scientists
Full ArticleFor a glycerol molecule, a measly angstrom's difference in diameter is a road-closed sign: you can't squeeze through unless you are a sleek, water-molecule-sized sports car, say scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Telemedicine links high-risk pregnant women and specialists in Marlyland
Full ArticleThe University of Maryland Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences is now evaluating the use of telemedicine to link women with high-risk pregnancies in outlying communities with specialists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, saving these patients the stress and inconvenience of traveling. The telemedicine project, funded in part by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is part of the Maryland Perinatal Outreach Programme.
 
Grid for Health
 
e-Science methods reveal new insights into antibiotic resistance
Full ArticleLarge-scale computer simulations have pinpointed a tiny change in molecular structure that could account for drug resistance in Streptomices pneumoniae, the organism that causes childhood pneumonia and claims 3,5 million lives a year, mainly in developing countries. Such knowledge could be invaluable in designing new drugs that are effective against the drug resistant strain.
GeneGo is awarded Phase II NIH grant for in silico assessment of drug metabolism and toxicity
Full ArticleGeneGo Inc., a provider of databases, software and services in systems biology, has received a Phase II SBIR grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science. The grant enables the further development of a computational tool MetaDrug to improve the prediction of ADME and Toxicology properties of novel small molecule compounds.
Fleet Science Center joins World Community Grid
Full ArticleThe Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, one of San Diego's most popular attractions with more than 550.000 annual visitors, has become the first cultural institution to participate in the largest technology humanitarian effort ever, IBM's World Community Grid. The Fleet Science Center will run World Community Grid on its administrative computers donating their idle computing time to this effort to find answers to some of the world's most challenging problems through unparalleled computational research provided by IBM. In addition, the Fleet Science Center will educate and encourage its hundreds of thousands of visitors to join World Community Grid.
University of Queensland leads Australia in innovative e-research
Full ArticleThe University of Queensland (UQ) has topped the nation in Australian Research Council (ARC) E-Research Support grants, having acquired the highest number of grants of any university in Australia with eight successful projects worth almost $640.000, including one project which hopes to use artificial intelligence to help better detect breast cancer from magnetic resonance (MR) images.
SGI to install leading-edge HPC environment for data-intensive computing at Dresden Technical University
Full ArticleDresden University of Technology (TUD) has signed a contract with Silicon Graphics to provide a high-performance computing environment representing an investment of over $18 million, which will give TUD a distinction as Center for Scientific Computing. In two project phases to be completed within twelve months, a state-of-the-art, innovative and flexibly usable infrastructure with computational power of more than a dozen teraflops will be implemented. This will enable investigators in scientific areas such as physics, material sciences, engineering, bioinformatics and nanotechnology to find answers to new types of challenging problems.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
VeriChip expands hospital infrastructure with VeriChip system for patient identification
Full ArticleTrinitas Hospital, a health care facility based in Elizabeth, New Jersey has agreed to implement the VeriMed microchip system and will initiate a clinical evaluation programme of the system in its two Emergency Departments for rapid patient identification purposes. Upon implementation, each facility will be able to scan patients to obtain their VeriChip ID Number and utilize the associated database information. During the month of July, three additional hospitals in the Boston to Washington corridor have agreed to adopt the VeriChip system for patient identification. Overall, since the FDA clearance of VeriChip for medical applications, five hospitals have agreed to adopt the VeriChip system in their emergency departments.
iSentry launches Digital Witness
Full ArticleiSentry Ltd. have launched their iSentry Digital Witness product to coincide with their presence at the Clinical Information Systems and Electronic Records and eHealth 2005 Exhibition Conference in London next month. The conference has given a forum to iSentry to seminar with their long standing clients how they were already assisting the care industry with their compliance software.
ALR Technologies reaches product development milestones with their disease management home monitoring system
Full ArticleALR Technologies Inc. has reached significant milestones in development of their disease management home monitoring system. The company reports the pilot programme for the monitoring system will commence in September 2005. The company is also moving forward on their plans to add diagnostic monitoring to their home monitoring system. This will enable medical personnel or other caregivers to remotely monitor on a daily basis such key data as blood pressure, blood glucose, heart rate and use of nebulizer compressors.
Wearable Health IT Systems
Full Article

Introduction

The 1980's were dominated by the use of personal computers (PC). The 1990's saw the widespread acquisition and use of laptop computers. This decade is seeing the acceptance and use of personal digital assistants (PDA) by many people. It appears the next decade may be dominated by the production and use of wearable IT systems.

Wrist watches, pagers, cell phones, pocket calculators, PDAs, and Blackberries are all examples of simple wearable information systems that are already in use. However, the next generation of wearable systems is now starting to emerge. While still on the "bleeding edge", it may be time for some of the larger, more technologically advanced health care institutions to begin collaborating on further research, development, and pilot testing of wearable IT systems in the healthcare setting.

This article attempts to pull together relevant information about the development of wearable health care IT systems to date, highlight major issues, and offer a set of recommendations on possible next steps to take with regards to this emerging technology.

IDX announces winners of 2005 Carecast Customer Innovation Awards
Full ArticleIDX Systems Corporation has announced the winners of its annual IDX Carecast Customer Innovation Awards (CIAs), recognizing four health care provider organisations that are Advancing Fail-Safe Care through the use of electronic medical records and sophisticated clinical information technology (IT) such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and wireless medication barcode charting. Judges included representatives of KLAS Enterprises and the Center for Health Transformation; clinician leaders and IT executives from IDX customer organisations; and IDX clinicians, technologists and executives. Winners were recognized during the IDX Users' Conference, Carecast User Exchange annual meeting, held August 7-10 in Boston.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Siemens Medical and Xilinx team to deliver breakthrough 3D medical imaging solutions
Full ArticleXilinx Inc., a programmable logic supplier, and Siemens Medical Solutions, one of the largest suppliers to the health care industry in the world, have signed a collaboration that is expected to result in the world's most innovative 3D medical imaging solutions. Siemens has selected Xilinx as its field programmable gate array (FPGA) supplier in the development of its next-generation 3D image processing platform which will be used in future image processing products. Siemens also plans to offer the technology as an imaging development platform solution to enable similar applications throughout the industry.
NuVasive acquires cervical nucleus-like replacement device from Pearsalls
Full ArticleNuVasive Inc., a medical device company focused on developing products for minimally disruptive surgical treatments for the spine, has acquired technology and assets from Pearsalls Limited, a privately-owned company based in the United Kingdom. Pearsalls is a subsidiary of AMI Holdings Inc., a platform company of RoundTable Healthcare Partners.
FDA clears Siemens ARCADIS Avantic mobile C-arm with wide range of clinical applications for use in surgery
Full ArticleThe United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Siemens Medical Solutions 510(k) clearance for the ARCADIS Avantic, a new mobile C-arm system. Siemens' new mobile surgery C-arm is the latest in the ARCADIS family, and is best suited for advanced imaging requirements in trauma and spine surgery, general surgery and urology, orthopaedic surgery and pain management, gastro-enterology, and vascular surgery, representing a capabilities milestone for the technology.
Bridgetech partners with Chinese University of Hong Kong, United Premier Medical Group and Biofield
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 established a partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for conducting clinical trials in Hong Kong and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). In partnership with United Premier Medical Group (UPMG) Bridgetech is also introducing additional women's health products and services through UPMG's VIP Obstetric and Gynaecology Centres in China. Together with Biofield Corporation, Bridgetech is to begin testing, marketing and distributing the Biofield Breast Proliferation Detection System (BDS) in the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the PRC, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Vietnam, and Singapore.
Delphi Medical Systems offers cost-effective electronic medical record software
Full ArticleDelphi Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Delphi Corporation, is launching the easy-to-use PocketChart electronic medical record (EMR) software and personal data assistant (PDA) at a breakthrough price of $1495. Physicians and other health care workers can now enter and access their patients' medical record data with a few taps of a pen on customizable menus or pick-lists. That means paperless, cost-effective immediate access to information on a patient, like medication allergies, test results, previous surgeries, and other medical concerns, all at the fingertips of a physician or other health care worker.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Radiotherapy Department in Bergen makes smooth transition to total Varian system and offers more targeted treatments for cancer patients
Full ArticleA cancer clinic in Norway is among the first in Scandinavia to merge hardware and software systems to provide an entirely integrated radiotherapy department to improve efficiency and effectiveness in fighting cancer. As part of this major upgrade, Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen has acquired an On-Board Imager device from Varian Medical Systems, enabling its clinicians to carry out more targeted treatments.
BrainLAB collaborates with Synthes and Biomet to advance trauma, spine, hips, knees, and maxillofacial surgery
Full ArticleSynthes Inc., a global medical device company, and BrainLAB, an innovator in image-guided medical technology, have established a co-operation to better integrate surgical navigation and advanced instrumentation for trauma, maxillofacial and spine surgery. The partnership aims at integrating Synthes implant technology with software-driven medical devices by BrainLAB to advance health care. In addition, BrainLAB and Biomet Inc., a global expert in the design and manufacture of implants which replace arthritic hips, knees and other joints, have signed a strategic partnership that will allow the companies to co-develop applications for computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery (CAOS). This partnership forms an important part of BrainLAB's open platform concept, which allows surgeons to use advanced image-guided surgery with their implant of choice.
Nanotechnology to provide portable genetic risk detection
Full ArticleA state-of-the-art portable biosensing device based on micro- and nanotechnologies will empower doctors to rapidly and accurately forewarn patients of their genetic risk of developing diseases such as cancer. Currently being developed by the IST project OPTONANOGEN, a prototype of the system will initially be used to detect mutations of the BRCA1 gene that are responsible for between 2,5 and 5 percent of the incidence of breast cancer in women. The final system, however, could be used to detect virtually any genetic anomaly as well as proteins linked to viruses, chemical contamination in food or water pollution.
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum develops valuable software for pancreatic surgery
Full ArticleMore safety for cancer patients during surgery is provided by a new software which enables physicians to plan and perform surgical operations with enhanced precision. Computational molecular biologists of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have developed a computer programme which has now been applied for the first time by surgeons of Heidelberg University Hospitals in the treatment of pancreatic cancer patients. Computational and medical scientists expect that computer-assisted surgery planning will provide physicians with better orientation during surgery and thus enable them to remove tumours more safely for the patient.
Home telehealth in partnership with Newham University Hospital NHS Trust to provide remote patient monitoring
Full ArticleNewham University Hospital NHS Trust is transforming the monitoring of patients in London's East End to enable them to stay healthy and maintain their independence. The Hospital has implemented the groundbreaking CareCompanion Home Monitoring Solution in the Borough of Newham, which is also expected to reduce patients' unplanned accident and emergency room visits, increase clinical efficiencies and reduce unnecessary nurse visits to patient's homes.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
ORTHOsoft awarded grant for Orthopaedic Training Centre
Full ArticleORTHOsoft Inc., an international computer assisted orthopaedic surgery company that develops and markets software, instruments and systems to increase the accuracy of knee, hip and spine implants, has received significant funding from the Québec government in an alliance to establish an international Orthopaedic Surgery Navigation Training Centre in Montréal. ORTHOsoft will collaborate with the orthopaedic team at the University of Montréal affiliated hospital of Maisonneuve-Rosemont to install state-of-the-art medical navigation equipment at the Centre and provide certified medical training for orthopaedic implant surgeons from the United States, Canada and worldwide.
Innovative hospitals offer amenities enabling patients and visitors to stay connected to their regular daily lives
Full ArticleMany cutting-edge hospital rooms are equipped with interactive patient communication and entertainment technology, greatly transforming the typical hospital experience. Patient satisfaction and an environment that encourages healing have become essential elements in most hospital administrators' core vision. Scores of patient rooms are equipped with in-room media centres providing key hospital information, health education videos, satisfaction surveys, room service dining menus, and digital entertainment and communication options designed to enhance the patient experience. In keeping with their updated vision, hospitals are also encouraging visitors to stay longer and furnishing patient rooms for family members' comfort. And now, innovative hospitals are adding to the list of visitor amenities by providing high-speed Internet connection ports.
St. Charles Hospital first in Northeast to perform computer-assisted OrthoPilot total hip replacement surgery
Full ArticleSurgeons at St. Charles Hospital are the first in the Northeast to conduct computer-assisted total hip replacement surgery through the OrthoPilot Navigation System. The surgery was performed on a seventy-three year old woman on June 16, 2005.
SCI Solutions' scheduling.com proves speed and scalability expertise in small and large hospitals alike
Full ArticleSCI Solutions, the fastest growing access management solution provider for health care, has brought two new customers live on scheduling.com. Scheduling.com is SCI's award winning Internet-based, pre-registration, scheduling and front-end revenue cycle solution for hospitals and health care systems of all sizes.
US Army grants LiveData award to enhance patient safety at MGH/CIMIT operating room of the future
Full ArticleAspiring to create a patient zone of safety within the operating room, LiveData Inc., an innovator of real-time data management solutions, received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The LiveData team will be working with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and CIMIT Operating Room of the Future (ORF).
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Rochester researchers take fantastic voyage through the human body
Full ArticleUsing revolutionary medical imaging technology, researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology (RTT) are providing a better understanding of the human body and its many secrets. Led by Richard Doolittle, RIT's director of the department of medical sciences, and Paul Craig, professor of chemistry, a team of students has created never-before-seen virtual images of the pancreas, detailed pictures of the human skull and DNA-level images of protein molecules. Their findings were presented in a virtual tour entitled "3D Visualization in Science, from molecules to cells to organs".
Smith & Nephew's computer-assisted surgery system to allow precise knee implants
Full ArticleSmith & Nephew Orthopaedics have launched AchieveCAS for computer-assisted knee implant surgery. AchieveCAS is a computer system with custom-designed software, infrared camera and surgical instruments. The system is designed to allow the surgeon to navigate a total knee during surgery, allowing surgeons to more precisely place implants, particularly within smaller incisions, through enhanced guidance and visualization. AchieveCAS is already available for hip implants.
VEPRO has published its PACS market share in Germany for the first time
Full ArticleOn the occasion of the Fifth PACS-Meeting in Schlangenbad, Germany, held from 21st until 23rd July 2005, VEPRO AG issued publicly traceable numbers of distribution of PACS installations in Germany. According to the market analysis VEPRO AG is positioned as a market leader in the clinical segment as of April 1, 2005.
Robotic gastric bypass surgery to prove its worth, according to recent study
Full ArticleA system that allows surgeons to perform laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery from a remote console, controlling up to three robotic arms and a binocular camera, was successfully tested in 10 patients, according to a study in the August issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Medical professional diagnostic software Medisentio: a medical Google model
Full ArticleThe Internet and Intranet age makes it possible to consult a whole range of medical information sources for laymen and medical professionals. This possibility of "medical advice" is used by patients and non-patients in a huge manner: medical sites have been cited as most often consulted by Internet users after sex and sports (BBC 2/2/2002). Medical professionals and laymen have been frustrated by the information quality and relevance and by the time used necessary to find useful and quality medical information.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Louisiana State University Health Science Center innovation in patient safety training to improve surgical outcomes
Full ArticleOn Wednesday, August 17, 2005 in the Isidore Cohn Learning Center on the campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center (HSC) in New Orleans, a surgical team comprising surgery residents, anaesthesiologists, circulating nurses, nurse anaesthesia students, and medical students, are thrown into a scenario where their patient develops a potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmia during a gallbladder operation.
Da Vinci robotic technique shows promise in weight-loss surgery
Full ArticleSurgeons at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a safe and efficient way to use a surgical robot to perform gastric bypass operations. Their report, published in the August issue of the Archives of Surgery, documents the first totally robotic technique to complete this technically challenging procedure.
Oddball science helps locked in people communicate via a brain computer interface
Full ArticleUniversity of South Florida (USF) psychologist Emanuel Donchin and his students are perfecting ways to help people who are paralyzed yet fully conscious, with intact cognitive systems, communicate via a brain computer interface (BCI). Although the patient is unable to communicate, the electrical activity in their brains is normal. Through the BCI it becomes possible for users to "type" on a "virtual keyboard" using their brain waves.
University of Iowa professor receives $142.750 NIH grant to advance medical imaging
Full ArticleGary E. Christensen, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Iowa (UI) College of Engineering, has received a one-year, $142.750 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance medical imaging. Formally titled the "Non-Rigid Image Registration Evaluation Project", the research is an attempt to develop better methods for evaluating medical imaging systems.
Robot-assisted prostate surgery has possible benefits despite high cost
Full ArticleAlthough minimally invasive prostate removal aided by a robot can lead to less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications, there is no evidence that the procedure improves cure rates, according to a new technology assessment. In addition, robotic surgery, in high demand among patients, can lose money for hospitals because of its expense and special training required, according to the new review of studies by ECRI. ECRI is a non-profit health services research agency that produces systematic evidence reviews on medical devices, drugs, biotechnologies, procedures and behavioural health services.
 

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