VMW Monthly - November 2005 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents November 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Solar Powered Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems - The Time is Now
San Diego residents to benefit from Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)
U21 and the World Health Organization: E-health is a global revolution for the poor populations of the world
$16 million grant advances nanomedicine at Washington University
College of Computing at Georgia Tech creates language development technology to help hearing impaired children
 
Grid for Health
 
Indiana University announces major National Science Foundation Grant for Data Capacitor Project
New Columbia University Center aims to advance next generation of genomics and proteomics research
Voltaire and FalconStor join forces to deliver high performance storage provisioning over InfiniBand
Indiana University collaboration strengthens search for new drug discoveries
University of Michigan researchers receive $18,7-million NIH grant to create a National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
DrFirst chosen by Whatcom County for ePrescribing initiative in support of the Foundation for eHealth Initiative goals
Optio Healthcare introduces solution to accelerate chart completion
Wireless networks designed with Wireless Valley software help Erickson Retirement Communities enhance quality of care
Zix Corporation powers SecureWorks encrypted e-mail offering and releases PocketScript 6.01
Wireless medical content helps nurse practitioners make critical decisions
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
StorageTek receives award for successful penetration into key European market
New IBM initiative advances open software standards in health care and education
Volcano Corporation teams with Paieon Inc. and GE Healthcare to develop cath lab system with fully integrated IVUS capabilities
OCG Technology awards license to Argentinean based Telemedica S.R.L.
Philips unveils radiation oncology advances to help improve cancer therapy planning and delivery
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Surgery enters virtual world
Physiomics introduces major technical innovation in drug and tumour modelling
Patient-Partner Association uses Web-based health record LifeSensor for electronic data exchange in Bavarian medical network
European health care industry meets in Bad Gastein
eHealth requires harmonisation across Europe, according to experts at the European Health Forum Gastein
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Erasmus University Medical Center and Spotfire announce multi-year relationship to better understand molecular processes underlying disease
Ohio State University Medical Center first to install Siemens newest 16-slice CT system
Toshiba supports new cardiac imaging fellowship at Shands Hospital, University of Florida
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and CareTech Solutions help babies stay safe with new tracking technology
Denver Health and Clarian Health Partners select MobileAccess for universal in-building wireless network
 
Virtual snap shots
 
3001 Medical LLC, provider of advanced Virtual Reality medical systems, to bring medical imaging visualization technology to market
Fuji upgrades Synapse PACS to Barco's 3D imaging software
Given Imaging to launch advanced PillCam SB video capsule
Ascension to showcase newest microBIRD tracker at TCT 2005 and receive contract from DARPA
bcc: Consulting to release Mobile Resource Guide, Quarter 4, 2005
 
VMWC news bites
 
Healthcare and Open Source Software
Robotics and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems
New simulator enables fast, effective training of surgeons in hand-assisted laparoscopic colectomy
Penn surgeons use completely robotic surgery to successfully treat prostate cancer
Immersion Medical releases new modules for Endovascular AccuTouch System
 

Leads November 2005 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Solar Powered Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems - The Time is Now
Full Article

In the last thirty five years the message has been clear, but ignored. The world is being held over a barrel - an oil barrel - when it comes to energy. It's time to diversify our sources of energy with a very strong focus on the earth's most abundant energy source - the Sun!

The public and private sectors need to take the initiative to lead the way into our diversified energy future where the center piece of our world's long range strategy ought to be conservation and increased usage of solar power across all sectors of the economy.

Your health care organization's vision should include having more and more of your IT infrastructure, Web sites and computers powered by a "hybrid" energy system that taps into solar, wind, and traditional electrical energy sources.

In the health care industry there are compelling reasons to acquire and implement hybrid energy systems that include solar power. These include providing continuity of care during major natural and man-made disasters and providing power for health IT systems that can access medical knowledge and clinical patient data in remote locations where traditional electrical services cannot be reliably provided to support these systems.

This article will explore developments in the solar energy field and highlight implications and opportunities for the next generation of health facilities and medical informatics computer systems.

San Diego residents to benefit from Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)
Full ArticleSan Diego County residents will soon benefit from one of the most advanced regional health care networks in the nation. The state-of-the-art project will be fully supported by an end-to-end solution from Sun Microsystems Inc., the creator and advocate of Java technology. Regional networks are considered a critical step in developing a nationwide interoperable health information network that can benefit all Americans, a primary goal of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and many Congressional leaders.
U21 and the World Health Organization: E-health is a global revolution for the poor populations of the world
Full ArticleModern information and communication technologies (ICT) allow completely new opportunities to provide medical care and health information to developing countries. Inhabitants of regions lacking access to medical care can receive advice, diagnosis and assistance with treatment via a computer centre. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the international university network Universitas 21 are now co-operating in an endeavour to develop and spread what is known as e-health.
$16 million grant advances nanomedicine at Washington University
Full ArticleNano-sized particles developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis offer hope of replacing numerous medical tests, scans, or surgeries with a simple injection. The tiny spheres can travel through the bloodstream deep into the body to locate and highlight tumours undetectable by typical methods. While at the tumour site, the nanoparticles can deliver therapeutic agents to destroy the tumour.
College of Computing at Georgia Tech creates language development technology to help hearing impaired children
Full ArticleThe College of Computing at Georgia Tech, a national expert in the creation of real-world computing breakthroughs that drive social and scientific progress, has developed technology, in partnership with the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD), to help hearing impaired children improve their language development. The Federally-funded CopyCat project is an instructive computer game that uses a virtual sign language tutor to augment the classroom experience for hearing impaired children.
 
Grid for Health
 
Indiana University announces major National Science Foundation Grant for Data Capacitor Project
Full ArticleIndiana University (IU) has received a $1,72 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance its existing cyberinfrastructure. Cyberinfrastructure is high-performance computers, data storage systems, and advanced instruments both local, national and international, all connected via high-speed networks and used extensively by IU researchers. The grant provides for the addition of substantial new infrastructure which will provide short-term storage for massive amounts of data that require analysis by IU's supercomputers.
New Columbia University Center aims to advance next generation of genomics and proteomics research
Full ArticleAddressing the critical need for new ways to analyse the enormous amounts of data being generated by genomics and proteomics, Columbia University is establishing a National Center for Biomedical Computing with an $18,5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Voltaire and FalconStor join forces to deliver high performance storage provisioning over InfiniBand
Full ArticleVoltaire, specialized in Grid backbone solutions, and FalconStor Software Inc., a developer of network storage software, have optimized their solutions to deliver high performance native InfiniBand storage solutions. Customers leveraging FalconStor's IPStor Enterprise Edition software with Voltaire Grid Backbone switching solutions can implement an ultra high performance storage network operating at speeds that are four times faster than Fibre Channel. Voltaire is the industry's only provider of solutions that enable iSCSI over InfiniBand.
Indiana University collaboration strengthens search for new drug discoveries
Full ArticleMedical scientists must sift through and analyse mammoth amounts of data to find ways to treat disease, and an Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics-led team has been assembled to help them develop new discoveries. The School has been awarded a two-year $500.000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Chemical Informatics and Cyberinfrastructure Collaboratory (CICC), and it brings together experts in informatics, medicine, computer science, chemistry, biology and from IU's Pervasive Technology Labs (PTL).
University of Michigan researchers receive $18,7-million NIH grant to create a National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics
Full ArticleAs researchers in the biological sciences increasing rely on computers to obtain relevant knowledge from the torrent of biomedical data being generated, the University of Michigan Medical School has received an $18,7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin imposing order on the myriad sources of biologic data, rendering them more integrated and more readily comprehended.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
DrFirst chosen by Whatcom County for ePrescribing initiative in support of the Foundation for eHealth Initiative goals
Full ArticleDrFirst's Rcopia electronic prescription management system has been selected for the Whatcom County e-Prescribing Project, a project funded by a grant from The Foundation for eHealth Initiative (FEHI), a non profit group focused on promoting quality, safety, and efficiency through electronic medical records. The project's goals are to improve health care decisions in order to increase patient safety, reduce costs, and increase efficiency for health care stakeholders throughout the prescription drug writing and delivery process.
Optio Healthcare introduces solution to accelerate chart completion
Full ArticleAt the 2005 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Annual Convention and Exhibit Optio Software Inc. has introduced its new Optio QuickRecord Chart Completion solution to help health information management (HIM) departments automate and accelerate the resolution of chart deficiencies to comply with hospital quality standards and regulatory requirements. Elaine O'Bleness, a director of health information services for Banner Health, detailed her experience with electronic health records beginning with the initial implementation of subscription-based Optio QuickRecord Suite in 1998.
Wireless networks designed with Wireless Valley software help Erickson Retirement Communities enhance quality of care
Full ArticleErickson Retirement Communities, a builder and manager of continuing care retirement communities, is using Wireless Valley Communications Inc.'s LANPlanner software to design wireless networks for its Renaissance Gardens facilities, medical centres and administrative offices. Erickson is installing wireless networks at all 13 of its campuses, which include physician practices, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, and home health and rehab services. The networks allow the health care staff to provide patient care using wireless PDAs, tablet PCs or mobile laptop carts to record information about a patient's condition. The networks also enable mobility for the staff in the administrative offices.
Zix Corporation powers SecureWorks encrypted e-mail offering and releases PocketScript 6.01
Full ArticleZix Corporation, a global provider of secure e-messaging and e-prescribing solutions and services, is providing the underlying technology behind the new SecureWorks Encrypted E-mail Service, launched in August. ZixCorp has also made available PocketScript 6.01, the latest version of its e-prescribing service. This latest release includes features that increase functionality, convenience, and flexibility.
Wireless medical content helps nurse practitioners make critical decisions
Full ArticleAs part of their joint commitment to serve the specialized technology needs of the nursing community, Thomson Micromedex and the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) have entered into a partnership to give members complimentary access to evidence-based clinical information via handheld technology to support care treatment decisions. Micromedex is a part of The Thomson Corporation, an expert in enterprise-wide clinical knowledge solutions for scientific and health care professionals.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
StorageTek receives award for successful penetration into key European market
Full ArticleStorageTek, a wholly owned subsidiary, was honoured by Frost & Sullivan with the 2005 Market Penetration Leadership award for successful, sustained penetration into the European health care market. StorageTek's Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) solution for health care was recognized by Frost & Sullivan on the strength of its end-to-end product and service offerings addressing the myriad data management needs relative to the health care enterprise, and the performance, reliability and overall value to the health care industry.
New IBM initiative advances open software standards in health care and education
Full ArticleIBM's health care and education practices have launched a major initiative to improve interoperability and information-access through the development of open software standards. Under this initiative, IBM is pledging royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development and implementation of selected open health care and education software standards built around Web services, electronic forms and open document formats.
Volcano Corporation teams with Paieon Inc. and GE Healthcare to develop cath lab system with fully integrated IVUS capabilities
Full ArticleVolcano Corporation and Paieon Inc. have reached agreement to jointly develop products allowing in-the-cath-lab combination of X-ray angiography in both 2D and 3D views with intravascular ultrasound - grayscale and VH IVUS. The Volcano/Paieon system is expected to allow physicians and their staff to quickly assess regions of the coronary tree and, for the first time, simultaneously visualize both the patency of the arterial lumen and the presence, quantity and type of coronary atherosclerotic plaques. In addition, Volcano and GE Healthcare have signed a significant development and collaboration agreement that is intended to bring an industry-first imaging capability to cardiac catheterization labs around the world. Under terms of the agreement, GE and Volcano will collaborate to develop a state-of-the-art digital cardiovascular imaging system with fully integrated intravascular ultrasound imaging (IVUS) capabilities.
OCG Technology awards license to Argentinean based Telemedica S.R.L.
Full ArticleOCG Technology Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary PrimeCare Systems Inc., has awarded an exclusive license to Telemedica S.R.L., based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The agreement gives Telemedica exclusive rights to market the PrimeCare Patient Management System, Version Nine in the "Mercosur", which is South America's free trade area, consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile. Telemedica plans to use PrimeCare Version Nine initially to establish a fully integrated health network of doctors and patients in Argentina. Telemedica intends to commence the installation of PrimeCare Version Nine at the beginning of 2006, in clinics in Argentina's northwest provinces.
Philips unveils radiation oncology advances to help improve cancer therapy planning and delivery
Full ArticlePhilips Medical Systems, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, has unveiled advances in its portfolio of oncology solutions that advance Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and help physicians more accurately target tumours. Philips is introducing the AcQSim3, now the only commercial full CT Simulation system on the market with absolute marking. Other highlights on display include a new version of Pinnacle3, the industry leading oncology platform with integrated simulation, image fusion, 3D planning and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) software modules. These technologies are on display at the 47th annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in Denver.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Surgery enters virtual world
Full ArticleHip replacement outcomes could become far more predictable thanks to a revolutionary virtual surgery system developed by European researchers. The IST-funded MULTISENSE project combined virtual reality, force-feedback systems, tissue profiling and stereoscopic vision to create virtual patients that mimic the tissue of real patients. Surgeons can now perform a hip-replacement operation on a virtual copy of their real patient.
Physiomics introduces major technical innovation in drug and tumour modelling
Full ArticlePhysiomics, a European systems biology simulation company, has developed a sophisticated addition to its core cell growth model showing why different cancer cells respond in different ways to an innovative new class of anti-cancer drugs. The simulation work also shows how some time-consuming laboratory work to grow cancer cells could now be modelled quickly in a computer rather than taking significantly longer in a laboratory. The utility of Physiomics¬?? computer simulation approach was discussed in two poster presentations at the recently held International Conference on Systems Biology meeting in Boston, USA.
Patient-Partner Association uses Web-based health record LifeSensor for electronic data exchange in Bavarian medical network
Full ArticleThe Patient-Partner Association (PPV) and the German statutory health insurance AOK Bavaria have concluded a novel, GP-based agreement on integrated care, which for the first time requires electronic communication between the participating physicians and patients. The physicians' network with over 300 linked medical experts uses the Internet-based health record LifeSensor by the German eHealth company InterComponentWare AG (ICW) for this purpose.
European health care industry meets in Bad Gastein
Full ArticleTremendous optimism prevailed at the conference of the medical-technical lobby COCIR - Co-ordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Medical IT Industries, which was held on October 4, just prior to the official start of the European Health Forum Gastein in Bad Gastein. At the event which was titled "Improving Health Care Infrastructure in an Enlarged Europe", the more than 140 leading representatives of the industry from throughout Europe who attended discussed the enormous business opportunities arising from the considerable backlog demand in the area of health care infrastructure in the new European Union states.
eHealth requires harmonisation across Europe, according to experts at the European Health Forum Gastein
Full ArticleThe electronisation of health care systems is running at full speed now in virtually all European states. Whether it is for administrative procedures, electronic prescriptions or the use of chip cards as replacement for conventional administrative systems, national health officials everywhere anticipate considerable savings. In a conference of experts held on the topic of eHealth at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), the biggest health policy event in the European Union, the chances for this development were underscored, though experts also warned of several problems.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Erasmus University Medical Center and Spotfire announce multi-year relationship to better understand molecular processes underlying disease
Full ArticleThe Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands has announced a 3-year relationship with Spotfire, a market expert in visual analytics for business decision-making. The project is headed by the bioinformatics department unit of Erasmus MC under the leadership of Professor Dr. Peter Van der Spek.
Ohio State University Medical Center first to install Siemens newest 16-slice CT system
Full ArticleProviding the advanced imaging capabilities required for today's medical care, Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) University Hospital East has become the first medical facility in the United States to install Siemens Medical Solutions' SOMATOM Emotion 16 computed tomography (CT) system. With 16-slice technology and a comprehensive set of clinical applications in a compact package, the SOMATOM Emotion 16 enables community hospitals and diagnostic imaging centres (DIC) to benefit from high-level CT imaging.
Toshiba supports new cardiac imaging fellowship at Shands Hospital, University of Florida
Full ArticleReinforcing its position as an expert in cardiac CT education, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. will support a new visiting fellowship programme at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida (UF) in conjunction with the 33rd annual meeting of the North American Society for Cardiac Imaging's (NASCI) in Amelia Island, Florida. The fellowship, which is open to cardiologists, radiologists and technicians, is designed to provide clinicians with practical experience using the latest 64-slice CT technology, including Toshiba's Aquilion 64 CFX system, to educate clinicians interested in cardiac CT.
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and CareTech Solutions help babies stay safe with new tracking technology
Full ArticleCrittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, Michigan, has activated two high-tech systems that will improve the safety and care of patients as well as information access for visitors with the assistance of CareTech Solutions, a Michigan-based provider of information technology (IT) and health care information management (HIM) solutions for hospitals and health systems.
Denver Health and Clarian Health Partners select MobileAccess for universal in-building wireless network
Full ArticleDenver Health has selected the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network to deliver a broad range of hospital-specific in-building wireless services and applications. The MobileAccess deployment will provide multi-service wireless coverage for wireless medical applications throughout the facility's three in- and out-patient buildings that together comprise nearly one million square feet. Clarian Health Partners also has selected the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network to extend wireless service coverage to Clarian North Medical Center in Indianapolis. With the MobileAccess solution, Clarian North will be equipped to support a diverse array of wireless medical applications over a unified, cost-effective infrastructure, and its medical teams will be empowered to deliver superior patient care by embracing mobile tools and technologies.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
3001 Medical LLC, provider of advanced Virtual Reality medical systems, to bring medical imaging visualization technology to market
Full Article3001 Medical LLC, a developer of virtual reality (VR) medical products, has plans to focus R&D on development of a head mounted display for medical imaging and procedure guidance. 3001 Medical LLC, a division of VR technology company 3001 AD LLC, is working in collaboration with industrial and academic leaders to shape the next generation of improvements in patient care and safety using its proprietary VR technologies and devices.
Fuji upgrades Synapse PACS to Barco's 3D imaging software
Full ArticleBarco and Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc., Stamford, Connecticut, USA, have renewed their agreement to integrate Barco's 3D medical imaging software with Fuji's Synapse PACS. Facilities using Synapse version 3.1 or greater will be able to take advantage of the latest version of Barco's VOXAR 3D visualization and analysis software. Fuji chose to upgrade to Barco's new version of VOXAR 3D because of the seamless integration into its PACS.
Given Imaging to launch advanced PillCam SB video capsule
Full ArticleGiven Imaging Ltd., Micron Technology and Zarlink Semiconductor are finalizing development of a third generation PillCam SB for the small bowel. The new capsule is expected to be commercially available in 2006. Doubling the frame rate from two to four frames (images) per second, the new PillCam SB will offer enhanced viewing capacity while increasing the capsule's operational time from eight to nine hours and incorporate new optical and image sensor technology to provide superior image quality.
Ascension to showcase newest microBIRD tracker at TCT 2005 and receive contract from DARPA
Full ArticleAscension Technology is showcasing its newest production model of microBIRD at TCT 2005, the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutic Conference and Exposition, in Washington, D.C., October 16-21, 2005. The company also has received a contract from the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation of pulsed DC magnetic sensors for medical use. DARPA's interest lies in the development of tele-robotic systems for performing emergency battlefield procedures.
bcc: Consulting to release Mobile Resource Guide, Quarter 4, 2005
Full Articlebcc: Consulting has released its free bcc: Mobile Resource Guide, Q4 2005. In addition to up-to-date information on the 160+ companies who offer mobile solutions to the health care market, the Guide features bcc:'s Top EMRs for Small and Mid-Size Practices.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Healthcare and Open Source Software
Full Article

"Open Source Everywhere - Software is just the beginning ... open source is doing for mass innovation what the assembly line did for mass production. Get ready for the era when collaboration replaces the corporation." By Thomas Goetz, Editor, Wired Magazine November 2003

Adoption of health information technology (IT) has been slower in healthcare institutions because of its high cost and the limited availability of capital resources for public and private sectors. Open Source Software (OSS) offers solutions that are affordable, reliable, and viable. Further, its acceptance in the healthcare community is growing rapidly.

  • Open Source Software (OSS) market is growing across all domains of information technology in both the public and private sectors.
  • Federal Government agencies are actively deploying OSS solutions and leading OSS development initiatives.
  • OSS was identified as one of nine key health care information technology trends for 2004 by Healthcare Informatics magazine.
  • Healthcare institutions need an affordable comprehensive clinical information system to meet the Presidential agenda, homeland security requirements, and patient demands for safe, high quality health care.

Given all these factors, the time may be right for healthcare organizations to begin seriously considering options on how to effectively participate with the Open Source community and healthcare industry at-large with regards to the acquisition and implementation of Open Source Software (OSS) solutions. It seems appropriate to consider taking the first steps towards use of one or more OSS solutions in order to assess the process and implications of getting more involved with the Open Source community over time.

Robotics and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems
Full Article

The 1980's saw the emergence of some of the first uses of robots in a health care setting. These were primarily restricted to robotic carts used to move mail, medical records, prescriptions, and laboratory specimens around a medical center. There was also an increasing commitment to research and development (R&D) of stationary robotic devices used for specialized purposes, e.g. packaging drugs.

The 1990's saw the production and deployment of a limited array of stationary robotic devices used to package and dispense drugs. The decade also witnessed the emergence of the first robotic surgical devices used by surgeons to perform selected procedures either on-site or tele-surgery at very remote locations, e.g. RoboDoc, Aesop 1000, Neuromate, da Vinci, and the Zeus surgical systems.

This first decade of the 21st century is seeing the more widespread deployment of robotic surgical systems for use in a growing range of surgical procedures. Robotic surgical assistants are now being used in a number of operating rooms. In addition, robotic devices used to package and dispense drugs are becoming more sophisticated and are now being interfaced to electronic health record (EHR) systems. Prototype robotic systems are being tested as robotic health aides, for remote bedside teleconsultations, personal care assistants for the elderly, and for many other purposes.

It may be that by the end of the next decade we may actually see a wide array of more sophisticated robotic devices being used to collect and feed clinical data into the EHR. This would include nanobots injected or embedded in patients. We will also see a growing range of robotic devices used at the backend of an EHR system. Robots that not only package and dispense prescriptions, but deliver prescriptions, supplies, and other items directly to the nursing station or to a specific patient's room.

This article attempts to pull together relevant information about the development and use of robots in health care to date, highlight selected issues, and offer a set of recommendations on possible next steps for health care organisations to take with regards to investing in this continually evolving technology.

New simulator enables fast, effective training of surgeons in hand-assisted laparoscopic colectomy
Full ArticleHaptica introduced a new Surgical Simulator for Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Colectomy, known as ProMIS HALC, at the American College of Surgeons Annual Convention in San Francisco, October 16-20, 2005. The ProMIS HALC simulator simulates the surgical procedure, enabling surgeons to learn and practise performing a laparoscopic colectomy. By increasing the effectiveness of surgical training, the ProMIS HALC aims to help reduce the risk of surgery for the patient and support increased adoption of hand-assisted and laparoscopic techniques. ProMIS HALC has been developed by Haptica and Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., Cincinnati in collaboration with a panel of international colorectal surgeons.
Penn surgeons use completely robotic surgery to successfully treat prostate cancer
Full ArticleProstate cancer is the second leading cause of death among American men. It is estimated that one in six males will develop the disease during his lifetime. However, promising new treatment options have been developed to help combat this threatening disease. One of the most innovative of these treatments is robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy - removal of the prostate. The University of Pennsylvania Health System is currently one of only a handful of facilities across the country offering this minimally invasive, high-tech treatment.
Immersion Medical releases new modules for Endovascular AccuTouch System
Full ArticleImmersion Medical Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Immersion Corporation, a developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, has launched Advanced Coronary Interventions and Carotid Artery Stenting modules for its Endovascular AccuTouch System. Physicians can train on these new modules in the Medical Simulation Pavilion at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Scientific Symposium in Washington, D.C. The AccuTouch system is a comprehensive physics-based training tool that uses patented haptics technology to train physicians in navigating and cannulating diverse vascular anatomy.
 

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