VMW Monthly - January 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents January 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Guidant enrolls first patient in Japan arm of drug eluting stent trial
USDA awards over $29 million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants
Computer-aided polyp detection software in combination with virtual colonoscopy is as effective as traditional optical colonoscopy
Women in Telemedicine who Rock
Sun selected to support CSC-led Connecting for Health team and Northrop Grumman in development of Nationwide Health Information Network
 
Grid for Health
 
i3Archive brings On-Demand to the challenges of digital medical imaging disaster recovery
Mining biotech's data mother lode
Web-based system will speed drug discoveries at Indiana University
Grids to aid breast cancer diagnosis and research
Computing power breaks new boundaries in understanding stem cells
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
A six-fold increase in revenue expected for RFID in health care and pharmaceutical applications market
Draeger Medical uses Packeteer to converge patient monitoring and administrative networks
McKesson Telehealth Guardian extends patient monitoring solution and selects AMAC as exclusive PERS provider for its telehealth monitoring offerings
VHA selects PatientKeeper to provide advanced mobile applications to 300.000 physicians at 1500 hospitals
ADT Security Services debuts new health monitoring solution at White House Conference on Aging
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CompView Medical completes premier installation of NuBoom at Oregon Health and Science University
Novare's line of articulating surgical tools allow full mobility for keyhole hysterectomy
Siemens and CAS innovations conclude co-operative agreement
Zimmer Holdings announces milestones in minimally invasive joint replacement
Fujifilm Medical Systems and SGI to deliver economical, volume exploration picture archiving and communication system
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Global Crossing Network supports world record in international visualization
Fraunhofer's dental CAD software viRus among 20 Nominees for European IST Grand Prize 2006
UCLH NHS Foundation Trust uses smart cards to enhance security of patient information in IDX Carecast
Increasing brand awareness and provision of consultation services to boost uptake of UPS by UK hospitals
Doctors can see heart in 3D with Virtual Reality and diagnose heart conditions
 
The 21st century hospital
 
United Kingdom-based Addenbrooke's Hospital picks SumTotal to boost workplace performance
UCLH calls Telewest Business to answer the needs of millions of callers to new hospital
St. John's Hospital deploys wireless voice over IP network with Meru wireless LAN system
St. Vincent's Medical Center upgrades to next-generation IDX Carecast
Optio teams up with Hometown Health to deliver affordable electronic health record solutions to Georgia's community hospitals
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Next Dimension Imaging to release Anatomy Lab e-learning application
Wooksung Video and IP phones are a new trend setter in India
Globus Medical announces launch of Pivot MIS system
Dr. Roman Schwartsman to offer patients the PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Surgery system
Guidant announces European approval of innovative heart failure lead
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robo-patients allow McMaster students to practise until perfect
File compression can expand mammography's power
Breast CT is more comfortable than mammography and may detect tumours better
St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center is first with new Super D technology for lung cancer
Robot-assisted prostate surgery now available at Montefiore
 

Leads January 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Guidant enrolls first patient in Japan arm of drug eluting stent trial
Full ArticleGuidant Corporation has begun enrollment in the Japan arm of its Spirit III drug eluting stent clinical trial evaluating Xience V, an everolimus eluting coronary stent system utilizing Guidant's cobalt chromium Multi-Link Vision Coronary Stent System rapid exchange platform.
USDA awards over $29 million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants
Full ArticleDeputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner has announced the award of 79 Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants, which will provide improved educational and medical services to residents of 36 states. The grants total over $29,4 million. Of the 79 projects selected, 35 provide funding for medical service improvements and 44 promote educational opportunities.
Computer-aided polyp detection software in combination with virtual colonoscopy is as effective as traditional optical colonoscopy
Full ArticleA study led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center finds that computer-aided detection (CAD) software in conjunction with a procedure commonly called virtual colonoscopy can deliver results comparable to conventional optical colonoscopy for detecting the most worrisome types of polyps. The study is published in the December 2005 issue of the American Gastroenterological Association journal, Gastroenterology. The work also was presented November 29, 2005 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
Women in Telemedicine who Rock
Full ArticleSounds like a new MTV show? Has he lost his mind this time? When I thought up the title for this interview, I wanted to do two things: 1) To get your attention and more importantly, 2) To introduce to you women in telemedicine who I consider influential, who are on the cutting edge in telemedicine today and who are reshaping the world of telemedicine today. Some are nurses, some are journalists, some have Ph.D's, some are CEO's of their own companies. However there are a few common threads, they are visionaries, they are leaders, they are committed to telemedicine. I have also had the opportunity to work with them. Intrusting enough I have never met any of them live before either. They also are friends, peers, mentors and without them I wouldn't be doing what I do today.
Sun selected to support CSC-led Connecting for Health team and Northrop Grumman in development of Nationwide Health Information Network
Full ArticleSun Microsystems Inc. will work as part of a consortium led by Computer Sciences Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation to help support the development of a prototype for a Nationwide Health Information Network architecture. Sun was selected for its expertise in federated network identity management, its successful deployments of service-oriented architectures, and its joint initiatives with Microsoft around interoperability and Internet security. The effort proceeded in conjunction with other contracts awarded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 10, 2005.
 
Grid for Health
 
i3Archive brings On-Demand to the challenges of digital medical imaging disaster recovery
Full Articlei3Archive Inc. has extended the capabilities of its Grid-based medical imaging architecture known as the National Digital Medical Archive (NDMA) to service the needs of business continuity and disaster recovery for picture archive and communications systems (PACS). The April 2005 HIPAA security updates requiring that all health care entities have a disaster recovery plan in effect, requiring a copy of all medical data be secure, retrievable and maintained in a second location, such that if the primary copy of the data is destroyed or made unavailable, the disaster recovery copy would be available, have led to questions as to how these mandated requirements would be fulfilled.
Mining biotech's data mother lode
Full ArticleA EU-sponsored project has developed a suite of tools that will enable biotech companies to mine through vast quantities of data created by modern life-science labs to find the nuggets of genetic gold that lie within. The BioGrid project brought together six partners from the UK, Germany, Cyprus and The Netherlands to address one of the key problems facing the life sciences today.
Web-based system will speed drug discoveries at Indiana University
Full ArticleThe process of developing new disease-fighting drugs will be accelerated because of research now under way at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and the IU Community Grids Lab. The School has received a grant from Microsoft Smart Clients for eScience to develop a prototype of a Web service and intelligent agent-based system for the potential deployment in the pharmaceutical industry. It is expected the development of such tools will enable scientists to more quickly amass the information they need in their decision-making about which chemical compounds are most likely to be safe, effective drugs.
Grids to aid breast cancer diagnosis and research
Full ArticleThe millions of mammography exams performed each year in Europe save thousands of women's lives, but if the data from all breast cancer screening procedures was made available to clinicians and researchers across the continent they could save many more. That is the vision that has driven MammoGrid. The IST programme-funded MammoGrid project ended in August and has since begun studying the commercial possibilities for its distributed computing environment that employs existing Grid technologies for the creation of a Europe-wide database of mammogram data.
Computing power breaks new boundaries in understanding stem cells
Full ArticleDr. Gary Wills and Dr. Yee-Wai Sim at the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton are working on the Collaborative Orthopaedic Research Environment (CORE) project, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), to develop Virtual Research Environments (VRE) for orthopaedic surgeons.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
A six-fold increase in revenue expected for RFID in health care and pharmaceutical applications market
Full ArticleThe RFID market is still in its nascent stages within the health care vertical. The business case for the health care market has immediate perceivable benefits as compared to other verticals that are still struggling to define the potential returns of adoption. The potential returns and benefits of RFID adoption go beyond just efficient supply chains and economic value to critical issues such as patient safety and process efficiency. RFID would help improve the process of developing drugs and running clinical trials of drugs, increasing patient safety, managing critical care assets and hospital equipment and cutting down on counterfeiting and diversion of pharmaceutical products.
Draeger Medical uses Packeteer to converge patient monitoring and administrative networks
Full ArticleDraeger Medical, a joint venture of Draegerwerk and Siemens, is using Packeteer PacketShaper systems to converge wired and wireless patient monitoring and hospital clinical and administrative networks under its Infinity OneNet Architecture. Headquartered in Lübeck, Germany, with United States headquarters in Telford, Pennsylvania, Draeger Medical employs some 6000 people worldwide with United States-based R&D and production facilities in Telford, Pennsylvania, and Danvers, Massachusetts.
McKesson Telehealth Guardian extends patient monitoring solution and selects AMAC as exclusive PERS provider for its telehealth monitoring offerings
Full ArticleIn a move to offer health care providers the most comprehensive community strategy available, McKesson has introduced its McKesson Telehealth Guardian solution, the latest addition to the McKesson Telehealth Advisor family of patient monitoring solutions. American Medical Alert Corporation, a provider of health care communication services and advanced home health monitoring technologies, has executed a five year licensing, marketing and distribution agreement with McKesson Corporation to provide Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and 24/7 monitoring services.
VHA selects PatientKeeper to provide advanced mobile applications to 300.000 physicians at 1500 hospitals
Full ArticlePatientKeeper Inc., a provider of mobile computing for health care, has signed an agreement with VHA Inc. to be one of VHA's suppliers providing mobile computing. VHA, based in Irving, Texas, is a national alliance serving more than 2400 health care organisations nationwide. This new relationship offers VHA members preferred pricing on the PatientKeeper Platform and applications. PatientKeeper's broad portfolio of award-winning mobile applications is designed to support physicians throughout their day.
ADT Security Services debuts new health monitoring solution at White House Conference on Aging
Full ArticleADT Security Services Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, has provided a glimpse into the future of health care with the debut of its new ADT WellHealth line of health monitoring services at the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. in December 2005. ADT's WellHealth solutions can help people remain independent in their homes longer and reduce preventable hospital care, helping to reduce medical costs for individuals and employers as well as private and government health insurers.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CompView Medical completes premier installation of NuBoom at Oregon Health and Science University
Full ArticleCompView Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of CompView Inc. that provides integrated audio-visual systems for medical environments, has installed NuBoom, the next generation Operating Room (OR) equipment management solution, at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).
Novare's line of articulating surgical tools allow full mobility for keyhole hysterectomy
Full ArticleNovare Surgical Systems Inc. is targeting its newly introduced line of EndoLink articulating surgical instruments for total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), the newest, most advanced approach for removing the cervix and uterus employing minimally invasive "keyhole" surgery. Cleared for marketing by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the single-use, handheld surgical instruments are the first to provide surgeons with six degrees of freedom not available with conventional, rigid instruments for performing laparoscopic procedures, without the need for computer-aided instruments or robotics.
Siemens and CAS innovations conclude co-operative agreement
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions and CAS innovations AG have signed a co-operative agreement in the area of navigation based on electromagnetic tracking. Combining the Siemens Axiom Artis dBA angiography system and the CAPPA Navigation with an electromagnetic tracking system, CAS innovations will provide new methods within medical technology that enable catheter navigation at a much lower radiation dose and requiring less contrast agent. The co-operation between the two companies will greatly advance the medical application of this technology.
Zimmer Holdings announces milestones in minimally invasive joint replacement
Full ArticleZimmer Holdings Inc., specialized in the orthopaedics industry, is now following more than 2500 Minimally Invasive Solutions (MIS) 2-Incision Hip Replacement Procedure cases in active clinical studies. The company estimates that in total more than 3000 of the innovative procedures have been performed worldwide since inception in 2001.
Fujifilm Medical Systems and SGI to deliver economical, volume exploration picture archiving and communication system
Full ArticleAt the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual conference in Chicago, Silicon Graphics and Fujifilm Medical Systems USA have launched a new picture archiving and communication system (PACS) solution that will revolutionize the world of radiology and change the way all health care professionals view and analyse complex datasets. The fruit of a partnership announced at last year's RSNA, the new Volume Exploration solution will deliver the benefits of the open architecture Silicon Graphics Prism visualization system to the diagnostic interpretation process through Fuji's Synapse PACS.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Global Crossing Network supports world record in international visualization
Full ArticleGlobal Crossing has made network performance history as the high-speed network provider for an experiment that set a world record in transatlantic visualization. Scientists from The Netherlands established a world record by generating the largest transatlantic real-time data stream to date for ultra-high-resolution visualization. The record was set by SARA, the academic computer centre in Amsterdam, which displayed a visualization stream of 19,5 Gbps between NetherLight, the GLIF Open Lightpath Exchange (GOLE) in Amsterdam, and San Diego in the United States. This new benchmark for a real-time transatlantic data stream was established using high-speed multiple 10-Gbps wavelengths supplied by Global Crossing to the Dutch research network operator SURFnet.
Fraunhofer's dental CAD software viRus among 20 Nominees for European IST Grand Prize 2006
Full ArticleViRus, an innovative CAD-software, developed by Fraunhofer IGD and its partner Hint-ELs, to fully automatically design tooth restorations with use of the patient's personal tooth anatomy, has been selected and proposed to the European Commission by independent experts from Euro-CASE for the IST Grand Prize 2006. The European IST Prize Awards Ceremony, where the three finalist Grand Prize Winners officially will be chosen out of 20 Nominees, will take place on 22 March 2006 in Vienna.
UCLH NHS Foundation Trust uses smart cards to enhance security of patient information in IDX Carecast
Full ArticleUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the first health care trusts in the United Kingdom to use smart cards in conjunction with an electronic patient records system in the inpatient environment. Smart cards are being widely used in the United Kingdom to support access to other types of related health care technology, such as e-booking capabilities. As health care trusts begin to implement electronic patient records systems in a more widespread fashion, smart cards provide an enhanced level of security to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to patients' demographic and medical information. UCLH is using the cards to support secure access to the IDX Carecast electronic patient records system. UCLH and IDX completed a successful smart card pilot on November 21st, 2005, and the technology is currently being used by more than 30 Trust employees, with plans to roll out smart cards to additional UCLH staff and clinicians in 2006.
Increasing brand awareness and provision of consultation services to boost uptake of UPS by UK hospitals
Full ArticleThe market for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in UK hospitals is poised for growth, due to increased awareness of the need to maintain high levels of patient care. In this context, a recent Frost & Sullivan study sought to ascertain the views and preferences of decision makers responsible for purchasing UPS solutions in hospitals across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The study, which involved over 90 interviews, revealed the critical applications of UPS in hospitals, preferred channels for their acquisition and customer ratings for suppliers/brands.
Doctors can see heart in 3D with Virtual Reality and diagnose heart conditions
Full ArticleVirtual reality that allows doctors to visualise the heart in three dimensions could help in the diagnosis of heart conditions. A pilot study published in the open access journal Cardiovascular Ultrasound reveals that doctors can diagnose heart conditions quickly and easily from virtual three-dimensional animated images or "holograms" of the heart. Three-dimensional (3D) holograms allow doctors to "dive" into the beating heart and see interior parts of the organ.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
United Kingdom-based Addenbrooke's Hospital picks SumTotal to boost workplace performance
Full ArticleAddenbrooke's Hospital, a prestigious three-star NHS Foundation Trust based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, has launched SumTotal's LMS as its core system to manage the learning and development of its staff and to deliver assessment and measurement of all learning undertaken at the hospital. Implemented by SumTotal's United Kingdom-based partner Learning Management Services, Addenbrooke's selected SumTotal because of its potential for ROI.
UCLH calls Telewest Business to answer the needs of millions of callers to new hospital
Full ArticleUniversity College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with Telewest Business to introduce an advanced communications infrastructure that will control the incoming voice traffic to its new multi-million pound hospital. The hospital was officially opened in June 2005 and is the flagship hospital for the government's health care reforms in the United Kingdom.
St. John's Hospital deploys wireless voice over IP network with Meru wireless LAN system
Full ArticleSt. John's Hospital of Springfield, Illinois, one of the largest Catholic hospitals in the United States, has deployed Meru's WLAN System for a wireless VoIP network that is revolutionizing the hospital's operations. Using Meru's WLAN System, the only wireless LAN solution that is purpose-built for voice, St. John's is dramatically improving patient care, with administrators demonstrating a return on investment (ROI) of $2 million per year, more than paying for the cost of the deployment.
St. Vincent's Medical Center upgrades to next-generation IDX Carecast
Full ArticleIDX Systems Corporation has signed an agreement with St. Vincent's Medical Center to upgrade to the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system. With Carecast, the long-time IDX customer plans to create and share patients' lifetime electronic health records (EHRs) with independent physicians in the region it serves, and support patient safety initiatives with computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and other advanced functionality. St. Vincent's is a 397-bed leading referral centre for Westchester County, New York, and southern Connecticut.
Optio teams up with Hometown Health to deliver affordable electronic health record solutions to Georgia's community hospitals
Full ArticleOptio Software Inc. is partnering with HomeTown Health, an organisation of 48 Georgia rural hospitals, to deliver affordable electronic health record (EHR) and forms automation software solutions to Georgia's community hospitals. Optio will provide its QuickRecord Suite of electronic health record (EHR) software solutions and its MedEx forms automation applications to HomeTown Health member hospitals based on a low-cost, application service provider-based (ASP) model.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Next Dimension Imaging to release Anatomy Lab e-learning application
Full ArticleNext Dimension Imaging, a private, independent software company located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has published its new medical product Anatomy Lab. Anatomy Lab is an e-learning application and helps students to study and to become familiar with human anatomy by interacting with anatomical 3D models, which represent subsystems in the human body. The application is suitable to be used at various levels of health care professional education, from University to High School level.
Wooksung Video and IP phones are a new trend setter in India
Full ArticleToday the need for Internet and Intranet is increasing at such a rapid pace that the Government of India's approach to popularize and liberalize Internet policies has brought in the broadband services through several ISPs at an easily affordable cost which will ensure that every corporate customer, SME and almost every household, would be availing this facility and services at a very economical cost and thereby use the Internet and Intranet both intensively and extensively.
Globus Medical announces launch of Pivot MIS system
Full ArticleGlobus Medical Inc., one of the ten largest spinal implant manufacturers in the United States, has launched its Pivot MIS System, a unique posterior stabilization system that enables the placement of polyaxial screws and rods using minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques. The revolutionary Pivot System marks Globus Medical's entry into the MIS arena, and offers spine surgeons a unique product that affords them complete control and direct visualization throughout the entire procedure.
Dr. Roman Schwartsman to offer patients the PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Surgery system
Full ArticleDr. Roman Schwartsman at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho is now performing total knee replacement surgery utilizing the PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery system, developed by PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc., a distributor of total joint replacement systems and innovative Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology. With the adoption of this innovative technology, this advanced Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery is now available to patients in Boise, Idaho.
Guidant announces European approval of innovative heart failure lead
Full ArticleGuidant Corporation has received Conformité Européenne (CE) Mark approval of its Acuity Steerable heart failure lead. This product is Guidant's latest left ventricular (LV) lead designed to help physicians reach the goal of performing fast and predictable implants.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robo-patients allow McMaster students to practise until perfect
Full ArticleRobotic, simulated patients are allowing students in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine to practise clinical skills before they reach human patients. A simulator lab training centre set up by the anaesthesia department allows students to experience the challenges of working in a hospital operating room in a setting that looks and functions as close as possible to the real thing. An official opening of the lab was held on Wednesday, 30 November 2005.
File compression can expand mammography's power
Full ArticleA team of researchers, including Bradley J. Lucier, has found that digitized mammograms, the X-ray cross sections of breast tissue that doctors use to search for cancer, are actually interpreted more accurately by radiologists once they have been "compressed" using techniques similar to those used to lessen the memory demand of images in digital cameras. Though compression strips away much of the original data, it still leaves intact those features that physicians need most to diagnose cancer effectively. Perhaps equally important, digitization could bring mammography to many outlying communities via mobile equipment and dial-up Internet connections.
Breast CT is more comfortable than mammography and may detect tumours better
Full ArticleBreast CT, an investigational technology for early breast cancer detection, may be better than mammography at detecting breast lesions and is much more comfortable for women, researchers from the University of California (UC), Davis have reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.
St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center is first with new Super D technology for lung cancer
Full ArticleSt. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center (SVCCC) has added the new superDimension/Bronchus system for the diagnosis and biopsy of lung cancer. SVCCC is the first and only medical centre in New York to use the new technology, and is one of only a handful of hospitals throughout the United States with the "Super D" or superDimension/Bronchus system.
Robot-assisted prostate surgery now available at Montefiore
Full ArticleMontefiore Medical Center is now performing minimally invasive prostate surgery using the latest in robot-assisted technology. Reza Ghavamian, MD, the director of Urologic Oncology at Montefiore is using a new robotic surgical system for the removal of cancerous prostate glands and says the new technique will mean less pain and quicker recoveries for patients.
 

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