VMW Monthly - February 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents February 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Wellpoint Health Services to offer WorldCare's 2nd opinion e-Consultation services for serious illness
Business Computer Applications raises the bar on health care for inmates with Electronic Medical Records
Stanford study of owls finds link in brain between sight and sound
Purdue and Indiana University's School of Medicine selected for DHS national visualization team
On-line ear and hearing diagnosis to break sound barrier
 
Grid for Health
 
RENCI teams with Carolina Medical researchers to develop better bioinformatics tools
Aspeed announces Accellerant for NONMEM to improve accuracy of non-linear regression analysis in life sciences' race-to-market
GridwiseTech joins the fight against HIV with EU-funded Virolab project
Biologists and computer scientists join forces to lead biology revolution
Networking computers to help combat disease
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association selects McKesson for telehealth and patient monitoring
Alaska Open Imaging Center and Fleming County Hospital select Optio Healthcare Solutions
Independence Blue Cross embarks on e-Prescribing pilot to promote increased patient safety
CHD Meridian and Allscripts partner to provide e-Prescribing capabilities to employer-sponsored on-site health centres
New Raytel service helps women at risk of sudden cardiac death
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips to acquire personal emergency response company Lifeline Systems
DOBI Medical International releases ComfortScan Version 2.0 software suite and updates FDA PMA study progress
Greater Rochester IPA signs with Healthvision for clinical information data exchange
Scientific Vision Systems announces availability of advanced RGB QuadView XL
Satyam complements Byrraju Telemedicine service with on-line patient information management system
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
As terrestrial telecoms dial into satellite networks
Alcatel partners with Global Imaging Online for the development of digital medical imagery in Africa via broadband
Health Optimum eTEN project of the year 2005 and HealthService24 January 2006 project of the month
Digital Healthcare scores world first with secure telemessaging for eye screening
European e-health initiatives boost virtual private networks
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Saint Joseph's Hospital acquires most advanced robotic surgical system
MedStar Health chooses Aladdin eToken to protect access to critical hospital applications
Presbyterian Hospital of Plano adds GE LightSpeed advanced Computed Tomography to radiology department
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers precise treatment for tumours
Western North Carolina Health Network to link 16 area hospitals to electronically share critical patient information
 
Virtual snap shots
 
bcc: Consulting to release Mobile Resource Guide, Quarter 1, 2006
Ispo winter 2006 trade show to present Prevention@Home - ergometer with on-line coach and health record
Caligari ships first real-time 3D collaborative authoring technology trueSpace7
UltraClinics Inc. develops a same day breast cancer diagnosis process
Entelos announces United States patent for the development and use of virtual patients
 
VMWC news bites
 
Guardian Technologies migrates breakthrough intelligent imaging informatics technology to health care to solve radiology problems
Fruit fly's beating heart helps identify human heart disease genes
UIC surgeons first to use robot for living-donor kidney-pancreas transplant and for boy with rare swallowing disorder
Immersion joins with PICC Excellence to promote training products and launches new Phlebotomy training module for CathSim AccuTouch System
MMVR 14 proceedings promote balance between sound medical education and accelerating technological change in health care
 

Leads February 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Wellpoint Health Services to offer WorldCare's 2nd opinion e-Consultation services for serious illness
Full ArticleWorldCare Inc., a pioneer and expert in the development and distribution of global health care services and solutions, including specialist and sub-specialist 2nd opinion e-consultation, serious illness treatment plans and clinical trial services, has signed a contract with Wellpoint Health Services, a Toronto-based Corporate & Family Health Services Company, to provide expert Second Opinion e-Consultation Services for serious illness. These services enable patients to receive specialist input in collaboration with their local attending physician without the expense and anxiety of leaving home.
Business Computer Applications raises the bar on health care for inmates with Electronic Medical Records
Full ArticleBusiness Computer Applications Inc. (BCA), a provider of information technology products and services to the commercial, federal, and state and local public and private health markets, is purging paper charts out of correctional health care, eliminating variance, and error in the systems' processing.
Stanford study of owls finds link in brain between sight and sound
Full ArticleJust imagine listening to someone talk and also hearing the buzz of the overhead lights, the hum of your computer and the muffled conversation down the hallway. To focus on the person speaking to you, your brain clearly can't give equal weight to all incoming sensory information. It has to attend to what is important and ignore the rest. Two scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have taken a big step toward sorting out how the brain accomplishes this task. In the January 19 issue of Nature, the researchers show that a mechanism for prioritizing information - previously reported only in primates - is also used by birds.
Purdue and Indiana University's School of Medicine selected for DHS national visualization team
Full ArticleA team comprised of Purdue University and Indiana University's School of Medicine (IUSM) has been named a Regional Visualization and Analytics Center by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. PNNL leads the Department of Homeland Security's National Visualization and Analytics Center or NVAC, which is bringing academic expertise to the nation's efforts to discover information that may warn officials of a terrorist attack. The team's centre, or PURVAC, will perform research that will allow personnel at all levels of homeland security to quickly and effectively extract, visually analyse and synthesize information so that they can make quick and accurate decisions. The PURVAC team will focus on three homeland security areas: intelligence analysis; emergency planning and response; and health care monitoring and management.
On-line ear and hearing diagnosis to break sound barrier
Full ArticleIn an Australian first, an on-line "decision support system" is being developed to enable general practitioners to speed up the diagnosis of ear and hearing conditions. The unique software - which is expected to be available for doctors in 12 months' time - will be a collection of ear and hearing diagnoses and associated symptoms collated from reports published by medical experts in international scientific and medical articles, reports and journals. The software will use statistics from a database of medical reports to present a list of potential symptoms for a general practitioner, as they are selected, with the programme suggesting the most likely diagnosis, and is expected to benefit doctors based in regional locations.
 
Grid for Health
 
RENCI teams with Carolina Medical researchers to develop better bioinformatics tools
Full ArticleScientists studying the genetic changes in skin tissue linked to a life-threatening skin cancer, or melanoma, will soon have new analysis tools and more research data at their fingertips thanks to a collaboration with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), a multi-disciplinary institute affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, Duke and North Carolina State universities.
Aspeed announces Accellerant for NONMEM to improve accuracy of non-linear regression analysis in life sciences' race-to-market
Full ArticleAspeed Software Corporation has made available Accellerant for NONMEM, the first solution that enables single-thread NONMEM applications to leverage the performance benefits of multiprocessor, multi-core, cluster, Grid and other parallel distributed computing environments. Applying Aspeed's Accellerant for NONMEM to long running analyses in several of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies has shown 2 to over 4 times run-time reductions, with equal or in some cases, even more precise results.
GridwiseTech joins the fight against HIV with EU-funded Virolab project
Full ArticleVirolab is one of the most revolutionary projects GridwiseTech has undertaken to work on this year. Virolab is a Grid-based Virtual Laboratory for Decision Support in Viral Disease Treatment that benefits medical knowledge discovery and decision support for, e.g., HIV resistance, starting on 1 March, 2006. The virtual lab will be a fundamental tool enabling scientists to share and distribute information to help acquire data bringing the medical world a few steps closer to finding cures for diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Biologists and computer scientists join forces to lead biology revolution
Full ArticleJust as computers assist detectives in finding people by comparing fingerprints from crime scenes with millions in databases, Argonne scientists are using computers to mine genetic information from pathogens, people and plants. This information is essential to progress in medical science and biotechnology.
Networking computers to help combat disease
Full ArticleSubtropical diseases lay waste to millions of people each year. In the quest to find a cure scientists are using Grid computing, the major driving force for new approaches towards collaborative large-scale science, to discover new drugs and better understand the diseases. Currently drug discovery seeks compounds that can inhibit or kill invading parasites and infections, but there are potentially millions of candidate compounds. It can take 10 years to discover a drug and another 10 to get it approved. Grid technology, where the resources of many computers in a network are applied to a single problem at the same time, however, can reduce candidate compounds from millions to thousands or even hundreds, isolating the most promising candidates and speeding up the discovery process.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association selects McKesson for telehealth and patient monitoring
Full ArticleIn a move to improve health outcomes and resource management by involving patients more fully in their own care, Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association has selected the McKesson Telehealth Advisor solution to enable remote in-home disease management and patient monitoring. Initial plans call for Concord Regional VNA to deploy Telehealth Advisor to patients suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF), with the potential to expand the technology to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes patients.
Alaska Open Imaging Center and Fleming County Hospital select Optio Healthcare Solutions
Full ArticleAlaska Open Imaging Center (AOIC), an independently owned network of diagnostic imaging centres serving Alaska physicians and residents, has selected the Optio QuickRecord and MedEx Suites to dramatically reduce paperwork in their four facilities and accelerate turnaround times on hundreds of daily radiology reports. Fleming County Hospital, a 52-bed facility in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, has equally selected the Optio QuickRecord and MedEx Suites to provide electronic health record and forms management software solutions.
Independence Blue Cross embarks on e-Prescribing pilot to promote increased patient safety
Full ArticleIndependence Blue Cross is launching a new initiative to reduce drug prescribing errors and lower pharmacy costs by providing handheld electronic prescribing technology, known as e-Prescribing, to physicians in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Independence Blue Cross (IBC) pilot programme for e-Prescribing is in step with the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative's ambition to build a statewide electronic patient data network that is tied into a nationwide system - a goal set by President George W. Bush's 2004 call for the health care community to switch from paper to electronic health records in the next decade.
CHD Meridian and Allscripts partner to provide e-Prescribing capabilities to employer-sponsored on-site health centres
Full ArticleCHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax company, has formed a partnership with Allscripts, a provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve health care. This partnership will enable CHD Meridian's employer-sponsored on-site health centres to take advantage of Allscripts award-winning TouchScript e-prescribing and medication dispensing solutions as an alternative to opening a full-service on-site pharmacy.
New Raytel service helps women at risk of sudden cardiac death
Full ArticleSudden cardiac death is responsible for one-third of coronary artery disease deaths in women, and the reason why women with heart disease and recurrent heart arrhythmias are prime candidates for implanted cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). In addition, pacemakers are implanted in nearly 100.000 women each year to treat symptomatic bradycardia or abnormally slow heart rate, according to Raytel Cardiac Services, headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips to acquire personal emergency response company Lifeline Systems
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has signed a definitive merger agreement with Lifeline Systems Inc. under which Philips will acquire Lifeline, an expert in personal emergency response services. Philips has agreed to acquire Lifeline for USD47,75 per share or a total equity value of USD750 million - equaling an aggregate value of USD690 million net of USD60 million cash and cash equivalents - in a transaction that has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Lifeline. Completion of the transaction is subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement, which contains customary closing conditions and is subject to the approval of Lifeline's shareholders.
DOBI Medical International releases ComfortScan Version 2.0 software suite and updates FDA PMA study progress
Full ArticleDOBI Medical International Inc. has released the latest version of its Dynamic Optical Breast Imaging (DOBI) technology software for its ComfortScan breast imaging system. The ComfortScan system is a near infrared based, non-invasive, and non-ionizing imaging system designed to improve the diagnosis of breast cancer by identifying tumour angiogenesis - the growth of new blood vessels often associated with cancer. Recent blinded software verification and validation tests, conducted at an independent imaging core lab and under the supervision of an outside medical consultant, determined that, when used in conjunction with mammography for women undergoing a biopsy, physicians utilizing the ComfortScan system improved their identification of breast cancers, or sensitivity, over mammography alone.
Greater Rochester IPA signs with Healthvision for clinical information data exchange
Full ArticleHealthvision, a health information technology company, has signed a contract with the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA) to provide a shared health information exchange to enable a clinically integrated health care delivery continuum. GRIPA will deploy additional Healthvision services including electronic prescribing, referral management and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) interoperability, according to Scott Decker, Healthvision's CEO.
Scientific Vision Systems announces availability of advanced RGB QuadView XL
Full ArticleScientific Vision Systems, one of the largest distributors of medical video equipment, has made available the advanced RGB Spectrum QuadView XL imaging processor for the most demanding medical applications. The QuadView XL allows surgeons, operating room personnel, and radiologists to simultaneously view input from four (4) different video or computer sources on a single screen.
Satyam complements Byrraju Telemedicine service with on-line patient information management system
Full ArticleSatyam Computer Services Ltd., a global consulting and IT services provider has deployed its Web-enabled health care platform which is built on the Oracle's Healthcare Transaction Base (Oracle-HTB). Oracle has provided this software free of cost to Byrraju. This solution, coupled with telemedicine enables the physician to access the medical records of patients in remote villages and provide medical consultation, without the doctor having to physically travel to these villages. Consultation is facilitated by a trained health worker at the village end who provides the basic parameters.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
As terrestrial telecoms dial into satellite networks
Full ArticleImproving the integration of satellite networks with more traditional terrestrial telephone infrastructures, will help next generation telephony move from concept towards reality, as researchers are demonstrating. Historically, we have been accustomed to using fixed-line infrastructures for traditional telecommunications, cellular networks for mobile services, and satellite architectures for high-capacity links and "one-to-many" broadcasting. While more and more operators are starting to offer both fixed-line and mobile services, satellite services have remained distinctly separate.
Alcatel partners with Global Imaging Online for the development of digital medical imagery in Africa via broadband
Full ArticleAlcatel has signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Global Imaging Online, a French company specializing in medical treatment and medical diagnostic imagery. The solution supplied by Global Imaging Online relating to digital radiology machinery offers, particularly in rural and isolated zones of Africa, substantial savings and fights against certain pandemics such as tuberculosis linked to HIV/AIDS in a more efficient manner due to improved patient monitoring. This solution offers easy and intuitive access, through a Web interface, to a collection of medical images relating to the patient's file. It allows one to get a remote diagnosis utilizing the power of the Internet.
Health Optimum eTEN project of the year 2005 and HealthService24 January 2006 project of the month
Full ArticleThe visitors of the eTEN Web site have elected Health Optimum as eTEN project of the year 2005. By winning the election, Health Optimum is for 2005 the best communicating eTEN project. Health Optimum is validating a new telemedicine-enabled health care delivery model in three European regions: Veneto in Italy, Aragon in Spain and Funen in Denmark. January 2006 project of the month HealthService24 aims to provide support to the forthcoming changes in the health care industry and give solutions to the problems of the different players in the health market. HealthService24 proposes a solution to these upcoming challenges, by validating and preparing the launch of innovative, mobile patient monitoring and management services. This is done with the design and integration of a health care services platform based on state-of-the-art communication networks and technology.
Digital Healthcare scores world first with secure telemessaging for eye screening
Full ArticleA major community eye screening programme to monitor the sight of 12.000 diabetes patients across Central Lancashire over a 12 month period has scored a world first in using secure messaging telemedicine to successfully transfer patient information between opticians, hospitals and a screening administration centre within the PCTs. The diabetic retinopathy screening programme is using OptoMize, an innovative software product combining digital images of the retina with an electronic patient administration system, to electronically transfer screening results between a network of different computers. OptoMize iP was developed by Digital Healthcare, a Cambridge company that is the United Kingdom's leading supplier of software for diabetic retinal screening programmes and ophthalmology.
European e-health initiatives boost virtual private networks
Full ArticleThe European Union (EU) e-health initiatives have positively affected the uptake of Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) in the health care segment. While the ability to provide reliable network security and enhanced connectivity is expected to further underline the appeal of IP VPN, relatively low ICT expenditures by financially constrained governments and health care organisations loom as a formidable challenge to sustained market expansion.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Saint Joseph's Hospital acquires most advanced robotic surgical system
Full ArticleSaint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta has acquired the Intuitive Surgical daVinci-S Surgical System, the most advanced robotic surgical system available. It is Saint Joseph's third daVinci robot and the first daVinci-S in clinical service in the world. The daVinci-S, a minimally-invasive surgical system, provides surgeons with enhanced features including an interactive video display, lower profile arms and greater mobility.
MedStar Health chooses Aladdin eToken to protect access to critical hospital applications
Full ArticleMedStar Health, a $2,7 billion non-profit, community-based health care organisation serving the Baltimore/Washington region, selected the Aladdin eToken strong authentication device, developed by Aladdin Knowledge Systems, a worldwide expert in Software Digital Rights Management (DRM) and USB-based authentication solutions, and an innovator in enterprise secure content management, to provide powerful security for doctors and nurses remotely accessing vital hospital applications.
Presbyterian Hospital of Plano adds GE LightSpeed advanced Computed Tomography to radiology department
Full ArticlePresbyterian Hospital of Plano has acquired one of the first LightSpeed VCT computed tomography (CT) imaging systems in the North Texas area to provide highly detailed images of the human body while reducing radiation exposure to patients and improving physicians' ability to diagnose patient conditions. Manufactured by GE Healthcare, the LightSpeed VCT CT scanner provides doctors with high-resolution images in a fraction of the time previously required and enables them to more accurately diagnose a wider variety of patient conditions.
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers precise treatment for tumours
Full ArticleThe Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center now offers one of the most precise systems in the world to treat both cancerous and non-malignant tumours, making many operable that once were not. By combining two state-of-the-art systems for advanced precision image-guided radiosurgery, the VCU Medical Center's new Trilogy Image-Guided Treatment Center is now ready to treat patients. Stereotactic radiosurgery specialists from the VCU Massey Cancer Center's department of radiation oncology and VCU's Harold F. Young Neurosurgery Center are the first to combine two powerful systems: Trilogy, a premier linear accelerator made by Varian, and ExacTrac, an advanced X-ray positioning system made by BrainLAB.
Western North Carolina Health Network to link 16 area hospitals to electronically share critical patient information
Full ArticleWestern North Carolina Health Network (WNCHN) has launched a solution that will link 16 area hospitals together to electronically share critical patient information. The innovative solution, which was implemented by IBM Global Services and AccessPt., is the first regional health information organisation in North Carolina and one of the largest in North America. Four WNCHN hospitals, Angel Medical Center, Haywood Regional Medical Center, Rutherford Hospital and Transylvania Community Hospital, are currently connected, with a total of 16 hospitals scheduled to be linked to the system in the coming months.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
bcc: Consulting to release Mobile Resource Guide, Quarter 1, 2006
Full Articlebcc: Consulting has released its free bcc: Mobile Resource Guide, Q1 2006 Edition. In addition to up-to-date information on the 160+ companies who offer mobile solutions to the health care market, the Guide now includes bcc:'s segmentation of the mobile content sector. The Guide, which has been downloaded more than 60.000 times since its first release, also includes a listing of more than 130 free PDA applications that are available to clinical users.
Ispo winter 2006 trade show to present Prevention@Home - ergometer with on-line coach and health record
Full ArticleNow patients can benefit from something that was so far only contained in expensive cardiovascular devices in the professional fitness sector: the professional and Web-based analysis of their cardiovascular training data at home. At the ispo winter 2006 trade show, the e-health company InterComponentWare (ICW), the innovation company Dealok as well as the solution provider for remote medicine platforms Actimon GmbH & Co. KG introduce the myVITness system, the first Web-based system that also complies with data protection regulations in the sports sector.
Caligari ships first real-time 3D collaborative authoring technology trueSpace7
Full ArticleCaligari Corporation, award-winning producer of 3D modelling and animation software, has made available trueSpace7, the first 3D software application to feature real-time collaborative authoring technology. The new release is designed to meet the expanding needs of Caligari's current customers while addressing the 3D authoring and collaborative requirements of teams creating visualizations, simulations and on-line training material.
UltraClinics Inc. develops a same day breast cancer diagnosis process
Full ArticleUltraClinics Inc., a telemedicine application service provider company based in Tucson, Arizona, and a spin-off company of the University of Arizona, has developed a process that drastically reduces the time it takes for breast care. During a single breast clinic visit, a woman can have a breast biopsy performed, receive a written laboratory report, and meet with a specialist by video conferencing for breast cancer treatment planning, all in a single day. Previously, this multi-step process took anywhere from a week to over a month in many health care systems.
Entelos announces United States patent for the development and use of virtual patients
Full ArticleThe Patent and Trademark Office has issued United States Patent No. 6,983,237, entitled "Method and Apparatus for Conducting Linked Simulation Operations Utilizing a Computer-Based System Model". This patent was awarded to Entelos Inc. for its invention of a key technology to effectively develop and use virtual patients - in silico representations of actual patient subpopulations. This enabling technology allows Entelos researchers to rapidly assess the safety and efficacy of drugs for pharmaceutical research and personalized medicine purposes.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Guardian Technologies migrates breakthrough intelligent imaging informatics technology to health care to solve radiology problems
Full ArticleGuardian Technologies International Inc.'s Advanced Research Department has created a breakthrough in image processing with the potential to dramatically improve the diagnostic characteristics of medical images which should result in easier and speedier diagnoses, decreased misreads, and greater work flow efficiency for the diagnosing physician.
Fruit fly's beating heart helps identify human heart disease genes
Full ArticleIn a discovery that could greatly accelerate the search for genetic causes of heart disease, a multi-disciplinary Duke University research team has found that the common fruit fly can serve as a powerful new model for testing human genes implicated in heart disease. The finding is important, according to the Duke team, because the entire genome of the fruit fly is well understood and catalogued, enabling researchers to systemically screen genes to identify potential gene mutations or variants implicated in human heart disease. The achievement also raises the possible of rapid screening in fruit flies of drugs to treat heart disease, following the researchers.
UIC surgeons first to use robot for living-donor kidney-pancreas transplant and for boy with rare swallowing disorder
Full ArticleSurgeons at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago (UIC) are the first in the world to use robotic surgery to successfully remove a kidney and pancreas from a living donor as part of a successful transplantation. UIC is one of only two centres in the United States to perform living-donor kidney-pancreas transplants, and the only centre to use robotic technology for the removal of these two organs. In addition, UIC surgeons performed robotic-assisted surgery on a 12-year-old Chicago boy with a rare swallowing disorder called achalasia. The disorder, in which the sphincter muscle between the esophagus and stomach does not properly relax, affects only about 100 children in the United States each year and is often misdiagnosed.
Immersion joins with PICC Excellence to promote training products and launches new Phlebotomy training module for CathSim AccuTouch System
Full ArticleImmersion Medical Inc. will join forces with PICC Excellence Inc., Orange Park, Florida to promote training products for the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) procedure. In addition Immersion Medical has introduced a new version of the Phlebotomy module for its CathSim AccuTouch vascular access simulator. The CathSim AccuTouch system is a realistic, computer-based simulator for helping users acquire, develop, maintain, and assess the motor skills and cognitive knowledge needed to perform intravenous access procedures. A cutting-edge training tool, the system has been integral to training programmes in universities, colleges, nursing schools, EMT programmes, and hospitals. Over 750 systems have been sold since 1998.
MMVR 14 proceedings promote balance between sound medical education and accelerating technological change in health care
Full ArticleThe conference proceedings of the fourteenth edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event, held January 24-27, 2006 in Long Beach, California, have been published as the 119th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This MMVR 2006 edition includes 127 papers addressing the challenges of coping with a health care system stressed by scientific promise, public expectation, economic and regulatory constraints, and human limitations. In their preface, the editors are relating the conference's general theme "Accelerating Change in Healthcare: Next Medical Toolkit" to quality medical education by experienced physicians. The earlier generation of physicians has to guide innovative aspirations in their novice successors helping them achieve flexible problem solving and adaptation within technological evolution.
 

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