VMW Monthly - April 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents April 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Technology to improve care at the bedside and beyond
Low-income patients reduce heart risk via Internet
Stottler Henke advances training of health care professionals with new intelligent tutoring systems
Astronauts and Canadian surgeons to demonstrate remote medical care
Study shows that Indiana has work to do to improve telemedicine technology
 
Grid for Health
 
NIH provides $24 million to support research network
GNI launches the GNI Systems Pharmacology Research Institute in Fukuoka
UConn Health Center selects Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition
Researchers simulate complete structure of virus on a computer
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute launches microbial database
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CompuMed Inc. announces latest contract to provide remote ECG screening
GE Healthcare introduces scientific laboratory asset services offering to drive down costs of pharmaceutical and biotech firms
Revenues from digital home health services to top $2,1 billion in 2010
Hearing everything in a heartbeat: patient or iPod
Card Guard wins 2006 Frost and Sullivan Award for Growth Strategy Leadership in the remote patient monitoring market
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
PRAXIM Medivision enters United States market
PLSG heavily invests in advanced medical and life sciences technologies
Siemens exhibits ultrasound and cardiac imaging technology to lead the way into the future
Imalux signs China distribution agreement and commences Australia and New Zealand market development activity
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare selects Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Broadband for all: Commission mobilises all its policy instruments to bridge the broadband gap
Cheaper and simpler keyhole surgery at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam
Researchers get neurons and silicon talking
A new awakening for sleep research
New self-powered sensor networks on the horizon
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas to make advanced neurosurgical operating room technology available for its patients
Sisters of Mercy Health System to implement Optio solutions in 18 hospitals across four states
The Vattikuti Institute at Henry Ford Hospital deploys Focus Enhancements ProxSys Media Asset Management Solution
Optimum Lightpath to perform Metro Ethernet network transplant for North Shore-LIJ Health System
Northern Ontario hospitals connect to provincial network
 
Virtual snap shots
 
bcc: Consulting to release Going Mobile, 2006 Edition
New book on emerging mobile health systems now available
International initiative for Ubiquitous Healthcare
Zimmer Holdings acquires intelligent surgical instrument technology from MedTech S.A.
Case School of Engineering professor applies virtual reality simulation to train world's brain and heart surgeons
 
VMWC news bites
 
Lower cost, portable surgical robots could be smooth operators
ORTHOsoft develops new hip surgery software to guide surgeons in innovative hip reconstruction
Uncovering how bone marrow stromal cells can potentially regenerate brain tissue
Bruker Daltonics introduces new MALDI Molecular Imager for in-vitro imaging of protein biomarkers in tissue sections and cell clusters
RTI and Duke scientists enlist simulation technology to enhance research
 

Leads April 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Technology to improve care at the bedside and beyond
Full ArticleMuch has been written about the enormous effort required to take scientific discovery from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside. In the Supplement to the February issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Brad Doebbeling, M.D., M.Sc., and colleagues offer strategy on how best to take the next step, to use technology to incorporate new or better treatments at the bedsides of patients treated anywhere.
Low-income patients reduce heart risk via Internet
Full ArticleLow-income patients with treatable cardiac risk factors may benefit from regular visits with an Internet-based telemedicine doctor, according to interim results of a $4 million dollar study funded by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health and headed by Alfred Bove, MD, chief of cardiology at Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital. Findings will be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting.
Stottler Henke advances training of health care professionals with new intelligent tutoring systems
Full ArticleStottler Henke Associates Inc. has won two contracts to develop simulation-based intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) that will provide automated instruction and feedback to help health care professionals improve their decision-making in various emergency situations. The ITSs are funded by branches of the United States military, but have important potential civilian applications. One is designed for use by paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs); the other is to train hospital medical teams to correctly assess and respond to terrorist attacks that employ chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) weapons.
Astronauts and Canadian surgeons to demonstrate remote medical care
Full ArticleNASA will send three astronauts and a Cincinnati doctor under the ocean next month to test space medicine concepts and moon-walking techniques. Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dr. Dave Williams will be commander of the 18-day underwater NEEMO 9 mission, April 3 to 20, 2006, off Key Largo, Florida. Dr. Williams and his crew will conduct experiments using the latest remote surgical technologies and techniques, guided by Dr. Mehran Anvari, director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario.
Study shows that Indiana has work to do to improve telemedicine technology
Full ArticleInconsistent payments to health care providers and out-of-date technologies are putting Indiana behind neighbouring states in the use of telemedicine technology, according to a report released by Purdue University. A working group organized by Purdue's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering is proposing that I-Light, a fiber optic network linking Indiana University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Purdue be made available to health care facilities statewide.
 
Grid for Health
 
NIH provides $24 million to support research network
Full ArticleThe United States National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will provide $24,29 million over five years to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for continued support to the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN). Currently a consortium of 28 universities and 37 research groups, BIRN is leveraging and sharing distributed tools, software applications, techniques, data, and expertise that extend beyond the boundaries of individual laboratories. This major NCRR initiative, involving both basic and clinical investigators, is initially concentrating on research involving neuro-imaging, but the tools and technologies developed will ultimately be applicable to other disciplines.
GNI launches the GNI Systems Pharmacology Research Institute in Fukuoka
Full ArticleGNI, the international biopharmaceutical company and expert in the field of integrated systems pharmacology, has launched the GNI Systems Pharmacology Research Institute in Fukuoka. The new facility will integrate the gene network analytical work being conducted at GNI's Kurume Research Laboratory with the GNI research group at Kyushu University, and support their activities with new in-house supercomputers.
UConn Health Center selects Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition
Full ArticleThe University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), a publicly supported academic health care centre, has selected Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition as its enterprise standard for data integration. With Informatica, UCHC will integrate financial and administrative information institution-wide to help drive business and academic performance and regulatory compliance.
Researchers simulate complete structure of virus on a computer
Full ArticleWhen Boeing and Airbus developed their latest aircraft, the companies' engineers designed and tested them on a computer long before the planes were built. Biologists are catching on. They've just completed the first computer simulation of an entire life form: a virus.
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute launches microbial database
Full ArticleResearchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech have launched a publicly available microbial database to host a range of microbial genome sequences. The VBI Microbial Database (VMD), which is described in a recent article published in Nucleic Acids Research, contains genome sequence and annotation data for the plant pathogens Phytophthora sojae and Phytophthora ramorum. The purpose of the database is to make widely available to researchers the recently completed genome sequences of these pathogens as well as powerful analytical tools in one integrated resource. The work described in the paper was completed by Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researchers Sucheta Tripathy, Varun Pandey, Bing Fang, and Fidel Salas, and led by Brett Tyler, VBI professor and professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CompuMed Inc. announces latest contract to provide remote ECG screening
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has signed a one-year agreement with Correctional Medical Services Inc. (CMS) to provide correctional facilities with electrocardiogram (ECG) remote interpretation systems and services.
GE Healthcare introduces scientific laboratory asset services offering to drive down costs of pharmaceutical and biotech firms
Full ArticlePharmaceutical and biotech firms now have access to a unique, scientific asset services offering from GE Healthcare that can reduce their total service costs by up to 20 percent and optimize their service operations. The GE offering, called Scientific Asset Services, provides R&D labs with single service coverage and advanced tracking technology of assets that are manufactured by a variety of companies.
Revenues from digital home health services to top $2,1 billion in 2010
Full ArticleRevenue from digital home health services in the United States will quadruple over the next five years to exceed $2,1 billion in 2010, according to "Delivering Quality Healthcare to the Digital Home", a new report from Parks Associates. The two fastest growing areas, wellness monitoring services and e-health services, will both achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 50 percent over the next five years, while geriatric care monitoring services will achieve a CAGR of 22 percent and acute care monitoring services a CAGR of 35 percent over the same time period.
Hearing everything in a heartbeat: patient or iPod
Full ArticleFollowing recent studies showing the value of electronic stethoscopes in medical education, Thinklabs is planning broad distribution of the Thinklabs ds32a Digital Electronic Stethoscope. With best-in-class audio quality, Thinklabs stethoscopes represent a breakthrough in clinical listening performance.
Card Guard wins 2006 Frost and Sullivan Award for Growth Strategy Leadership in the remote patient monitoring market
Full ArticleFrost & Sullivan selected Card Guard AG as the recipient of the 2006 Technology Innovation Award in the field of remote patient monitoring for its focus on research, development and marketing to support future growth. Card Guard concentrates on offering wireless health care technologies and solutions as well as advanced telehealth systems and monitoring services for chronically ill patients.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
PRAXIM Medivision enters United States market
Full ArticlePRAXIM Medivision, already a trusted world expert with more than 10.000 surgeries performed using its navigation products, is planning to enter the United States through partnerships and collaborations with industry leaders. The French-based company's innovations are an integral part of computer-assisted and minimally invasive surgery, particularly in orthopaedic surgery. Leading uses of PRAXIM Medivision navigation systems include knee replacement and ACL repair.
PLSG heavily invests in advanced medical and life sciences technologies
Full ArticleDr. Doros Platika, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), the private/public partnership putting the region's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, announced that PLSG has made several investments of $100.000 in companies specialized in medically and life sciences related technologies. The investments, all, except Diamyd, provided under the PLSG's Technology Development Fund (TDF) programme, went to Applied Computational Technologies to aid radiation treatment for cancer therapies; Applied Isotope Technologies Inc. for the development of new technologies for environmental and biological analyses; BlueBelt Technologies to enhance the precision of joint replacement and bone repair; Cohera Medical Inc. for the development of non-toxic "TissueGlu"; Diamyd Inc. for the treatment of chronic pain and neuropathies; NeuroLife to develop non-invasive technology to monitor brain pressure; Proteopure to speed up protein research; and StageMark to help in the diagnosis and monitoring of lupus and auto-immune diseases.
Siemens exhibits ultrasound and cardiac imaging technology to lead the way into the future
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions remains true to its course of innovation. The company works continuously on future technologies and solutions for ultrasound imaging. The newest innovations are presented by Siemens at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna. Siemens is highlighting Cadence Contrast Pulse Sequencing (CPS) technology which provides excellent contrast detection and good specificity, and is also the enabling technology for molecular medicine. Two years since its first installation, the SOMATOM Sensation 64 slice computed tomography (CT) system from Siemens Medical Solutions continues to help cardiologists save lives. In addition, early research with the SOMATOM Definition indicates increased visualization in cardiac applications, two trends that prove the growing power of CT in cardiac care. Siemens Medical Solutions is featuring its current systems and the future of CT at the 55th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
Imalux signs China distribution agreement and commences Australia and New Zealand market development activity
Full ArticleImalux Corporation, a medical device company specializing in the development and marketing of advanced imaging systems based on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technology, has signed a distribution agreement with Beijing Goodwell Company Limited of Beijing, China to promote, sell, and service the Niris Imaging System in the mainland China market. The company also has commenced market development and product introduction activity with their exclusive distributor Device Technologies Australia.
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare selects Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition
Full ArticleEvanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH), an integrated health care system affiliated with Northwestern University, has selected Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition to drive integrated information views and comprehensive business and clinical reporting across its entire operations, including three major metropolitan hospitals, 65 medical offices and facilities, and the prestigious ENH Research Institute.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Broadband for all: Commission mobilises all its policy instruments to bridge the broadband gap
Full ArticleThe European Commission considers wide broadband coverage in Europe as crucial for fostering growth and jobs in Europe. This is why EU telecoms legislation, structural and rural policy instruments need to be mobilised in full respect of state aid rules in a joint drive to bring high-speed "broadband" Internet access to all Europeans, in particular to the EU's less-developed areas. This is the conclusion of "Bridging the Broadband Gap", a European Commission Communication presented jointly by the European Commissioners for Information Society and Media, Competition, Regional Policy and Agriculture and Rural Development.
Cheaper and simpler keyhole surgery at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam
Full ArticleEndoscopic surgery brings many advantages for patients but is very difficult for the surgeon. Working at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, Joris Jaspers has developed two instruments which make this approach easier and also cheaper than with existing surgical robotics. Joris Jaspers is awarded his doctorate on Wednesday 22 March at Delft University of Technology.
Researchers get neurons and silicon talking
Full ArticleEuropean researchers have created an interface between mammalian neurons and silicon chips. The development is a crucial first step in the development of advanced technologies that combine silicon circuits with a mammal's nervous system.
A new awakening for sleep research
Full ArticleWhether you are having problems to stay awake or falling asleep, sleep science has yet offered little help, due to costly and complicated diagnostics and treatments. Researchers aim to drastically change this with a new way of measuring sleep. The IST project SENSATION is an ambitious project of 46 partners from 20 different countries, addressing sensing of physiological parameters, core computation, medical and industrial research. The aim is to take sleep research to a whole new level by developing a multipurpose sensing platform consisting of 17 micro sensors and two nano sensors, connected through a local area network.
New self-powered sensor networks on the horizon
Full ArticleScientists at the University of Southampton are undertaking research leading to intelligent sensor networks which could accelerate developments in biometrics, health care and other fields. A team at the University's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), led by Professor Neil White, has been awarded a GBP400.000 Platform Grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to explore new directions in the field of intelligent sensors.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas to make advanced neurosurgical operating room technology available for its patients
Full ArticlePresbyterian Hospital of Dallas will begin installing BrainSUITE iMRI, BrainLAB's fully integrated work flow-optimized neurosurgical Operating Room (OR) that combines IGS, intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI), visualization and data management technology. Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas will be the first hospital in North Texas and only the third in the United States to implement this cutting-edge neurosurgical OR for its patients. The installation is scheduled to be complete by summer 2006.
Sisters of Mercy Health System to implement Optio solutions in 18 hospitals across four states
Full ArticleThe Sisters of Mercy Health System, the ninth-largest Catholic health system in the United States, has selected Optio as its preferred electronic forms and patient signature capture provider for its 18 acute-care facilities in four states. As part of the agreement, Mercy will implement the Optio MedEx Suite, Optio Patient Signature Capture and Optio Print Manager solutions at its hospitals in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
The Vattikuti Institute at Henry Ford Hospital deploys Focus Enhancements ProxSys Media Asset Management Solution
Full ArticleFocus Enhancements Inc.'s ProxSys Media Server is organizing and sharing surgical video at the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. ProxSys ingests video captured from Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci minimally invasive surgical systems.
Optimum Lightpath to perform Metro Ethernet network transplant for North Shore-LIJ Health System
Full ArticleOptimum Lightpath, a business telecommunications services division of Cablevision Systems Corporation, has been selected to engineer, build, install and maintain a new Metro Ethernet wide-area network (WAN) for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System. One of the United States' largest non-profit health care systems and the largest health care system in New York State, North Shore-LIJ will use this extremely reliable high-speed communications network to facilitate the efficient sharing of information between its hospitals and community-based physicians.
Northern Ontario hospitals connect to provincial network
Full ArticleJames Bay General Hospital in Moosonee, and Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory are now connected to the province's health care telecommunications network. This means they can now access services such as patient-doctor videoconferences with specialists in other parts of Ontario.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
bcc: Consulting to release Going Mobile, 2006 Edition
Full Articlebcc: Consulting has released its Going Mobile, 2006 Edition. Since its original release in 2004, Going Mobile: Choosing the Right Inpatient Solution has been downloaded more than 30.000 times. The document provides industry-insider information on how to evaluate and select inpatient mobile solutions.
New book on emerging mobile health systems now available
Full ArticleIn the series "International Topics in Biomedical Engineering" Springer has issued a new publication titled "M-Health: Emerging Mobile Health Systems". Editors of the book are Robert S.H. Istepanian, Professor of Data Communications and Director of the Mobile Information and Network Technologies Research Centre (MINT) at Kingston University in London, United Kingdom; Swamy Laxminarayan, one of the most prominent biomedical engineers on the international scene who sadly passed away in September 2005; and Constantinos S. Pattichis, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus.
International initiative for Ubiquitous Healthcare
Full Articlee-Health - health care activities based on Information and Communication Technologies - is one the most prominent of these e-business services that can have a major visible impact on the development of the society, as endorsed in the World Health Assembly in May 2005. Ubiquitous Healthcare (u-Health) focuses on e-Health applications that can provide health care to people anywhere at anytime using broadband and wireless mobile technologies.
Zimmer Holdings acquires intelligent surgical instrument technology from MedTech S.A.
Full ArticleZimmer Holdings Inc., an expert in the orthopaedics industry, has acquired all of the intellectual property for an intelligent surgical assistive device that is designed to support surgeons in positioning orthopaedic instrumentation with the aspirational goals of both cutting procedure time and reducing the number of instruments required during surgery.
Case School of Engineering professor applies virtual reality simulation to train world's brain and heart surgeons
Full ArticleVirtual reality simulation tools are already revolutionizing the way dentists are taught at Case Western Reserve University, and if M. Cenk Cavusoglu has his way, simulation technology at Case will also train the world's brain and heart surgeons.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Lower cost, portable surgical robots could be smooth operators
Full ArticleA mechanical engineer at Purdue University is teaming up with medical doctors in research aimed at developing less expensive, portable and versatile surgical robots that could become more common in operating rooms. The researchers also are trying to incorporate tactile sensors into the robots to enable surgeons to feel tissue and better diagnose medical conditions.
ORTHOsoft develops new hip surgery software to guide surgeons in innovative hip reconstruction
Full ArticleORTHOsoft Inc., an international computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery company that develops and markets medical software and instruments, has recently completed the design and development of an innovative Hip Resurfacing software programme for one of its key orthopaedic implant company partners. This software assists surgeons using the partner's specialized Hip Resurfacing implant which allows more patients with chronic hip osteo-arthritis to benefit from a safe procedure that preserves more bone than total hip replacement.
Uncovering how bone marrow stromal cells can potentially regenerate brain tissue
Full ArticleJapanese researchers have found a piece of the "missing link" about how bone marrow stromal cells restore lost neurologic function when transplanted into animals exhibiting central nervous system disorders, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, issued by the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM).
Bruker Daltonics introduces new MALDI Molecular Imager for in-vitro imaging of protein biomarkers in tissue sections and cell clusters
Full ArticleBruker Daltonics has launched its novel MALDI Molecular Imager, a system for in-vitro imaging of peptide and protein biomarker distributions in tissue sections and cell clusters, for example from tumour regions. The MALDI Molecular Imager addresses the need for high-sensitivity imaging of the spatial distribution of protein biomarkers in biological, pathology and other clinical research, for research use only.
RTI and Duke scientists enlist simulation technology to enhance research
Full ArticleGaining the informed consent of patients or study participants for clinical trials, survey research and other types of research can be tricky business, requiring researchers to fully understand and clearly explain all facets of the project to participants. To help better prepare researchers for this delicate task, scientists at RTI International have developed a virtual reality training simulation that allows users to practise responding to some of the most common participant questions relating to informed consent. The simulation was tested in the Medical Cognition Laboratory at Duke University.
 

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