VMW Monthly - May 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents May 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New telemedicine application detects eye condition in preemies more quickly and accurately
Indiana University to acquire nation’s fastest university-owned supercomputer and largest disk-based storage facility
Moores UCSD Cancer Center creates bioinformatics centre
University of Idaho's boost in bandwidth opens world of opportunities for university, as well as state
E-health key to health system improvements in Canada and Infoway's positive impact on interoperable electronic health records
 
Grid for Health
 
GoPubMed, the intelligent search engine for biomedical specialists
Avian flu modelled on supercomputer, explores vaccine and isolation options for thwarting a pandemic
First computational international effort to fight avian flu
i3ARCHIVE Inc.'s National Digital Medical Archive and myNDMA patient programme receive unique recognition in IBM 2005 Annual Report
Digipede joins the BioIT Alliance
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
MobilAlarm, an easy to use emergency mobile device for people at risk
MedAire teams with Emirates in new standard-of-care for the world's leading airlines
Telemedicine in the home improves patient outcomes and saves health care dollars
En route to personal guidance for mobility-impaired users
Patient Care Technology Systems and Premise Development Corporation sign marketing alliance
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CompuMed signs licensing agreement with Kodak Electronic Products Shanghai Co. Ltd.
Elekta strengthens stereotactic planning portfolio
HealthTrust Purchasing Group awards mammography CAD contract to iCAD Inc. for SecondLook computer aided detection systems
Smith & Nephew to launch JOURNEY Bi-Cruciate Stabilized Knee System
Thomson Micromedex teams with Geisinger Health System to advance evidence-based decision support solutions
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
CoGain, an affordable future for eye tracking in sight
Graphical world opens for visually-impaired people
EU and China to link up high-speed electronic networks for an open exchange among their best researchers and students
Technology to improve learning for visually-impaired children
Delivering on-line assistance to the needy
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Atlanta's Northside Hospital and HealthTrust Purchasing Group adopt R2's ImageChecker CAD technology for all screening mammography patients
Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals partners with Optio to deliver affordable Electronic Record Solutions
AMICAS Vision Series PACS chosen by Waterbury Hospital and Diagnostic Radiology Associates
Erie County, Scranton and Lakeland Medical Centers tackle surgical work flow management with PeriOptimum and Radianse
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center selects USBiogistics' real-time enterprise support services management solution
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medical device companies sign up to sponsor Syndicom SpineConnect platform
Caligari announces trueSpace7.1 plus V-Ray 1.0
Roxen CSE to introduce medical-application N-Metal Tagger RFID adapters
Verefi Technologies Inc. releases new laparoscopic surgical trainer for collaborative and competitive training for minimally invasive surgery
Fujitsu and Medixine join forces in palm authentication solution
 
VMWC news bites
 
SRI International completes collaborative demonstration of remote robotic surgical system aboard NEEMO 9 undersea space station
Virtual Reality gets real in POEMS project
Faster, more efficient searching of medical images
Nano machine switches between biological and silicon worlds
A virtual health care assistant for a healthier lifestyle
 

Leads May 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New telemedicine application detects eye condition in preemies more quickly and accurately
Full ArticleDarius Moshfeghi, MD, paediatric retina specialist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, drives hundreds of miles each week around the Bay Area to personally examine premature infants at risk of blindness. But a budding telemedicine network at Packard Children's is allowing him to swap his steering wheel for a computer keyboard and help even more infants in the process.
Indiana University to acquire nation’s fastest university-owned supercomputer and largest disk-based storage facility
Full ArticleIndiana University (IU) is acquiring the United States' fastest university-owned supercomputer and largest disk-based research storage facility. This uniquely places IU's cyberinfrastructure capabilities among the very best in the nation and on par with a small number of federally funded agencies and research centres. The new supercomputer from IBM uses the company's newest processors and will be one of the 20 most powerful computers in the world. It will support IU research into new discoveries in the life sciences, astronomy, informatics, computational physics and the humanities. IU will have one of the largest systems connected to global research networks.
Moores UCSD Cancer Center creates bioinformatics centre
Full ArticleAs new biomedical technologies emerge, medical research, particularly cancer-related research, is becoming more and more information intensive. To analyse and integrate massive amounts of complicated data so that it is useful to cancer patients and their physicians, the Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is creating a major centre for bioinformatics.
University of Idaho's boost in bandwidth opens world of opportunities for university, as well as state
Full ArticleThe University of Idaho's (IU) reputation for leadership in information technology just got a huge boost. The university has received a direct on-ramp to the world's information highway with a new high-speed, fiber-optic, 2,4 gigabits-per-second network connection. The university previously had only 45 megabits-per-second of bandwidth.
E-health key to health system improvements in Canada and Infoway's positive impact on interoperable electronic health records
Full ArticleThe Ontario Health Quality Council's first report identifies electronic health records for all patients, health information management systems and telehealth, together known as e-health, as the key enablers for health care system improvements. Furthermore, an independent evaluation of Canada Health Infoway's performance shows that the publicly funded organisation has had a positive impact on the development of interoperable electronic health records in Canada.
 
Grid for Health
 
GoPubMed, the intelligent search engine for biomedical specialists
Full ArticleFounded in November 2005, Transinsight is a software company focused on the life sciences that provides products and solutions for intelligent search technologies. Their main product, GoPubMed, was partly developed during the IST project, Biogrid, by Professor Michael Schroeder and his research team from the Biotechnology Centre at the Technical University of Dresden.
Avian flu modelled on supercomputer, explores vaccine and isolation options for thwarting a pandemic
Full ArticleUsing supercomputers to respond to a potential national health emergency, scientists have developed a simulation model that makes stark predictions about the possible future course of an avian influenza pandemic, given today's environment of worldwide connectivity. The research, by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, is presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science on-line the week of April 3-7, and in the print issue of April 11, 2006.
First computational international effort to fight avian flu
Full ArticleThe Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases (TRI), a non-profit research institute devoted to discovering and developing drugs to treat childhood diseases, has released the first avian influenza target to its Drug Design and Optimization Lab (D2OL) distributed computing project. Anyone with a personal computer can contribute to this project simply by downloading a screensaver that works when their computer is idle. The D2OL community is growing rapidly and is currently comprised of nearly 80.000 volunteers and their computers in 93 countries working to identify potential new drugs for treating avian flu and other infectious diseases. By releasing this target the project is creating a platform to rapidly respond to changes in the flu virus.
i3ARCHIVE Inc.'s National Digital Medical Archive and myNDMA patient programme receive unique recognition in IBM 2005 Annual Report
Full Articlei3ARCHIVE Inc. has received unique recognition in IBM's 2005 Annual Report, the company's most important and widely distributed document produced during the year and delivered to millions of shareholders worldwide. IBM, a global expert in information technology, has recently collaborated with i3ARCHIVE to deliver the National Digital Medical Archive (NDMA), its first-class enterprise solutions to the IT and health care industries, as well as directly to consumers, for the management of digital medical images, disaster recovery and business continuity. Under the title, "Healthcare delivery that matters", IBM highlights the company as providing services that "can unlock the secret to finding a cure".
Digipede joins the BioIT Alliance
Full ArticleDigipede Technologies, a provider of distributed computing solutions for the Microsoft Windows platform, is joining the BioIT Alliance, a cross-industry group working together to realize the possibilities of personalized medicine with the Microsoft platform. The BioIT Alliance will enable the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, equipment manufacturing, and software industries to develop best practices for sharing biomedical data, improving collaboration, and effectively managing life sciences knowledge.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
MobilAlarm, an easy to use emergency mobile device for people at risk
Full ArticleMobile phones can save lives in emergencies, but are not widely used among those considered to be most at risk: elderly people and sufferers of age-related and chronic diseases. A new device gives users the benefits of instant wireless communication, combined with location detection, without the complications of normal mobiles.
MedAire teams with Emirates in new standard-of-care for the world's leading airlines
Full ArticleMedAire Inc. is expanding its level of inflight medical assistance services that it provides to one of the world's leading airlines: Emirates. Emirates' cabin crew can now obtain clinically-accurate vital signs data from a passenger who has taken ill in flight, with the introduction of a new passenger health monitoring system, Tempus, from United Kingdom-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies Ltd (RDT).
Telemedicine in the home improves patient outcomes and saves health care dollars
Full ArticleBy bringing state-of-the-art medical technology and expert physician care to patients in their homes or at local primary care centres, telehomecare is revolutionizing health care delivery, improving patient outcomes across a broad spectrum of diseases, and saving precious health care dollars and resources. The April 2006 Special Issue of Telemedicine and e-Health focuses on the promise, ongoing success, and future challenges of telehomecare.
En route to personal guidance for mobility-impaired users
Full ArticleHelp may soon be at hand for people with mobility or cognitive impairments, enabling them to live and function more independently, thanks to a new software platform being designed and developed by European researchers. But the work is likely to interest a far wider audience than originally intended. Working with partners that include major names in telecom services and information provision worldwide, researchers in the IST-funded ASK-IT project behind the research are developing a system that will offer a holistic and integrated approach to guided travel between one location and another.
Patient Care Technology Systems and Premise Development Corporation sign marketing alliance
Full ArticlePatient Care Technology Systems (PCTS) and Premise Development Corporation of Hartford, Connecticut, have signed a marketing alliance to promote the integration of their high-acuity information systems and bed management solutions. The agreement encompasses the co-ordination of marketing and sales resources to provide integrated patient flow solutions to acute care hospitals. Both companies have been exhibiting their solutions at the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Conference in Orlando.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
CompuMed signs licensing agreement with Kodak Electronic Products Shanghai Co. Ltd.
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a developer of Computer Aided Diagnostic (CAD) solutions for the health care industry, has signed a licensing agreement that enables Kodak Electronic Products Shanghai Co. Ltd. (KEPS) to enhance its market-leading digital radiography (DR) and computed radiography (CR) systems with CompuMed's proprietary OsteoGram osteoporosis screening software. KEPS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company.
Elekta strengthens stereotactic planning portfolio
Full ArticleTo further complement the Elekta portfolio of stereotactic neurosurgery and radiation therapy solutions, an agreement with 3D Line Medical Systems allows Elekta to increase the range of stereotactic products offered to customers, including the 3D Line ERGO++ treatment planning system.
HealthTrust Purchasing Group awards mammography CAD contract to iCAD Inc. for SecondLook computer aided detection systems
Full ArticleiCAD Inc., provider of Computer Aided Detection (CAD) solutions with industry leading detection in subtle forms of breast cancer, and HealthTrust Purchasing Group have signed an agreement that gives HealthTrust members access to SecondLook Computer Aided Detection systems for use with mammography.
Smith & Nephew to launch JOURNEY Bi-Cruciate Stabilized Knee System
Full ArticleSmith & Nephew Orthopaedic Reconstruction has launched the JOURNEY Bi-Cruciate Stabilized Knee System, the first knee replacement system designed to restore natural knee motion. The innovative JOURNEY anatomical knee system is designed to move and feel like a normal knee, and addresses problems still found in conventional systems such as instability and limited flexion. The JOURNEY system offers the additional durability of Smith & Nephew's proprietary alternate-bearing surface, OXINIUM oxidized zirconium.
Thomson Micromedex teams with Geisinger Health System to advance evidence-based decision support solutions
Full ArticleThomson Micromedex, part of the Thomson Corporation, has signed an alliance with Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania, to develop comprehensive evidence-based order sets - medication instructions and treatment options - that health care organisations can use to standardize and improve patient care, quality, outcomes and efficiencies.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
CoGain, an affordable future for eye tracking in sight
Full ArticleAn ambitious five-year project will attempt to make eye-tracking technologies more affordable for people with disabilities and extend the potential use of the devices to enable users to live more independently. The Communication by Gaze Interaction (COGAIN) project will examine current state-of-the-art technologies, develop new software standards to extend the available products and research new applications for the technology based on end-users' real needs.
Graphical world opens for visually-impaired people
Full ArticleA new tactile device will allow the widespread use of graphical interfaces by visually-impaired people. The tactile graphical display will open up new avenues of employment, communication and personal expression. Conceivably it could do for graphics what Louis Braille did for text in 1824.
EU and China to link up high-speed electronic networks for an open exchange among their best researchers and students
Full ArticleCommunication and collaboration among 45 million researchers and students across Europe and China will be greatly facilitated by a new Sino-European high-speed network connection. Co-funded by the European Union, China and European National Research and Education Networks, the 4,15 million euro Oriental Research Infrastructure to European NeTworks (ORIENT) project will benefit all Sino-European research, including radio astronomy, sustainable development, meteorology, and Grid computing, by helping to step up the flow of information between Europe and China. The ORIENT project is supported by the EU's 6th Research Framework Programme.
Technology to improve learning for visually-impaired children
Full ArticleSupporting learning for blind and visually-impaired children in schools is the goal of a system that offers collaboration, data exploration, communication and creativity based on a common software architecture. Already interfaces and application prototypes are being tested. Partners in the IST programme-funded MICOLE project, the teams responsible are working in close contact with national and local associations and organisations of visually-disabled persons, as well as schools. Their main task is to design the system itself. However, project co-ordinator Roope Raisamo, University of Tampere, Finland, describes several supporting activities emphasising users and their real needs.
Delivering on-line assistance to the needy
Full ArticleSome 60 million older Europeans suffering from chronic diseases and/or needing care say they would welcome on-line help delivered to their homes. A new tested video-telephony system underlines the "e-care" benefits for users and over-stretched social-service and health care providers. Video-telephony allows immediate contact with people at home, enables them to continue living at home and relieves pressure on care-providers by reducing physical journeys. It was first tested in Europe in the early 1990s using analogue cable. Though costly and bulky, these pioneering systems were shown to be helpful for elderly people who also liked using them.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Atlanta's Northside Hospital and HealthTrust Purchasing Group adopt R2's ImageChecker CAD technology for all screening mammography patients
Full ArticleNorthside Hospital, one of the Southeast's most comprehensive medical centres, now offers R2 Technology's ImageChecker computer aided detection (CAD) technology to all of its screening mammography patients. With the installation of seven new R2 CAD systems, Northside will now provide this innovative technology to nearly 80.000 women each year at its 10 metro Atlanta imaging facilities. In addition, HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HPG) has awarded the R2 company a two-year contract for its ImageChecker computer aided detection (CAD) systems for use with mammography.
Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals partners with Optio to deliver affordable Electronic Record Solutions
Full ArticleOptio Software Inc. is partnering with the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH), an advocacy group for the state's rural and community hospitals, to deliver affordable electronic health record (EHR) and forms automation software solutions to its 150-member hospitals.
AMICAS Vision Series PACS chosen by Waterbury Hospital and Diagnostic Radiology Associates
Full ArticleWaterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut, has chosen AMICAS Vision Series PACS as the platform on which they will consolidate radiology within the hospital and four affiliated imaging centres. Waterbury Hospital is a mid-size community and teaching hospital, affiliated with, among others, Yale University School of Medicine. Diagnostic Radiology Associates is a private practice radiology group consisting of 10 radiologists and operating four outpatient imaging centres in the greater Waterbury area. The 357-bed hospital will integrate AMICAS Vision Series PACS with their existing Cerner Hospital Information System (HIS), Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Radiology Information System (RIS).
Erie County, Scranton and Lakeland Medical Centers tackle surgical work flow management with PeriOptimum and Radianse
Full ArticleThree additional hospitals have chosen PeriOptimum and Radianse to implement real-time work flow management and active RFID-based patient tracking. Erie County Medical Center, Community Medical Center of Scranton and Lakeland Regional Medical Center have high expectations following the breakthrough results achieved by other medical centres including Lancaster General, Mississippi Baptist, Hannibal Regional and PinnacleHealth.
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center selects USBiogistics' real-time enterprise support services management solution
Full ArticleUSBiogistics, a provider of enterprise support service solutions for health care, and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, an expert in cancer treatment and research, have signed an agreement expanding their existing relationship. M. D. Anderson will implement Concourse, USBiogistics' integrated real-time enterprise work flow applications, including asset management and equipment charge capture solutions.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Medical device companies sign up to sponsor Syndicom SpineConnect platform
Full ArticleFour medical device companies have agreed to become premier title sponsors of the Syndicom SpineConnect platform. Stryker Spine, DePuy Spine, NuVasive and SeaSpine have agreed to support Syndicom's cutting-edge technology that provides a Web-based infrastructure for easy case collaboration.
Caligari announces trueSpace7.1 plus V-Ray 1.0
Full ArticleCaligari Corporation, an award-winning producer of 3D modelling and animation software has released an updated version of the trueSpace authoring client, trueSpace7.1, as well as the availability of V-Ray 1.0. Together, the two products provide artists in a range of industries with a powerful combination for high-end graphics and rendering.
Roxen CSE to introduce medical-application N-Metal Tagger RFID adapters
Full ArticleRoxen CSE Sàrl has launched its comprehensive line of medical-application RFID adapters. Utilizing metal-encased commercially available and standards-compliant low-frequency RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags, the N-Metal "Tagger" adapters are especially designed and dimensioned for general-purpose fitting to new or existing medical instrumentation, yielding a maximum of RFID tracking and traceability benefit in an extremely compact and cost-efficient format.
Verefi Technologies Inc. releases new laparoscopic surgical trainer for collaborative and competitive training for minimally invasive surgery
Full ArticleVerefi Technologies Inc of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA, developer of EndoTower and RapidFire/SmartTutor, is launching Head2Head, its new trainer for developing co-operative skills in a competitive environment, at the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons' meeting in Dallas, Texas, USA on April 26-29, 2006. Head2Head maximally engages the learners with competitive and collaborative tasks that are scored individually by module for the speed, accuracy, and tool efficiency of each trainee. Key skills learned include touching, grasping, placing, and holding objects in the virtual environment.
Fujitsu and Medixine join forces in palm authentication solution
Full ArticleIT service provider Fujitsu Services Oy and software company Medixine Oy expand their collaboration in health care. Fujitsu's mPollux PalmSign authentication application will be integrated in Medixine's health care applications. mPollux PalmSign, a biometric authentication method designed by Fujitsu Finland, is used in Fujitsu's PalmSecure palm authentication device. Palm authentication is a reliable and easy-to-use authentication method, which is based on analysing the vein patterns on a palm. Two identical palm vein patterns do not exist, not even with identical twins.
 
VMWC news bites
 
SRI International completes collaborative demonstration of remote robotic surgical system aboard NEEMO 9 undersea space station
Full ArticleIn collaboration with NASA, the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), and the Canadian Centre for Minimal Access Surgery, SRI International has successfully demonstrated a remote robotic surgical system as part of the ninth NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) on board the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, located 60 feet underwater and off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. The Aquarius laboratory is the only operational undersea research habitat in the world.
Virtual Reality gets real in POEMS project
Full ArticleCreating close to real-life virtual reality (VR) experiences has proven to be costly and has had rather poor results. In response, a European research team has explored how exploiting visual and auditory illusions can possibly lead to low-cost virtual reality simulators of the future. Nowadays virtual reality is used within a wide range of areas such as medicine and the car manufacturing industry. However, due to problems with cost and quality, the technology has not yet reached a wider market.
Faster, more efficient searching of medical images
Full ArticleA Danish-led research project has made encouraging progress toward using advanced mathematics as the basis of an improved method for indexing and searching medical images in the huge digital databases of clinics and hospitals. Completed in November 2005, the DSSCV consortium's long-term goal was to contribute to software tools allowing doctors and hospital technicians to quickly search and match X-rays, magnetic resonance images and computed 3D tomography scans, particularly of the craniofacial region.
Nano machine switches between biological and silicon worlds
Full ArticleScientists have created a molecular switch that could play a key role in thousands of nanotech applications. The Mol-Switch project successfully developed a demonstrator to prove the principle, despite deep scepticism from specialist colleagues in biotechnology and biophysics.
A virtual health care assistant for a healthier lifestyle
Full ArticleAnyone who has ever been told by their doctor to steer clear of certain foods, lower their calorie intake or cut down on salt knows just how hard it can be to avoid temptation and stay motivated. A virtual health care assistant is being developed to offer a guiding hand. The personalised information system being created by the PIPS project will give users access to real-time health care advice anywhere at anytime over mobile and fixed-line devices, helping them to consistently make the best choices to lead a healthier lifestyle.
 

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