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VMW Monthly - June 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents June 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
$150 million investment in eHealth to improve patient care in British Columbia
New electronic tools to benefit mental health and addictions clients
The National Institutes of Health installs Sunnex Celestial Star Surgical Lights in new intra-operative MRI suite
Michigan Hospital opens $4,5-million learning lab to train surgical teams of future
New Internet service delivers health and wellness information tailored to Canadians
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM and public health groups form global pandemic initiative
UK Grid helps fight avian flu
Massively Parallel Technologies announces enhanced work flow for BioTech Virtual Power Center
RENCI Science Gateway team unveils TeraGrid Bioportal
Major research institute leverages Scali software in quest of hepatitis-C virus cure
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
SigmaPoint supports three Pharmacy Benefit Managers with release 5.0
South Jersey Healthcare Homecare links telehealth monitoring and point-of-care systems to improve patient care and clinical job satisfaction
Patient Care Technology Systems announces integration of Exavera RFID tracking technologies
Medical Intelligence finalizes strategic marketing agreement with French firm ModeLabs
Mobile Diabetic begins testing Bluetooth connectivity with CreatorBlue diabetes phone software
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Siemens showcases syngo BLADE, next generation of patient care applications at ISMRM
CAD Sciences to release Server 2.4 and Workspace 2.1 featuring Therapy Response Monitoring (TRM) capability
Roche and Entelos announce collaboration in metabolic disease research
Hansen Medical introduces new robotic catheter technology for accurate 3D control during cardiac procedures
Sunnylife Global signs LOI with Energid Technologies in Cambridge to provide VR-based medical training systems to Sunnylife's China hospitals
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
BabyBot takes first steps
Smell of success for nanobiosensors
Philips extends global leadership in ultra high-field MR with 7.0T whole body scanner research contracts
Elekta sets new standard in stereotactic radiosurgery by introducing Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion
Help for elderly people to spark new research ideas
 
The 21st century hospital
 
University of Mississippi Medical Center takes diabetes care from bad to best
National Rural Health Association partners with Optio to provide affordable Electronic Health Record solutions
Regency Hospital Company chooses Radware to ensure continuous, secure access to medical records and patient care information
New Jersey Hospital introduces unique alternative to total hip replacement
Providence Health System purchases multiple Elekta Synergy systems to improve cancer treatment
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Caligari launches truePlay, a free Web Player for 3D content sharing and on-line collaboration
Remarkable number of hospitals among new BELNET customers
University of Jaen uses virtual reality techniques for hallucinations treatments
ViTel Net releases new video-enabled home monitoring solution
Sun and TeraMedica help improve patient safety and quality of care
 
VMWC news bites
 
New virtual histology method can identify what genes do and test drugs' safety
First-ever simulation of functioning organism spawned by ingenuity of Illinois researchers and power of SGI Altix
Gender Solutions High-Flex Knee is the first knee replacement shaped to fit a woman's anatomy
New Surgical Simulation Lab gives hands-on experience to improve patient safety
In undersea habitat, aquanauts learn about teamwork for Moon and Mars
 

Leads June 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
$150 million investment in eHealth to improve patient care in British Columbia
Full ArticlePatient care will be improved and modernized throughout British Columbia with the investment of $150 million towards eHealth initiatives, announced Health Minister George Abbott at the opening of a national eHealth conference in Victoria. Canada Health Infoway, a national, independent organisation which invests in electronic health record systems across Canada in partnership with provinces and territories, has conditionally agreed to allocate up to approximately $120 million to British Columbia for eHealth initiatives between 2005/06 and 2008/09. The Ministry of Health is providing an additional $30 million over the same period.
New electronic tools to benefit mental health and addictions clients
Full ArticleThe Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) will be the first health care organisation in Canada to use technology to support mental health and addictions clinicians and clients to make the most informed decisions about their care, according to VIHA CEO Howard Waldner. With the help of a $1,8 million investment from Canada Health Infoway's Innovation and Adoption programme, VIHA will implement electronic tools to match clients with mental health and addictions challenges with the most appropriate care in the community.
The National Institutes of Health installs Sunnex Celestial Star Surgical Lights in new intra-operative MRI suite
Full ArticleThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has installed Sunnex's innovative Celestial Star MRI Surgical Lights in its state-of-the-art intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite at its headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. The suite, one of a handful in the United States, provides real-time MRI in the surgical suite, displaying current and pre-operative imaging data using state- of-the-art 3D and virtual reality technology. The suite is a collaborative effort between the NIH Clinical Center, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Less than a year old, the suite is the site of spinal cord surgeries, craniotomies, craniectomies, and other leading-edge research and neurosurgical procedures.
Michigan Hospital opens $4,5-million learning lab to train surgical teams of future
Full ArticleSurgical teams from the United States and around the world will learn advanced robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques at the newly opened Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center at Beaumont Hospital.
New Internet service delivers health and wellness information tailored to Canadians
Full ArticleTELUS has launched mytelus.com/health, a new on-line service designed to provide Canadian-specific and up-to-date content about health and wellness. mytelus.com/health has been created in partnership with Capital Health in Edmonton and area region, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and MediResource Inc. to provide Canadians with trusted and reliable health information.
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM and public health groups form global pandemic initiative
Full ArticleIBM and over twenty major worldwide public health institutions, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have launched the Global Pandemic Initiative, a collaborative effort to help stem the spread of infectious diseases. With growing concerns over potential outbreaks of new strains of disease, and their ability to spread more easily because of modern transportation, IBM scientists have formed a steering committee with worldwide health organisations and universities to guide efforts to address the issue. Together, they will explore the use of advanced analytical and computer technology as part of a global preparedness programme for responding to potential infectious disease outbreaks around the world.
UK Grid helps fight avian flu
Full ArticleDuring April, computers in the United Kingdom have been working overtime in the fight against avian flu. As part of an international collaboration, computers at eleven British universities and research labs have put in one hundred thousand hours of time searching for possible drug components against the avian flu virus H5N1. The analysis used a computing Grid, a new network that brings together worldwide computer resources to solve scientific problems.
Massively Parallel Technologies announces enhanced work flow for BioTech Virtual Power Center
Full ArticleMassively Parallel Technologies Inc., a provider of on-demand high-performance computing, has made available a new service on the BioTech Virtual Power Center (VPC). The Sequence Manipulation Suite (SMS) is a collection of JavaScript programmes supporting short DNA and protein sequence generation, format conversion and analysis. Comprised of over 50 programmes, the tools complement Massively's Powered by HOWARD, high-performance BLAST service.
RENCI Science Gateway team unveils TeraGrid Bioportal
Full ArticleA Web-based work environment developed at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will give users of the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid easy access to a wide range of bioinformatics and biomedical applications and databases and will allow the national biology research community to access computing, data, and other resources offered through the TeraGrid.
Major research institute leverages Scali software in quest of hepatitis-C virus cure
Full ArticleInstitut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines (IBCP) is now using Scali Manage 5 from Scali Inc. to maximize the availability and effectiveness of their cluster. IBCP, located in Lyon, France, relies on a high performance cluster to analyse and predict protein sequence, structure and function. The IBCP Structural NMR and Bioinformatics team is currently focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the Hepatitis C virus resistance to drugs under the VIRGIL European Union contract LSHM-CT-2004-503359.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
SigmaPoint supports three Pharmacy Benefit Managers with release 5.0
Full ArticleeHealth Solutions issued Release 5.0 of its SigmaPoint product used by over 1700 physicians and office staff in 31 USA states. SigmaPoint delivers mobile, advanced electronic prescribing, patient-specific formulary, drug interaction validation, comprehensive drug reference, patient compliance materials, and integration with over 100 Practice Management Systems. SigmaPoint allows physicians to stay Mobile, Informed and Connected to their practice medical records anytime, anywhere, remotely and at the point-of-care.
South Jersey Healthcare Homecare links telehealth monitoring and point-of-care systems to improve patient care and clinical job satisfaction
Full ArticleThornberry Ltd. and FGA Software Solutions, developers of power2, a Web-based clinical and financial information management system for home care agencies and hospice, achieved the latest successful implementation of a telehealth interface solution, for South Jersey Healthcare HomeCare in Salem, New Jersey.
Patient Care Technology Systems announces integration of Exavera RFID tracking technologies
Full ArticlePatient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a provider of advanced charting and tracking systems, has integrated its automatic patient and asset tracking software with the wireless location-services suite from Exavera Technologies Inc. The companies have signed an agreement to market their combined solution to hospitals.
Medical Intelligence finalizes strategic marketing agreement with French firm ModeLabs
Full ArticleMedical Intelligence Technologies Inc. has signed an exclusive distribution agreement between its French affiliate Medical Mobile and ModeLabs Group SA, the creator of custom-made mobile telephones, to sell the Columba geo-positioning phone bracelet in France's telecom distribution network. This agreement follows the signing of the letter of intent announced by the two parties on January 11, 2006.
Mobile Diabetic begins testing Bluetooth connectivity with CreatorBlue diabetes phone software
Full ArticleMobile Diabetic Inc. has launched the Beta release of mDiabetic CreatorBlue software, a Bluetooth enabled phone application for capturing blood glucose readings from a patient's meter and transmitting information to a data server. Creating new methods to simplify and automate the collection of diabetes information is an important part of Mobile Diabetic development efforts. Patients now have a simple way to send data to care providers using a standard blood glucose meter, a Bluetooth adapter, and a Java enabled mobile phone.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Siemens showcases syngo BLADE, next generation of patient care applications at ISMRM
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions is showcasing syngo BLADE, the newest Total imaging matrix (Tim) technology-powered magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) software, at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 14th Scientific Meeting & Exhibition in Seattle. Capable of robust imaging in neurological and orthopaedic procedures even in cases of severe movement, syngo BLADE motion correction application enables facilities to increase patient throughput and decrease costs. Siemens' Tim-powered syngo applications, including BLADE, have continually helped to offer the newest innovations in patient care and disease management.
CAD Sciences to release Server 2.4 and Workspace 2.1 featuring Therapy Response Monitoring (TRM) capability
Full ArticleCAD Sciences, a technology expert in MRI CAD for the breast, prostate and other organs, has released Server 2.4, the company's advanced Full-Time-Point MR image post-processing engine, and WorkSpace 2.1, a streamlined MR image viewer that facilitates the analysis of fTP colourized images and quantitative output data. Together, these two products are the next generation of CAD Sciences' advanced pharmacokinetic analysis software tools that assist the radiologist with lesion identification, characterization and diagnosisreporting.
Roche and Entelos announce collaboration in metabolic disease research
Full ArticleRoche and Entelos Inc. have signed a two-year collaboration in metabolic disease research. Under the terms of the agreement, Roche will provide R&D funding and milestone payments, and Entelos will conduct biosimulation research using its Metabolism PhysioLab platform, which utilizes a "virtual patient" approach to predict the effects of a drug on metabolic pathways and/or biomarkers. This approach will be useful to Roche in analysing existing preclinical and clinical data in order to optimize future clinical trials. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Hansen Medical introduces new robotic catheter technology for accurate 3D control during cardiac procedures
Full ArticleHansen Medical Inc., a developer of robotic technology for accurate 3D control of catheter movement during cardiac procedures, has been showcasing the Sensei Robotic Catheter System at the Heart Rhythm Society's 27th Annual Scientific Sessions. The new system is designed to allow physicians to place mapping catheters in hard-to-reach anatomical locations within the heart easily and with stability during the diagnostic phase of cardiac arrhythmia treatment.
Sunnylife Global signs LOI with Energid Technologies in Cambridge to provide VR-based medical training systems to Sunnylife's China hospitals
Full ArticleSunnylife Global Inc., a publicly traded company based in Los Angeles, California and Energid Technologies Corporation, a privately held company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have signed a letter of intent for Sunnylife to purchase up to ten Virtual Reality (VR) Surgical Training Systems from Energid Technologies as part of its health care modernization programme in China.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
BabyBot takes first steps
Full ArticleBabyBot, a robot modelled on the torso of a two year-old child, is helping researchers take the first, tottering steps towards understanding human perception, and could lead to the development of machines that can perceive and interact with their environment. The researchers used BabyBot to test a model of the human sense of "presence", a combination of senses like sight, hearing and touch. The work could have enormous applications in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine perception. The research is being funded under the European Commission's Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative of the IST programme, as part of the ADAPT project.
Smell of success for nanobiosensors
Full ArticleModern-day doctors may soon start using smell to detect the early warning signs of different illnesses thanks to technology that replicates - and improves upon - the human olfactory system thanks to tiny bio-electronic sensors. The new interdisciplinary technology approach, developed and tested by researchers in Spain, France and Italy with funding from the European Commission's Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative of the IST programme, will ultimately lead to electronic noses based on natural olfactory receptors that could be used not only in health care but also in agriculture, industry, environmental protection or security.
Philips extends global leadership in ultra high-field MR with 7.0T whole body scanner research contracts
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has been awarded two contracts to supply Philips Achieva 7.0T (Tesla) magnetic resonance (MR) whole body research systems to Leiden University Medical Center and University Medical Center Utrecht. These new systems, the first 7.0T MR systems in The Netherlands, will support the establishment of a national Virtual Institute for Seven Tesla Applications (VISTA), a partnership with Dutch universities for the exploration of the clinical benefits of ultra high field MR.
Elekta sets new standard in stereotactic radiosurgery by introducing Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion
Full ArticleBy introducing Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, Elekta expands the Gamma Knife product line with a completely new system that takes stereotactic radiosurgery to the next level and provides a radiosurgical platform for further refinement and expansion of procedures in the brain, cervical spine and head & neck regions.
Help for elderly people to spark new research ideas
Full ArticleNew technologies and services can help elderly and disabled people live longer at home. The Ambient Assisted Living programme will focus on this vision but can only begin after agreement on how to combine national and European initiatives. Political accord is the key, notes a project preparing the groundwork.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
University of Mississippi Medical Center takes diabetes care from bad to best
Full ArticleMississippi has traditionally been the worst state in the United States for patients with diabetes. The incidence of diabetes is higher here, the complications more numerous, and until now, the quality of care was at rock bottom. The complications from diabetes - kidney failure, amputation, blindness and heart disease - are both life-threatening and severely debilitating. A new system of diabetes care, however, is changing all that. In several clinics around the state - three in the Mississippi Delta where diabetes numbers soar - patients have reduced their risk for complications by 70 percent in just six visits.
National Rural Health Association partners with Optio to provide affordable Electronic Health Record solutions
Full ArticleThe National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) Rural Services Corporation has selected Optio as the partner vendor for Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Forms Automation solutions. Optio is a strong advocate for the adoption of electronic health records at smaller hospitals and rural facilities. While there are more than 6000 hospitals in the United States, more than 3500 have less than 100 beds according to the Hospital Blue Book.
Regency Hospital Company chooses Radware to ensure continuous, secure access to medical records and patient care information
Full ArticleRegency Hospital Company has chosen Radware's Application Access solution to ensure caregiver access to vital medical records and patient information. LinkProof, a key component of Radware's APSolute suite of integrated application delivery products, ensures that Web-based applications are always secure and available, even when faced with unexpected ISP outages. LinkProof has eliminated what had been significant bandwidth and uptime issues that hindered the viability of Regency's fast-growing network.
New Jersey Hospital introduces unique alternative to total hip replacement
Full ArticleReinforcing the hospital's leadership in orthopaedics, a Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital surgeon is one of the first doctors in the United States trained in a breakthrough hip replacement technique recently approved for use in the USA. Dr. David Harwood, an attending orthopaedic surgeon at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and an associate professor of Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is one of approximately 50 surgeons in the United States offering the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) System, a bone-conserving alternative to total hip replacement surgery approved May 9 by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in this country.
Providence Health System purchases multiple Elekta Synergy systems to improve cancer treatment
Full ArticleSix Elekta Synergy systems, the leading system for image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), have been purchased by Providence Health System. The health system, which operates 18 acute care facilities in four states, signed an exclusive, five-year provider contract with Elekta in September, 2005.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Caligari launches truePlay, a free Web Player for 3D content sharing and on-line collaboration
Full ArticleCaligari Corporation, an award-winning producer of 3D modelling and animation software has released truePlay, a free Web Player for sharing interactive 3D objects, scenes and worlds. truePlay enables users to interact, learn and work in real-time in a photorealistic, simulated, 3D space that offers a much richer sense of presence than any 2D technology could provide.
Remarkable number of hospitals among new BELNET customers
Full ArticleA fair number of Belgian institutions have chosen BELNET as provider for their research, educational and public service activities during the past months. Thus unlimited data can now be exchanged with these new customers free of charge via the BELNET network. During 2006, several new hospitals will be connected to the BELNET network: their dossiers are already in the process of finalisation.
University of Jaen uses virtual reality techniques for hallucinations treatments
Full ArticleScientists of the University of Jaen are working in a project, pioneer in the world, to improve the treatment of hallucinations, by means of acting in the attention processes using virtual reality techniques. It is a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, carried out by the "Evaluación Psicológica" group, focused on the development of psychological methods that complement pharmacological treatments in order to try to control psychotic symptoms.
ViTel Net releases new video-enabled home monitoring solution
Full ArticleViTel Net has released the ViTelCare C-Turtle, the new video-enabled home monitoring unit. The new home video unit utilizes the newest level of video technology offering features and benefits that distinguish ViTel Net's ability to maintain a competitive edge by offering new and advanced product solutions every year.
Sun and TeraMedica help improve patient safety and quality of care
Full ArticleSun Microsystems Inc. and TeraMedica have designed a joint solution that enables caregivers to securely share patient-centric digital content, including medical images, electronically over the network. TeraMedica's Evercore solution, running on the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite, allows physicians to attach medical images such as X-rays and MRI scans, as well as other clinical digital content, to a patient's existing electronic health record (EHR) and then easily access them from the desktop.
 
VMWC news bites
 
New virtual histology method can identify what genes do and test drugs' safety
Full ArticleUtah and Texas researchers combined miniature medical CT scans with high-tech computer methods to produce detailed three-dimensional images of mouse embryos, an efficient new method to test the safety of medicines and learn how mutant genes cause birth defects or cancer.
First-ever simulation of functioning organism spawned by ingenuity of Illinois researchers and power of SGI Altix
Full ArticleIn another achievement for scientists breaking new ground on SGI Altix systems, researchers in Illinois have created the first atomic-level simulation of a complete, functioning organism. Researchers hope the breakthrough will speed development of new drugs to combat viruses in plants, animals and even people. A research team led by Professor Klaus Schulten at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign simulated a plant virus with as many as 1 million moving atoms. The achievement is historic due to the sheer complexity of the problem. Had the researchers relied on today's desktop computer systems, they wouldn't have finished until 2041.
Gender Solutions High-Flex Knee is the first knee replacement shaped to fit a woman's anatomy
Full ArticleThe Gender Solutions High-Flex Knee, the first knee replacement shaped to fit a woman's anatomy, has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new implant was unveiled by one of the surgeon developers, Robert E. Booth, M.D., Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Zimmer, a worldwide expert in orthopaedics.
New Surgical Simulation Lab gives hands-on experience to improve patient safety
Full ArticleCompared to traditional, open-incision operations, minimally invasive surgical procedures have reduced hospital stays, recovery times, cost and pain for patients, but they demand specialized sensory skills for surgeons - the kinds of skills that can be honed in the new Surgical Simulation and Training Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
In undersea habitat, aquanauts learn about teamwork for Moon and Mars
Full ArticleIn isolated environments, astronauts, flight crews, offshore workers and military forces must maintain vigilance and work together to ensure a safe and successful mission. Between daily living, telemedicine activities and moon-walking simulations, participants in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 9 project helped National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) researchers study performance ability, problem-solving and team cohesion issues that could affect long-duration space flights.
 

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