VMW Monthly - July 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents July 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New wireless networking system brings eye care to thousands in India
Bob Pyke Jr. interviewing Dr. Katzenstein on HealthSpan International and innovative telemedicine
American surgeon Introduces PLUS Orthopedic's innovative robotic computer-assisted surgery technology in Australia
Cyberkinetics reports first data from non-speaking, paralyzed participant in ongoing study of BrainGate Neural Interface system
New York research breakthrough on NCSA's SGI Altix system may hold key to developing new drugs to stop HIV
 
Grid for Health
 
Elant Inc. turns to IBM and BladeFusion for improved patient care system
ISC2006 Awards Innovation
Spicing up the use of federated Grids for computational biology
New York University scientists begin second phase of project to better understand disease
Mitrionics develops turnkey BLAST/Bioinformatics application for instant FPGA Supercomputing performance acceleration
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Acquisition MercuryMD advances Thomson strategy to improve outcomes by integrating clinical knowledge into the clinician's work flow
Medical Intelligence signs LOI with SEUR Pharma to distribute its Columba bracelet in Spain
Parco Merged Media integrates Ekahau Real Time Location System (RTLS)
WebVMC selected by assisted living facility Arbor Terrace of Decatur to provide virtual medical care to residents
Industry joins forces for on-line health
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
THIN and Availity seeking to join forces to expand real-time health care transactions
InMed Diagnostic Services selects Aurora Breast MRI for the women of Cape Cod and Southeast Massachusetts
Bartron Medical Imaging selects Scali Manage solution
Clarity Medical Systems announces major move into adult eye care market
IBM collaborates with St. Jude Medical on new state-of-the-art cardiac patient care system
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Health Optimum offers telemedicine solutions to optimise health care
ICTs - the glue that binds future research
Promising but challenging tumour growth simulation experiments at TU Dresden
Simulation model to lay bare trail of avian flu, SARS and HIV/AIDS
VTT and A*Star offer new efficient health care solutions technology for an acute emergency and aging population
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Doctors to go mobile with telemedicine at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Bethesda Memorial Hospital and Virginia Mason Medical Center Web sites go live with MEDSEEK solutions
Kootenai Medical Center uses Converged Access solutions to optimize application performance for multiple real time applications
Duke University Medical Center and IBM speed up access to vital patient information
The University of North Carolina Health Care System teams with IBM to implement advanced electronic medical system for one million patients
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Tangent announces VITA 8000S, a powerful, high-speed, space saving all-in-one LCD PC for health care and government markets
Caligari announces new truePlay promotion
New Telecare and Telehealth technology provision to the NHS and Local Authorities in the United Kingdom
California hospitals connect with extensive electronic medical records system
OA Systems completes SureScripts certification for electronic prescribing connectivity between physicians and pharmacies
 
VMWC news bites
 
Growth of Open Source Solutions in Healthcare in the 21st Century
Québec has a first in using robotic surgery for prostate cancer
Cincinnati surgeon leads first test of mobile robotic surgery
Blue Brain Project to consolidate simulation of neocortical column into one model
Hypercosm LLC launches medical simulation group
 

Leads July 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New wireless networking system brings eye care to thousands in India
Full ArticleThousands of residents of rural villages in India are receiving quality eye care thanks to a collaborative effort between an Indian hospital network and the researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and at Intel Corporation who have developed a new technology for low-cost rural connectivity. This new technology, based on "Wi-Fi" wireless networks, allows eye specialists at Aravind Eye Hospital at Theni in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu to interview and examine patients in five remote clinics via a high-quality video conference.
Bob Pyke Jr. interviewing Dr. Katzenstein on HealthSpan International and innovative telemedicine
Full ArticleDr. Katzenstein is an international consultant; educator and organization systems design expert bringing telehealth solutions to developing countries. His consulting strategy brings together an international group of equal partners and provides access to knowledge and skills from the developed and developing world making innovative solutions a reality. He is Executive Director of HealthSpan International; a member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and chair of the Human Factors Special Interest Group within the ATA. Dr. Katzenstein holds a doctorate in organizational systems from the Fielding Graduate Institute, as well as an MA in Organization Development and a Masters in Business Administration.
American surgeon Introduces PLUS Orthopedic's innovative robotic computer-assisted surgery technology in Australia
Full ArticleDr. Jan Koenig of Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, New York has performed the first ever demonstration in an Australian hospital of PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc.'s PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery system. With the adoption of this innovative technology, the St. George Hospital campus is now the first facility in all of Australia to be able to provide patients this advanced Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery.
Cyberkinetics reports first data from non-speaking, paralyzed participant in ongoing study of BrainGate Neural Interface system
Full ArticleCyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. announced at the recent American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) Biennial Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, that clinical investigators provided an update on Cyberkinetics' ongoing BrainGate Neural Interface System pilot clinical trials. Their presentations included new data from the surgical, neurological and scientific efforts that have led to the use of the BrainGate System by those with quadriplegia to control computer interfaces using thought.
New York research breakthrough on NCSA's SGI Altix system may hold key to developing new drugs to stop HIV
Full ArticleIn the race to fight AIDS, researchers have long worked to view the moments at which "starter molecules" for HIV are most vulnerable to new drugs. With help from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Silicon Graphics, a group of scientists from Stony Brook University in New York have done just that. The breakthrough comes as the world marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of HIV.
 
Grid for Health
 
Elant Inc. turns to IBM and BladeFusion for improved patient care system
Full ArticleElant Inc., a health and long-term care provider, has consolidated twelve distributed HP servers to one IBM BladeCenter running BladeFusion OE, increasing the power and speed of its datacentre, and providing 100 percent application redundancy and uptime, thereby equating to immeasurable increased processing efficiencies.
ISC2006 Awards Innovation
Full ArticleThe International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), now moved to Dresden, Germany, created two Awards for outstanding work in the field of supercomputing. The awards will be presented to the winners at the annual ISC event. (Chris Lazou)
Spicing up the use of federated Grids for computational biology
Full ArticlePeter Coveney and Shantenu Jha presented their ISC Award Winning Paper on the SPICE project which stands for "Simulated Pore Interactive Computing Environment". The project uses a federated Grid for grand challenges in computational biology.
New York University scientists begin second phase of project to better understand disease
Full ArticleA team of researchers at New York University (NYU)'s Center for Comparative Functional Genomics are embarking on the second phase of a collaborative research undertaking to predict structures of key proteins, which in turn shed light on their roles in diseases and offer pathways for cures. The inter-institutional project, which uses the IBM-backed World Community Grid, will focus on key human and malaria proteins, merging the biomedical and computation fields in carrying out the study.
Mitrionics develops turnkey BLAST/Bioinformatics application for instant FPGA Supercomputing performance acceleration
Full ArticleMitrionics Inc., developer of the Mitrion Virtual Processor and software-centric Mitrion-C programming language for FPGA Supercomputing acceleration, has launched a development project for the BLAST bioinformatics application. BLAST is used by scientists and researchers worldwide for similarity searches for genes and proteins and is the main tool for data mining in large databases in molecular biology.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Acquisition MercuryMD advances Thomson strategy to improve outcomes by integrating clinical knowledge into the clinician's work flow
Full ArticleThe Thomson Corporation, a global provider of integrated information solutions to business and professional customers has acquired MercuryMD Inc., a provider of mobile information systems serving the health care market. Terms of the transaction were not released. MercuryMD, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, supplies health care providers with mobile solutions to improve clinical work flow and operational efficiencies. The employees of MercuryMD, including founders Drs. Alan Ying and William Lawson, will become employees of The Thomson Corporation.
Medical Intelligence signs LOI with SEUR Pharma to distribute its Columba bracelet in Spain
Full ArticleMedical Intelligence Technologies Inc. has signed a letter of intent with SEUR Pharma S.A., a provider of distribution solutions for pharmaceuticals, consumer health care products and medical devices, to distribute its Columba phone-bracelet in Spain. The agreement provides that SEUR Pharma, upon the signing of a Definitive Agreement, would be granted the right to be the distributor of the Columba system, designed to provide a definitive solution to the problems of wandering and disappearance caused by Alzheimer's disease, to some 20.000 pharmacies in Spain that are within its distribution channels.
Parco Merged Media integrates Ekahau Real Time Location System (RTLS)
Full ArticleAttendees at the Medical Records Institute's annual conference were provided the opportunity to participate first hand in an interactive demonstration of emerging technologies used for patient, staff and asset tracking. Called TEPR 2006 - Towards the Electronic Patient Record, the conference also showcased advanced clinical information systems, such as that developed and sold by Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS).
WebVMC selected by assisted living facility Arbor Terrace of Decatur to provide virtual medical care to residents
Full ArticleArbor Terrace of Decatur, Atlanta's premier assisted living and memory care community for seniors, has signed a partnership with WebVMC, developer of the first comprehensive technology system for disease management, to better manage chronic illnesses prevalent in seniors at their community.
Industry joins forces for on-line health
Full ArticlePreventable medical errors are one of the main causes of death in western societies, causing 195.000 fatalities in the United States every year and 30.000 in Germany - more than car accidents, AIDS and breast cancer combined. According to these figures, the cost of preventable medical errors in the United States is 17 to 29 billion dollars a year. Research into the phenomenon suggests that 20 percent of these fatalities are linked to a lack of information and/or information mismanagement.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
THIN and Availity seeking to join forces to expand real-time health care transactions
Full ArticlePlans to form a joint venture were launched between one of the United States' largest electronic claims and information networks and one of the major providers of Internet-based e-health information services. Upon regulatory approval, this corporate union will expand and ease the use of electronic information flows among health care providers, health plans and the government, forging a critical path for building a model to deliver integrated total health management capabilities for health plans.
InMed Diagnostic Services selects Aurora Breast MRI for the women of Cape Cod and Southeast Massachusetts
Full ArticleInMed Diagnostic Services opens a state-of-the-art women's breast care centre offering appropriate patients an examination with the Aurora 1.5T Dedicated Breast MRI System with Bilateral UltraRODEO (Rotating Delivery of Excitation Off-Resonance).
Bartron Medical Imaging selects Scali Manage solution
Full ArticleBartron Medical Imaging has selected Scali Manage to implement and manage a 64-node Hierarchical Image Segmentation Cluster, which is the first of ten Linux clusters that are planned for implementation in the United States. The clusters perform the processing of digital images, used by diagnosticians, via Bartron's MED-SEG Systems that will aid in the early detection and treatment of potentially life threatening diseases. The initial cluster is expected to process a minimum of one terabyte of data every 15-20 days with an average job time of less under one minute.
Clarity Medical Systems announces major move into adult eye care market
Full ArticleClarity Medical Systems, maker of advanced ophthalmology systems, plans to enter the lucrative market for adult eye care with a major new technology for evaluating, treating and documenting eye disease in the outpatient setting. Clarity's management outlined the company's plans during a presentation at Windhover's Medical Devices Summit, taking place in San Francisco.
IBM collaborates with St. Jude Medical on new state-of-the-art cardiac patient care system
Full ArticleIBM has collaborated with St. Jude Medical Inc. to produce the St. Jude Medical Merlin Patient Care System, a portable system that programs St. Jude Medical's implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers. IBM provided resources, industry experience, and consulting to St. Jude Medical's team in the development effort of this state-of-the-art system designed to help physicians conduct tests, analyse therapeutic and diagnostic data, and program implanted devices more efficiently.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Health Optimum offers telemedicine solutions to optimise health care
Full ArticleDr. Javier Marco is one of several specialists in Spain, Italy and Denmark who began using a telecounselling service last year developed by HEALTH OPTIMUM, a groundbreaking project funded under the European Commission's eTEN programme that is helping to kick start the deployment of telemedicine across Europe.
ICTs - the glue that binds future research
Full Article"ICTs - Information and Communication Technologies - provide the glue that binds together multiple themes in European research. The time to address this multiplicity of themes and their inter-relationships is now", stated Dimitris Plexousakis of the Institute of Computer Science in Heraklion, Crete. Dimitris Plexousakis is scientific co-ordinator of Beyond-The-Horizon, a road-mapping initiative, led by the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), which has been investigating new frontiers in ICT research, to identify the boundaries with other disciplines, the relationships between them and the opportunities for cross-fertilisation.
Promising but challenging tumour growth simulation experiments at TU Dresden
Full ArticleCancer is a system, so we should be able to address it as a mathematical model in order to study its genesis and evolution, according to Dr. Andreas Deutsch from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He shared some of the recent findings of his team on tumour growth simulation with the ISC2006 audience. At the same time Dr. Deutsch warned the conference participants to not have their expectations rise too high as yet.
Simulation model to lay bare trail of avian flu, SARS and HIV/AIDS
Full ArticleDr. Theo Geisel and his colleagues D. Brockmann and L. Hufnagel, from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and from the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Göttingen, are busy with the task of globally predicting the spread of epidemics such as avian flu, SARS and HIV/AIDS. They have developed a model to forecast of the spreading of life-threatening diseases.
VTT and A*Star offer new efficient health care solutions technology for an acute emergency and aging population
Full ArticleThe Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed together with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) from Singapore, Emtele and Comptel a Global Health Monitoring Platform service that offers an efficient, open, scalable and secure service environment for remote diagnostics and telemedicine services utilization. This makes it possible to streamline the health care system and reach better efficiency money wise as well as improve the quality of health care. At the same time, it is possible to increase business volume through larger geographical reach of the medical service. In elderly care and chronic diseases people can be treated at home which increases the hospital infrastructure capacity. Patients get faster consultation in case of an acute emergency and easy to use solutions without ties to a place and time.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Doctors to go mobile with telemedicine at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Full ArticleAdvanced medical information systems developer, Global Care Quest Inc. (GCQ) has entered into an agreement with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to give doctors remote access the hospital's video telemedicine system via notebook computers using GCQ's new ICIS Live mobile video-conferencing system. Currently physicians go to one of six regional hospitals with a specialized system to use the video system in CHLA's Virtual Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Bethesda Memorial Hospital and Virginia Mason Medical Center Web sites go live with MEDSEEK solutions
Full ArticleMEDSEEK, a provider of enterprise e-health solutions, with over 500 hospital clients nationwide, has launched two client Web sites. Bethesda Memorial Hospital, a 390-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida, and Virginia Mason Medical Center, a 336-bed acute-care hospital in Seattle, Washington, selected MEDSEEK's comprehensive solutions to connect patients and their families on-line.
Kootenai Medical Center uses Converged Access solutions to optimize application performance for multiple real time applications
Full ArticleKootenai Medical Center (KMC) has deployed Converged Access' Converged Traffic Manager, developed by Converged Access Inc., a specialist in delivering guaranteed application performance control for converged VoIP, data and video applications, to boost performance and gain network visibility for its multiple, on-demand health care applications.
Duke University Medical Center and IBM speed up access to vital patient information
Full ArticleDuke University Medical Center is transforming its information technology (IT) operations to allow its 1500-plus faculty physicians and 800-plus staff to quickly access patient medical records from any workstation at any time. By automating the way IDs and passwords are co-ordinated across hospital laptops, workstations and computer kiosks, Duke Medicine is making it easier for doctors and staff at its three hospitals and clinics in the Raleigh-Durham area to update patient records, order medications and lab tests, and conduct procedures such as CAT scans and MRIs.
The University of North Carolina Health Care System teams with IBM to implement advanced electronic medical system for one million patients
Full ArticleThe University of North Carolina Health Care System (UNC Health Care) and IBM have set up an advanced Web-based solution which allows over 7000 caregivers to access important medical data across in-patient and out-patient units and document patient care faster, easier and at reduced operating costs. This comprehensive, interoperable electronic health record system, called "WebClinical Information Systems" (WebCIS) creates the foundation to securely deliver vital information anytime, anywhere via the Internet and has replaced the paper chart for almost one million patients who visit UNC Health Care annually.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Tangent announces VITA 8000S, a powerful, high-speed, space saving all-in-one LCD PC for health care and government markets
Full ArticleTangent, a provider of technology solutions for health care, education and government markets, has launched the VITA 8000S, an all-in-one design that integrates the PC and LCD panel into a powerful, space-saving solution, featuring dual core processing, high-quality video, and WLAN support.
Caligari announces new truePlay promotion
Full ArticleCaligari Corporation, an award-winning producer of 3D modelling and animation software, is offering anyone who downloads Caligari's truePlay, a free web Player for sharing interactive 3D objects, a $200 discount on the regular purchase price of Caligari's powerful suite of collaborative design tools, which includes trueSpace7.1 and the Conversion Pack 2.1.
New Telecare and Telehealth technology provision to the NHS and Local Authorities in the United Kingdom
Full ArticleRSL Steeper Holdings Limited and Home Telehealth Limited have signed a Collaboration to provide new Telecare and Telehealth technology to the National Health Service (NHS) and Local Authorities in the United Kingdom. RSLSteeper works in partnership with the NHS and is a provider of rehabilitation services and products in the United Kingdom. Products and services include Prosthetics (artificial limbs) and Orthotics (braces and supports) and Electronic Assistive Technology systems. The electronic assistive technology and telecare systems enable elderly and severely disabled people to live more independently and safely at home.
California hospitals connect with extensive electronic medical records system
Full ArticleProvidence Health and Services of California signed an agreement with Spokane, Washington-based Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) to link four Los Angeles-area hospitals with a large health information network. The network securely connects 38 hospitals and provides more than 1000 physicians and nurses instant access to critical patient information. This conversion creates an electronic patient record that is rapidly transportable between facilities and enhances patient safety through the creation of a detailed and easily updated chart.
OA Systems completes SureScripts certification for electronic prescribing connectivity between physicians and pharmacies
Full ArticleOA Systems, a health care technology solutions company, has completed SureScripts certification of its Web-based software, RxCure. Physicians can now use RxCure and the SureScripts Electronic Prescribing Network to send new prescriptions instantaneously to pharmacies while receiving refill requests. With today's announcement, OA Systems becomes a part of a growing number of health care technology vendors to be certified by SureScripts.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Growth of Open Source Solutions in Healthcare in the 21st Century
Full ArticleThe use of Open Source Software (OSS) solutions by health care providers and organizations is an increasingly important trend today. The number of OSS solutions currently available has grown to be quite substantial. The number of new OSS health care solutions under development is equally impressive.
Québec has a first in using robotic surgery for prostate cancer
Full ArticleOn May 5th, Dr. Assaad El-Hakim performed the first robotic radical prostatectomy at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. This innovative procedure for prostate cancer was a premiere in the province of Québec. Dr. El-Hakim is an urologist specialized in the minimally invasive treatment of urological cancers, including robotic and laparoscopic surgery. He is an assistant professor at McGill University, the Royal Victoria Hospital, and is also an associate member at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. He enjoys a unique expertise in Québec, since he is the first Canadian urologist with specialized training in robotic radical prostatectomy. He acquired his training in the United States where he was involved with over 150 robotic prostatectomies.
Cincinnati surgeon leads first test of mobile robotic surgery
Full ArticleA team of military, telecommunications and surgical experts led by University of Cincinnati (UC) faculty are using an unmanned aircraft and sophisticated communication tools to take the next step toward making "telesurgery" a reality. Telesurgery is a new approach to surgical care in which a surgeon performs operations using a surgical robot and advanced computer technology on a patient located miles away.
Blue Brain Project to consolidate simulation of neocortical column into one model
Full ArticleStunning visualization results of the neocortex in the human brain came to live at the ISC2006 Conference in Dresden where Dr. Felix Schürmann from EPFL, Switzerland introduced the Blue Brain Project to the HPC audience. The difference between the mouse and the human brain is the size of the neocortex. Visualizing the neocortical column in order to find out how the nerves connect implies a lot of challenges. The scientific team at EPFL made a connection between a Blue Gene supercomputer and an SGI machine to simulate the electrical behaviour of neurons.
Hypercosm LLC launches medical simulation group
Full ArticleHypercosm LLC, an expert in 3D interactive simulation technologies and development services for Web-based training, education and design visualization, has formed the Hypercosm Medical Group. Hypercosm Medical Group, led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gerry Higgins, will focus on aspects of digital medical publishing, distance learning courseware, medical procedure training, and anatomical visualization. Near term applications also include supplements for minimally invasive surgical training and military medic training such as just-in-time emergency surgical procedures for delivery to the battlefield.
 

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