VMW Monthly - August 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents August 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
ITU and Thuraya forge partnership for portable satellite terminals
Most U.S. states developing roadmap to support health care quality improvements through Electronic Health Information Exchange
Value Measurement and Return on Investment for EHRs
CCHIT announces first certified electronic health record products
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh receive $15 million from NSF to establish centre focused on improving Americans' quality of life
 
Grid for Health
 
The brain, traffic and nano-circuits: e-Science takes on major challenges
Help Defeat Cancer Project launched on IBM's World Community Grid expected to speed cancer research
Cedars-Sinai supercomputer ranked among world's most powerful
HealthGrid 2006 Proceedings proclaim medical imaging and bioinformatics most promising health care applications for Grid
Ohio and Michigan establish Regional Optical Network partnership
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Radianse set to launch new application to improve patient flow and resource management
Misys Healthcare Systems receives approval from Highmark eHealth Collaborative Initiative
Global home care products provider Aerotel Medical Systems forms alliance with Italian telemedicine services provider Telbios
United States Army awards contract to 3M for pilot RFID programme to track and manage medical records at Fort Hood
Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Olympus America acquires Bacus Laboratories to provide first one-stop imaging solution to clinical labs
AssistMed connects the MediPort EHR product to the Healthvision e-Health Interoperability Exchange
Telbios selects Alcatel solution to deliver innovative residential telemedicine services
Mercury Computer Systems signs agreements with new PACS vendors and suppports malaria research with Pfizer
Locus Pharmaceuticals enters into drug discovery agreement on kinases with Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Precisely mapping and stimulating the brain
Telemedicine offers better picture for patient care
Identifying key areas for medical informatics research
Medical expertise available wherever emergencies occur
Satellite systems to warn of health threats
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Catalonian Healthcare chooses IBM for 20 million euro transformation project
MEDSEEK to build Kingman Regional Medical Center's physician portal, providing access to clinical data in one unified view
Hospital achieves 20 percent savings performing NuVasive's XLIF Lumbar Spinal Fusion procedure
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center deploys the Safety-Sponge System technology across all operating rooms
Agfa HealthCare selected as preferred vendor for Toronto East Network's PACS project
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Innovative computer-assisted surgery technology for total joint replacement surgery now available in Arizona
CompuMed signs contracts to provide remote ECG screening that reaffirm correctional market dominance
Caligari announces a new version of truePlay, a free Web player for 3D content sharing and on-line collaboration
Codon Devices delivers 35kb genetic construct to Microbia for improved cell line performance
eNotes defines product strategy as company to enter telemedicine and health information services market
 
VMWC news bites
 
Computer enhanced breast MRI promising new tool to diagnose and treat breast cancer
High technology improves Alzheimer's care and diagnosis
Brain-computer link allows a paralyzed patient to perform basic tasks
3D imaging that flies through and around lung and colon cancer is coming soon
Creating a better sense of being there virtually
 

Leads August 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
ITU and Thuraya forge partnership for portable satellite terminals
Full ArticleThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company have concluded an agreement to provide portable satellite terminals to assist countries in disaster mitigation and relief. Thuraya, the United Arab Emirates satellite-based company, is contributing handheld satellite terminals along with solar chargers; ITU will pay for airtime at discounted rates offered by Thuraya and cover the transportation costs of telecommunications equipment to and from disaster-hit areas. ITU will also provide its expertise in technical and operational training for government officials involved in rescue missions.
Most U.S. states developing roadmap to support health care quality improvements through Electronic Health Information Exchange
Full ArticleOver half of the states in the United States are either initiating planning as a result of state legislation or an executive order or have planning well underway related to health information technology (HIT) adoption or health information exchange (HIE). And an additional seven states are in the process of implementation, according to new survey findings from the eHealth Initiative and its Foundation (eHI).
Value Measurement and Return on Investment for EHRs
Full ArticleHealth care provider institutions today are faced with many new challenges, including the need to implement Health Information Technology (HIT) solutions, especially Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. However, these institutions are also faced with a demand for capital investments outpacing their available funds. This means HIT or EHR projects must compete against other capital investment requests for scarce funds. Senior management teams will need to see the business and quality case that justify the return on investment (ROI) and return on quality (ROQ) before significant financial commitments for health information technology are made.
CCHIT announces first certified electronic health record products
Full ArticleUnited States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt has made public that the first ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) products have been certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). Twenty EHR products achieved CCHIT Certified status after undergoing inspections that demonstrated their compliance with CCHIT's published criteria. Inspections are continuing, with additional results to be announced at the end of July and quarterly thereafter.
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh receive $15 million from NSF to establish centre focused on improving Americans' quality of life
Full ArticleCarnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) have been awarded a five-year, $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish an engineering research centre that will develop technologies to help older adults and people with disabilities live independently and productively.
 
Grid for Health
 
The brain, traffic and nano-circuits: e-Science takes on major challenges
Full ArticleResearch into three major scientific and technological challenges is to receive a major boost from the application of e-Science and Grid computing. The challenges are understanding the brain; mapping the detailed environmental impact of traffic; and designing future generation nano-scale electronic circuits. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and other funding partners have awarded more than GBP 13 million to three, 3-4 year projects covering each of these topics in the third round of the EPSRC's e-Science programme.
Help Defeat Cancer Project launched on IBM's World Community Grid expected to speed cancer research
Full ArticleIBM is working with researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey to launch a project that will unleash the power of supercomputer technology in the battle against cancer. Help Defeat Cancer is the third project to use the enormous computational power offered by World Community Grid, the world's largest humanitarian Grid housing a virtual supercomputer. The Help Defeat Cancer project is expected to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of cancer in order to improve treatment and therapy planning for cancer patients.
Cedars-Sinai supercomputer ranked among world's most powerful
Full ArticleCedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the largest academic medical centres in the Western United States, has been recognized for having one of the 500 most powerful computers in the world. Cedars-Sinai's supercomputer is designed to analyse blood proteins from cancer cells and provide information that will allow researchers to more accurately predict how cancer patients will respond to specific treatments.
HealthGrid 2006 Proceedings proclaim medical imaging and bioinformatics most promising health care applications for Grid
Full ArticleThe conference proceedings of the fourth edition of the annual "HealthGrid" event, held June 7-9, 2006 in Valencia, Spain, have been published as the 120th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This HealthGrid 2006 edition includes 29 papers divided into five categories: Medical Imaging on the Grid; Ethical, Legal and Privacy Issues on HealthGrids; Bioinformatics on the Grid; Knowledge Discovery on HealthGrids; and Medical Assessment and HealthGrid Applications. The Proceedings titled "Challenges and Opportunities of HealthGrids" also contain 11 Posters and Short Contributions describing a variety of HealthGrid aspects and applications in a sixth and final chapter.
Ohio and Michigan establish Regional Optical Network partnership
Full ArticleThe Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) and Merit Network Inc. have signed a partnership to enhance regional optical networks in the Midwest. This partnership between the two state research and education networks includes acquiring managed fiber from Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago, Illinois, as well as an agreement to jointly pursue fiber acquisition to the east of Ohio. In addition, the organisations will work to evolve Network Operations Center management to support Regional Optical Networks (RONs).
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Radianse set to launch new application to improve patient flow and resource management
Full ArticleRadianse, a provider of real-time indoor positioning solutions (IPS) in health care, has completed a $6 million Series B financing round. National Healthcare Services (NHS) led the round, joining returning investors HLM Venture Partners, Partech International, Ascension Health Ventures, Kaiser Permanente National Venture Development and Partners Healthcare in Radianse's circle of strategic advisors.
Misys Healthcare Systems receives approval from Highmark eHealth Collaborative Initiative
Full ArticleMisys eScript has been named a Registered Solution by the Highmark eHealth Collaborative. The organisation supports electronic prescribing within western and central Pennsylvania to make measurable improvements in patient safety, quality of care, system-wide efficiency and cost effectiveness. Area physicians can use Misys eScript to realize e-Prescribing benefits such as ease-of-use, work flow support and complete practice automation resulting in better patient care.
Global home care products provider Aerotel Medical Systems forms alliance with Italian telemedicine services provider Telbios
Full ArticleTelbios, a telemedicine services provider in Italy, has signed an exclusivity agreement with Aerotel Medical System, specialized in the manufacturing of medical devices and software platforms for telemedicine and home care services, for exclusive marketing and distribution of Aerotel innovative products in the Italian market.
United States Army awards contract to 3M for pilot RFID programme to track and manage medical records at Fort Hood
Full Article3M has been awarded a $3,76 million contract to develop and install a system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track medical files at the United States Army's massive Fort Hood Installation in Texas. The system is expected to make a positive impact on operational efficiencies in health care delivery, the troop deployment process and the management of medical data collection.
Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record
Full ArticleBridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates has selected Allscripts' TouchWorks Electronic Health Record (EHR) to automate their 70 physicians across four locations and connect them to the wider health care community.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Olympus America acquires Bacus Laboratories to provide first one-stop imaging solution to clinical labs
Full ArticleOlympus, a precision technology expert designing and delivering imaging solutions in health care, life science and photography, has acquired privately-held Bacus Laboratories Inc. (BLI) of Lombard, Illinois, opening the door for future technology that could one day allow millions of medical opinions now formulated by doctors using traditional optical microscopes to be facilitated by digital imaging.
AssistMed connects the MediPort EHR product to the Healthvision e-Health Interoperability Exchange
Full ArticleHealthvision, a health care Internet company, has integrated a fourth partner into their e-Health Interoperability Exchange Partnership Programme, with the addition of AssistMed's MediPort EHR. Healthvision's e-Health Interoperability Exchange electronically links all members of the patient care team, including physicians, hospitals, labs and other stakeholders, for the purpose of sharing key clinical data among all care providers and developing a complete electronic data record for all patients.
Telbios selects Alcatel solution to deliver innovative residential telemedicine services
Full ArticleAlcatel has been awarded a contract by Telbios, an Italian provider of health care services, to provide an innovative solution to deliver video assistance and remote monitoring. Residential telemedicine services, currently under validation at the Istituto Scientifico Universitario San Raffaele, will be available to the public by the end of 2006.
Mercury Computer Systems signs agreements with new PACS vendors and suppports malaria research with Pfizer
Full ArticleMercury Computer Systems Inc. has signed strategic agreements with three partners, confirming its top position in the picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) market. The most recent agreements include contracts with FPS in France, Color Printer Systems (CPS) in Germany, and Medical Imaging PACS PTY LTD in Australia. Mercury has also signed an agreement for no-cost licensing of Pfizer's Mercury-based MoViT software to Dr. David Matthews, for use in the support of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). Medicines for Malaria Venture is a non-profit organisation committed to discovering, developing and delivering affordable antimalarial drugs. Dr. Matthews, who recently retired from Pfizer, is providing pro-bono services to MMV.
Locus Pharmaceuticals enters into drug discovery agreement on kinases with Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Full ArticleLocus Pharmaceuticals Inc., a computationally-based drug design and development company, has entered into a research agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., whereby Locus will apply its proprietary computational technologies, and capabilities in chemistry, biology and crystallography to design and develop IND-directed preclinical drug candidates for Ono. The molecular target is a protein kinase selected by Ono. Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Precisely mapping and stimulating the brain
Full ArticleAccurately mapping the functioning of the human brain was previously deemed impossible. However, a young Finnish company, Nexstim, that is pioneering the supply of precise brain stimulation systems is inspiring a paradigm shift. Nexstim develops and manufactures a patented, non-invasive brain scanning and stimulation system called navigated brain stimulation (NBS). NBS involves using short magnetic field pulses to stimulate precisely defined points in the cerebral cortex and then measure how a specific site or the whole cortex reacts with a high definition electro-encephalogram. Impaired responses caused by disease or injury can then be detected by the equipment.
Telemedicine offers better picture for patient care
Full ArticleA new telemedicine platform promises to greatly improve the quality of care patients receive by giving highly qualified specialists the ability to collaborate efficiently when interpreting data from advanced medical imaging techniques. Tested extensively during the TENPET project, the telecommunications and tele-consultation platform is due to start being deployed commercially from September 2006, offering physicians across Europe and beyond the ability to quickly obtain second opinions and allowing them to work together efficiently to interpret Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans and other medical images.
Identifying key areas for medical informatics research
Full ArticleRecent achievements in genomics and the increased importance of genetics in health care are changing the clinical landscape for both research and the treatment of disease. Helping shape this landscape, researchers have identified opportunities for synergies between biomedical and medical informatics.
Medical expertise available wherever emergencies occur
Full ArticleEmergency personnel often lack the trauma expertise necessary to treat victims of severe accidents or other emergencies. Some victims die because they do not reach hospital emergency rooms fast enough. But now a system for remote treatment could help improve survival rates. The IST-funded DICOEMS project has developed a wireless technology platform enabling doctors in hospital emergency rooms to remotely manage treatment of accident and other emergency victims.
Satellite systems to warn of health threats
Full ArticleSatellite solutions can make all the difference to the efficiency of telemedicine. With this in mind, ESA is preparing a European telemedicine via satellite programme which will be of direct benefit to the health care community.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Catalonian Healthcare chooses IBM for 20 million euro transformation project
Full ArticleThe Institut Català de la Salut (ICS) has entered into a 20 million euro, 4-year agreement with IBM to transform and modernise the health care information systems at 8 Catalonian hospitals. IBM consultants will provide industry expertise to create and implement new systems, improving the quality of health services offered to citizens of the region. In addition, IBM is creating a 2 million euro centre in Barcelona to develop innovative technologies and solutions to meet the demands of the European health care sector.
MEDSEEK to build Kingman Regional Medical Center's physician portal, providing access to clinical data in one unified view
Full ArticleMEDSEEK, a provider of enterprise e-health solutions, with 500-plus hospital clients around the United States, will develop a physician portal for the 213-bed Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) in Kingman, Arizona. The physician portal pilot go-live was planned for June 26th, with full roll-out scheduled for mid-September.
Hospital achieves 20 percent savings performing NuVasive's XLIF Lumbar Spinal Fusion procedure
Full ArticleProvidence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Oregon has recorded a 20 percent cost savings when using NuVasive's proprietary eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) procedure for lumbar spine fusion surgery compared to a traditional anterior (ALIF) approach.
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center deploys the Safety-Sponge System technology across all operating rooms
Full ArticlePatient Safety Technologies Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Surgicount Medical, has entered into a three-year agreement with INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City to provide the facility with its patented Safety-Sponge System. The company has received an initial purchase order from INTEGRIS, which is Oklahoma's largest not-for-profit health care organisation, for the 19 operating rooms at their flagship unit. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Agfa HealthCare selected as preferred vendor for Toronto East Network's PACS project
Full ArticleAgfa HealthCare has been selected by the Toronto East Network (TEN) as the preferred vendor for the region's Diagnostic Imaging Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) project. Requiring the integration of several RIS and PACS systems from different vendors, this project will leverage the open architecture and interoperability offered by Agfa's proposed IMPAX solution.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Innovative computer-assisted surgery technology for total joint replacement surgery now available in Arizona
Full ArticleDr. Gary Purcell is the first orthopaedic surgeon and Chandler Regional Hospital is the first health care facility in Arizona to utilize PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc.'s PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Robotic Surgery system. With the adoption of this innovative technology, residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area are now able to have access to this advanced computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery.
CompuMed signs contracts to provide remote ECG screening that reaffirm correctional market dominance
Full ArticleCompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has signed agreements to provide electrocardiogram (ECG) remote interpretation systems and services for three state departments of corrections. Under the terms of the Iowa Department of Corrections (IADOC) agreement, CompuMed will provide remote cardiac screening on an as needed basis for more than 8600 detainees at all 10 of the Department's facilities.
Caligari announces a new version of 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 made available an updated version of truePlay, Caligari's free Web player for sharing interactive 3D objects, scenes and worlds. Available the first week of August from Caligari's Web site and showcased for the first time at Siggraph, the new version of truePlay features a number of new enhancements.
Codon Devices delivers 35kb genetic construct to Microbia for improved cell line performance
Full ArticleCodon Devices, specialized in the emerging field of Constructive Biology, has achieved the successful construction and delivery of a sequence-verified, 35-kilobase genetic construct for Microbia's Precision Engineering business unit. The genetic construct is an 80 percent synthetic gene cluster containing a biosynthetic pathway engineered to optimize production of an active pharmaceutical ingredient.
eNotes defines product strategy as company to enter telemedicine and health information services market
Full ArticleeNotes Systems Inc. is planning to enter the multi-billion dollar telemedicine and health information services market. eNotes Systems is a software, business intelligence, and technology company, which anticipates delivering integrated medical management solutions to health care providers.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Computer enhanced breast MRI promising new tool to diagnose and treat breast cancer
Full ArticleResearchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the Center for Breast Care at the Women's Center at Boca Raton Community Hospital, and MeVis, the Center for Diagnostic Systems and Visualization at the University of Bremen, Germany have developed new techniques to aid clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. They have developed and piloted a unique software platform utilizing computational clinical imaging techniques for the analysis and display of serial-time MRI, which is showing great promise in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
High technology improves Alzheimer's care and diagnosis
Full ArticleHigh tech devices now in development may help compensate for loss of function due to Alzheimer's, enhance care and treatment, and foster independence for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, according to new research reported in Madrid at the 10th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ICAD), presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
Brain-computer link allows a paralyzed patient to perform basic tasks
Full ArticleA multi-institutional team of researchers has found that people with long-standing, severe paralysis can generate signals in the area of the brain responsible for voluntary movement and these signals can be detected, recorded, routed out of the brain to a computer and converted into actions, enabling a paralyzed patient to perform basic tasks.
3D imaging that flies through and around lung and colon cancer is coming soon
Full ArticleStanford University researchers demonstrated for the first time the ability to create 3D positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) images for "fly-through" and "fly-around" viewing of cancer in the lungs and colon, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Creating a better sense of being there virtually
Full ArticleHow real can virtual reality get? Researchers set out to identify ways of measuring presence - or the illusion of "being there" created by mediated environments. Remember those reports of early virtual reality (VR) programmes making people sick? They were an obvious indication of the difficulty of conjuring "presence", that sense of "being there", located in an actual place, although in a simulated environment. Happily, technology has improved since those early experiences, but with the progress has come increased difficulty in assessing just how successful (or not) VR environments are in creating the all-important illusion of reality.
 

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