VMW Monthly - September 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents September 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
CTC database consultants help design new data-driven informatics system at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Injured United States troops being helped by NASA technology
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and University Medical Center team up to enhance trauma care in rural Arizona
Digital cameras and internet ease the pain of oral disease
Telemedicine eye care benefits California's underserved residents
 
Grid for Health
 
Latest enhancements to the free Access Grid Toolkit are now available for download
The THIRD-BRAIN: The Next Generation of Supercomputer Design Beyond PetaFlop/s - an interview with Steve Chen
Folding@Home to launch the Cure@PS3 project on Sony's PlayStation 3 system
University of Ulster science info-sharing project may help curb animal tests
The Institute for Genomic Research migrates from HP to Sun to conduct complex molecular research with improved energy efficiency
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Wherify and Telbios provide voice and GPS location for Italian elderly
VeriChip makes first sale of integrated system for infant protection, wander prevention, staff duress and asset protection
Top Global introduces 3G MobileBridge communications gateway for mobile intelligent transportation systems
Paper from Cambridge Health Alliance's Chief of Surgery discusses microchips: in surgery, operating rooms, and beyond
IBM taps RFID for pharma industry
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Andrews Air Force Base 89th Airlift Wing to receive in-flight emergency medical training by MedAire Inc.
The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invests $100.000 in RedPath Integrated Pathology for achieving improved diagnosis of disease
Medical equipment services company to develop the next generation of RTLS-enabled hospital platforms
HIMSS and Internet2 collaborate to create an advanced and interoperable medical network
IBM brings Electronic Medical Records one step closer through open technology
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Disabled technologies pave the way for next generation mobile Web
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust improves patient care remotely
Development of robust clinical decision support systems key to increased adoption across Europe
United Kingdom to launch on-line research archive to further biomedical discovery
Digital library brings books to visually-impaired students
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Gooding Hospital selects Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center streamlines data back-up with ExaGrid
Lourdes Hospital looks to Optio for rapid recovery solution
Profs employ industrial methods to re-engineer health care clinic
East Alabama Medical Center selects WebVMC to provide remote disease management services for home health patients
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Fan-less solid state Tangent Rugged Mini provides power savings to health care industry
International Master on Medical Informatics and Telemedicine to start in January 2007
Deaf Link and DoD CAP programme to help deaf employee work and live successfully overseas
Vision Objects and iRex Technologies partner to deliver innovative portable electronic writing and reading solutions for businesses
FDA seeking comments on use of identifier system for medical devices
 
VMWC news bites
 
Computer-aided detection improves early breast cancer identification
Stroke rehabilitation assistance offered by modified home video game shows
Researcher brings space age to surgery equipment and procedures
Trading cuts for clicks: new Brigham Young University software performs virtual surgery
Dextroscope changes the neurosurgical planning paradigm
 

Leads September 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
CTC database consultants help design new data-driven informatics system at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Full ArticleCTC systems and database consultants from the Cornell Theory Center (CTC), an interdisciplinary research centre at Cornell University focused on providing cyber-infrastructure resources for research and education, helped design and create a new high-performance computing centre and informatics system for the Biorepository at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
Injured United States troops being helped by NASA technology
Full ArticlePatented NASA technology that originally enhanced robotics and sounding rockets is now aiding United States soldiers returning from overseas duty with spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The revolutionary new physical therapy device named SAM, for the Secure Ambulation Mode, is based on technology originally developed and honed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and University Medical Center team up to enhance trauma care in rural Arizona
Full ArticleTrauma patients in rural areas of southern Arizona will soon be treated by UMC physicians without having to spend precious time traveling to Tucson. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) and University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson have launched BCBSAZ's funding of a Telemedicine for Teletrauma & Critical Care programme. The teletrauma programme will facilitate the virtual presence of a UMC physician at nine participating hospital emergency rooms in southern Arizona.
Digital cameras and internet ease the pain of oral disease
Full ArticleDental researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are combining the ease of digital photography with the internet to develop a new and inexpensive way to screen for a common childhood oral disease that predominantly plagues America's inner city toddlers - early childhood dental caries (ECC), or as it is commonly called, "baby bottle tooth decay". The cavities are caused by prolonged exposure to sweetened juices, often from sleeping with a bottle, and tend to be overlooked by parents until the pain becomes so severe, and the teeth so decayed, that the only option for these toddlers - often under the age of four - is sedation and extraction.
Telemedicine eye care benefits California's underserved residents
Full ArticleArmed with new telemedicine software, optometrists at the University of California, Berkeley, are working with doctors at community clinics throughout California's Central Valley to provide eye exams for thousands of low income diabetic patients.
 
Grid for Health
 
Latest enhancements to the free Access Grid Toolkit are now available for download
Full ArticleA new version of the free and popular Access Grid Toolkit developed at the United States Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, is now available for download. The Access Grid Toolkit is software that uses audio, video, data and text to enable distributed researchers to work together as if they were at the same location.
The THIRD-BRAIN: The Next Generation of Supercomputer Design Beyond PetaFlop/s - an interview with Steve Chen
Full ArticleOne of the prominent speakers in Dresden at the ISC2006 Supercomputer Conference was Dr. Steve Chen. Steve Chen designed some of the very successful early Cray Supercomputers in the United States. In the recent years, he designed the SuperBlade systems for the Chinese company, Galactic Computing. But it does not stop there. While everybody else is looking ahead to the first Petaflop/s systems, perhaps next year, Steve Chen is already one step further. His new design, called the THIRD-BRAIN is an architecture far beyond the Petaflop/s system. Emulating and augmenting the real Human Brain, the design draws from a number of disciplines and incorporates this in an innovative approach. In parallel to designing Supercomputers, Steve Chen is also very active in developing leading-edge applications in China. He is working on a project of putting many HPC systems in the different Chinese states and linking them together as a large and highly efficient Integral Utility Supercomputing Grid (IUGS) or Integral Grid. The Grid Supercomputers will be made available as a commercial service on the Internet, allowing highly productive, real-time, interactive and collaborative enterprise or personal applications in science, engineering, commerce, telecommunication, health care, education, media, financial and logistics. The pervasive use of Grid Supercomputers could bring China to the forefront of Supercomputer applications in five years from now. Currently, Steve Chen is also leading two Integral Grid trial projects delivering services in "digital hospital and health care" and "Third-Brain driven learning engine" to underdeveloped rural and farming areas in China.
Folding@Home to launch the Cure@PS3 project on Sony's PlayStation 3 system
Full ArticleLeland Stanford Junior University has reached an agreement with Sony to enable the Folding@Home distributed computing project to be run on PlayStation 3 consoles. Today in Germany, Sony demoed their Folding@Home client for the PS3. Using the Cell processor of the PS3, the Folding@Home project team at Stanford University will be able to do more protein folding than what one could do on a PC. Also, since the PS3 has a powerful GPU, the PS3 client will offer real time visualization for the first time.
University of Ulster science info-sharing project may help curb animal tests
Full ArticleResearchers at the University of Ulster (UU) are taking part in a Europe-wide scientific partnership aimed at reducing the extent of scientific testing using animals. The university's Systems Biology Research Group is partnering eight other universities, institutes and companies in a 2,8 million euro European Commission initiative to build a data bank of information about a key aspect of research which is usually gleaned from animal tests.
The Institute for Genomic Research migrates from HP to Sun to conduct complex molecular research with improved energy efficiency
Full ArticleThe Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) selected Sun Microsystems to replace 15 HP Alpha servers and consolidate IT operations onto three Sun Fire x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers to power its complex genomic assembler for molecular research. Through a combination of Sun services and innovative technologies, TIGR has created a powerful yet cost-effective high performance computing (HPC) environment. The new system provides critical reliability, reduces energy consumption by more than 70 percent and dramatically reduces purchasing and operating costs, allowing the Institute to complete intricate research projects and to publish results on genomic findings in the fields of energy, agriculture, etc. to an eagerly-awaiting public on time and on budget.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Wherify and Telbios provide voice and GPS location for Italian elderly
Full ArticleWherify Wireless Inc., a developer of patented wireless location solutions and services for family safety and communications, is shipping Wherifone GSM/GPS locator phones to Telbios, a joint venture of Telecom Italia, San Raffaele Institute, Telespazio and Value Partners, to support Telbios' new "Merlino" elderly care telemedicine service. Wherify will also provide related location management and localization support for the Telbios service.
VeriChip makes first sale of integrated system for infant protection, wander prevention, staff duress and asset protection
Full ArticleVeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital, has made its first sale of a fully integrated approximately $750.000 system for infant protection, wander prevention, staff duress and asset protection. These VeriChip radio frequency (RF) locating technologies will be installed in the new, state-of-the-art Brampton Civic Hospital, in Brampton, Ontario, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2007. The project is being managed by Electro-Systems Alliance, a dealer for VeriChip's distribution partner Austco Communication Systems. Brampton Civic Hospital is owned and operated by William Osler Health Centre.
Top Global introduces 3G MobileBridge communications gateway for mobile intelligent transportation systems
Full ArticleTop Global has introduced the world's first 3G MobileBridge communications gateway for mobile intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The MobileBridge is a patented, mobile/portable wireless system. It is the world's first and the most integrated 3G mobile IP communications gateway. The MobileBridge currently supports all 3G standards including EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, CDMA 1x, EVDO, and EVDO Rev.A. It will also support mobile WiMax and HSUPA. With EVDO Rev.A, the MobileBridge delivers up to 3,1Mbps download and 1,8Mbps peak upload speed, thus many innovative mobile and wireless applications can now be delivered.
Paper from Cambridge Health Alliance's Chief of Surgery discusses microchips: in surgery, operating rooms, and beyond
Full ArticleSteven Schwaitzberg, Chief of Surgery at Cambridge Health Alliance, released a paper titled "The Emergence of Radiofrequency Identification Tags (RFID): Applications in Surgery", published in the latest issue of Surgical Endoscopy. In the piece, Dr. Schwaitzberg discusses the implications of using electronic data storage devices in the medical field, a controversial topic that could revolutionize health care.
IBM taps RFID for pharma industry
Full ArticleIBM has unveiled a radio frequency identification (RFID) system for tracking and tracing of pharmaceuticals. The system makes it more difficult for counterfeit drugs to get to market, protecting consumers by helping ensure the drugs they receive match the prescription from their physician.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Andrews Air Force Base 89th Airlift Wing to receive in-flight emergency medical training by MedAire Inc.
Full ArticleTeleHealth Strategies LLC, a health care consulting firm, has been awarded the United States Air Force contract to provide mission critical emergency medical training to flight attendants of the 89th Airlift Wing, located at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Flight attendants will receive training on how to administer CPR, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and best manage in-flight medical emergencies. The training will be performed by TeleHealth's vendor, Tempe, Arizona-based MedAire Inc., one of the largest providers of American Heart Association training completion certificates in the southwest.
The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invests $100.000 in RedPath Integrated Pathology for achieving improved diagnosis of disease
Full ArticleThe Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), the private/public partnership putting the region's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, has invested $100.000 in RedPath Integrated Pathology Inc. The company provides specialized cancer diagnostic testing that integrates traditional pathology practice with molecular genetic analysis to improve the diagnosis of disease.
Medical equipment services company to develop the next generation of RTLS-enabled hospital platforms
Full ArticleRF Code Inc., a provider of Real-Time Location and Sensor (RTLS) solutions, has signed an agreement with SYMX Technologies Inc., a division of SYMX Corporation, a global provider of medical equipment services and products, to supply SYMX with health care RTLS solutions under a contract worth $30 million over the next three years.
HIMSS and Internet2 collaborate to create an advanced and interoperable medical network
Full ArticleThe Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Internet2 have created a partnership to explore the development of a secure, reliable and advanced networking solution for the transmission of medical information, messages and images throughout the broad health care industry. The two organisations are exploring a new network designed to offer the health sciences and health care sectors a private and secure medium for exchanging health information. A next-generation architecture built to meet federal regulatory requirements, this new network may also have value to offer in the work of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).
IBM brings Electronic Medical Records one step closer through open technology
Full ArticleIBM has taken a major step in the drive toward a national electronic medical records system by contributing software technology that supports the exchange of health care information to the open source community. The software, contributed to the Eclipse Foundation's Open Healthcare Framework (OHF) project, provides a mechanism to connect isolated "islands" of information that today reside throughout the health care system to any Health Information Exchange (HIE).
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Disabled technologies pave the way for next generation mobile Web
Full ArticleScientists at the University of Manchester have a launched a new project which seeks to combine Web accessibility with cutting-edge mobile phone technologies. The aim of the three-year project is to develop a host of new software with the potential to make the mobile Web as simple to use as the internet.
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust improves patient care remotely
Full ArticleScalable Networks, the specialist integrator providing secure, converged network solutions, has completed a remote access solution that will accommodate up to 1500 staff at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust. Remote access has been rolled out to Trust employees, as well as third party contractors including pharmacists and radiologists. Standardising the communications process and enabling the transfer of critical patient files, such as X-Rays and scans, across hospital departments, will dramatically improve the patient care process and ensure a smoother, more efficient service.
Development of robust clinical decision support systems key to increased adoption across Europe
Full ArticleThe development of robust clinical decision support systems (CDSS) will propel this nascent market into the growth stage. Rising concerns about patient safety will have a positive impact on market expansion, while increased confidence in the ability of clinical systems to improve health care delivery will support wider uptake. Frost & Sullivan finds that the Clinical Decision Support Systems Markets in Europe earned revenue of $238,5 million in 2005 and estimates this to reach $430,7 million in 2012.
United Kingdom to launch on-line research archive to further biomedical discovery
Full ArticleScientists will be able to access a vast collection of biomedical research at the touch of a button thanks to a major new initiative that aims to promote the free transfer of ideas in a bid to speed up scientific discovery. Based on a model currently used in the United States, UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) will provide free access to an on-line digital archive of peer-reviewed research papers in the medical and life sciences.
Digital library brings books to visually-impaired students
Full ArticleVisually-impaired students are increasingly joining mainstream education, but most cannot instantly access the same books as their sighted classmates. Help is at hand from on-line transcription tools and a new digital library that offers secure documents that can be quickly transcribed and distributed to those who need them.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Gooding Hospital selects Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution
Full ArticleGooding County Memorial Hospital has chosen Optio Software Inc.'s integrated EHR solution to automate and streamline document-intensive health care processes and reduce the costs of printed forms. Founded in 1918, Gooding Hospital is a 14-bed critical access health care facility known for providing quality care to those in need within Idaho's Gooding County and surrounding areas.
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center streamlines data back-up with ExaGrid
Full ArticleLewiston, Maine-based St. Mary's Regional Medical Center has selected ExaGrid to streamline and improve its data back-up. Seeking alternatives to its existing tape-based back-up system, St. Mary's selected ExaGrid to reduce its 13-hour nightly back-up window and to simplify its back-up process. Before installing ExaGrid, St. Mary's backed up nearly 500GB of data to multiple tape libraries, with key servers and Notes databases backed up to disk. With ExaGrid, St. Mary's is experiencing 50 to 1 data compression and has reduced its back-up window from over 13 hours to six.
Lourdes Hospital looks to Optio for rapid recovery solution
Full ArticleWhen a recent flood in Binghamton, New York forced Lourdes Hospital to shut down operations and evacuate patients to nearby health care facilities, their first call for assistance was to their Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution provider, Optio Software.
Profs employ industrial methods to re-engineer health care clinic
Full ArticleWhat began as an MBA class project at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management ended up applying factory management techniques that hold promise for improving medical clinic productivity and quality. Herbert Moskowitz, Lewis B. Cullman Distinguished Professor of Manufacturing Management, said the student-faculty team's approach to improving health care clinic operations is, of necessity, "multipronged".
East Alabama Medical Center selects WebVMC to provide remote disease management services for home health patients
Full ArticleEast Alabama Medical Center, a regional referral centre serving a five-county market area, has signed a partnership with WebVMC, developer of a system enabling anytime, anywhere virtual medical care technology for remote disease management.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Fan-less solid state Tangent Rugged Mini provides power savings to health care industry
Full ArticleIn hospitals, the computers that are used with point-of-care carts have high power consumption. This causes frequent re-charging, short battery life and premature battery failure. With battery prices over $1000, battery life and time between re-charges are critical financial and patient care issues. To solve the high power consumption problem, Tangent Inc., a provider of technology solutions for health care, education and government markets, has developed a unique mobile computing solution, called the Rugged Mini.
International Master on Medical Informatics and Telemedicine to start in January 2007
Full ArticleThe International Institute of Tele-Medicine (IITM) will organise an International Master on Medical Informatics and Telemedicine in collaboration with @ITIM, the Italian Association of Telemedicine and Medical Informatics, starting in January 2007 and ending in December 2007, at the Polo Tecnologico Universitario in Desio, near Milan, in Italy. The registration deadline is November 5, 2006.
Deaf Link and DoD CAP programme to help deaf employee work and live successfully overseas
Full ArticleThe United States Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy, is at work breaking down recruitment and workplace barriers with the hiring of its newest employee under the Workforce Recruitment Programme (WRP) for college students with disabilities, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Labor (DoL).
Vision Objects and iRex Technologies partner to deliver innovative portable electronic writing and reading solutions for businesses
Full ArticleVision Objects, provider of the industry standard in handwriting recognition and iRex Technologies BV, a supplier of solutions for reading written digital content, have signed a technology partnership. iRex's E-reader called "iLiad" combines revolutionary electronic paper display and best-in-class MyScript handwriting recognition to build business to business applications.
FDA seeking comments on use of identifier system for medical devices
Full ArticleThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking information on how the use of a unique identifier system for medical devices may reduce medical errors, facilitate device recalls and improve medical device adverse event reporting. A notice will appear in the Federal Register. The agency is seeking public comment for the next 90 days. A public meeting is planned in the fall; FDA will provide details when they become available. The comments will be used to help the agency determine what next steps the agency should take related to a unique device identifier (UDI) system for medical devices.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Computer-aided detection improves early breast cancer identification
Full ArticleComputer-aided detection improves breast cancers in both screening and diagnostic patients according to a recent study done by a private practice radiologist in Santa Barbara, California. The study was conducted to evaluate the impact of CAD in a non-academic setting, most notably its effect on cancer detection in both screening and diagnostic patients. The positive predictive value (PPV) of biopsy recommendations, biopsy rate, and recall rate before and after the introduction of CAD were compared. Then, size, stage, and histology of cancers detected with and without CAD findings were evaluated.
Stroke rehabilitation assistance offered by modified home video game shows
Full ArticleEngineers at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, have modified a popular home video game system to assist stroke patients with hand exercises, producing a technology costing less than $600 that may one day rival systems 10 times as expensive. The Rutgers hand rehabilitation system is an example of virtual rehabilitation, which combines virtual reality - computer-generated interactive visual environments in which users control actions in a lifelike way - with traditional therapy techniques. Virtual rehabilitation gives therapists new tools to do their jobs more effectively and engages patients who may otherwise lack interest or motivation to complete normal exercise regimens.
Researcher brings space age to surgery equipment and procedures
Full ArticleThough robots were once the stuff of Star Wars and The Jetsons, commercially available systems have made robotic surgeries common in hospitals. Located just feet away from the surgeon, the systems are minimally invasive and offer surgeons better dexterity. Department of Defense-funded (DoD) researchers want to take that capability to the next level so surgeries can commence on battlefields with the surgeon's work being done by a robot that's miles away and connected by communication links.
Trading cuts for clicks: new Brigham Young University software performs virtual surgery
Full ArticleA new software tool developed by computer scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) will allow surgeons to instantly visualize any part of a patient's anatomy by extracting a 3D computer image from an MRI, CT scan or similar data with just a few clicks of the mouse. The tool, dubbed "Live Surface" by its creators BYU professor William Barrett and graduate student Chris Armstrong, also has special-effects applications - in similar fashion it can be used to extract a single actor's performance or inanimate objects from video clips.
Dextroscope changes the neurosurgical planning paradigm
Full ArticleImagine a technological breakthrough in which surgeons can virtually interact with imaging data and simulate their approach, all before a surgery ever begins. Well, it's here and now, thanks to Dextroscope. Six renowned institutions: Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, St. Louis University Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Johns Hopkins University Hospital are among the first to utilize this breakthrough imaging technology in the USA.
 

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