VMW Monthly - November 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents November 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Canadian Society of Telehealth positions telehealth to advance in Canada and is strengthened by the Aboriginal Telehealth Knowledge Circle
Eastern North Carolina Community takes radical approach to fight two major health problems
Georgia Tech, Emory and Medical College of Georgia partner on Nanomedicine Center
High-speed Internet2 link revolutionizes global medical education
Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative selects Wellogic to build Health Information Exchange Infrastructure
 
Grid for Health
 
Metavante Healthcare Payment Solutions chooses Egenera for virtualization
In search of genes with AlmereGrid
NSF awards $4.5 million to researchers for study of protein folding mechanisms
Terra Soft and Sony to build world's first Cell cluster for life sciences applications
HealthGrid 2007 Organizing Committee issues Call for Papers
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Medic4all's telemedicine system granted FDA approval
Healthcare@Everywhere in the 21st Century - From Inpatient and Outpatient Settings to Everywhere
Catholic Health System Home Care selects McKesson's advanced remote monitoring solution to reshape home care delivery
Siemens Business Services and MedicAlert launch pilot project for medical emergencies
Wayport and Catalis join forces to optimize medical office visits
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Hologic to showcase latest in women's imaging and skeletal health innovations at RSNA'06
NeuroSentinel.COM improves physician supervision of surgical neurophysiology using iLinc Web Conferencing
Evotec Technologies installs plate::explorer and Opera for high throughput screening at the Genome Research Institute
Passfaces Online Authentication Company signs partnership agreement with Thornberry Ltd.
Vital Images and Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation launch SUREPlaque coronary plaque characterization software
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Ninth European Health Forum Gastein 2006 covers diverse range of aspects in European health care policy
Helping Parkinson's disease sufferers live a better life
European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures presents roadmap and identifies 35 projects
Automating insulin delivery for critically ill patients
Getting eHealth to live up to its promise
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Triad Hospitals Inc. rolls out Optio's proven electronic forms solution to 52 acute-care and ancillary facilities
Three-dimensional, miniature endoscope opens new diagnostic possibilities
New research supports Alexian CT Lung Scan technology
Fairview Hospital to use remote foetal monitoring technology
Viatronix announces the installation of its V3D-Colon system at fourteen hospitals in France
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Telemedicine robots help improve health at University of Queensland
Computational Intelligence in Medical Imaging: Techniques and Applications - Call for Chapters
Virtual colonoscopy considerably more expensive
Ascension to launch new 3D Guidance tracker at TCT 2006
CapsuleTech releases DataCaptor 5.0 with plug and play generic connectivity
 
VMWC news bites
 
Health information search engines emerge, according to expert at 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine
DNA computing targets West Nile Virus and other deadly diseases
Understanding Open Solutions and Terminology in Healthcare
PreOp Mentor Simulator another industry first success for Simbionix
Simulation in a virtual combat environment puts surgical skills to the test
 

Leads November 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Canadian Society of Telehealth positions telehealth to advance in Canada and is strengthened by the Aboriginal Telehealth Knowledge Circle
Full ArticleThe Aboriginal Telehealth Knowledge Circle (ATKC) will be joining the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST) as a Special Interest Group (SIG). The ATKC is recognized nationally for its contribution to Aboriginal telehealth knowledge transfer and promotion of community based practice development, and will continue to actively develop and support Aboriginal telehealth as the Canadian Society of Telehealth's ATKC-SIG. In addition, CST and Canada Health Infoway plan to work together to advance telehealth, defined as health care practised at a distance.
Eastern North Carolina Community takes radical approach to fight two major health problems
Full ArticleAn innovative new programme to improve the health in one of the United States' most disadvantaged areas is underway, using in-home monitoring, in-home vital signs monitoring and telehealth kiosks in senior centres, churches and schools to fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The telehealth kiosk is a RemoteNurse with a swipe card feature so that patients can use a card to access their individualized programme. Kiosks allow many patients to use one monitor.
Georgia Tech, Emory and Medical College of Georgia partner on Nanomedicine Center
Full ArticleThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and Medical College of Georgia (MCG) a grant to partner on a Nanomedicine Development Center (NDC) that will focus on DNA damage repair. With up to $10 million in funding, the centre will be Georgia Tech and Emory's third NIH-funded nanomedicine/nanotechnology centre in less than two years.
High-speed Internet2 link revolutionizes global medical education
Full ArticleImagine Johns Hopkins faculty members performing microsurgery in Tanzania from a computer terminal in a Baltimore operating room, or health care experts in Vietnam presenting an avian influenza patient to medical students gathered in the Hopkins outpatient centre. These are some of the possible applications of a high-tech Internet communication system that will be used for the first time to link Johns Hopkins faculty with clinicians in India.
Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative selects Wellogic to build Health Information Exchange Infrastructure
Full ArticleThe Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) has selected Wellogic as its technology vendor to build a health information exchange connecting three hospitals and more than 100 physician practices, as well as reference labs, imaging centres, pharmacies, and other health care service providers and trading partners. Development of this exchange utility marks the second phase of MAeHC's charter to bring together the state's major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an interoperable electronic health record (EHR) system that will enhance the quality, efficiency and safety of care in Massachusetts.
 
Grid for Health
 
Metavante Healthcare Payment Solutions chooses Egenera for virtualization
Full ArticleMetavante Corporation has deployed the Egenera BladeFrame system within its health care payments division. Metavante Healthcare Payment Solutions will use Egenera solutions to support health care account enrollment/opening, account processing and its industry-leading proprietary benefit debit card application and platform.
In search of genes with AlmereGrid
Full ArticleDuring the official launch event of the Dutch AlmereGrid project, Danielle Posthuma from the Free University of Amsterdam held a key lecture on her scientific gene marker research which concentrates on the study of twins to determine how differences in genetic structures constitute the basis for differences in physical length, eye colour, sports participation, smoke behaviour, or other physical and social features among human individuals. This type of research is intensively supported by the computational calculations performed within the AlmereGrid infrastructure.
NSF awards $4.5 million to researchers for study of protein folding mechanisms
Full ArticleIn an effort to shed new light on what is known as the "protein folding problem" - the deciphering of rules for encoding protein structure by its DNA sequence - researchers led by Shimon Weiss of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have been awarded more than $4,5 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research programme to study the effects of the folding environment on protein folding mechanisms.
Terra Soft and Sony to build world's first Cell cluster for life sciences applications
Full ArticleTerra Soft will construct the world's first Cell-based supercomputing cluster. In the fall of 2005, Terra Soft was contacted by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) to develop and manage a supercomputing cluster built upon the IBM Cell Broadband Engine and the Linux OS. This spring, Terra Soft was contracted by Sony and in August completed the construction of a 3000 square-feet supercomputing facility capable of housing 2400 1U systems. In this remodelled extension to the Loveland, Colorado headquarters, Terra Soft will construct a test cluster and a substantially larger production cluster.
HealthGrid 2007 Organizing Committee issues Call for Papers
Full ArticleThe HealthGrid 2007 conference, now already in its fifth edition, will be held at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland from April 24 to 27, 2007. People interested in Grid computing for life sciences and health care applications are invited to submit their contribution. The paper submission deadline is December 23, 2006.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Medic4all's telemedicine system granted FDA approval
Full ArticleThe United States Food and Drug Administration has granted a 510(k) approval to Medic4all's telemedicine system (VMS-01). The VMS-01 is intended to collect and transmit physiological information, such as glucose levels, via standard telephone lines or the Internet to local or remote computer systems for use by the patient or a health care professional. Medic4all's telemedicine system is commercially available.
Healthcare@Everywhere in the 21st Century - From Inpatient and Outpatient Settings to Everywhere
Full ArticleThis article takes a look at the person centered healthcare world of 2020 that will take integrative medicine to the next level. It discusses eHealthcare and Medical Informatics systems and their evolution from being focused on inpatient and outpatient services to providing healthcare services anywhere a person may be - at work, home or play. This article attempts to deliver an overview of some major developments one should be aware of as you prepare to navigate effectively through the next several decades.
Catholic Health System Home Care selects McKesson's advanced remote monitoring solution to reshape home care delivery
Full ArticleIn a major step to enhance its service outreach, Catholic Health System Home Care (CHS Home Care) of Buffalo, New York, recently selected McKesson's Telehealth Advisor advanced remote monitoring and disease management system to provide telemonitoring services for its home care patients. As one of the largest home care providers in Western New York, CHS Home Care employs more than 400 associates who care for thousands of patients daily in a variety of settings. By partnering with McKesson for telehealth capabilities, CHS Home Care's goal is to achieve co-ordinated clinical care across settings and programmes by enabling daily connection with chronic disease patients outside the scope of traditional home care.
Siemens Business Services and MedicAlert launch pilot project for medical emergencies
Full ArticleIn the United States, Siemens Business Services and MedicAlert recently launched a very first project to test the use of RFID in improving emergency care for medical patients. Soon some 3500 out of four million MedicAlert members will carry a special plastic identification card with them at all times. This card holds their critical medical information on an RFID chip, so that, in the event of an emergency, paramedics equipped with PDAs need only seconds to access critical patient medical condition and allergy data and on arrival at the hospital, secure and immediate access to the MedicAlert patient database is set up automatically, providing hospital staff with the patient's detailed medical information.
Wayport and Catalis join forces to optimize medical office visits
Full ArticleWayport Inc., a provider of network services, technology and application support to mobile users and Catalis Inc., the creator of the world's first graphical health record (GHR), have signed an agreement utilizing Wayport's technology and network capabilities, including the support of wireless devices that enable Catalis's electronic health records system. This collaboration will enhance the traditional clinic experience for both doctors and their patients.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Hologic to showcase latest in women's imaging and skeletal health innovations at RSNA'06
Full ArticleHologic Inc., a provider of state-of-the-art diagnostic and digital imaging systems for women's imaging and skeletal health, will be one of the exhibitors at the 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 26 to December 1, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Hologic's theme for the show is "Better Together", to emphasize how the company has integrated the people and resources of R2 Technology and Suros Surgical Systems into Hologic's vision of making a difference in the lives of women everywhere.
NeuroSentinel.COM improves physician supervision of surgical neurophysiology using iLinc Web Conferencing
Full ArticleNeuroSentinel.COM, a provider of management solutions for clinical neurophysiology, has deployed iLinc's Web Conferencing software to complement its secure telemedicine platform and other medical diagnostic data management solutions. NeuroSentinel.COM offers a HIPAA-compliant data centre for providers of diagnostic testing, supervising neurophysiologists, and interpreting physicians.
Evotec Technologies installs plate::explorer and Opera for high throughput screening at the Genome Research Institute
Full ArticleEvotec Technologies GmbH, a supplier of innovative tools and technologies for life sciences and pharmaceutical drug discovery, the Genome Research Institute (GRI) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have successfully installed at the GRI a plate::explorer with Opera High Content Screening extension to provide the scientific community with high throughput and high content screening (HTS/HCS) capabilities.
Passfaces Online Authentication Company signs partnership agreement with Thornberry Ltd.
Full ArticlePassfaces Corporation and Thornberry Ltd. have signed a strategic partnership agreement under which Thornberry Ltd. will integrate Passfaces patented authentication product into its existing information management software to enable health care clients to further strengthen HIPAA privacy and security requirements by augmenting existing passwords. The terms of this agreement allow Passfaces to be built into the Thornberry NDoc information management system to better protect sensitive patient information on desktops and laptops via local networks and the web.
Vital Images and Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation launch SUREPlaque coronary plaque characterization software
Full ArticleVital Images Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software, and Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, have released SUREPlaque coronary plaque characterization software. Developed through a technical collaboration between Vital Images and Toshiba, SUREPlaque is designed to aid in the evaluation and characterization and quantification of plaque inside the coronary arteries.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Ninth European Health Forum Gastein 2006 covers diverse range of aspects in European health care policy
Full ArticleThe 9th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), which took place from 4 to 7 October 2006 in Bad Hofgastein, was a complete success. With nearly 600 participants from 41 countries, it was the best attended forum so far. The range of topics was also impressive, with 20 plenary sessions, fora and workshops held. The focal points of this year's forum were of particular interest for patients. Several events addressed different aspects of quality assurance in the health care industry. The topic of cross-border co-operation was especially current as a result of the release just a few days ago of a memorandum by the European Union (EU) Commission on the planned EU Health Directive. The directive is crucial for the extent to which patients will be able to claim benefits for services in other countries within the EU. At the EHFG longer-term perspectives for migration in health care professions were also discussed, focusing on the somewhat less observed migration of highly-qualified personnel, doctors in particular. Here follows an overview of the hottest themes addressed.
Helping Parkinson's disease sufferers live a better life
Full ArticleParkinson's disease affects an estimated one in every 500 people in Europe - it is the second most common disease after Alzheimer's. With so many afflicted, one research team is trying to help people with Parkinson's living at home to overcome the social exclusion its symptoms can cause.
European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures presents roadmap and identifies 35 projects
Full ArticleThe European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) is presenting the first European roadmap for new, large-scale Research Infrastructures, based on an international peer-review, which was adopted by the Forum at its meeting of 28-29 September, 2006. The ESFRI Roadmap is the result of an intensive two-year consultation and peer review process involving over 1000 high level European and international experts. The Roadmap identifies 35 large scale infrastructure projects, at various stages of development, in seven key research areas including Environmental Sciences; Energy; Materials Sciences; Astrophysics, Astronomy, Particle and Nuclear Physics; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Social Sciences and the Humanities; Computation and data Treatment. The list covers among others projects as the European Polar Research Icebraker, high power lasers, biobanks, large optical telescopes, high power computing services and the upgrade of the European Social Survey.
Automating insulin delivery for critically ill patients
Full ArticleThousands die or suffer prolonged illness every year, simply because intensive care units are unable to monitor their patients' glucose levels during recovery. One European Union project may have solved the problem. It is called CLINICIP, the Closed Loop INsulin Infusion for Critically Ill Patients.
Getting eHealth to live up to its promise
Full ArticleWith Europe's population ageing rapidly and the demand for health care growing, health care services need to become more efficient. However, little hard evidence is available on the contribution of eHealth solutions. Now one European Union project, eHealth Impact, has demonstrated that eHealth can provide enormous benefits - if the technology is properly implemented.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Triad Hospitals Inc. rolls out Optio's proven electronic forms solution to 52 acute-care and ancillary facilities
Full ArticleTriad Hospitals Inc., together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, has selected Optio Software Inc., a provider of affordable EHR, forms automation, advanced labeling and clinical document management solutions for the health care industry, to provide enterprise-wide electronic forms solutions throughout its 52 acute-care facilities in 16 states.
Three-dimensional, miniature endoscope opens new diagnostic possibilities
Full ArticleMassachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have developed a new type of miniature endoscope that produces three-dimensional, high-definition images, which may greatly expand the application of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In the October 19 issue of Nature, the team from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at MGH describes their prototype device and a demonstration of its use in a mouse model.
New research supports Alexian CT Lung Scan technology
Full ArticleNew research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that annual chest Computed Tomography (CT) scan screening of people who are at high risk for lung cancer may reduce the chance of death from the disease. Doctors estimate that 88 percent of the participants whose lung cancer was detected early via CT scan and treated will still be alive 10 years in the future. This rate is higher than the 70 percent five-year survival estimate generally associated with treated, early-stage lung cancer.
Fairview Hospital to use remote foetal monitoring technology
Full ArticleFairview Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to use a new wireless technology to monitor the progress of high-risk pregnancies and other obstetrics patients remotely. The wireless technology allows obstetricians to use their personal digital assistants (PDAs) or Smart Phones to remotely access foetal heart tracings, maternal contraction patterns, up-to-date nursing notes, and other critical, virtual real-time data transmitted from the hospital's labour and delivery unit.
Viatronix announces the installation of its V3D-Colon system at fourteen hospitals in France
Full ArticleViatronix Incorporated has successfully installed its V3D-Colon module for virtual colonoscopy at fourteen hospitals throughout France. Viatronix expects to install at additional sites in the coming months. All the hospitals are taking part in the STIC trial under the direction of Professor Denis Heresbach, Gastro-enterologist and Professor Yves Gandon, Radiologist from Rennes, France. The clinical trial will begin shortly and is expected to take twenty four months to complete.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Telemedicine robots help improve health at University of Queensland
Full ArticleUniversity of Queensland telemedicine researchers are using a robot named Eliza to conquer the tyranny of distance and improve delivery of specialist medical care to the bush. Eliza, who has begun work at Mt. Isa Hospital, is a creation of the University's Centre for Online Health, a world expert in telemedicine research.
Computational Intelligence in Medical Imaging: Techniques and Applications - Call for Chapters
Full ArticleIn 2008, a book on "Computational Intelligence in Medical Imaging: Techniques & Applications" will be published by CRC Press. Editors Gerald Schaefer, Aboul-Ella Hassanien and Jianmin Jiang are launching a Call for Chapters. The deadline for chapter proposals is December 15, 2006.
Virtual colonoscopy considerably more expensive
Full ArticleWake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researchers have found that "virtual" colonoscopy using a computer tomography (CT) scanner is considerably more expensive than the traditional procedure due to the detection of suspicious images outside of the colon. An abstract of the study was printed in the September 2006 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Ascension to launch new 3D Guidance tracker at TCT 2006
Full ArticleAscension Technology is showcasing its newest medical tracking device, 3D Guidance, at TCT 2006 - the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutic Conference and Exposition, in Washington, D.C., October 23-25, 2006. 3D Guidance tracks the position and orientation of one or more tiny sensors, enabling real-time guidance of medical instruments for minimally invasive, image-guided procedures. Sensors, ranging in diameter from 1,8 mm to 0,3 mm, are typically embedded in the distal tip of catheters, scopes and probes. Measurements are unaffected when used in close proximity to intravascular ultrasound arrays.
CapsuleTech releases DataCaptor 5.0 with plug and play generic connectivity
Full ArticleCapsuleTech, an expert in biomedical device integration solutions, has made available DataCaptor Interface Server 5.0, a significantly enhanced version of its connectivity system for integrating bedside medical devices into information systems.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Health information search engines emerge, according to expert at 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine
Full ArticleConsumer demand for more personalized health information will dramatically escalate for the foreseeable future because responsibility for all aspects of health decision-making is being shifted to consumers. One reason is that employers, facing unsustainable health care costs, are continuing to push wellness programmes and consumer-directed health plans that require employees to make more decisions about what, when, and where services should be accessed.
DNA computing targets West Nile Virus and other deadly diseases
Full ArticleResearchers claim that they have developed a DNA-based computer that could lead to faster, more accurate tests for diagnosing West Nile Virus and bird flu. Representing the first "medium-scale integrated molecular circuit", it is the most powerful computing device of its type to date.
Understanding Open Solutions and Terminology in Healthcare
Full ArticleHaving heard so many people recently using the terms "open systems", "open computing", and "open source" interchangeably, believing they all mean the same thing, the authors felt it was time to once again get back to basics and write a short article defining some of these terms and pointing out the critical differences between them.
PreOp Mentor Simulator another industry first success for Simbionix
Full ArticleSimbionix has unveiled its revolutionary PreOp Mentor Simulator (WIP) for a sneak preview during a "Live Broadcast" at Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapetuics (TCT) in Washington, DC where Dr. Bill Gray successfully performed a carotid intervention at Columbia University, New York on a patient after simulating the procedure on the PreOp Mentor a day earlier based on the actual anatomy of that patient. The PreOp case was performed in collaboration with PolyDimensions, Germany, a company specializing in high quality anatomical 3D-reconstruction from CT-Data.
Simulation in a virtual combat environment puts surgical skills to the test
Full ArticleTraditional medical training may not adequately prepare doctors in times of war. A unique study by human factors/ergonomics researchers in Norfolk, Virginia, concluded that virtual reality-based simulators can provide a safe venue for training military medical personnel in high-stress, high-workload conditions such as combat. The researchers presented their results at the Human Factors Ergonomics Society's 50th Annual Meeting in October 2006.
 

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