VMW Monthly - December 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents December 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Joslin Diabetes Center launches Veraxa Health to meet large unmet patient need for timely detection of diabetic eye disease
Integrated approach to radiation therapy provides quality care for cancer patients
IBA forms Chinese joint venture to deliver health care through the internet and TV
3D ultrasound scanner could guide robotic surgeries
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center research to improve patient safety
 
Grid for Health
 
New software enables rapid response to time-critical emergencies
Breaking the medical image communication barrier with Grid computing
Acuo Technologies announces availability of Version 5.0 of DICOM Services Grid medical software
Harnessing Grid computing to save women's lives
San Diego Supercomputer Center helps speed high-tech drug design
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Philips announces new RFID asset tracking solution
Putting the smarts into your mobile life
Columba bracelet permits localisation of Alzheimer patients in the event of their getting lost or becoming disoriented
Cardiocom introduces GlucoCom blood glucose telemonitoring system to help diabetics improve glycemic control
Integris Health deploys MercuryMD MData Mobile to give physicians access to patient information via BlackBerry handsets
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Tangent announces product family for health care solutions
Telemedicine company eNotes Systems changes name to Veridigm
Accuray integrates in-room 4D imaging with the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system and launches three new products for lung cancer treatment
Philips delivers new radiology products that present clinicians with a clear view of patient data and a clear path to patient care
Cardinal Health releases RFID pilot results
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Genetic medicine - just over the horizon?
Opening European eHealth research programmes to new participants
MEDICA and ComPaMED 2006's position as global hub for the medical sector impressively confirmed
New software method for producing medical guidelines
eHealth - making clear the legal context
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution provides Smith Northview's physicians with remote access to lab results
Baystate Health turns to SEPATON for critical back-up of patient records
Global Med Technologies Inc.'s division, Wyndgate Technologies teams with Hospital Partners of America and Indiana Blood Center
Surgeons perform first robot-assisted procedures in weight loss, colon and gastric fields
Memorial Health gets Electronic Medical Records booster shot from IBM
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Informatics studentships available at Kingston University
Zargis awarded United States Army contract for telemedicine pilot version
Ascension and Trig Medical to present new 3D Guidance tracking tool at RSNA
Kodak and NDMA collaborate on product-integration initiatives to support mammography screening in Europe
ActivIdentity and InterComponentWare smart citizen health card technology recognised as best electronic health card system
 
VMWC news bites
 
Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, and Health IT Systems
Haptica and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to introduce new approaches to surgical education
Interactive virtual reality environment transforms surgical group collaboration and education
eHealth - Emerging Innovative Solutions and EHRs
Scientists use pixels to ease amputees' pain
 

Leads December 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Joslin Diabetes Center launches Veraxa Health to meet large unmet patient need for timely detection of diabetic eye disease
Full ArticleJoslin Diabetes Center, a global expert in diabetes research, care and education, has launched Veraxa Health Inc. as an independent company. The first for-profit spin-off in the centre's 100-plus year history, Veraxa will market the Joslin Vision Network (JVN), a proven retinal imaging device and clinical service developed by Joslin to address a significant patient need: detection and management of diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disorders. JVN is delivered via custom Joslin software and non-mydriatic cameras supplied by Topcon Medical Systems of Paramus, New Jersey, which also provided bridge funding to help accelerate Veraxa Health's growth in the market.
Integrated approach to radiation therapy provides quality care for cancer patients
Full ArticleResults from a University of Pittsburgh study demonstrate that intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can be uniformly delivered in a large health care system of academic and community cancer centres through a centralized planning and treatment process. The findings, presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in Philadelphia, demonstrate that patients can receive consistent quality of care despite geographic distances.
IBA forms Chinese joint venture to deliver health care through the internet and TV
Full ArticleIBA Health Limited, Australia's largest ASX listed eHealth company has signed a Heads of Agreement to establish a joint venture to enable the delivery of health care throughout China through the internet and television. The joint venture, with Shanghai-based Huashan Information Technology Co. Ltd. will enable the delivery of health care through a private network linking doctors and patients and enabling consultations over the internet; and a national interactive health channel on China's only internet protocol television (IPTV) service, BesTV. It will also provide advertising, e-purchasing and other content on the health channel.
3D ultrasound scanner could guide robotic surgeries
Full ArticleDuke University engineers have shown that a three-dimensional ultrasound scanner they developed can successfully guide a surgical robot. The scanner could find application in various medical settings, according to the researchers. They said the scanner ultimately might enable surgeries to be performed without surgeons, a capability that could prove valuable in space stations or other remote locations.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center research to improve patient safety
Full ArticleSheila W. Chauvin, M.Ed., Ph.D., Director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development at Lousiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center (HSC) in New Orleans, has been awarded a half million dollar grant to evaluate the influence of simulation on enhancing teamwork and a culture of patient safety in the operating room environment. The project was funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Chauvin's project takes interdisciplinary team training to the actual hospital leaders and staff to enhance teamwork and patient safety in the surgical setting.
 
Grid for Health
 
New software enables rapid response to time-critical emergencies
Full ArticleResearchers at the United States Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago demonstrated a new specialized software system at Supercomputing 2006 that provides computational resources quickly for emergency applications affecting public health, safety and security. This new system, called Special PRiority and Urgent Computing Environment (SPRUCE), supports urgent computing on both traditional supercomputers and distributed computational Grids.
Breaking the medical image communication barrier with Grid computing
Full ArticleUsing a new Grid computing system, radiologists, physicians and paediatric oncologists at 40 hospitals all over North America are now quickly and securely exchanging high-resolution medical images. One hoped-for result will be that the doctors of young cancer patients will know more quickly whose treatment is not working and be able to change course. Others include making second opinions from specialists anywhere easily available; and quicker, closer monitoring of ongoing clinical research and diagnostic practice.
Acuo Technologies announces availability of Version 5.0 of DICOM Services Grid medical software
Full ArticleAcuo Technologies, a company specializing in the creation of high-performance software for intelligent medical image management, storage, and data migration, has made available Version 5.0 of its DICOM Services Grid solution. This latest software version will enable end users to better reconcile, distribute, and maintain medical image data to improve work flow, efficiency, and reliability.
Harnessing Grid computing to save women's lives
Full ArticleBreast cancer is the most common cancer in women. In the European Union and the United States, one in eight will develop it at some point in their lives, and it will kill one in 28. But harnessing the power of the Grid could help increase the accuracy of diagnoses. Mammography examinations save thousands of women's lives every year. However the rate of misdiagnosis can be high - in some instances up to 30 percent. This is due in part to physical differences across patient populations, differences in equipment and procedures, and difficulty in using computers to help detect changes in breast tissue.
San Diego Supercomputer Center helps speed high-tech drug design
Full ArticleThe high-stakes task of designing new drugs relies on high-tech tools, especially computerized predictions of the 3D structure of proteins. Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California (UC) San Diego, contributing their massive computational capabilities to a collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington (UW) and IBM, have helped to achieve the largest-ever protein structure prediction, and completed the complex simulation in less than three hours, a task that previously took weeks.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Philips announces new RFID asset tracking solution
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics' Medical Systems division is introducing the Philips asset tracking solution, a turn-key solution used for locating hospital assets and improving efficiencies. Using Wi-Fi based technology by AeroScout Inc., the asset tracking solution is designed around the hospitals' existing 802.11 wireless infrastructure, allowing hospitals to leverage investments they have already made in their wireless technology.
Putting the smarts into your mobile life
Full ArticleThe team in the IST project CASCOM is developing a new platform for delivering flexible services on your chosen communications device. And the technologies employed read like a hit-parade of what's hot in hi-tech - the semantic web, intelligent agents, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and more. You're far from home, feeling sick and scared. You're on holiday and vulnerable and you need medical attention immediately. What do you do? If the CASCOM project succeeds, you would simply use your mobile phone's intelligent agent to locate a hospital and contact a doctor on the line for an immediate assessment. If the doctor wants to dispatch an ambulance, you don't even need your address. Your agent will supply the hospital agent with a GPS reference or your cell ID, so they can find you.
Columba bracelet permits localisation of Alzheimer patients in the event of their getting lost or becoming disoriented
Full ArticleThere are currently nearly 600.000 diagnosed Alzheimer's sufferers in Spain, some 60 percent of whom experience problems of disorientation and can become lost. In an attempt to offer a solution to this difficult situation, Medical Mobile Seguridad, Telefónica Móviles España and Eulen Servicios Sociosanitarios, together with the CEAFA - the Spanish Confederation of Families of Sufferers of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias - have unveiled the Columba bracelet in Madrid.
Cardiocom introduces GlucoCom blood glucose telemonitoring system to help diabetics improve glycemic control
Full ArticleCardiocom LLC, a telehealth disease management company, has launched its innovative GlucoCom Blood Glucose Monitoring Products and AutoLink Diabetes Telemonitoring System. Using advanced telehealth technology, blood glucose data is transmitted from the individual's GlucoCom Blood Glucose Monitor at home to the secure GlucoCom Diabetes Management web site. Diabetes patients can easily access custom reports that feature high and low alert limits, testing frequency and percent of normal readings by time of day. They can elect to share the information with their care providers.
Integris Health deploys MercuryMD MData Mobile to give physicians access to patient information via BlackBerry handsets
Full ArticleIntegris Health Inc., Oklahoma's largest not-for-profit health organisation, has added support for the use of MercuryMD's MData Mobile patient data information system on BlackBerry handsets. The combination of MData Mobile and BlackBerry gives Integris Health's clinicians fast and easy access to comprehensive patient medical record information from any location and at any time. MercuryMD is a Thomson health care business.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Tangent announces product family for health care solutions
Full ArticleTangent Inc., an expert for 17 years in computing solutions for education and government markets, has launched the "VITA" family of computer solutions designed to reduce costs while increasing performance and productivity for the health care industry.
Telemedicine company eNotes Systems changes name to Veridigm
Full ArticleTelemedicine company eNotes Systems Inc. has changed its name to Veridigm Inc. The announcement was made by the company's President and CEO, Jeff Flammang. Veridigm is a telemedicine company connecting health care providers with patients remotely via "live" real-time two-way video, audio, and medical data communications. The company has applied for a new trading symbol and will be trading under its existing symbol until the new symbol has been assigned.
Accuray integrates in-room 4D imaging with the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system and launches three new products for lung cancer treatment
Full ArticleAccuray Incorporated, a global expert in the field of robotic radiosurgery, has introduced the industry's first solution that combines the power of robotic radiosurgery with either 3D or 4D diagnostic quality computer tomography (CT) scanning in the treatment room. With advanced imaging technology, clinicians can visualize the exact location of the tumour and its surrounding critical structures, immediately prior to treatment, to ensure the radiosurgery procedure delivers the treatment as planned.
Philips delivers new radiology products that present clinicians with a clear view of patient data and a clear path to patient care
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has introduced the Philips BrightView SPECT system, a compact nuclear medicine camera that offers exceptional image quality and is highly scalable to meet varying customer requirements. This system, along with other new solutions, such as Philips GEMINI TF combined PET/CT system, Philips xLNA computer-aided detection (CAD) software, Philips Achieva 3.0T X-series, and Philips Live 3D guidance tools, are showcased at the 92nd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.
Cardinal Health releases RFID pilot results
Full ArticleCardinal Health Inc., a provider of products and services supporting the health care industry, has released the results from the first end-to-end test of a technology that could further improve the safety and efficiency of the United States' pharmaceutical supply chain. The pilot programme tested whether ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) tags could be applied, encoded and read at normal production speeds during packaging and distribution of pharmaceuticals. Verifying the authenticity of medications along each step of the distribution process adds an additional layer of security to lessen the chance of counterfeit pharmaceuticals entering the supply chain. It is also hoped that RFID data could improve efficiencies in the supply chain.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Genetic medicine - just over the horizon?
Full ArticleGenetic medicine promises a revolution in health care. But major obstacles remain, not least the complexity of extrapolating clinical practice from organic molecules. But the INFOBIOMED team hopes to link biological and medical informatics in a bid to make genetic medicine a reality.
Opening European eHealth research programmes to new participants
Full ArticleAs Europe's population ages, improving health care and inclusion for the elderly is becoming a fast expanding field of research. But researchers in the new member states and candidate countries have been slow to take advantage of IST funding and co-operation in these areas. The EPIST project team sought to change that.
MEDICA and ComPaMED 2006's position as global hub for the medical sector impressively confirmed
Full ArticleThe world's largest medical fair MEDICA plus ComPaMED, an international trade fair for upstream supplies in medical production, have impressively confirmed their position as the global hub in the medical sector. Over the four days of the fair organisers registered a total of 137.500 trade visitors including those attending the accompanying MEDICA Congress and the German Hospital Conference "Deutscher Krankenhaustag" (2005: 137.100). Around 40 percent of the visitors came from abroad with a rise in trade visitors particularly from the new European Union states.
New software method for producing medical guidelines
Full ArticleMedical guidelines that lay down state-of-the-art rules for doctors are an important tool in modern medical practice. But though the number of guideline documents has proliferated in recent years, the quality, clarity and overall usefulness of the texts could be improved, resulting in even greater benefit to patients and medical practitioners. A team of European researchers working on the IST-funded Protocure II project set out to do just that, developing a method to make guidelines not only more accurate and useful to doctors, but also far easier for national health care authorities to generate and update. Most strikingly, they did it by looking at guidelines not as simple texts, but as modular software programmes that can be written in a programming language.
eHealth - making clear the legal context
Full ArticleeHealth services promise to improve the quality and provision of care while reducing costs. However questions exist over the legal and regulatory implications for particular eHealth services. One initiative, "Legally eHealth", aims to help remove those doubts. There is little current information available about the legal implications of eHealth. However growing interest in and implementation of eHealth systems is certain to bring this topic to the fore. Hence the interest in the Legally eHealth study.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution provides Smith Northview's physicians with remote access to lab results
Full ArticleSmith Northview Hospital, a 31-bed facility in rural Georgia, has selected Optio's subscription-based electronic health record (EHR) solution, QuickRecord, to provide physicians with remote access to lab results, an effort that will help the facility increase bottom-line revenue.
Baystate Health turns to SEPATON for critical back-up of patient records
Full ArticleSEPATON Inc.'s S2100-ES2 virtual tape library (VTL) is ensuring the rapid and reliable back-up of critical patient data for Baystate Health, a health services and delivery organisation based in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Baystate Health network includes three hospitals, physician offices, clinical centres, and home based and ambulatory services with more than 9000 employees.
Global Med Technologies Inc.'s division, Wyndgate Technologies teams with Hospital Partners of America and Indiana Blood Center
Full ArticleHospital Partners of America (HPA) is implementing Wyndgate's SafeTrace Tx transfusion management system at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Houston, Texas. St. Joseph's Medical Center is the second facility operated by HPA to implement Wyndgate's transfusion management system. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Meanwhile, Wyndgate Technologies continues to distinguish itself as a trusted partner to large donor centre clients and is partnering with Indiana Blood Center (IBC) for its SafeTrace donor management system.
Surgeons perform first robot-assisted procedures in weight loss, colon and gastric fields
Full ArticleUniveristy of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center surgeons are the first in North Texas to perform robotically assisted laparoscopic gastric-bypass and colon-resections surgeries. The procedures were performed using DaVinci, a four-armed robot controlled by the surgeon via a joystick. DaVinci can provide better camera views and more precise surgical manipulations than are available in traditional laparoscopic surgeries.
Memorial Health gets Electronic Medical Records booster shot from IBM
Full ArticleMemorial Health System has selected IBM to bring medical records on-line and provide physicians with real-time access to medical information to help deliver better patient-centric care. Memorial, comprised of a 477-bed hospital and 15 facilities throughout Colorado Springs, has chosen a range of IBM hardware, software and services to accelerate the usage of electronic medical records for more than 1400 physicians and staff that access its services.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Informatics studentships available at Kingston University
Full ArticleKingston University is currently offering PhD studentships in a number of research projects in health computing and informatics subjects available immediately within the Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics.
Zargis awarded United States Army contract for telemedicine pilot version
Full ArticleZargis Medical Corporation, a spin-off from Siemens Corporate Research and a majority-owned subsidiary of Speedus Corporation, has been awarded a $101.000 contract by the United States Army to develop pilot versions of a telemedicine system for use in cardiology.
Ascension and Trig Medical to present new 3D Guidance tracking tool at RSNA
Full ArticleAscension Technology Corporation is exhibiting its newest 3D Guidance tracking technology with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Partner Trig Medical at the Radiological Society of North America's (RSNA) annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, November 26 - December 1. The new device is a pulsed-DC magnetic tracker, singularly designed for medical procedures. It offers multiple sensors and transmitter options that can be customized for given procedures.
Kodak and NDMA collaborate on product-integration initiatives to support mammography screening in Europe
Full ArticleEastman Kodak Company's Health Group and National Digital Medical Archive Inc. (NDMA) are collaborating on product-integration initiatives that support the European mammography market's transition from analogue imaging to digital imaging and information technology.
ActivIdentity and InterComponentWare smart citizen health card technology recognised as best electronic health card system
Full ArticleActivIdentity Corporation, a global expert in digital identity assurance, and InterComponentWare AG (ICW), an international e-health specialist, have received the Sesames "Best Healthcare Application" award for their smart citizen health card solution ICW CAMSPlus. ActivIdentity accepted the award on behalf of both companies at the 2006 Cartes exhibition at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, and Health IT Systems
Full ArticleNanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize almost every industry including health care, pharmaceuticals, communication, computers, manufacturing, materials, energy, and security. Biologists, physicists, chemists, materials scientists, computational scientists, and mechanical and electronic engineers are all collaborating to share knowledge of tools and techniques and information on the physics of atomic and molecular interactions. This article attempts to pull together relevant information about the development of nanotechnology in health care to date, draw a relationship between nanotechnology and electronic health record (EHR) systems, highlight selected major issues, and offer a set of recommendations to health care organizations on possible next steps to take. In the coming decades, cheaper and high-performance nanotechnology solutions with much greater functionality than we are just starting to see today will dramatically change the daily business practices of health care provider organizations and the lives of their patients they treat.
Haptica and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to introduce new approaches to surgical education
Full ArticleHaptica, a world expert in surgical simulation, has signed a deal to supply surgical simulators to Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Endo-Surgery Division in a deal worth 1,25 million euro over 3 years. This Agreement follows a 1 million euro contract that Haptica completed in 2005 with Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. to develop the world's first augmented reality simulated surgical procedure - ProMIS HALC. The ProMIS HALC allows a surgeon to learn and practise a complete Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Colectomy on a totally simulated model.
Interactive virtual reality environment transforms surgical group collaboration and education
Full ArticleA breakthrough in neurosurgical collaboration and education using virtual reality technology was unveiled at the 56th Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Neurosurgeons utilize the Dextrobeam technology to discuss patient-specific surgical approaches with full detail and interactivity. Dextrobeam is a virtual reality environment with the power to transform multi-disciplinary group collaboration and medical education. Dextrobeam projects multi-modality, patient-specific CT, MRI and PET/SPECT images as Volumetric Interactive 3D objects. It provides neurosurgeons, radiologists, specialists and educators with virtual reality 3D images - on the large screen - allowing groups to gain a far deeper understanding of complex anatomical relationships.
eHealth - Emerging Innovative Solutions and EHRs
Full ArticleThe "e" in eHealth represents emerging technologies and electronic tools being designed, developed and deployed in support of the adoption of electronic health records (EHR). This article attempts to provide a brief review of major trends and highlights of changes in technology, processes and systems that will affect EHR deployment and the realization of improved quality of care. The article explores emerging technologies and innovative solutions that the authors believe will have an impact on healthcare organizations as they reach for performance excellence.
Scientists use pixels to ease amputees' pain
Full ArticleScientists at the University of Manchester are using 3D computer graphics to combat the pain suffered by amputees. Academics from the School of Computer Science and the School of Psychological Sciences have developed a virtual reality system, which gives the illusion that a person's amputated limb is still there. The computer system created by Dr. Stephen Pettifer and Toby Howard of the School of Computer Science, immerses patients into a life-size virtual reality world.
 

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