VMW Monthly - January 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents January 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Telemedicine improves breast screenings for rural Indian reservations
Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh team engineers muscle, bone cell differentiation with aid of ink-jet printer
U.S. National Health Information Network (NHIN) and Open Source Health Information Exchange (HIE) Solutions
Grants help Kansas University Medical Center expand telemedicine across Kansas and the Midwest
Montclair State University and Medical Missions for Children announce partnership for digital video library
 
Grid for Health
 
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center deploys Sun Compute Grid to uncover new ways to treat diseases
Supercomputing equipment to advance the frontiers of computational biology
First molecular simulation of a long DNA strand shows unexpected flexibility
New Zealanders donating computer time to global AIDS research
Grid Computing, Health Grids, and EHR Systems
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Pharmaceutical industry combats drug counterfeiting with Acsis RFID solution
Sonitor ultrasound indoor positioning system and Awarix enterprise patient care visibility system bring accurate patient, equipment and employee tracking to Medical Center East
Senior Independence Retirement Services selects WebVMC to provide remote disease management services for continuing care patients
McKesson announces live RFID application for real-time tracking
SmartTOUCH Medical introduces SmartSTIK-MD finger activated portable electronic medical record
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
eClinicalWorks to expand penetration in Indiana and Maine and to receive award from Frost and Sullivan
Accuray and Siemens announce collaboration to jointly develop enhanced radiosurgery and radiotherapy products
Medicsight announces market release of ColonCAR software with significantly improved reader performance in published CT colonography study
Kodak's Carestream PACS Platform integrates Orthoview Orthopaedic Templating Software and Kodak files with Health Canada for approval of its CR system for mammography
Emageon to resell Allscripts TouchWorks solution
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Storing the semantics embedded in digital shapes
Germany qualifies Gemalto for world's largest microprocessor card-based health care initiative
Mercury Computer Systems announces strategic co-operation with the Institute of Medical Physics of Erlangen for Cell BE processor-based solutions
Dimes Association and Forum Virium Helsinki launch information society co-operation between Finland and China
Med-e-Tel 2007, the International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT calls for participation
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Children's Hospital and Health System automates processes and improves operational efficiency with Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications
Hoag Hospital integrates multiple Viking 3Di Digital Vision Systems into operating rooms to create first 3D Surgery Center in Southern California
Silver Cross Hospital selects Misys EMR to improve clinical decision-making and patient care
Rockingham Memorial Hospital deploys EMC storage for core clinical systems
Lompoc Hospital selects Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR), document archive and imaging solutions
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Metro Atlanta Neurosurgery Foundation responds to health care crisis in West Africa using telemedicine
Verefi Technologies Inc. releases new suturing trainer for minimally invasive surgery
IBA Health signs $2,25 million licence extension with IPN in Australia
Surgeons start on-line competition in endoscopic procedures
IPcelerate launches bundled health care solution
 
VMWC news bites
 
Johns Hopkins researcher gives robotic surgery tools a sense of touch
First two residents of Binghamton University's Start-Up Suite prepare to take nanotechnology to market
Operating room skills could be improved using data collected from robotic medical tools
Clinical simulation technology used to improve communication of medical teams
Living view in animals shows how cells decide to make proteins
 

Leads January 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Telemedicine improves breast screenings for rural Indian reservations
Full ArticleNative American women who live in North Dakota and South Dakota are coming to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center for their mammograms without ever leaving the reservation. University of Michigan radiologists sought to improve delivery of traditional mobile mammography, in which a large truck equipped with mammography machines travels to various sites. Using digital mammography instead of films and adding satellite capability, they found the digital mammograms could be beamed to radiologists who could read them in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh team engineers muscle, bone cell differentiation with aid of ink-jet printer
Full ArticleA Pittsburgh-based research team has created and used an innovative ink-jet system to print "bio-ink" patterns that direct muscle-derived stem cells from adult mice to differentiate into both muscle cells and bone cells. The results, which could revolutionize the design of replacement body tissues, were presented at the 46th annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Diego by Julie (Jadlowiec) Phillippi, a Carnegie Mellon University post-doctoral research fellow supported by the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative.
U.S. National Health Information Network (NHIN) and Open Source Health Information Exchange (HIE) Solutions
Full ArticleIn the United States, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) have clearly stated that the long-range strategy for a National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) requires a national health information network (NHIN) that can provide low-cost, secure data movement. They have stated that an NHIN is needed, along with a public-private oversight or management function to ensure adherence to public policy objectives. Development of this infrastructure is considered a vital national priority. The rapid formation and activities of Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) across the country represent major public and private sector collaborative efforts aimed at putting in place key components of the planned NHIN. Several of the health information exchange (HIE) systems proposed by the RHIOs make use of open source or "public domain" solutions.
Grants help Kansas University Medical Center expand telemedicine across Kansas and the Midwest
Full ArticleIn the 15 years since its founding, the Kansas University Center for TeleMedicine and TeleHealth (KUCTT) of the University of Kansas Medical Center has become one of the most active programmes of its kind in the world. This longevity and success has now been recognized in the form of two new federal grants, one of which will make the Center one of only four telehealth resource centres in the United States.
Montclair State University and Medical Missions for Children announce partnership for digital video library
Full ArticleMontclair State University (MSU) and Medical Missions for Children (MMC), host of a global telemedicine and teaching network that helps treat children in some of the world's poorest regions, have signed an agreement in which the University will serve as the digital repository for MMC's extensive video library of medical programming.
 
Grid for Health
 
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center deploys Sun Compute Grid to uncover new ways to treat diseases
Full ArticleCedars-Sinai Medical Center is now using a Sun Grid Rack system, comprised of 400 Sun Fire x64 servers, Sun StorageTek solutions, Sun N1 software and pre-integrated by Sun Customer Ready Systems, to process and analyse vast amounts of complex data in the pursuit of medical discoveries that could lead to new treatments for life-threatening and chronic diseases. One of the largest academic medical centres in the United States and an expert in clinical research, Cedars-Sinai expects to more than quadruple its previous data processing capacity using the Sun high-performance computing Grid, while also decreasing cost and power consumption.
Supercomputing equipment to advance the frontiers of computational biology
Full ArticleResearchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will continue to advance the frontiers of computational science with the help of IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer. Awarded under IBM's Shared University Research (SUR) programme, this Blue Gene will complement the $100 million partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and New York state to create one of the world's most powerful university-based supercomputing centres.
First molecular simulation of a long DNA strand shows unexpected flexibility
Full ArticleIt turns out that sequencing the human genome - determining the order of DNA building blocks - has not completely cracked the code of how DNA directs various cellular processes. In addition to the sequence of the base pairs, the instructions are in the packaging - how DNA is folded within a cell. Virginia Tech researchers used novel methodology and the university's System X supercomputer to carry out what is probably the first simulation that explores full range of motions of a DNA strand of 147 base pairs, the length that is required to form the fundamental unit of DNA packing in the living cells - the nucleosome. Contrary to a long-held belief that DNA is hard to bend, the simulation shows in crisp atomic detail that DNA is considerably more flexible than commonly thought.
New Zealanders donating computer time to global AIDS research
Full ArticleThe New Zealand AIDS Foundation is partnering with IBM New Zealand on World AIDS Day to help the fight against this deadly virus by harnessing the massive computational power of the World Community Grid, a global humanitarian effort that brings together the collective power of millions of individual PCs and business computers to address the world's most urgent challenges.
Grid Computing, Health Grids, and EHR Systems
Full ArticleThis article provides a high level overview of grid computing in healthcare at this point in time. In addition, the article also tries to bring into focus the relationship grid computing has to electronic health records (EHR) systems.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Pharmaceutical industry combats drug counterfeiting with Acsis RFID solution
Full ArticleAcsis Inc., an expert in connecting people, devices and supply chains, has launched its Serialized Track and Trace Solution which is gaining popularity in the pharmaceutical market. Leading drug manufacturers have turned to Acsis to help curb an alarming increase in drug counterfeiting that costs the industry approximately $2 billion a year.
Sonitor ultrasound indoor positioning system and Awarix enterprise patient care visibility system bring accurate patient, equipment and employee tracking to Medical Center East
Full ArticleMedical Center East (MCE), a 300-bed facility in Birmingham, Alabama, has contracted to install the Sonitor ultrasound indoor positioning system (IPS) along with the Awarix enterprise patient care visibility system to facilitate the tracking and monitoring of medical equipment, employees and patients and to visually broadcast this vital information to staff members throughout the hospital.
Senior Independence Retirement Services selects WebVMC to provide remote disease management services for continuing care patients
Full ArticleSenior Independence, a division of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS), Ohio's largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services, has signed a partnership with WebVMC, developer of a telehealth system enabling anytime, anywhere virtual medical care technology for remote disease management.
McKesson announces live RFID application for real-time tracking
Full ArticleMcKesson, a health care services, automation and information technology company, has implemented Horizon Real-Time Location System, the company's new radio frequency identification (RFID) solution, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Following a comprehensive evaluation period, Spartanburg is using the RFID solution to wirelessly track and electronically record the location history of 550 intravenous (IV) infusion pumps throughout its facility.
SmartTOUCH Medical introduces SmartSTIK-MD finger activated portable electronic medical record
Full ArticlesmartTOUCH Medical Inc., a subsidiary of bioMETRX Inc., is near completion of a revolutionary portable medical records device called smartSTIK-MD. smartSTIK-MD is a portable electronic medical records security device that allows patients to securely store and share physician generated medical records with other health professionals.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
eClinicalWorks to expand penetration in Indiana and Maine and to receive award from Frost and Sullivan
Full ArticleeClinicalWorks, specialized in unified EMR/PM systems, has expanded its penetration in Southern Maine with InterMed, P.A., and PrimeCare selecting eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution to streamline practice operations from patient check-in to check-out. The combined 130-provider practices also chose eClinicalWorks Web-based Patient Portal. Indiana's Hendricks Regional Health Medical Group (HRHMG), the medical network associated with Hendricks Regional Health, has chosen the very same eClinicalWorks solution to streamline practice operations for its 20 locations. In addition, Frost & Sullivan has selected eClinicalWorks as the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement in the North American ambulatory care provider market.
Accuray and Siemens announce collaboration to jointly develop enhanced radiosurgery and radiotherapy products
Full ArticleAccuray Incorporated and Siemens Medical Solutions have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of advanced imaging and software solutions targeted for use in both radiosurgery and radiotherapy. The two companies will jointly focus on the integration and optimization of Siemens computed tomography (CT) imaging technology with Accuray's CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. They will also work towards the integration of Accuray's advanced targeting techniques into Siemens radiotherapy product line.
Medicsight announces market release of ColonCAR software with significantly improved reader performance in published CT colonography study
Full ArticleMedicsight plc, a subsidiary of Medicsight Inc. has published a study in the December 2006 issue of Gastroenterology that showed Medicsight CAD (computer-aided detection) significantly improved reader interpretation of CT colonography. The paper was published with a directed editorial. Medicsight PLC's ColonCAR 1.2.1 has been validated through Memo to File. Medicsight's ColonCAR product is ready for market, based upon information available under a current Memo to File designation.
Kodak's Carestream PACS Platform integrates Orthoview Orthopaedic Templating Software and Kodak files with Health Canada for approval of its CR system for mammography
Full ArticleMarket-leading software that can assist orthopaedic surgeons in performing pre-operative planning and templating is now available as an optional feature integrated with Kodak Carestream PACS. The Orthoview Orthopaedic Digital Imaging Software adds new digital imaging tools and capabilities that can be used in treating both paediatric and adult patients.
Emageon to resell Allscripts TouchWorks solution
Full ArticleEmageon Inc., specialized in enterprise medical information technology systems for hospitals and health care networks, and Allscripts, a provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve health care, have signed a strategic alliance and re-seller agreement.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Storing the semantics embedded in digital shapes
Full ArticleDigital shapes are the cornerstone of design, modelling and simulation in fields throughout science and industry. The AIM@SHAPE project is developing an infrastructure to enable the description, processing and storage of digital shapes. Soon, no-one will need to redesign the wheel again. Digital 3D shapes, whether modelling a human kidney or the door-handle on a concept car, are crucial to modern science and industrial practice. Currently in widespread use for computer-aided design and manufacture, they are becoming crucial to genomic, proteomic and medical modelling.
Germany qualifies Gemalto for world's largest microprocessor card-based health care initiative
Full ArticleGemalto, specialized in digital security, is taking part in Germany's first health care pilot programme based on highly secure microprocessor cards. The Gemalto product is fully compliant with the latest specifications from Gematik, the organisation in charge of defining and approving the health care infrastructure, which enables the company to deliver cards to the pilot regions. Gemalto received first orders to supply and personalize patient cards for the regions of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine Westphalia and Saxony. The first trial phase commenced in December 2006, involving 70.000 units in 7 regions. A larger scale experimentation of 300.000 cards is due to start in 2007, which will be followed by mass deployment. This new advanced digital health care solution aims at reducing administrative costs and ensuring better delivery of services and benefits to citizens.
Mercury Computer Systems announces strategic co-operation with the Institute of Medical Physics of Erlangen for Cell BE processor-based solutions
Full ArticleMercury Computer Systems Inc. has signed a co-operation with the Institute of Medical Physics (IMP) of Erlangen, Germany, which is focused on the joint development and commercialization of medical imaging technology deployed on the Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor. Under the terms of the agreement, Mercury is working together with the IMP on designing and implementing ambitious reconstruction and visualization algorithms with real-time performance on the Cell BE processor, to deliver orders-of-magnitude performance increases while also reducing the complexity and costs of medical image processing systems. Together with IMP technology, Mercury will integrate the algorithms into high-performance Cell BE processor-based systems designed to significantly accelerate the reconstruction and visualization of medical imaging data for medical OEMs.
Dimes Association and Forum Virium Helsinki launch information society co-operation between Finland and China
Full ArticleDimes Association - Digital Media Service Innovations - Finland and Forum Virium Helsinki have signed a Finnish-Chinese agreement for wide-ranging information society co-operation with B-Star, the Shanghai Engineering Research Center for Broadband Technologies and Applications. The objective of the co-operation is the creation and testing of infrastructure and services for the future information society, while enhancing Finnish-Chinese practical joint venture research and business development. The initiative is co-ordinated by the Finland-China Innovation Center - FinChi - in Shanghai.
Med-e-Tel 2007, the International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT calls for participation
Full ArticleMed-e-Tel, the International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, is gearing up for its fifth edition in Luxembourg, 18-20 April 2007. With a proven track record of highly efficient and effective networking, Med-e-Tel attracts yearly a highly qualified audience of industry representatives, government officials, health care providers, payers/insurers and researchers from 50 countries around the globe.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Children's Hospital and Health System automates processes and improves operational efficiency with Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications
Full ArticleChildren's Hospital and Health System has successfully implemented Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications to create an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is helping the hospital enhance operational efficiency and productivity.
Hoag Hospital integrates multiple Viking 3Di Digital Vision Systems into operating rooms to create first 3D Surgery Center in Southern California
Full ArticleHoag Hospital, Newport Beach, California, has purchased multiple Viking 3Di Digital Vision Systems for use in the hospital's Women's Center operating rooms. Hoag Hospital intends to use this newly acquired technology to offer patients 3D minimally invasive surgery (MIS), one of the first hospitals to do so in the region.
Silver Cross Hospital selects Misys EMR to improve clinical decision-making and patient care
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems and Silver Cross Hospital have signed a partnership to extend the hospital's "Health e-Way" clinical information system into the region's first enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR) system using Misys solutions. Silver Cross, a 400-physician hospital located southwest of Chicago, will install Misys EMR and Misys Tiger in the hospital's physician offices and integrate the system with the hospital's current EMR using Misys Connect. When implemented, the completed Health e-Way EHR solution will allow the sharing of patient information throughout all offices in the health system. The highly advanced, easy-to-use Misys technology will provide real-time data sharing and will assist physicians in making rapid, clinically-informed decisions leading to improved patient care.
Rockingham Memorial Hospital deploys EMC storage for core clinical systems
Full ArticleRockingham Memorial Hospital in Virginia deployed EMC Corporation's CLARiiON CX3 storage systems and EMC NetWorker and EMC SnapView back-up software to provide the capacity and performance needed for its core clinical and financial systems.
Lompoc Hospital selects Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR), document archive and imaging solutions
Full ArticleLompoc Hospital, a 60-bed, rural California facility has selected Optio's subscription-based, Electronic Health Record (EHR), document archive and imaging solutions to improve the quality of patient care by accelerating the timely exchange of health care information.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Metro Atlanta Neurosurgery Foundation responds to health care crisis in West Africa using telemedicine
Full ArticleMetro Atlanta Neurosurgery (MAN) Foundation has developed a global initiative to establish sustainable health care systems within remote Third World villages through distance medicine and telemedicine technology. Through the "Adopt A Village" initiative, health care professionals in isolated communities around the world, who could previously only look forward to temporary medical missions, will be able to begin building a sustainable health care system.
Verefi Technologies Inc. releases new suturing trainer for minimally invasive surgery
Full ArticleVerefi Technologies Inc. of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, developer of EndoTower, RapidFire/SmartTutor, and Head2Head launched LapFAST, has introduced its new trainer for developing suturing skills in an abstract environment, at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago, Illinois on October 9-12, 2006.
IBA Health signs $2,25 million licence extension with IPN in Australia
Full ArticleIBA Health Limited, Australia's largest ASX listed eHealth company, has extended a licence agreement with Australia's leading operator of multi-disciplinary medical centres Independent Practitioner Network (IPN) Limited valued at $2,25 million for the ongoing use of IBA's health information technology which is implemented across all of IPN's medical centres.
Surgeons start on-line competition in endoscopic procedures
Full ArticleSurgeons in training can use an on-line programme to find out who performs best in endoscopic procedures. Usually, surgeons practise by means of simulators but now they can measure their skills on-line against the results of their colleagues, according to the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
IPcelerate launches bundled health care solution
Full ArticleIPcelerate Inc., a provider of advanced communications-based software applications, has introduced a pre-integrated, pre-configured bundled solution for health care organisations. IPcelerate's solution addresses the most critically needed and utilized features of health care customers, including two-way nurse call integration, increased patient and caregiver security through RFID integration, liability reduction and transcription facilitation with on-demand recording, and dial-out capabilities for information dissemination to patients and insurance companies.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Johns Hopkins researcher gives robotic surgery tools a sense of touch
Full ArticleBy substituting mechanical instruments for human fingers, robotic tools give surgeons a new way to perform medical procedures with great precision in small spaces. But as the surgeon directs these tools from a computer console, an important component is lost: the sense of touch. Johns Hopkins researchers are trying to change that by adding such sensations, known as haptic feedback, to medical robotic systems. "Haptic" refers to the sense of touch.
First two residents of Binghamton University's Start-Up Suite prepare to take nanotechnology to market
Full ArticleEvery academic researcher hopes that his or her discoveries will break new ground. And a growing number of Binghamton University faculty are working to make that ground the foundation of a profitable business. Howard Wang and C.J. Zhong have joined the ranks of Binghamton University researchers building toward commercial success. Howard Wang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, has worked to perfect electronic inks, infused with nanomaterials, that could find their way into wallpaper computer screens or clothes that regulate body temperature. C.J. Zhong, an associate professor of chemistry, has developed nanoparticle-based sensor arrays that could someday monitor air for noxious chemicals, or check diabetics' sugar levels without drawing blood. Both recently started firms to bring their discoveries to market, and both new companies are getting a boost in Binghamton University's Start-Up Suite.
Operating room skills could be improved using data collected from robotic medical tools
Full ArticleBorrowing ideas from speech recognition research, Johns Hopkins computer scientists are building mathematical models to represent the safest and most effective ways to perform surgery, including tasks such as suturing, dissecting and joining tissue. The team's long-term goal is to develop an objective way of evaluating a surgeon's work and to help doctors improve their operating room skills. Ultimately, the research also could enable robotic surgical tools to perform with greater precision.
Clinical simulation technology used to improve communication of medical teams
Full Article"Doctor, the patient's blood pressure is 80 over 60", says the nurse. But, focused on the patient's breathing difficulty, the doctor misses the blood pressure number and orders the nurse to inject a drug that may cause the blood pressure to drop even lower. This example is only part of a clinical simulation scenario, but such miscommunications between members of a medical team during actual treatments can lead to bigger problems. The Institute of Medicine estimates that medical errors are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, and poor communication can be a major source of those errors. In an effort to reduce mistakes, several centres around the country are using clinical simulators to learn how to improve patient care.
Living view in animals shows how cells decide to make proteins
Full ArticleScientists at Duke University Medical Center have visualized in a living animal how cells use a critical biological process to dice and splice genetic material to create unique and varied proteins. The scientists say the findings, made in mice, help explain a key wonder of human biology: how the same genes found in every cell of an individual's body can produce different proteins in different tissues and organs. These varied proteins, in turn, dictate the function of each tissue or organ.
 

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