VMW Monthly - February 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents February 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Central Florida scientists' molecular discovery could help drugs target unhealthy cells
New molecular pathway could reveal how cells stick together
University of Arizona doctor leads virtual medical team for Amazon swimmer
Oregon Health and Science University studies of technology for healthy aging get boost
United States' capital welcomes its first electronic prescription
 
Grid for Health
 
Health Net selects Callidus software TrueComp Manager and TrueInformation solution for global enterprise incentive management
Sirene to connect Grid infrastructures in 12 European countries
Axolotl releases Elysium EdgeServer for hospitals and reference labs
From Sheffield to Singapore, international Grid battles malaria
Netezza data warehouse appliance helps Wolters Kluwer Healthcare deliver On-Demand analytics
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Cardiocom introduces Commander Cellular telehealth device and receives three Consumer Health World Awards for its AutoLink telemonitoring and GlucoCom blood glucose monitoring system
Two Minnesota institutions advance RFID technologies in health care
Could home telehealth make nursing homes obsolete for baby boomers?
Aerotel Medical Systems acquires the Tadiran LifeCare Line of personal wireless monitoring solutions from Tadiran Spectralink
Precision Dynamics Corporation and HP provide Chang Gung Memorial Hospital with RFID system for patient management
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Spectrum Laboratory Network selects Thomson Healthcare for anytime, anywhere delivery of patient and laboratory data
EP MedSystems and Philips launch new ultrasound platform for imaging cath lab procedures
Solos Endoscopy to introduce new system for the early detection of breast cancer
Sun Microsystems powers world-leading London Centre of Nanotechnology
Healthvision expands its Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) interoperability with sixth Electronic Medical Record (EMR) partnership
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
NHIF assigns pilot project for Bulgarian Electronic Health Card to ICW and Cisco
New centre for research into health information at Swansea University in Wales
Max Delbrück Center researchers discover new function of cardiac sodium pump
Spanish scientists reveal dynamic map of proteins
European Union policy makers asked to do more to stop cervical cancer
 
The 21st century hospital
 
St. Luke's Health System in Idaho selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM solution
Washington Hospital to be among first facilities in the world to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion
Hamilton General streamlines hospital operations and improves patient safety with Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution
ORLive presents robotic-assisted hysterectomy for endometrial cancer with staging
New model to cut hospital admissions launched to the UK National Health Service
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Thomson and A.D.A.M. partner to provide best-in-class consumer health information for health care organisations
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to launch GBP13 million scheme to speed up NHS imaging services
Eli Lilly extends co-operation with Optimata, developer of Virtual Patient Technology
New nanotechnology able to examine single molecules, aiding in determining gene expression
projectiondesign releases professional grade F20 projector with full BrilliantColor technology and SXGA+ resolution
 
VMWC news bites
 
Quantum biology - powerful computer models reveal key biological mechanism
UC Davis study finds simulation training cuts endovascular procedure times in half
Biomimetic Technologies project will create first soft-bodied robots
UCLA and Caltech chemists report important step toward building molecular computers
Robotic surgeons could be mending bones in the future
 

Leads February 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Central Florida scientists' molecular discovery could help drugs target unhealthy cells
Full ArticleUniversity of Central Florida (UCF) and University of California (UC) Riverside professors are a step closer to being able to deliver life-saving drugs through tiny molecules that would travel through the bloodstream and destroy only cancer-ridden cells. In a paper published January 18 in Science Express, the scientists describe how they got an adsorbate molecule or anthraquinone to pick up two carbon dioxide atoms and carry them in a specific direction on a flat copper surface. Their discovery helps scientists understand how they someday may be able to attach therapeutic drugs to molecules.
New molecular pathway could reveal how cells stick together
Full ArticleResearchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found a new pathway by which cells change their adhesive properties. With a $1,4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, they plan to fill in the details behind how cells decide to stick to a surface, which could lead to a better understanding of the importance of this pathway to the physiology and development of organisms.
University of Arizona doctor leads virtual medical team for Amazon swimmer
Full ArticlePhysicians at the University of Arizona (UA) are leading a virtual medical team to assist Martin Strel, a Guinness-record marathon swimmer, as he swims the Amazon River from Atalaya, Peru, to the Atlantic Ocean at Belem, Brazil. On February 1, Martin Strel will take his first stroke toward his goal of swimming 3375 miles or 5430 km in 70 days.
Oregon Health and Science University studies of technology for healthy aging get boost
Full ArticleOregon Health & Science University (OHSU), with help from Intel Corporation, is moving into the next phase of a research programme developing and testing new technologies to address the challenge of aging successfully. OHSU's Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH) is the first funded under a new programme of Intel's Digital Health Group called the Behavioural Assessment and Intervention Commons, or BAIC. The academic-industrial alliance, worth about $1 million over the next year for ORCATECH, is aimed at initiating and accelerating research into behavioural markers of disease, such as changes in walking and performance on computer games, that eventually translate into health-related products and services.
United States' capital welcomes its first electronic prescription
Full ArticleSureScripts, operators of the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange, has achieved that the first prescription has been transmitted electronically from physician to pharmacist in the United States' capital. Less than one month after the Washington, D.C. Board of Pharmacy adopted new rules making electronic prescribing legal, a D.C.-based Rite Aid pharmacy became the first to receive and process a new prescription electronically from a D.C.-based physician.
 
Grid for Health
 
Health Net selects Callidus software TrueComp Manager and TrueInformation solution for global enterprise incentive management
Full ArticleHealth Net Inc. has selected the Callidus Software TrueComp Manager and TrueInformation software to manage incentive compensation programmes for its Medicare Senior Products Division. Under the terms of the agreement, Health Net will be able to use Callidus' TrueComp Manager and TrueInformation modules for its agents and contracted producers in North America.
Sirene to connect Grid infrastructures in 12 European countries
Full ArticleRepresentatives from 12 smaller European countries signed a memory of understanding at the BEGrid offices in Brussels, stating their intention to couple their national Grids and exchange resources in such a way there will be one Grid covering all the nations. Countries involved include Nordic and Baltic countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia; and western and central European countries: Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. By joining forces, they not only want to create a seamless Grid, but also become an important player in Europe and worldwide. Organisations like D-Grid, for instance, welcome Sirene, because instead of having to talk to 12 small countries they can now talk to one representative organisation.
Axolotl releases Elysium EdgeServer for hospitals and reference labs
Full ArticleResponding to overwhelming demand for clinical connectivity, Axolotl Corporation has released version 2.1 of its Elysium EdgeServer which can be deployed separately from its related Elysium infrastructure. The EdgeServer is a non-intrusive, independent yet fully integrated application that links hospital and lab information systems to the ambulatory care community. In addition, Greater Rochester RHIO has selected Axolotl for health information exchange solutions and services.
From Sheffield to Singapore, international Grid battles malaria
Full ArticleMalaria kills more than one million people each year, most of them young children living in Africa. Now physicists in the United Kingdom have shared their computers with biologists from countries including France and Korea in an effort to combat the disease. Using an international computing Grid spanning 27 countries, scientists on the WISDOM - World-wide In Silico Docking On Malaria - project analysed an average of 80.000 possible drug compounds against malaria every hour. In total, the challenge processed over 140 million compounds, with a United Kingdom physics Grid providing nearly half of the computing hours used.
Netezza data warehouse appliance helps Wolters Kluwer Healthcare deliver On-Demand analytics
Full ArticleHealthcare Analytics, a unit of Wolters Kluwer Health, has selected the Netezza data warehouse appliance to provide on-demand analytics that can enhance delivery of key market data to pharmaceutical industry professionals. The Netezza data warehouse appliance replaces an existing Oracle data warehouse solution that was unable to keep pace with Wolters Kluwer Health's data requirement needs and increasing new business opportunities.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Cardiocom introduces Commander Cellular telehealth device and receives three Consumer Health World Awards for its AutoLink telemonitoring and GlucoCom blood glucose monitoring system
Full ArticleCardiocom LLC has released its new Commander Cellular home monitoring device for individuals with chronic high risk diseases such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and severe asthma. Commander Cellular is an enhancement to Cardiocom's FDA-registered Class II Commander home telemonitoring system, which has been in use since 2002 and has received the Disease Management Association of America's "Best Enabling Tool for Disease Management" Award. In addition, Cardiocom Multi-Disease Management is the recipient of three Consumer Health World Awards for excellence and advancement in products, service and programmes that enhance health care quality. Cardiocom was distinguished with two first place awards for "Best Monitoring Device/Service for Patients/Consumers" and "Best Initiative for Disease Management and Wellness".
Two Minnesota institutions advance RFID technologies in health care
Full Article3M and Mayo Clinic have demonstrated a successful pilot programme with the installation of a state-of-the-art radio frequency identification (RFID) system in Mayo Clinic's endoscopy surgical suites, where patient tissue samples are collected. 3M researchers visited Mayo Clinic's facilities to learn about their processes and systems requirements and established a solution that worked in Mayo Clinic's operations for specimen management.
Could home telehealth make nursing homes obsolete for baby boomers?
Full ArticleTelephone, internet and videoconferencing technologies that Baby Boomers used throughout their careers are now being applied to the health care industry in a way that could potentially revolutionize the future of their own long term care services, saving them both time and money while preserving their independence. Home telehealth technologies hold the promise of increased contact with physicians with fewer trips to the doctor's office and prolonged independent living for the aging population. Lifetime Care, a home health agency in Rochester, New York, partners with Honeywell to utilize the company's HomMed technologies. The HomMed Health Monitoring System guides patients living independently in their homes through the process of taking their vital signs such as weight, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature as scheduled. The system then asks the patient a series of pre-determined questions to assess his or her health for the day.
Aerotel Medical Systems acquires the Tadiran LifeCare Line of personal wireless monitoring solutions from Tadiran Spectralink
Full ArticleAerotel Medical Systems, a manufacturer of advanced transtelephonic telemedicine systems, has closed the purchase of Tadiran LifeCare division activities from Tadiran Spectralink, a highly specialized global supplier of advanced wireless communications solutions for critical missions. Tadiran LifeCare is a provider of innovative wireless monitoring solutions for improving people's health, safety and quality of life. Its products combine miniature biosensors with wireless technologies in order to provide peace of mind for users, their families and caregivers.
Precision Dynamics Corporation and HP provide Chang Gung Memorial Hospital with RFID system for patient management
Full ArticlePrecision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) and HP successfully have implemented a radio frequency identification (RFID) patient management system at Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), part of an 8800-bed health system in Keelung, Taiwan. CGMH implemented the RFID system in its operating rooms to improve patient safety by verifying and positively identifying patients, gathering real-time data, reducing risk of wrong-site and/or wrong-patient surgery, and ensuring compliance with hospital patient safety procedures or standard operating procedures. Since the implementation, CGMH has achieved 100 percent accuracy in patient ID in the OR.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Spectrum Laboratory Network selects Thomson Healthcare for anytime, anywhere delivery of patient and laboratory data
Full ArticleSpectrum Laboratory Network, a full-service regional clinical laboratory, will deploy Mercury across its affiliated network of hospitals in North Carolina and Tennessee. With these solutions from Thomson Healthcare, Spectrum's physician clients will be able to access critical laboratory results and patient information faster and more conveniently, helping them to make better decisions at the point of care.
EP MedSystems and Philips launch new ultrasound platform for imaging cath lab procedures
Full ArticleEP MedSystems and Royal Philips Electronics have introduced the new ViewMate II ultrasound system based on Philips Medical Systems' HD11 XE platform for use with EPMD's ViewFlex intracardiac (ICE) imaging catheters. As part of this joint development and distribution agreement, Philips will also offer an ICE option to its customers on the HD11 XE ultrasound system. The new system offers health care providers high performance ultrasound imaging modes, simplicity of operation, and a price point that allows easy adoption and expansion of ICE imaging in both advanced electrophysiology (EP) and interventional cath (IC) lab procedures.
Solos Endoscopy to introduce new system for the early detection of breast cancer
Full ArticleSolos Endoscopy Inc. has launched worldwide its new Solos Breast Endoscopy System. Solos Endoscopy will roll out the system to hospitals and doctors throughout the world. The Solos Breast Endoscopy System is ideal for performing Mammary Ductoscopy procedures, which allows physicians to examine the mammary ducts under direct visualization. Clinical studies have shown that Breast Endoscopy or Mammary Ductoscopy is capable of visualizing lesions consistent with ADH and early stages of cancer at dramatically smaller sizes than is currently possible through mammography.
Sun Microsystems powers world-leading London Centre of Nanotechnology
Full ArticleThe newly opened London Centre of Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Bio-Nano Centre (BNC), funded by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and London Development Agency (LDA), are using components of Sun Visualization System software to harness the world-class expertise of researchers across the physical, engineering and biomedical sciences, from University College London (UCL) and Imperial College, to help meet the needs of society and industry. In essence, LCN and the BNC combine London's leading technology and medical research institutions.
Healthvision expands its Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) interoperability with sixth Electronic Medical Record (EMR) partnership
Full ArticleHealthvision, a health care information technology (HIT) solutions provider, has added a sixth application partner to their e-Health Interoperability Exchange Partnership Programme, with the addition of the Misys EMR product. Healthvision's e-Health Interoperability Exchange Partnership Programme certifies that partner health IT applications, including EHR, EMR and e-prescribing, are able to exchange clinical patient data through the HIE platform according to the requirements outlined in ASTM's Continuity of Care Record (CCR) standard.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
NHIF assigns pilot project for Bulgarian Electronic Health Card to ICW and Cisco
Full ArticleThree general practitioners, five pharmacies, and 1000 patients will be included in the pilot project for a national electronic health card in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) assigned the implementation of the pilot project to the international eHealth specialist InterComponentWare AG (ICW) and Cisco, a major provider of routing and network security solutions.
New centre for research into health information at Swansea University in Wales
Full ArticleSwansea University's School of Medicine has set up a Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) to harness the research potential of routinely collected health and social care data. The research centre builds on the success of the iLAB, the Royal College of Physicians' patient activity data centre, set up at the School in 2004 to support consultant clinicians' information needs, and a number of other health informatics initiatives in the School. HIRU brings together a wide range of expertise in health informatics from across the School of Medicine, including information science, statistics, computing, mathematical modelling, epidemiology, and research methodology, to address important research topics. Minister for Health and Social Care, Dr Brian Gibbons, officially inaugurated the centre, at the HIRU launch event at the Marriott Hotel, Swansea.
Max Delbrück Center researchers discover new function of cardiac sodium pump
Full ArticleThe heart can only beat if electrically charged particles (ions) are transported back and forth across the plasma membrane of the heart cells. The sodium-potassium pump conducts this transport activity by pumping potassium ions into the cell interior and allowing sodium ions to flow out of the cell. Indirectly, it also regulates the concentration of calcium ions, which in turn control heartbeat. Patients with cardiac insufficiency receive drugs that affect the sodium pump in order to stabilize their heartbeat.
Spanish scientists reveal dynamic map of proteins
Full ArticleScientists from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), the Life Sciences Programme at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the National Institute for Bioinformatics (INB) have published a provisional "atlas" of the dynamic behaviour of proteins in the prestigious scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Proteins determine the shape and structure of cells and drive nearly all of a cell's vital processes. All proteins carry out their functions according to the same process - by binding with other molecules. Now, the scientists have compiled a map that shows them how proteins can move and form complexes, a valuable tool that will help them understand the basic functions of the molecules, but also what happens when they function incorrectly. Such a map opens vast possibilities for the design of new drugs.
European Union policy makers asked to do more to stop cervical cancer
Full ArticleA petition calling on the European Union (EU) institutions and national governments to do more to reduce the number of cervical cancer incidences was presented in Brussels on 23 January during the first ever European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Every year, around 50.000 women develop cervical cancer in Europe, and around 25.000 women die from it. Ironically, although cervical cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide, it is also one of the easiest forms of cancer to catch early and treat. Effective, organised screening programmes can prevent up to 80 percent of cervical cancers. The European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week was intended to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of screening, mobilise experts, and ensure that policy makers understand that the means are available to virtually eliminate cervical cancer.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
St. Luke's Health System in Idaho selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM solution
Full ArticleSt. Luke's Health System, a health care provider in Idaho, which also serves eastern Oregon and northern Nevada, has chosen eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution to streamline practice operations between locations and from patient check-in to check-out. Initially, there are nearly 300 providers implementing the client/server version of eClinicalWorks EMR/PM that will also make use of an interface that eClinicalWorks is developing with Siemens, St. Luke's hospital information system.
Washington Hospital to be among first facilities in the world to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion
Full ArticleImagine brain surgery performed without making a single cut. That dream will soon be a reality as Washington Hospital becomes among the first facilities in the world, and the first community hospital in the United States, to offer the most advanced system ever created for non-invasive treatment of brain disorders. The Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is a stereotactic radiosurgery treatment device that delivers doses of focused radiation to reach even the deepest brain tumours while sparing surrounding tissue.
Hamilton General streamlines hospital operations and improves patient safety with Optio's Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution
Full ArticleHamilton General Hospital, a 34-bed facility in Hamilton, Texas, has selected Optio's subscription-based electronic health record (EHR) and forms automation solution suites to streamline operations throughout the hospital and improve patient safety, while pro-actively building a legal EHR solution that will evolve as government requirements are defined.
ORLive presents robotic-assisted hysterectomy for endometrial cancer with staging
Full ArticleOR-Live.com, with technical assistance from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, including the UNC School of Medicine's Office of Information Systems/Digital Media Services, will present a webcast of a da Vinci robotic hysterectomy for endometrial cancer with staging, broadcast live from North Carolina Women's Hospital at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, on February 21, 2007. The minimally invasive procedure will be performed using the latest da Vinci Surgical System, the da Vinci S model, and will include a hysterectomy for endometrial cancer with emphasis on the para-aortic lymphadenectomy to surgically stage the disease.
New model to cut hospital admissions launched to the UK National Health Service
Full ArticleBritish National Health Service (NHS) clinicians will be even better equipped than before to identify patients with long-term conditions who are most at risk of unplanned and unnecessary hospital admissions, thanks to a new predictive risk model recently launched to the NHS. The Combined Predictive Model, developed by the King's Fund and their partners Health Dialog and New York University, is a newly developed method that the NHS can use to identify who to case manage. The model uses accident and emergency, inpatient, outpatient and General Practitioner (GP) data sources to identify those who are likely to be frequent users of hospital services in the future, allowing earlier interventions to be made.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Thomson and A.D.A.M. partner to provide best-in-class consumer health information for health care organisations
Full ArticleThomson Micromedex, a Thomson health care business, and A.D.A.M. Inc., a provider of consumer health information, have formed an alliance to provide consumer-oriented health, drug, and lab information to hospitals, health plans, health web portals, and pharmaceutical companies.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to launch GBP13 million scheme to speed up NHS imaging services
Full ArticleA GBP13 million project to create a digital imaging system, which will help speed up diagnosis and treatment for patients, has been launched at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) will spell the end for x-ray film as Chorley and South Ribble and Royal Preston Hospitals adopt digital technology which can provide high quality x-rays and radiological images, such as CT scans.
Eli Lilly extends co-operation with Optimata, developer of Virtual Patient Technology
Full ArticleOptimata Ltd. has signed a new and expanded collaboration agreement with Eli Lilly & Co. The new collaboration follows the successful completion of a pilot collaboration project with Eli Lilly and involves targeting additional drug candidates. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed. The pilot project utilized Optimata's proprietary Virtual Patient Technology and assisted in the clinical trial design of a novel anti-cancer cytotoxic compound.
New nanotechnology able to examine single molecules, aiding in determining gene expression
Full ArticleA new nanotechnology that can examine single molecules in order to determine gene expression, paving the way for scientists to more accurately examine single cancer cells, has been developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles' (UCLA) California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Veeco Instruments, a nanotechnology company. Their work appears in the January issue of the journal Nanotechnology.
projectiondesign releases professional grade F20 projector with full BrilliantColor technology and SXGA+ resolution
Full ArticleDesigned specifically for visually demanding professional installations the new F20 sx+ projector is the smallest projector in the comprehensive range offered by projectiondesign. The F20 sx+ features SXGA+ resolution (1400 x 1050) and brightness of up to 3300 lumens. As the world's first projector featuring a full implementation of Texas Instruments BrilliantColor, a wide range of configuration options is offered. This includes a range of different BrilliantColor colour wheels to ensure that every projector is fine-tuned according to its specific application.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Quantum biology - powerful computer models reveal key biological mechanism
Full ArticleUsing powerful computers to model the intricate dance of atoms and molecules, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have revealed the mechanism behind an important biological reaction. In collaboration with scientists from the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health, the team is working to harness the reaction to develop a "nanoswitch" for a variety of applications, from targeted drug delivery to genomics and proteomics to sensors.
UC Davis study finds simulation training cuts endovascular procedure times in half
Full ArticleA new study by the University of California (UC) at Davis researchers found that surgery residents trained on virtual reality simulators during a two-day course significantly improved their overall performance, including cutting procedure times in half. The study, which appeared in the January 2, 2007 edition of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, is the first to evaluate the efficacy of simulators in the training of vascular surgery residents with little to no hands-on experience in treating peripheral artery disease with catheters and other endovascular tools.
Biomimetic Technologies project will create first soft-bodied robots
Full ArticleWhile robots have moved from the realm of science fiction to a myriad of real-life uses, the potential of the "hard-bodied" robots of the 21st century remains limited by their stiff construction and lack of flexibility. A group of researchers at Tufts University has launched a multi-disciplinary initiative focused on the science and engineering of a new class of robots that are completely soft-bodied. These devices will make possible advances in such far flung arenas as medicine and space exploration.
UCLA and Caltech chemists report important step toward building molecular computers
Full ArticleA team of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and California Institute of Technology chemists reports in the January 25 issue of the journal Nature the successful demonstration of a large-scale, "ultra-dense" memory device that stores information using reconfigurable molecular switches. This research represents an important step toward the creation of molecular computers that are much smaller and could be more powerful than today's silicon-based computers.
Robotic surgeons could be mending bones in the future
Full ArticleResearchers at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Engineering are building a robot to mend broken bones. An early prototype called FleP, or Flexible Parallel Robot, has been designed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering to perform realignment surgery on fractures in long bones, such as the femur in the leg.
 

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