VMW Monthly - April 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents April 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
VistA Electronic Health Record (EHR) System: The Market Today and Tomorrow
State of California selects Bull Services' Business Intelligence solution to help improve health care outcomes, reduce fraud and abuse in Medicaid programme
University of California San Diego supercomputer simulations may pinpoint causes of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases
Pacific Rim researchers to collaborate on distributed bioinformatics analysis of avian flu using global computational data Grid
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences selects Spacenet's satellite-based transportable and emergency response communications services to enable mobile telemedicine programme
 
Grid for Health
 
Star-P helps MIT researchers visualize drug effects
AstraZeneca streamlines and integrates clinical image data with Oracle Database 10g
New digital Grid will link heart researchers worldwide
Sony Computer Entertainment joins Stanford University Folding@Home programme to further medical research
United Devices chosen by Bristol-Myers Squibb for replacement of cluster and Grid infrastructure
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Telehealth monitor based on open standards now available from RTX Healthcare
Capital BlueCross and Prematics to deploy comprehensive e-Prescribing service to Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley physicians
London asthma sufferers get space-based help
Cardiocom introduces Omnivisor Pro Telemonitoring Patient Management System with advanced features
Aruba Networks announces health care mobility initiatives
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Telehealth technology provider WebVMC increases growth by 400 percent in 2006
Physicians, dentists, and other medical providers connected for patient consultations through LifeSize Room
Global Med Technologies submits ElDorado Donor Doc to FDA and its SafeTrace Tx is chosen by Caldwell Memorial Hospital
Philips and Volcano Corporation to collaborate to strengthen cardiovascular imaging systems
IBM and Convergence CT team to provide clinical data warehousing for health care and life sciences
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Europe's largest research network Géant2 delivers flexible networking based on Alcatel-Lucent's intelligent optical solution
Telemedicine initiative for sub-Saharan Africa to propose pilot projects
Information Society to sign contracts with alliance of companies ATKOSoft, SingularLogic, Unisystems and ORCO for implementation of two projects
Alejandro Fanjul Fernández designs a telemedicine system using interactive digital television
British Medical Research Council launches six new translational medicine centres
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Boston Medical standardizes information technology on Dell to help enhance patient care
IBM PACS-in storage innovation at Memorial Hospital
Innovative solution at the Scarborough Hospital facilitates triage of emergency room patients
Magnetic system could be key to surgery without scars
New functional MRI technology making brain tumour surgery safer
 
Virtual snap shots
 
IVANS survey finds surprisingly widespread use of electronic eligibility verification
CT colonography study demonstrates effectiveness of Medicsight CAD for colorectal cancer detection in symptomatic patients
LSU Health Sciences Center works with Dell, Intel and VMware to complete first phase of server virtualization programme
Six-ounce real time ECG records rhythm strips through thumbs
MCN Healthcare to form strategic partnership with Access and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
 
VMWC news bites
 
MMVR 15 proceedings explore potential of medical design to enhance surgeon performance and patient comfort
Research agreement to advance new imaging technology
Light-based probe sees early cancers in first tests on human tissue
DNA nanoparticles hold promise in gene therapy for Parkinson's disease
University of Michigan scientists see great promise in cardiac tissue engineering
 

Leads April 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
VistA Electronic Health Record (EHR) System: The Market Today and Tomorrow
Full ArticleThe VistA system created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the most successful examples of an integrated health information technology system. It includes an electronic health record (EHR) module the VA refers to as the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Developed by the VA from a clinical perspective, VistA has been continuously enhanced over the past 25 years. It has been successfully deployed and utilized by administrative and clinical staff working in VA medical centers, clinics, and nursing homes across the country, and is now being widely deployed in private health systems, public hospitals, and medical offices in the United States and overseas.
State of California selects Bull Services' Business Intelligence solution to help improve health care outcomes, reduce fraud and abuse in Medicaid programme
Full ArticleThe California Department of General Services has selected Bull Services to implement a new advanced Business Intelligence (BI) solution designed to help more efficiently manage California's $37 billion Medicaid programme - known as "Medi-Cal", and improve health care services for millions of residents. This contract will be administered by the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), which runs the Medi-Cal programme.
University of California San Diego supercomputer simulations may pinpoint causes of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases
Full ArticleUsing the massive computer-simulation power of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California (UC) San Diego, researchers are zeroing in on the causes of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. A study published in the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) Journal offers - for the first time - a model for the complex process of aggregation of a protein known as alpha-synuclein, which in turn leads to harmful ring-like or pore-like structures in human membranes, the kind of damage found in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's patients.
Pacific Rim researchers to collaborate on distributed bioinformatics analysis of avian flu using global computational data Grid
Full ArticleResearchers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Hawaii will use bioinformatics, Grid computing and networking infrastructure, as well as collaborative ties to Asian institutions to learn more about avian flu, in hopes of helping to head off a much-feared pandemic in the region of the world where the disease has already cost human lives.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences selects Spacenet's satellite-based transportable and emergency response communications services to enable mobile telemedicine programme
Full ArticleSpacenet Inc. was selected by Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Health Sciences Telemedicine Center to provide satellite network services for its new mobile telemedicine clinic. The OSU Center for Health Sciences, its College of Osteopathic Medicine and affiliated teaching hospital support one of the largest statewide telemedicine programmes in the United States.
 
Grid for Health
 
Star-P helps MIT researchers visualize drug effects
Full ArticleResearchers in MIT's Computational and Systems Biology Initiative (CSBi) are using Interactive Supercomputing Inc.'s (ISC) Star-P software to create new biological models that may someday yield new drug discoveries. CSBi is taking a new cultural approach to research by creating multi-disciplinary teams of biologists, engineers and computer scientists to systematically analyse complex biological phenomena. This unique multi-disciplinary approach places equal emphasis on computer simulations and lab experiments, and on molecular and systems views of cellular function.
AstraZeneca streamlines and integrates clinical image data with Oracle Database 10g
Full ArticleAstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, deployed Oracle Database 10g as the foundation for a new clinical image repository designed to help it manage and improve access to multiple terabytes of life sciences and medical images used in the clinical trial process. The new repository will also help AstraZeneca streamline regulatory compliance and clinical trial efficiency and make best use of the imaging data and investments in imaging studies.
New digital Grid will link heart researchers worldwide
Full ArticleWith $8,5 million in federal support, researchers at three universities, including Johns Hopkins, are creating an ambitious digital network that will allow cardiovascular researchers worldwide to easily exchange data and expertise on heart-related illnesses. The project, called the Cardiovascular Research Grid, is expected to be a boon to the large community of heart researchers who will use these digital tools to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat life-threatening cardiac ailments.
Sony Computer Entertainment joins Stanford University Folding@Home programme to further medical research
Full ArticleSony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Inc.'s PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) computer entertainment systems will have the capability to connect to Stanford University's Folding@home programme, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding and related diseases. Folding@home is leveraging PS3's powerful Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) - and what will be an even more powerful distributed supercomputing network of PS3 systems - to help study the causes of diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cystic fibrosis and many cancers.
United Devices chosen by Bristol-Myers Squibb for replacement of cluster and Grid infrastructure
Full ArticleBristol-Myers Squibb Company has engaged United Devices to build a high performance computing (HPC) Grid to manage the global pharmaceutical and health care products company's HPC clusters and desktop Grid. Bristol-Myers Squibb selected United Devices after running an extensive feature-function test plan that demonstrated the capability of United Devices' solutions across its most important use cases. Terms of the agreement, which include United Devices solutions and services, were not released.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Telehealth monitor based on open standards now available from RTX Healthcare
Full ArticleRTX Healthcare has launched the new RTX3370 Telehealth Monitor, which is an interactive and simple to use device, designed specifically to improve the way of providing health care to patients outside hospitals suffering from chronic diseases such as heart failure, COPD, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Capital BlueCross and Prematics to deploy comprehensive e-Prescribing service to Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley physicians
Full ArticleCapital BlueCross and Prematics has launched a ground-breaking initiative to provide eligible Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley area physicians state-of-the-art electronic prescription handheld wireless devices and complete ongoing turn-key service, free of charge. As a result, physicians and patients in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley will gain important time-saving, cost-saving and safety benefits from the United States' only comprehensive, end-to-end electronic prescribing service. Simple to use and highly secure, the Prematics ScriptTone electronic prescribing service is designed to meet the needs of the mainstream physician.
London asthma sufferers get space-based help
Full ArticleThe city of London has launched an innovative service, funded by ESA, which delivers air pollution alerts and health advice via SMS text messages to those who suffer from asthma and other conditions vulnerable to poor air quality. AirTEXT is a free service aimed at those who have been diagnosed with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease or angina as well as for those who live or work in London. The service has operated in the Borough of Croydon, the largest borough by population, since July 2005 and has received a positive response with 80 percent of users saying it has helped them manage their symptoms better and reduce their exposure to air pollution.
Cardiocom introduces Omnivisor Pro Telemonitoring Patient Management System with advanced features
Full ArticleCardiocom Multi-Disease Management, an expert in innovative telehealth solutions for chronic disease management, has launched its new enterprise level Omnivisor Pro Telemonitoring Patient Management System that will assist physicians, hospitals, health plans, home health agencies and disease management companies to operate more cost-effectively by enabling improved management of clinical data transmitted daily from the patient's home. Cardiocom is showcasing its newest hardware and software system at the American Medical Group Association's 2007 Annual Conference.
Aruba Networks announces health care mobility initiatives
Full ArticleAruba Networks has launched several initiatives, partnerships and new capabilities of the Aruba Mobile Edge Architecture designed to enable the secure implementation of multiple health care applications on a single wireless network. By doing so, Aruba enables health care IT to create secure, multi-service mobility networks designed to reduce costs and complexity while satisfying federal regulations such as the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Telehealth technology provider WebVMC increases growth by 400 percent in 2006
Full ArticleWebVMC, a provider of anytime, anywhere telehealth technology that is software-based, saw its sales boosted by nearly 400 percent in 2006 due to extensive software feature enhancements to its original monitoring technology solution. The company's RemoteNurse unit has increased its market share via an easy-to-use, software-based system which offers users greater flexibility, accessibility and connectivity on a variety of platforms including the Internet.
Physicians, dentists, and other medical providers connected for patient consultations through LifeSize Room
Full ArticleSalud Family Health Centers is optimizing their staff and services with LifeSize high definition video communications. Salud implemented LifeSize Room systems across the six counties it serves throughout North Central and Northeastern Colorado in order to bring together physicians, dentists, and other medical providers and administrators for various meetings, training sessions and patient consultations. LifeSize Room is a high definition video communications product that allows geographically distributed participants in multiple locations to experience more effective, true-to-life interactions.
Global Med Technologies submits ElDorado Donor Doc to FDA and its SafeTrace Tx is chosen by Caldwell Memorial Hospital
Full ArticleWyndgate Technologies, a division of Global Med Technologies Inc., has submitted a 510(k) for its ElDorado Donor Doc software for clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ElDorado Donor Doc is currently not for sale in the United States, pending 510(k) clearance by the FDA. Meanwhile Caldwell Memorial Hospital (CMH) has signed an agreement to license Wyndgate's SafeTrace Tx transfusion management software. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. This represents Wyndgate's 15th installed donor or transfusion system throughout the Carolinas.
Philips and Volcano Corporation to collaborate to strengthen cardiovascular imaging systems
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics and Volcano Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) systems and imaging catheters, have achieved compatibility between the Philips Allura Xper FD systems and the Volcano s5i suite of integrated IVUS systems. This compatibility allows clinicians to quickly and easily connect the Volcano IVUS system with the Allura Xper FD when additional imaging is required to complement cardiovascular X-ray during catheterization (cath) lab procedures. By cutting down the time it takes to set up these key cath lab systems, customers of both companies will optimize work flow and increase productivity.
IBM and Convergence CT team to provide clinical data warehousing for health care and life sciences
Full ArticleIBM and Convergence CT have signed an agreement to jointly market clinical data warehousing products for the health care and life sciences industries. The new Clinical Data Warehouse will be based on the IBM Balanced Configuration Unit (BCU) for Linux and Convergence CT's DB*FOCUS Clinical Data Warehouse technology. The fully integrated solution will be jointly marketed worldwide.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Europe's largest research network Géant2 delivers flexible networking based on Alcatel-Lucent's intelligent optical solution
Full ArticleAlcatel-Lucent and DANTE, Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Ltd., an international data network operator, have successfully completed the roll-out of a new converged optical-data network linking national research and education networks across Europe. The deployment was carried out in the framework of the Géant2 project launched in 2004 to connect approximately 3500 scientific sites in 34 European countries to facilitate collaborative research.
Telemedicine initiative for sub-Saharan Africa to propose pilot projects
Full ArticleSatellite solutions delivering information and communication technologies can help improve health in sub-Saharan Africa. This was the main conclusion of a dedicated telemedicine task force, composed of representatives from the African Organisations, the Directorate of European Union and Industrial Programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission's Directorate General for Development and the World Health Organisation, which met recently in Botswana. To make these solutions a reality, some short-term, concrete actions have been suggested in a pilot projects proposal.
Information Society to sign contracts with alliance of companies ATKOSoft, SingularLogic, Unisystems and ORCO for implementation of two projects
Full ArticleThe Information Society S.A. has signed a contract with the alliance of companies ATKOSoft and SingularLogic for the Implementation of the project "Integrated Information System of the Merchant Seaman Healthcare Organisation". Before this, the company already signed a contract with the alliance of companies ATKOSoft, Unisystems, and ORCO for the implementation of the project "Provision of Training Services to the Regional Health Network of Cyclades" in February 2007.
Alejandro Fanjul Fernández designs a telemedicine system using interactive digital television
Full ArticleTelecommunications engineer at the Public University of Navarre, Alejandro Fanjul Fernández, has designed a pioneering system of telemedicine for interactive digital television. This system enables the monitoring and treatment of and support for both patients and elderly people, from the comfort and convenience of their homes, by means of the television. This is the first tele-assistence system in Spain for interactive digital television and a number of companies and government bodies have expressed interest in marketing the application.
British Medical Research Council launches six new translational medicine centres
Full ArticleThe Medical Research Council (MRC) is investing more than fifteen million pounds in creating six new research centres to enable scientific research to improve human health more quickly and efficiently. The centres are aimed at translating discoveries into new drugs, therapies, diagnostic tools or methods of prevention; or using clinical knowledge to inform fundamental research priorities.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Boston Medical standardizes information technology on Dell to help enhance patient care
Full ArticleBoston Medical Center has standardized on Dell technology - in patient rooms, at nurses' stations and labs, in the data centre and administrative offices - to enhance its ability to provide quality medical care to every patient. As the area's largest level-one trauma centre, Boston Medical Center relies on high availability of technology applications to manage patient care and hospital operations. The hospital is running its critical applications, including in-patient care records, more than 10.000 Internet-enabled medical devices, e-mail communications and business functions on Dell PowerEdge servers. Consolidating on Dell has made purchasing, procurement and management of technology easier, while giving Boston Medical Center the technology infrastructure it needs to enhance care today and into the future.
IBM PACS-in storage innovation at Memorial Hospital
Full ArticleMemorial Hospital has implemented an IBM tiered storage solution in conjunction with McKesson's Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to help clinicians access patients' medical information faster, easier and more securely. In the short time the system has been operational, Memorial Hospital reports that maintenance costs have been reduced significantly, and physicians are also able to more quickly access medical images.
Innovative solution at the Scarborough Hospital facilitates triage of emergency room patients
Full ArticleThe Scarborough Hospital and Canada Health Infoway have launched a new initiative to improve emergency room (ER) service. Through kiosks in the emergency waiting room at both hospital campuses, patients will be able to enter information in seven different languages, helping to facilitate more effective triage. Called "Enhancing Emergency Services: A Patient-Centred Approach" (EES), the initiative aims to better support nurses and physicians with smart tools so they can work more efficiently and effectively to enhance patient flow and improve patient care.
Magnetic system could be key to surgery without scars
Full ArticlePhysicians at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center and engineers at University of Texas Arlington (UTA) have collaborated to invent a groundbreaking system that could be key to delivering on the promise of surgery without scars. The new technique, which is still in the developmental stage, allows for magnetically manoeuvering laparoscopic surgical tools inserted into the abdominal cavity through the bellybutton or throat. The challenge remains, however, to design the new instruments and determine just how to move them once they're inside the human body.
New functional MRI technology making brain tumour surgery safer
Full ArticleBrain specialists at the Neuroscience Institute at University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati (UC) have taken a significant step forward in their quest to treat difficult tumours while preserving areas of the brain that are responsible for speech and movement. The Cincinnati specialists are among the first in the United States to use new technology that integrates functional MRI (fMRI) data into high-tech surgical navigation systems. The fMRI data, which pinpoint language, cognition, and mobility centres of the brain, allow neurosurgeons to remove tumours to the greatest extent possible without harming areas that are critical to the patient's quality of life.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
IVANS survey finds surprisingly widespread use of electronic eligibility verification
Full ArticleA survey of over 800 health care providers this month by IVANS, a provider of corporate connectivity solutions and services, underscored the importance and widespread acceptance of electronic patient eligibility verification. The survey found that more than 75 percent of providers currently employ some type of electronic eligibility verification technology, with almost 64 percent rating the level of their eligibility verification as "good" or "excellent". When asked what benefit it affords them most, 37 percent said it reduced the occurrence of non-payment, an important issue for health care providers.
CT colonography study demonstrates effectiveness of Medicsight CAD for colorectal cancer detection in symptomatic patients
Full ArticleMedicsight plc, a subsidiary company of MGT Capital Investments Inc., has announced the presentation of a study demonstrating the effectiveness of Medicsight ColonCAD for the detection of colorectal cancer in symptomatic patients. The study was presented on March 9, 2007 at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria by Professor Steve Halligan from University College Hospital, London.
LSU Health Sciences Center works with Dell, Intel and VMware to complete first phase of server virtualization programme
Full ArticleThe Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO) has completed the first step of a virtual server environment that will help ensure access to critical patient, research and business data, even in the event of natural disasters. LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans - comprising schools of allied health professions, dentistry, graduate studies, medicine, nursing, and public health - worked with Dell to develop a flexible, easy-to-implement and reliable IT infrastructure recovery plan that would allow operations to function, even if the main campus was disabled.
Six-ounce real time ECG records rhythm strips through thumbs
Full ArticleThe United States Food and Drug Administration has approved DailyCare USA's InstantCheck Handheld ECG, a 6oz device which displays real time heart rhythm on its LCD. The pocket-sized $899 device is only 6 ounces and is an ideal tool for millions of Americans who suffer from atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) and other erratic heart rhythm conditions. The InstantCheck Handheld ECG is officially launched at the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans, March 24-27th, 2007.
MCN Healthcare to form strategic partnership with Access and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Full ArticleMCN Healthcare, a provider of regulatory compliance and learning solutions for the health care industry and Access, known for helping health care providers trim costs by simplifying work flow processes, have formed a strategic partnership to provide a more effective process for tracking staff development, learning, and competencies. In addition, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and MCN Healthcare will work together to provide AORN members with access to MCN's StayAlert notification service.
 
VMWC news bites
 
MMVR 15 proceedings explore potential of medical design to enhance surgeon performance and patient comfort
Full ArticleThe conference proceedings of the fifteenth edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event, held February 6-9, 2007 in Long Beach, California, have been published as the 125th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This MMVR 2007 edition includes 120 creative approaches to the conference theme "in vivo, in vitro, in silico: Designing the Next in Medicine". In a short preface, the editors explain the capital role design is playing in the art of medicine at three distinct levels: the biological, the informational and the physical-material environment. Medical design is not merely a matter of esthetics; on the contrary, it has the power to solve real world problems.
Research agreement to advance new imaging technology
Full ArticleThe University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and T.I.E.S. LLC, a Rochester, New York-based start-up company, have entered into a research partnership to evaluate a new technology that could ultimately represent a major advance in medical imaging. T.I.E.S. - which stands for Tomographic Image Enhancement Systems - has patented a new image processing technology called "Image Surgery" that allows scientists and radiologists to selectively focus on a specific organ or region of the body and, as a result, create clearer and more precise side by side images. The company, which is led by two former Kodak imaging systems executives, will work with researchers in the URMC Department of Imaging Sciences to apply this technology to images from actual patients.
Light-based probe sees early cancers in first tests on human tissue
Full ArticleIn its first laboratory tests on human tissue, a light-based probe built by researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering almost instantly detected the earliest signs of cancer in cells that line internal organs. If the preliminary success of the "optical biopsy" is confirmed through clinical trials, such a device could ultimately provide a particular advantage for early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many types of cancer, according to the researchers. The vast majority of cancers start in the body's epithelial cells, which line the mucous membranes in the lungs, esophagus and gut.
DNA nanoparticles hold promise in gene therapy for Parkinson's disease
Full ArticleUniversity of Kentucky researcher David Yurek was recently awarded $66.000 by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) under the foundation's Rapid Response Innovation Awards programme. The goal of this newly launched initiative is to move quickly to support innovative research focused on the cause of and cure for Parkinson's disease (PD). In particular, MJFF seeks to fund high-risk, high-reward projects tackling critical scientific roadblocks that if successful, can open new avenues for PD therapy development.
University of Michigan scientists see great promise in cardiac tissue engineering
Full ArticleSome day, heart attack survivors might have a patch of laboratory-grown muscle placed in their heart, to replace areas that died during their attack. Children born with defective heart valves might get new ones that can grow in place, rather than being replaced every few years. And people with clogged or weak blood vessels might get a new "natural" replacement, instead of a factory-made one. These possibilities are all within reach, and could transform the way heart care is delivered, according to University of Michigan Medical School researchers in the new issue of the journal Regenerative Medicine. Technology has advanced so much in recent years, they write, that scientists are closer than ever to "bio-engineering" entire areas of the heart, as well as heart valves and major blood vessels.
 

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