VMW Monthly - June 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents June 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New Arizona alliance aims to boost technologies for medical diagnostics and human health
Web-based programme could ease treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients
WebVMC selected as provider by Windsor Place, State of Kansas Department of Aging and University of Kansas Medical Center for ground-breaking telehealth application
Research centre unites biomedical competitors to fund medical technology development
Statewide consortium proposed to propel New York State to the forefront of computational biology
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM introduces breakthrough Grid medical computing solution
Cartesian Gridspeed of New Zealand launches revolutionary genomics sequencing software in United States market
IBM and VISICU wire Pacific Rim with remote critical care services for military
OTG Healthcare receives order for Canadian Medical Archive
Using gaming technology to save lives, with medical imaging
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Doctors and engineers develop new wireless system to detect esophageal reflux
Monebo Technologies obtains FDA clearance to market the CardioBelt wireless ECG system
CRC Health Corporation selects Cognos 8 Go! Mobile to speed decision-making
France Telecom and Ember team to enable wireless safety monitoring of the elderly
Pulse oximeter and heart monitoring are alive and well
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips awarded preferred telehealth contract by Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Aware demonstrates new medical imaging software for telemedicine
Agfa HealthCare announces eHealth collaboration with ICW and launches ORBIS and iPlan in Canada
Information security of Siemens' remote service platform for medical devices certified
Sobha Renaissance revolutionalizes business processes for telcos and service providers
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Faster and better emergency response through satellite telecoms
A pioneering system allows autistic children to communicate with their environment
Casema and Alcatel-Lucent successfully perform Netherlands' first Universal 802.16e-2005 WiMAX trial
Spanish project AmIVital creates intelligent communication devices for elderly and disabled people
MedCom to release innovate software and tools for cancer treatment
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Catholic Medical Center taps IBM DB2 9 Viper to improve patient care
Elmore Medical Center selects Optio's comprehensive EHR, forms automation, and document archive and imaging solutions
Children's Hospital Boston selects Ciena's CN 4200 Platform to support multi-site data connectivity
New breakthrough treatment for spinal cancer patients at Mount Sinai
New Mayo Clinic MRI technology enables non-invasive liver diagnoses
 
Virtual snap shots
 
In a first, scientists develop tiny implantable biocomputers
HaiVision hai1000 used by NASA for advanced medical procedures on NEEMO 12
Digital Union creates telemedicine network for Alexandria Autism Center
Credible scientific evidence and cost benefits must be put forth to encourage virtual hospital technology
Ascension to introduce 3D Guidance tracker in biopsy application at American Urological Association Conference 2007
 
VMWC news bites
 
University of Calgary scientists unveil the virtual human
Novel system developed to turn data into real-time, interactive 3D images
Hansen Medical launches Sensei Robotic Catheter System, teams with St. Jude Medical and receives FDA clearance for commercialization of robotic platform for catheter mapping procedures
Pioneering study maps attention, memory and language links in the human brain
Implantable Medical Devices and EHR Systems
 

Leads June 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
New Arizona alliance aims to boost technologies for medical diagnostics and human health
Full ArticleArizona's bioscience efforts continue to grow through an extensive, statewide collaborative network of initiatives. Now, research capabilities are being allied around the state in a new effort to improve medical diagnostics and human health. The Arizona Proteomics Alliance (AZPA), a statewide consortium, has been formed to advance the emergent science of proteomics, a science whose broad vision is to understand the biological role of the complete set of proteins in the human body, or proteome.
Web-based programme could ease treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients
Full ArticleA web-based programme that provides prostate cancer patients with information about different treatment approaches may make deciding which path to follow a little easier, according to Medical College of Georgia (MCG) researchers. Treatments for localized prostate cancer and associated side effects are so varied that patients are often confused about which option is best for them, as stated by Dr. Gerald Bennett, chair of the Department of Health Environments and Systems in the MCG School of Nursing.
WebVMC selected as provider by Windsor Place, State of Kansas Department of Aging and University of Kansas Medical Center for ground-breaking telehealth application
Full ArticleWindsor Place At-Home Care, in a jointly-sponsored study with the State of Kansas Department of Aging and the University of Kansas Medical Center Telemedicine Programme, has selected WebVMC, creator of the RemoteNurse mobile technology system, to provide its web-based patient monitoring system for a 12-month, 50-patient study commencing this summer. The announcement was made by Monte Coffman, Windsor Place Executive Director and Bill Behnke, chief development officer for WebVMC.
Research centre unites biomedical competitors to fund medical technology development
Full ArticleThe University of Cincinnati (UC) has received $1 million to establish a research centre that will allow competing biomedical companies to pool their funding to develop new medical technologies for minimally invasive surgical procedures. Known as the Minimally Invasive Medical Technologies Center (MIMTeC), the collaboration will focus on translational research that enables United States companies to bring the next generation of minimally invasive medical technologies to market. The centre's initial funding comes from a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Industry/University Co-operative Research Center programme and membership fees from a consortium of national biomedical device companies.
Statewide consortium proposed to propel New York State to the forefront of computational biology
Full ArticleRobert McGrath, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Brookhaven Laboratory Affairs at Stony Brook University, has launched a proposal by a consortium of major universities to take a co-ordinated approach in the development and application of computational sciences, especially computational biology, to make New York a national expert in this rapidly emerging field.
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM introduces breakthrough Grid medical computing solution
Full ArticleAt the American Telemedicine Association show, IBM has launched its new Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS), a cross-IBM offering comprised of storage, software, servers and services. The GMAS solution provides hospitals, clinics, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies with a multi-tier, multi-application and multi-site enterprise storage archive for delivering medical images, patient records and other critical health care reference information on demand.
Cartesian Gridspeed of New Zealand launches revolutionary genomics sequencing software in United States market
Full ArticleCartesian Gridspeed, a New Zealand bioinformatics software developer, is officially launching its SLIM Search product to the United States market at the BIO 2007 Convention in Boston. The company is providing SLIM Search Academic, Professional, and Enterprise.
IBM and VISICU wire Pacific Rim with remote critical care services for military
Full ArticleIBM and VISICU Inc. have launched a joint effort to wire a telemedicine network to provide remote critical care support to military hospitals along the Pacific Rim. Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, in conjunction with staff at the University of Hawaii, will manage the remote monitoring and support system using VISICU's eICU technology on IBM BladeCenter servers. The eICU centre, in collaboration with remote military hospitals, will provide an enhanced level of care to active-duty military, their families, and other beneficiaries.
OTG Healthcare receives order for Canadian Medical Archive
Full ArticleOn The Go Technologies Group's broad spectrum health care division OTG Healthcare has received an order for a turnkey DICOM archive solution inclusive of Acuo Technologies DICOM Grid software and hardware to be deployed within Saskatchewan's Provincial health care region. The order is significant and unprecedented as it represents the first of its kind in Canada.
Using gaming technology to save lives, with medical imaging
Full ArticleIt's taken for granted that progress in increasing the power of the computers and reducing their cost has played a fundamental role in speeding up the implementation of medical imaging technology. So maintaining the pace of advancement in imaging modalities, plus synergetic developments from multi-slice CT to molecular imaging, goes hand in glove with improvements in computational power. One way medical images are being improved is by using visual images from more than one source - magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans for example. The generation of computer-enhanced images from multiple sources must begin with accurate alignment of the visual data. (Article reprinted with permission of the author Stuart G. Hall, Medicexchange.com)
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Doctors and engineers develop new wireless system to detect esophageal reflux
Full ArticleUniversity of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center doctors and University of Texas Arlington (UTA) engineers have developed a wireless monitoring system that uses electrical impulses to track esophageal reflux. The wireless technology, called radio frequency identification (RFID), has been used in thousands of stores for tracking inventory and in identification chips implanted in some pets. Researchers combined that technology with another emerging applied science called impedance monitoring, which tracks reflux through electrical impulses.
Monebo Technologies obtains FDA clearance to market the CardioBelt wireless ECG system
Full ArticleMonebo Technologies Inc.'s CardioBelt Electrode System is now available, following clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CardioBelt is an ECG acquisition device used for remote patient monitoring, including the assessment of heart arrhythmias. It will be integrated into the platform technologies of home heath care and telemedicine equipment providers, in devices ranging from computers to cell phones, and will work in concert with other devices that monitor blood pressure, weight, glucose level, and oxygen saturation, to provide physicians a more complete assessment of their patients health while the patient stays in the comfort of their own home.
CRC Health Corporation selects Cognos 8 Go! Mobile to speed decision-making
Full ArticleCRC Health Corporation, a speciality behavioural health care company, has selected Cognos 8 Go! Mobile to help speed decision-making for clinicians, clinician managers and other key stakeholders across the organisation. Cognos 8 Go! Mobile is purpose-built for the BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM).
France Telecom and Ember team to enable wireless safety monitoring of the elderly
Full ArticleNew wireless technology from France Telecom Orange and Ember may someday enable eldercare facilities and people with elderly family members to keep tabs on their loved ones from afar. France Telecom Orange's R&D Group is developing a ZigBee-based network system that lets caregivers track the movement of elderly relatives living independently, as well as nursing home residents. Elderly people wearing a ZigBee-based tagging sensor, would automatically set off a notification of their whereabouts in the event they wander away from a premise.
Pulse oximeter and heart monitoring are alive and well
Full ArticleIn 2005 a specialist wireless vendor called Alive Technologies demonstrated a prototype mobile phone based ehealth service at Medica. The company has come a long way since then concentrating development on two key products: the Alive Heart Monitor and the Alive Pulse Oximeter. The Alive Heart Monitor is a wireless health monitoring system for screening, diagnosis and management of chronic diseases, and for consumer health and fitness. Applications include the management of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and fitness monitoring.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips awarded preferred telehealth contract by Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Full ArticlePhilips Consumer Healthcare Solutions has been awarded a contract as the "preferred provider" for telehealth products and services for Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) members. As an advocate and resource for its member VNAs from across the country, VNAA also serves as a group purchasing organisation, and has selected Philips remote patient monitoring as its preferred telehealth offering. This builds on the company's strong relationship, as Philips Lifeline is the VNAA's preferred provider of medical alert services.
Aware demonstrates new medical imaging software for telemedicine
Full ArticleAware's AccuRad suite of software development tools and applications are designed for remote medical image viewing across a bandwidth-constrained network. Aware is showcasing AccuRad, its newest medical imaging product suite at the Annual Meeting of the American Telemedicine Association in Nashville, Tennessee. At ATA 2007, Aware offers a live demonstration of AccuRad's features, including its image compression, streaming, and viewing.
Agfa HealthCare announces eHealth collaboration with ICW and launches ORBIS and iPlan in Canada
Full ArticleAgfa HealthCare, a provider of IT enabled clinical work flow and diagnostic imaging solutions, and InterComponentWare AG (ICW), the eHealth specialist, are intensifying their co-operation efforts. The non-exclusive agreement covers the development of seamless integration and interoperability between Agfa HealthCare's Hospital and Clinical Information System (HIS/CIS) ORBIS and ICW's eHealth Framework. Agfa HealthCare has also unveiled ORBIS for the first time in Canada at the e-Health Conference 2007 in Québec City. The number one choice for Electronic Patient Records (EPR) in Europe, ORBIS offers a unique single database structure which integrates all administrative and clinical data. This allows users to update and access patient information in real-time - enabling enhanced decision making and streamlined patient care. To date, Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS has been successfully deployed in over 750 institutions with more than 450.000 daily users.
Information security of Siemens' remote service platform for medical devices certified
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions is one of the first manufacturers of medical systems worldwide to implement an internationally valid information security management system (ISMS) for the remote service of medical devices. This has been certified by TÜV Süd in Germany according to the international standard ISO 27001.
Sobha Renaissance revolutionalizes business processes for telcos and service providers
Full ArticleImagine operators such as Airtel, VSNL, and RailTel are able to define zonal partners (call these as "Contracts") such as cable operators or small network operators, and being able to assign them credit limits and connectivity type - dial-up, ISDN, WiFi, DSL etc. Imagine such "Contracts" are able to have their own customers (subscribers) who are further controlled by means of services, credit limits and connectivity methods. Imagine a subscriber is able to connect from his home in Bangalore over DSL, and also from an airport in Delhi using the same network access, and be billed to his home credit account.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Faster and better emergency response through satellite telecoms
Full ArticleWhen emergency teams are well informed and governments can co-ordinate their efforts, lives and property can be saved. The Health Early Warning System, a project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), is intended to bring this benefit to Europe. Extreme natural phenomena like tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes have featured prominently in the news. So, too, has the rapid spread of new diseases such as SARS and avian flu. By identifying and mapping occurrences of these problems sooner, agencies can relieve suffering more quickly and contain a situation more efficiently. That is why ESA is supporting the Health Early Warning System (HEWS), which will improve the performance of emergency service end-users.
A pioneering system allows autistic children to communicate with their environment
Full ArticleCommunication ability among children who are intellectually disabled or have communication limitations such as autism, down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, may soon be improved thanks to a research group of the University of Granada (Universidad de Granada - UGR). SC@UT, which stands for Augmentative and Adaptive Communication System, has been created by the following researchers: 13 lecturers from the UGR Computer Engineering School (ETSI), ASPROGRADES association and a team of psychologists, psycho-pedagogues, and speech therapists.
Casema and Alcatel-Lucent successfully perform Netherlands' first Universal 802.16e-2005 WiMAX trial
Full ArticleAlcatel-Lucent and Casema, one of the largest cable operators in The Netherlands with more than 1,4 million subscribers, have successfully tested Universal WiMAX in The Netherlands. Casema is the first operator in The Netherlands to conduct verification testing for WiMAX, and it used the most advanced version, Universal WiMAX 802.16e-2005. WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It enables Voice and Broadband connectivity for fixed, nomadic or mobile use in urban, suburban and rural areas.
Spanish project AmIVital creates intelligent communication devices for elderly and disabled people
Full ArticleBy the year 2026, 21,6 percent of the world's population will be older than 65, 32 percent of which will have some kind of disability. Official data confirm that the percentage of elderly people will increase dramatically within the next years: by 2050 there will be 180 percent more people older than 80 than today. Guided by these figures, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade - through its CENIT programme, targeted at fostering co-operation between the private and the public sectors for the development of technological innovations, has granted a 20 million euro subsidy to the research and development project "AmIVital: digital personal environment for health and wellbeing".
MedCom to release innovate software and tools for cancer treatment
Full ArticleMedCom has launched the OncoSuite patient positioning system, completed for the Rinecker Proton Center in Munich, as well as its new release of SWIFT, a major tool against prostate cancer. In addition, the company's new panorama software is turning the health care user's U/S device to a paramount scanning tool. MedCom is also participating in the DEGRO 2007 event, to be held 7-10 June, 2007. The company will present all their new products at this conference for radio-oncology in Hannover, Germany.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Catholic Medical Center taps IBM DB2 9 Viper to improve patient care
Full ArticleCatholic Medical Center, an association of eight large hospitals and twenty-three other medical facilities across the Republic of Korea, has selected the DB2 9 Viper data server to replace its existing database management system and create an integrated service-oriented architecture (SOA) that unifies critical hospital systems and consolidates patient records.
Elmore Medical Center selects Optio's comprehensive EHR, forms automation, and document archive and imaging solutions
Full ArticleElmore Medical Center, a 25-bed hospital in Mountain Home, Idaho, has selected Optio's subscription-based electronic health record (EHR), forms automation, and document archive and imaging solutions to streamline operations throughout the hospital, while accelerating the timely exchange of patient information throughout the continuum of care.
Children's Hospital Boston selects Ciena's CN 4200 Platform to support multi-site data connectivity
Full ArticleChildren's Hospital Boston, one of the largest paediatric medical centres in the United States, has deployed the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to enable high-speed optical connections between multiple locations throughout its Boston campus, and facilities in nearby Waltham, Massachusetts and Needham, Massachusetts, to ensure reliable, efficient data connectivity for critical applications and seamless business continuity and disaster recovery.
New breakthrough treatment for spinal cancer patients at Mount Sinai
Full ArticleThe Mount Sinai Medical Center is the only hospital in New York City using the Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery System on spinal cancer. Novalis is the most advanced Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) technology available to treat cancer tumours in the spine. Doctors at Mount Sinai are at the forefront of this medical breakthrough in neurosurgery and radiation oncology, using this technology to control deadly and complicated tumours from the spine for the first time ever.
New Mayo Clinic MRI technology enables non-invasive liver diagnoses
Full ArticleTwo recent Mayo Clinic studies have found that magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), a new imaging technique invented at Mayo Clinic, is an accurate tool for non-invasive diagnosis of liver diseases. The findings are being presented at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany, and Digestive Disease Week 2007 in Washington, D.C.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
In a first, scientists develop tiny implantable biocomputers
Full ArticleResearchers at Harvard University and Princeton University have made a crucial step toward building biological computers, tiny implantable devices that can monitor the activities and characteristics of human cells. The information provided by these "molecular doctors", constructed entirely of DNA, RNA, and proteins, could eventually revolutionize medicine by directing therapies only to diseased cells or tissues. The results will be published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
HaiVision hai1000 used by NASA for advanced medical procedures on NEEMO 12
Full ArticleNASA, during its twelfth NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission, is transmitting the video required for interactive robotic telesurgery experiments using the hai1000 MPEG-4 AVC multi-stream low latency video codecs.
Digital Union creates telemedicine network for Alexandria Autism Center
Full ArticleDigital Union has completed the installation of a new telemedicine network at St. Mary's Residential Training School in Alexandria, Louisiana. The network links St. Mary's with experts in the field of autism, enabling St. Mary's staff to consult in real-time on the care and training of children living at the centre.
Credible scientific evidence and cost benefits must be put forth to encourage virtual hospital technology
Full ArticleResearch and Markets has added a new Frost & Sullivan report, titled "The Virtual Hospital of the Future" to their offering. This research service provides the facets of a virtual hospital, categories such as virtual environments and virtual tele-applications, which constitute the fundamental elements, and a technology platform for a virtual hospital along with key drivers, restraints and analysis of trends witnessed.
Ascension to introduce 3D Guidance tracker in biopsy application at American Urological Association Conference 2007
Full ArticleAscension Technology is demonstrating the use of its 3D Guidance tracking device in a percutaneous prostate biopsy application at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2007 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, May 19-24. Ascension's 3D Guidance tracks the position and orientation of one or more tiny sensors, enabling real-time guidance of medical instruments for minimally invasive, image-guided procedures.
 
VMWC news bites
 
University of Calgary scientists unveil the virtual human
Full ArticleScientists at the University of Calgary have created the world's first complete object-oriented computer model of a human body. The 4D human atlas, dubbed the CAVEman by the team who created it, allows scientists to literally get inside their experiments by translating medical and genomic data into 4D images.
Novel system developed to turn data into real-time, interactive 3D images
Full ArticleSeeing is believing, especially in medicine. From magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to computed tomography (CT) scan, images of the body's tissues and organs have become the primary tools physicians use to diagnose disease and make recommendations for effective treatment. New, innovative data display technology developed at Kent State University will provide doctors with a dramatically improved ability to evaluate medical images that are commonly used. This patent-pending technology allows for interactive viewing of large image data sets from virtually any medical imaging device and has led to a licensing agreement with Northeast-Ohio-based Standing Rock Imaging LLC.
Hansen Medical launches Sensei Robotic Catheter System, teams with St. Jude Medical and receives FDA clearance for commercialization of robotic platform for catheter mapping procedures
Full ArticleHansen Medical Inc. has launched the Sensei Robotic Catheter System and Artisan Control Catheter, designed to facilitate manipulation, positioning and control of mapping catheters during electrophysiology (EP) procedures at the Heart Rhythm Society's 28th Annual Scientific Sessions. The company recently announced United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to commercialize the first generation robotic platform, as well as joint development and co-marketing agreements with St. Jude Medical, a global expert of EP technology.
Pioneering study maps attention, memory and language links in the human brain
Full ArticleA University of Arizona (UA) scientist who has specialized in studying how fireflies and other creatures communicate has won a million-dollar grant to conduct a pioneering 5-year study on the roles that attention and memory play when the human brain hears and processes spoken language.
Implantable Medical Devices and EHR Systems
Full ArticleImplantable systems will revolutionize health care in the coming decades. This article examines relevant information about the development of implantable solutions in health care to date, draws a relationship between selected implantable devices and electronic health record (EHR) systems, highlights major issues including ethical concerns, and offers a set of recommendations to health care organizations on next steps to take. In the coming decades, cheaper and high-performance implantable health care solutions based on emerging nanotechnologies will dramatically change the daily clinical practices of many health care providers and the lives of the patients they treat.
 

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