VMW Monthly - July 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents July 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Fusing imaging technologies creates synergy to help diagnose heart disease accurately
Roshan announces launch of Afghanistan's first telemedicine project
Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS)
University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences student wins American Telemedicine Association 2007 Student Paper Award
San Diego Supercomputer Center helps researchers reveal structure of autism-related protein
 
Grid for Health
 
State-of-the-art SGI computing and storage infrastructure to support researchers at Queensland's University of Technology
Ultra Deep Sequencing identifies HIV drug resistance at early stage
Researchers at Rice University use Cray supercomputer to unlock biomedical mysteries and aid future diagnostics
Microsoft deploys IBM System Cluster 1350 for AIDS research
The 451 Group issues report on Grid computing adoption in the health care market
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Cell Phones, PDAs, and EHR Systems
E/Tablet technology may provide benefits to patients and researchers
Computerized doctors' orders reduce medication errors
Alcatel-Lucent and Sabia Bioingeniería develop joint health care solution
BioPharmetics enters telemedicine, the future of health care, with Eclipse blood glucose monitoring system
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
FDA grants clearance to INRange System's Electronic Medication Management Assistant - EMMA
Telemedicine provider GlobalMedia Group joins the Polycom ARENA programme
Patient personal health records have become reality through provider endorsed Web-based system
Cedara Software releases C4 platform to enable rapid plug-in of many clinical application modules into single workstation
IBM contributes software that predicts spread of emerging infectious diseases
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Milton Keynes launches advanced telehealth service to improve care for people with COPD
Ossur's Proprio Foot takes the Gold 2007 Medical Design Excellence Award
Successful deployment of Personal Health Systems presupposes the existence of favourable policy and political support
Rising prevalence of neurological disorders in Europe propels growth in the neurophysiological monitors market
One billion euro in digital technologies for Europeans to age well
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Somerset Hospital goes for telemedicine ECG service for cardiology reporting
York Telecom and LiveData collaborate to deliver Visually Integrated Operating Room
Robotic technology provides less invasive procedure for mitral valve repair
University of Cincinnati surgeons say minimally invasive lung surgery should be standard care
Hansen Medical announces first United States customer shipment to Cleveland Clinic
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Sobha Renaissance unveils DATA Exclusive IN - software to enable subscriber download content from any operator
TATRC awards grant for training simulator to treat soldiers with head trauma
Ascension receives Frost & Sullivan 2007 North American Award for Technology Innovation
Ekliptik chooses Ascension's 3D Guidance for implanting medical devices
BodyTel Scientific announces the formation of BodyTel Europe GmbH
 
VMWC news bites
 
Immersion Medical introduces LaparoscopyVR Surgical Simulation System
Book Summary: Virtual Scanning - a new generation of healthcare - beyond biomedicine
Walter Reed Gait Laboratory puts amputee troops back in step
Rutgers and University of Pennsylvania researchers capture research dollars to improve prostate cancer diagnostic methods
Miniature robot for precise positioning and targeting in keyhole neurosurgery wins Kaye Award for Hebrew University researcher
 

Leads July 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Fusing imaging technologies creates synergy to help diagnose heart disease accurately
Full ArticleTo fight heart disease, you have to get to the "heart of the problem" by diagnosing it more accurately. Researchers did just that, releasing their findings at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's (SNM) 54th Annual Meeting, which was held June 2-6 in Washington, D.C. SNM is the world's largest society for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine professionals.
Roshan announces launch of Afghanistan's first telemedicine project
Full ArticleRoshan, a telecom operator in Afghanistan, has launched a pioneering telemedicine solution in Afghanistan to expand health care access and delivery across the country. Using broadband technology, wireless video consultation and digital image transfer, the telemedicine project will provide hospitals in Afghanistan with real-time access to specialist diagnosis, treatment and training expertise from abroad.
Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS)
Full ArticleIf one were looking to acquire and implement a comprehensive "open source" electronic health record (EHR) system, serious consideration should be paid to the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) used by the Indian Health Service (IHS). RPMS is an adaptation of the VistA health information system originally developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), modified to meet the needs of IHS. RPMS is an integrated health information system ideally suited for implementation in healthcare facilities of varying sizes and complexity. Patients treated at IHS facilities tend to include a diverse mix of all age patients, males and females. While RPMS is deployed at many IHS inpatient facilities, it is more heavily utilized in ambulatory care settings.
University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences student wins American Telemedicine Association 2007 Student Paper Award
Full ArticleUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) graduate student and doctoral candidate, Richard M. Schein of Clifton, New Jersey, was recently awarded the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2007 Student Paper Award for his research in telemedicine. The award was given in recognition of Schein's presentation, "Telerehabilitation: Expanding Access to Wheelchair Provision and Service Delivery", which was presented at the ATA Annual Conference in Nashville last month. This award is the first of its kind for the ATA.
San Diego Supercomputer Center helps researchers reveal structure of autism-related protein
Full ArticleAs a result of mapping the structure of the protein complex implicated in autism spectrum disorders, a research team led by scientists at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and aided by computational modelling at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UCSD, has discovered how particular genetic mutations affect this complex and contribute to the developmental abnormalities found in children with autism. Their work, published as the cover article in the June issue of the journal Structure, should help scientists pinpoint the consequences of genetic abnormalities associated with the disorder.
 
Grid for Health
 
State-of-the-art SGI computing and storage infrastructure to support researchers at Queensland's University of Technology
Full ArticleDelivering the assurance of a fast, reliable and future-proof solution for a new era of scientific and computational research, SGI has been selected to provide the high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In a contract won in conjunction with Intel, the SGI HPC solution will dramatically boost research productivity.
Ultra Deep Sequencing identifies HIV drug resistance at early stage
Full ArticleRare, previously undetectable drug-resistant forms of HIV have been identified by Yale School of Medicine researcher Michael Kozal, M.D., using an innovative genome sequencing technology that quickly detects rare viral mutations. 454 Life Sciences, a member of the Roche group, and Dr. Kozal have used the company's Genome Sequencer system to identify these drug-resistant HIV variants in samples from an earlier performed clinical trial.
Researchers at Rice University use Cray supercomputer to unlock biomedical mysteries and aid future diagnostics
Full ArticleResearch teams using a Cray supercomputer at Rice University's Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI) have developed computational techniques that will eventually assist medical workers in diagnosing and treating some of the most devastating diseases afflicting humans - ranging from cerebral aneurysms to illnesses such as bacterial/viral infections and cancer.
Microsoft deploys IBM System Cluster 1350 for AIDS research
Full ArticleIBM has made available Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 for the IBM System Cluster 1350, to help enable more mid-market and enterprise clients - including those in life sciences, computer-aided engineering (CAE) and financial services - to take advantage of high-performance cluster computing. IBM also has announced expanded server, storage and networking options for the cluster solution, to help provide unprecedented levels of speed, choice and flexibility for high performance computing environments.
The 451 Group issues report on Grid computing adoption in the health care market
Full ArticleThe Grid Adoption Research Service of The 451 Group has launched a report on Grid computing adoption in the health care market. While companies in the financial sector, and specifically investment banks, are leading the way in using and moving beyond Grid technology, there has always been much interest in Grids in the health care sector - albeit with less-than-stellar commercial traction for Grid technologies in this sector. Hospitals are seen as natural candidates for Grid technology, given their requirements for sharing data and the specific challenges around storage and medical images.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Cell Phones, PDAs, and EHR Systems
Full ArticleJust as the information technology infrastructure of the past evolved to support outpatient care, now it must transform even more radically by becoming clinically driven inside of care facilities while also extending itself to go mobile and virtual with customer patients. The "smart" electronic health record (EHR) systems of the future will deliver needed information, services, and data via mobile, multi-purpose devices anywhere, anytime.
E/Tablet technology may provide benefits to patients and researchers
Full ArticleThe old wooden clipboard and pen that patients typically encounter when providing information in a doctor's office may soon be replaced by wireless, handheld notebook-and-pen-style computers called E/Tablets. Patients in some community cancer clinics have been using E/Tablets for several years, but a new study by Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers shows that E/Tablets may also be useful in busy, academic medical settings, both for collecting patient history data and conducting clinical research.
Computerized doctors' orders reduce medication errors
Full ArticleDoctors are famous for sloppy scribbling and handwritten prescriptions lead to thousands of medication errors each year. Electronics come to the rescue: United States hospitals that switched to computerized physician order entry systems saw a 66 percent drop in prescription errors, according to a new review of studies by Shamliyan TA, et al., titled "Review of the evidence: impact of computerized physician order entry system (CPOE) on medication errors".
Alcatel-Lucent and Sabia Bioingeniería develop joint health care solution
Full ArticleAlcatel-Lucent and application partner Sabia-Bioingeniería, headquartered in Zaragoza, Spain, have successfully completed a jointly developed solution to advance care. The new solution combines medical care systems with Alcatel-Lucent's communication systems for use in senior care facilities.
BioPharmetics enters telemedicine, the future of health care, with Eclipse blood glucose monitoring system
Full ArticleBioPharmetics Inc. has signed a distribution agreement to market and sell the Eclipse Glucose Monitoring System for HMD BioMedical, a manufacturer of telemedicine products. The Eclipse Glucose Monitoring System is the first of its kind in the United States.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
FDA grants clearance to INRange System's Electronic Medication Management Assistant - EMMA
Full ArticleThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance for INRange Systems Inc. to market and sell its Electronic Medication Management Assistant device, known as EMMA. EMMA is the first and only medical device commercially available for in-home medication management that can select, and deliver individual doses of medicine much like an ATM selects and delivers dollar bills. Unlike automated pill boxes, reminder systems, and other similar devices, EMMA is web-enabled pharmacy, giving pharmacists, nurses, doctors, or other licensed practitioners the ability to schedule medications and alter individual doses with the click of a mouse.
Telemedicine provider GlobalMedia Group joins the Polycom ARENA programme
Full ArticleGlobalMedia Group, specialized in telemedicine solutions, has signed an agreement to join the Polycom ARENA partner programme to enable new vertical solutions on the Polycom unified collaboration platform. Polycom, an expert in unified collaboration communications, initiated the ARENA programme to allow software application providers, hardware device manufacturers, and conferencing solution providers to integrate their products with Polycom's industry leading unified collaboration platform to create new applications.
Patient personal health records have become reality through provider endorsed Web-based system
Full ArticleVisionTree Optimal Care (VTOC) is now reaching 100.000 patients in more than 40 sites. The Web-based system effectively standardizes personal health record documentation by applying the electronic clipboard at every point a patient needs to complete a form. Physician's unique registration and history forms are administered through VTOC and personal health record fields are populated and tagged, giving health care consumers and physicians access to vital data when they need it. This has improved patient/provider communications, staff work flow efficiency and safety practices.
Cedara Software releases C4 platform to enable rapid plug-in of many clinical application modules into single workstation
Full ArticleCedara Software, a Merge Healthcare company and a medical imaging software and services company, has released its C4 platform, an integration framework that enables modular integration of clinical applications with minimal impact on the host, e.g. picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) software product. A C4 enabled host and clinical application provide an integrated desktop with procedure-centric work flow.
IBM contributes software that predicts spread of emerging infectious diseases
Full ArticleIBM has made available an advanced software technology that can help predict the transmission of diseases across countries and around the globe to the open source community. The tool will aid scientists and public health officials in understanding and planning more efficient responses to health crises, ultimately providing new tools for protecting population health.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Milton Keynes launches advanced telehealth service to improve care for people with COPD
Full ArticleMilton Keynes Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Milton Keynes Community Alarm Service have teamed up with Tunstall to launch a pioneering telehealth initiative to reduce avoidable hospital admissions, and enable people to better manage long-term conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at home.
Ossur's Proprio Foot takes the Gold 2007 Medical Design Excellence Award
Full ArticleOssur, a trusted and global developer of more scientifically advanced prosthetic innovations than any other company in the field, is the winner of the Gold 2007 Medical Design Excellence Award with its Proprio Foot, in the category of rehabilitation and assistive technology products. The Proprio Foot, the latest in Ossur's Bionic Technology platform, is the world's first motor-powered and intelligent prosthetic foot, a seamless fusion of electronics, mechanics, and human physiology that reduces the energy patients spend in reacting consciously to the environment.
Successful deployment of Personal Health Systems presupposes the existence of favourable policy and political support
Full ArticleFor almost a decade the European Commission activities in eHealth have supported a vision of person-centric health care systems - a vision that breaks away from the current way of delivering health care. This vision is best expressed by the so-called Personal Health Systems (PHS). PHS represent a new generation of eHealth systems in the form of, for example, wearable and portable systems and tools in the hands of patients or citizens. PHS are realised by integration of ICT such as biomedical sensors; micro- and nano-systems; mobile, wireless and broadband communications; user interfaces; digital signal processing and intelligent algorithms.
Rising prevalence of neurological disorders in Europe propels growth in the neurophysiological monitors market
Full ArticleThe increasing prevalence of neurological disorders in Europe is the main factor driving the neurophysiological monitoring (NPM) devices market. Growing importance of long-term monitoring and intra-operative monitoring is promoting growth in the NPM market, along with increased clinical diagnostic verification of magneto-encephalograph (MEG) monitoring equipment. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "European Neurophysiological Monitors Market", finds that the market earned revenues of $132,2 million in 2006 and estimates this to reach $275,5 million in 2013.
One billion euro in digital technologies for Europeans to age well
Full ArticleResponding to the needs of Europe's growing ageing population, the European Commission has adopted a European Action Plan for "Ageing Well in the Information Society". This Action Plan is accompanied by a new joint European research programme raising to over 1 billion euro the research investment on information and communications technologies (ICT) targeted at improving the life of older people at home, in the workplace and in society in general. These new European Union (EU) initiatives will contribute to allowing older Europeans to stay active for longer and live independently. Together they promise a triple win for Europe: improved quality of life and social participation for older people in Europe, new business opportunities for Europe's industries and more efficient and more personalised health and social services.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Somerset Hospital goes for telemedicine ECG service for cardiology reporting
Full ArticleBridgwater Community Hospital has opted for a telemedicine ECG service to provide expert cardiology reporting for patients attending its Urgent Treatment Centre, to further improve clinical outcomes, help reduce the pressures on health care providers within the Trust and to continue providing the highest levels of patient care.
York Telecom and LiveData collaborate to deliver Visually Integrated Operating Room
Full ArticleThe York Telecom Corporation and LiveData Inc. have teamed up to provide a groundbreaking new type of system known as the "Visually Integrated Operating Room" (VIOR). A remarkable advance in patient safety and Operating Room (OR) efficiency, the VIOR displays a complete picture of the surgical case, updated in real-time. The VIOR consists of the LiveData OR-Dashboard, which presents all relevant information about the surgical patient and operation on a large flat panel display; one or more additional displays for video and images; and associated audio-visual equipment, cameras, and infrastructure needed to display the data and images. On-demand links with Pathology, Radiology, and other resources beyond the OR further improve communication of critical information, resulting in fewer delays and more efficient peri-operative work flow.
Robotic technology provides less invasive procedure for mitral valve repair
Full ArticleCertified public accountant (CPA) Steve Garelick of West Hills, California, knew the complex heart surgery he needed in late February to repair his leaking heart valve couldn't be postponed until after tax season. Yet thanks to robotic surgical technology available at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Steve Garelick, aged 54, was back in the office on a part-time basis just two-and-a-half weeks after his surgery.
University of Cincinnati surgeons say minimally invasive lung surgery should be standard care
Full ArticleMajor United States academic medical centres can successfully - and safely - integrate minimally invasive lung surgery into their training programmes with a standardized, step-by-step plan, according to University of Cincinnati (UC) thoracic surgeons. It's estimated that only about 10 percent of all lung cancer operations nationwide are done with minimally invasive techniques, but more than half the patients who need the surgery would qualify for the less invasive procedure, which results in faster recovery time and less pain for patients.
Hansen Medical announces first United States customer shipment to Cleveland Clinic
Full ArticleHansen Medical Inc. has shipped its first Sensei Robotic Catheter System and Artisan Control Catheters in the United States to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The Cleveland Clinic is also one of the first Centers of Excellence for Hansen Medical, where training and research will take place under the guidance of world renowned physician, Andrea Natale, M.D., director of the Electrophysiology Lab and co-section head of Pacing and Electrophysiology.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Sobha Renaissance unveils DATA Exclusive IN - software to enable subscriber download content from any operator
Full ArticleSobha Renaissance Information Technology (SRIT) has launched "Data Exclusive Intelligent Network (IN)" - an operator end software which would enable its subscribers to download content from other operators too. This is enabled through a unique pre-paid Voucher Management System which helps generate and manage vouchers between the two transacting operator systems. The additional content download generated from a competitor's subscriber base is expected to enhance operator revenues from value added services substantially.
TATRC awards grant for training simulator to treat soldiers with head trauma
Full ArticleIn order to mitigate serious soldier injuries in Iraq, Millersville University's Dr. Gary Zoppetti, computer science, and his students are collaborating to develop computer-based technologies to combat losses overseas on the battlefield. Dr. Zoppetti and Verefi Technologies of Elizabethtown received a $692.000 small business technology transfer grant entitled "An Intracranial Hematoma/Burr Holes Simulation System" through the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and United States Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC).
Ascension receives Frost & Sullivan 2007 North American Award for Technology Innovation
Full ArticleAscension Technology has been awarded the 2007 North American Award for Technology Innovation by Frost and Sullivan. The award honours Ascension's "distinctive achievements in the development of magnetic sensors for minimally invasive surgical applications". Frost and Sullivan, a global growth consulting company whose mission is to research and analyse new market opportunities for corporate growth, selected Ascension for the technology innovation award based on the company's "breakthrough" contributions to magnetic motion tracking technology in the field of medicine.
Ekliptik chooses Ascension's 3D Guidance for implanting medical devices
Full ArticleAscension Technology Corporation has welcomed its newest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner, Ekliptik - maker of advanced implantable devices. Based in Slovenia, Ekliptik is using Ascension's 3D Guidance tracker in LIDIS - Less Invasive Distal Interlocking System - a new way of implanting surgical screws in severely fractured bones.
BodyTel Scientific announces the formation of BodyTel Europe GmbH
Full ArticleBodyTel Scientific Inc., a company focused on the development of innovative wireless health care products, has formed BodyTel Europe GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of BodyTel Scientific Inc., in Bad Wildungen, Germany. BodyTel Europe will serve as the centre for all sales and marketing related functions for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Stefan Schraps, Chief Executive Officer and President of BodyTel Scientific Inc., will be based at the new office and will serve as CEO (Geschäftsführer) of the limited liability company under German law.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Immersion Medical introduces LaparoscopyVR Surgical Simulation System
Full ArticleImmersion Medical has introduced the LaparoscopyVR Surgical Simulation System. The LapVR System, including hardware and software designed by Immersion Medical, comes in a self-contained cart and provides an effective and convenient tool to assist in training of minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. Because of shorter patient recovery times and other benefits, as many as 70 percent of all high-volume surgeries in the United States are performed using laparoscopic techniques, and the trend is expected to continue. The LapVR surgical simulator supplies a safe and effective training platform to help acquire the skills needed to perform these surgeries.
Book Summary: Virtual Scanning - a new generation of healthcare - beyond biomedicine
Full ArticleNew research and new technologies bring new understanding. The application of this knowledge leads to the development of new technologies which has the potential to make significant change to society. For example the horse and cart has been replaced by the petrol engine and jet turbines have revolutionised transport and power generation. New technologies based upon greater understanding of matter (e=mc2) have led to the advent of nuclear power and the development of the computer has instigated a revolution in data processing. The understanding of alchemy - which in its earliest days was considered to be "witchcraft" - and of the body's biochemistry has led to methods of treatment for a wide range of ailments including bacterial infections and conditions which are related to organ dysfunction.
Walter Reed Gait Laboratory puts amputee troops back in step
Full ArticleAs today's highly active service member amputees push their prosthetic devices to the limits, a lab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is gathering data that will help designers make the prostheses better, while enabling faster, more efficient recoveries for patients. At the Gait Lab, patient information is gathered using a high-tech, state-of-the-art computer system that combines reflective markers and cameras to gather data on how amputees move using their prostheses. Using oxygen and heart-rate monitors, the lab also can gather data on how much energy it takes for amputees to walk using prostheses.
Rutgers and University of Pennsylvania researchers capture research dollars to improve prostate cancer diagnostic methods
Full ArticlePioneering research to increase the accuracy of prostate cancer diagnoses has earned Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and its collaborators $822.000 in research grants. Diagnostic methods being developed by Rutgers biomedical engineers and University of Pennsylvania (Penn) physicians use powerful high resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) techniques to reveal previously hidden cancerous tissue in prostate glands. The innovative techniques also can pinpoint concentrations of suspicious tissue, thus improving the accuracy of a biopsy and, if needed, the effectiveness of treatment.
Miniature robot for precise positioning and targeting in keyhole neurosurgery wins Kaye Award for Hebrew University researcher
Full ArticleWhile recent advances in neurosurgery have made it possible to precisely target areas in the brain with minimum invasiveness - using a small hole to insert a probe, needle or catheter - there remains a disadvantage. The small size of the openings reduces or eliminates direct site visibility and requires greater dexterity, stability and precision by the surgeon.
 

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