VMW Monthly - September 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents September 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
West Virginia Open for Business to VistA, RPMS and Other Open Source Healthcare Solutions
Optical technology method shows promise for early detection of pancreatic cancer
Carnegie Mellon scientists investigate initial molecular mechanism that triggers neuronal firing
SSHA, Hydro One Telecom and Ontera join to implement innovative health care network in Northern Ontario
IBA Health secures key position in Asian clinics market and achieves record growth with eHealth Network
 
Grid for Health
 
University of Southern California's Globus MEDICUS is honoured for its ability to share data and images with researchers around the world.
IBM and university scientists launch global computing effort to find cures for dengue, West Nile, and hepatitis C diseases
World Scouting launches technology partnership with World Community Grid
Cartesian Gridspeed opens subsidiary operation in North America
Upstream Biosciences acquires innovative platform technology and drug candidates for tropical parasitic diseases
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Ekahau teams with VeriChip for health care security solution
ASSA ABLOY ITG's terminal approved for live trial of German Electronic Health Card
Philips awarded state-wide telehealth equipment GPO contract by the California Association for Health Services at Home
Michigan State University engineering team designs innovative medical device
Cardiocom Multi-Disease Management and Heritage Provider Network Inc. announce partnership to provide telemonitoring systems to community-based physicians
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Digital Union's RT1 software creates telegenetics network for Region 3 Genetics Collaborative
TheraDoc uses Oracle to help improve patient care and increase hospital safety
IgeaCare and Orange Business Services combine capabilities to deliver end-to-end telemedicine solution
Varaha Systems announces successful deployment of its uMobility products to QMS Healthcare
IBM introduces ePedigree system to combat drug counterfeiting and help clients comply with regulations
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
10 years European Health Forum Gastein: EHFG 2007 reaches new dimensions
Carestream Health and Lothian Health Board sign access agreement for Scotland PACS project
Staffordshire Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme on track to screen over 35.000 diabetes patients
ICW provides LifeSensor technology for scientific study and partners in national Bulgarian EHC pilot project
A new radiation therapy treatment developed for head and neck cancer patients
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Yuma Regional Medical Center turns to MEDSEEK for enterprise eHealth strategic planning
Single-incision belly-button surgery to remove kidney performed first at University of Texas Southwestern
Philips SpeechMagic used throughout Belgian AZ Sint-Jan Hospital and at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia
Study shows radiofrequency ablation highly effective in treating kidney tumours
Antelope Valley Hospital gets a healthy dose of data centre technologies from IBM
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani using telecom technology to provide health care services
New European medical intelligence system will help identify public health threats
NHS Scotland completes nationwide roll-out of Diabetes Retinopathy Screening Service
RTX Healthcare receives FDA 510k market clearance for Telehealth Monitor
University of Alabama employs Blue Gene supercomputer to study tumour formations
 
VMWC news bites
 
Rocket-powered mechanical arm could revolutionize prosthetics
Miniature implanted devices could treat epilepsy and glaucoma
Out-of-body experiences induced in the laboratory: using virtual reality to study the foundations of bodily self-consciousness
Star Trek medical device uses ultrasound to seal punctured lungs
Next-generation neurotechnology possible with NIH grant
 

Leads September 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
West Virginia Open for Business to VistA, RPMS and Other Open Source Healthcare Solutions
Full ArticleThe Governor's strategic plan for improving health care in West Virginia was just completed and published in April 2007. The HealthyWV Strategic Plan describes what the state intends to do to improve health care in the state over the next 5-10 years. The administration will focus on four strategic goals that encompass our guiding principles and will help to address the most significant challenges in health care today.
Optical technology method shows promise for early detection of pancreatic cancer
Full ArticleOptical technology developed by a Northwestern University biomedical engineer shown to be effective in the early detection of colon cancer now appears promising for detecting pancreatic cancer, the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Known as a silent killer, with no method of early detection, pancreatic cancer spreads rapidly and seldom is detected in its early stages. The new technique could lead to the first screening method for pancreatic cancer in asymptomatic patients, according to Vadim Backman, developer of the technology and professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Carnegie Mellon scientists investigate initial molecular mechanism that triggers neuronal firing
Full ArticleCarnegie Mellon University chemists have solved a decade-long molecular mystery that could eventually help scientists develop drug therapies to treat a variety of disorders, including epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. Using intensive theoretical and computational calculations, Carnegie Mellon researchers have modelled the initial molecular changes that occur when the neurotransmitter glutamate docks with a receptor on a neuron, which sets in motion a chain of events that culminates in the neuron firing an electrical impulse.
SSHA, Hydro One Telecom and Ontera join to implement innovative health care network in Northern Ontario
Full ArticleNorthern Ontario residents will soon benefit from improved access to health care as a result of the recent collaboration of Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA), Hydro One Telecom (HOT) and Ontera, a division of Ontario Northland. Representatives from the three agencies joined together with Nipissing MPP Monique Smith to make the announcement and share details of an innovative new telecommunications network that will benefit health care providers and in turn, residents in the region.
IBA Health secures key position in Asian clinics market and achieves record growth with eHealth Network
Full ArticleIBA Health Limited - Australia's largest listed eHealth company, has secured a key position in the growing Asian clinic, diagnostic and imaging market as a result of reaching an agreement with Singapore based AsiaMedic and Malaysia based Kg Baru Medical Centre (KBMC) to implement IBA's innovative suite of administrative, clinical and electronic health record applications.
 
Grid for Health
 
University of Southern California's Globus MEDICUS is honoured for its ability to share data and images with researchers around the world.
Full ArticleUniversity of Southern California's (USC) Globus MEDICUS project, which seeks to speed the exchange of important medical information and images worldwide using distributed computing, has received a prestigious Internet2 IDEA Award 2007. The award, which recognizes innovative, advanced network applications that have had the most positive impact within the research and education community, honoured the project's chief collaborators: Stephan Erberich, director of functional imaging and biomedical informatics at USC; Carl Kesselman, director of the centre for Grid technology at USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI); Ann Chervenak, assistant professor of computer science at the ISI; and Robert Schuler, ISI research scientist.
IBM and university scientists launch global computing effort to find cures for dengue, West Nile, and hepatitis C diseases
Full ArticleIn an effort to halt the spread of deadly infectious diseases now threatening to reach epidemic proportions around the world, an unprecedented research effort has been launched by IBM, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), and the University of Chicago to discover drugs to treat and cure dengue fever, West Nile encephalitis, hepatitis C, and a host of related diseases including yellow fever.
World Scouting launches technology partnership with World Community Grid
Full ArticleIf you associate Scouts only with camping and tying knots, think again. As part of its Centenary celebrations, World Scouting has launched a partnership with World Community Grid in a joint effort to create a better world through information technology. World Community Grid's mission is to create the world's largest public computing Grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity. Scouts with access to the Internet are to be encouraged to sign up as members of the new SCOUTS team created on World Community Grid, contributing their computers' unused processor cycles to the global effort. Millions of personal computers sit idle on office desks and in homes worldwide. While they wait, hundreds of people contract and die from infectious diseases every hour. As screen savers run, millions die from hunger, or environmental disasters devastate whole communities. But it doesn't have to be that way and World Scouting is taking up the challenge.
Cartesian Gridspeed opens subsidiary operation in North America
Full ArticleSupporting the growing demand for its innovative genomic search technology in North America, Cartesian Gridspeed Ltd. has opened its new sales, marketing and technical support subsidiary, SLIM Search Inc. in Mission Viejo, California. SLIM Search Inc. is a genomic research pioneer marketing its SLIM Search genomic search tool to universities, government research, and research and development departments of biotechnology corporations and individual contributors. SLIM Search provides more speed, flexibility and sensitivity for the genomic researcher.
Upstream Biosciences acquires innovative platform technology and drug candidates for tropical parasitic diseases
Full ArticleUpstream Biosciences Inc. has completed the acquisition of Pacific Pharma Technologies Inc., an early stage biopharmaceutical company with a proprietary technology platform that combines artificial intelligence, advanced computational methods and chemical diversity techniques to discover new drugs. This technology has already generated novel compounds that in laboratory studies demonstrate both human and veterinary potential against major tropical parasitic diseases.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Ekahau teams with VeriChip for health care security solution
Full ArticleEkahau Inc., a provider of Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), has entered an agreement with VeriChip Corporation to collaborate on wireless solutions for the health care market. The agreement covers RFID-based health care security systems from Xmark, a VeriChip subsidiary, and Ekahau's Wi-Fi-enabled RTLS. Specifically, the companies will collaborate on providing solutions around asset tracking, infant protection, patient safety and theft prevention in the health care industry.
ASSA ABLOY ITG's terminal approved for live trial of German Electronic Health Card
Full ArticleASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies (ITG), one of the major providers of products and services in the RFID market, has received approval for its new terminal OMNIKEY CardMan e-Health 8751 LAN. The device has been certified by the "Gesellschaft für Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte mbH" (gematik) and is now being deployed in the broad-based live trial of the German Electronic Health Card. In phase 1, the so-called 10.000 test, users in pharmacies, medical practices and clinics are currently testing the components of the health project infrastructure, including the electronic health card and the terminal.
Philips awarded state-wide telehealth equipment GPO contract by the California Association for Health Services at Home
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has been awarded a group purchasing organisation (GPO) contract for telehealth products and services by the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH). CAHSAH is a statewide home care association in the United States, representing more than 400 providers in California, and has selected Philips Consumer Healthcare Solutions as a GPO telehealth vendor for remote patient monitoring services.
Michigan State University engineering team designs innovative medical device
Full ArticleA Michigan State University engineering design team has developed a medical diagnosis system that would allow people to be inexpensively screened for a variety of medical problems. With Tongtong Li, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, as the faculty facilitator, Joe Hines, Janelle Shane, Kevin Scheel, Thomas Casey and Kurtis Hessler teamed up with students from China and Italy in the project.
Cardiocom Multi-Disease Management and Heritage Provider Network Inc. announce partnership to provide telemonitoring systems to community-based physicians
Full ArticleCardiocom Multi-Disease Management, an industry leading developer and manufacturer of remote patient monitoring equipment and disease management software, has entered into a relationship with Heritage Provider Network (HPN) Inc., a Management Service Organization extending over Central and Southern California service areas. The two partners will combine the benefits of well-managed Medical Group/IPA networks, which offer value-added clinical resources to community-based physicians, with the innovative and cost-effective technology of an experienced telemonitoring company. The overall goal is to improve the care and clinical outcomes of Heritage Provider Network patients.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Digital Union's RT1 software creates telegenetics network for Region 3 Genetics Collaborative
Full ArticleDigital Union has entered into a five-year agreement with members of the Southeast Regional Genetics Group (SERGG) in Region 3 to provide RealTime1 (RT1) software at 15 locations in eight southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The Region 3 Genetics Collaborative, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) since 2004, has received additional funding for another five-year period. With this renewal, Region 3 will now use RT1 to help them develop and co-ordinate a network of providers of clinical genetic services in order to improve access to affected individuals and their families in the southeastern United States.
TheraDoc uses Oracle to help improve patient care and increase hospital safety
Full ArticleTheraDoc is a small company with a big mission - to save lives and enhance patient care by promoting improved clinical decision-making in hospitals across North America. By enabling the real-time collection, aggregation and analysis of data at every stage of a patient's journey through a hospital, the TheraDoc Expert System manages patient information, focuses clinicians' attention and provides guidance that helps improve patient care. This combination of real-time surveillance with real-time decision support requires a database that can cope with high transaction rates and simultaneous swift aggregation and analysis. This is why TheraDoc selected Oracle Database as the repository at the heart of its offering.
IgeaCare and Orange Business Services combine capabilities to deliver end-to-end telemedicine solution
Full ArticleIgeaCare Systems Inc., an expert in health care applications, and Orange Business Services, the business communications arm for the France Telecom Group, will jointly deliver a suite of health care applications over a secure communications infrastructure throughout the United States and Canada to support the tele-homecare and telemedicine market. The companies are working together to enable health care providers to optimize the cost of home nursing with the right mix of technology and hands-on care.
Varaha Systems announces successful deployment of its uMobility products to QMS Healthcare
Full ArticleVaraha Systems has successfully deployed its uMobility mobile enterprise software to QMS Healthcare (QMSH), a global expert of advanced health care support and services to the United Kingdom private health sector. QMS is using the comprehensive set of uMobility products that include uMobility Mobile Multimedia, GlobalTalk and VPN, which allows users to extend critical hospital information and communication to mobile health workers via smartphone devices. As a result, health care workers are now able to move freely and communicate securely inside hospitals, clinics and beyond while improving overall health care services.
IBM introduces ePedigree system to combat drug counterfeiting and help clients comply with regulations
Full ArticleIBM has made available an offering that will allow pharmaceutical companies to create an electronic certificate of authenticity - known as an electronic pedigree or ePedigree - for every drug that passes through the supply chain. The offering allows all participants in the drug supply chain - manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and hospitals - secure and on demand access to historical data on individual bottles or packages of medicine.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
10 years European Health Forum Gastein: EHFG 2007 reaches new dimensions
Full ArticleThe European Health Forum Gastein is being held for the tenth time this year. Over the past decade, this autumnal meeting of leading figures from the realms of politics, administration, business and science has established itself as the most important platform for the presentation and discussion of new developments in the field of European health policy and the organisation of health systems in European states.
Carestream Health and Lothian Health Board sign access agreement for Scotland PACS project
Full ArticleCarestream Health has signed an Access Agreement with the Lothian Health Board in Scotland, as part of its contract with National Services Scotland (NSS), the procurement body for National Health Service (NHS) Scotland, for the National PACS Project. With the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at its heart, Lothian is one of the largest Health Boards in Scotland and offers a range of care to the people of Edinburgh, Lothian and beyond over ten hospital sites, three of which have A&E facilities.
Staffordshire Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme on track to screen over 35.000 diabetes patients
Full ArticleThe Staffordshire Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service, a community based digital eye screening programme designed to detect and treat diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, is on track to exceed its target of screening over 35.000 diabetes patients this year. The county-wide screening programme was one of the first in the United Kingdom to be launched in March 2006 and screened over 28.000 diabetes patients across Staffordshire during its first year of operations to March 2007. The Service is now averaging 4000 patient screenings per month leaving it well on track to exceed its target of screening 36.000 patients by March 2008. And as well as reaching out to an ever-increasing number of diabetes patients, the Service has also introduced a unique hospital choice system.
ICW provides LifeSensor technology for scientific study and partners in national Bulgarian EHC pilot project
Full ArticleBARMER, Germany's largest health insurance provider, starts evaluating the effects of the personal health record on the health behaviour and the situation for the provision of health care to its insured as part of a Germany-wide research study. The eHealth specialist InterComponentWare AG (ICW) was chosen as technology partner, which is providing the web-based personal health record LifeSensor for the three-year research study. In turn, Bulgaria is issuing its first electronic health cards as part of the pilot project of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). The pilot project for the nationwide introduction of an electronic health card was launched in February 2007 and is implemented by ICW in co-operation with Cisco and Kontrax.
A new radiation therapy treatment developed for head and neck cancer patients
Full ArticleMost head-and-neck cancers that recur locally after prior full-dose conventional radiation therapy respond to Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). These results were obtained in a Phase I/II study at the Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. The scientific director of the research programme, professor Heikki Joensuu, University of Helsinki, considers the results clinically significant and very interesting. They open a new field for BNCT, since thus far BNCT has been evaluated only in the treatment of some brain tumours.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Yuma Regional Medical Center turns to MEDSEEK for enterprise eHealth strategic planning
Full ArticleMEDSEEK, a provider of enterprise eHealth solutions that connect information and people for better patient care and community advocacy, has been retained by Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Yuma, Arizona, to develop a comprehensive enterprise eHealth strategy, called eMap. MEDSEEK's eMap will anchor YRMC's vision to its business and community outreach and advocacy goals, drive business performance, provide competitive advantage, and strategically position the organisation for growth.
Single-incision belly-button surgery to remove kidney performed first at University of Texas Southwestern
Full ArticleSurgeons specializing in laparoscopic procedures at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center have successfully removed a patient's kidney by performing a unique nephrectomy entirely through the belly button. Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, associate professor of urology and radiology, performed the "single keyhole access" surgery, the first of its kind involving a kidney. The entire procedure was completed with only one incision and will leave the patient with a barely noticeable scar tucked in the umbilicus, or navel.
Philips SpeechMagic used throughout Belgian AZ Sint-Jan Hospital and at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics' industrial grade speech recognition technology SpeechMagic has been implemented facility-wide at AZ Sint-Jan Hospital in Brugge, Belgium. As an integral part of the reporting solution MediSpeech by G2 Speech, SpeechMagic interfaces with the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) system to turn spoken information into clinical data. Physicians are provided with a reliable, accurate and timely source of patient information. The same solution has also been successfully deployed at the Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW), New South Wales, Australia. Here, the technology has helped the radiology and nuclear medicine departments to boost their efficiency, thus moving from a two-week reporting backlog to same-day reporting. With speech recognition powered reporting, physicians are now able to focus on getting the children out of the hospital faster, as treatment delays from missing documentation have been eliminated.
Study shows radiofrequency ablation highly effective in treating kidney tumours
Full ArticleA relatively new, minimally invasive treatment was 100 percent successful in eradicating small malignant kidney tumours in a study of more than 100 patients, report researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The patients underwent CT-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) at Wake Forest Baptist for kidney tumours ranging in size from 0,6 cm to 8,8 cm. A total of 125 tumours in 104 patients were treated over the period 2000 to 2006. In all of the patients, a biopsy had confirmed the presence of renal cell carcinomas (RCC), a common type of renal malignancy.
Antelope Valley Hospital gets a healthy dose of data centre technologies from IBM
Full ArticleAntelope Valley Hospital is migrating from 70 Dell systems to just four virtualized IBM System x servers to dramatically improve data centre performance and reduce energy costs. With fewer physical servers, the hospital's data centre will run cooler and energy costs will be significantly reduced.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani using telecom technology to provide health care services
Full ArticleThe UGC Centre for Women Studies (CWS) at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani has joined hands with Sewa Bharti, Pilani to open new vistas for the people by inaugurating a telemedicine centre, first of its kind in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The centre aims at delivery of health care services across distances using telecom technology.
New European medical intelligence system will help identify public health threats
Full ArticleThe European Commission has developed a medical intelligence system that constantly collects and sorts information from more than 1000 news and 120 public health websites in 32 languages. Complementing traditional approaches, the system, called MediSys, will provide health authorities with real-time knowledge about disease outbreaks or industrial accidents, thereby helping to identify such incidents as early as possible and so react in a timely way. It can also provide invaluable information to authorities tackling a major incident such as a bio-terrorist attack.
NHS Scotland completes nationwide roll-out of Diabetes Retinopathy Screening Service
Full ArticleNational Health Service (NHS) Scotland has completed the roll-out of a country wide diabetic's retinopathy screening service, in response to the worldwide rise in chronic diseases. With an estimated 150.000 diabetic people in Scotland in 2006 and the figure likely to double by 2010, NHS Scotland worked with Siemens Medical Solutions to implement annual retinal screening to substantially reduce the suffering caused by diabetes.
RTX Healthcare receives FDA 510k market clearance for Telehealth Monitor
Full ArticleRTX Healthcare has received 510k market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the new RTX3370 Telehealth Monitor in the United States. The RTX3370 is an interactive and simple to use wireless device, designed specifically to improve the way of providing health care to patients outside hospitals suffering from chronic diseases such as heart failure, COPD and diabetes.
University of Alabama employs Blue Gene supercomputer to study tumour formations
Full ArticleThe University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham has acquired an IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer for biological research, tripling its computing power. The new supercomputer will allow the university to enhance its capabilities in computational biology and molecular simulations.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Rocket-powered mechanical arm could revolutionize prosthetics
Full ArticleCombine a mechanical arm with a miniature rocket motor: the result is a prosthetic device that is the closest thing yet to a bionic arm. A prototype of this radical design has been successfully developed and tested by a team of mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt University as part of a $30 million federal programme to develop advanced prosthetic devices.
Miniature implanted devices could treat epilepsy and glaucoma
Full ArticlePurdue University researchers have developed new miniature devices designed to be implanted in the brain to predict and prevent epileptic seizures and a nanotech sensor for implantation in the eye to treat glaucoma. Findings are being detailed in three research papers that are presented at the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society's Sciences and Technologies for Health conference held end of August in Lyon, France.
Out-of-body experiences induced in the laboratory: using virtual reality to study the foundations of bodily self-consciousness
Full ArticlePeople who have come close to death sometimes report what are known as out-of-body experiences, in which they have seen themselves from somewhere else in the room. Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have now both come up with techniques that recreate this sensation in fully conscious healthy volunteers. They hope that this technique will enable them to study the relationship between the body and the "self" in the laboratory environment.
Star Trek medical device uses ultrasound to seal punctured lungs
Full ArticleA stretcher races through the entrance of a busy hospital. The car-accident victim lies on top and grimaces in pain. While surface injuries look gruesome, the real medical danger is invisible - internal organ damage caused by being crushed against the steering wheel. This isn't a scene from Seattle Grace Hospital, the set of the popular television drama Grey's Anatomy, but from its real-life model, Harborview Medical Center. Engineers at the University of Washington are working with Harborview doctors to create new emergency treatments right out of Star Trek: a tricorder type device using high-intensity focused ultrasound rays. This summer, researchers published the first experiment using ultrasound to seal punctured lungs.
Next-generation neurotechnology possible with NIH grant
Full ArticleState-of-the-art brain implants that record or stimulate neural activity to help people with nervous system damage will be made possible under a major new National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to Brown University, Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center at Case Western Reserve University. The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development awarded the five-year, $6,5-million grant to Brown, which will co-ordinate research with partners from Cyberkinetics and the Cleveland FES Center.
 

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