VMW Monthly - October 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents October 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Arizona's valley fever drug phase 1 and 2 clinical trial funded
Guest authors Peter Groen and Jaime Nasuti aiming to promote use of EHR systems through fictional drama
Seattle Children's Hospital leads $23,7 million NIH grant to study gene repair
New IBM report predicts health care reform will force new roles for United States health insurers
Children's Advocacy Group releases telemedicine report: e-Health is transforming health care for children
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM and the University of Cape Town to develop regional climate models for Africa
IBM health care customers implement advanced data storage and management technologies
Supercomputer shines light on cancer research
IBM sites advanced chip technology centre at Indianapolis University campus
Dutch DigiBOB project to digitise the population screening for the prevention of breast cancer using SURFnet6
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Sagem Orga the first in the German electronic health card market to receive Common Criteria (CC) certification for its eHealth platform MICARDO
IGERT fellows at Cornell to design biodevices using flexible electronics
Aerotel Medical Systems and Turkcell demonstrate advanced wireless telemedicine and telecare solutions at CeBIT Eurasia 2007
Nurses go wireless at Essen University Hospital
RFID research seeks to enhance quality and security of wireless telemedicine
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Crospon licenses HP technology to create industry-first skin patch for smart drug delivery
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield tackles health insurance claim fraud, waste and abuse with new service from IBM
University of North Carolina nanotech spin-off forms new venture with Siemens
Dell and Seton Family of Hospitals extend technology services partnership
Ossur's Proprio Foot nets the 2007 da Vinci Award
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
EPSRC to fund leading-edge body sensors, computer models and SESAME technologies for sporting achievements
Information technology on the advance in the health care system, says Fraunhofer study
Access to patient record databases invaluable for medical research, according to British leading funders
EHFG board to select six finalists for European Health Forum Award
European Telemedicine Clinic raises $9,8 million dollars funding
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Three additional hospitals in rural Arizona activate link to Telemedicine for Teletrauma system
Five United States hospitals and DTE Consulting select Optio's comprehensive EHR, forms automation and document management solutions
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM and Patient Portal
Good Samaritan Hospital selects MEDSEEK to improve clinical collaboration and decision making
Real-time cardiological imaging reproduced by the cineo3+ 1080 projector from projectiondesign at Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, UK
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Physicians will benefit from Medical Software Advice website
Dimension Technologies awarded $1,4 million Navy contract and NSF grant
Telemedicine by ATKOSoft in 24 Cycladic Islands
CareSeek launches NursesRateDoctors.com and encourages nurses across the country to participate in on-line physician reviews
The European Parliament unites with an all-time historic majority for an efficient European emergency number 112 and increased safety for its citizens
 
VMWC news bites
 
Idaho State University receives $842.000 from DOD to develop smart prosthetic hand
Real-time seed plant system and stereotactic body radiation therapy - two innovative approaches to fight prostate cancer
IBM Research unveils 3D avatar to help doctors visualize patient records and improve care
Israeli team develops GPS accuracy for keyhole neurosurgery using mini-robot
UCLA/VA partners with ASU to advance biosensor technology for urinary tract infections
 

Leads October 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Arizona's valley fever drug phase 1 and 2 clinical trial funded
Full ArticleThe Office of Orphan Product Development (OOPD) in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded $1.049.978 to the University of Arizona's (UA) Valley Fever Center for Excellence to fund a phase 1 and 2 clinical trial for nikkomycin Z - a promising investigational treatment for valley fever. Additional support for the development of nikkomycin Z has come from the National Institutes of Health, the Critical Path Institute, the UA's BIO5 Institute, New York-based JT Tai & Company Foundation and donations from individuals, especially animal lovers because valley fever also is a major problem for dogs and other pets. Valley fever is a disease of the lungs caused by the fungus coccidioidomycosis that is common in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Guest authors Peter Groen and Jaime Nasuti aiming to promote use of EHR systems through fictional drama
Full ArticleGuest authors Peter Groen and Jaime Nasuti are presenting here a dramatic short story about the use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. This story and all characters in it are purely fictional. The intention of the authors is to support and enhance the goal of improving health care using IT systems by means of fictional drama to make their statement. Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine is publishing the story in its unchanged form.
Seattle Children's Hospital leads $23,7 million NIH grant to study gene repair
Full ArticleSeattle Children's Hospital will receive the largest research grant in its 100-year history for a new five-year, eleven-part grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study gene repair. The $23,7 million grant will support the Northwest Genome Engineering Consortium, led by Andrew M. Scharenberg, MD, of Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Approximately $13,2 million will be directly awarded to Children's, with $5,3 million going to UWSOM and $5,2 million to the Hutchinson Center.
New IBM report predicts health care reform will force new roles for United States health insurers
Full ArticleA new report released by IBM paints a bleak picture of the future for United States health insurers unless they make radical changes in how they do business. IBM is one of the largest self-insured United States employers, bearing financial risk for the health of more than 350.000 employees and their dependants.
Children's Advocacy Group releases telemedicine report: e-Health is transforming health care for children
Full ArticleThe Children's Partnership (TCP) has released an Issue Brief, "Meeting the Health Care Needs of California's Children: The Role of Telemedicine", to inform leaders and the public of how telemedicine can address the health care needs of California's children. The brief pays particular attention to children who are low-income and living in medically underserved areas.
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM and the University of Cape Town to develop regional climate models for Africa
Full ArticleIBM and the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town are launching a global computing effort to improve regional climate models in order to make better projections about what effects a changing climate will have in Africa. Climate change is of grave concern in all areas, but in developing regions such as Africa, the impact can be more acute because of the lack of access to health care and other social services. Widespread floods, for example, can lead to water borne illness and related diseases such as dengue fever or malaria, which are spread by infected mosquitoes that thrive in water. Droughts can have devastating affects as well by bringing on pervasive food shortages.
IBM health care customers implement advanced data storage and management technologies
Full ArticleIBM has hosted a Healthcare Innovation Event, spotlighting new and emerging data storage and management technologies that are dramatically shaping how health care and life sciences organisations manage and access health information on demand. IBM's advanced storage technologies are allowing both large health care and life sciences enterprises and small to mid-sized organisations - such as IBM customers Spectrum Health and Harbin Clinic - to adopt ever-increasing sophistication and leading edge expertise.
Supercomputer shines light on cancer research
Full ArticleDiamond Light Source, the United Kingdom's brand new synchrotron facility - a super size light-based microscope - and one of the brightest sources of light in the world is using a high performance compute cluster (HPCC) to enable scientists to undertake larger, more complex life sciences research and complete analysis of research more quickly - reducing data analysis time from weeks to near real-time.
IBM sites advanced chip technology centre at Indianapolis University campus
Full ArticleIBM will establish a worldwide centre for developing products and applications using its advanced Cell chip technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - the first such IBM facility on a college campus. IBM plans to staff the new 2000-square-foot Future Technology Solution Design Center located in the university's Informatics and Communications Technology Complex with five professionals, who will develop new products and applications based on advanced Cell processor technology.
Dutch DigiBOB project to digitise the population screening for the prevention of breast cancer using SURFnet6
Full ArticleThe National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in The Netherlands is working hard to digitise the population screening for the prevention of breast cancer. Radiologists will remotely assess the X-ray images through the SURFnet6 fibre-optic network. SURFnet designs and operates the hybrid SURFnet6 network and provides innovative services in the field of security, authentication and authorisation, group communication and video. SURFnet enables multimedia collaboration between institutions, researchers and students through advanced middleware and applications. In this way the organisation establishes the ICT basis for innovation in higher education and research in The Netherlands.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Sagem Orga the first in the German electronic health card market to receive Common Criteria (CC) certification for its eHealth platform MICARDO
Full ArticleSagem Orga is once more the first company to receive a vital certification for the new telematics infrastructure of the German electronic health card. The BSI, the German Office for Security in Information Technology, has now given the smart card expert official certification of the fact that Version 3 of its operating system MICARDO fulfills all security criteria.
IGERT fellows at Cornell to design biodevices using flexible electronics
Full ArticleGrowing interest in using flexible electronics for next-generation biomedical devices has prompted the creation of a new graduate student research programme at Cornell, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Cornell's Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) has received $3,2 million over five years from NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) programme. Recruited IGERT fellows will work in teams to design and test biodevices - from biologically compliant neural implants to wireless drug delivery - using flexible electronics. Called the FlexEBio research grant, the programme will focus on: biosensors; the material-biology interface; and flexible implantable electronics for medical monitoring, diagnostics and therapeutics.
Aerotel Medical Systems and Turkcell demonstrate advanced wireless telemedicine and telecare solutions at CeBIT Eurasia 2007
Full ArticleAerotel Medical Systems, one of the world's major manufacturers of advanced telemedicine and remote monitoring solutions for telemedicine and telecare, and Turkcell, a mobile operator in Turkey, demonstrate Aerotel's advanced solutions at CeBIT Eurasia, held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2-7 October, 2007.
Nurses go wireless at Essen University Hospital
Full ArticleThe nursing service at Essen University Hospital is to begin an ambitious wireless health IT project later in September that will result in it becoming one of the first fully wireless hospitals in Germany. The wireless system will be introduced to enable nurses and doctors at the hospital to use tablet PCs running electronic nursing documentation software and order communications software at the point of care.
RFID research seeks to enhance quality and security of wireless telemedicine
Full ArticleA team of researchers led by Fei Hu, assistant professor of computer engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), is working to advance the integration of radio frequency identification technology, also known as RFID, into cardiac sensor networks, a new wireless technology for telemedicine delivery. The team will also work to enhance the security of the systems used in the process, thereby reducing the possibility of identity theft and cyber-terrorism. The effort is being supported by a $400.000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Cyber Trust Programme. Fei Hu, the principal investigator, will collaborate with Yang Xiao, professor of computer science at the University of Alabama.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Crospon licenses HP technology to create industry-first skin patch for smart drug delivery
Full ArticleHewlett-Packard (HP) and Crospon, a medical device developer based in Galway, Ireland, have entered a licensing agreement for a drug delivery platform that enables painless, controlled release of one or more drugs in a single patch applied to the skin. Under the agreement, HP will license its intellectual property to Crospon in return for royalty payments. Crospon will commercialize the patch, which was invented by HP Labs, the company's central research facility, and make it available to pharmaceutical companies to use in various therapeutic areas.
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield tackles health insurance claim fraud, waste and abuse with new service from IBM
Full ArticleExcellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) has contracted to use the new Risk Identification Analysis Service from IBM to help combat health care insurance claim fraud, waste and abuse. According to estimates from the federal government and issues-based groups such as the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, as much as 10 percent of all health care expenditures in the United States, or $170 billion, may be lost each year to fraud, waste and abuse. This results in a high cost to private and government insurance payers.
University of North Carolina nanotech spin-off forms new venture with Siemens
Full ArticleSome great inventions are birthed at a bar, their futures scribbled on cocktail napkins. Multi-pixel X-ray technology, the first substantial technological change in X-rays in more than a century, was born over a greasy Philly cheesesteak sandwich. It was 2000. Otto Zhou was the principal investigator on a $6 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to find applications for carbon nanotubes. Otto Zhou and Jianping Lu, both physics professors at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, often brainstormed ideas over lunch. Other scientists across the country were applying the material to flat-panel displays.
Dell and Seton Family of Hospitals extend technology services partnership
Full ArticleThe Seton Family of Hospitals in Central Texas has signed a services contract with Dell in a new six-year agreement. Dell and Seton's partnership dates back almost two decades and for the past six years Dell has managed Seton's day-to-day information technology operations and provided technology vision and expertise.
Ossur's Proprio Foot nets the 2007 da Vinci 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 a 2007 da Vinci Award with its Proprio Foot. 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.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
EPSRC to fund leading-edge body sensors, computer models and SESAME technologies for sporting achievements
Full ArticleThe Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) celebrated the overall theme "Energy and Human Progress" at the BA - British Association for the Advancement of Science - Festival of Science, hosted by the University of York and the City of York, September 9-15, 2007, with a series of presentations on EPSRC-funded IT technologies that are being developed to the benefit of sports and athletes. As such, the Sensing for Sport and Managed Exercise (SESAME) project is developing innovative video and body sensor technologies designed to aid the training of both novice and elite athletes. In addition, a revolutionary unobtrusive sensor that collects and immediately transmits data from the human body could boost British sporting success in future. And, last but not least, computer models now under development could enhance the design of sports equipment to help people of all abilities realise their sporting potential.
Information technology on the advance in the health care system, says Fraunhofer study
Full ArticleInformation technology will open up many new possibilities in preventive health care and in the treatment of diseases by 2020. This is revealed in a Delphi study by the German Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI). But not everything that is technically possible will also be accepted, according to the Karlsruhe researchers.
Access to patient record databases invaluable for medical research, according to British leading funders
Full ArticleBetter use should be made of electronic databases and patient records to help scientists understand patterns of health and disease in the population, according to leading UK funders. However, they warn that it is essential to develop such studies in consultation with the public. Their call comes at the launch of a new initiative to support research that uses such information for health research purposes.
EHFG board to select six finalists for European Health Forum Award
Full ArticleAs mentioned in the previous VMW issue, the "European Health Forum Award" has been inaugurated to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the European Health Forum Gastein. This new accolade will distinguish health policy initiatives in Europe that contribute to tackling key challenges faced by public health services. The European Health Forum Award will be awarded annually in future. The prize is sponsored by the Austrian Ministry of Health Family and Youth, Siemens Medical Solutions, Pfizer Germany, the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce and Pharmig, the Austrian trade association of the pharmaceutical industry.
European Telemedicine Clinic raises $9,8 million dollars funding
Full ArticleKennet Partners, an international growth equity investor focused on the technology sector, has achieved the first investment from its new fund, Kennet III L.P. Kennet has led a 7 million euro financing of the European Telemedicine Clinic (TMC), the European market leader in the provision of sub-specialized teleradiology services to public and private health care providers.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Three additional hospitals in rural Arizona activate link to Telemedicine for Teletrauma system
Full ArticleBlue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) and the University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson have announced that three additional rural Arizona hospitals now have real-time access to UMC teletrauma specialists through the Telemedicine for Teletrauma programme. The announcement comes in conjunction with the first anniversary of the Telemedicine for Teletrauma programme, which now includes links to five rural Arizona hospitals participating in the programme. The Telemedicine for Teletrauma & Critical Care programme has helped address the shortage of trauma specialists in rural Arizona in just a year's time.
Five United States hospitals and DTE Consulting select Optio's comprehensive EHR, forms automation and document management solutions
Full ArticleDuring the 3-months ended July 31, 2007 Optio Healthcare has signed contracts with five health care systems throughout the United States to deliver a complete suite of subscription-based software solutions dedicated to improving hospital operations throughout the continuum of patient care, while eliminating the high cost of pre-printed forms and redundant manual processes. The company has also agreed to partner with Kentucky-based DTE Consulting to implement Optio's form management and document automation solutions at hospitals and health care facilities throughout the United States.
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM and Patient Portal
Full ArticleThe Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS) has selected eClinicalWorks' unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) system, along with eClinicalWorks Patient Portal, for its Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (aEHR) initiative. As part of this project, eClinicalWorks EMR/PM will interface with the SCLHS GE Centricity Enterprise hospital system and with local Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) initiatives. SCLHS will make the eClinicalWorks system available to its 200 employed physicians and to the 5000 independently practising physicians on its hospital medical staffs, on a voluntary basis.
Good Samaritan Hospital selects MEDSEEK to improve clinical collaboration and decision making
Full ArticleGood Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California, has selected MEDSEEK's Clinical Portal solution to enhance clinical decision-making by simplifying and improving access to the hospital's core and ancillary clinical systems.
Real-time cardiological imaging reproduced by the cineo3+ 1080 projector from projectiondesign at Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, UK
Full ArticleSouthampton University Hospital is home to the Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, one of the largest specialist heart treatment units in the United Kingdom. The consultants at this unit have developed a programme for excellence in the treatments they offer and the way these are delivered to patients. To realise this goal, a charity called Wessex Heartbeat was formed some eight years ago, since when it has raised over GBP 13 million to support the work of the unit. Part of this money has funded the Heartbeat Education Centre, specifically for the hospital's cardiac consultant team and their juniors. The Centre in the hospital's new North Wing, and comprises five interventional catheter labs, four seminar rooms, a videoconference suite and a 120-seat lecture theatre.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Physicians will benefit from Medical Software Advice website
Full ArticleSoftware Advice has launched its Medical Software Advice website, a free resource designed to match prospective medical software buyers with the right technology and software for their practices and businesses. Software Advice's unique industry segmentation by retail segment, size of business and software requirements allows retailers to identify quickly the best software suited for electronic medical records (EMRs), medical billing, patient scheduling and practice management.
Dimension Technologies awarded $1,4 million Navy contract and NSF grant
Full ArticleDimension Technologies Inc. (DTI) has been awarded a $1.400.000 contract from the United States Navy for development of two compact Ultra High Definition (UHD) projector prototypes with an unprecedented native resolution of 4200 X 3150. These projectors will utilize lighting and electronics in a unique way to produce images delivering nine times more true resolution than the Texas Instruments Digital Light Processors (DLP) that are used to create them. DTI also has been awarded a contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the feasibility of applying DTI's patented Ultra High Definition display technology to head mounted virtual reality displays (HMD). The technology will allow the display of images with 5760 X 3240 resolution using current off the shelf microdisplays.
Telemedicine by ATKOSoft in 24 Cycladic Islands
Full ArticleATKOSoft has signed a contract with the General Hospital of Syros of behalf of the Greek Ministry of Health and Wellfare for the development of the Project "Procurement, Installation and Operation of ICT infrastructure and application software for the provision of e-Health services to the citizens of Cyclades".
CareSeek launches NursesRateDoctors.com and encourages nurses across the country to participate in on-line physician reviews
Full ArticleServing the need for all patients to confidently find competent medical care, CareSeek Inc. has launched NursesRateDoctors.com, a social media networking platform, focused on gathering nurse ratings and reviews of doctors. The NursesRateDoctors on-line platform where nurses can anonymously join the site and provide their insights on physicians will accumulate a vast knowledge base of information critical to helping a patient seeking a provider.
The European Parliament unites with an all-time historic majority for an efficient European emergency number 112 and increased safety for its citizens
Full ArticleOn Thursday 6 September, 2007 the European Parliament adopted a Written Declaration requesting an evaluation of the quality of the operation of "112", the little known European emergency number. This declaration was championed by a cross-party coalition consisting of Vice Presidents Diana Wallis, Gérard Onesta and Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Members of European Parliament (MEP), and by Marc Tarabella and Dimitrios Papadimoulis, MEP. The Declaration, adopted with the largest majority ever to have been attained, sends a clear political signal to the Commission and Council at the start of this parliamentary year.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Idaho State University receives $842.000 from DOD to develop smart prosthetic hand
Full ArticleEngineers, a biomedical researcher and a physical and occupational therapist at Idaho State University (ISU) are collaborating to develop a "smart" prosthetic hand that will use nerve signals to fully simulate natural grasping, lifting and twisting hand motions. They hope the artificial hand will also respond to sensory and visual feedback.
Real-time seed plant system and stereotactic body radiation therapy - two innovative approaches to fight prostate cancer
Full ArticleRadiation oncologists and urologists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia have begun using a real-time system to implant radiation-emitting seeds in prostate cancer patients. While the system, which is made by Nucletron, a technology company based in The Netherlands, is only being used for imaging and planning purposes so far, it ultimately will help with the actual placement of the seeds. To date, Jefferson is the first medical centre in the Delaware Valley to begin employing the new system. At the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center on the other hand Dr. Robert Timmerman, vice chairman of radiation oncology, is leading a national clinical trial testing the effectiveness of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat prostate cancer in five, 30-minute sessions. The SBRT technique is a relatively new procedure used for treating localized tumours by delivering very high doses of focused radiation.
IBM Research unveils 3D avatar to help doctors visualize patient records and improve care
Full ArticleIBM researchers have unveiled a prototype visualization software that allows doctors to interact with medical data the same way they interact with their patients: by looking at the human body. Created at IBM's Zurich Research Lab, the technology uses an avatar - a 3D representation of the human body - to allow doctors to visualize patient medical records in an entirely new way. Called the Anatomic and Symbolic Mapper Engine (ASME), this innovative visualization method allows a doctor to click with the computer mouse on a particular part of the avatar "body" to trigger a search of medical records to retrieve relevant information.
Israeli team develops GPS accuracy for keyhole neurosurgery using mini-robot
Full ArticleA tiny robot shimmies into position on the skull and reaches out its arm to automatically target the best spot for keyhole neurosurgery. It may sound like science fiction, or the latest animated feature by Dream Works, but it's actually an Israeli-developed mini-robot prototype that is likely to have a major impact on the way keyhole neurosurgery is done in the near future.
UCLA/VA partners with ASU to advance biosensor technology for urinary tract infections
Full ArticleResearchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, GeneFluidics Inc. and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) have received a five-year, $3,2 million award from the National Institutes of Health to help rapidly diagnose and treat urinary tract infections - the most common cause of hospital-associated infection in the United States.
 

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