VMW Monthly - November 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents November 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Arizona-based BIO5 and Biodesign Institutes seek early detection of type 2 diabetes
Sustainable technology empowers health care delivery in Africa
Gold nanorods shed light on new approach to fighting cancer
University of Pittsburgh led study maps the making of a decision in the human brain
In-vitro fertilization improved with 3D/4D-guided embryo transfer and new placement target
 
Grid for Health
 
Grid computing offers new hope in race against bird flu
IBM, Ontario Centres of Excellence and university partners establish unique research model
Melbourne Health tests Oracle Database 11g on Windows
Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray supercomputer for bioinformatics research
Cardiff supplies United Kingdom's National Grid Service with first Windows Condor Pool
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Horses for courses on e-insurance trail
BodyTel Scientific provides update on GlucoTel regulatory status
Science sinks its teeth into 2500 year-old drug problem
Innovations on show at launch of Czech House in Brussels
Broomwell's life-saving cardiac monitoring service chosen for pioneering new NHS initiative
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips to acquire Raytel Cardiac Services to expand into United States home cardiac monitoring market
10 Best Practices for Selecting Electronic Medical Records Software
CHD Meridian Healthcare and McKesson forge new relationship
Spanish health insurer deploys Force10 Networks TeraScale E-Series to bring always-on application access to its data centres
Aethon wins grand prize in Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2007
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Medical implants: the inside story
New technology watches granny's step
European Commission adopts new health strategy
Ten years of European Health Forum Gastein revisited: a helicopter view on the 10th EHFG Forum
Recommendations for better mental health in Europe
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS successfully installed at Manzoni Hospital Group's Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedale di Lecco
Saint Luc Bouge Hospital in Belgium extends operations with latest solutions from Carestream Health
New 'seed' therapy helps pinpoint breast tumours with more accuracy
Sound training rewires dyslexic children's brains for reading
Denver Health expands RFID use to 1,5 million square feet with technology from InnerWireless and Cisco
 
Virtual snap shots
 
National Institutes of Health and India partner to develop low-cost medical technologies
New Nordic EMBL partnership for molecular medicine will advance understanding of molecular mechanisms underpinning disease
Michigan State University researcher helps develop computer game for Ugandan children recovering from cerebral malaria
A virtual look at the vexing Epstein-Barr virus
Ascension announces breakthroughs in catheter navigation at TCT 2007
 
VMWC news bites
 
Microgrid allows simultaneous study of multiple variables in disease conditions
Immersion Medical introduces new laparoscopic procedural skill module and OB/GYN module for LaparoscopyVR surgical simulator
Minimally invasive heart surgery research wins National Institutes of Health award
Computer simulator allows visually-impaired to drive
Quantitative PET imaging finds early determination of effectiveness of cancer treatment
 

Leads November 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Arizona-based BIO5 and Biodesign Institutes seek early detection of type 2 diabetes
Full ArticleA new team of researchers from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University is taking aim at the sixth leading cause of death in the United States: adult-onset, or type 2 diabetes. The coalition's goal is to learn how to predict who will develop the disease long before any symptoms appear.
Sustainable technology empowers health care delivery in Africa
Full ArticleThe United Nations (UN) Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation have successfully concluded two pilot mobile health data programmes in Africa, and noted that significant benefits to health care delivery in developing countries could be achieved by monitoring health data and tracking the progress of health campaigns using open source software on mobile handheld devices. The one-year pilot programmes in Kenya and Zambia used EpiSurveyor software on Palm handheld devices to facilitate the supervision of public health clinics, and resulted in improved drug supply-chain management and more regular access to public health trends. Additionally, country health officials modified the EpiSurveyor software to track and contain disease outbreaks, and to identify immunization campaign coverage rates.
Gold nanorods shed light on new approach to fighting cancer
Full ArticleResearchers at Purdue University have shown how tiny "nanorods" of gold can be triggered by a laser beam to blast holes in the membranes of tumour cells, setting in motion a complex biochemical mechanism that leads to a tumour cell's self-destruction. Tumour cell membranes often have an abnormally high number of receptor sites to capture molecules of folic acid, or folate, a form of vitamin B that many tumour cells crave. The Purdue researchers attached folate to the gold nanorods, enabling them to target the receptors and attach to the tumour cell membranes.
University of Pittsburgh led study maps the making of a decision in the human brain
Full ArticleThe brain, the human supercomputer, might work more like an assembly line when recognizing objects, with a hierarchy of brain regions separately absorbing and processing information before a person realizes what they are seeing, according to new research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and published in the October 31 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.
In-vitro fertilization improved with 3D/4D-guided embryo transfer and new placement target
Full ArticleThe pregnancy rate for patients undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is improved when doctors use advanced 3D/4D imaging to guide the placement of embryos to the point where the endometrium is most receptive to implantation, according to a study presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
 
Grid for Health
 
Grid computing offers new hope in race against bird flu
Full ArticleLast month, a collaboration of European and Asian researchers launched a new attack against the deadly bird flu virus, harnessing the combined power of more than 40.000 computers across 45 countries to boost the pace of anti-viral drug discovery. Called Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE), the computing Grid connects ordinary PCs to form a super-sized supercomputer that is being used during this challenge to analyse the potential of more than 500.000 drug-like molecules over the next few weeks.
IBM, Ontario Centres of Excellence and university partners establish unique research model
Full ArticleIBM has signed a partnership with eight leading universities and the Ontario Centres of Excellence to establish a unique collaboration model that will advance the development of next-generation software services and applications, including Web 2.0 innovations. This initiative is being developed and supported by an IBM Shared University Research grant.
Melbourne Health tests Oracle Database 11g on Windows
Full ArticleMelbourne Health is a major public health provider in Victoria, Australia that provides comprehensive acute, sub-acute and community-based health care programmes. Melbourne Health is the lead driver behind the Bio21:Molecular Medicine Informatics Model (MMIM), a platform that provides clinical researchers access to data from disparate existing databases across multiple disease types at multiple institutions, co-located in a virtual repository. A participant in the Oracle Database 11g beta programme, Melbourne Health tested DICOM image storage, metadata - image information - extraction and DICOM image retrieval, ability to anonymize the image, generation of thumbnails, and conformance validation of Oracle Database 11g on Windows and Linux platforms.
Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray supercomputer for bioinformatics research
Full ArticleThe Cray Inc. global supercomputer expert's Cray XT4 system has been selected by Japan's Yokohama City University. The Cray XT4 supercomputer will be housed at the University's Division of Structural Bioinformatics to aid two of Japan's most prominent academic researchers in their efforts to expand on the principle of three-dimensional structures and functions of biomolecules, proteins and nucleic acids.
Cardiff supplies United Kingdom's National Grid Service with first Windows Condor Pool
Full ArticleCardiff University has increased its provision to the United Kingdom's National Grid Service (NGS) by adding the first Windows Condor Pool to the service. Cardiff University's Information Services Directorate has been running a 1000-processor Condor Pool for over 3 years. Use by the University's researchers has grown considerably in this time and has saved local researchers years of time in processing their results. As an NGS partner, Cardiff will be making the Condor Pool freely available to all NGS users from institutions around the United Kingdom.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Horses for courses on e-insurance trail
Full ArticleRapid and effective access to health care for mobile citizens via on-line solutions and smart card - or scanned eye-readable - technology is a vital e-services goal in a borderless Europe. But how can it work if countries surge ahead with incompatible e-health systems? Horses for courses, suggests the group behind efforts to streamline development towards electronic European Health Insurance Cards (e-EHIC).
BodyTel Scientific provides update on GlucoTel regulatory status
Full ArticleBodyTel Scientific Inc. has achieved significant progress with respect to securing both CE and FDA regulatory approvals for its GlucoTel System. Management now expects to be granted CE approval no later than December, 2007 with FDA approval anticipated in the second quarter of 2008. BodyTel Scientific Inc. has appointed experienced suppliers and partners who have all previously undergone successful approval processes. Individual suppliers have been certified and BodyTel has already conducted a detailed risk analysis of the entire process and subsequent clinical trials as necessary in the approval process.
Science sinks its teeth into 2500 year-old drug problem
Full ArticleA new prosthetic tooth that releases a controlled dose of medication at regular intervals may achieve a goal that has eluded doctors for 2500 years: finding a way to help patients follow treatment. The answer to the 2500 year-old compliance conundrum? A prosthetic tooth, just two molars in size, containing a reservoir, valve and programmable timing controls. It can even be controlled by infrared, which allows doctors to adjust doses during the course of treatment. Ultimately, it could allow patients on pain medication to self-medicate, if necessary.
Innovations on show at launch of Czech House in Brussels
Full ArticleA navigation system for the blind, audiovisual stimulation glasses for treating insomnia and a mobile health care application were among the innovations on show at the launch of Czech House in Brussels on 11 October 2007. The House is intended to serve the country's European Union Presidency in the first half of 2009. At the unveiling, the Czech Liaison Office for Research and Development (CZELO) had a stand where the curious could check out some of the latest innovative projects to come out of the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague.
Broomwell's life-saving cardiac monitoring service chosen for pioneering new NHS initiative
Full ArticleThe world's first British National Health Service (NHS) National Technology Adoption Hub for health care, which was unveiled in Manchester, has chosen Broomwell HealthWatch's advanced cardiac monitoring service as one of just three advanced health care solutions to promote across the United Kingdom. Based in Manchester Royal Infirmary the newly formed Hub has been set up to ensure that NHS patients across England will benefit from new, cost-effective, life-saving technologies such as the 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) telemedicine service from telemedicine specialist Broomwell HealthWatch.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips to acquire Raytel Cardiac Services to expand into United States home cardiac monitoring market
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics will acquire United States-based Raytel Cardiac Services, a division of Raytel Medical Corporation, and other ancillary operations from SHL Telemedicine Ltd., for approximately USD 110 million in cash. Subject to receipt of regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007, upon which Raytel will become part of Philips' Home Healthcare Solutions business group. Raytel Cardiac Services is a United States provider of home cardiac monitoring services that doctors prescribe to heart patients. Headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut, Raytel Cardiac Services employs highly-trained cardiac technicians working at monitoring centres, where they analyse patient data and provide real-time patient information to prescribing physicians.
10 Best Practices for Selecting Electronic Medical Records Software
Full ArticleYour degree is in medicine, not computer science. Why then are so many physicians finding themselves focused on software these days? Government, payers and market forces are all pushing physicians to consider an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) strategy. As if practicing medicine weren't challenge enough, now you need to adopt a new layer of technology infrastructure ...
CHD Meridian Healthcare and McKesson forge new relationship
Full ArticleCHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax Inc. company and a provider of workplace health care, has selected McKesson Corporation as its primary pharmaceuticals distributor for its on-site pharmacies and health care centres. Along with supplying pharmaceuticals, McKesson will work with CHD Meridian to implement pharmacy technologies and automation systems that are expected to result in cost savings and enhanced patient safety and convenience. McKesson is the world's largest health care services company and is a respected expert in pharmacy supply management.
Spanish health insurer deploys Force10 Networks TeraScale E-Series to bring always-on application access to its data centres
Full ArticleAdeslas, a health insurance company in Spain, has successfully deployed Force10 Networks' TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers at the foundation of its network to connect its Madrid data centres and provide reliable, always-on application access.
Aethon wins grand prize in Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2007
Full ArticleAethon Inc. has been recognized by Cisco for its innovative use of networking technology to redefine hospital supply chain logistics, winning the grand prize in the Operational Excellence category in the Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2007. Winners were announced October 9 during a ceremony in Redwood Shores, California. Aethon's core product, the TUG mobile robot, eliminates a major bottleneck in the delivery of health care - it roams autonomously throughout hospitals, delivering goods and supplies from point-to-point without a person pushing the cart. TUG is used in more than 100 hospitals by central supply, dietary units, laboratories, laundry rooms, mail rooms, materials management, medical records, nursing, pharmacy and other departments.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Medical implants: the inside story
Full ArticlePatients suffering from conditions such as stroke, blindness, deafness, incontinence, glaucoma or hydrocephalus will be the first to benefit from a range of new technologies and implantable medical devices developed by a pioneering European consortium of researchers, surgeons and technology companies.
New technology watches granny's step
Full ArticleWe are not getting any younger. As Europe's population grows older, the need for care is growing and we are spending more and more money to get it. A new mobile video assistance technology promises to put off the need for carers, improve the life of older people and cut the cost of assistance.
European Commission adopts new health strategy
Full ArticleFostering good health in an ageing population, protecting citizens from health threats and supporting dynamic health systems and new technologies are the objectives of the new health strategy adopted by the European Commission on 23 October 2007. The White Paper, entitled "Together for Health - A Strategic Approach for the EU, 2008-2013", sets out a framework to respond to a wide range of health challenges in a comprehensive and coherent way.
Ten years of European Health Forum Gastein revisited: a helicopter view on the 10th EHFG Forum
Full ArticleIn the beginning there was, as always, a vision. The vision of a meeting place for all groups who are indispensable to a functioning health care system: health policymakers, leading representatives of government health offices, scientists, medical practitioners, health care managers and, not least, patient representatives and NGOs. An obvious idea, one would think, yet despite the large number of scientific congresses, policy meetings and NGO conferences in Europe, in the middle of the nineties there was no efficient platform for a meeting or an exchange of ideas between the various spheres of interest. Closing this important gap was and is the founding idea of European Health Forum. And what place could be better suited for it than the Gastein Valley, one of Europe's oldest and most well-known thermal and resort regions and a classic "health care region", which with its spectacular natural backdrop also furnishes an extraordinary idea with an extraordinary setting.
Recommendations for better mental health in Europe
Full ArticleThe European Comission has participated in discussions about a series of recommendations for promoting mental health and reducing the burden of mental illness at the "Future for Mental Health in Europe" workshop at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG). The workshop supported by the NGO European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI), GAMIAN-Europe and AstraZeneca was hosted at the 10th European Health Forum Gastein being held from 3 to 6 October 2007. Experts from across the mental health spectrum convened to examine the challenges in ensuring mental health in the population and in addressing mental ill health.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS successfully installed at Manzoni Hospital Group's Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedale di Lecco
Full ArticleAgfa HealthCare, a provider of IT-enabled clinical work flow and diagnostic imaging solutions, has successfully installed its ORBIS Hospital Information System (HIS) at its Italian reference site, the Ospedale di Lecco hospital group. The solution is now live at one of the three hospital facilities of the group, the Manzoni Hospital - Ospedale Manzoni di Lecco, counting 681 beds of the 1019 total beds of the hospital group.
Saint Luc Bouge Hospital in Belgium extends operations with latest solutions from Carestream Health
Full ArticleCarestream Health has extended PACS and computed radiography (CR) systems at Saint Luc Bouge, one of Belgium's major private teaching hospitals, located in the Province of Namur. The Carestream Health solution is set to become operational in October 2007 managing a total workload, including mammography exams, of over 6,2 Terabytes across the main hospital site and three satellite locations at Andenne, Ciney and Perwez.
New 'seed' therapy helps pinpoint breast tumours with more accuracy
Full ArticlePhysicians at University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center are the first in Texas to use a new technique in which a small radioactive pellet, or "seed", is implanted into a mass or suspicious lesion in the breast to pinpoint its exact location for surgical removal. During the procedure, a radiologist uses a needle to insert a small radioactive seed, about the size of a grain of rice, into the mass. Once lodged, surgeons use a wand that detects radioactivity to locate the mass and find the best pathway for removal.
Sound training rewires dyslexic children's brains for reading
Full ArticleSome children with dyslexia struggle to read because their brains aren't properly wired to process fast-changing sounds, according to a brain-imaging study published in October 2007 in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. The study found that sound training via computer exercises can literally rewire children's brains, correcting the sound processing problem and improving reading. According to the study's first author, Nadine Gaab, PhD, of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at Children's Hospital Boston, the finding may someday help clinicians diagnose dyslexia even before reading begins, and suggests new ways of treating dyslexia, such as musical training.
Denver Health expands RFID use to 1,5 million square feet with technology from InnerWireless and Cisco
Full ArticleInnerWireless Inc., a provider of in-building wireless solutions, has expanded Denver Health's RFID tracking throughout the 1,5 million-square-foot, 477-bed hospital in support of an initiative from hospital administrators to identify and reduce waste. InnerWireless deployed Vision, a real-time location system (RTLS) formerly known as PanGo, in response to the hospital's need for real-time asset tracking that would integrate with its Cisco Unified Wireless Network and Cisco Wireless Location Appliance.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
National Institutes of Health and India partner to develop low-cost medical technologies
Full ArticleThe National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of India, have entered into a bilateral agreement to develop low-cost health care technologies aimed at the medically underserved. The agreement is based on a shared commitment to improve the health and well-being of the people of both countries by encouraging collaborations and co-operation on the development of diagnostic and therapeutic medical technologies that are inexpensive and operate at the initial point of physician contact, or point of care.
New Nordic EMBL partnership for molecular medicine will advance understanding of molecular mechanisms underpinning disease
Full ArticleThe European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL); the University of Helsinki, Finland; the University of Oslo, Norway; and Umeå University, Sweden, officially have launched their new Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. The agreement will encourage scientific exchange and collaborations between the partners and will facilitate access to respective scientific infrastructure, facilities and services for an initial period of five years.
Michigan State University researcher helps develop computer game for Ugandan children recovering from cerebral malaria
Full ArticleThe computer programme Captain's Log - originally used with individuals diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain injuries or learning disabilities - is being adapted to rehabilitate Ugandan children who are survivors of cerebral malaria. Michael Boivin, a Michigan State University (MSU) associate professor of neurology and ophthalmology and of psychiatry, and Bruno Giordani, a University of Michigan associate professor of psychiatry, are leading the project.
A virtual look at the vexing Epstein-Barr virus
Full ArticleResearchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in collaboration with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have created a computer programme called Pathogen Simulation or PathSim to study the progression of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in humans. David Thorley-Lawson, PhD, professor of pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine, is combining PathSim, laboratory methods, and clinical studies to provide a new and powerful approach to understanding EBV and ultimately designing anti-viral therapies.
Ascension announces breakthroughs in catheter navigation at TCT 2007
Full ArticleAscension Technology Corporation is showcasing new sensors for 3D tracking of catheters, needles, and guidewires as well as new technologies for overcoming metal and noise interference at TCT 2007 - the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutic Conference and Exposition, in Washington, D.C., October 22-24, 2007. The company's new 3D Guidance MedSAFE tracker supports real-time tracking of sensors 0,27-0,3 mm in diameter to accommodate localization of small needles, catheters, and guidewires. Tiny sensor coils broaden the range of medical instruments that can benefit from image guidance. Key advantages include inconspicuous guidance of surgical navigation instruments, environmental immunity, and fast, simultaneous tracking of multiple sensors to overcome temporal misalignment of tracking and imaging datasets.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Microgrid allows simultaneous study of multiple variables in disease conditions
Full ArticleScientists at the United States Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a method for correlating the results of microscopic imaging techniques in a way that could lead to improved understanding, diagnosis, and possibly treatment of a variety of disease conditions, including Alzheimer's disease. The Laboratory has filed a United States provisional patent application for the invention.
Immersion Medical introduces new laparoscopic procedural skill module and OB/GYN module for LaparoscopyVR surgical simulator
Full ArticleImmersion Medical has released a new procedural module for its laparoscopic surgical simulator, the LaparoscopyVR (LapVR) system, introduced this past June. Laparoscopic procedures account for as many as 70 percent of all high-volume surgeries in the United States and the trend is expected to continue (The U.S. Market for Medical Devices - Opportunities and Challenges for Swiss Companies. 2004. Swiss Business Hub USA, Chicago.). The new Running the Bowel (RtB) surgical simulation module trains procedural skills commonly needed during trauma, general, OB/GYN, bariatric, and colon-rectal surgery.
Minimally invasive heart surgery research wins National Institutes of Health award
Full ArticleEfforts to make open-heart surgery a minimally invasive procedure have earned a five-year, $5 million National Institutes of Health Bioengineering Research Partnership award. Professor Pierre Dupont of Boston University's College of Engineering, cardiac surgeon Pedro del Nido, M.D., at Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, and microdevice manufacturer Microfabrica Inc., Van Nuys, California, will collaborate to develop instruments and procedures that promise to bring the precision of conventional open-heart surgery to minimally invasive instruments and tools, allowing complex surgical repairs to be made while the heart is still beating.
Computer simulator allows visually-impaired to drive
Full ArticleA team of researchers from the University of Granada, in collaboration with the University of Murcia, has developed a visual aid device which significantly improves the vision of sight impaired patients; especially those suffering from pathologies with a slow progression that can eventually lead to blindness such as Macular Degeneration, cataracts, etc. This platform, called SERBA - in Spanish, Reconfigurable Electric-optical System for Low Vision, is the first visual aid unit which is very useful in all circumstances and for all tasks, independently of the degree of impairment of the patient. Up to now, in the majority of cases, people with impaired vision had to acquire various different devices to meet all their needs.
Quantitative PET imaging finds early determination of effectiveness of cancer treatment
Full ArticleWith positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, seeing is believing. Evaluating a patient's response to chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) typically involves visual interpretation of scans of cancer tumours. Researchers have found that measuring a quantitative index - one that reflects the reduction of metabolic activity after chemotherapy first begins - adds accurate information about patients' responses to first-line chemotherapy, according to a study in the October issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
 

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