VMW Monthly - December 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents December 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
World's most remote island gets advanced medical support from team led by IBM and Beacon Equity Partners
NASA technology helps predict and prevent future pandemic outbreaks
Pennsylvania Hospital surgeon receives grant to develop molecular cardiac surgery
University of Virginia device offers pharmaceutical makers a fast, cheap and safe way to screen potential drug compounds
Doctors volunteering time through Medical Missions for Children impact lives of 26.000 children worldwide using Polycom video for remote diagnostics and telemedicine
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM World Community Grid squeezes decades of cancer research into two years
HealthAlliance Hospital provides anytime, anywhere access to medical images using IBM's Grid Medical Archive Solution
Four telehealth networks will leverage OSCnet to aid Ohio communities
GridwiseTech to develop federated authentication for health industry
Cedara Software streamlines clinical trial data access and review at National Cancer Institute's archive
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
BodyTel announces 2008 production estimates for Bluetooth blood sugar meter at Medica
Aerotel Medical Systems and T-Care Conhecimento e Saúde sign agreement for distribution of advanced telehealth and telecare solutions in Portugal
Nokia NFC technology improving the delivery of care in the home
Southampton City Primary Care Trust uses Telemedicine ECG service to add cardiology expertise
Cell Phones, PDAs, and EHR Systems
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Ziehm Imaging delivers unmatched image quality to United States health care market
E-Rad Solutions selects Compressus' enterprise systems integration technology to fuel entry into teleradiology market
Merge Healthcare announces a new teleradiology product and service offering
Healthways builds IBM WebSphere portal-based health care site for 27 million members
iMedicor's registrations reach more than 17.800 for its new health care portal
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
A page out of the e-assistant book
On the road to a new cancer therapy - starving the tumour
Seamless European e-health web
Europe to tackle brain disorder research by linking industry and academia
PET scans useful for some cancer treatment, but how do patients fare?
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Carefx collaborates with CA, IBM, and Initiate Systems to deliver eHealth Initiative to North Louisiana
University Hospitals Case Medical Center finds new treatment holds promise for Tourette syndrome
da Vinci enhances the art of surgery at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
St. Lucas Andreas Hospital to start home monitoring of cardiac patients using Philips remote system
Subscription-based solutions enable on-line access to up-to-date patient records, while eliminating paper forms
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Ascension announces breakthrough in medical instrument navigation at RSNA 2007
Tangent announces 'green' industrial strength touch screen all-in-one computer
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute creates national network to study cardiovascular disease
Agfa Healthcare selects Sun systems to power integrated health care imaging solution
Social networking site NursesRateDoctors.com changes name to NursesRecommendDoctors.com
 
VMWC news bites
 
Thinking makes it so: science extends reach of prosthetic arms
Radio waves fire up nanotubes embedded in tumours, destroying liver cancer
VIB and UZ-KU Leuven join forces and bring state-of-the-art technology to Flanders
'Stereo' mammography takes breast imaging to a new dimension
Novel imaging technique shows gray matter increase in brains of autistic children
 

Leads December 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
World's most remote island gets advanced medical support from team led by IBM and Beacon Equity Partners
Full ArticleThe world's most remote inhabited island can now access advanced telemedical care, thanks to pro-bono services and support from a high-technology team led by IBM and Beacon Equity Partners. Tristan da Cunha is located more than 1665 miles west of Cape Town, South Africa, and is accessible only by a boat trip lasting a week or more. Some 270 British Citizens call the island home.
NASA technology helps predict and prevent future pandemic outbreaks
Full ArticleWith the help of 14 satellites currently in orbit and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Applied Sciences Programme, scientists have been able to observe the Earth's environment to help predict and prevent infectious disease outbreaks around the world. The use of remote sensing technology aids specialists in predicting the outbreak of some of the most common and deadly infectious diseases today such as Ebola, West Nile virus and Rift Valley Fever. The ability of infectious diseases to thrive depends on changes in the Earth's environment such as the climate, precipitation and vegetation of an area.
Pennsylvania Hospital surgeon receives grant to develop molecular cardiac surgery
Full ArticleCharles Bridges, MD, ScD, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his work in "molecular cardiac surgery": a unique approach to gene therapy for heart failure. The four-year grant will enable Dr. Bridges to expand upon his current research in large-animal "molecular cardiac surgery", a term coined by Dr. Bridges. This methodology could provide alternatives both to heart transplantation and to the use of permanent mechanical-assist devices in some humans with end-stage heart failure. Molecular cardiac surgery, if successful, will be more powerful therapeutically and avoid the problems of rejection, infection, increased stroke risk and device failure often associated with these existing technologies.
University of Virginia device offers pharmaceutical makers a fast, cheap and safe way to screen potential drug compounds
Full ArticleA new device invented by researchers at the University of Virginia could save pharmaceutical companies significant time and money in screening potential new drug compounds. Brett Blackman and Brian Wamhoff, assistant professor in the department of medicine - cardiovascular division, have teamed up to create the novel system, HemoShear 2.0, which offers researchers for the first time the ability to observe the behaviour patterns of human vascular cells under a variety of blood flow conditions that occur inside the body's cardiovascular system.
Doctors volunteering time through Medical Missions for Children impact lives of 26.000 children worldwide using Polycom video for remote diagnostics and telemedicine
Full ArticleMedical Missions for Children (MMC), a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving the medical needs of catastrophically ill children in underserved areas of the United States and the world, and Polycom Inc., a provider of unified collaborative solutions, have celebrated the eight year anniversary of their successful partnership, which enables volunteer physician specialists in the United States and Europe to help sick children around the world using donated Polycom video collaboration solutions. To support this effort, Polycom has donated products and funds, including a recent installment of Polycom high definition (HD) HDX video solutions, allowing MMC to implement the Telemedicine Outreach Programme of its Global Telemedicine and Teaching Network in more than 100 countries.
 
Grid for Health
 
IBM World Community Grid squeezes decades of cancer research into two years
Full ArticleCanadian researchers expect to accelerate the war on cancer by tapping into a global network of hundreds of thousands of people who volunteer their idle computer time to tackle some of the world's most complex problems. The research team, led by Dr. Igor Jurisica at the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI), and scientists at the Princess Margaret Hospital and the University Health Network, are the first from Canada to use the World Community Grid, a network of PCs and laptops with the power equivalent to one of the globe's top five fastest supercomputers.
HealthAlliance Hospital provides anytime, anywhere access to medical images using IBM's Grid Medical Archive Solution
Full ArticleHealthAlliance Hospital has implemented an IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) to make patient records available to clinicians anytime, anywhere. HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, serves the communities of north-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire with acute care facilities, a cancer centre, outpatient physical therapy facilities and a remote home health agency. As an investment in continued high-quality patient care, the hospital has implemented a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) from Siemens Medical Solutions so that it can move toward digital health records while eliminating traditional paper and film.
Four telehealth networks will leverage OSCnet to aid Ohio communities
Full ArticleFour regional telehealth networks that will leverage the speed and connections of OSCnet are among 69 projects nationwide receiving $417 million in federal funding to "significantly increase access to acute, primary and preventive health care in rural America". These four projects will receive more than $35,4 million over three years, representing the largest state share of funding among the 42 states and three United States territories garnering awards through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Rural Health Care Pilot Programme. According to proposals, these projects will provide high-speed connections to facilities in nearly half of Ohio's 88 counties.
GridwiseTech to develop federated authentication for health industry
Full ArticleGridwiseTech presented a security framework for the health industry at the recent Cracow Grid Workshop '07 on 15-17 October 2007. The developed solution will provide access to distributed assets in a secure manner. The major advantage is that users' authentication will be carried out by their organisation and the resource owners will be responsible for authorisation.
Cedara Software streamlines clinical trial data access and review at National Cancer Institute's archive
Full ArticleCedara Software's imaging service Grid and a specialized version of I-Response have recently been integrated with the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) National Cancer Imaging Archive (NCIA). The NCIA is a powerful searchable repository of in vivo cancer images acquired during clinical trials. The Cedara solution is designed to provide users with a central clinical viewer to review and analyse NCIA data.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
BodyTel announces 2008 production estimates for Bluetooth blood sugar meter at Medica
Full ArticleBodyTel Scientific Inc., a developer of wireless telemedical measuring devices, has set the initial production number of its blood glucose meter, GlucoTel, to 350.000 units for calendar year 2008. The units are expected to be available in countries requiring the CE approval during the first quarter 2008 and are expected to be on sale in countries requiring FDA certification during the second quarter of 2008. In anticipation of the market launch, BodyTel has submitted design and utility patents for the worldwide intellectual property protection of GlucoTel.
Aerotel Medical Systems and T-Care Conhecimento e Saúde sign agreement for distribution of advanced telehealth and telecare solutions in Portugal
Full ArticleAerotel Medical Systems, a manufacturer of advanced telemedicine and remote monitoring solutions, and T-Care Conhecimento e Saúde SA, an emerging telehealth and telecare service provider in Portugal, have signed an agreement to distribute Aerotel's advanced remote monitoring products and related software in Portugal.
Nokia NFC technology improving the delivery of care in the home
Full ArticleCarePro, a Near Field Communication product helps providers of home based care services manage their domiciliary care staff more effectively, and provide better services to the people they care for. Providing care services to people in their own homes has now become the favoured option for delivering care, primarily to older people. This approach to care enables older people to stay in a familiar environment for longer, and avoid the disruption and expense of moving into residential care.
Southampton City Primary Care Trust uses Telemedicine ECG service to add cardiology expertise
Full ArticleSouthampton City Primary Care Trust (PCT) is deploying a telemedical electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation service to give expert cardiology reporting for patients in clinics. The service delivers immediate diagnosis from qualified clinicians at a primary care level, whilst reducing the pressures on acute health care providers within Southampton City PCT.
Cell Phones, PDAs, and EHR Systems
Full ArticleIn 10 years many of us will look back and wonder how we managed without e-mail, mobile phones, instant messaging and You Tube. In healthcare, we will look back and wonder how we managed without ready access to our electronic health records (EHR) from anywhere via the web, cell phones, or other mobile devices. Today's children will look back and just shake their heads wondering how we survived into our 80s and 90s with paper-based medical records. Many patients will find it difficult to comprehend how we coped with the vast amount of biological, medical, and genetic information without some form of 'mobile' personal health record (PHR) system.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Ziehm Imaging delivers unmatched image quality to United States health care market
Full ArticleZiehm Imaging, a provider of mobile imaging solutions for health care, is presenting two fully digital (FD) radiology products at RSNA 2007: Ziehm Vision FD and Ziehm Vision R FD. The first of their kind in the industry, the Ziehm Vision products offer superb image quality with Object Detected Dose Control (ODDC), delivering the lowest possible dose. Each design also offers lightweight manoeuvrability which makes them suitable for any imaging procedure.
E-Rad Solutions selects Compressus' enterprise systems integration technology to fuel entry into teleradiology market
Full ArticleE-Rad Solutions of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has selected Compressus Inc.'s MEDxConnect System for seamless connectivity and interoperability between diagnostic acquisition devices, PACS, HIS, RIS, and related information systems to fuel its entry into the teleradiology market. E-Rad Solutions is an innovative teleradiology company offering customized support services, including on call, overflow, on site, subspeciality, and routine coverage in all modalities. Using state of the art technology to help hospitals and radiology groups improve work flow, enhance delivery of high quality patient care, and optimize satisfaction and financial performance of radiology practices, E-Rad Solutions will implement the MEDxConnect technology on behalf of its first client, a three-hospital group in Florida.
Merge Healthcare announces a new teleradiology product and service offering
Full ArticleMerge Technologies Incorporated, d.b.a. Merge Healthcare, a medical imaging software and services provider, has introduced a new teleradiology software application, Merge TeleRead, and an innovative service offering, Consult PreReads. A Consult PreRead is a consulting service that provides a preliminary report of a medical imaging study - prepared and revised by two different offshore radiologists - producing a detailed report that a United States radiologist may consult and utilize to prepare his or her official final diagnostic report. The report includes references to prior studies, relevant patient clinical information or data requested in the radiology order, and extensive measurements of relevant and incidental pathology and associated key images. The company plans to begin offering the Merge TeleRead application and Consult PreRead service to its customers in the first quarter of 2008.
Healthways builds IBM WebSphere portal-based health care site for 27 million members
Full ArticleAs a part of a move to streamline patient records and deliver health solutions across incompatible software platforms, IBM and business partner Mainsoft Corporation have provided interoperability in order to have Healthways cross the .NET-Java EE software standards divide to deploy a multimillion patient health and wellness portal.
iMedicor's registrations reach more than 17.800 for its new health care portal
Full ArticleIn the first fourteen days since its launch, iMedicor has already recorded more than 17.800 registrations representing physicians and other health care providers across the United States. The iMedicor portal, which went live on October 10th 2007, is the health industry's first free, HIPAA-compliant on-line personal health data exchange and secure messaging portal for physician collaboration, community and referrals.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
A page out of the e-assistant book
Full ArticleEuropean and Turkish doctors and technicians are perfecting a medical support system that can track patients' real-time vital signs, link those to patient medical history, and, crucially, provide the latest clinical guidelines for patient care. Better yet, it can alert doctors when necessary. It's not a digital doctor, but it's getting there. It is called Saphire, and it is an Intelligent Clinical Decision Support System (ICDSS) offering a range of services that combines scattered information stored in different systems into a new, more powerful application. It will mean better, and cheaper, medical care. Finally.
On the road to a new cancer therapy - starving the tumour
Full ArticleCancer is the major cause of death among men. Based on the current trends, scientists predict that, by about 2010, cancer will be the no. 1 cause of death for women as well. Scientists from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), connected to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in collaboration with the Flemish biotech company ThromboGenics, have been studying the anti-cancer action of anti-PLGF. This substance appears not only to be successful in the treatment of tumours for which the current therapies fail, but it also contributes to the greater effectiveness of existing chemotherapy, and still without side effects. Thus, anti-PLGF might possibly form the basis for a new treatment for cancer. This new finding, which is extremely important, was published in one of the most prestigious journals Cell.
Seamless European e-health web
Full ArticleEuropeans are becoming more mobile and health care systems have to keep up. A research consortium is seeking to chart a road map for e-health interoperability that would eventually hook up the health information systems of Member States in a seamless web.
Europe to tackle brain disorder research by linking industry and academia
Full ArticleAttempts to cure brain-related disorders have proved less successful than therapies for other major conditions such as heart cancer, even though just as many people suffer from them. About 600 million worldwide each year are afflicted by depression alone, more than any other condition except heart disease, and yet of those given existing drugs, only half recover.
PET scans useful for some cancer treatment, but how do patients fare?
Full ArticlePositron emission tomography or PET scans can help clinicians diagnose and treat some cancers, but it is not clear yet whether the imaging technology helps people with cancer live longer and healthier lives, according to a comprehensive review by the United Kingdom National Health Service. PET scans are one of the latest tools used to detect and determine a cancer's activity in the body. PET is generally more accurate than other imaging technologies such as computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Using tiny radioactive elements, a PET scan can zero in on the distinctive biochemical fingerprints that distinguish cancerous cells from normal tissue.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Carefx collaborates with CA, IBM, and Initiate Systems to deliver eHealth Initiative to North Louisiana
Full ArticleThe Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange, in conjunction with the Louisiana Rural Hospital Coalition Inc. (LRHC) and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport (LSUHSC-S), have selected an integrated platform provided by the collaboration of four leaders in open systems and interoperability standards to realize their vision of a federated, patient-centric regional eHealth initiative. Carefx, CA, IBM and Initiate Systems will deploy and maintain a secure and reliable infrastructure for the timely and accurate electronic sharing of clinical information between community providers in North Louisiana and the LSUHSC-S.
University Hospitals Case Medical Center finds new treatment holds promise for Tourette syndrome
Full ArticleResearch out of the Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) finds that Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) helps patients who suffer from Tourette Syndrome (TS). This first-of-its-kind study of five adults with TS determined that DBS can reduce tic frequency and severity in some people who have exhausted other medical treatments. Tourette syndrome is a neurobehavioural disorder characterized by sudden, repetitive muscle movements - motor tics - and vocalizations - vocal tics. It often begins in childhood. By young adulthood the tics have usually diminished in frequency and severity. However, in some adults, like those that participated in this clinical trial, the tics become more disabling even with best medical therapy.
da Vinci enhances the art of surgery at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Full ArticleIn an expansion of its world-class surgical programmes and advanced surgical technologies, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is now home to the da Vinci S Robotic Surgical System. Northwest Hospital is the first facility in the Seattle area to install the da Vinci S Surgical System, the most advanced da Vinci system to-date, incorporating 3D, high-definition, visualization and many capabilities earlier versions did not have.
St. Lucas Andreas Hospital to start home monitoring of cardiac patients using Philips remote system
Full ArticleThe St. Lucas Andreas Hospital in Amsterdam-West is to start monitoring more than a hundred chronic heart failure patients at home using the Philips Motiva system. This will not only improve these patients' quality of life, but could also prevent many hospital admissions. The St. Lucas Andreas Hospital is the first hospital in The Netherlands to introduce a remote monitoring system for cardiac patients into its daily operations.
Subscription-based solutions enable on-line access to up-to-date patient records, while eliminating paper forms
Full ArticleBrenham, Texas-based Trinity Medical Center has selected Optio to deliver a complete suite of subscription-based software solutions dedicated to improving hospital operations throughout the continuum of patient care. Trinity has purchased Optio's forms automation, patient signature capture and electronic health record (EHR) solutions, including Optio Deficiency Management. The software solution suite is scheduled to be up and running by February, 2008.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Ascension announces breakthrough in medical instrument navigation at RSNA 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 RSNA 2007 - the Radiological Society of North America Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, November 25-29, 2007. The company's new 3D Guidance MedSAFE tracker supports real-time tracking of sensors as small as 0,27 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.
Tangent announces 'green' industrial strength touch screen all-in-one computer
Full ArticleTangent Inc., an expert in specialized computing devices, has introduced a group of ultra slim, industrial strength touch screen PCs called the VITA K Series. While the rugged metal enclosures first catch your attention, VITA K's are also energy efficient, and industrial strength - ideal for health care, industrial automation, digital signage, information kiosk, self-service check-outs and other applications exposed to hostile environments.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute creates national network to study cardiovascular disease
Full ArticleThe National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has provided $7,5 million over the next five years to establish a collaborative Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN), a national resource that will leverage the collective cardiovascular expertise, diverse community-based study populations and rich electronic data systems within Kaiser Permanente and eight other health plans in the HMO Research Network to better study the epidemiology, prevention, management and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases.
Agfa Healthcare selects Sun systems to power integrated health care imaging solution
Full ArticleAgfa Healthcare has chosen to use Sun infrastructure for its IMPAX digital imaging platform with the integrated visualization solution from Barco. Agfa Healthcare will offer the FDA-approved solution on Sun Ultra 40 M2 Workstations and a Sun Fire X2100 M2 server. Agfa Healthcare selected Sun systems following a successful proof of concept trial conducted between Agfa and Barco that demonstrated the use of multiple graphics cards to accelerate server-based rendering, along with the high disk and network performance required to provide rapid multi-user access to volumetric studies.
Social networking site NursesRateDoctors.com changes name to NursesRecommendDoctors.com
Full ArticleCareSeek Inc. has renamed its on-line social networking platform from NursesRateDoctors.com to NursesRecommendDoctors.com to better reflect its goal of providing consumers with nurses' recommendations on excellent physicians that provide quality care. CareSeek renamed the on-line platform, where nurses anonymously share their personal insights on physicians, based on feedback from more than 1000 nurses at the 2007 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference who reviewed the site. ANCC is the leading nursing credentialing organisation in the United States.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Thinking makes it so: science extends reach of prosthetic arms
Full ArticleMotorized prosthetic arms can help amputees regain some function, but these devices take time to learn to use and are limited in the number of movements they provide. Todd A. Kuiken, M.D., Ph.D., a physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and professor at Northwestern University, has pioneered a technique known as targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR), which allows a prosthetic arm to respond directly to the brain's signals, making it much easier to use than traditional motorized prosthetics. This technique, still under development, allows wearers to open and close their artificial hands and bend and straighten their artificial elbows nearly as naturally as their own arms.
Radio waves fire up nanotubes embedded in tumours, destroying liver cancer
Full ArticleCancer cells treated with carbon nanotubes can be destroyed by non-invasive radio waves that heat up the nanotubes while sparing untreated tissue, a research team led by scientists at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University has shown in preclinical experiments.
VIB and UZ-KU Leuven join forces and bring state-of-the-art technology to Flanders
Full ArticleFlemish biotechnologists have a world-wide reputation for deciphering genetic code. In order to further strengthen this leading position, two Flemish research institutes are joining forces and bringing new technology to Flanders which will record DNA 100 times faster than current methods. This is an essential asset as these DNA analyses hold the key to the decipherment and treatment of genetic disorders.
'Stereo' mammography takes breast imaging to a new dimension
Full ArticleStereoscopic digital mammography, a new diagnostic technique capable of producing three-dimensional, in-depth views of breast tissue, could significantly reduce the number of women who are recalled for additional tests following routine screening mammography. Results of a clinical trial being conducted at Emory University Breast Clinic in Atlanta were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Novel imaging technique shows gray matter increase in brains of autistic children
Full ArticleUsing a novel imaging technique to study autistic children, researchers have found increased gray matter in the brain areas that govern social processing and learning by observation. Results of the study conducted at the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Bethpage, New York, were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
 

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