VMW Monthly - February 2008 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents February 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Virginia biomedical engineering study shows magnetic field can reduce swelling
T-Health in Phoenix: a model for medical education and health care of the future
International consortium announces the 1000 Genomes Project
Scientists use nanomaterials to localize and control drug delivery
Electroporative flow cytometry technique quickly detects cancer indicator
 
Grid for Health
 
Université de Montréal researchers simulate world's largest heart model using SGI technology
IBM and university researchers to develop research tools to improve cancer patient outcomes
Virtual human in HIV drug simulation
HP helps health care providers improve patient care and regulatory compliance with Medical Archiving Solution
Hays Medical Center accelerates application integration and more efficiently captures patient data with Oracle Fusion Middleware
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Investigating causes of asthma attacks: vest-based sensor system monitors environmental exposure
e-Health card terminal from SCM Microsystems receives GEMATIK certification
GE Healthcare teams with Centrak to introduce battery-based RFID asset optimization solution
IBM's WebSphere RFID Information Center is the first to meet both EPCIS and Drug Pedigree Messaging standards
Cisco, Scottish Centre for Telehealth, and NHS Scotland launch first Cisco HealthPresence trial
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
SigmaCare EMR achieves high user adoption in New York nursing homes
Beth Israel Deaconess Physicians Organization / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center selects Concordant to build and manage their Electronic Health Records infrastructure for independent physicians
Major university selects Telanetix to provide telepresence systems to four medical facilities
B-K Medical and Advanced Medical Diagnostics collaborate on the introduction of HistoScanning technology for the prostate
Novadaq's SPY System receives clearance for use in organ transplant surgery
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
The construction of heart modelling leads path to new therapies
Swiss researchers develop new technology to sharpen X-ray vision
Palpable computing: a taste of things to come
Spanish researchers develop new motor system impairment diagnosing tool
France's Alsace region unites life science and health care aid agencies under single banner, Alsace Biovalley
 
The 21st century hospital
 
HP Saudi participates in the Riyadh Military Hospital IT Technology Week in Saudi Arabia
Black Box designs and installs an IP-based unified communications platform for Dearborn County Hospital
Children's Hospital Boston surgeons remove large chest wall tumour thoracoscopically
HD videoconferencing links critical care newborns from rural hospitals to tertiary care facilities and specialists
Mayo Clinic and IBM establish medical imaging research centre
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Viable unveils first WiFi-enabled, portable videophone designed for deaf and hard of hearing persons who use video relay services
Virtual biopsy cuts out need for diagnostic surgery
New publication on 'eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities' issued by Johns Hopkins expert
Elsevier's WiserWiki allows physicians to update evidence-based medical information
Hansen Medical to showcase integrated 3D electrophysiology solution at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium
 
VMWC news bites
 
Freeze-dried tendon implants prove effective in early studies
Teaching autistic children to safely cross the road using virtual reality
Purdue University model is first to compare performance of 'biosensors'
Language centres revealed and brain surgery refined with new mapping
Virtual Reality, Medical Informatics, and EHR Systems
 

Leads February 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
University of Virginia biomedical engineering study shows magnetic field can reduce swelling
Full ArticleA recent study by University of Virginia researchers demonstrates that the use of an acute, localized static magnetic field of moderate strength can result in significant reduction of swelling when applied immediately after an inflammatory injury. Thomas Skalak, professor and chair of biomedical engineering, and Cassandra Morris, a former Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia, reported their findings in the November 2007 edition of the American Journal of Physiology.
T-Health in Phoenix: a model for medical education and health care of the future
Full ArticleSome say that life begins at 40 and the same can be said of the next generation of health care education programmes at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine, which turned 40 in November 2007. Medical education no longer is bound by the walls of classrooms, labs and clinics. Today's medical students are learning medicine throughout Arizona and beyond while they remain on campus - and health care professionals are continuing their medical education without leaving their hometowns - thanks to the UA College of Medicine's Arizona Telemedicine Programme, known as ATP.
International consortium announces the 1000 Genomes Project
Full ArticleAn international research consortium has launched the 1000 Genomes Project, an ambitious effort that will involve sequencing the genomes of at least a thousand people from around the world to create the most detailed and medically useful picture to date of human genetic variation. The project will receive major support from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, England; the Beijing Genomics Institute, Shenzhen (BGI Shenzhen) in China; and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Scientists use nanomaterials to localize and control drug delivery
Full ArticleUsing nanotechnology, scientists from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) and Northwestern University have developed a localized and controlled drug delivery method that is invisible to the immune system, a discovery that could provide newer and more effective treatments for cancer and other diseases. The study, published January 22, 2008 in the journal ACS Nano, provides an example of the enormous potential and clinical significance that nanomaterials may represent in such fields as oncology, endocrinology and cardiology.
Electroporative flow cytometry technique quickly detects cancer indicator
Full ArticleResearchers have developed a new way to detect protein movements inside cells, which signal a variety of cellular changes such as those in cancer cell development. The method could help diagnose cancer in the future. By combining two distinct techniques, the technology can examine large numbers of cells individually, a feat not previously possible, according to Chang Lu, a Purdue University assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering.
 
Grid for Health
 
Université de Montréal researchers simulate world's largest heart model using SGI technology
Full ArticleIn the quest to discover how the mechanisms of disease work, researchers at the Université de Montréal (UdM) have run the largest mathematical simulation of a heart ever assembled - a 2 billion element model - on a high-performance computing system from SGI. The new UdM model is up to 1000 times more detailed than previous models, enabling new scientific discoveries that would never be possible via observation alone.
IBM and university researchers to develop research tools to improve cancer patient outcomes
Full ArticleIBM; the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), which is a Center of Excellence of the University of Medicine and Dentistry-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ); and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, have launched a collaborative research effort to develop diagnostic tools which can improve the accuracy of predicting patients' responses to treatment and related clinical outcomes. Through the use of advanced computer and imaging technologies that facilitate comparisons of cancerous tissues, cell and radiology studies, researchers and physicians expect to determine more accurate cancer prognoses, more personalized therapy planning and, subsequently, the discovery and development of new cancer drugs.
Virtual human in HIV drug simulation
Full ArticleThe combined supercomputing power of the United Kingdom and United States "national Grids" has enabled University College London (UCL) scientists to simulate the efficacy of an HIV drug in blocking a key protein used by the lethal virus. The method - an early example of the Virtual Physiological Human in action - could one day be used to tailor personal drug treatments, for example for HIV patients developing resistance to their drugs.
HP helps health care providers improve patient care and regulatory compliance with Medical Archiving Solution
Full ArticleHewlett-Packard (HP) has introduced a specialized archiving platform to help global health care providers, hospitals and imaging clinics of all sizes meet rapidly expanding retention requirements for medical images. With the HP Medical Archive solution (MAS) 3.0, health care providers can strengthen their focus on improving patient care while also adhering to strict compliance regulations by ensuring that medical image data is securely indexed, preserved and accessible.
Hays Medical Center accelerates application integration and more efficiently captures patient data with Oracle Fusion Middleware
Full ArticleHays Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit hospital, is using Oracle BPEL Process Manager, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, to connect disparate information systems within its IT infrastructure. With Oracle Fusion Middleware, Hays is creating a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to help reduce development costs and IT management complexity while supplying up-to-date patient information to health care providers.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Investigating causes of asthma attacks: vest-based sensor system monitors environmental exposure
Full ArticleResearchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a sensor system that continuously monitors the air around persons prone to asthma attacks. Worn in the pockets of a vest, the new system could help researchers understand the causes of asthma attacks. This research was supported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and initial funding from the GTRI Independent Research and Development (IRAD) programme.
e-Health card terminal from SCM Microsystems receives GEMATIK certification
Full ArticleSCM Microsystems Inc.'s eHealth100 health card terminal has received certification to be used as an MKT+ terminal - multi-functional terminal - from GEMATIK, the organisation overseeing the implementation of the electronic health card programme in Germany. The German e-Health card programme is the largest electronic health care project in the world to date, with planned deployment of 82 million electronic health insurance cards and thousands of health provider cards over the next few years.
GE Healthcare teams with Centrak to introduce battery-based RFID asset optimization solution
Full ArticleGE Healthcare has launched a predominantly battery-operated radio frequency ID (RFID) tracking system in partnership with CenTrak Inc. of Newtown, Pennsylvania. The new asset optimization solution, an innovative introduction to the marketplace, will enable health care facilities to reduce installation barriers and costs, compared to current RFID systems, thereby serving them to maximize return-on-investment (ROI) potential. In addition, the solution's ability to accurately view locations at the room-level will enhance a hospital's operational efficiency and improve overall patient care.
IBM's WebSphere RFID Information Center is the first to meet both EPCIS and Drug Pedigree Messaging standards
Full ArticleIBM's WebSphere RFID Information Center software's ePedigree feature has been certified and found to be fully compliant with GS1 EPCglobal's Drug Pedigree Messaging Standard - known as the DPMS or Document model. Ratified in January 2007, the DMPS gives participants in the pharmaceutical supply chain access to historical data concerning who has had custody of drug shipments from the date of manufacture. Drug shipments can be automatically scanned and validated, and their electronic certificates of authenticity - known as ePedigrees - can be accessed at any time. IBM also achieved EPCglobal certification on the Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard in October 2007.
Cisco, Scottish Centre for Telehealth, and NHS Scotland launch first Cisco HealthPresence trial
Full ArticleThe Scottish Centre for Telehealth (SCT), Cisco, and the National Health Service in Scotland have launched the world's first trial of Cisco's HealthPresence, an innovative patient care delivery concept using Cisco TelePresence technology. The trial is taking place at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland to assess the efficacy of Cisco HealthPresence, as well as patient and caregiver satisfaction, when the system is used in a safe, highly secure environment. Upon a successful outcome of this programme, further trials may be planned in Scotland and around the world.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
SigmaCare EMR achieves high user adoption in New York nursing homes
Full ArticleSigmaCare has expanded the user base of its long-term care mobile electronic medical records (EMR) system throughout the New York City area. Early field results from nursing homes participating in the New York State Quality of Care Demonstration Project show promise for the adoption of EMR technology and its impact on long-term care. Additional contracts secured outside the project further support the case that EMR adoption in long-term care is gaining momentum in New York.
Beth Israel Deaconess Physicians Organization / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center selects Concordant to build and manage their Electronic Health Records infrastructure for independent physicians
Full ArticleConcordant Inc., a provider of health care IT services, has been chosen by Beth Israel Deaconess Physicians Organization (BIDPO) / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to help build and manage a secure, robust, cost effective Electronic Health Records (EHR) infrastructure for its independent physicians. Concordant is developing the scaleable IT infrastructure to securely connect this diverse health care community, starting with up to 300 BIDPO/BIDMC practices in 173 locations. BIDPO/BIDMC benefits from Concordant's rich expertise in IT design, implementation and management of EHR ambulatory environments.
Major university selects Telanetix to provide telepresence systems to four medical facilities
Full ArticleTelanetix Inc., an IP solutions provider offering telepresence and VoIP services to the SMB and SME markets, has installed its Digital Presence products in four medical facilities affiliated with a major university. The installation of the systems makes it possible for field specialists and consulting physicians to teach and be called upon for consultations remotely, in real-time with life-like interaction. The room-based solutions provided by Telanetix also incorporate data-sharing from a wide array of sources, such as x-rays and ultrasounds, allowing the university to utilize the full array of expertise on its staff, regardless of which location that staff member is stationed.
B-K Medical and Advanced Medical Diagnostics collaborate on the introduction of HistoScanning technology for the prostate
Full ArticleB-K Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation, and Advanced Medical Diagnostics S.A., a company committed to providing innovative computer-aided solutions that improve the diagnostic interpretation of ultrasound scans, have signed a collaboration agreement under which they will deploy the innovative HistoScanning tissue characterization technology for the prostate.
Novadaq's SPY System receives clearance for use in organ transplant surgery
Full ArticleNovadaq Technologies Inc., a developer of medical imaging systems for the operating room, has received 510(k) pre-market notification clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its imaging system for use during organ transplant surgery. Novadaq's SPY System is the first fluorescent imaging system available for use during very complex, technically demanding surgeries such as heart, liver, pancreas and kidney transplants. SPY enables surgeons performing life saving transplants to visualize blood flow in co-joined vessels which are responsible for providing adequate blood supply and the quality of blood perfusion to the new organ.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
The construction of heart modelling leads path to new therapies
Full ArticleHeart disease is still a major killer, especially in the western world, but new therapies based on stem cells and other techniques could now be imminent. Progress is being held back however by the difficulty testing new therapies on human heart tissue, with animal models being only of limited value owing to differences in structure and activity. The only solution in the absence of real human models is to create computerised "in-silico" models that simulate the real heart and enable possible drugs and therapies to be tested without risk to people. Although this is still some way off becoming a reality, substantial progress has been made, and the next steps were plotted at a major workshop held recently by the European Science Foundation (ESF).
Swiss researchers develop new technology to sharpen X-ray vision
Full ArticleResearchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a novel method for producing dark-field x-ray images at wavelengths used in typical medical and industrial imaging equipment. Dark-field images provide more detail than ordinary x-ray radiographs and could be used to diagnose the onset of osteoporosis, breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, to identify explosives in hand luggage, or to pinpoint hairline cracks or corrosion in functional structures.
Palpable computing: a taste of things to come
Full ArticleVirtually everyone stands to benefit from the more pervasive use of computer technology. But while adding microchips to more everyday objects can make lives easier - and even save them - the approach creates some unique problems of its own. "Palpable" rather than "ubiquitous" computing promises a solution.
Spanish researchers develop new motor system impairment diagnosing tool
Full ArticleResearchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) are developing a tool that will allow doctors to easily evaluate the degree and type of the tremors caused in the upper limbs by some neurological disorders. The DIMETER system makes it easier for doctors and other health professionals to objectively evaluate the tremors exhibited in the hands and fingers of patients affected by some disorders that impair their motor skills, such as Parkinson, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
France's Alsace region unites life science and health care aid agencies under single banner, Alsace Biovalley
Full ArticleAlsace Biovalley is the new name adopted by the main aid agencies supporting life science and health care research and industry in France's Alsace region, home to some of France most dynamic companies and laboratories. The aim is to simplify how the agencies go about their work and make it more effective for those standing to benefit from support, including international firms and research labs.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
HP Saudi participates in the Riyadh Military Hospital IT Technology Week in Saudi Arabia
Full ArticleHP Saudi Arabia participated in the Riyadh Military Hospital IT Technology Week (RMH) held during January in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. HP showcased the latest solutions and services for the health care sector during the show. The key focus was the launch of HP's Digital Hospital solutions, which deliver premium tailored IT innovations needed to develop health care services at low cost. During the RMH week, the latest IT applications and systems in the health care industry were showcased through workshops and training sessions, increasing awareness regarding the latest advances in IT and health systems.
Black Box designs and installs an IP-based unified communications platform for Dearborn County Hospital
Full ArticleThe Dearborn County Hospital deployment of an advanced IP-based HiPath unified communications platform from Siemens Communications Inc., which was designed and installed by Black Box Network Services, a United States communications integrator and authorized Siemens HiPath reseller, has been successfully completed. This platform will offer efficient and effective communications among doctors, staff, patients and patient families.
Children's Hospital Boston surgeons remove large chest wall tumour thoracoscopically
Full ArticleA 17-year-old boy has three small scars to show for his life-saving operation thanks to a newly enabled technique that allowed his surgeons to avoid a highly invasive procedure. Using Autonomy Laparo-Angle scissors and dissectors from Cambridge Endo, Bradley Linden, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive and Computer Assisted Paediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital Boston and Christopher Weldon, MD, PhD, were able to successfully remove a very large tumour located at the apex of the chest wall without making any significant incisions.
HD videoconferencing links critical care newborns from rural hospitals to tertiary care facilities and specialists
Full ArticleWithout ever leaving the nursery, fragile babies born at Chillicothe's Adena Regional Medical Center are receiving clinical assessments from specialists an hour away at Nationwide Children's Hospital - thanks to high-definition videoconferencing capabilities made possible via the Ohio Supercomputer Center. An example of telemedicine, the project enables specialists in Columbus to view distressed newborns with exceptional clarity, examine detailed x-rays, view lab results and consult with attending physicians in Chillicothe in real-time.
Mayo Clinic and IBM establish medical imaging research centre
Full ArticleMayo Clinic and IBM have created a collaborative research facility aimed at advancing medical imaging technologies to improve the quality of patient care. The Medical Imaging Informatics Innovation Center (MI3C) is an extension of a Mayo-IBM research collaboration announced in 2007, the results of which have given physicians the ability to register medical images up to 50-times quicker and provide critical diagnosis, such as the growth or shrinkage of tumours, in seconds instead of hours.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Viable unveils first WiFi-enabled, portable videophone designed for deaf and hard of hearing persons who use video relay services
Full ArticleViable Inc., a provider of video relay services (VRS) for deaf and hard of hearing, unveiled the VPAD, its WiFi-enabled, portable videophone, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The VPAD is the first WiFi-enabled videophone developed specifically for VRS users.
Virtual biopsy cuts out need for diagnostic surgery
Full ArticleA non-invasive diagnostic tool to detect surface cancers quickly and painlessly using technology currently employed by gyms to calculate body composition has been developed by a Queens University of Technology (QUT) PhD medical physics researcher. Jye Smith from QUT's School of Physical and Chemical Sciences has developed a new diagnostic technique using bio-impedance spectroscopy to diagnose cervical and skin cancers.
New publication on 'eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities' issued by Johns Hopkins expert
Full ArticleMichael Christopher Gibbons, MD, MPH, Associate Director at Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI,)Director at the Center for Community Health (CCH), and Assistant Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions has recently published a new book on eHealth, which has been edited by Springer and is titled "eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities".
Elsevier's WiserWiki allows physicians to update evidence-based medical information
Full ArticleElsevier, a publisher of science and health information, has introduced the beta launch of WiserWiki, a wiki that allows board-certified physicians to collaboratively contribute and update medical information on-line. The site, which is open to and viewable by the public, is seeded with content from "The Textbook of Primary Care Medicine" - 3rd Edition, 2001 - by John Noble, M.D. The textbook was published by Mosby, an Elsevier imprint, and was one of Elsevier's best-selling medical textbooks.
Hansen Medical to showcase integrated 3D electrophysiology solution at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium
Full ArticleHansen Medical Inc. has showcased its new Cohesion 3D Visualization Interface alongside its Sensei Robotic Catheter System at the recently held 13th Annual Boston Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Symposium. The newly integrated electrophysiology (EP) solution offers physicians a software interface between the company's next generation robotic technology and the St. Jude Medical EnSite System. Although the CoHesion Interface is already commercially available in the European Union, it is currently undergoing 510(k) review by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is not yet commercially available in the United States.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Freeze-dried tendon implants prove effective in early studies
Full ArticleDonated, freeze-dried tendon grafts loaded with gene therapy may soon offer effective repair of injured tendons, a goal that has eluded surgeons to date. According to study data published in the journal Molecular Therapy, a new graft technique may provide the first effective framework around which flexor tendon tissue can reorganize as it heals. Such tissue-engineering approaches could significantly improve repair of anterior cruciate ligaments and rotator cuffs as well, researchers stated. The study was in a mouse model designed to resemble hard-to-repair flexor tendons in human hands, and the results should provide an impetus for future clinical trials.
Teaching autistic children to safely cross the road using virtual reality
Full ArticleRecent research conducted at the University of Haifa found that children with autism improved their road safety skills after practising with a unique virtual reality system. Children with autism rarely have opportunities to experience or to learn to cope with day-to-day situations. Using virtual simulations such as the one used in this research enables them to acquire skills that will make it possible for them to become independent, according to Profs. Josman and Weiss, from the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Haifa.
Purdue University model is first to compare performance of 'biosensors'
Full ArticleResearchers have developed a new modelling technique to study and design miniature "biosensors", a tool that could help industry perfect lab-on-a-chip technology for uses ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental monitoring. The experimental devices represent a new class of portable sensors designed to capture and detect specific "target molecules", which will allow the sensors to identify pathogens, DNA or other substances. Now researchers at Purdue University are the first to create "a new conceptual framework" and corresponding computational model to relate the shape of a sensor to its performance and explain why certain designs perform better than others, according to Ashraf Alam, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Language centres revealed and brain surgery refined with new mapping
Full ArticleNeurosurgeons from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are reporting significant results of a new brain mapping technique that allows for the safe removal of tumours near language pathways in the brain. The technique minimizes brain exposure and reduces the amount of time a patient must be awake during surgery.
Virtual Reality, Medical Informatics, and EHR Systems
Full ArticleThis article provides a high level overview for management on virtual reality (VR) solutions and their application in the field of healthcare at this point in time. Virtual Reality (VR) has real applications in healthcare, especially in education, surgery, therapy, and 3D visualization of medical information. The article also specifically touches on the potential relationship of VR to electronic health records (EHR) systems in the future. Finally, recommendations are offered on next steps healthcare organizations should consider taking with regards to this technology.
 

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