VMW Monthly - September 2008 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents September 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Shape, not just size, impacts effectiveness of emerging nanomedicine therapies
Pitt receives $10 million from Gates Foundation for Vaccine Modelling Initiative
Carnegie Mellon MRI technology non-invasively locates and quantifies specific cells in the body
Emory University Hospital one of United States' first training facilities for Neuro Rescue
Telemedicine leads to better stroke treatment decisions
 
Grid for Health
 
Private medical facilities in France utilise remote archiving and image sharing services from Carestream Health
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute extends value of clinical and research data with Oracle
Rochester General Hospital runs mission-critical applications on the VMware platform
NVIDIA achieves monumental Folding@home milestone with Cuda
'Grid Technologies for eHealth: Applications for Telemedicine Services and Delivery' issues Call for Chapter Proposals
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
GeckoSystems enables verbal control of mobile robots while their sensor fusion enables person following
eHealth closer to reality thanks to real-time relevant medical data extraction
Montefiore's CMO and Health Hero Network create partnership to move health care into the home in the Bronx
AeroScout's visibility solution optimizes work flow and improves patient care for Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center
Coventry Health Care selects ICW as solutions provider
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
IBM software supports Shared Health's mission to improve patient care through better access to health care data
Global Med Technologies announces acquisition of eDonor, a technology platform for donor recruitment, scheduling and retention
Reach Call Inc. expands coverage to seven states
QuadraMed launches next-generation identity management solution for health systems and HIEs
LifeSensor PHR passes performance benchmark safely
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Technological crystal ball boosts AIDS survival
'Chips for life' receive substantial European injection
Technique developed to capture human movement in 3D
Philips to lead 'euHeart' project for highly personalized diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease
Life under the laser
 
The 21st century hospital
 
New implant device remotely monitors heart failure patients at Northwestern Memorial
Bangkok Hospital Medical Center achieves TEMOS accreditation
Gwinnett speeds time to diagnosis and treatment with HP Medical Archive solution
P3 Medical Ltd. wins contract to provide Precision Dynamics wristbands to NHS hospitals
Silicon Valley's new El Camino Hospital to have complete wireless coverage and full clinical mobility with InnerWireless
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Abcam and Transinsight agree on collaboration in the area of semantic search technologies for finding antibodies
Robot with a biological brain: new research provides insights into how the brain works
Ascension develops world's smallest six degrees-of-freedom sensor for emerging medical procedures
European health policy makers meet at the EHFG Conference of Ministers in Salzburg
Researchers examine safety of Internet prescriber service providing erectile dysfunction medications
 
VMWC news bites
 
SensAble customer, Ohio Supercomputer Center, wins national award for haptically-enabled surgical simulation teaching tool
Urologists report success using robot-assisted surgery for urinary abnormality
Coatings to help medical implants connect with neurons
First single incision robotic kidney removal performed at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan
'Edible optics' could make food safer
 

Leads September 2008 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Shape, not just size, impacts effectiveness of emerging nanomedicine therapies
Full ArticleIn the budding field of nanotechnology, scientists already know that size does matter. But now, researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have shown that shape matters even more - a finding that could lead to new and more effective methods for treating cancer and other diseases, from diabetes and multiple sclerosis to arthritis and obesity.
Pitt receives $10 million from Gates Foundation for Vaccine Modelling Initiative
Full ArticleTo help select new vaccines that will have the best chances of stopping global infectious disease outbreaks, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has received a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will fund the creation of computer simulations of epidemics, showing worst- and best-case outbreak scenarios, which will be used to evaluate new vaccine technologies and modes of vaccine delivery.
Carnegie Mellon MRI technology non-invasively locates and quantifies specific cells in the body
Full ArticleMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) isn't just for capturing detailed images of the body's anatomy. Thanks to novel imaging reagents and technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University scientist Eric Ahrens, MRI can be used to visualize - with "exquisite" specificity - cell populations of interest in the living body. The ability to non-invasively locate and track cells, such as immune cells, will greatly aid the study and treatment of cancer, inflammation, and auto-immune diseases, as well as provide a tool for advancing clinical translation of the emerging field of cellular regenerative medicine, by tracking stem cells for example.
Emory University Hospital one of United States' first training facilities for Neuro Rescue
Full ArticleAs one of the United States' first "Neuro Rescue Training & Certification" facilities, Emory University Hospital will train interventional cardiologists and vascular specialists in simulation-based stroke intervention. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) recently launched the first interactive, simulation-based stroke intervention course, "SCAI Neuro Rescue Training & Certification" course, and Emory hosted the inaugural course for more than 20 physicians from around the country.
Telemedicine leads to better stroke treatment decisions
Full ArticleResearchers at the University of California (UC), San Diego Medical Center said that their first-of-its-kind study of a telemedicine programme which transports stroke specialists via computer desktop or even laptop to the patient's bedside, using highly sophisticated video, audio and Internet technology, could have an immediate and profound impact on the treatment of stroke patients throughout the world.
 
Grid for Health
 
Private medical facilities in France utilise remote archiving and image sharing services from Carestream Health
Full ArticleAcross France, 37 privately owned medical facilities are utilising Hosted Information Management (HIM), one of a number of eHealth Managed Services from Carestream Health designed to archive, share and distribute medical data more cost-effectively and efficiently. Current contracts with these facilities will result in annual storage of approximately 1 million imaging studies and range from individual imaging centres such as Centre Duroc in Paris to GCN St. Vincent with 8 imaging centres and clinics around Rennes in the Ouest Region of France.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute extends value of clinical and research data with Oracle
Full ArticleDana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the leading cancer research and care centres in the United States, is using Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base (HTB) and Oracle Fusion Middleware components as the foundation for its new translational research infrastructure. Demonstrating its understanding of the unique needs of health sciences organisations, Oracle also has launched Oracle Remote Data Capture, Oracle Clinical and Oracle Thesaurus Management System which are helping to meet customers' study-based requirements.
Rochester General Hospital runs mission-critical applications on the VMware platform
Full ArticleRochester General Hospital (RGH), a nationally recognized health care provider, has deployed VMware Infrastructure 3, the industry-leading data centre virtualization and management suite, to optimize the availability, scalability and performance of nearly every application it has in production.
NVIDIA achieves monumental Folding@home milestone with Cuda
Full ArticleNVIDIA GPUs are contributing over 1 petaflop of processing power to Stanford University's Folding@home distributed computing application as of August 19, 2008, according to the statistics published by Stanford. Active NVIDIA GPUs deliver over 1,25 petaflops, or 42 percent of the total processing power of the application which seeks to understand how proteins affect the human body.
'Grid Technologies for eHealth: Applications for Telemedicine Services and Delivery' issues Call for Chapter Proposals
Full ArticleResearchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 31, 2008 a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter for the publication "Grid Technologies for eHealth: Applications for Telemedicine Services and Delivery". This Manuscript will present a new model of Advanced Grid Technologies, Systems and Services to implement a new model of Virtual Organization for health care support.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
GeckoSystems enables verbal control of mobile robots while their sensor fusion enables person following
Full ArticleGeckoSystems International Corporation has completed the prototyping and development of its mobile robot verbal control and interaction software and hardware system, GeckoChat 2.1, as well as of its mobile robot person following software and hardware system, GeckoTrak 2.0, using advanced voice recognition, synthesis and sensor fusion technologies. GeckoSystems is a dynamic expert in the emerging Mobile Service Robot (MSR) industry revolutionizing their development and usage with mobile robot solutions for safety, security, and service.
eHealth closer to reality thanks to real-time relevant medical data extraction
Full ArticleIn the framework of Holst Centre, IMEC - a European independent nano-electronics research institute - has broadened the functionality and scope of its wireless health monitoring technology by linking it to real-time extraction of relevant medical data. The new technology builds upon the "knowledge streaming" concept of i.Know - a Belgian SME specialized in intelligent applications for automated knowledge extraction and representation. The system takes a central position in the future scenarios of eHealth and personalized medicine.
Montefiore's CMO and Health Hero Network create partnership to move health care into the home in the Bronx
Full ArticleCMO, the Care Management Company - a subsidiary of Montefiore, a health care system that serves over 400.000 individuals in the Bronx, New York - has chosen Health Hero Network as a provider of home telehealth technology services for CMO's care- and disease-management programmes, including its CareGuidance Medicare demonstration. Health Hero Network is a subsidiary of the Bosch Group, a diversified global corporation based in Stuttgart, Germany.
AeroScout's visibility solution optimizes work flow and improves patient care for Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center
Full ArticleOakwood Hospital & Medical Center (OHMC) has implemented a visibility solution developed by AeroScout Inc., a provider of Unified Asset Visibility solutions, to track the location of patients throughout the hospital for improved clinical staff work flow. Endorsed by the American Hospital Association, AeroScout's Wi-Fi-based solution enables nurses and physicians to know the accurate location of any patient in real time. This saves time spent locating patients who have to leave their rooms for procedures like CT scans. The implementation follows the completion of a successful pilot programme, in which 64 patients were tracked through 14 departments over two floors.
Coventry Health Care selects ICW as solutions provider
Full ArticleCoventry Health Care Inc. has selected InterComponentWare's Professional Exchange Server (PXS) and Device Connectivity Solution (DCS) as the interoperability platform and infrastructure solution for a home health telemonitoring programme. Coventry's pilot programme features the deployment of home health medical devices to congestive heart failure (CHF) patients in a defined geographic region, along with care management services and patient data exchange for the physicians.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
IBM software supports Shared Health's mission to improve patient care through better access to health care data
Full ArticleShared Health, a public/private Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the United States, is using IBM InfoSphere software and services to power its newly-launched Clinical Xchange data exchange platform. Shared Health Clinical Xchange, built on IBM's information integration software, improves health care clinicians' access to clinical information, helping them operate more efficiently and deliver better patient care. The IBM software enables a Web-based system that supports millions of patients by merging key clinical data with administrative data from numerous sources and formats.
Global Med Technologies announces acquisition of eDonor, a technology platform for donor recruitment, scheduling and retention
Full ArticleGlobal Med Technologies Inc., an international e-Health, medical information technology company, has executed an Asset Purchase Agreement and closed a transaction with eDonor, located in Phoenix, Arizona, for US$5 million. This acquisition is expected to be accretive immediately on a fully diluted basis, net of financing costs. The transaction consists of US$3,5 million in cash and US$1,5 million in Global Med common stock. eDonor is a web-based donor relationship management system that integrates recruitment, scheduling, retention and fulfillment for national as well as local community blood centres. The acquisition is designed to complement Global Med's strong line of international blood management and laboratory information software and service solutions.
Reach Call Inc. expands coverage to seven states
Full ArticleMore than 60 hospitals in seven states are using the turn-key telestroke and telehealth service, developed by Reach Call Inc., a provider of 100 percent web-based solutions for remote treatment of medical conditions such as stroke. The company continues to grow at a fast pace, adding fourteen customers in the past three months.
QuadraMed launches next-generation identity management solution for health systems and HIEs
Full ArticleQuadraMed Corporation has made available Smart Identity Exchange (Smart I/X), a next-generation identity management solution that helps hospitals and health information exchanges (HIEs) in their efforts to identify, reconcile and manage patient records to significantly reduce the potential for medical errors and needless expenses such as unnecessary tests and procedures.
LifeSensor PHR passes performance benchmark safely
Full Article10.000 virtual users access 10 million LifeSensor personal health records simultaneously. Response times are stable at less than two seconds. In a nutshell, this is the result of a ten-day performance test conducted by eHealth specialist InterComponentWare AG (ICW) at the Hewlett Packard European Performance and Benchmark Center. The result proves again: LifeSensor is ready for large-scale use.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Technological crystal ball boosts AIDS survival
Full ArticleA cure for the virus that causes AIDS may still be beyond our grasp, but European researchers have developed a predictive software system for HIV that could help extend the lives of victims of the killer disease. By focusing on the genotype of the virus - information which is inexpensive and easily available - and combining this with clinical information about the patient, researchers behind the European Union-funded EuResist project developed new mathematical prediction models.
'Chips for life' receive substantial European injection
Full ArticleTracking down cancer at a very early stage, studying cell growth, developing new medicines: future lab-on-a-chip systems will use nanoscale electrical fields to enable the detection and manipulation of cells and biomolecules. The University of Twente's eLab4Life project can expect a grant of 2,4 million euro from the European Research Council for this research.
Technique developed to capture human movement in 3D
Full ArticleResearchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the University of Lovaina (UCL), in Belgium, have presented a technique that, using two video cameras to capture human movement, makes it possible to recognize body movements and display them in three dimensions on a computer, according to the journal Multimedia Tools & Applications. The method can be applied to the development of interactive video games in which gestures are made with the hands and feet.
Philips to lead 'euHeart' project for highly personalized diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics will lead a new European Union (EU) funded research project called "euHeart", which is aimed at improving the diagnosis, therapy planning and treatment of cardiovascular disease - one of the biggest causes of mortality in the western world. The euHeart consortium comprises public and private partners from 16 research, academic, industrial and medical organisations from six different European countries. It will run for four years and has a budget of approximately 19 million euro, of which approximately 14 million euro will be provided by the European Union.
Life under the laser
Full ArticleResearchers at the University of Nottingham have developed a unique technology that will allow scientists to look at microscopic activity within the body's chemical messenger system for the very first time, live as it happens. The cutting edge laser technology has helped to attract GBP 1,3 million from the Medical Research Council (MRC) for a five-year project that will offer a new insight into the tiny world of activity taking place within single cells and could contribute to the design of new drugs to treat human diseases such as asthma and arthritis with fewer side effects.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
New implant device remotely monitors heart failure patients at Northwestern Memorial
Full ArticleChest pain and shortness of breath are common symptoms that send tens of thousands of heart failure (HF) patients into United States hospitals each month. Cardiologists at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital may be able to curb such visits for some of their HF patients as they recently became Chicago's first researchers using a new wireless pressure sensor technology that allows them to track the pulmonary artery pressure of the subjects while these subjects remain at home.
Bangkok Hospital Medical Center achieves TEMOS accreditation
Full ArticleBangkok Hospital Medical Center was recently welcomed into the TEMOS - Telemedicine for the Mobile Society - network, which aims to establish a worldwide network of quality hospitals and clinics for the assistance of overseas travelers.
Gwinnett speeds time to diagnosis and treatment with HP Medical Archive solution
Full ArticleGwinnett Medical Center is using HP offerings to enhance patient care through improved information access, reduced storage costs and by meeting regulatory compliance standards. Gwinnett Medical Center, a hospital with four acute care facilities serving Gwinnett County, Georgia, chose the HP Medical Archive solution to help manage its explosive growth of digitized medical information. The hospital was able to also reduce storage costs and allow faster access to on-line images - even in the event of a disaster.
P3 Medical Ltd. wins contract to provide Precision Dynamics wristbands to NHS hospitals
Full ArticleIn a move to improve patient safety throughout hospitals in England and Wales, the National Health Service Supply Chain (NHSSC) has awarded P3 Medical Ltd. (P3) a multi-year contract to provide patient identification wristbands to the NHS hospitals. Under the contract, P3 will distribute positive patient identification wristbands from Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC). As a global expert in automatic identification wristbands, PDC pioneered the first bar code patient wristband system in 1984 and offers the most complete line of automated wristband solutions worldwide, including bar code laser printer, thermal printer, and RFID.
Silicon Valley's new El Camino Hospital to have complete wireless coverage and full clinical mobility with InnerWireless
Full ArticleEl Camino Hospital, in Mountain View, California, will deploy Horizon, developed by InnerWireless Inc., a premier provider of converged wireless solutions, in its new 300-bed hospital to guarantee wireless connectivity and coverage for mission- and life-critical applications. El Camino Hospital so strongly believes in mobility that it chose to deploy the InnerWireless system throughout the entire facility to guarantee wireless coverage everywhere - even in the basement. Horizon converges WWAN and WLAN services including cellular/PCS, 802.11 a/b/g/n, WMTS, pagers and two-way radios. Horizon also keeps mobile staff and clinicians continuously connected to the hospital's main Hospital Information System (HIS), so they can access patient information at all times.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Abcam and Transinsight agree on collaboration in the area of semantic search technologies for finding antibodies
Full ArticleAbcam, a bioscience company specialising in the supply of antibodies from a web-based catalogue, and Transinsight, a specialist in semantic search technologies, have established a collaboration in the field of protein information quality control using bioinformatics work flows.
Robot with a biological brain: new research provides insights into how the brain works
Full ArticleA multi-disciplinary team at the University of Reading has developed a robot which is controlled by a biological brain formed from cultured neurons. This cutting-edge research is the first step to examine how memories manifest themselves in the brain, and how a brain stores specific pieces of data. The key aim is that eventually this will lead to a better understanding of development of diseases and disorders which affect the brain such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, stroke and brain injury.
Ascension develops world's smallest six degrees-of-freedom sensor for emerging medical procedures
Full ArticleAscension Technology Corporation has shrunk the dimensions of its 3D Guidance medSAFE magnetic sensor without sacrificing tracking parameters. The outer diameter of its new sensor is 0,90 mm (0,035 inch), small enough to comfortably fit the hollow tube of a 19-gauge biopsy needle.
European health policy makers meet at the EHFG Conference of Ministers in Salzburg
Full ArticleA range of the most prominent European health policy makers met August 28-29, 2008 for a regional meeting of Central European health ministers in Salzburg. The health ministers from Austria and its neighbouring countries took part in the informal high-level meeting organised by the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) in co-operation with Austria's Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth.
Researchers examine safety of Internet prescriber service providing erectile dysfunction medications
Full ArticleOn-line Internet shopping today offers many benefits. You can research a product in the privacy of your own home and purchase most anything by clicking a mouse. But should we be allowed to buy prescription drugs via the Internet, bypassing a traditional office visit or conversation with a physician? In the August issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers from Utah and several colleagues compare the relative safety of two systems - an on-line prescribing service versus traditional physician consultation - for patients seeking medication to treat erectile dysfunction.
 
VMWC news bites
 
SensAble customer, Ohio Supercomputer Center, wins national award for haptically-enabled surgical simulation teaching tool
Full ArticleThe Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), a publicly-funded research partner to Ohio universities and industries, has won national recognition for its Virtual Temporal Bone Project, which utilizes a SensAble PHANTOM haptic device, manufactured by SensAble Technologies Inc., a provider of touch-enabled modelling solutions and haptic devices. The system, developed by OSC in partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Department of Otolaryngology, received the prestigious "Dr. Frank H. Netter Award for Special Contributions to Medical Education" from the Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in Health Sciences during the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, held July 16-20, 2008 in Indianapolis.
Urologists report success using robot-assisted surgery for urinary abnormality
Full ArticleAshok Hemal, M.D., a urologic surgeon from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and colleagues have reported success using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery to repair abnormal openings between the bladder and vagina known as fistulas. Reporting on their experience with seven patients, Dr. Hemal and colleagues have the world's largest known success with the procedure. Their report appears on-line in the Journal of Urology and will be included in a future print issue.
Coatings to help medical implants connect with neurons
Full ArticlePlastic coatings could someday help neural implants treat conditions as diverse as Parkinson's disease and macular degeneration. The coatings encourage neurons in the body to grow and connect with the electrodes that provide treatment. Jessica O. Winter, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State University described the research at the American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia. She is also an assistant professor of biomedical engineering.
First single incision robotic kidney removal performed at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan
Full ArticleFor the first time in Michigan, a diseased kidney has been surgically removed at Henry Ford Hospital using highly sophisticated 3D robotics through a single incision. The kidney, damaged by four tumours, was extracted through an incision of about three inches near the patient's navel of a 50-year-old patient during a complex minimally invasive robotic procedure that lasted approximately 2,5 hours. The procedure takes its name in part from its minimally invasive approach: SIRS or Single Incision Robotic Surgery. The procedure takes its name in part from its minimally invasive approach: SIRS or Single Incision Robotic Surgery.
'Edible optics' could make food safer
Full ArticleImagine an edible optical sensor that could be placed in produce bags to detect harmful levels of bacteria and consumed right along with the veggies. Or an implantable device that would monitor glucose in your blood for a year, then dissolve.
 

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