VMW Monthly - June 2009 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents June 2009 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
From cars to cancer: University of Houston professor employs auto industry tools for tumour therapy
Computer model predicts brain tumour growth and evolution
Berkeley Lab scientist co-leads breast cancer 'dream team'
Innovative telehealth technology removing barriers for rural patients in Tasmania
Unique electronic strategy alerts physicians to latest clinical information on H1N1 flu
 
Grid for Health
 
Pathwork Diagnostics Inc. chooses Univa UD for advanced research in the Cloud
Grid browser finds the meaning of life
Ohio researcher tracks movement of H1N1 influenza virus with the aid of supercomputer and mapping software
Gene Network Sciences announces broad cancer collaboration with UCSF and initial results
IBM and medical researchers launch effort to find flu drug treatments
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Strategic partnership announced between Aquilonis and Clinical Solutions International LLC
Hypercom accelerates global initiative for high security e-Health systems
Orange and Alcatel-Lucent sign a co-operation agreement to better address the health care market in Europe and emerging countries
Covidien announces milestone placement in remote respiratory monitoring
Health Apps and eGames: A New Consumer Interface to PHRs
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Dental Prosthetics Services (DPS) becomes first TEREC member to deploy the SensAble Dental Lab System
InDevR's FluChip detects and distinguishes swine-origin H1N1 from human influenza viruses
Lyncean Technologies Inc. receives $1,2 million from NCRR to develop new imaging technique
GlobalMedia partners with NeuroCall to offer remote neurology services
MedApps HealthPAL connects to Microsoft HealthVault to improve patient compliance and lower health care costs
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Spain to pioneer the application of a nanotechnology microscope for brain studies
Playing for keeps - computerised play helps elderly stay sharp
IBM establishes Global Healthcare Centre of Excellence in La Gaude, France and helps Government of Slovenia to build smart health insurance system
GBP 1.65 million investment establishes epigenomics sequencing facility at the Babraham Institute, part of the new East of England Genetic Research Hub
Prestigious award for 'outstanding' primary care researcher
 
The 21st century hospital
 
TeleHealth Services chosen by HCA to install interactive patient education system in Timpanogos Regional Hospital
Study finds virtual doctors visits satisfactory for both patients and clinicians
Mayo Clinic and Grameen Healthcare join forces to launch demonstration project
The Ottawa Hospital transforms procurement and spend management with the Oracle E-Business Suite
Bull Evidian helps Belgian hospital improve security and staff effectiveness
 
Virtual snap shots
 
CTEC Online Learning Modules answer telemedicine questions
Tangent introduces Medix 10T MCA tablet for medical market mobile to increase point-of-care efficiency
New study evaluates community response to personally controlled health information
Baumer launches device that helps in the correction of serious deformities of the lumbar region
Immersion enters high-growth robotic surgery market
 
VMWC news bites
 
Next generation of health care workers train through medical simulation
When virtual reality feels real
A (virtual) smart home controlled by your thoughts
Bull's-eye electrode helps interpret thoughts, deliver stimulus to aid paralyzed, epileptic patients
MIT robotic therapy holds promise for cerebral palsy
 

Leads June 2009 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
From cars to cancer: University of Houston professor employs auto industry tools for tumour therapy
Full ArticleAn effort is under way at the University of Houston (UH) to use technologies with origins in the automobile industry to develop new tools that will help doctors and technicians better plan radiation therapy for patients with head and neck cancer. Dr. Ali Kamrani, founding director of the Design and Free Form Fabrication Laboratory at UH and a former auto industry researcher, is teaming up with Dr. Lei Dong, associate professor and deputy research director of radiation physics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, to develop predictive models of tumours that hopefully will increase the accuracy of radiation therapy.
Computer model predicts brain tumour growth and evolution
Full ArticleResearchers from Brown University and other institutions have developed a computational computer model of how brain tumours grow and evolve. The model is the product of mathematical formulas based on the first principals of physics, such as conservation of mass, and it has allowed researchers to recreate tumour growth in a computer. Through subsequent repetitive testing against real tumours, they have also linked their computerized tumours to real-world brain tumours, or "gliomas", and can now watch tumour growth on a computer screen.
Berkeley Lab scientist co-leads breast cancer 'dream team'
Full ArticleAn $18 million, three-year grant to develop new and more effective therapies to fight breast cancer has been awarded to a multi-institutional "Dream Team" of scientists and clinicians that is co-led by Joe Gray, a renowned cancer researcher with the United States Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Innovative telehealth technology removing barriers for rural patients in Tasmania
Full ArticleInnovative technology is helping break down the barriers of distance and isolation for patients living in rural and regional Tasmania. Health Minister Lara Giddings visited Agfest, an event organised by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania, to view the display of technology being trialled or investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in partnership with Telstra. Ms. Giddings said there was no better place to showcase the technology than at Agfest, where thousands of visitors would be interested in learning how their health care experience could be made easier.
Unique electronic strategy alerts physicians to latest clinical information on H1N1 flu
Full ArticleHistory was made at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, when more than 3000 physicians in Indianapolis were sent a broadcast alert on swine flu - H1N1 virus - from the Marion County Health Department. The message was of critical importance to patient care; history was made in the way it was transmitted and received. The April 29 swine flu public health message was the first to abandon a traditional, less efficient paper approach to alerting physicians about public health crises in favour of an electronic strategy to quickly and efficiently broadcast public health information critical to patient care.
 
Grid for Health
 
Pathwork Diagnostics Inc. chooses Univa UD for advanced research in the Cloud
Full ArticlePathwork Diagnostics Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on oncology, has chosen UniCloud, developed by Univa UD, a provider of software products for high performance computing (HPC) systems management and data centre environments, and the Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service (Amazon EC2) to provide Cloud computing for research needs that require vast computing capacity at peak times.
Grid browser finds the meaning of life
Full ArticleA web browser that can understand technical terms in life sciences and automatically find additional resources and services has been developed by European researchers. It could lead to a new generation of intelligent search engines.
Ohio researcher tracks movement of H1N1 influenza virus with the aid of supercomputer and mapping software
Full ArticleAn Ohio State University Medical Center biomedical informatics researcher is tapping the power of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) to monitor the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus. Associate professor Daniel Janies, an expert in computational genomics, synthesizes large, diverse datasets to understand the spread of infectious diseases over hosts and geography. The resulting maps can be viewed with Google Earth.
Gene Network Sciences announces broad cancer collaboration with UCSF and initial results
Full ArticleGene Network Sciences Inc. (GNS) has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California San Francisco Cancer Center (UCSF) aimed at accelerating cancer research and drug development across several therapeutic areas. This collaboration will combine the clinical and research oncology expertise of UCSF with the computational expertise and supercomputer-driven REFS platform of GNS. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
IBM and medical researchers launch effort to find flu drug treatments
Full ArticleIBM and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) launched an effort using IBM's World Community Grid "virtual supercomputer" to allow laboratory tests on drug candidates for drug-resistant influenza strains and new strains, such as H1N1, in less than a month.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Strategic partnership announced between Aquilonis and Clinical Solutions International LLC
Full ArticleAquilonis, a mobile software products and solutions company located in Bangalore, India and Boston, Massachusetts, USA has signed a strategic team alliance and partnership with Clinical Solutions International LLC to make their mobile communications solutions available to the medical device community. Aquilonis caters to the needs of companies that desire the vastly popular mobile platforms such as Windows Mobile, iPhone, Symbian, Palm, Android, etc.
Hypercom accelerates global initiative for high security e-Health systems
Full ArticleHypercom Corporation's worldwide initiative for high security electronic health card systems is accelerating. The German health care organisation Gematik has notified the company that its medMobile terminal is now Basic Command Set (BCS) approved. medMobile is an ultra secure mobile device specifically designed to support the thousands of physicians who make house calls/visits throughout Germany and those who practise at hospitals, pharmacies and geriatric institutions, such as residential care homes. The medMobile is Hypercom's fourth health care device released in support of Germany's e-Health card programme.
Orange and Alcatel-Lucent sign a co-operation agreement to better address the health care market in Europe and emerging countries
Full ArticleOrange and Alcatel-Lucent have signed a co-operation agreement to address the health care challenges in Europe and emerging markets. The two companies will develop and jointly deliver the next wave of innovative solutions enabling e-Health and enhanced assisted living with a focus on better serving patients and the elderly, increasing the efficiency of business processes for health care professionals, and reducing the cost of health care delivery.
Covidien announces milestone placement in remote respiratory monitoring
Full ArticleCovidien, a global provider of health care products, has achieved a key milestone in the continued growth and use of the OxiNet III remote respiratory monitoring system in United States hospitals. With the recent system installation at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida, the Nellcor OxiNet III system currently monitors 10.000 beds and is integrated into more than 450 United States hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee. The OxiNet III remote monitoring system enhances the safety of patients throughout the hospital, enabling continuous monitoring of patients' oxygen saturation levels via the trusted Nellcor OxiMax product platform, even when the clinician is not at the bedside.
Health Apps and eGames: A New Consumer Interface to PHRs
Full ArticleTo date, less than 2 percent of the population are using computerized Personal Health Records (PHR) systems like Google Health or Microsoft's HealthVault. This is about to change. We are seeing a major sea change at work - the emergence of eGames and Health Apps as a major new fifth generation multi-media computer interface for consumers that can be used to obtain information and interact with Personal Health Record (PHR) systems.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Dental Prosthetics Services (DPS) becomes first TEREC member to deploy the SensAble Dental Lab System
Full ArticleDental Prosthetic Services Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa has become the first member of the Technical Research Consortium (TEREC), a North American association of dental laboratories, to deploy the SensAble Dental Lab System (SDLS). A unique integrated CAD/CAM solution that includes a "3D Virtual Touch" stylus, the SensAble system is used to scan, design and fabricate a wide variety of dental restorations. The system increases lab productivity and consistency, while making it natural and intuitive for lab technicians to transition to digital design for the production of crowns, bridges and removable partial frameworks.
InDevR's FluChip detects and distinguishes swine-origin H1N1 from human influenza viruses
Full ArticleInDevR, a small biotech company in Boulder, Colorado, and the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have confirmed that the M-gene version of InDevR's FluChip can detect swine-origin H1N1 influenza A viruses and clearly distinguish them from seasonal influenza viruses (A/H1N1 and A/H3N2) as well as the deadly avian A/H5N1 virus.
Lyncean Technologies Inc. receives $1,2 million from NCRR to develop new imaging technique
Full ArticleLyncean Technologies Inc. has just received a Phase I SBIR grant of $1.296.403 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) to develop "Differential Phase Contrast Imaging" using the unique x-ray beam produced by the Compact Light Source (CLS). The grant will allow Lyncean to continue its ongoing development of the Compact Light Source and its applications to new methods of imaging.
GlobalMedia partners with NeuroCall to offer remote neurology services
Full ArticleScottsdale, Arizona-based GlobalMedia, an innovator of video imaging and visual communications solutions used in the practice of telemedicine, has partnered with NeuroCall Inc. to provide remote neurological services worldwide. NeuroCall, a Miami, Florida-based company, provides assistance with acute stroke management as well as other neurological problems. Through GlobalMedia's EasyShare video conferencing software and mobile cart system, this partnership allows acute stroke and neurology patients to be treated remotely and more quickly increasing their chances of survival.
MedApps HealthPAL connects to Microsoft HealthVault to improve patient compliance and lower health care costs
Full ArticleMedApps has joined forces with Microsoft Corporation to provide a new, convenient and cost-effective solution to transmit medical device readings into an on-line health record. MedApps' HealthPAL is a unique solution that eliminates the need for expensive specialized equipment, smart phones, hard-wired monitoring systems or even computer access in order for individuals to upload medical device readings to their Microsoft HealthVault account. This collaboration makes it easier than ever for patients to play a greater role in their own health management while lowering health care costs through increased compliance.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Spain to pioneer the application of a nanotechnology microscope for brain studies
Full ArticleIn a world first, Spain is to use a nanotechnology microscope for brain studies as part of the Blue Brain project. The initiative is CSIC researcher Javier de Felipe's brainchild, and researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's (UPM) School of Computing are developing a series of tools to analyse and interpret microscope data. About thirty Spanish researchers are participating in the international Blue Brain project. The project's aim is to build a functional model of the mammalian brain through computer simulations. Spain's project leaders are Javier de Felipe and UPM School of Computing professor José María Peña.
Playing for keeps - computerised play helps elderly stay sharp
Full ArticleEuropean researchers have built a computerised play platform for elderly people. Field testing shows that the system keeps elderly players mentally sharp, stimulates socialisation, and can alert caregivers to developing problems. Three years ago, researchers at the European Union-funded ElderGames project set out to create a high-tech play platform specifically for the elderly - the first designed to provide cognitive and social stimulation, and to allow early detection of cognitive decline.
IBM establishes Global Healthcare Centre of Excellence in La Gaude, France and helps Government of Slovenia to build smart health insurance system
Full ArticleThe Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia will roll out a new electronic health insurance card system based on IBM technology across the country. The new system enables health care providers to instantly and accurately check a patient's health insurance status and allows for health claims to be processed on-line. In La Gaude, France, IBM will open a new Global Healthcare Centre of Excellence. Expanding its global health care capability, the Centre of Excellence will help IBM health care clients design and create health care and life sciences solutions that improve care delivery, predict and prevent disease and enable smarter individual health and wellness.
GBP 1.65 million investment establishes epigenomics sequencing facility at the Babraham Institute, part of the new East of England Genetic Research Hub
Full ArticleThe Babraham Institute launches a new state-of-the-art genome sequencing facility, following a major investment of GBP 1,65 million from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) in partnership with the University of Cambridge's Centre for Trophoblast Research. This new "high throughput" facility will enable researchers to more rapidly and cheaply mine the genome for insights into how and why we get diseases, how environmental factors can modify the genome and potentially unlock the processes governing healthier ageing.
Prestigious award for 'outstanding' primary care researcher
Full ArticleThe 'outstanding' work of Julia Hippisley-Cox, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice at the University of Nottingham, has been recognised by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Professor Hippisley-Cox has been awarded the highly prestigious John Fry Silver Medal - an award made each year to a younger member of the College who has promoted the discipline of general practice through research and publishing as a practising General Practitioner (GP).
 
The 21st century hospital
 
TeleHealth Services chosen by HCA to install interactive patient education system in Timpanogos Regional Hospital
Full ArticleTeleHealth Services, a provider of health care grade televisions and on-demand patient and staff interactive education solutions, has implemented its TIGR on-demand video education and entertainment system into Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah.
Study finds virtual doctors visits satisfactory for both patients and clinicians
Full ArticleSomeday, even doctor visits could be among the conveniences offered via the Internet. In a comparison of desktop videoconferencing to conventional face-to-face general medical evaluations, patients found virtual visits similar to face-to-face visits on most measures.
Mayo Clinic and Grameen Healthcare join forces to launch demonstration project
Full ArticleMayo Clinic and Grameen Healthcare are exploring opportunities to benefit global, underserved populations by leveraging Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise in health care and Grameen's capabilities in effective, low-cost distribution models. A multi-disciplinary team from Mayo Clinic has just returned from a site visit to Bangladesh where it was agreed that following an initial demonstration project in Bangladesh in 2009-2010, the two organisations would investigate additional endeavours in Bangladesh as well as the application of learned, low-cost health care delivery models in the United States.
The Ottawa Hospital transforms procurement and spend management with the Oracle E-Business Suite
Full ArticleThe Ottawa Hospital, an academic health centre in Ontario, Canada, has implemented the Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including Oracle Purchasing, Oracle iSupplier Portal, Oracle iProcurement, Oracle Order Management, Oracle Inventory Management, Oracle Mobile Supply Chain Applications, Oracle Business Intelligence and Oracle Financial Management, to help automate its supply chain.
Bull Evidian helps Belgian hospital improve security and staff effectiveness
Full ArticleHospital AZ Sint Blasius selected Bull Evidian's Enterprise SSO solution for all its health care and administrative personnel. The hospital's decision was driven in part by Evidian's ability to integrate user provisioning and identity management features with its single sign-on solution.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
CTEC Online Learning Modules answer telemedicine questions
Full ArticleIn a continued effort to increase awareness, understanding, and interest in telemedicine implementation, the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC) created the Just In Time Learning Modules. This video series quickly and concisely educates the viewer on the important elements of telemedicine.
Tangent introduces Medix 10T MCA tablet for medical market mobile to increase point-of-care efficiency
Full ArticleTangent Inc., a provider of health care technology, has launched the Medix 10T, a state-of-the-art 10.4" tablet that weighs only 3.3 lbs., is built on the highly-acclaimed Intel Health Architecture, includes enhanced touch screen functionally, contributing greater work flow efficiencies in EMR and other point-of-care applications.
New study evaluates community response to personally controlled health information
Full ArticleA new paper published in the latest issue of the open access publication Journal of Medical Internet Research evaluates consumers' experiences with the Indivo personally controlled health record (PCHR) system - a system developed by researchers in the Children's Hospital Informatics Programme (CHIP) more than a decade ago that has been adapted by PCHR providers including Dossia, Microsoft and Google. This is the first report to be published that investigates consumers' response to a platform PCHR and subsequent implications for policy and design.
Baumer launches device that helps in the correction of serious deformities of the lumbar region
Full ArticleBaumer S.A., specialized in the manufacturing of orthopaedic prostheses in Latin America, has developed a new surgical instrument to facilitate corrections of serious deformities in the vertebral column. The only Brazilian company to offer this technology, Baumer S.A., presented the Derotator of Column during the 12th Brazilian Spine Society Congress held in Foz do Iguaçu between April 29 and May 2, 2009.
Immersion enters high-growth robotic surgery market
Full ArticleMAKO Surgical Corporation, an innovator in robotically-assisted orthopaedic surgery, has obtained a worldwide license to Immersion's haptic patents for use in its orthopaedic robotic products. MAKO is the first surgical robotics licensee for Immersion.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Next generation of health care workers train through medical simulation
Full ArticleSoldiers and pilots use simulation training to learn accuracy, safety and confidence. Now, University of Missouri medical, nursing, health professions and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) pharmacy instructors are using medical simulation to train students to recognize safety risks, communicate effectively and work with other health professionals.
When virtual reality feels real
Full ArticleDespite advances in computer graphics, few people would think virtual characters or objects are real. Yet placed in a virtual reality environment most people will interact with them as if they are really there. European researchers are finding out why.
A (virtual) smart home controlled by your thoughts
Full ArticleLight switches, TV remote controls and even house keys could become a thing of the past thanks to brain-computer interface (BCI) technology being developed in Europe that lets users perform everyday tasks with thoughts alone. The technology, which was demonstrated at CeBIT in Hannover in March, provides an innovative way of controlling the interconnected electronic devices that will populate the smart homes of the future, granting increased autonomy to people with physical disabilities as well as pleasing TV channel-surfing couch potatoes.
Bull's-eye electrode helps interpret thoughts, deliver stimulus to aid paralyzed, epileptic patients
Full ArticleA unique electrode developed for non-invasive use by a University of Rhode Island (URI) biomedical engineer is showing promising results in helping to interpret brain signals so paralyzed patients may control their environment. It is also being studied as a means of delivering a stimulus to control epileptic seizures. Unlike the conventional disk-shaped electrode, the bull's-eye electrode is made up of concentric circles that make it look like a small target.
MIT robotic therapy holds promise for cerebral palsy
Full ArticleOver the past few years, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have successfully tested robotic devices to help stroke patients learn to control their arms and legs. Now, they're building on that work to help children with cerebral palsy.
 

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