VMW Monthly - September 1999 - ISSN 1388-722X


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Contents September 1999 Issue

 
atlantic
 
Parkway Holdings surfs into cybermedicine to assist people in managing their own health
New U.S. privacy act calls for extreme caution in globalizing the patient record
Novel trends in Internet health care industry revealed in E*OFFERING's research report
Virtual Retinal Display-based entoptic perimetry new promising diagnostic tool for retinal diseases
 
hospital
 
CliniComp to install enterprise-wide clinical information system at Brooke Army Medical Center
From computational vision programming to image guided surgery at Utrecht University Hospital
Hewlett-Packard to deliver cardiology data-management solution with Apollo32 software
Evidence Centers examine quality screening, cancer risk reduction, and other health care issues
Cimtek Medical Company to launch first medical supply e-commerce site for hospitals
OnStar introduces on-line medical file in newest generation of General Motors cars
 
industrial
 
HealthCompass medical record software integrated into Internet-based HealthResume products and services
Merging of Fakespace and Pyramid Systems creates clear market leader in immersive visualization technology
Global Telemedix revolutionizes Web-enabled health care with TeleConsult
McKessonHBOC to conquer the Dutch hospital information systems' market through Siac
Virtual Interactive Anatomy project to generate responsive human body models
 
planet
 
Design of finite element head dummies able to support neurosurgery planning
Parallel finite element model calculations define organ deformations in LASSO surgery simulator
Parallel pre-processing of medical data constitutes excellent cost/performance alternative
Virtual Vascular System to create 3D vessel models for blood flow simulation
National Semiconductor and Lernout & Hauspie join forces to enable speech-activated information appliances
Filepool to store 100 million pages on drugs approval administration and management
 
snap
 
US Federal Communications Commission to reserve special radio frequencies for medical telemetry
American Telemedicine Association to issue advice on use of medical Web sites
Fakespace to unveil interactive devices for 3D data manipulation and immersive visualization
Compaq provides high-performance computing power to Hauptman-Woodward for drug development optimization
Heidelberg welcomes cybermedicine adepts at MEDNET'99
 

Leads September 1999 Issue

 
atlantic
 
Parkway Holdings surfs into cybermedicine to assist people in managing their own health
Full Article Parkway Holdings Limited has unveiled a novel personal health care service through the introduction of cybermedicine which is also known as "c-Med" in short. This new service will be made available to the market through a joint venture between Gleneagles Hospital Ltd and Interactive Health Services Pte Ltd. Parkway Holdings Limited, one of the leading private health care providers in Asia, is currently poised to break new grounds in the health care and lifestyle market in Singapore and the region.
New U.S. privacy act calls for extreme caution in globalizing the patient record
Full Article Brian Taylor, who is Health care Information Consultant at CT Enterprises, underscores the dangers for the American health care providers which result from the new United States federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's security and privacy regulations and their potential impact on the globalization of the patient record. Under these regulations, the health care providers in the USA incur the risk to be held liable for any security or privacy violations, even in the case in which such violations occur abroad. Physicians and caretakers will not be allowed to ship patient records around the globe electronically without being certain that the recipient meets the HIPAA regulations for security and privacy.
Novel trends in Internet health care industry revealed in E*OFFERING's research report
Full Article The E*OFFERING company has released its first report in a series of research documents on the E-Health care industry. In "The E*Volution of Health care", the Internet health care and chartered financial analyst Caren Taylor identifies and analyses some of the current issues and trends facing the health care industry as a result of the Internet. In the report, it is estimated that the potential size of the Internet health care market will be approximately $205 billion in 2003, and at present is growing at rates in excess of 100% annually. Under this kind of circumstances, the opportunity to streamline information and improve business processes in health care is tremendous, and is bound to create a win-win situation for all participants involved.
Virtual Retinal Display-based entoptic perimetry new promising diagnostic tool for retinal diseases
Full Article For the past six years, Microvision Inc. has been developing its virtual-retinal-display (VRD) technology for specific market niches such as the design of head-mounted displays for military and aerospace applications. Recently however, VRD activity has been heating up in the medical realm. Last May, at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the faculty of the Shiley Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), presented the results of an ongoing, year-old study of non-invasive VRD-based entoptic perimetry for diagnosing retinal disease. The VRD scans a beam of light from a remote light source across the retina of the patient's eye. People with areas of retinal damage are able to paradoxically see and localize their own blind spots.
 
hospital
 
CliniComp to install enterprise-wide clinical information system at Brooke Army Medical Center
Full Article In only 45 days, CliniComp International has implemented its Clinical Information System (CIS) at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas. CliniComp's CIS replaces the former company's CIS solution which was in place at Brooke since mid-1996. The short period of time between contract signing and full installation can be considered as a real achievement, compared with the six to twelve months which it typically takes health care organizations to install enterprise-wide clinical solutions.
From computational vision programming to image guided surgery at Utrecht University Hospital
Full Article At the Parco 99 Conference in Delft, Dr. Bart M. ter Haar Romeny gave an overview of the advanced applications in medicine which are actively being used at the Utrecht University Hospital. Dr. ter Haar Romeny received an M.S. in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology in 1978, and a Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 1983. After being the principal physicist of the Utrecht University Hospital Radiology Department, he joined in 1989 the Image Sciences Institute of Utrecht University as an associate professor. Housed within the Radiology Department of Utrecht University Hospital, the Image Sciences Institute (ISI) is engaged in fundamental computer vision as well as in clinical research. An intense collaboration with the industry has amounted in several innovative imaging projects.
Hewlett-Packard to deliver cardiology data-management solution with Apollo32 software
Full Article Hewlett-Packard Company and Seattle Systems Inc. have decided to close an agreement under which HP plans to deliver the Seattle Systems' Apollo32 Cardiology Clinical Information Systems software. Seattle Systems is a major provider of outcome-oriented software solutions for the specialized information-management needs of cardiovascular medicine. The agreement is part of the HP Healthcare Solutions Group's strategy to build relationships with best-in-class technology partners to meet customer demand for more efficient and cost-effective tools to help analyse and improve the health care delivery process.
Evidence Centers examine quality screening, cancer risk reduction, and other health care issues
Full Article Administrator for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) John M. Eisenberg, M.D., has announced new research topics for the agency's Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The new assignments range from finding measures to help hospitals and other institutions spot quality-of-care problems to examining the evidence for behavioural dietary interventions to reduce cancer risk. EPCs, which serve as science partners to the agency, synthesize their findings in reports which AHCPR makes publicly available.
Cimtek Medical Company to launch first medical supply e-commerce site for hospitals
Full Article Cimtek Medical Company, a major provider of vertical e-commerce solutions to the medical supply industry, has secured $11 million in equity capital from ABS Capital Partners and Union Street Partners. The company has developed Medicalbuyer.com, that is the only Web site of its kind to offer physicians and hospitals an on-line, one-stop shopping alternative for their medical supplies.
OnStar introduces on-line medical file in newest generation of General Motors cars
Full Article Hospital emergency room people would be able to save much more lives if they had the medical files of injured drivers and passengers directly at their disposal after an accident. General Motors has taken a big step into this direction. By the end of this year, the new Opel Omega will be equipped with the optional OnStar system, which integrates a medical file into the car as the latest but very efficient novelty. OnStar was introduced in 1996 on 3 Cadillac models as a dealer installed option. Twenty-one GM models were added in 1997 and, in 1999, OnStar launched its second-generation three-button system as standard equipment on Cadillac Escalade, and as optional on eleven additional models.
 
industrial
 
HealthCompass medical record software integrated into Internet-based HealthResume products and services
Full Article HealthMagic Inc. and eMed Group Inc., both leading Web-based consumer health information technology companies, have signed a contract for eMed to license HealthMagic's personal medical record software, called HealthCompass. As part of the mutual agreement, eMed will incorporate the HealthCompass software into its HealthResume suite of services, enabling health care consumers, employees and members of managed care plans to maintain a portable, accurate and updated private copy of personal patient health records utilizing the latest Internet technologies.
Merging of Fakespace and Pyramid Systems creates clear market leader in immersive visualization technology
Full Article At Siggraph '99, it was made public that Fakespace Systems Inc. and Pyramid Systems Inc. have merged, bringing together two leaders in immersive visualization technology to form the world's premier provider of stereoscopic display systems and interactive devices. The new company is an industry powerhouse, with a comprehensive product line, the resources to provide global customer support, as well as a continuing commitment to innovation in the development of advanced visualization technologies.
Global Telemedix revolutionizes Web-enabled health care with TeleConsult
Full Article Global Telemedix Inc., a major industry provider in Web-enabled telemedicine and e-Health care, has launched TeleConsult 3.0 software, a powerful information and transaction system which leverages the power of the Internet, allowing health providers to extend medical care to patients. Using TeleConsult software, primary care physicians can order specialist referrals as well as ancillary department requests, which can be completed electronically, eliminating numerous phone calls, faxes, and written notes. TeleConsult not only supports text-based administrative transactions but equally incorporates unique technologies for capturing, transmitting, and collaborating with large, multimedia, clinical data over a private network or the Internet.
McKessonHBOC to conquer the Dutch hospital information systems' market through Siac
Full Article Siac, a Dutch provider of hospital information systems (HIS), has been acquired by McKessonHBOC. This American company was formed by the merger of the drug distributor McKesson and the health care information systems vendor HBO & Company. The overall strategy consists in offering connectivity to health care participants and decision-makers to lower total costs of medical care. McKessonHBOC intends to concentrate its efforts in the Netherlands on the promising sector of psychiatric care because of the excellent strategic opportunities for tight co-operation, based on the support of Information and Communication Technology.
Virtual Interactive Anatomy project to generate responsive human body models
Full Article The Dynoverse Corporation has developed a unique technology which creates animated virtual models of the human body including bones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. This Virtual Interactive Anatomy (VIA) project includes applications with advanced simulators for both surgical and clinical procedures. The software however can be extended to vehicle crash simulations and implemented in many industries ranging from defence and aerospace to entertainment and legal demonstrations.
 
planet
 
Design of finite element head dummies able to support neurosurgery planning
Full Article Ulrich Hartmann is working at the NEC Europe C&C Research Laboratories in Sankt Augustin, Germany. During Parco 99, he presented a new finite element method (FEM) based approach on parallel platforms to produce mechanical head models. The head models are used in three areas of interest. The first focuses on discovering the mechanisms behind brain injuries after impact; the second application field relates to neurosurgery planning and educational training, including the estimation of mechanical consequences of tumour growth; and the third one corresponds to the needs of forensic medicine physicians who have to reconstruct accidents in order to present their results before court.
Parallel finite element model calculations define organ deformations in LASSO surgery simulator
Full Article At the Electronics Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, research assistant Alex Rhomberg is involved in the laparoscopy project, called LASSO. During the Parco 99 Conference, he provided an overview of the parallel architecture which has been developed in the project to perform interactive finite element method (FEM) computations for the simulations of organ deformations in a surgery simulator. Laparascopy is an operation technique for minimally invasive surgery. The basic idea is to minimize damage to healthy tissue while trying to reach the actual surgical location. This results in major gain in patient recovery after operation.
Parallel pre-processing of medical data constitutes excellent cost/performance alternative
Full Article Vincenzo Positano is working as a researcher at the Institute of Clinical Physiology in Pisa, which is part of the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR). His team is involved in a project in which a parallel vector machine (PVM) is used on a computer network to perform fast pre-processing of large medical data sets. At the occasion of Parco 99, Positano gave an overview of the 3D and 4D image processing performance of this parallel implementation in a clinical environment.
Virtual Vascular System to create 3D vessel models for blood flow simulation
Full Article Since 1997, a group of scientists in a wide range of areas at CRS4, the Centre for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia, is involved in ViVa, a three-year project, funded by the European Commission in the Eureka programme. The Virtual Vascular Project partners aim at the design of advanced tools for the emodynamicist and cardiovascular surgeon to study and interpret the ever increasing number of data which is produced by non-invasive imaging equipment. In particular, the team is working on a system which will be able to reconstruct the geometry of patients' arteries as well as to simulate blood flow in them. Initially, the applications will be used for clinical research and training purposes but in a later stage, the partners want to explore the system's potential for surgical planning.
National Semiconductor and Lernout & Hauspie join forces to enable speech-activated information appliances
Full Article Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products and National Semiconductor Corporation have signed an agreement to support and accelerate advanced speech processing technology in the emerging information appliance market. This contract brings L&H's full complement of speech technologies together with National's expertise in silicon and system design and integration. The two companies will jointly develop uses and applications for L&H's automatic speech recognition (ASR), text-to-speech (TTS) as well as speech compression technologies. National and L&H plan to enable voice-activated computing on a variety of next-generation consumer electronics devices, such as personal Internet access devices like National's WebPAD, automobile PCs, handheld devices and other emerging information appliances.
Filepool to store 100 million pages on drugs approval administration and management
Full Article The Dutch Institute for Drugs Approval and Administration (CBG) has selected the Filepool solution, an innovative way of document storage, to digitally manage the incredible amount of paper files. The CBG Institute is responsible for the final approval of each new drug that is introduced to the Dutch market by the pharmaceutical industry. The documentation for one single drug often exceeds the volume of three solid metres of contents. Since several parts of one file are distributed among different administrators, CBG is facing a gigantic file version management problem. To avoid mistakes in the various stages of document data handling, CBG uses Filepool software, a combined toolset to streamline every file transaction using digital fingerprint identification, or "e-Clipping".
 
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US Federal Communications Commission to reserve special radio frequencies for medical telemetry
Full Article The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on July 14th, 1999 to dedicate a portion of the radio spectrum for medical telemetry devices. Wireless medical telemetry is used in hospitals in order to transmit patient data such as ECG or electrocardiograph waveforms in real time. As a major manufacturer of wireless medical telemetry, Hewlett-Packard Company fully supports this decision.
American Telemedicine Association to issue advice on use of medical Web sites
Full Article The American Telemedicine Association, the leading organization which promotes and guides the deployment of telemedicine, is issuing some useful advisories for consumers and medical providers on appropriate use of the Internet to obtain health information and medical services. The Internet offers consumers access to a wealth of health and medical information that can increase the knowledge and ability of the individual in taking personal responsibility for his own health. The tremendous growth in the availability of this information over the Internet is a very positive and appropriate use of this technology.
Fakespace to unveil interactive devices for 3D data manipulation and immersive visualization
Full Article Fakespace Systems Inc. has launched advanced new products and technologies for working with three-dimensional (3D) models and computer-generated simulations. At Siggraph'99, the company presented several new user interface devices, developed to enhance the usability of visualization display systems when working with applications such as product design and engineering, task training, oil and gas exploration, scientific research and more. Fakespace is also showing a new portable virtual model display with a 4-foot x 5-foot screen, and the industry's first public demonstration of force-feedback technology integrated with a virtual model display.
Compaq provides high-performance computing power to Hauptman-Woodward for drug development optimization
Full Article HWI is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of mankind through excellence in basic biomedical research. The institute focuses on improving drug design through crystallographic research. In recent years, a team of HWI scientists, including C.M. Weeks, R. Miller, and Nobel prize-winning chemist H.A. Hauptman have developed a computer programme called Shake-and-Bake (SnB), which uses a state-of-the-art algorithm for solving crystal structures by ab initio, dual-space methods. SnB helps researchers determine the 3D structures of particularly difficult macromolecules such as proteins, from crystallographic data.
Heidelberg welcomes cybermedicine adepts at MEDNET'99
Full Article From September 19th to 21st 1999, the fourth World Congress on the Internet in Medicine will be held in Heidelberg. For the first time, this conference is taking place in Germany. The event is organized by the staff from the Department for Clinical Social Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital in collaboration with the Institute for Medical Informatics. Over 350 participants from more than 52 countries will attend the MEDNET'99 event at the German Cancer Research Institute (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. The major sponsors are the Doccheck company, Medscape, Janssen-Cilag, Smith-Kline Beecham and Glaxo-Wellcome.
 

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