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Special Report
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – MESSAGING SYSTEMS
Text messaging : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Experience shows that e-services free up 30 to 50 percent of the time healthcare professionals spend on booking appointments with patients.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – TELEMONITORING
Patient management software : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Early this month more than 400 plus delegates from 26 different countries attended The 9th Annual Spring Meeting of the European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP), organised in cooperation with the Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association (INCA) and held at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Telemedicine and telehealth equipment : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – A portable medical consultation system that operates in real-time, is the latest technological communications solution for hospitals, rural clinics, physicians and nurses developed by GlobalMedia, an Arizona-based innovator of video imaging and visual communications solutions used in the practice of telemedicine.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – MEDICAL RECORD INTEGRATION
Medical records and document management : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Viztek, the Jacksonville-based medical imaging solution provider, is introducing an innovative Web-based interface with electronic medical record (EMR) systems for its family of PACS offerings.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – PATIENT CARE
Patient management software : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – St Jude Medical receives European CE Mark approval of its Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN) which is a secure, Internet-based remote care system that gathers and stores data from the implant procedure, a clinic follow-up visit or from remote follow-up transmissions of patients with implanted cardiac devices.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – INTEROPERABILITY
Practice management equipment : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – QuadraMed is collaborating with e-MDs to enable QuadraMed’s hospital clients to offer an interoperable, state-of-the-art ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution to affiliated physician group practices.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Communications equipment : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – The E-Tech Awards are designed to give industry recognition and exposure to the best wireless products and services. Nearly 300 applications were submitted and reviewed by a panel of recognized members of the media, industry analysts and executives.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – INNOVATION
Data storage and management : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – InterSystems spotlights the winners of 2009 Innovator Awards which is an annual worldwide Innovator Awards competition.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – PATIENT MANAGEMENT
Patient management software : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – First DataBank (FDB) agrees a number of new international partnerships, demonstrating the company’s rapid growth overseas and its dedication to reducing medication errors worldwide.
 
IT AND COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE – INTELLIGENT HEALTH
Telemedicine and telehealth equipment : 30 April, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – There are already 17.5million people living with chronic conditions in the UK and the Department of Health suggest that by 2030, incidences of chronic disease in the over 65s will more than double.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – BUSINESS SUPPORT
Business development services : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Tony Davis is the chief executive officer of Medilink West Midlands, an organization that develops business networks for medical and healthcare companies, resulting in commercial ventures and business growth in the West Midlands region of the UK.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – REGIONAL FOCUS
Coatings and finishes : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Medilink West Midlands is an organization that brings together innovators from across the West Midlands region of the UK and works with leading component manufacturers, product developers and medical suppliers to showcase cutting edge technologies, products and services.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – QUALITY MANAGEMENT
Certification and testing services : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – BSI is launching a new speed-to-market programme, CE-Onsite FastTrack Review, for Class III medical devices needing European CE Marking Design Dossier Reviews.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – INSPECTION
Test equipment and testing systems : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – At Medtec UK 2009 Vision Engineering demonstrated the company’s new Vision Macroptik which is designed to offer effortless digital image capture and enables engineers to: view; zoom; inspect; capture; document and measure virtually instantaneously.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – DEVICE COMMUNICATIONS
Communications equipment : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting different devices to work together to enhance everyday life and the ZigBee Alliance, which is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology, completes development of its ZigBee Health Care public application profile.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – POLYMER TECHNOLOGY
Polymers and elastomers : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Creganna, a leader in design and manufacturing solutions for minimally and less invasive therapies, introduced an advanced, biocompatible electroactive polymer (EAP) called MicroMuscle at Medtec Europe 2009 in Stuttgart earlier this month.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – NEW MATERIALS
Polymers and elastomers : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – At Medtec UK 2009 Eastman Chemical demonstrates a new family of medical-grade clear polymers that deliver a balance of design, moulding and end-product properties for medical devices.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – MARKET ANALYSIS
Transcatheter valves : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Market conditions in the medical device technology sector are driving two key trends that look like they will be overlapping during 2009 and the outcome is that a new spate of acquisitions are likely to be auctioned throughout the year.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOLOGY – MANUFACTURING
Contract manufacturing services : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – This article picks out some of the products and solutions spotlighted at Medtec UK 2009.
 
NHS hospitals need to improve treatment for children
Government agencies and authorities : 13 March, 2009
The Healthcare Commission has published a new report detailing progress by 154 NHS acute trusts since the watchdog reviewed services for children in hospital in 2005/06.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – INNOVATION FOCUS
Development services : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – This week Philips has announced the first 3D imaging results obtained using a new imaging technology called Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI), which uses the magnetic properties of iron-oxide nanoparticles injected into the bloodstream, has been used in a pre-clinical study to generate unprecedented real-time images of arterial blood flow and volumetric heart motion.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – APPLICATION FOCUS
Computed tomography systems (CT) : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Speed of diagnosis can often help save lives but it is also vital for hospitals to optimize workflows and reduce patient waiting times.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – EQUIPMENT FOCUS
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – At last month’s BiOS09 event in San Jose, California, USA, Michelson Diagnostics previewed the company’s ′VivoSight’ prototype hand-held Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner. Michelson plans to launch the VivoSight scanner with clinical approvals in late spring 2009.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – RESEARCH FOCUS
Development services : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – A handheld device that is able to predict whether patients will respond adversely to medication is a step closer to the market following work from a new partnership between Imperial College London and its spinout company DNA Electronics, who have developed a prototype healthcare device that assesses whether patients are genetically predisposed to suffering adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – MARKET FOCUS
Market research : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – The Credit Crunch looks unlikely to have a major negative impact on the world in vitro diagnostic test market. The major buffers that will protect the IVD test market will be the worldwide growth in ageing populations around the planet which are increasing demand for healthcare. Emerging markets worldwide are also gaining momentum. Another major boost in the Developed World are the planned federal healthcare initiatives in the USA that look set to provide a new boost to IVD testing.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – POINT OF CARE DEVICES
Diagnostic devices : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Canadian medical device company, Urodynamix Technologies has obtained a CE Mark for the UroNIRS 2000 Bladder Monitor System and plans to launch the product in Europe with its distribution partner Medical Measurement Systems (MMS) at the Annual EAU Conference in Stockholm Sweden March 17 to 21, 2009.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – PATIENT MONITORING TESTS AND ASSAYS
Assays and assay equipment : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Towards the end of 2008 there was a spate of regulatory approvals for assays and tests developed by diagnostics companies aimed at detecting patients with HIV and various strains of Hepatitis.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – CANCER SCREENING TESTS
Assays and assay equipment : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Data from a new research study published in the American Cancer Society journal Cancer, supports the use of non-invasive blood test – the Siemens Serum HER-2/neu test - to monitor patients with an aggressive type of metastatic breast cancer who are using Herceptin therapy.
 
DIAGNOSTICS – TESTING REVIEW
Assays and assay equipment : 27 February, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – The diagnostic testing sector is almost a constant blur of activity with new technology developments and deals being announced on a daily basis. Here we round-up some of the significant highlights from the past few months.
 
HEALTH INFORMATICS – SIMULATION AND TRAINING
Simulation tools : 30 January, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT - One of the benefits of Health Informatics is that it is a series of technologies that can allow health professionals to trial real world outcomes in a ′virtual environment’ before they have to experience them in reality.
 
HEALTH INFORMATICS – VOICE AUTOMATION AND EDC
Voice automation : 30 January, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT - Applications for voice automation systems are as varied as different people’s vocal chords, so here we take a look at some of the ways voice recognition and voice automation systems can be tailored to meet specific healthcare requirements.
 
HEALTH INFORMATICS – PATIENT MESSAGING
Text messaging : 30 January, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT - Wireless technology is increasingly helping healthcare providers improve patient health by enabling patients access to healthcare more quickly and easily.
 
HEALTH INFORMATICS – VOICE-ASSISTED CARE
Voice-assisted care : 30 January, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Long term care is an ideal area for health informatics solutions such as voice-assisted care technology because it enables health professionals to direct more time to resident care. The technology delivers higher levels of documentation accuracy enabling improved patient monitoring.
 
SPEECH RECOGNITION MARKET FOCUS
Speech recognition systems : 30 January, 2009
HEALTH INFORMATICS FOCUS ZONE REPORT – About three months ago Nuance Communications, the largest global speech recognition vendor, acquired its biggest rival in the healthcare dictation market, Philips Speech Recognition Systems (PSRS) in a move that is set to shake up speech recognition market on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
SPEECH RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY FOCUS
Speech recognition systems : 30 January, 2009
HEALTH INFORMATICS FOCUS ZONE REPORT - Last month the Radiological Society of North America held its annual conference and exhibition event in Chicago, USA, which brings together a host of radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and allied scientists under one roof. RSNA 2008 saw the unveiling of a number of innovative speech recognition solutions and integrations. Here is a brief review of what you may have missed.
 
HEALTH INFORMATICS – DIGITAL DICTATION
Dictation and transcription : 30 January, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT - Often viewed as the less glamorous end of the health informatics technology sector digital dictation equipment is none the less responsible for some of the greatest improvements in workflow efficiencies in modern hospitals and clinics.
 
ENDOVASCULAR THERAPY – A Prohealthservicezone Special Report
Events organisations : 23 January, 2009
The past week has seen a number of endovascular therapy research studies report on their recent work. This Special Report highlights some of the research activities and technology developments that are advancing endovascular therapy.
 
Viagra volunteer shortage effect is delaying clinical trial completions
Clinical Trials : 22 July, 2008
Viagra, Avastin or Lipitor were all required to complete clinical drug trials before they could be released on the market and the trials for these types of drugs and their next generation equivalents are showing signs of taking longer than expected to be completed.
 
MICROSCIENCE 2008 – A Prohealthservicezone Special Report
Microscopy equipment : 17 June, 2008
Microscience 2008 has become largest exhibition and conference in Europe focusing on microscopy, imaging and analysis. A sign of the thriving nature of the event is that it has seen a 10 percent increase in exhibition space compared to the event in 2006 at a time when the overall exhibition sector is generally in decline.
 
LEAN – A Prohealthservicezone Special Report
Training equipment and services : 18 April, 2008
The words ′lean’ and ′healthcare’ are being increasingly drawn together with more and more ′lean’ management initiatives and programmes being introduced around the UK.
 
CARDIOLOGY – A Prohealthservicezone Special Report
Research institutes : 03 April, 2008
The past week has seen a number of cardiology research studies report on their recent work. This Special Report highlights some of the research activities and technology developments that are advancing cardiology.
 
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