12 June 2014
Dr. Stefan Bohn took part in this year’s International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI). With his poster contribution on the Treatment Planning Unit (TPU) he presented a convincing example of improvements in the quality of healthcare by the progress in medical informatics, there.
The interest of the international trade visitors was great, all the more the TPU has been used in the head and neck tumorboard at the Leipzig University Hospital since more than a year. It is continuously enhanced by the ICCAS. Dr. Bohn gladly answered all questions, also to inquiries about the transferability of the system to other clinical departments, such as urology or gynecology. Due to the generic design of the information system oncoflow (developed at ICCAS) the transferability has been part of the processing from the very beginning. A later application to other disciplines is quite possible.
The conference underscored the competitiveness of the ICCAS – research topics at international level. In the fields of data integration, interoperability and digital patient model ICCAS is at the fore. The developments not only seek better ways to handle complex information and data in healthcare, but also aim at the support of clinical diagnostics and treatment, through to decision- making processes.
Astonishment, curiosity, skepticism. Mario Cypko’s video presentation on patient-specific therapy model caused various reactions at this year’s annual meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
In this video, the computer scientist took the clinicians on a virtual journey from the tumor board of the Leipzig University Hospital into the ICCAS think tank, where the research of the DPM group on decision support systems has been running at full speed since over one year.
Cypko not only reaped the predicate “most spacy video” from the session management, with his abstract presentation he also raised questions about meaning, use and capabilities of such systems and made the participants curious for future developments.
Matthäus Stöhr, assistant physician at the ENT-department of the Leipzig University Hospital and former teammate of the DPM group, also aroused great interest among the conference participants with his lecture on modeling and support of therapeutic decision-making processes on the example of laryngeal cancer. Once again it became apparent that the direct exchange between researchers and users is fundamental. Particularly against the background of the growing amounts of information to the patient and his disease, the previous research results and future prospects to the digital patient model where met with enthusiasm.
The video about the digital patient model, which arose in the course of the video competition “Fast Forward Science”, is to be seen at the ICCAS Research Video Journal under: ICCAS – Digital Patient Modeling Group – Mario Cypko.
5 June 2014
Last Wednesday, the Los ICCASianos could feel the fun of team sport at this year’s Leipzig Corporate Challenge. After work the nine ICCAS employees went on the running course around the Red Bull Arena. In the wake of about 10 000 participants, personal records were cracked and super results for the company rankings of the University Medical Center were achieved. Fastest ICCASiano is computer scientist Erik Schreiber. He mastered the 5 km long course in 20 minutes and 55 seconds.
On Thursday, 5 June 2014, Dr. Patrick Dubach will give his last colloquium lecture as a visiting scientist at ICCAS. The ENT specialist has been completing a one-year fellowship at the ICCAS and the ENT-Clinic and Polyclinic of the University Hospital Leipzig since July 2013, as part of his habilitation request. Subsequently, Dubach will return to Switzerland and fulfill his role as Head of the University Outpatient Clinic, ENT Department, Inselspital Bern.
The employees of ICCAS thank Dr. Dubach for the good and pleasant cooperation and wish the Swiss colleague a successful conclusion of the habilitation procedure and all the best for the future!
From 06 to 08 May 2014, the conhIT – Europe’s largest and most important trade fair for information technology in healthcare – convened again numerous actors of the healthcare industry. Several ICCAS employees took the opportunity to gain information about new products and developments and to get into technical discussions with fellow researchers, producers and operators at the industrial fair and congress.
The DPM group attended workshops on data protection and patient rights – basics that need to be taken into account when handling electronic data. Furthermore, events were visited that gave the latest knowledge about systems that allow optimal treatment decisions. Self-learning computer systems with the inclusion of human language will play an important role in future health care.
For the lighthouse project OR.NET – where ICCAS works on therapy and information processing standards – the conhIT provided a successful platform to present the latest research results and to stimulate the interest of prospective partners. The second public status symposium informed about the developments in relation to the OR.NET integration architecture, communication protocol and current data model.
Since last autumn, the Free State of Saxony has attracted attention with a new international promotion campaign under the slogan “Simply Saxony.” This presents special benefits and advantages of the land on the basis of prime examples.
The ICCAS can now be found in the online communication offensive as “Saxon maker” in the field of science. Professor Jürgen Meixensberger – head of the ICCAS board – explains among other things the vision of the Surgical Cockpit, there. Sandra von Sachsen – research associate in the project Structural Mechanical Defect Classification and Modelling of the Cervical Spine (HWS) – not only fits perfectly into this campaign by her name, but allows a look over her shoulder while her scientific work.
What exactly does a medical computer scientist do and what features needs a prospective computer science student? These questions served as an introduction to an informative afternoon at the ICCAS for the participants of the Girls ‘ Day at the Leipzig University.
For the seventh time, ICCAS-researchers welcomed interested grammar school girls to get a taste of science in their premises at Semmelweisstraße. There, a lot of research to touch and to try was provided. The demonstrator OR came up with surgical navigation device, surgical milling tool and phantom skull. In addition, the ninth graders experienced how surgical staff can learn surgical tools and their application in the operating room without an instrument table, only by using a tablet. On mutual recordings with a thermal imaging camera the girls found out, which body areas are better supplied with blood and thus particularly well suited for skin transplants.
The female pupils obviously had a lot of fun during their tour through the research center and were quiet amazed about the variety of applications of medical computer science in the field of computer-assisted surgery. But also for the scientists it was something special to arouse the curiosity of the prospective students via their research projects on the premises and to give advices for future career choices.
Once a year, the Initiative Mittelstand honors outstanding IT solutions that have a high value of benefit for small and medium-sized enterprises. This year, the IT system oncoflow – developed at ICCAS – could convince the renowned jury of over 100 scientists, industry experts and specialized journalists and was awarded the Innovationspreis-IT “Best of 2014” in the category of Health IT.
oncoflow is a project of the research group Model-based Automation and Integration (MAI), which is practiced in close collaboration with ENT-physicians at the Leipzig University Hospital. The new information system has already been supporting the treatment of patients with tumors in the head and neck region for one year. Since, it has proved to be a great help for the administration, provision and utilization of patient and process data.
oncoflow creates important common interfaces between various clinical information sources. All relevant data of a patient are centrally stored and available in the form of newly structured electronic patient records. These are the basis for personalized treatments and the support of decision-making processes in the weekly tumor conferences. In addition, the integration of oncoflow into the whole clinical working process enables a further use of all present informations. This helps to facilitate the daily administrative tasks.
oncoflow means a milestone in regards to individualized diagnosis, therapy and more efficient workflows. Now it belongs to the outstanding IT products of this year in the German-speaking area.
On Wednesday 2nd April 13:00, Dr. Brett Bell from the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Image-Guided Microsurgery, University of Bern will give a presentation entitled “Inroads to Minimally Invasive CI Surgery” in the ICCAS seminar room.
Dr. Brett Bell received a BS in mechanical engineering from Utah State University in 2003. He then began a direct PhD program Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University where he investigated biopolymers and cell biomechanics. Since 2010, Dr. Bell has been head of the Robotic Surgery group, first at the Institute of Surgical Technology and Biomechanics (ISTB) and then at the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering, Bern.
Currently, Dr. Bell is investigating various aspects of a clinical implementation of a surgical robot system for minimally invasive cochlear implantation including safety, surgical workflow, and non-invasive registration.
On 19 March 2014, Sandra Schumann successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Evolution of distance measures for surgical processes”, which was developed at ICCAS. The event took place at the Leipzig University Hospital. Here the freshly qualified Dr. rer. med. Schumann worked closely together with the Department of Pediatric Surgery. For her doctoral accomplishments the graduated business computer scientist and physicist received magna cum laude.
Schumann came to ICCAS in 2005, when here was still conducted basic research on workflow theory in its application to surgical processes. In her doctoral thesis she dealt with distance measures, which are a prerequisite for improving workflows in the operating room by digital systems. Since September 2014 Sandra Schumann has been working at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne.
ICCAS congratulates to the doctorate and wishes the long-serving colleague continued success.