07. July 2014
Her last two research trips led Dr. Kerstin Denecke to Vienna, at Austrian’s largest event of the e-health sector – the eHealth Summit Austria and to Reykjavik, at the most important conference on language resources and evaluation – the LREC. At both events, the research leader of the DPM-group spoke about issues which are associated with the use of data from the Internet and other mobile technologies for medical purposes.
So, the first lecture concerned “Ethical Aspects of Using Medical Social Media in Healthcare Applications“ – not only in Austria an intensively discussed topic in the field of IT healthcare. Dr. Denecke made clear the importance of a legal assurance of data protection directive and ethical principles in the evaluation and use of digital information in healthcare by means of literature analysis and considerations of the Social Media – Working Group of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
The presentation at the LREC dealt with the question of how medically relevant information can be automatically extracted from Internet texts. Therefore, the computer scientist presented various language processing tools which were applied to Medical Social Media. For the further work on the digital patient model information about biomedical textmining and text corpora from the field of medicine were of interest.
Dr. Denecke and her research group pursue the aim of integrating information from the patients (e.g. about the quality of life and lifestyle) in the therapeutic decision in addition to data from clinical documents and the experiences of medical experts. This information is primarily contained in Social Media text forms – an almost inexhaustible source, whose special use calls for limits.
02 July 2014
Last Friday the ICCAS invited to the fourth Long Night of the Sciences at the BIO CITY Leipzig. There, visitors were able to try out an interactive training system, with which OR-personnel can exercise the handling of surgical tools.
Bernhard Glaser, Lucas Koch and Tobias Schellenberg had their hands full until midnight introducing the guests to the moving of the virtual instruments. The scientists had not expected such a large crowd. Whether old, whether young, whether professional or layman – the visitors obviously had fun at the tablet-instrument table, whose handling was a child’s play for the smartphone-generation. The innovative training system was very well received especially by physicians and clinical staff.
For Bernhard Glaser and his team the science night just flew by. What of it remains are new contacts, further inspirations and an inspiring event.
During the trip through the Leipzig scientific landscape visitors can move scalpel, bone lever or arterial clip from the instrument table to the surgeon and that – as if by magic – without proper surgical instruments and real surgery procedures.
A touch screen system developed by Bernhard Glaser at ICCAS makes it possible. The computer scientist worked on a solution to train the handling with surgical tools in a realistic way without reproducing OR-situations. He developed a system that simulates the instrument table and virtual realizes its instruments.
Anyone who is curious can slip oneself into the role of an assisting person and pass the surgeon on the monitor various instruments. Bernhard Glaser and his team of the MAI-group look forward to interesting evening hours with many people who want to try out.
Where? At the ICCAS-stand, Foyer of the BIO CITY LEIPZIG, Deutscher Platz 5
When? From 06:00 p.m. until midnight, open throughout
20 June 2014
This year, the 28th International Congress of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) will bring together the scientific community of developers and users of computer-assisted systems for medicine in Fukuoka (Japan). About 200 specialist lectures and presentations by worldwide renowned experts have been announced for the four-day congress. Scientists from all research fields of ICCAS will be among them. ICCAS board members are presented in organizational and advisory committees, like the founding father Professor Heinz U. Lemke, who also acts as coordinator and tutor at different meetings.
For The ICCAS the CARS Congress is an important foundation for international professional exchanges each year. Today, further events of cooperating societies and organizations entwine around the actual congress, such as the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery (ISCAS). Mario Cypko (DPM) recently became a member of its Junior Force – Group. There, he will introduce the project about the Digital Patient Model with a poster and a video presentation. In the EPMA/IFCARS workshop, he will speak about “The user interaction with Multi-Entity Bayesian Networks for large patient-specific treatment decision models”.
Matthäus Stöhr (DPM) will hold a lecture on “The model of the decision-making process for tumor boards”, specifically in the therapy of laryngeal cancer.
His many years of experiences in the field of surgical process modeling and design of surgical workflow management systems Professor Thomas Neumuth (MAI) will pass on in the tutorial “Medical Workstations and Model-guided Medicine“.
Philipp Liebmann (STD) finally will illustrate research results of the Standard-group in a lecture on DICOM and IHE in surgery. He will also chair the meeting of the DICOM Working Group 24.
The scope of the topics presented and discussed at the CARS-Congress is wide. It ranges from adapted IT-infrastructure for the operating theater over new methods and IT-tools for patient and process modelling to solutions of the DICOM and IHE working groups. The scientists may certainly be curious about the innovations and challenges of another year of research.
17 June 2014
In the June 2014 edition of the university paper student!, the research group Digital Patient- and Process Model explains how to cope with the flood of information in medicine. Backgrounds and exciting future prospects for the research on the Digital Patient Model are given and statements about the decision making competence between physician and computer are made.
17 June 2014
“Demigods with Bytes” is the title of the cover story in the current edition of the magazine “Unternehmen Region” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, certainly referring not only to the physicians who benefit from the research activities at ICCAS. In the impressive report about the becoming and work of the Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery, founding members, researchers, clinical users and also spin-offs tell about their experiences and achievements in the field of digital medicine – suitable to the motto of the ministry’s science year 2014: “The Digital Society”.
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!