Momo System in Routine Use, Vienna General Hospital (December 30, 2010)—After an extended development and test phase, a first version of the Momo system (analysis, monitoring, and reporting of microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance patterns) could be transferred into routine use at the infection control department of the Vienna General Hospital. To apply it, data from the microbiology department had to be accessed. Using Momo, the infection control team is able to generate almost any kind of retrospective report on the occurrence of microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance patterns based on the hospital data.

Medexter's Fuzzy Arden Syntax in ID GmbH & Co. KGaA Products, Berlin (December 2, 2010)—ID Information und Dokumentation im Gesundheitswesen GmbH & Co. KGaA, Berlin, Germany, extended its cooperation with Medexter Healthcare by contracting Medexter's Fuzzy Arden Syntax software (compiler, engine, and integrated development and test environment) to be applied in products that include clinical decision support. Since the start of this cooperation in May 2007, ID GmbH & Co. KGaA has used Medexter's Arden Syntax software.

Siemens i.s.h.med with Fuzzy Arden Syntax, Vienna General Hospital (November 12, 2010)—In a further step to introduce clinical decision support software into patient care at the Vienna General Hospital, Medexter's Fuzzy Arden Syntax software was interconnected with the new hospital information system i.s.h.med by Siemens AG (Xtra: SIE, NYSE: SIE, LSE: SIE, SWX: SIN), installed on several servers, and a first application for predicting metastases in melanoma patients was developed by the Department of Dermatology of the Medical University of Vienna. This step is part of the AKIM project (Vienna General Hospital information management) and comprises also the application of the Fuzzy Arden Syntax software for research and teaching at the Medical University of Vienna. With this software, several authoring tools for writing medical logic modules (MLMs), the core elements of Arden Syntax clinical decision support systems, have already been delivered.

Invited Talk on "Foundations of Medical Decision Making", Salzburg (October 27, 2010)—At the Third Annual Conference of the Austrian Society for Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Chemistry in Salzburg/Austria, our CEO and Scientific Head, Professor Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, gave an invited talk on "Foundations of Medical Decision Making". The focus in his presentation was laid on the complexity of clinical decision making and the thus resulting necessity to utilize a variety of formal techniques to build computerized clinical decision support systems with proven clinical applicability.

iMedication Project Kick-Off Meeting, Salzburg (October 13, 2010)—Today, the kickoff-meeting of the two-year research project iMedication sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG - Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft) as part of FIT-IT "Semantic Systems" took place in Salzburg, Austria. The project aims at establishing "A rule-based expert network for intelligent medication" and includes the Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, the Gemeinnützige Salzburger Landeskliniken Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, the Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität - Institut für Allgemein-, Familien- und Präventivmedizin, the Landesapotheke am St. Johanns Spital, and Medexter Healthcare as partners. Medexter will provide its know-how in the development of medical expert and clinical decision support systems. In addition, Medexter's suite of Arden Syntax rule engine software will be used as a critical part of the project's pilot implementation.

Fuzzy Logic in the Arden Syntax, Cambridge (October 5, 2010)—The last year's decision to extend the present Arden Syntax by elements of fuzzy set theory, fuzzy arithmetic, and fuzzy logic to become Fuzzy Arden Syntax (e.g., a new Arden Syntax version), was reinforced at this year's meeting of the HL7 Arden Syntax Working Group during the 24th Annual Plenary and Working Group Meeting in Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. From the present point of view, the necessary normative ballot will take place in September 2011.

Medexter Contributions to MEDINFO 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa (September 12–15, 2010)—During the 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics MEDINFO 2010 that took place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 12 to 15 September 2010, our CEO and Scientific Head, Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, was invited to take part in two panel discussions: The first one on "Accelerating the Translation of Knowledge into Clinical Decision Support: Four National Demonstration Projects" was moderated by Blackford Middleton from Partners Healthcare, Boston, U.S.A. Klaus-Peter Adlassnig's part was to present his perspective on "An Austrian 'Providing Solutions for Clinical Decision Support' Project". The second panel discussion was dedicated to "The Future of Clinical Decision Support: Leveraging the Promise of Molecular Medicine". It was organized by Robert Jenders from the University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A. At this panel, Klaus-Peter Adlassnig presented a perspective on "Clinical Decision Support and Genomics".

Telemedicine Conference, Berlin (August 20, 2010)—A new report on the "Innovation Potential for Telemedicine through Rule Engine Technology" (in German) will be given at the 1. Nationaler Fachkongress Telemedicine in Berlin, Germany from 3 to 5 November 2010.

Moni/Surveillance-ICU Presentation at the GMDS Annual Meeting, Mannheim (July 19, 2010)—A report on Almost immediate monitoring of ICU-acquired infections with knowledge-based methods (in German) about Moni/Surveillance-ICU and its present use at the Vienna General Hospital — Medical University Campus, Austria, will be presented at the 55. GMDS Jahrestagung in Mannheim/Germany from 5 to 9 September.

Presentations at the eHealth Conference, Vienna (May 10, 2010)—The Medexter Healthcare products iPhone App Hepaxpert/Interpretation, an iPhone/iPod Touch application of our medical expert system Hepaxpert for the automated interpretation of hepatitis A, B, and C serology test results, and the medexter-Fuzzy-Arden-Syntax compiler, one of the medical knowledge representation and inference software tools we developed, were presented at the annual Austrian eHealth conference that took place under the motto "Health Informatics meets eHealth" in Vienna/Austria from 6 to 7 May.

Fuzzy Arden Syntax Article in AIIM (April 28, 2010)—In the May 2010 issue of the international journal Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, a scientific article on "Fuzzy Arden Syntax: A Fuzzy Programming Language for Medicine" was published. The article is co-authored by members of Medexter Healthcare, who developed and programmed the respective Fuzzy Arden Syntax software.

ConhIT 2010, Berlin (April 20–22, 2010)—For the first time, Medexter Healthcare took part in the health IT trade fair conhIT in Berlin/Germany as an exhibitor. From 20-22 April 2010, we had three days of intense presentations and conversations with potential clinical users and prospective partner companies, showing high interest in our clinical decision support software.

Study Compares Moni System and Human Expert Performances (April 13, 2010)—A further study of Moni/Surveillance-ICU with 52 patients including 422 patient days that compared human expert vs. Moni performance in identifying health-care associated infections showed similar overall sensitivity and specificity rates. When matching against a common gold standard, sensitivity rates of 72.7% were obtained by the human expert and Moni; specificity rates were 97.7% and 100%, resp. Details were presented at the 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 10 to 13 April 2010, Vienna, Austria.

Medexter's Arden Syntax Software at the Yamaguchi University Hospital, Japan (March 29, 2010)—Medexter Healthcare is proud to announce its first customer from Japan, Professor Norohiro Nakahara from the Department of Medical Informatics, Yamaguchi University Hospital, who ordered a license of the medexter-Arden Syntax rule engine software for research and teaching purpose. Professor Nakahara will make extended use of Arden Syntax to implement and practically apply a formally developed medical logic.

Installation of Medexter's Arden Syntax Server in the Vienna General Hospital (March 25, 2010)—As a sub-contractor of Siemens AG Österreich (Xetra: SIE, NYSE: SI, LSE: SIE, SWX: SIN) for the AKIM project (Vienna General Hospital information management) at the Vienna General Hospital/Medical University of Vienna, Medexter Healthcare announces the successful installation of Medexter's Arden Syntax server software for clinical decision support. It was connected to Siemens' i.s.h.med, the core medical information system to be implemented at this hospital. The platform-independent server software was installed under Sun Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems. Through web-services, synchronous and asynchronous calls from i.s.h.med are processed by the rule engine server software and decision support results are returned to i.s.h.med. The intended usage is for both patient care, and research and teaching.

 

 

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