Patents Assigned to Parata Systems, LLC
  • Patent number: 10219984
    Abstract: A system for storing and dispensing discrete doses of pharmaceuticals includes: a housing with an internal cavity having a front wall with first and second windows; multiple storage locations positioned within the housing; and a carrier assembly positioned and movable within the housing. The carrier assembly is configured to receive a pharmaceutical dose package loaded into either the first or second window and convey the pharmaceutical dose package to one of the storage locations for storage therein, and is further configured to retrieve a pharmaceutical dose package from one of the storage locations and return the pharmaceutical dose package to the first or second window for dispensing therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PARATA SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Longley, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Craig Steven Davis, Matthew P. Daniels, George Raymond Abrams, Jr., Mark I. Perisich, Jeffrey J. Schedel, Gerald Cooper Ushery, Jr., Michael Richard Floyd, Weldon Curl, Jr., Nanette Kirsch, Timothy Ulm, Daniel Gardiner
  • Patent number: 10207857
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing articles includes a housing and a drive system. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles, a dispensing outlet, and a dispensing path between the hopper chamber and the dispensing outlet. The drive system includes a belt and a belt actuator operable to drive the belt. The dispensing apparatus is configured such that articles disposed in the hopper chamber are directed onto the belt and the belt, when driven by the belt actuator, conveys the articles received from the hopper chamber in a dispensing direction along the dispensing path toward the dispensing outlet to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Daniels, Steve Bouchelle, Mark I. Perisich
  • Patent number: 10035258
    Abstract: A method of retrieving a vial from a carrier includes the steps of: contacting a vial contained within a carrier with a gripper assembly to shift the position of the container to one end of the carrier and to adjust the position of the carrier on a platform from a diverted position to a retrieval position; lifting the vial from the carrier with the gripper assembly; and returning the vial to the carrier with the gripper assembly. Such a method can improve the accuracy and precision of moving the vial to and from the carrier for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Steven Davis, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Mark Alan Uebel, Michael Lee Jordan, Merle Elmer Hertzler, Tobias Heineck, Daryl Oshatz
  • Patent number: 9694966
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for assigning times of administration to patient medications are described. A GUI is displayed within a display associated with a pharmaceutical dispensing system. The GUI includes a one day time scale for assigning a time of administration for the medication. One or more daily times of administration for the medication are assigned in response to user input via the one day time scale. A dose of the medication is packaged in each of a respective plurality of pouches according to the assigned daily times of administration via the pharmaceutical dispensing system. The one day time scale may include a time line representative of a twenty-four hour period and one or more time indicators that are positionable by a user. The one day time scale may include a plurality of food consumption times, each selectable by a user for assigning a time of administration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Cunningham, Andrew Keller McCarron
  • Patent number: 9656794
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a manifold assembly. The manifold assembly includes a manifold and a door assembly. The manifold has a plenum and an inlet port in fluid communication with the plenum. The door assembly includes a door panel and a shield. The door panel is selectively moveable between a closed position, wherein the door panel restricts airflow through the inlet port, and an open position, wherein the door panel permits airflow through the inlet port. The shield defines a pocket to receive the door panel in the open position and thereby reduce or restrict flow of air behind the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Deborah Mary Hinzman
  • Patent number: 9633172
    Abstract: A method of assessing the productivity of a pharmacy includes: (a) recording information regarding the identity and quantity of each pharmaceutical being automatically dispensed with an automated prescription monitoring unit; (b) with an overall pharmacy prescription monitoring unit, recording information regarding (i) dispensing of pharmaceuticals dispensed from the automated pharmacy machine and (ii) manual dispensing of pharmaceuticals; (c) identifying in step (a) low performing pharmaceuticals; (d) identifying in step (b) high performing pharmaceuticals dispensed manually as candidates for automated dispensing; (e) comparing low performing pharmaceuticals of step (c) with high performing pharmaceuticals of step (d) to determine whether replacement is recommended; (f) confirming whether high performing pharmaceuticals identified in step (d) are capable of automated dispensing; and (g) replacing in the automated pharmacy machine a low performing pharmaceutical identified in step (c) with a high performing p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Keith E. Overfield, Brian Cristobal, Donald Blandford, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9529973
    Abstract: A medicament dispensing cabinet is comprised of a frame, at least one controller, and a plurality of drawers each movably carried by the frame and each defining a plurality of dispensing cells. A plurality of removable dispensing devices is provided with each one carried by one of the dispensing cells. Each of the dispensing cells further comprises a motor for providing rotary motion to one of the removable dispensing devices in response to the controller, a sensor operating in conjunction with the controller for counting medicament dispensed from one of the removable dispensing devices, a chute for receiving medicament dispensed from one of the removable dispensing devices and a chute gate for controlling access to the chute. The cabinet may additionally comprise a chute gate release responsive to the controller for controlling the chute gate and a chute gate sensor connected to the controller and responsive to the position of the chute gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Randall Shows, Eric Lamont Holmes, Stuart Morgan, Matthew Stuart Beale, Michael A. Bergeron, Stan Jankowski
  • Patent number: 9499328
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing articles includes a housing and a drive system. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles, a dispensing outlet, and a dispensing path between the hopper chamber and the dispensing outlet. The drive system includes a belt and a belt actuator operable to drive the belt. The dispensing apparatus is configured such that articles disposed in the hopper chamber are directed onto the belt and the belt, when driven by the belt actuator, conveys the articles received from the hopper chamber in a dispensing direction along the dispensing path toward the dispensing outlet to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Daniels, Steve Bouchelle, Mark I. Perisich
  • Patent number: 9399543
    Abstract: A system for storing and dispensing discrete doses of pharmaceuticals includes: a housing with an internal cavity having a front wall with first and second windows; multiple storage locations positioned within the housing; and a carrier assembly positioned and movable within the housing. The carrier assembly is configured to receive a pharmaceutical dose package loaded into either the first or second window and convey the pharmaceutical dose package to one of the storage locations for storage therein, and is further configured to retrieve a pharmaceutical dose package from one of the storage locations and return the pharmaceutical dose package to the first or second window for dispensing therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Longley, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Craig Steven Davis, Matthew P. Daniels, George Raymond Abrams, Jr., Mark I. Perisich, Jeffrey J. Schedel, Gerald Cooper Ushery, Jr., Michael Richard Floyd, Weldon Curl, Jr., Nanette Kirsch, Timothy Ulm, Daniel Gardiner
  • Patent number: 9361748
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a frame having first and second opposed sides, a plurality of cells configured to house pharmaceutical pills, and a display on the frame first side. A plurality of dispensing shelves configured to receive filled pill containers are accessible from the second side of the frame for removal of pill containers therein. The pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a processor and memory coupled thereto. A computer program resides in the memory and is executable by the processor for displaying a cell inventory graphical user interface (GUI) within the display. The cell inventory GUI includes a GUI control that is responsive to user activation for displaying replenishment information about one or more of the cells. The computer program is configured to determine a replenish point and replenish quantity for each cell and is configured to adjust the replenish quantity for each cell according to a stock-out risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Cunningham, Sasha Morris
  • Patent number: 9299213
    Abstract: An automated pill dispensing system includes an output chute configured to hold pill-containing vials and an optical sensor located at a predetermined location in the output chute. The optical sensor includes an optical emitter and an optical detector configured to be operated cooperatively to output a detection signal indicating a presence or absence of a vial at the predetermined location of the output chute. A controller is coupled to the optical sensor and is configured to receive the detection signal therefrom, detect the presence or absence of the vial at the predetermined location of the output chute in response to the detection signal, and control a next depositing event whereby a next vial is deposited in the output chute responsive to the detection. Related methods of operation are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Schedel, James Robert Rivenbark, Jr., Mark Alan Uebel, Thomas H. S. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9296545
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing articles includes a housing and a drive system. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles, a dispensing outlet, and a dispensing path between the hopper chamber and the dispensing outlet. The drive system includes a belt and a belt actuator operable to drive the belt. The dispensing apparatus is configured such that articles disposed in the hopper chamber are directed onto the belt and the belt, when driven by the belt actuator, conveys the articles received from the hopper chamber in a dispensing direction along the dispensing path toward the dispensing outlet to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Daniels, Steve Bouchelle, Mark I. Perisich
  • Patent number: 9299210
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical dispensing system includes: a frame having first and second opposed sides; a plurality of bins configured to house pharmaceutical tablets, each of the bins being accessible from the first side of the frame for replenishment of pharmaceutical tablets; and a plurality of chutes, each of the chutes connected to and associated with a respective one of the plurality of bins, each of the chutes being accessible from the second side of the frame for dispensing of pharmaceutical tablets. A system of this configuration can facilitate operation by physically separating replenishment tasks from dispensing tasks, thereby enabling these tasks to be performed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Parrish, Thomas P. Rhoads, Jr., David Alan Calderwood, Jesse Samuel Eberdt, III
  • Patent number: 9280863
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a plurality of customized doses of pharmaceuticals includes: a housing; a customer interaction station; a customized packaging station configured to selectively package individual doses of medication into customized packaging, the medications being selected responsive to input from the customer input station; and a controller connected to the customer interaction station and the customized packaging station, the controller configured to control the customized packaging based on customer input from the customer interaction station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert G. Spignesi Jr., Mark Longley
  • Patent number: 9241875
    Abstract: A method of retrieving a vial from a carrier includes the steps of: contacting a vial contained within a carrier with a gripper assembly to shift the position of the container to one end of the carrier and to adjust the position of the carrier on a platform from a diverted position to a retrieval position; lifting the vial from the carrier with the gripper assembly; and returning the vial to the carrier with the gripper assembly. Such a method can improve the accuracy and precision of moving the vial to and from the carrier for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Steven Davis, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Mark Alan Uebel, Michael Lee Jordan, Merle Elmer Hertzler, Tobias Heineck, Daryl Oshatz
  • Publication number: 20150317453
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for assigning times of administration to patient medications are described. A GUI is displayed within a display associated with a pharmaceutical dispensing system. The GUI includes a one day time scale for assigning a time of administration for the medication. One or more daily times of administration for the medication are assigned in response to user input via the one day time scale. A dose of the medication is packaged in each of a respective plurality of pouches according to the assigned daily times of administration via the pharmaceutical dispensing system. The one day time scale may include a time line representative of a twenty-four hour period and one or more time indicators that are positionable by a user. The one day time scale may include a plurality of food consumption times, each selectable by a user for assigning a time of administration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Cunningham, Andrew Keller McCarron
  • Patent number: 9147044
    Abstract: A medicament dispensing cabinet is comprised of a frame, at least one controller, and a plurality of drawers each movably carried by the frame and each defining a plurality of dispensing cells. A plurality of removable dispensing devices is provided with each one carried by one of the dispensing cells. Each of the dispensing cells further comprises a motor for providing rotary motion to one of the removable dispensing devices in response to the controller, a sensor operating in conjunction with the controller for counting medicament dispensed from one of the removable dispensing devices, a chute for receiving medicament dispensed from one of the removable dispensing devices and a chute gate for controlling access to the chute. The cabinet may additionally comprise a chute gate release responsive to the controller for controlling the chute gate and a chute gate sensor connected to the controller and responsive to the position of the chute gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Randall Shows, Robert Parks, Ryan Kaintz, Eric Lamont Holmes, Matthew Goodworth, Stuart Morgan, Matthew Stuart Beale, Michael A. Bergeron, Stan Jankowski
  • Patent number: 8972047
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a frame having first and second opposed sides, a plurality of cells configured to house pharmaceutical pills, a first touch screen display on the frame first side, and a second touch screen display on the frame second side. A plurality of dispensing shelves configured to receive filled pill containers are accessible from the second side of the frame for removal of pill containers therein. The pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a processor and memory coupled thereto. A computer program resides in the memory and is executable by the processor for displaying a cell inventory graphical user interface (GUI) within the first touch screen display, and a series of GUIs within the second touch screen display that include status information about a prescription order at a respective stage of completion by the pharmaceutical dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Johnson, Harold Lindsey, Megan Dunigan, Justin Lallinger, John Kirk Hammond, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8972050
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a frame having first and second opposed sides, a plurality of cells configured to house pharmaceutical pills, a first touch screen display on the frame first side, and a second touch screen display on the frame second side. The pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a processor and memory coupled thereto. A computer program resides in the memory and is executable by the processor for displaying a cell inventory graphical user interface (GUI) within the first touch screen display, and a prescription order processing GUI within the second touch screen display that include status information about a prescription order at a respective stage of completion by the pharmaceutical dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Johnson, Harold Lindsey, Megan Dunigan, Justin Lallinger, John Kirk Hammond, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8924227
    Abstract: A will call system for automating the management of storage and retrieval of items, preferably medical prescriptions. The automated system provides informational control of all items in the system. The automated will call monitors the length of time an item remains in the system, and into which location an item is placed. An article sensor provides absolute confirmation that an item has been placed or removed from a designated location in the storage unites. The automated will call system uses a controller to permit users to monitor and optimize the storage and retrieval procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Fellows, David Denenberg, Michael Jordan