Patents Examined by C. Luke Gilligan
  • Patent number: 8644581
    Abstract: In accordance with the principles of the invention, methods, systems, and computer-readable mediums are provided for positioning cellular analysis data including measuring a similarity between pixel data in a target sample data and pixel data in a template data. An offset position is determined based on the measured similarity. The pixel data in the template data is shifted based on the offset position to produce shifted template data having pixel data at shifted locations which match the corresponding pixel data in the target sample data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos A. Ramirez, Jaesang Park, Jiuliu Lu
  • Patent number: 7937276
    Abstract: A computerized method and system for generation an immunization schedule for a person in healthcare environment is provided. The system receives a request for an immunization schedule for a person and obtains information from an electronic medical record of the person stored within a comprehensive healthcare system. The system obtains one or more immunization schedules and utilizes the information from the electronic medical record of the person and the immunization schedule to generate a customized immunization schedule for the person. In another embodiment, the system receives immunization information for a person and stores the immunization information in the electronic medical record of the person within a comprehensive healthcare system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kay L. Grasso, Thomas C. Gifford, J. Mark Hord, D. Allan Shoup
  • Patent number: 7917372
    Abstract: A pharmacy benefits management system and method. A processor server has claim information relating to pharmacy benefits claims, and information relating to a claims processing formularly stored therein. A provider server has pharmacy benefits plan structure information stored therein. A management server has price information relating drugs in various classes and a processing module for correlating the claim information with the benefits plan structure information and the formularly information to identify drugs dispensed to patients, expenses associated with the drugs in accordance with the pharmacy benefits plan structure information, alternative drugs in the same class as the drugs and expenses associated with the alternative drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: RXEOB/COM.LLC
    Inventors: Robert S Oscar, John E Dietz, Bryan W York, Dean T Ousterhout, Rob Hauser, Matthew Rokenbrod, Ilia Brusilovsky
  • Patent number: 7912739
    Abstract: A method for managing health plans includes the use of theoretically derived mathematical models. The methods may be used in the analysis of health insurance products. The method may also assist in the selection of a particular health plan's benefit and contribution strategy. The analysis may further be used in the selection of a health plan's funding arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Dominion Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: John Lawrence Colley, Ronald Hampton Bargatze, Timothy Gerard O'Shea
  • Patent number: 7860725
    Abstract: A method for remote medical consulting includes collecting diagnostic data using at least one wearable device contoured to at least a portion of a person's hand, transmitting the diagnostic data to a remote location, transmitting audio data and video images of the patient to the remote location, and communicating diagnosis and/or treatment information to the patient based at least in part on the diagnostic data. The treatment information may include a prescription electronically transmitted to the patient or a pharmacy. The method includes billing of the patient via credit or debit card, bank account, or a third party, such as an insurance company. The diagnostic data as well as the audio and video data may be transmitted wirelessly via cellular or satellite communication networks and/or using a wide area computer network such as the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Ineedmd.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Govindan Gopinathan, Arthur R. Tilford, Michael Makover
  • Patent number: 7801748
    Abstract: An outlier detector that exploits the existing risk structure of the decision problem in order to discover risk assignments that are globally inconsistent is described. The technique works on a set of candidates for which risk categories have already been assigned. In the case of insurance underwriting, the invention pertains to the premium class assigned to an application. For this set of labeled candidates, the system finds all such pairs of applications belonging to different risk categories, which violate the principle of dominance. The invention matches the risk ordering of the applications with the ordering imposed by dominance and uses any mismatch during the process to identify applications that were potentially assigned incorrect risk categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Genworth Financial, Inc.
    Inventors: Piero Patrone Bonissone, Naresh Sundaram Iyer
  • Patent number: 7756729
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for assigning liability estimates to past or theoretical accidents. Embodiments may be used in association with methods and systems for estimating liability in a vehicle accident. In one embodiment, liability estimation in a vehicle accident may be based on a plurality of characteristics that describe the accident. The characteristics from an actual accident may be compared to those in a past or theoretical accident. Liability may be estimated from the assigned liability associated with a nearest matching past or theoretical accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Computer Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Wahlbin, Tim Johnston
  • Patent number: 7742935
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating right of way in an accident. In one embodiment, right of way estimation in a vehicle accident may be based on a plurality of characteristics that describe the accident. The characteristics from an actual accident may be compared to those in a past or theoretical accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Computer Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Wahlbin, Tim Johnston
  • Patent number: 7742988
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining inconsistencies between two or more sets of characteristics relating to an accident. In an embodiment, sets of characteristics relating to an accident may be used to determine liability in the accident. The at least one of the sets of characteristics may be determined from witness statements. The at least one set of characteristics determined from witness statements may be compare to other sets of characteristics determined from witness statements or to other sets of characteristics determined in other ways. The comparison may determine if there are inconsistencies in the sets of characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Computer Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Wahlbin, Tim Johnston
  • Patent number: 7742936
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for estimating liability in an accident. In one embodiment, liability estimation in a vehicle accident may be based on a plurality of characteristics that describe the accident. These characteristics may include: the configuration of the roadway, the type of accident, right of way, and impact points of each vehicle. In an embodiment, impact points may be grouped into impact groups. A base liability may be assigned to each impact group. The characteristics from an actual accident may be compared to those in a past or theoretical accident. Liability may be estimated from a preassigned liability associated with a nearest matching past or theoretical accident. The liability estimate may include a base liability and one or more adjustments due to various factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Computer Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Wahlbin, Tim Johnston
  • Patent number: 7729929
    Abstract: A method for dispensing medical items designated in a prescription, such as an electronic prescription, including providing the electronic prescription to a server, and the server providing the electronic prescription to a pharmacy or other agent that fills the prescription and provides the medical items to the patient. A consent statement is provided by the patient for permission to the pharmacy to receive and fill the prescription and for permission to the server to receive and forward the prescription. Secure communications are provided for key communications to establish trust of identity of the parties and entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Georg Heidenreich, Sultan Haider
  • Patent number: 7725327
    Abstract: A healthcare risk index is generated using a patient or individual's pharmacy claims. The index may be used to explain and predict variation in pharmacy-related costs and variation in total healthcare costs or utilization. In particular, the index is generated by first examining the individual's pharmacy claims to identify any chronic conditions possessed by the individual. Similarly, the individual's pharmacy claims are examined to identify any compliance medications prescribed to the individual. The chronic condition information is used to generate a chronic condition score by summing regression coefficients for each chronic condition possessed by the individual. Likewise, the compliance medication information is used to generate a compliance medication score by summing products of regression coefficients for each compliance medication prescribed to the individual with associated medication supply weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly A. McGuigan, Debra A. Maldonato, Qingshan Qian, Kurtis W. Andrews, Keith J. Bradbury, George Fulop, Joseph A. Boscarino
  • Patent number: 7716067
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system of physician economic performance evaluation in which the relative medical difficulty associated with patients admitted by a particular physician is determined and, given that measurement, judgments made concerning the relative amount of inpatient resources that the physician required. Also, one application of the present invention relates to a method for gainsharing of physician services using a surplus allocation methodology for rewarding physicians in relation to their performance. An incentive pool is determined from previous patient claims and payments made to physicians in advance, such as in a base year. Best practice norms are established for a plurality of classified diagnosis groups. In one embodiment of the present invention, the classified diagnosis related groups are adjusted for severity of illness to compensate for actual clinical challenges faced by individual physicians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Applied Medical Software Inc.
    Inventors: Jo Surpin, Michael Kalison
  • Patent number: 7716065
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods for conveniently providing a complete medication profile of a patient. A medication profile report may be obtained on-line by the patient or a registered provider. In addition to information regarding the expiration of prescriptions, the patient's compliance with the prescriber's directions for usage, and the names of medications being used by a patient, the medication profile report also provides the therapeutic classes of each medication, possible drug-drug interactions, and possible side effects. Convenient access to such complete medication information is highly desirable to the patient and his or her provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: MAX Well Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Milton B. Maxwell, Jr., Bradley R. Mitchell, Norman J. Noffsinger
  • Patent number: 7711580
    Abstract: A system and method for matching patients with clinical trials and particular trial sites, prequalifying patients for clinical trials and trial sites, and providing information to patients to allow them to inform themselves about available clinical trials and trial sites. The method comprises receiving patient profile information for a patient at a server connected to a computer network, the patient profile information submitted by a user at a terminal connected to the network, comparing the patient profile information with acceptance criteria for clinical trials stored in a database, the comparison performed by the server, determining whether the patient prequalifies for any of the clinical trials, and notifying the user and the trial site whether the patient has prequalified for any clinical trials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Emergingmed.com
    Inventor: Courtney Hudson
  • Patent number: 7707043
    Abstract: A method provides for inputting and storing data for a clinical study in a uniform manner by different study locations. Accordingly, the method comprises generation of an input platform program for an input of data of a clinical study, distribution of the input platform to input locations, calling up and activating the input platform program dependent on a participant characteristic linked with a study participant in the clinical study, inputting the data at an input location via an input platform generated by the input platform program, and storing the input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventors: Rainer Kuth, Karsten Wicklow
  • Patent number: 7707049
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method capable of providing an estimated premium without extensive and repetitive questioning. The present invention utilizes unique assumptions to dramatically reduce the amount of information that must be provided by the customer. In one embodiment, the present invention utilizes a mainframe computer system, an application server, and an external rules management system to interact with the customer via an attractive graphic user interface. Once logged onto the website of the present invention, the customer may choose to engage in a fast quote process which utilizes assumptions, driver information, and vehicle information to assess the risk associated with insuring the customer and then calculates an estimated cost to insure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Robert Jackson Van Cleave, James Steven Kuhn, Karen Marie Moritz, Steven Carl Mills, Myron Leo Dye, Larry Wayne Clark, David Ray Pawelek
  • Patent number: 7707045
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving medical or other database information and pregrouping and extending that data include a data enhancement layer configured to generate additional stored dimensions capturing the data and relevant attributes. Data sources such as hospitals, laboratories and others may therefore communicate their clinical data to a central warehousing facility which may assemble and extend the resulting aggregated data for data mining purposes. Varying source format and content may be conditioned and conformed to a consistent physical or logical structure. The source data may be extended and recombined into additional related dimensions, pre-associating meaningful attributes for faster querying and storage. Users running analytics against the resulting medical or other datamarts may therefore access a richer set of related information as well as have their queries and other operations run more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent D. Parkins, Brian J. Lancaster, Douglas S. McNair, Michael E. Yarbrough
  • Patent number: 7702524
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method, relating to the transfer of patient files over a secure, HIPAA compliant, patient file transfer and outpatient order system and a computer site therefore. The method includes obtaining and compiling a patient record pertaining to a patient; electronically inputting the patient record obtained into a secure computer database containing other patient records, allowing physician access to the patient record wherein the access includes allowing the physician to order outpatient services and send part of the patient information, including certain defined fields for a complete record and to send and receive referrals including certain defined fields for a complete record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Scheduling.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Vinnie Whibbs, E. Coy Irvin, Ellis W. Bullock, III
  • Patent number: 7702534
    Abstract: The merchandise planning and development system includes a WWW server 33 for informing many and unspecified customers 31 to 3n of merchandise planning and development information about planning and/or development of new merchandise through the Internet 20, and a news server 35 for collecting the opinion information of the customers 31 to 3n looking up the merchandise planning information through the Internet 20. The WWW server 33 informs the customers 31 to 3n of the merchandise information suited to the needs of the customers on the basis of the opinion information by way of the Internet 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignees: Ricoh Elemex Corporation, Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Yuji Shimizu