Patents Examined by Gerald J. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8655678
    Abstract: An apparatus which configures a mobile healthcare network for monitoring a being includes a sender for sending the composition of the mobile healthcare network to a home healthcare network for monitoring the being and a receiver for receiving a configuration recommendation. The configuration recommendation corresponds to the composition of the mobile healthcare monitoring network and a medical history database of the home healthcare monitoring network An arranger arranges parameters of the mobile healthcare network according to the configuration recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Sheng Kim, Declan Patrick Kelly
  • Patent number: 8650040
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for protecting relationships with referring providers, so that when a patient reactivation system is used, patients referred by protected providers will be contacted and invited to make an appointment only when appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Brevium, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Cornell Gerlach, William Brian Perrin
  • Patent number: 8645167
    Abstract: A tangible computer-readable storage device storing computer-executable program instructions that generate a user interface for displaying workflow information associated with a tissue specimen in a pathology laboratory. The program instructions may be configured to perform a method including displaying a virtual laboratory component representing a physical pathology laboratory having one or more laboratory stations for processing the tissue specimen, wherein the tissue specimen is processed by the one or more laboratory stations according to a workflow, and displaying a specimen indicator that indicates a current specimen state based on a current relationship of the tissue specimen to the workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: DakoCytomation Denmark A/S
    Inventors: Laura Chirica, Mats Grahn, Stephen Jones
  • Patent number: 8639527
    Abstract: A validated healthcare facility cleaning and sanitizing system provides a comprehensive and systematic approach to cleaning and sanitizing practices at a hospital or other healthcare facility. The validated hospital cleaning system identifies hospital vectors of contamination; that is, sources through which hospital acquired infections (HAIs) may be spread. The validated system defines a plurality of modules within a healthcare facility, each having an associated cleaning process map designed to meet the particular cleaning and/or sanitizing needs and challenges faced by that module. Various stages of the cleaning process map include validation points, at which certain parameters designed to ensure proper cleaning and/or sanitizing of the module are verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Rensvold, Ryan D. Meek, Ravindra Raghavapudi
  • Patent number: 8634608
    Abstract: An embodiment of a system is proposed for imaging a body part including a tissue, the body part being perfused with a contrast agent. The system includes means for providing a sequence of original images offering a digital representation over time of the body-part, each original image including a plurality of original values each one indicative of a response to an interrogation signal of a corresponding location of the body-part possibly including the contrast agent with a contribution of the tissue substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bracco Suisse S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Frinking, Nicolas Rognin, Marcel Arditi
  • Patent number: 8620684
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a system for interfacing with multiple medical imaging modalities that includes a manifest generator for generating a manifest of medical images. The manifest can be used to determine an ordering or a layout of the medical images generated by the modalities, optionally as a function of the modality type, anatomical area, and other variables. In some embodiments, the various medical images and metadata may be received at an image order management system that parses the metadata and assembles the metadata into the manifest files that may be transmitted independently to remote interpretation sites, which in turn may be equipped with image viewer applications that analyze the manifest files and determine a rearranged ordering and/or grouping of the medical images, wherein the rearrangement is executed as a function of modality, anatomy, orientation and other variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Virtual Radiologic Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Kotula, Tom J. Gleeson, Wade J. Steigauf, Jeff Seibel
  • Patent number: 8606458
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system having mileage mechanism includes providing a subtotal mileage for a previous location reading along a route; calculating an incremental mileage at a current location reading from the previous location reading; and calculating a total mileage based on the subtotal mileage and the incremental mileage for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Fleetcor Technologies Operating Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jinsong Hu
  • Patent number: 8595034
    Abstract: Means are provided for recording, storing, calculating, communicating and reviewing one or more operational aspects of a machine. Insurance costs are based, in part, on activities of the machine operator. A discount may be provided in exchange for recording the operational aspects and providing the recorded information to the insurer. The party may review information and decide whether to provide it to the insurer. The means for reviewing may present comparative information. Information that causes insurance costs to vary may be highlighted. Provided data may be used to verify insurance application information, generate actuarial information or determine insurance rates. Operating data may be reviewed on a display medium so a party can observe how his operating behavior compares to that of other operators of similar machines and may be manipulated so a party can understand how changes in operating behavior can affect his insurance rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
    Inventors: Alan Rex Bauer, Kurtis Tavis Burns, Michael Vincent Esposito, Patrick Lawrence O'Malley, Byron John Olexa, Robert John McMillan
  • Patent number: 8594399
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for actuating an image output device for the output of slice images, obtained from volume data, of a tissue region including at least one hollow organ section. In at least one embodiment, tangential slice planes at observation points along at least one profile line section through the hollow organ section are determined on the basis of provided volume data. In the process, the profile line section is decomposed into shorter profile line sections such that the generated profile line sections are each situated at least approximately in a plane assigned to the respective profile line section as per a predetermined quality criterion. First tangential slice planes are each assigned to the possible observation points on the associated profile line sections on the basis of these planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dominik Bernhardt, Michael Scheuering, Johann Uebler
  • Patent number: 8594400
    Abstract: A system and method for an MRI apparatus includes an MRI system having a computer programmed to initiate a first scan procedure to acquire MR data and locate a feature of interest of the object, initiate a second scan procedure when a feature of interest of the object is located, and determine if an anomaly of the feature of interest exists. The computer is programmed to initiate a third scan procedure to scan the anomaly and reconstruct an image of the located anomaly if the anomaly exists. The first scan procedure includes a scan table motion and scan data acquisition commands. The second scan procedure includes scan table motion and scan data acquisition commands to acquire MR data from the feature of interest. The third scan procedure includes scan table motion and scan data acquisition commands to acquire MR data from the located anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo
  • Patent number: 8589179
    Abstract: A hub-spoke patient information service in which a patient's data can be obtained from a network of independent data sources through a centralized service. The hub of the service stores patient identification information and the spokes store the patient's clinical data. In a preferred embodiment, the spokes are independent sources (e.g. each spoke is generally unrelated to other spokes) and include hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, insurance companies, or other entities that store or track clinical data. Preferably, the data sources use a first authentication to properly identify or authentic the service. Once access is granted, the spoke sources are queried for the patient's data. In response, each data source provides the type of patient data available from the source. The user is shown the types of data available without generally showing the actual data. The user can then select the specific patient data to retrieve from the spoke sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: QSI Management, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Rosenberger, Timothy Eggena, Robert Nary, Robert Hale, Patrick Cline, Robert Ellis
  • Patent number: 8589175
    Abstract: The invention provides population models, methods, and algorithms for targeting a dosing regimen or compound selection to an individual patient. The methods and algorithms of the invention utilize population models that incorporate genotype information for genes encoding drug metabolizing enzymes for one or more compounds of interest. The methods allow integration of genotype information for one or more genes encoding a drug metabolizing enzyme, particularly a cytochrome P450 gene with patient data. The methods allow integration of genotype information and the effect of one or more compounds on one or more drug metabolizing enzymes. The methods allow iterative feedback of drug metabolizing data obtained from a patient into the process of generating a dosage regimen recommendation for a compound of interest for an individual patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Inventors: Tracy A. Glauser, Richard J. Wenstrup, Alexander A. Vinks, John Pestian
  • Patent number: 8583453
    Abstract: In general, a computer-implemented method is described for receiving by one or more computers one or more responses to questions included in a medical study instrument generated through an instrument generation system, removing from the one or more responses patient information including at least one of name information and address information, generating a unique identifier, the unique identifier associated with a patient's physician, associating the unique identifier with the one or more responses from which the patient information has been removed, and storing the one or more responses from which the patient information has been removed and the associated unique identifier in a data repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Research Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Otho Raymond Plummer, Ali Adel Hussam
  • Patent number: 8583450
    Abstract: Presenting information to patients—intuitive, statistically significant bucket rankings in more than one score domain—in response to requests for medical providers associated with their choice of medical conditions or treatments, and other restrictions. Statistically significant intuitive bucket rankings (such as “*” to “****”) from relatively limited data on medical providers, and adjusting those intuitive bucket rankings so that they reflect a valid measure of the domain of interest despite differing numbers of measurements available for distinct medical providers. User interface by which a patient can (1) specify medical conditions or treatments, and other restrictions, (2) search for medical providers appropriate to those conditions, order them by bucket ranking in a choice of score domain, and (3) obtain more information on those medical conditions or treatments, for medical providers the patient selects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: IMS Health Incorporated
    Inventors: Geoffrey Baker, Pamela Rollins
  • Patent number: 8571883
    Abstract: A method for the study and evaluation of the performance of medical devices in vivo is disclosed. The medical devices are preferably tampons that are observed and evaluated in the vaginal cavities of women during their menstrual cycles in order to obtain data relative to tampon performance for the improvement of tampon technology. The method preferably uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), although other types of imaging techniques may be used. The present invention also resides in a method of MRI analysis in which a three-dimensional surface model image of a medical device such as a tampon or similar feminine hygiene product in vivo is created from two or more two-dimensional cross section images and combined with a second surface model image to produce a single image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene P. Dougherty, Jr., Phil Ebert, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Jane Minkin
  • Patent number: 8571882
    Abstract: A system for providing database functionality on a peer-to-peer network is described that provides a highly scalable, fault tolerant, highly available, secure distributed transactions and reporting environment for application development and deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald J. Teitelbaum
  • Patent number: 8571889
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of providing a monetary incentive to a health care provider, typically a physician, responsible for treatment decisions of a patient with a condition during an episode of care. Once the patient identity and condition are obtained, a baseline value related to treatment of the condition can be associated. Thereafter, all the claims processed during the episode of care of the patient for the condition can be summed to obtain a total treatment cost. If the total treatment is less than the baseline value, then a monetary incentive can be provided to the provider based upon that episode of care. The healthcare provider may be a member of a managed care organization, such as an accountable care organization, and the monetary incentive may be modified based on time interval for the episode of care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Clinton B Ashford
  • Patent number: 8560365
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, system and/or computer program product allocate multiple resources from multiple organizations. A series of requests for multiple resources from multiple organizations is received. The multiple resources are required to accomplish a specific task, and each of the multiple resources is assigned a probability of consumption. Probabilities of availability of the multiple resources are then determined and transmitted to the organizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Friedlander, James R. Kraemer, Robin Lougee-Heimer, Kirill M. Osipov
  • Patent number: 8560214
    Abstract: An aircraft taxi route display system may include a user interface including a display device and a user input, a computer including a computer processor and a computer storage device, wherein the computer is in communication with the user interface, and/or a communications link capable of receiving at least one airport characteristic, wherein the communications link is in communication with the computer processor, and the computer processor is configured to present an aircraft taxi route. A method may include capturing at least one of at least one taxi turn direction or at least one taxi distance, accepting from a user input a selection of at least one of at least one taxi turn direction or at least one taxi distance, clearing an aircraft taxi route from the selection of at least one of at least one taxi turn direction or at least one taxi distance, and displaying the aircraft taxi route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn
  • Patent number: 8560343
    Abstract: A system and method may provide a refill interface and service which allow a customer to order refills of one or more prescription medications in a quick and hassle-free manner from a mobile device. The customer provides prescription data from a barcode image that includes a number associated with an order. The prescription number is received by a server and a pickup store and a pickup time are determined. The user is provided an opportunity to select a new pickup store and/or a new pickup time. The refill system and method provide the service through a series of web pages and/or via an application running on a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Quynh Chieu H. Tran, Satya Chandra Mouli Kota, Tim McCauley