Patents Examined by Jacqueline Cheng
  • Patent number: 10799180
    Abstract: One variation of a method for testing contact quality of electrical-biosignal electrodes includes: outputting a drive signal—including an alternating-current component oscillating at a reference frequency and a direct-current component—through a driven electrode; determining that a reference electrode is in improper contact with a user's skin if a reference signal read from the reference electrode excludes a first signal component oscillating at the reference frequency and a second signal component oscillating at an ambient frequency; determining that a sense electrode is in improper contact with the user's skin if the reference signal includes the first signal component and if a sense signal read from the sense electrode excludes a third signal component oscillating at the reference frequency; and generating an electrode adjustment prompt if one of the reference and sense electrodes is determined to be in improper contact with the user's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Zeto, Inc.
    Inventors: Aswin Gunasekar, Ferenc Benedek, János Kokavecz
  • Patent number: 10799173
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer readable mediums for fall prediction assessment are provided. In a particular embodiment, a fall prediction controller is configured to compare a hydration indicator associated with a person to a hydration threshold and based on a result of the comparison of the hydration indicator to the hydration threshold, generate a fall prediction assessment of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CarePredict, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Wilmink
  • Patent number: 10791996
    Abstract: An intraoperative nerve evaluation device includes a flexible substrate, and a plurality of detection units disposed on the substrate and spaced apart from one another. Each of the detection units includes an electrode and a conductive wire electrically connected to the electrode. When the electrodes are attached to a nerve, a selected one of the electrodes is configured to receive an input signal via the corresponding conductive wire and to transmit the input signal to the nerve, and each of the electrodes other than the selected one is configured to receive from the nerve a response signal associated with the input signal and to transmit the response signal via the corresponding conductive wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: Chang Gung University, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou
    Inventors: Yu-Cheng Pei, Ting-Yu Chen, Cheng-Hung Lin, Jian-Jia Huang
  • Patent number: 10772534
    Abstract: A gastric emptying breath test method that includes collecting a breath sample of the subject at only a single time point after the subject consumes the breath test meal, wherein the single time point is a time point selected from within an identified time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ADVANCED BREATH DIAGNOSTICS, LLC
    Inventor: Kerry C. Bush
  • Patent number: 10743811
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer readable mediums for fall prediction assessment are provided. In a particular embodiment, a fall prediction profile generator is configured to identify, based on health status data associated with a patient, a hydration threshold for the patient. The fall prediction profile generator is also configured to store the identified hydration threshold as part of a hydration profile associated with the patient and provide the hydration profile to a fall prediction controller to generate a fall prediction assessment of the patient based on the hydration profile and a current hydration indicator associated with the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CarePredict, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Wilmink
  • Patent number: 10736508
    Abstract: Provided is a living organism information measurement device which users can easily and reliably operate. A living organism information measurement device for acquiring living organism information and generating measurement data relating to the information is provided with a device body, and a panel detachably attached to the device body. The device body comprises a control unit which executes a plurality of functions of the device body, a living organism information measurement unit which is connected to the control unit and generates the measurement data, and a first communication unit connected to the control unit. The panel comprises a second communication unit including a memory storing predetermined information. When the panel is attached to the device body, the first communication unit receives the predetermined information from the second communication unit. The control unit selects and executes a function corresponding to the received predetermined information among the plurality of functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10682096
    Abstract: Described are novel systems for the diagnosis of specific mental disorders using neurometrics. EEG parameters are compared to thresholds to determine if a person is suffering from autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Wave Neuroscience, Inc.
    Inventor: Yi Jin
  • Patent number: 10675010
    Abstract: For the purpose of firmly clamping a medical guide wire which can be rotated and displaced in a longitudinal opening of an accommodating body, a clamping mechanism is present either just at one end of the longitudinal opening or at each end of the longitudinal opening, the clamping mechanism having a widened opening region, which runs transversely to the longitudinal opening, and a clamping-member arrangement, which is connected to the accommodating body in an elastically flexible manner and has an edge part, which is located in the opening region and against which the guide wire, once pivoted out of the longitudinal opening, can be brought into abutment at the relevant end of the accommodating body and at the clamping-member arrangement, with the capability of the guide wire to be displaced and/or rotated being blocked in the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Urotech GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10674938
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for detecting the deteriorating health of a patient receiving gas from a respiratory device. The apparatus comprises a sensor unit configured to monitor a flow rate or pressure of a gas that is flowing in a pipe that connects the respiratory device to a gas delivery device worn by the patient, and a processor configured to measure a respiratory rate of the patient based on variations in the flow rate or pressure of gas in the pipe and to implement a trend analysis of the measured respiratory rate. The processor is configured to generate a warning when it determines that there is an upward trend in the measured respiratory rate and that a magnitude of the trend exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Rigoberto Perez de Alejo Fortun, Mercedes Franco Gay
  • Patent number: 10674944
    Abstract: Compact medical device inserters, systems incorporating the same, and related methods of use are described. The inserters can include a housing, a sharp support, a sharp body, and a shroud, and can apply a sensor control device to a recipient with a sensor implanted in the recipient's body. The shroud can extend from the sensor control device in a position that covers or protects the sensor and a sharp, and can be retracted by pressure placed upon the inserter against the recipient's body to cause the sharp and sensor to penetrate the body, after which the sharp can be automatically withdrawn with the aid of a biasing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC.
    Inventor: Louis G. Pace
  • Patent number: 10675405
    Abstract: Methods and systems for encouraging interactions with a glucose monitoring system include incrementing a score and/or providing a reward based on a variety of different interactions with the glucose monitoring system. The interactions which improve the score may include initiating or changing displays, downloading data, setting operational parameters and other interactions that are independent of a user's glucose measurements. Encouraging these interactions can enhance success in maintaining healthy glucose concentrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Apurv Ullas Kamath, Jack Pryor, Alexandra Lynn Carlton, Kristin Koenekamp Cote, Leif N. Bowman, Michael Robert Mensinger
  • Patent number: 10667744
    Abstract: An evaluation method for determining a skin sensory evaluation value from an image, including: acquiring an image of an area including skin of a subject; extracting a skin region from the image; calculating at least two characteristic indices representing characteristics of the image of the skin region; and determining a skin sensory evaluation value based on the calculated at least two characteristic indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Toshiya Arai, Shinji Uchida
  • Patent number: 10667702
    Abstract: A coaxial dual lumen pigtail catheter utilizes coaxial construction incorporating a thin wall guiding catheter technology for the outer lumen and using a strong braided diagnostic technology for the central lumen to accommodate high-pressure injections. The catheter includes a manifold body to provide for connection to each of the dual lumens. The distal end of the coaxial dual lumen pigtail catheter tapers to a more flexible portion that is perforated by spiral side holes to provide for more undistorted pressure readings in the left ventricle. The coaxial dual lumen pigtail catheter also utilizes proximal straight sideholes at the end of the dual lumen portion and a taper between the dual lumen portion and the single lumen portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Phil Langston
  • Patent number: 10667728
    Abstract: Measuring the impedance of a human body region at a high frequency (ZHF) and a low frequency (ZLF). ZHF is used to obtain the value of the volume of fluid in the tissues of the region. ZLF is used to obtain the value of the volume of extracellular fluid in the tissues. The increase in the metabolic component in the volume of extracellular fluid is determined by the increase of the volume of all of the fluid in comparison with the previous measurement, determining the increase in the volume of extracellular fluid in comparison with the previous measurement and subsequently calculating the difference between the increases in the volume of all of the fluid and the volume of extracellular fluid. The glucose concentration G(tk) is determined by adding the amount of increase in the glucose concentration and the value of the glucose concentration determined at the previous measuring stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Healbe Corporation
    Inventors: Evgeniy L. Sokolov, Andrey A. Chechik, Vladimir Y. Elokhovskiy
  • Patent number: 10646142
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides sweat sensing devices with smart sweat stimulation and sensing embodiments: which improve the dependability and predictability of sweat sampling rates; achieve a desired number of sweat sampling events per day while minimizing skin irritation and prolonging device lifespan; and use physical, optical or thermal sweat stimulation to augment or replace chemical sweat stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Eccrine Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Heikenfeld, Gavi Begtrup, Jacob Bertrand
  • Patent number: 10646121
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the measuring and monitoring of blood pressure. More specifically, embodiments may apply the theory of applanation tonometry for the measurement of blood pressure. Some embodiments provide a method for measuring mean arterial pressure. Some embodiments provide a device that may be worn by a user that may non-invasively measure and monitor blood pressure of a user. In some embodiments, the invention generally relates to sensor arrays for use with a wrist-worn device to measure blood pressure. Embodiments of the sensor array designs described may be configured to improve resolution by decoupling nodes of the sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi K. Narasimhan, Zijing Zeng, Zhipeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10638956
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods related to modeling, monitoring, and/or managing metabolism of a subject include measuring a respiratory quotient (RQ) level in a subject and/or optimizing and executing a nonlinear feedback model to model energy substrate utilization in the subject based on at least one of a macronutrient composition and caloric value of food consumed by the subject, an intensity and duration of activity by the subject, a rate and maximum capacity of glycogen storage in the subject, a rate and maximum capacity of de novo lipogenesis in the subject, a quality and duration of sleep by the subject, and/or an RQ level in the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Candell, Christopher Ferraiolo, Gary A. Shaw, Andrew M. Siegel, George Zogbi, Holly Lehmann McClung, Reed Wasson Hoyt, Kyle Thompson
  • Patent number: 10638957
    Abstract: An Internet-based disease monitoring system may include a network-based disease sensor device, which is coupled to a sensor, such as a spirometer. A remote server may be coupled to the network-based disease sensor device to provide analysis of input signals from the sensor. The remote server may be able to provide various services for grouping or handling functions relating to such input signals. A service may provide the ability to aggregate input signals from multiple sensors coupled to sensor devices and provide predictive modeling or statistical analysis, which may then be used to adjust future input signals. A service may also contain instructions how to handle billing based on usage of the network-based disease sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: M. Zubair Mirza
  • Patent number: 10631745
    Abstract: A method of diagnosis is disclosed. The method comprises: acquiring an absolute component and a phase component of an input signal indicative of an impedance of an organ of a subject; determining baseline blood flow of the subject based on the phase component; determining transient changes in blood flow based on at least the absolute component; and displaying the baseline blood flow and the transient changes in blood flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cheetah Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoav Avidor, Baruch Levy, Dan Avidor, Daniel Burkhoff
  • Patent number: 10631741
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a strap configured to enable the apparatus to be worn by a user; an optical measurement element configured to be placed on a skin of the user, and to measure data related to heart activity of the user; communication circuitry configured to transmit the data related to heart activity of the user according to a Bluetooth standard on a 2.4 GHz band; and an antenna coupled with the communication circuitry, and configured to access a radio interface to transmit the data related to heart activity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventor: Jari Miettinen