Patents Examined by Michael Astorino
  • Patent number: 7547278
    Abstract: A scalable tele-care monitoring device has a plurality of physiological sensors adapted to collect patient physiological data. The device also has an interface adapted to connect with a personal computer, and an expansion module adapted to communicate patient physiological data to the personal computer via the interface. In further aspects, the device has an output adapted to communicate the patient physiological data over a communications network when the device is not interfaced with the personal computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinsei Miyazaki, Kenji Iwano, Kazutoshi Nagai, Toshiyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7390299
    Abstract: A wireless patient monitor is adapted to communicate with any one of plural medical telemetry networks, each having one or more central stations, where each network is configured to communicate via wireless communications using one of multiple different communications settings. The monitor includes one or more sensor inputs for receiving vital signs data from a patient, a wireless transceiver, and a controller coupled to receive the vital signs data via the one or more sensor inputs and to communicate with a network via the transceiver. The monitor also includes a display device and is controllable by the controller to automatically display a notification to a user of the monitor upon establishing communications with the at least one central station. There is also a method of monitoring a patient and a wireless medical telemetry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert S. Weiner, James B. Moon, Nhedti L. Colquitt, Eric G. Petersen, William H. Howell, Kenneth G. West
  • Patent number: 7297109
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for remotely measuring one's adherence to a diet program while making it convenient and easy to place food orders, and learn about and try new foods that are acceptable to the diet program. The system includes a user system with a processor, memory and at least one user interface device, a server system with a processor and memory, and a food delivery system coupled to the server system over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7241265
    Abstract: The present invention is a testing device for testing analyte levels in bodily fluids. The testing device comprises memory (202) for storing data, said data being analyte data related to analyte measurements carried out by the meter and lifestyle data; initiation means (102) for initiating immediate entry of data related to a specific category of lifestyle data; navigation means (104) for entry and navigation of said data; and transfer means (258) for transferring said data to said memory. Preferably, the testing device is a glucose meter and one of the analytes being tested is glucose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Diabetes Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Cummings, Mary E. McEvoy, Lars H. Berger, Ulrich Kraft, Rainer R. Teucher, John C. Davis
  • Patent number: 7153262
    Abstract: A sensor array and computing apparatus are located on the human body while maintaining said sensors and apparatus within a proximity zone of the body such that the mobility and flexibility of the body are not deleteriously affected by the presence of the apparatus. The system permits the dynamic monitoring of human physiological status data without substantial interference in human motion and flexibility. A processor is mounted within a pod location with or adjacent to a sensor pod location, or said processor may be electrically connected to said sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: John Stivoric, Francine Gemperle, Christopher Kasabach
  • Patent number: 7141018
    Abstract: Methods for delivering a drug to a patients in need of the drug, while restricting access to the drug by patients for whom the drug may be contraindicated are disclosed. The methods are of the type in which prescriptions for the drug are filled by a pharmacy only after a computer readable storage medium has been consulted to retrieve a prescription approval code. Embodiments are provided wherein the patients are assigned to risk groups based upon the risk that taking the drug will lead to an adverse side effect, and certain additional information, such as periodic surveys and diagnostic tests probative of the ongoing risk of the side effect developing are obtained before prescriptions for the drug are approved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Celgene Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce A. Williams, Joseph K. Kaminski
  • Patent number: 7104954
    Abstract: Disclosed is a living body measurement apparatus, comprising: an input unit; a measurement unit; an arithmetic unit; and a display unit. According to the present invention said input unit enters body information for a person under test, and said measurement unit measures physical characteristic for the person under test. Furthermore, said arithmetic unit calculates an index of body composition for the person under test based on the entered body information and the measured physical characteristic, and said display unit displays the calculated index of body composition by using an animation in such manner that the animations is differently displayed according to the result of calculation by said arithmetic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyasu Koyama, Fumiko Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7090638
    Abstract: A dietary menu planning system. The dietary menu planning system receives personal characteristics and food preferences for an individual. The personal characteristics includes a desired physiological rate of change for the individual. Based on the physiological rate of change and other personal characteristics, a set of dietary constraints is developed for the individual. A dietary menu plan is created for the individual including food items selected by the individual and with quantities determined to maximize the food preferences of the individual while satisfying the dietary constraints. The creation of the dietary menu plan includes applying an optimization function to maximize the food preferences. The dietary menu planning system is implemented as a stand-alone application for a computer or as a networked-system, for example, as a fee-for-service basis through the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventor: Edward Vidgen
  • Patent number: 7087015
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for rapidly diagnosing the presence or absence of the symptoms of neurological pathology caused by physical head trauma (such as occurs in contact sports or automobile collisions), disease (such as occurs in Alzheimer's disease), toxins (substance abuse or environmental toxins) or infection (such as occurs as a side effect of later-stage AIDS infection). These inventions are useful for diagnosing neurological pathology, as well as for monitoring recovery from or maintenance or progression of neurological pathology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: PanMedix, Inc.
    Inventors: McDonald Comrie, David Michael Erlanger, Darin F Kaplan, Vladislav Shchogolev, Alexis Theodoracopulos, Philip Yee
  • Patent number: 7081091
    Abstract: A system and method for gathering and displaying information in data intensive environments. It is particularly concerned with data analysis in a critical care environment to provide a graphical display of derived information, comprising a series of bar charts representative of a corresponding series of functions. Each bar chart comprises a linear series of time-divided segments wherein each segment of each bar chart is assigned a colour corresponding to the status of that function. The status of each function is derived by scoring contributory data indicators in accordance with pre-set threshold values, and logically combining to produce a status score for each function. Interventions that affect particular functions may also be recorded and displayed against those functions so that their effect is readily discernible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: QinetiQ Limited
    Inventors: Philip Jonathan Merrett, Loua Asad-Hanna Al Shaikh
  • Patent number: 7077806
    Abstract: A method for providing a patient with an analysis result which the patient uses to determine a dosage of a drug for self-administration when the patient is unable to obtain the analysis result themself. The method involves gathering by the patient of information which affects the dosage, forwarding the information to an advisor who analyzes the information to obtain the analysis result, sending the analysis result to the patient, and determining by the patient of the dosage using the analysis result. The information can be gathered by the patient by using a digital camera to photograph an item of food, and the analysis result can be an amount of food. Preferably, the information and analysis result are exchanged via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignees: Novo Nordisk A/S, Mayo Medical Ventures
    Inventors: Ralf W. Ackermann, Henrik Aspe, Geoffrey S. Gates
  • Patent number: 7066883
    Abstract: In a method and system for monitoring the course of therapy administered to a patient, at least one information value that requires a therapeutic and/or diagnostic measure and that is a direct or indirect measure of the course of the therapy is registered continuously or in time intervals, and at least one comparison value, to be compared to the information value or to a calculated value determined based on the information value, is allocated to the information value. An alarm signal is emitted given an impermissible deviation of the information value or of the calculated value from the comparison value and is detected in the course of the comparison. The comparison value is varied dependent on the course of the therapy and is adapted to the course of the therapy, the adaptation of ensuing automatically or by means of an authorized person or entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Schmidt, Siegfried Schneider, Sven Tiffe
  • Patent number: 7063665
    Abstract: Disclosed is a health care system, comprising: a living body data input unit; a living body data display unit; and an advice display unit, wherein said living body data input unit enters the living body data, said living body data display unit displays the living body data, and said advice display unit displays an advice about health according to said living body data. Furthermore, said advice display unit displays the advice about health in such manner that a human animation character points to the advice within a balloon with a hand while moving a mouth and waving the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Hasegawa, Kazuhiro Kosaka, Takahiko Nagatsuka, Michiko Uchikoshi
  • Patent number: 7056289
    Abstract: The present invention is an outpatient monitoring system which enables patients to interact with a health care provider using a standard telephone. A patient is presented with a series of condition-appropriate questions. Based upon the patient responses, additional questions are posed on a real-time dynamic basis. In addition, certain general questions from a predefined set of questions are asked of the patient in a rotating manner to ensure that there is variety with each telephone session. Further, the question sets can be recorded in the voice of the patient's clinician, or other person familiar to the patient, so that a familiar voice is heard by the patient, thereby personalizing the medical experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Edward K. Kasper, Gary Gerstenblith, Sheldon H. Gottlieb, Jeffrey A. Spaeder, James G. Palmer, Philip R. Thorne
  • Patent number: 7029441
    Abstract: Dynamic management of the health care, nutrition and well-being of pet animal, such as a dogs and cats. Data relating to the species of the animal, a selected group of the species, and the animal, including diagnostic laboratory test data of the animal are related by a computer. A management regimen for the animal is based on this. Updating the data picks up drifts in different populations of the animals, groups and species over time to enhance the management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Hemopet
    Inventor: W. Jean Dodds
  • Patent number: 6964638
    Abstract: System (s100, s200, s300, s400) to quantify cognitive performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Pan Medix, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis Theodoracopulos, Darin Kaplan, Vladislav Shchogolev, David M. Erlanger, Philip Yee, McDonald Comrie
  • Patent number: 6955647
    Abstract: A healthcare tool allows a patient to record daily parameters associated with the patient's clinical status, for example, body weight for congestive heart failure patients. A graph may be created showing the parameters on a control chart. The parameters are statistically analyzed against a control range, and when a parameter moves out of the control range, the system automatically creates a pop-up window alerting the patient that the parameter is outside the control range, and that the patient should consider informing a healthcare professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: William H. Rice
  • Patent number: 6955646
    Abstract: A method and medical system for the postdischarge surveillance of a patient (1) for detecting a case of pneumonia, secondary bleeding, a wound healing problem, a pulmonary complication, a urinary tract infection or a thrombosis of the patient (1), having a data bank (13), which is arranged at a location other than the location (2) at which the patient (1) is based during the surveillance and stores data relevant for the postdischarge surveillance of the patient (1) recorded during the postdischarge surveillance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tilo Christ, Volker Schmidt, Hans Schüll, Werner Striebel
  • Patent number: 6942615
    Abstract: A life support apparatus comprising a vital information sensor attached to a body to acquire vital information of a user, a behavior information sensor attached to the body to acquire behavior information of the user, a situation recognition device which recognizes a user's situation based on the behavior information acquired by the behavior information sensor and the vital information acquired by the vital information sensor to generate user's situation information, a data base which stores stress management information are prepared in advance, an information search device which searches the data base for stress management information corresponding to the user's situation information, and an information presentation device which presents the stress management information obtained by the information search device to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takuji Suzuki, Miwako Doi
  • Patent number: 6932766
    Abstract: The invention relates to a computerized handheld substantially pocket size device (10) for satiety registering and satiety response and a method therefore. It is utilized in aiding a person, in a controlled manner, to appreciate when to eat, comprising in-/output means (12, 16), electronic memory, a display screen (14) and a modified Borg type scale (18) for rating of satiety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Mandometer AB
    Inventors: Cecilia Bergh, Per Södersten, Michel Zandian