Patents Examined by Michael C Astorino
  • Patent number: 7993266
    Abstract: This invention provides an electronic proximity apparatus and a surveillance method using such an apparatus for alerting individuals that are exposed to a contagious disease. When a person becomes symptomatic and is diagnosed as positive for a given contagious agent, individuals that have recently maintained a threshold proximity with respect to an infected individual are notified and advised to seek immediate medial care. Treatment of individuals in the very early phases of infection (pre-symptomatic) significantly reduces contagiousness of the infected population first exposed to the contagious disease, thus preventing spread of the disease throughout the general population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Billy W. Colston, Jr., Fred P. Milanovich, Pedro Estacio, John Chang
  • Patent number: 7959567
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus that includes a sensor device and an I/O device in communication with the sensor device that generates derived data using the data from the sensor device. The derived data cannot be directly detected by the associated sensors. Alternatively, an apparatus that includes a wearable sensor device and an I/O device in communication with the sensor device that includes means for displaying information and a dial for entering information. Alternatively, an apparatus for tracking caloric consumption and caloric expenditure data that includes a sensor device and an I/O device in communication with the sensor device. The sensor device includes a processor programmed to generate data relating to caloric expenditure from sensor data. Alternatively, an apparatus for tracking caloric information for an individual that utilizes a plurality of classification identifiers for classifying meals consumed by the individual, each of the classification identifiers having a corresponding caloric amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: John Stivoric, Christopher Pacione, Eric Teller, David Andre, Christopher Kasabach, Scott Boehmke, Suresh Vishnubhatla, Scott Safier, Jonathan Farringdon, Raymond Pelletier
  • Patent number: 7874984
    Abstract: Novel methods for delivering a drug to a patient while preventing the exposure of a foetus or other contraindicated individual to the drug. Embodiments are provided in which the involved prescribers, pharmacies and patients are registered in one or more computer databases. Embodiments are also provided in which registered patients receive counseling information concerning the risks attendant to foetal exposure to the drug. Male patients and female patients who are not pregnant may, in certain circumstances, receive the drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Celgene Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Elsayed, Bruce Williams
  • Patent number: 7819803
    Abstract: Methods and devices for rapid diagnosis and monitoring a patient for disease or effectiveness of treatment in real time. In preferred embodiments, the methods and devices comprise contacting an array of sensors with a sample from a mammal suspected of having a disease to generate a sensor array profile, measuring a clinical diagnostic marker for the suspected disease, and then developing a diagnosis using the sensor array profile in combination with the clinical diagnostic marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Smiths Detection Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy E. Burch, C. William Hanson, III, Erica R. Thaler
  • Patent number: 7798666
    Abstract: A support for appliances to be worn on the head includes a bow-shaped base and support elements in the area of its front end, in a further section, for example its center section, and support elements disposed on the bow in the area of its rear end. All support elements can be adapted to be adjustable relative to the bow. On one end of the bow, an appliance can be fastened. Such an appliance can be a visual aid or the like. On the other end of the bow, electronic components and/or a counterweight are provided for the purpose of balance and are preferably disposed in a housing linked with a slide for adjusting the support elements that rest on the back of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Leica Instruments Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Maria Lehrl, Wolfgang Pesendorfer
  • Patent number: 7789828
    Abstract: A remote health monitoring system, comprising a device suitable for transmitting and receiving data configured for determining a geographic location of the device, a communication network, and a server. The device is suitable for communicating with the server via the communication network and is suitable for tracking patient compliance with a healthcare program, determining a location of a healthcare facility, and verifying availability of healthcare at the healthcare facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Clapp
  • Patent number: 7785256
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for displaying patient activity data from implantable cardiac device (ICD). The method includes: sensing an activity level, storing the sensed activity level as a first coordinate of an activity data point, generating an average activity level from a predetermined number of sensed activity levels, storing the average activity level as a second coordinate of the activity data point, accumulating a number of times the activity data point having the first and second coordinates occurs, and storing the accumulated number of times. These steps are repeated for a predetermined period of time, and a plurality of activity data points each having an associated accumulated number of times is stored. The method further includes graphically displaying each of the plurality of activity data points with the associated accumulated number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Koh
  • Patent number: 7749164
    Abstract: A system and a method allowing a technician to monitor the condition of a plurality of patients and communicate their condition to an attending clinician. A centralized receiving station receives signals from each of the patients being monitored. A graphical user interface simultaneously displays an indication of patient condition for each of a plurality of patients. A technician utilizes this information to efficiently communicate the conditions of the patients to an attending clinician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: The General Electric Company
    Inventor: Carl C. Davis
  • Patent number: 7645234
    Abstract: A system and method assists an emergency medical dispatcher in responding to emergency calls. A computer implemented emergency medical dispatch protocol includes interrogatories for a dispatcher to ask a caller to generate an appropriate response. A diagnostic tool is provided to determine a vital sign of a patient based on a timer and caller relayed information about the patient. An intervention tool is provided to administer assistance and determine a compression rate based on a timer and caller relayed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Clawson
  • Patent number: 7547279
    Abstract: Disclosed is an emotion recognition apparatus and method thereof which enables perception of a user's emotional state by monitoring one or more of his or her physiological signals. The emotion recognition apparatus comprises a feature analyzer adapted to analyze features of the physiological signals acquired from a user and generate feature values, a subtractor adapted to obtain differences between the feature values generated by the feature analyzer and feature values used as a standard to perceive an emotional state of the user, and an emotion classifier adapted to analyze the differences obtained by the subtractor and classify an emotion into a plurality of emotional categories so as to perceive an emotional category exhibiting the greatest intensity to be the emotional state of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-hwan Kim, Seok-won Bang, Dong-geon Kong
  • Patent number: 7547280
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus and a receiver apparatus are communicatively connected in a wireless manner. Biological signal data is obtained from a detector attached on a living body. A data packet is prepared from the biological signal data. A first CRC of the biological signal data is calculated and appended to the data packet. The data packet is periodically transmitted with the first CRC from the measurement apparatus to the receiver apparatus. A second CRC of the data packet received at the receiver apparatus is calculated. The received data packet is verified when the second CRC is coincident with the first CRC. Acknowledgement data is transmitted from the receiver apparatus to the measurement apparatus when the received data packet is verified. The data packet is retransmitted from the measurement apparatus to the receiver apparatus when the acknowledgement data is not received at the measurement apparatus within a prescribed time period from a previous transmission of the data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Nihon Kohden Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuteru Yanagihara, Takahisa Ishikawa, Kenta Sudo
  • Patent number: 7494464
    Abstract: The invention concerns a monitoring system for monitoring patients with disturbed motor function. The monitoring system is characterized by at least one observation station (3) with an electronic camera for recording video motion pictures and devices (10) for marking an object field to be covered by the camera (9), a storage device for the digital storage of video pictures of a patient, which are to be recorded at preselected intervals by the camera in the movement station, an image processing system for processing the video pictures recorded in time intervals to obtain a shortened video picture sequence, and a video display device for displaying the video picture sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventors: Alexander Rzesnitzek, Eberhard Schmitt, Christian Reuter
  • Patent number: 7479108
    Abstract: A method for obtaining data using an implantable sensor unit in a body of a patient includes: implanting the sensor unit in the body; conducting an imaging procedure on the body such that the sensor unit in the body serves as a fiducial marker; detecting a parameter using the sensor unit in the body; and transmitting data associated with the detected parameter from the sensor unit to a remote receiver unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Sicel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Rini, Robert D. Black
  • Patent number: 7468031
    Abstract: This invention discloses a medical measuring apparatus that includes a medical measuring body and a transparent display unit. The medical measuring body is used for measuring at least one physiological information such as body temperature, pulse, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen, uric acid, cholesterol, pH value, body fat or bone density. The transparent display unit includes two corresponding display surfaces for displaying the physiological information, and the two display surface are mirrored or inverted, so that the two display surfaces can display identical physiological information to provide different view angles from different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Health & Life Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Wang Chou, Su-Chen Cheng
  • Patent number: 7465272
    Abstract: A vehicle has an onboard dieters self acquiring overweight prevention system which they can utilize a weighing device connected to the seat of the driver or passenger and a further weighing device upon which the feet may be placed. The vehicle computer can be programmed with a weight-trend analyzer routine predicting overweight or obesity condition and capable of automatically warning the person and a healthcare worker of the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Yefim Kriger
  • Patent number: 7399276
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to remote health monitoring systems, as applied to the field of public health surveillance. In particular, it relates to a multi-user remote health monitoring system that is capable of reliably identifying and collecting data from frontline healthcare providers, laboratory and hospital information systems, patients and healthy individuals in a number of ways, with a view to aid in the field of public health. The system can also be used to query and collect additional information regarding specifics pertaining to the health of the individuals, and for patient tracking, monitoring, and the collection of individual data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Brown, Gowthaman Gunabushanam
  • Patent number: 7396330
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a patient's vital signs that features a vital-sign monitor including sensors for measuring from the patient at least one of the following vital-sign data: O2 saturation, blood pressure, electro-cardiogram, respirator rate, and blood glucose level. The system also includes a global positioning system that determines location-based data. A wireless transmitter, in electrical contact with the vital-sign monitor and global positioning system, receives the vital-sign and location-based data and wirelessly transmits these data through a conventional wireless network. A gateway software piece receives and processes the data from the wireless network and stores these data in a computer memory associated with a database software piece. The system also includes an Internet-based user interface that displays the vital sign data for both individual patients and care-providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Triage Data Networks
    Inventors: Matthew Banet, Randon Schultz, Robert Murad
  • Patent number: 7384394
    Abstract: An interface for a system and method for evaluating the effectiveness of a person to perform a task based on his/her preceding or predicted sleep pattern is provided. The interface allows a user to use actual sleep data or predicted sleep data to produce predictions of the task effectiveness of a person to perform a particular task. The predictions may be in tabular, graphical, or tabular and graphical format. The interface may also represent the effectiveness of a user based on the actual or predicted sleep data in conjunction with an actual or predicted work schedule or pattern. The results can be correlated to sunlight in the user's location, and can also account for changes in the users location (transmeridian shifts), sunlight during the user's sleep cycle (shift work), and other schedule modifying events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Rawlings Hursh, Timothy Elsmore, Douglas Raymond Eddy
  • Patent number: 7374535
    Abstract: A medical information system receives patient data and information from various sources and displays such information in a variety of formats for use by member of a medical team in a hospital, clinic, or office. The system receives patient information from doctors, pharmacists, patient monitoring equipment, testing laboratories, and/or computer databases. Access to selected subsets of patient information is provided by user selection of specific data sets identified by job function selection icons. A member of the medical team can record observations about a patient using key words and phrases which can be supplemented with additional text for customized notation. Multiple types of patient data are selectively displayed si- multaneously, and to multiple remote users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: I.M.D. Soft Ltd.
    Inventors: Ido Schoenberg, Phyllis Gotlib, Roy Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 7371214
    Abstract: A vital sign display device and method which allows a vital sign to be checked easily is provided. A vital sign item name is displayed at the center of a circle radar (50). The circle part of the circle radar (50) is colored in gray, for example, at the beginning of the measurement. An indication point moves clockwise in the circle radar (50) as the measurement time proceeds. Green is displayed while VPCs (ventricular premature contractions) do not occur, and red is displayed when VPCs occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kouchi, Ryuji Nagai, Shinya Nagata