Patents by Inventor Conor Heneghan

Conor Heneghan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200009349
    Abstract: A processing system includes methods to promote sleep. The system may include a monitor such as a non-contact motion sensor from which sleep information may be determined. User sleep information, such as sleep stages, hypnograms, sleep scores, mind recharge scores and body scores, may be recorded, evaluated and/or displayed for a user. The system may further monitor ambient and/or environmental conditions corresponding to sleep sessions. Sleep advice may be generated based on the sleep information, user queries and/or environmental conditions from one or more sleep sessions. Communicated sleep advice may include content to promote good sleep habits and/or detect risky sleep conditions. In some versions of the system, any one or more of a bedside unit 3000 sensor module, a smart processing device, such as a smart phone or smart device 3002, and network servers may be implemented to perform the methodologies of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: RESMED SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Redmond SHOULDICE, Colin LAWLOR, Matthew NORTON, David MULLIGAN, Stephen MCMAHON, Paul PHILLIPS, Damien O'ROURKE, Luke GAHAN, Marc LAVELLE, Conor HENEGHAN, Alberto ZAFFARONI, Gareth MCDARBY
  • Publication number: 20190365312
    Abstract: A sleep monitoring system includes an ECG device (2) and a respiration inductance plethysmogram (3) which monitor cardiac activity and physical (ribcage) respiration respectively and feed representative signals to a digital data processor. Operations (5-9) process the beat interval data, while in a second thread, operations (20-24) independently process the amplitude modulation of the ECG data caused by the respiratory motion of the subject. The inductance plethysmogram device (3) provides an input to the processor which represents respiration as directly monitored independently of the ECG. Operations (30-34) process this direct respiration data independently and in parallel, in a third thread. All extracted features are fed to a classifier which in step (10) combines selected combinations of features to make decisions in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Conor HENEGHAN, Stephen James REDMOND
  • Patent number: 10492720
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus monitor health by detection of sleep stage. For example, a sleep stage monitor may access sensor data signals related to bodily movement and respiration movements. At least a portion of the detected signals may be analyzed to calculate respiration variability. The respiration variability may include variability of respiration rate or variability of respiration amplitude. A processor may then determine a sleep stage based on a combination bodily movement and respiration variability. The determination of sleep stages may distinguish between deep sleep and other stages of sleep, or may differentiate between deep sleep, light sleep and REM sleep. The bodily movement and respiration movement signals may be derived from one or more sensors, such as non-invasive sensor (e.g., a non-contact radio-frequency motion sensor or a pressure sensitive mattress).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Paul Phillips, Conor Heneghan, Trevor Murray
  • Patent number: 10426380
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cardio-pulmonary health monitoring apparatus. The apparatus comprises a contactless motion sensor configured to generate one or more movement signals representing bodily movement of a patient during a monitoring session; a processor; and a memory storing program instructions configured to cause the processor to carry out a method of processing the one or more movement signals. The method comprises extracting one or more sleep disordered breathing features from the one or more movement signals, and predicting whether a clinical event is likely to occur during a predetermined prediction horizon based on the one or more sleep disordered breathing features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Klaus Henry Schindhelm, Steven Paul Farrugia, Michael Waclaw Colefax, Faizan Javed, Rami Khushaba, Conor Heneghan, Philip De Chazal, Alberto Zaffaroni, Niall Fox, Patrick Celka, Emer O'Hare, Stephen James Redmond
  • Patent number: 10398381
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a data processing method comprises obtaining one or more photoplethysmography (PPG) signals from one or more PPG sensors of a monitoring apparatus, the PPG signals being generated based upon optically detecting pulsed variations in blood flow; obtaining a motion sensor signal from a motion sensor in the monitoring apparatus; identifying, based upon the motion sensor signal, one or more periods of motion (e.g., low motion) of the monitoring apparatus; and selectively obtaining and storing segments of the PPG signals based on a temporal relationship between the segments of the PPG signals and the identified periods of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Alexandros Pantelopoulos, Subramaniam Venkatraman
  • Patent number: 10376670
    Abstract: A processing system includes methods to promote sleep. The system may include a monitor such as a non-contact motion sensor from which sleep information may be determined. User sleep information, such as sleep stages, hypnograms, sleep scores, mind recharge scores and body scores, may be recorded, evaluated and/or displayed for a user. The system may further monitor ambient and/or environmental conditions corresponding to sleep sessions. Sleep advice may be generated based on the sleep information, user queries and/or environmental conditions from one or more sleep sessions. Communicated sleep advice may include content to promote good sleep habits and/or detect risky sleep conditions. In some versions of the system, any one or more of a bedside unit 3000 sensor module, a smart processing device, such as a smart phone or smart device 3002, and network servers may be implemented to perform the methodologies of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Redmond Shouldice, Colin John Lawlor, Matthew Norton, David Mulligan, Stephen McMahon, Paul Phillips, Damien O'Rourke, Luke Gahan, Marc Lavelle, Conor Heneghan, Alberto Zaffaroni, Gareth McDarby
  • Patent number: 10362986
    Abstract: A sleep monitoring system includes an ECG device and a respiration inductance plethysmogram which monitor cardiac activity and physical respiration respectively and feed representative signals to a digital data processor. Operations process the beat interval data, while in a second thread, operations independently process the amplitude modulation of the ECG data caused by the respiratory motion of the subject. The inductance plethysmogram device provides an input to the processor which represents respiration as directly monitored independently of the ECG. Operations process this direct respiration data independently and in parallel, in a third thread. All extracted features are fed to a classifier which in step combines selected combinations of features to make decisions in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: University College Dublin, National University Of Ireland
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Stephen Redmond
  • Publication number: 20190209020
    Abstract: A method of monitoring sleep comprises simultaneously recording a person's electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmogram (PPG), deriving a plurality of parameters from the recorded data, and providing an output indicative of a sleep characteristic based upon an analysis of the parameters. The ECG and PPG may be recorded using an apparatus which is a combination of a Holter monitor and a pulse oximeter, which is wearable in ambulatory manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Chern-Pin Chua, Gareth McDarby
  • Publication number: 20190059746
    Abstract: A sensor for physiology sensing may be configured to generate oscillation signals for emitting radio frequency pulses for range gated sensing. The sensor 402 may include a radio frequency transmitter configured to emit the pulses and a receiver configured to receive reflected ones of the emitted radio frequency pulses. The received pulses may be processed to detect physiology characteristics such as motion, sleep, respiration and/or heartbeat. In some embodiments, the sensor may employ a circuit including a pulse generator configured to generate signal pulses. The circuit may also include a dielectric resonator oscillator configured to generate a radio frequency oscillating signal. A switched oscillation circuit may be coupled to the pulse generator and the dielectric resonator oscillator. The switched circuit may be configured to generate a pulsed radio frequency oscillating signal for emitting the radio frequency pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: RESMED SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen McMahon, Michael Wren, Spencer Terry Wood, Kieran Conway, Conor Heneghan
  • Publication number: 20190021607
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method monitors the motion, breathing, heart rate and sleep state of subjects, e.g., humans, in a convenient, non-invasive/non-contact, and low-cost fashion. More particularly, the motion, breathing, and heart rate signals are obtained through processing applied to a raw signal obtained in a non-contact fashion, typically using a radio-frequency sensor. Periods of sleep disturbed respiration, or central apnea can be detected through analysis of the respiratory signal. The mean heart rate, and derived information, such as the presence of cardiac arrhythmias can be determined from the cardiac signal. Motion estimates can be used to recognize disturbed sleep and periodic limb movements. The sleep state may be determined by applying a classifier model to the resulting streams of respiratory, cardiac and motion data. A means for display of the sleep state, respiratory, cardiac, and movement status may also be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: RESMED SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Conor Hanley, Niall Fox, Philip De Chazal
  • Patent number: 10159421
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus perform periodic breathing detection, such as Cheyne-Stokes respiration detection. The detection may be performed by one or more processors, such as by analysis of data from one or more sensors. In some cases, the detection may be based on an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, such as from ECG electrodes and/or an accelerometer signal, such as from an accelerometer. An occurrence of periodic breathing may be detected based on features derived from the signal(s). For example, detection may be based on deriving a respiration signal from the sensed signal(s) and/or analysis of RR interval times or relative QRS amplitude values, which may be evaluated on a segment-by-segment basis. The detection may provide monitoring and reporting of the occurrence of periodic breathing by a monitoring device and/or provide a basis for controlling changes to a provided respiratory treatment or therapy, such as by a respiratory pressure therapy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Conor Heneghan
  • Patent number: 10154790
    Abstract: A method of monitoring sleep comprises simultaneously recording a person's electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmogram (PPG), deriving a plurality of parameters from the recorded data, and providing an output indicative of a sleep characteristic based upon an analysis of the parameters. The ECG and PPG may be recorded using an apparatus which is a combination of a Holter monitor and a pulse oximeter, which is wearable in ambulatory manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Eric C.-P. Chua, Gareth McDarby
  • Patent number: 10143386
    Abstract: A sensor for physiology sensing may be configured to generate oscillation signals for emitting radio frequency pulses for range gated sensing. The sensor 402 may include a radio frequency transmitter configured to emit the pulses and a receiver configured to receive reflected ones of the emitted radio frequency pulses. The received pulses may be processed to detect physiology characteristics such as motion, sleep, respiration and/or heartbeat. In some embodiments, the sensor may employ a circuit including a pulse generator configured to generate signal pulses. The circuit may also include a dielectric resonator oscillator configured to generate a radio frequency oscillating signal. A switched oscillation circuit may be coupled to the pulse generator and the dielectric resonator oscillator. The switched circuit may be configured to generate a pulsed radio frequency oscillating signal for emitting the radio frequency pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Stephen McMahon, Michael Wren, Spencer Terry Wood, Kieran Conway, Conor Heneghan
  • Publication number: 20170231504
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for monitoring a person suffering from a chronic medical condition predicts and assesses physiological changes which could affect the care of that subject. Examples of such chronic diseases include (but are not limited to) heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and diabetes. Monitoring includes measurements of respiratory movements, which can then be analyzed for evidence of changes in respiratory rate, or for events such as hypopneas, apneas and periodic breathing. Monitoring may be augmented by the measurement of nocturnal heart rate in conjunction with respiratory monitoring. Additional physiological measurements can also be taken such as subjective symptom data, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and various molecular markers. Embodiments for detection of respiratory patterns and heart rate are disclosed, together with exemplar implementations of decision processes based on these measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Alberto Zaffaroni, Philip De Chazal, Redmond Shouldice
  • Patent number: 9526429
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for monitoring a person suffering from a chronic medical condition predicts and assesses physiological changes which could affect the care of that subject. Examples of such chronic diseases include (but are not limited to) heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and diabetes. Monitoring includes measurements of respiratory movements, which can then be analyzed for evidence of changes in respiratory rate, or for events such as hypoponeas, apneas and periodic breathing. Monitoring may be augmented by the measurement of nocturnal heart rate in conjunction with respiratory monitoring. Additional physiological measurements can also be taken such as subjective symptom data, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and various molecular markers. Embodiments for detection of respiratory patterns and heart rate are disclosed, together with exemplar implementations of decision processes based on these measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Alberto Zaffaroni, Philip De Chazal, Redmond Shouldice
  • Publication number: 20160287122
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus perform periodic breathing detection, such as Cheyne-Stokes respiration detection. The detection may be performed by one or more processors, such as by analysis of data from one or more sensors. In some cases, the detection may be based on an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, such as from ECG electrodes and/or an accelerometer signal, such as from an accelerometer. An occurrence of periodic breathing may be detected based on features derived from the signal(s). For example, detection may be based on deriving a respiration signal from the sensed signal(s) and/or analysis of RR interval times or relative QRS amplitude values, which may be evaluated on a segment-by-segment basis. The detection may provide monitoring and reporting of the occurrence of periodic breathing by a monitoring device and/or provide a basis for controlling changes to a provided respiratory treatment or therapy, such as by a respiratory pressure therapy device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventor: Conor Heneghan
  • Publication number: 20160270718
    Abstract: A system monitors fatigue of a user. The system (100) may include one or more data sources, such as a non-obtrusive sleep sensor, configured to generate objective sleep measures of the user. The system may also include a fatigue monitoring module, which may be configured to generate an assessment, such as in one or more processors, of the fatigue state of the user based on the data from the one or more data sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Applicant: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Ciaran Gerard McCourt, Stephen McMahon, Redmond Shouldice
  • Patent number: 9445729
    Abstract: A sensor for physiology sensing may be configured to generate oscillation signals for emitting radio frequency pulses for range gated sensing. The sensor may include a radio frequency transmitter configured to emit the pulses and a receiver configured to receive reflected ones of the emitted radio frequency pulses. The received pulses may be processed to detect physiology characteristics such as motion, sleep, respiration and/or heartbeat. In some embodiments, the sensor may employ a circuit including a pulse generator configured to generate signal pulses. The circuit may also include a dielectric resonator oscillator configured to generate a radio frequency oscillating signal. A switched oscillation circuit may be coupled to the pulse generator and the dielectric resonator oscillator. The switched circuit may be configured to generate a pulsed radio frequency oscillating signal for emitting the radio frequency pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Stephen McMahon, Michael Wren, Spencer Terry Wood, Kieran Conway, Conor Heneghan
  • Publication number: 20160151603
    Abstract: A processing system includes methods to promote sleep. The system may include a monitor such as a non-contact motion sensor from which sleep information may be determined. User sleep information, such as sleep stages, hypnograms, sleep scores, mind recharge scores and body scores, may be recorded, evaluated and/or displayed for a user. The system may further monitor ambient and/or environmental conditions corresponding to sleep sessions. Sleep advice may be generated based on the sleep information, user queries and/or environmental conditions from one or more sleep sessions. Communicated sleep advice may include content to promote good sleep habits and/or detect risky sleep conditions. In some versions of the system, any one or more of a bedside unit 3000 sensor module, a smart processing device, such as a smart phone or smart device 3002, and network servers may be implemented to perform the methodologies of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Redmond Shouldice, Colin John Lawlor, Matthew Norton, David Mulligan, Stephen McMahon, Paul Phillips, Damien O'Rourke, Luke Gahan, Marc Lavelle, Conor Heneghan, Alberto Zaffaroni, Gareth McDarby
  • Publication number: 20160125160
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for the measurement, aggregation and analysis of data collected using non-contact or minimally-contacting sensors provides quality of life parameters for individual subjects, particularly in the context of a controlled trial of interventions on human subjects (e.g., a clinical trial of a drug, or an evaluation of a consumer item such as a fragrance). In particular, non-contact or minimal-contact measurement of quality-of-life parameters such as sleep, stress, relaxation, drowsiness, temperature and emotional state of humans may be evaluated, together with automated sampling, storage, and transmission to a remote data analysis center. One component of the system is that the objective data is measured with as little disruption as possible to the normal behavior of the subject. The system can also support behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions aimed at improving quality of life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Conor Hanley, Niall Fox, Alberto Zaffaroni, Philip De Chazal