Patents by Inventor Devin McCombie

Devin McCombie 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: 20200093389
    Abstract: Methods and systems methods for continuously monitoring a patient for cardiac electrical abnormalities including atrial fibrillation, asystole, ventricular fibrillation and tachycardia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Isaac HENRY, Devin McCOMBIE, Nicholas ELMSCHIG
  • Patent number: 10595746
    Abstract: The invention provides a multi-sensor system for monitoring a patient's respiratory rate. The system features an impedance pneumography sensor featuring at least two electrodes and a processing circuit configured to measure an impedance pneumography signal and a 3 axis accelerometer) that attaches to the patient's torso and measures an ACC signal indicating movement of the chest or abdomen that is also sensitive to respiratory rate. The signals are collectively processed, e.g. with the adaptive filter to determine a value for the respiratory rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matt Banet, Devin McCombie, Marshal Dhillon
  • Publication number: 20200054246
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for measuring respiratory rate (RR) from a patient. The system includes an impedance pneumography (IP) sensor, connected to at least two electrodes, and a processing system that receives and processes signals from the electrodes to measure an IP signal. A motion sensor (e.g. an accelerometer) measures at least one motion signal (e.g. an ACC waveform) describing movement of a portion of the patient's body to which it is attached. The processing system receives the IP and motion signals, and processes them to determine, respectfully, frequency-domain IP and motion spectra. Both spectra are then collectively processed to remove motion components from the IP spectrum and determine RR. For example, during the processing, an algorithm determines motion frequency components from the frequency-domain motion spectrum, and then using a digital filter removes these, or parameters calculated therefrom, from the IP spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matt BANET, Marshal DHILLON, Devin McCOMBIE
  • Patent number: 10555676
    Abstract: The invention provides a body-worn monitor that measures a patient's vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, SpO2, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature) while simultaneously characterizing their activity state (e.g. resting, walking, convulsing, falling). The body-worn monitor processes this information to minimize corruption of the vital signs by motion-related artifacts. A software framework generates alarms/alerts based on threshold values that are either preset or determined in real time. The framework additionally includes a series of ‘heuristic’ rules that take the patient's activity state and motion into account, and process the vital signs accordingly. These rules, for example, indicate that a walking patient is likely breathing and has a regular heart rate, even if their motion-corrupted vital signs suggest otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Devin McCombie, Marshal Dhillon, Matt Banet
  • Publication number: 20200008724
    Abstract: The invention provides a physiological probe that comfortably attaches to the base of the patient's thumb, thereby freeing up their fingers for conventional activities in a hospital, such as reading and eating. The probe, which comprises a separate cradle module and sensor module, secures to the thumb and measures time-dependent signals corresponding to LEDs operating near 660 and 905 nm. The cradle module, which contains elements subject to wear, is preferably provided as a disposable unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Devin McCombie, Gunnar Trommer, Jim Moon, Marshall Dhillon, Scott Clear, Julian Groeli
  • Publication number: 20190328239
    Abstract: The invention provides a body-worn monitor featuring a processing system that receives a digital data stream from an ECG system. A cable houses the ECG system at one terminal end, and plugs into the processing system, which is worn on the patient's wrist like a conventional wristwatch. The ECG system features: i) a connecting portion connected to multiple electrodes worn by the patient; ii) a differential amplifier that receives electrical signals from each electrode and process them to generate an analog ECG waveform; iii) an analog-to-digital converter that converts the analog ECG waveform into a digital ECG waveform; and iv) a transceiver that transmits a digital data stream representing the digital ECG waveform (or information calculated from the waveform) through the cable and to the processing system. Different ECG systems, typically featuring three, five, or twelve electrodes, can be interchanged with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Jim MOON, Henk VISSER, II, Robert Kenneth HUNT, Devin McCOMBIE, Marshal Singh DHILLON, Matthew J. BANET
  • Publication number: 20190320916
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique for continuous measurement of blood pressure based on pulse transit time and which does not require any external calibration. This technique, referred to herein as the ‘Composite Method’, is carried out with a body-worn monitor that measures blood pressure and other vital signs, and wirelessly transmits them to a remote monitor. A network of body-worn sensors, typically placed on the patient's right arm and chest, connect to the body-worn monitor and measure time-dependent ECG, PPG, accelerometer, and pressure waveforms. The disposable sensors can include a cuff that features an inflatable bladder coupled to a pressure sensor, three or more electrical sensors (e.g. electrodes), three or more accelerometers, a temperature sensor, and an optical sensor (e.g., a light source and photodiode) attached to the patient's thumb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew BANET, Marshal DHILLON, Devin McCOMBIE
  • Publication number: 20190298177
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for measuring vital signs and motion from a patient. The system features: (i) first and second sensors configured to independently generate time-dependent waveforms indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart; and (ii) at least three motion-detecting sensors positioned on the forearm, upper arm, and a body location other than the forearm or upper arm of the patient. Each motion-detecting sensor generates at least one time-dependent motion waveform indicative of motion of the location on the patient's body to which it is affixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Jim MOON, Devin McCOMBIE, Marshal DHILLON, Matthew BANET
  • Patent number: 10390731
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for measuring respiratory rate (RR) from a patient. The system includes an impedance pneumography (IP) sensor, connected to at least two electrodes, and a processing system that receives and processes signals from the electrodes to measure an IP signal. A motion sensor (e.g. an accelerometer) measures at least one motion signal (e.g. an ACC waveform) describing movement of a portion of the patient's body to which it is attached. The processing system receives the IP and motion signals, and processes them to determine, respectfully, frequency-domain IP and motion spectra. Both spectra are then collectively processed to remove motion components from the IP spectrum and determine RR. For example, during the processing, an algorithm determines motion frequency components from the frequency-domain motion spectrum, and then using a digital filter removes these, or parameters calculated therefrom, from the IP spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matt Banet, Marshal Dhillon, Devin McCombie
  • Patent number: 10357187
    Abstract: The invention provides a physiological probe that comfortably attaches to the base of the patient's thumb, thereby freeing up their fingers for conventional activities in a hospital, such as reading and eating. The probe, which comprises a separate cradle module and sensor module, secures to the thumb and measures time-dependent signals corresponding to LEDs operating near 660 and 905 nm. The cradle module, which contains elements subject to wear, is preferably provided as a disposable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Devin McCombie, Gunnar Trommer, Jim Moon, Marshall Dhillon, Scott Clear, Julian Groeli
  • Publication number: 20190216396
    Abstract: The invention provides a physiological probe that comfortably attaches to the base of the patient's thumb, thereby freeing up their fingers for conventional activities in a hospital, such as reading and eating. The probe, which comprises a separate cradle module and sensor module, secures to the thumb and measures time-dependent signals corresponding to LEDs operating near 660 and 905 nm. The cradle module, which contains elements subject to wear, is preferably provided as a disposable unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Devin McCombie, Gunmar Trommer, Jim Moon, Marshal Dhillon, Scott Clear, Julian Groeli
  • Patent number: 10342438
    Abstract: The invention provides a body-worn monitor featuring a processing system that receives a digital data stream from an ECG system. A cable houses the ECG system at one terminal end, and plugs into the processing system, which is worn on the patient's wrist like a conventional wristwatch. The ECG system features: i) a connecting portion connected to multiple electrodes worn by the patient; ii) a differential amplifier that receives electrical signals from each electrode and process them to generate an analog ECG waveform; iii) an analog-to-digital converter that converts the analog ECG waveform into a digital ECG waveform; and iv) a transceiver that transmits a digital data stream representing the digital ECG waveform (or information calculated from the waveform) through the cable and to the processing system. Different ECG systems, typically featuring three, five, or twelve electrodes, can be interchanged with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Jim Moon, Henk Visser, II, Robert Kenneth Hunt, Devin McCombie, Marshal Singh Dhillon, Matthew J. Banet
  • Patent number: 10335044
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique for continuous measurement of blood pressure based on pulse transit time and which does not require any external calibration. This technique, referred to herein as the ‘Composite Method’, is carried out with a body-worn monitor that measures blood pressure and other vital signs, and wirelessly transmits them to a remote monitor. A network of body-worn sensors, typically placed on the patient's right arm and chest, connect to the body-worn monitor and measure time-dependent ECG, PPG, accelerometer, and pressure waveforms. The disposable sensors can include a cuff that features an inflatable bladder coupled to a pressure sensor, three or more electrical sensors (e.g. electrodes), three or more accelerometers, a temperature sensor, and an optical sensor (e.g., a light source and photodiode) attached to the patient's thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Banet, Marshal Dhillon, Devin McCombie
  • Patent number: 10321830
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring vital signs and motion from a patient. The system features: (i) first and second sensors configured to independently generate time-dependent waveforms indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart; and (ii) at least three motion-detecting sensors positioned on the forearm, upper arm, and another different body location of the patient. Each motion-detecting sensor generates at least one time-dependent motion waveform indicative of motion of the location on the patient's body to which it is affixed. A processing component, worn on the patient's body and featuring a microprocessor, receives the waveforms generated by the different sensors and processes them to determine: (i) a pulse transit time calculated using a time difference between features in two separate time-dependent waveforms, (ii) a blood pressure value calculated from the time difference, and (iii) a motion parameter calculated from at least one motion waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Jim Moon, Devin McCombie, Marshal Dhillon, Matthew Banet
  • Patent number: 10238338
    Abstract: The invention provides a physiological probe that comfortably attaches to the base of the patient's thumb, thereby freeing up their fingers for conventional activities in a hospital, such as reading and eating. The probe, which comprises a separate cradle module and sensor module, secures to the thumb and measures time-dependent signals corresponding to LEDs operating near 660 and 905 nm. The cradle module, which contains elements subject to wear, is preferably provided as a disposable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Devin McCombie, Gunnar Trommer, Jim Moon, Marshal Dhillon, Scott Clear, Julian Groeli
  • Publication number: 20190076054
    Abstract: The invention provides a multi-sensor system that uses an algorithm based on adaptive filtering to monitor a patient's respiratory rate. The system features a first sensor which is selected from the group consisting of an impedance pneumography sensor, an ECG sensor, a PPG sensor, and a motion sensor (e.g., an accelerometer) configured to attach to the patient's torso and measure therefrom a motion signal. The system further comprises (iii) a processing system, configured to operably connect to the first and motion sensors, and to determine a respiration rate value by applying filter parameters obtained from the first sensor signals to the motion sensor signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew BANET, Devin McCOMBIE, Marshal DHILLON
  • Publication number: 20190029534
    Abstract: The invention provides a body-worn system that continuously measures pulse oximetry and blood pressure, along with motion, posture, and activity level, from an ambulatory patient. The system features an oximetry probe that comfortably clips to the base of the patient's thumb, thereby freeing up their fingers for conventional activities in a hospital, such as reading and eating. The probe secures to the thumb and measures time-dependent signals corresponding to LEDs operating near 660 and 905 nm. Analog versions of these signals pass through a low-profile cable to a wrist-worn transceiver that encloses a processing unit. Also within the wrist-worn transceiver is an accelerometer, a wireless system that sends information through a network to a remote receiver, e.g. a computer located in a central nursing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Jim MOON, Devin McCOMBIE, Marshal DHILLON, Matthew BANET
  • Publication number: 20190029536
    Abstract: The invention provides a body-worn system that continuously measures pulse oximetry and blood pressure, along with motion, posture, and activity level, from an ambulatory patient. The system features an oximetry probe that comfortably clips to the base of the patient's thumb, thereby freeing up their fingers for conventional activities in a hospital, such as reading and eating. The probe secures to the thumb and measures time-dependent signals corresponding to LEDs operating near 660 and 905 nm. Analog versions of these signals pass through a low-profile cable to a wrist-worn transceiver that encloses a processing unit. Also within the wrist-worn transceiver is an accelerometer, a wireless system that sends information through a network to a remote receiver, e.g. a computer located in a central nursing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Jim MOON, Devin McCombie, Marshal Dhillon, Matthew Banet
  • Patent number: 10123722
    Abstract: The invention provides a multi-sensor system that uses an algorithm based on adaptive filtering to monitor a patient's respiratory rate. The system features a first sensor which is selected from the group consisting of an impedance pneumography sensor, an ECG sensor, a PPG sensor, * and a motion sensor (e.g., an accelerometer) configured to attach to the patient's torso and measure therefrom a motion signal. The system further comprises (iii) a processing system, configured to operably connect to the first and motion sensors, and to determine a respiration rate value by applying filter parameters obtained from the first sensor signals to the motion sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matt Banet, Devin McCombie, Marshal Dhillon
  • Publication number: 20180303355
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for measuring vital signs (e.g. SYS, DIA, SpO2, heart rate, and respiratory rate) and motion (e.g. activity level, posture, degree of motion, and arm height) from a patient. The system features: first and second sensors configured to independently generate time-dependent waveforms indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart; and a cuff-based oscillometric module. A processing component, typically worn on the patient's body and featuring a microprocessor, receives the time-dependent waveforms generated by the different sensors and processes them to determine patient-specific calibration values for use in a continuous blood pressure measurement based on pulse wave velocity (PWV).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Devin McCombie, Guanqun Zhang