Patents by Inventor Erich Imhof

Erich Imhof 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).

  • Patent number: 10434254
    Abstract: An insulin pump is configurable by a configurator. The pump has parameter blocks, each with a respective parameter and an associated restriction setting, and the configurator has an authorization level. Configuring the pump includes receiving, by the configurator, a request to access a parameter on the pump. The method also includes identifying, by the configurator, the parameter block that includes the parameter. Moreover, the method includes retrieving, by the configurator from the pump, the parameter and the associated restriction setting, and comparing, by the configurator, the authorization level of the configurator to the restriction setting. Also, the method includes determining, by the configurator, whether the configurator is authorized to write to the parameter block based on the comparison. Additionally, the method includes writing, by the configurator, to the parameter block on the insulin pump in response to a determination that the configurator is authorized to write to the parameter block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Guido Konrad, James R. Long, Phillip E. Pash, Robert E. Reinke
  • Patent number: 9314564
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of operating a diabetes treatment system that includes an insulin pump and a pump controlling device is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by the device, a request for the pump to perform an operation that is dependent on a specified state of the pump. The method also includes requesting, by the device, a current state of the pump from the pump. Moreover, the method includes receiving, by the device, the current state of the pump. Also, the method includes determining, by the device, whether the current state of the pump matches to the specified state of the pump. Additionally, the method includes sending, by the device to the pump, a command to perform the operation in response to a determination that the current state of the pump matches the specified state of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Guido Konrad, James R. Long, Phillip E. Pash, Robert E. Reinke
  • Patent number: 8977883
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is presented for synchronizing time between two handheld medical devices that interoperate with each other. The method includes: determining a first time as measured by a first clock residing in the first medical device; determining a second time as measured by a second clock residing in a second medical device; evaluating whether the first clock is synchronized with the second clock; determining whether at least one of the first clock and the second clock was set manually by a user; and setting time of the first clock in accordance with the second time when the second clock was set manually by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc., Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Guido Konrad, James R. Long, Phillip E. Pash, Robert E. Reinke
  • Publication number: 20140187891
    Abstract: The present invention provides a module for a computer interface including a transducer wherein the transducer receives a measurement value and makes this measurement value available for monitoring an individual's health by means of the computer interface, for example, for monitoring an individual's blood glucose level, wherein the measurement value is obtained by means of a sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Haueter, Erich Imhof
  • Publication number: 20140180238
    Abstract: A method of operating an insulin treatment system that includes an insulin pump and a pump controlling device is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by the pump controlling device, a request to execute a function that is included on the pump controlling device. The function is governed by a rule having a parameter. The method also includes requesting, by the pump controlling device, a value for the parameter from the insulin pump, and receiving the value from the insulin pump. Also, the method includes executing, by the pump controlling device, the function using the received value for the parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc., Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Guido Konrad, James R. Long, Phillip E. Pash, Robert E. Reinke
  • Publication number: 20140180241
    Abstract: An insulin pump is configurable by a configurator. The pump has parameter blocks, each with a respective parameter and an associated restriction setting, and the configurator has an authorization level. Configuring the pump includes receiving, by the configurator, a request to access a parameter on the pump. The method also includes identifying, by the configurator, the parameter block that includes the parameter. Moreover, the method includes retrieving, by the configurator from the pump, the parameter and the associated restriction setting, and comparing, by the configurator, the authorization level of the configurator to the restriction setting. Also, the method includes determining, by the configurator, whether the configurator is authorized to write to the parameter block based on the comparison. Additionally, the method includes writing, by the configurator, to the parameter block on the insulin pump in response to a determination that the configurator is authorized to write to the parameter block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC., ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Guido Konrad, James R. Long, Phillip E. Pash, Robert E. Reinke
  • Publication number: 20140172449
    Abstract: A diabetes management system having a reliable data management scheme is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of devices, each device performing a different function relating to treatment of diabetes. Each device has a device identifier and each device generates data records relating to the function of the device. Each device includes a metadata generator configured to generate a metadata tag for a data record generated by the device. A metadata tag includes the device identifier of the corresponding device, a record identifier, and a source identifier indicating whether the record was originated by a human or the device. The system further includes a diabetes management device in communication with the plurality of devices and configured to manage records received from the plurality of devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: Roche Diagnostics International AG, Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Reinke, Phillip E. Pash, James R. Long, Guido Konrad, Erich Imhof, Gerhard Frisch
  • Publication number: 20140142540
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is presented for synchronizing time between two handheld medical devices that interoperate with each other. The method includes: determining a first time as measured by a first clock residing in the first medical device; determining a second time as measured by a second clock residing in a second medical device; evaluating whether the first clock is synchronized with the second clock; determining whether at least one of the first clock and the second clock was set manually by a user; and setting time of the first clock in accordance with the second time when the second clock was set manually by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicants: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC., ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Guido Konrad, James R. Long, Phillip E. Pash, Robert E. Reinke
  • Publication number: 20140142535
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of operating a diabetes treatment system that includes an insulin pump and a pump controlling device is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by the device, a request for the pump to perform an operation that is dependent on a specified state of the pump. The method also includes requesting, by the device, a current state of the pump from the pump. Moreover, the method includes receiving, by the device, the current state of the pump. Also, the method includes determining, by the device, whether the current state of the pump matches to the specified state of the pump. Additionally, the method includes sending, by the device to the pump, a command to perform the operation in response to a determination that the current state of the pump matches the specified state of the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicants: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC., ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Guido Konrad, James R. Long, Phillip E. Pash, Robert E. Reinke
  • Patent number: 8717141
    Abstract: A medical device, with an operating element for triggering the medical device, includes a safety system for preventing an erroneous triggering of the device. The present invention encompasses a method for controlling the medical device including determining if an operating command is given by a person prior to the device's carrying out the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Andreas Eberhart, Hanspeter Heiniger, Erich Imhof, Thomas Rufer
  • Patent number: 8706520
    Abstract: A diabetes management system having a reliable data management scheme is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of devices, each device performing a different function relating to treatment of diabetes. Each device has a device identifier and generates data records. Each device includes a metadata generator configured to generate a metadata tag for a data record generated by the device. A metadata tag includes the device identifier of the corresponding device, a record identifier, and a source identifier indicating whether the record was originated by a human or the device. The system further includes a diabetes management device. When a device generates a new record, the metadata generator generates a new record identifier and a new metadata tag based on the new record identifier and the device identifier of the device. The first device propagates the new record and the new metadata tag to the diabetes management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignees: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc., Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Robert E. Reinke, Phillip E. Pash, James R. Long, Guido Konrad, Erich Imhof, Gerhard Frisch
  • Patent number: 8702605
    Abstract: The present invention provides a module for a computer interface including a transducer wherein the transducer receives a measurement value and makes this measurement value available for monitoring an individual's health by means of the computer interface, for example, for monitoring an individual's blood glucose level, wherein the measurement value is obtained by means of a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Haueter, Erich Imhof
  • Publication number: 20120095774
    Abstract: A diabetes management system having a reliable data management scheme is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of devices, each device performing a different function relating to treatment of diabetes. Each device has a device identifier and each device generates data records relating to the function of the device. Each device includes a metadata generator configured to generate a metadata tag for a data record generated by the device. A metadata tag includes the device identifier of the corresponding device, a record identifier, and a source identifier indicating whether the record was originated by a human or the device. The system further includes a diabetes management device in communication with the plurality of devices and configured to manage records received from the plurality of devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Reinke, Phillip E. Pash, James R. Long, Guido Konrad, Erich Imhof, Gerhard Frisch
  • Patent number: 8009014
    Abstract: A medical device with an operating element for triggering the medical device is disclosed. The medical device includes a safety system for preventing an erroneous triggering of the device. The safety system further includes an identification device and a securing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Andreas Eberhart, Hanspeter Heiniger, Erich Imhof, Thomas Rufer
  • Publication number: 20110166426
    Abstract: The present invention provides a module for a computer interface including a transducer wherein the transducer receives a measurement value and makes this measurement value available for monitoring an individual's health by means of the computer interface, for example, for monitoring an individual's blood glucose level, wherein the measurement value is obtained by means of a sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Haueter, Erich Imhof
  • Patent number: 7931613
    Abstract: The present invention provides a module for a computer interface including a transducer wherein the transducer receives a measurement value and makes this measurement value available for monitoring an individual's health by means of the computer interface, for example, for monitoring an individual's blood glucose level, wherein the measurement value is obtained by means of a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Haueter, Erich Imhof
  • Patent number: 7798377
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a substance, including a receptacle for the product, a piston plug axially moveable in the receptacle, an output member associated with the device for causing the piston plug to move axially, and a connecting mechanism for detachably connecting the output member to the piston plug by axially displacement of the output member and the piston plug relative to each other, wherein, after being connected, the output member and piston plug may be separated by relative twisting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Erich Imhof, Daniel Peter
  • Publication number: 20080125631
    Abstract: A method for measuring the rate of transepidermal water loss TEWL using a device for measuring TEWL which comprises: (a) a measurement chamber with a single opening at one end, which opening is adapted to be placed against a test surface of skin; (b) means to measure the density of water vapour within the measurement chamber; and (c) an air agitating means positioned within the measurement chamber; which method comprises: (i) purging the measurement chamber of the device; (ii) placing the open end of the measurement chamber against a test surface of skin; (iii) measuring the rate of change of the density of water vapour within the measurement chamber; and (iv) operating the agitating means whilst measuring changes of the density of water vapour within the measurement chamber to near uniformly mix water vapour from the test surface and air trapped in the measurement chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Erich Imhof
  • Publication number: 20080055039
    Abstract: A medical device, with an operating element for triggering the medical device, includes a safety system for preventing an erroneous triggering of the device. The present invention encompasses a method for controlling the medical device including determining if an operating command is given by a person prior to the device's carrying out the command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: Andreas Eberhart, Hanspeter Heiniger, Erich Imhof, Thomas Rufer
  • Patent number: RE45129
    Abstract: The present invention provides a module for a computer interface including a transducer wherein the transducer receives a measurement value and makes this measurement value available for monitoring an individual's health by means of the computer interface, for example, for monitoring an individual's blood glucose level, wherein the measurement value is obtained by means of a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Haueter, Erich Imhof