Patents by Inventor James E. Willenbring

James E. Willenbring 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: 9713724
    Abstract: In general, the invention is directed to a system with a fail-safe mode for remote programming of medical devices, such as implantable medical devices (IMDs). During a remote programming session, an adverse event, such as a programming session failure, may prevent proper completion of a programming or result in improper programming due to data corruption or other factors. If a programming session is not completed correctly, the IMD is susceptible to improper operation, possibly exposing a patient to delivery of unnecessary or inappropriate therapies. A fail-safe mode reduces the likelihood of improper operation following a programming session failure. The fail-safe mode defines one or more fail-safe operations designed to preserve proper operation of the IMD. In some embodiments, the fail-safe operations include notifying a person concerning the failure of the programming session, modifying programming parameters within the implantable medical device, and delivering a therapy to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Petersen, James E. Willenbring
  • Patent number: 8438039
    Abstract: A remote patient management system and method are provided including customizable workflow preferences. The method includes storing a user-programmed or “best practices” set of workflow operations, receiving a remote medical device data transmission, selecting a workflow preference in response to information contained in or relating to the data transmission, and performing remote patient management operations according to the selected workflow preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Janell M. Gottesman, James E. Willenbring, David J. Scheffler, John P. VanDanacker
  • Patent number: 8290791
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system in which a medical device selects less than all of its stored information and provides the selected subset of information to a data mart for storage, processing, and/or communication to one or more interested parties. In many embodiments, customers, patients, or even components of the medical device or of the remote patient management system can access selected medical device information (e.g., customers can access medical device information tailored to the care they are providing to one or more patients). In many embodiments, customers can receive such medical device information according to a schedule that best suits their care (or whenever they desire such information, irrespective of a schedule). In many embodiments, providing less than full transmissions to the data mart reduces the strain on medical device batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Amisha S. Patel, Luc Roland Mongeon, Susan Heilman Kilbane, James E. Willenbring, Christopher John Gennaro
  • Publication number: 20120035686
    Abstract: In general, the invention is directed to a system with a fail-safe mode for remote programming of medical devices, such as implantable medical devices (IMDs). During a remote programming session, an adverse event, such as a programming session failure, may prevent proper completion of a programming or result in improper programming due to data corruption or other factors. If a programming session is not completed correctly, the IMD is susceptible to improper operation, possibly exposing a patient to delivery of unnecessary or inappropriate therapies. A fail-safe mode reduces the likelihood of improper operation following a programming session failure. The fail-safe mode defines one or more fail-safe operations designed to preserve proper operation of the IMD. In some embodiments, the fail-safe operations include notifying a person concerning the failure of the programming session, modifying programming parameters within the implantable medical device, and delivering a therapy to a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher M. Petersen, James E. Willenbring
  • Patent number: 8068917
    Abstract: In general, the invention is directed to a system with a fail-safe mode for remote programming of medical devices, such as implantable medical devices (IMDs). During a remote programming session, an adverse event, such as a programming session failure, may prevent proper completion of a programming or result in improper programming due to data corruption or other factors. If a programming session is not completed correctly, the IMD is susceptible to improper operation, possibly exposing a patient to delivery of unnecessary or inappropriate therapies. A fail-safe mode reduces the likelihood of improper operation following a programming session failure. The fail-safe mode defines one or more fail-safe operations designed to preserve proper operation of the IMD. In some embodiments, the fail-safe operations include notifying a person concerning the failure of the programming session, modifying programming parameters within the implantable medical device, and delivering a therapy to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Petersen, James E. Willenbring
  • Publication number: 20100030302
    Abstract: A system for displaying trended data retrieved from a medical device comprising a medical device which monitors and stores trended patient data, a data center, and an intermediate data relay device. The intermediate device receives stored trended patient data from the medical device and uploads the data to the data center. The data center merges the uploaded data with patient data obtained during previous data uploads. Clinicians can access the uploaded and merged patient using an interactive web page which allows the clinicians to seamlessly view the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Paul A. Blowers, Bohdan O. Washchuk, Scott W. Davie, Laurie K. Schumacher, Keith Florance, Joel R. Lauer, JoAnn Abraham, James E. Willenbring
  • Publication number: 20100030575
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system in which a medical device selects less than all of its stored information and provides the selected subset of information to a data mart for storage, processing, and/or communication to one or more interested parties. In many embodiments, customers, patients, or even components of the medical device or of the remote patient management system can access selected medical device information (e.g., customers can access medical device information tailored to the care they are providing to one or more patients). In many embodiments, customers can receive such medical device information according to a schedule that best suits their care (or whenever they desire such information, irrespective of a schedule). In many embodiments, providing less than full transmissions to the data mart reduces the strain on medical device batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Amisha S. Patel, Luc Roland Mongeon, Susan Heilman Kilbane, James E. Willenbring, Christopher John Gennaro
  • Publication number: 20090281598
    Abstract: A remote programming method is provided for safe and secure programming of a medical device at a remote location. A centralized programming instrument for use by a clinician or third party is provided with a network communication connection with a remote external medical device, such as a home programmer or monitor. The external medical device is located in the vicinity of a patient having an implantable medical device (IMD) and is in bi-directional telemetric communication with the IMD to allow instructions received from the centralized programming instrument to be transferred to the IMD. The remote programming method used for transferring information between the central programming instrument and an IMD includes measures to promote safe and secure remote programming of the IMD, which measures may include authorization requirements, programming condition requirements, implementation of programmed data requirements, and maintenance of a remote programming log.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: Gregory J. Haubrich, David S. Jennings, Christopher M. Petersen, Javaid Masoud, John P. VanDanacker, James E. Willenbring
  • Patent number: 7565197
    Abstract: A remote programming method is provided for safe and secure programming of a medical device at a remote location. A centralized programming instrument for use by a clinician or third party is provided with a network communication connection with a remote external medical device, such as a home programmer or monitor. The external medical device is located in the vicinity of a patient having an implantable medical device (IMD) and is in bi-directional telemetric communication with the IMD to allow instructions received from the centralized programming instrument to be transferred to the IMD. The remote programming method used for transferring information between the central programming instrument and an IMD includes measures to promote safe and secure remote programming of the IMD, which measures may include authorization requirements, programming condition requirements, implementation of programmed data requirements, and maintenance of a remote programming log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Haubrich, David S. Jennings, Christopher M. Petersen, Javaid Masoud, John P. Vandanacker, James E. Willenbring
  • Patent number: 7272433
    Abstract: An external physiologic or implanted device monitor/controller (“monitor”) designed to be attached to the body, as for example, to the skin of the patient. The monitor is designed to detect the therapeutic outputs actually produced by the implanted medical device. Having knowledge of the operation of the implanted medical device, the monitor may then deduce, or decode, the physiologic conditions and/or devices conditions sensed by the implanted medical device. The monitor is then able to perform an action appropriate to the sensed condition and the specific implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Riff, Gregory J. Linden, James E. Willenbring
  • Patent number: 7265676
    Abstract: An alert system for alerting a clinician to an occurrence of an event detected by an implantable medical device includes a monitor and a patient management network. The implantable medical device includes a means for detecting the occurrence of the event and initiating a wireless transmission of data related to the event. The monitor is configured to receive the wireless transmission of data and transfer the data. The patient management network is configured to receive the data and store the data on a data storage device. The patient management network includes a web presentation service for creating a website from the data stored on the data storage device, the website configured to alert the clinician to the occurrence of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Gordon, Javaid Masoud, James J. Ball, Holly S. Vitense, James E. Willenbring, John P. Vandanacker, Sean B. McAdams, Dean A. Hooper
  • Patent number: 6931279
    Abstract: The invention provides systems to prevent the delivery of anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) following a defibrillation threshold (DFT) induction at implant. An algorithm that classifies episodes as induced or spontaneous is implemented, thereby enabling the ATP during charging feature to be operable only when spontaneous episodes are detected while temporarily suspending the ATP feature during the delivery of defibrillation shock after induction has been confirmed. Further, a user interface enables users to interact with an implantable medical device (IMD), particularly for setting a defibrillation threshold (DFT) or a 50 Hz burst from a single programmer screen. The user interface includes various functionalities to promote quick user access to parameters that govern diagnosis, therapy and other features of the IMD. A single screen enables the user to complete automatic and/or manual DFT inductions or a 50 Hz burst from a programmer interface while acquiring associated documentation from the same interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Ousdigian, Seema Padmanabhan, James E. Willenbring, Paul G. Krause, James H. Ericksen, Paul J. Degroot
  • Patent number: 6721592
    Abstract: Techniques for monitoring the magnitudes of representative filtered EGM signals over time. In a typical implementation, a group of digital peak values is generated in a time period and a representative digital peak value is selected for the time period. By comparing representative peak values for several time periods, changes in signal efficacy can be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: David Peichel, Tho Huynh, Forrest C. M. Pape, Robert A. Neumann, John C. Stroebel, Robert A. Gabler, James E. Willenbring
  • Publication number: 20030199927
    Abstract: The invention provides systems to prevent the delivery of anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) following a defibrillation threshold (DFT) induction at implant. An algorithm that classifies episodes as induced or spontaneous is implemented, thereby enabling the ATP during charging feature to be operable only when spontaneous episodes are detected while temporarily suspending the ATP feature during the delivery of defibrillation shock after induction has been confirmed. Further, a user interface enables users to interact with an implantable medical device (IMD), particularly for setting a defibrillation threshold (DFT) or a 50 Hz burst from a single programmer screen. The user interface includes various functionalities to promote quick user access to parameters that govern diagnosis, therapy and other features of the IMD. A single screen enables the user to complete automatic and/or manual DFT inductions or a 50 Hz burst from a programmer interface while acquiring associated documentation from the same interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Kevin T. Ousdigian, Seema Padmanabhan, James E. Willenbring, Paul G. Krause, James H. Ericksen, Paul J. Degroot
  • Publication number: 20030050564
    Abstract: The invention presents techniques for monitoring the magnitudes of representative filtered EGM signals over time. In a typical implementation, a group of digital peak values is generated in a time period and a representative digital peak value is selected for the time period. By comparing representative peak values for several time periods, changes in signal efficacy can be identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: David Peichel, Tho Huynh, Forrest C.M. Pape, Robert A. Neumann, John C. Stroebel, Robert A. Gabler, James E. Willenbring
  • Publication number: 20030004554
    Abstract: An external physiologic or implanted device monitor/controller (“monitor”) designed to be attached to the body, as for example, to the skin of the patient. The monitor is designed to detect the therapeutic outputs actually produced by the implanted medical device. Having knowledge of the operation of the implanted medical device, the monitor may then deduce, or decode, the physiologic conditions and/or devices conditions sensed by the implanted medical device. The monitor is then able to perform an action appropriate to the sensed condition and the specific implementation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Riff, Gregory J. Linden, James E. Willenbring