Patents by Inventor Joseph H. Novak

Joseph H. Novak 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: 7538659
    Abstract: A bed monitoring system that remotely monitors a patient bed. The bed monitoring system comprises a bed status system and a master station. The bed status system is coupled to the patient bed and is configured to monitor at least one condition of the bed, and to generate a bed message indicating the status of the monitored condition. The master station, remote from the patient bed, is operatively coupled to the bed status system to receive bed status information. The bed message can include a bed identifier, bed type identifier, patient exit detection signal, bed occupied signal, or various other status signals. The system can also include locating stations that receive the bed messages from any beds within its monitored location, and generates a station message including information from the bed messages. The master station receives the station messages and can determine the status and location of any bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Ulrich, Matthew W. Weismiller, Thomas E. Scott, Robert J. Jennings, Julie E. Myers, Joseph H. Novak
  • Patent number: 5561412
    Abstract: A patient/nurse call system for a hospital includes patient stations capable of generating hospital calls and a remote master station which prioritizes and stores the calls. Hall units outside patient rooms identify the rooms from which the calls originate and the type of call. Each patient station allows selective retrieval and display of unanswered calls, and the system further permits audio interconnection between any two of the stations. Nurse-worn badges transmit pulse-coded infrared signals which are received by receivers at the patient stations and in response, the system generates identity and location signals which are stored at the master station. The nurse location and identity information may also be retrieved and displayed at any patient station. Receipt of a nurse's infrared signal at a room station automatically cancels a patient call originating from the room and display thereof by the respective hall unit, while actuating a display to indicate nurse presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Novak, Julie E. Myers, Curt E. Geiger, Daniel J. Ulrich, Robert J. Jennings, Matthew W. Weismiller, Philip D. Palermo
  • Patent number: 4539560
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to bed departure detection devices employing tape switch detectors in fixed positions in the seat and thigh sections of the mattress supporting structure of an articulated hospital bed. Bedside circuitry, connected to existing nurse call and two-way communication links, provides signals to a central nurse call station as an indication of unauthorized bed departure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1985
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Fleck, Joseph H. Novak, Clement J. Koerber, Sr.