Patents by Inventor Robert G. Gillio

Robert G. Gillio 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: 7751932
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and dispensing medical items includes a plurality of hook registers (10). Each of the hook registers includes sensors (48, 60, 62, 64) sensing the removal or addition of a medical item to the storage location on the hook register. Each hook register has a microprocessor (66) connected to the sensor which stores a count of the items added or removed from the location. The microprocessor also includes location identifying information specifically associated with the particular hook register. The microprocessor is periodically polled by a controller (72) which reads and stores the count and location identifying information from each of the hook registers. The controller information is periodically read by a data terminal (76) which is connected through a local area network (82) to a remote computer (84) having a processor and data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Max A. Fedor, Eric R. Colburn, Robert G. Gillio, Daniel W. Neu, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 7689317
    Abstract: A medical item inventory system includes a plurality of different types of stored medical items. The system includes medical item dispenser devices which can be selectively operated to dispense requested medical items to authorized users. The system can monitor the medical item inventory to automatically determine a low supply of a particular medical item type. In response to a determination of a low supply of a particular medical item type, the system automatically electronically places a purchase order to a supplier of the particular medical item type. The purchase order includes the particular medical item type, a requested quantity, and a requested delivery date. The requested quantity and delivery date can both be calculated by the system based on a rate of use of the particular medical item type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Michael McGrady, Max A. Fedor, Eric R. Colburn, Robert G. Gillio, Daniel W. Neu
  • Patent number: 7596426
    Abstract: A medical item inventory system includes a plurality of different types of stored medical items. The system can track a quantity of a medicinal substance type removed from its storage location, including the quantity used and the quantity returned to storage. The system can monitor the medical item inventory in real time to automatically determine a low supply of a particular medical item type. In response to a determination of a low supply of a particular medical item type, the system automatically electronically places a purchase order to a supplier of the particular medical item type. The purchase order includes the particular medical item type, a requested quantity, and a requested delivery date. The requested quantity and delivery date can both be calculated by the system based on a rate of use of the particular medical item type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Michael McGrady, Max A. Fedor, Eric R. Colburn, Daniel W. Neu, Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 6163737
    Abstract: A medical item dispensing apparatus includes a dispenser (100) which encloses a plurality of magazines (168). Each magazine holds a plurality of medical items (170) which in the preferred form of the invention are cylindrical containers. Each magazine includes an opening (180). A guide (182) and a front gate member (194) are positioned adjacent to the opening. A back gate member (200) is positioned further inward from the opening than the front gate member. The front gate member and back gate member are moved in coordinated relation so that the front gate member enables a medical item adjacent the opening to pass through the opening while the back gate member moves to prevent the other medical items in the magazine from moving toward the opening. After the dispense of the medical item from the magazine the front gate member moves to block the passage of further medical items through the opening while the back gate member moves to enable medical items to move toward the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Max A. Fedor, Eric R. Colburn, Robert G. Gillio, Daniel W. Neu, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 5882206
    Abstract: A virtual surgery system or virtual testing system provides a simulation or test based on image data. A simulator combined with a real exam requires simulation tasks by a test taker. Additionally, a surgical procedure may be simulated using image data of a patient in devices simulating the physical instruments a surgeon uses in performing the actual procedure, for example. The user input device, such as a mouse, three dimensional mouse, joystick, seven dimensional joystick, full size simulator, etc., can be used in a virtual simulation to move through the image data while the user looks at the data and interaction of the input device with the image data on a display screen. Force feedback can be provided based on physical constraint models (of the anatomy, for example), or based on edge and collision detection between the virtual scope or virtual tool used by the operator and walls or edges of the image data in the image space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 5800178
    Abstract: A virtual surgery system or virtual testing system provides a simulation or test based on image data. A simulator combined with a real exam requires simulation tasks by a test taker. Additionally, a surgical procedure may be simulated using image data of a patient in devices simulating the physical instruments a surgeon uses in performing the actual procedure, for example. The user input device, such as a mouse, three dimensional mouse, joystick, seven dimensional joystick, full size simulator, etc., can be used in a virtual simulation to move through the image data while the user looks at the data and interaction of the input device with the image data on a display screen. Force feedback can be provided based on based on physical constraint models (of the anatomy, for example), or based on edge and collision detection between the virtual scope or virtual tool used by the operator and walls or edges of the image data in the image space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 5800177
    Abstract: A virtual surgery system or virtual testing system provides a simulation or test based on image data. A simulator combined with a real exam requires simulation tasks by a test taker. Additionally, a surgical procedure may be simulated using image data of a patient in devices simulating the physical instruments a surgeon uses in performing the actual procedure, for example. The user input device, such as a mouse, three dimensional mouse, joystick, seven dimensional joystick, full size simulator, etc., can be used in a virtual simulation to move through the image data while the user looks at the data and interaction of the input device with the image data on a display screen. Force feedback can be provided based on physical constraint models (of the anatomy, for example), or based on edge and collision detection between the virtual scope or virtual tool used by the operator and walls or edges of the image data in the image space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 5798489
    Abstract: A stethoscope having a separable connection in the sound conducting tube permits the removal and attachment of various sound receiving portions. The connection has a first coupler attached to one free end of the sound conducting tube, and a second coupler attached to the other free end of the sound conducting tube. Each of the couplers is attached to the outer surface of the tube to avoid altering the inner diameter of the tubes in the vicinity of the connection. Maintaining the original diameter of the inner tube surface prevents adverse effects on the transmitted sound as it passes through the connected tube sections and reduces wear at the tube end. The first and second couplers are held together by suitable mechanical or magnetic attachment means that permit quick and easy separation of the couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventor: Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 5791908
    Abstract: A virtual surgery system or virtual testing system provides a simulation or test based on image data. A simulator combined with a real exam requires simulation tasks by a test taker. Additionally, a surgical procedure may be simulated using image data of a patient in devices simulating the physical instruments a surgeon uses in performing the actual procedure, for example. The user input device, such as a mouse, three dimensional mouse, joystick, seven dimensional joystick, full size simulator, etc., can be used in a virtual simulation to move through the image data while the user looks at the data and interaction of the input device with the image data on a display screen. Force feedback can be provided based on physical constraint models (of the anatomy, for example), or based on edge and collision detection between the virtual scope or virtual tool used by the operator and walls or edges of the image data in the image space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 5790409
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and dispensing medical items includes a plurality of hook registers (10). Each of the hook registers includes sensors (48, 60, 62, 64) sensing the removal or addition of a medical item to the storage location on the hook register. Each hook register has a microprocessor (66) connected to the sensor which stores a count of the items added or removed from the location. The microprocessor also includes location identifying information specifically associated with the particular hook register. The microprocessor is periodically polled by a controller (72) which reads and stores the count and location identifying information from each of the hook registers. The controller information is periodically read by a data terminal (76) which is connected through a local area network (82) to a remote computer (84) having a processor and data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: MedSelect Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Max A. Fedor, Eric R. Colburn, Robert G. Gillio, Daniel W. Neu, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 5755577
    Abstract: A virtual surgery system or virtual testing system provides a simulation or test based on image data. A simulator combined with a real exam requires simulation tasks by a test taker. Additionally, a surgical procedure may be simulated using image data of a patient in devices simulating the physical instruments a surgeon uses in performing the actual procedure, for example. The user input device, such as a mouse, three dimensional mouse, joystick, seven dimensional joystick, full size simulator, etc., can be used in a virtual simulation to move through the image data while the user looks at the data and interaction of the input device with the image data on a display screen. Force feedback can be provided based on based on physical constraint models (of the anatomy, for example), or based on edge and collision detection between the virtual scope or virtual tool used by the operator and walls or edges of the image data in the image space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 5704791
    Abstract: A virtual surgery system or virtual testing system provides a simulation or test based on image data. A simulator combined with a real exam requires simulation tasks by a test taker. Additionally, a surgical procedure may be simulated using image data of a patient in devices simulating the physical instruments a surgeon uses in performing the actual procedure, for example. The user input device, such as a mouse, three dimensional mouse, joystick, seven dimensional joystick, fall size simulator, etc., can be used in a virtual simulation to move through the image data while the user looks at the data and interaction of the input device with the image data on a display screen. Force feedback can be provided based on based on physical constraint models (of the anatomy, for example), or based on edge and collision detection between the virtual scope or virtual tool used by the operator and walls or edges of the image data in the image space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Robert G. Gillio
  • Patent number: 5533079
    Abstract: Inventory monitoring apparatus capable of real-time counting of objects added to or subtracted from a location whose inventory is to be monitored. The apparatus includes structure for supporting a plurality of objects and at least one lever adapted to be contacted and displaced by movement of the objects to and from the supporting structure. Movement of the lever in one direction triggers a switch which generates a signal indicating that an object is being added to the support structure. Similarly, opposite movement of the lever triggers another switch which generates a signal indicating that an object is being removed from the support structure. A microprocessor receives and counts the signals generated by the switches to provide a real-time total of the quantity and, if desired, the locations of objects borne by the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: MedSelect Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Colburn, Max A. Fedor, Robert G. Gillio, Daniel W. Neu