Patents by Inventor Robert J. Sweeney

Robert J. Sweeney 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: 10548535
    Abstract: Devices and methods for detecting events indicative of heart failure (HF) decompensation status are described. An ambulatory medical device can determine the present physiologic state as being either a drift state or a stable state, and applies an algorithm to detect HF decompensation event according to the physiologic state. In some embodiments, the ambulatory medical device uses the present physiologic state to estimate one ore more expected future signal characteristics, and to detect HF decompensation event using the one or more expected futures signal characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Zhang, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20190380748
    Abstract: This application describes surgical instruments and implants for building a posterior fixation construct across one or more segments of the spinal column. Extension guides are provided that attach to bone anchors implanted within the spine. The extension guides have a guide channel that align with a rod channel in the anchor to help direct the rod to the anchor. Instruments are provided to aid in insertion and positioning or the rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Justin DOOSE, Robert GERMAN, Scott LISH, Andrew SCHAFER, Eric DASSO, Derek J. MATTEO, Thomas M. SWEENEY
  • Publication number: 20190365316
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to receive physiologic information from a patient using an ambulatory medical device, and to determine an indication of cardiotoxicity using the received physiologic information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, Viktoria A. Averina, Gezheng Wen, Jonathan Bennett Shute, Robert J. Sweeney, Bin Mi
  • Publication number: 20190329060
    Abstract: A subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) comprising shocking electrodes configured to reduce the defibrillation threshold. The S-ICD may include a canister housing a source of electrical energy, a capacitor, and operational circuitry that senses heart rhythms and an electrode and lead assembly. The electrode and lead assembly may comprise a lead, at least one sensing electrode, and at least one shocking electrode. The at least one shocking electrode may extend over a length in the range of 50 to 110 millimeters and a width in the range of 1 to 40 millimeters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: ANDREW L. DE KOCK, G. SHANTANU REDDY, ROBERT D. BROCK, II, STEPHEN J. HAHN, BRENDAN E. KOOP, MOIRA B. SWEENEY, WYATT K. STAHL
  • Publication number: 20190311812
    Abstract: A health monitoring (HM) computing device for monitoring patient vitals in real time is provided. The HM computing device includes at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device. The at least one processor is programmed to receive patient data from a plurality of patient computer devices associated with a plurality of patients. The at least one processor is also programmed to, for each patient of the plurality of patients, compare the received patient data corresponding to the patient to a reference model tailored to the corresponding patient. The at least one processor is also programmed to determine, based upon the comparisons, at least one status category for each of the plurality of patients. Moreover, the at least one processor is further programmed to generate and transmit instructions for displaying a first graphical user interface to a healthcare provider computer device associated with the healthcare provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventor: Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10426527
    Abstract: This application describes surgical instruments and implants for building a posterior fixation construct across one or more segments of the spinal column. Extension guides are provided that attach to bone anchors implanted within the spine. The extension guides have a guide channel that align with a rod channel in the anchor to help direct the rod to the anchor. Instruments are provided to aid in insertion and positioning or the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Doose, Robert German, Scott Lish, Andrew Schafer, Eric Dasso, Derek J Matteo, Thomas M Sweeney, III
  • Patent number: 10391325
    Abstract: A subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) comprising shocking electrodes configured to reduce the defibrillation threshold. The S-ICD may include a canister housing a source of electrical energy, a capacitor, and operational circuitry that senses heart rhythms and an electrode and lead assembly. The electrode and lead assembly may comprise a lead, at least one sensing electrode, and at least one shocking electrode. The at least one shocking electrode may extend over a length in the range of 50 to 110 millimeters and a width in the range of 1 to 40 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew L. De Kock, G. Shantanu Reddy, Robert D. Brock, II, Stephen J. Hahn, Brendan E. Koop, Moira B. Sweeney, Wyatt K. Stahl
  • Patent number: 10367951
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a device and method for extending alerts for a wireless device. In one embodiment, a method for extending alerts for a wireless device includes linking the wireless device through a wireless connection with a wireless ringer module; wherein the wireless ringer module is removably coupled to a device having an interface for receiving and coupling with the wireless ringer module. The method further includes transmitting a signal to the wireless ringer that triggers an alert feature of the wireless ringer for notifying a user of an incoming communication in response to the wireless device receiving an indication of an incoming communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill
  • Patent number: 10311533
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to enable physician labels on a remote server and use labels to verify and improve algorithm results. A method comprises using patient data in an automated analysis to obtain a result; receiving a message from the user, wherein the message is related to the result; and using at least a portion of the message to automatically modify the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Haresh G. Sachanandani, Shelley Cazares, Jon Peterson, Robert J. Sweeney, Kevin J. Stalsberg, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, Gerrard M. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10251563
    Abstract: Devices and methods for detecting physiological target event such as events indicative of HF decompensation status are described. A medical device is configured to receive at least a first and a second chronic condition indictors of a patient, receive one or more physiologic signals from the patient, and generate a plurality of signal metrics when the first and the second chronic condition indicators meet their respective criterion. The medical device can detect the target event or condition using one or more patient-specific signal metrics selected from a group including both the first and the second set of the signal metrics. The medical device and the methods can be configured to detect an event indicative of HF decompensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sweeney, Yi Zhang, Qi An, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur
  • Patent number: 10182768
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a present, or predicting a future, target physiologic event such as worsening heart failure (HF) are described. A system can comprise a patient information receiver circuit, at least two categorical risk analyzer circuits, and a categorical fusion circuit. The patient information receiver circuit receives physiologic signals and generates signal trends. The categorical risk analyzer circuit receives a category-specific input selected from the signal trends according to an associative physiologic condition indicative or correlative of the target event. The categorical risk analyzer circuit produces a signal trend metric indicating relative change in signal strength over time. The categorical risk analyzer circuit calculates a categorical risk index that indicates likelihood of the patient developing or presenting the associative physiologic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Zhang, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, Qi An, Julie A. Thompson, Ramesh Wariar, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10143385
    Abstract: Devices and methods for identifying patient at elevated risk of developing future heart failure (HF) events, such as events indicative of HF decompensation status, are described. The devices and methods can stratify the risk using sensor signals or signal metrics selected in accordance with patient chronic conditions. A medical device can receive a patient status input including at least a first and a second chronic condition indicators, sense one or more physiologic signals from the patient, and generate a plurality of signal metrics from the physiologic signals when the first chronic condition indicator and the second chronic condition indicator meets respective criterion. One or more patient-specific signal metrics can be selected from a group including the signal metrics selected for both the first and the second chronic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sweeney, Yi Zhang, Qi An, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur
  • Patent number: 10098584
    Abstract: Systems and methods to monitor an improvement of a subject's physiological condition using a goal improvement profile are described. In an example, a physiological condition of a subject can be compared to a goal improvement profile, where the profile includes at least one target condition indicative of an improved physiological condition detectable using a physiological sensor signal, and a target time when the subject is expected to reach the target condition, where the comparison can be used to indicate whether the subject has met the target condition by the target time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sweeney, Ramesh Wariar, Julie A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10027792
    Abstract: An emergency notification (EN) computing device includes at least one processor and a memory in communication with the processor. The processor is programmed to receive, from a user device, an emergency report that identifies an emergency situation and is associated with a report location, receive user input defining an impact zone within a geographical region based on the report location and the emergency situation, collect location data from a plurality of mobile user devices associated with a plurality of bystanders, detect a first bystander located within the impact zone based on the location data, and automatically notify the first bystander of the emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Robert J. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20180192894
    Abstract: A system comprises a risk analysis module and a worsening heart failure (WHF) detection module. The risk analysis module measures at least one first physiological parameter of a subject using a physiological sensor of an ambulatory medical device, and determines a heart failure (HF) risk score for the subject according to the at least one measured first physiological parameter. The HF risk score indicates susceptibility of the subject to experiencing a HF event. The WHF detection module measures at least one second physiological parameter of the subject using the same or different physiological sensor, and generates an indication of prediction that the subject will experience a WHF event when the at least one second physiological parameter satisfies a WHF detection algorithm. The risk analysis module adjusts generation of the indication by the WHF detection algorithm according to the determined HF risk score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Qi An, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, Viktoria A. Averina, Yi Zhang, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9986918
    Abstract: Systems and methods to indicate heart failure co-morbidity are described. In an example, one or more physiological signals can be analyzed for a specified time period to determine at least one of an indication of a heart failure event or a characteristic of heart failure co-morbidity, such as a characteristic of a non-heart failure physiological event. At least one of the different physiological signals can be compared to a specified criterion indicative of the heart failure event to provide a comparison value, where the comparison value is indicative of whether the at least one of the different physiological signals contributed towards the indication of the heart failure event. An indication of a non-heart failure physiological event can be determined using the heart failure event indication, the non-heart failure physiological event characteristic, and the comparison value indicative of whether the one or more physiological signals contributed towards the heart failure event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20180146863
    Abstract: Various system embodiments comprise a stimulator adapted to deliver a stimulation signal for a heart failure therapy, a number of sensors adapted to provide at least a first measurement of a heart failure status and a second measurement of the heart failure status, and a controller. The controller is connected to the stimulator and to the number of sensors. The controller is adapted to use the first and second measurements to create a heart failure status index, and control the stimulator to modulate the signal using the index. Other aspects and embodiments are provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, Marina V. Brockway, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9968266
    Abstract: A system comprises a risk analysis module and a worsening heart failure (WHF) detection module. The risk analysis module measures at least one first physiological parameter of a subject using a physiological sensor of an ambulatory medical device, and determines a heart failure (HF) risk score for the subject according to the at least one measured first physiological parameter. The HF risk score indicates susceptibility of the subject to experiencing a HF event. The WHF detection module measures at least one second physiological parameter of the subject using the same or different physiological sensor, and generates an indication of prediction that the subject will experience a WHF event when the at least one second physiological parameter satisfies a WHF detection algorithm. The risk analysis module adjusts generation of the indication by the WHF detection algorithm according to the determined HF risk score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Qi An, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, Viktoria A. Averina, Yi Zhang, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9924877
    Abstract: Various system embodiments comprise a stimulator adapted to deliver a stimulation signal for a heart failure therapy, a number of sensors adapted to provide at least a first measurement of a heart failure status and a second measurement of the heart failure status, and a controller. The controller is connected to the stimulator and to the number of sensors. The controller is adapted to use the first and second measurements to create a heart failure status index, and control the stimulator to modulate the signal using the index. Other aspects and embodiments are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, Marina V. Brockway, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9895074
    Abstract: Systems and related methods for analyzing data sensed from a device implanted in a patient, such as a cardiac pacing system. The system detects and evaluates electric signals within the patient that share a common event marker. By using algorithms and graphical presentation of the collected signals having common event markers, deviations in signals over time can be identified and evaluated in consideration of taking further action related to the patient and the implanted device. The system can also be used in conjunction with an advanced patient management system that includes a programmer or repeater capable of gathering information from the implanted device and transmitting the data to a host via a communications network for evaluation at a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Woellenstein, Howard D. Simms, Jr., Scott T. Mazar, Robert J. Sweeney