Patents by Inventor Sarah B. Alme

Sarah B. Alme 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: 11883669
    Abstract: An indication that a patient event occurred may be used to evaluate the efficacy of at least one therapy program and/or adjust therapy delivery to the patient. In some examples, the patient event indication includes patient input that may be received via an event indication button of a programming device. In some examples, therapy delivery may be adjusted by adjusting at least one therapy parameter value, switching therapy programs or therapy program groups or restarting a therapy cycle of a medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Giftakis, Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Jonathan C. Werder, Nina M. Graves, David C. Ullestad, Sarah B. Alme
  • Publication number: 20220032064
    Abstract: An indication that a patient event occurred may be used to evaluate the efficacy of at least one therapy program and/or adjust therapy delivery to the patient. In some examples, the patient event indication includes patient input that may be received via an event indication button of a programming device. In some examples, therapy delivery may be adjusted by adjusting at least one therapy parameter value, switching therapy programs or therapy program groups or restarting a therapy cycle of a medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Giftakis, Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Jonathan C. Werder, Nina M. Graves, David C. Ullestad, Sarah B. Alme
  • Patent number: 11154717
    Abstract: An indication that a patient event occurred may be used to evaluate the efficacy of at least one therapy program and/or adjust therapy delivery to the patient. In some examples, the patient event indication includes patient input that may be received via an event indication button of a programming device. In some examples, therapy delivery may be adjusted by adjusting at least one therapy parameter value, switching therapy programs or therapy program groups or restarting a therapy cycle of a medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Giftakis, Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Jonathan C. Werder, Nina M. Graves, David C. Ullestad, Sarah B. Alme
  • Publication number: 20200139129
    Abstract: An indication that a patient event occurred may be used to evaluate the efficacy of at least one therapy program and/or adjust therapy delivery to the patient. In some examples, the patient event indication includes patient input that may be received via an event indication button of a programming device. In some examples, therapy delivery may be adjusted by adjusting at least one therapy parameter value, switching therapy programs or therapy program groups or restarting a therapy cycle of a medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Giftakis, Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Jonathan C. Werder, Nina M. Graves, David C. Ullestad, Sarah B. Alme
  • Patent number: 10561845
    Abstract: An indication that a patient event occurred may be used to evaluate the efficacy of at least one therapy program and/or adjust therapy delivery to the patient. In some examples, the patient event indication includes patient input that may be received via an event indication button of a programming device. In some examples, therapy delivery may be adjusted by adjusting at least one therapy parameter value, switching therapy programs or therapy program groups or restarting a therapy cycle of a medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Giftakis, Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Jonathan C. Werder, Nina M. Graves, David C. Ullestad, Sarah B. Alme
  • Patent number: 9968732
    Abstract: An implantable medical device is capable of delivering therapeutic output to a patient. A controller, programmable by a medical professional, is operatively coupled to the implantable medical device to, in part, program the therapeutic output to be delivered to the patient. The controller has an interface allowing the medical professional to graphically select an amount of the therapeutic output to be delivered to the patient in at least one of a series of discrete timer intervals. The graphic selection may be aided by the use of a light pen or other pointing device to sketch the infusion pattern. Computer programs using algorithms may be utilized to translate the information inputted through the light pen into an infusion program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Touby A. Drew, Steven M. Goetz, Sarah B. Alme, Jiaying Shen, Ajinkya M. Joglekar
  • Patent number: 9122785
    Abstract: Techniques are described for displaying a representation of a supplemental bolus and a representation of programmed doses of a therapy schedule for an implantable fluid delivery device with a programmer device. In one example, a device includes a user interface to present a graphical representation of doses of fluid to be delivered to a patient via an implantable fluid delivery device and a processor that controls the user interface to simultaneously present a first graphical representation of a supplemental bolus to be delivered by the implantable fluid delivery device and a second graphical representation of programmed doses of a therapy schedule of the implantable fluid delivery device, wherein at least a portion of the programmed doses of the therapy schedule follows delivery of the supplemental bolus by the implantable fluid delivery device. A user of the device may determine whether the representations indicate an excessive dosage risk to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah B. Alme, Touby A. Drew, Lance Beall
  • Patent number: 8890681
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for displaying representations of therapy session histories with a programmer device configured to program an implantable fluid delivery device. Information regarding the session histories may be stored in a memory of the fluid delivery device. An example programmer includes a user interface comprising a display to present a representation of a plurality of therapy sessions administered by an implantable fluid delivery device to a patient, and a processor that controls the user interface to present on the display the representation of the plurality of therapy sessions. The representation may include simultaneously displayed, temporally-ordered representations of the plurality of therapy sessions, such as a graph comprising a plurality of nodes, each node corresponding to one of the therapy sessions. Horizontal locations of the nodes may correspond to relative ending dates for the corresponding therapy session, and shapes of each node may represent infusion patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Goetz, Sarah B. Alme
  • Patent number: 8862451
    Abstract: A programmer device includes an interface that communicates with an implantable fluid delivery device and a user interface that displays a representation of a portion of the implantable fluid delivery device and displays an indication of a location of fluid within the implantable fluid delivery device during a delivery phase, e.g., a priming or bridging phase. The user interface may display a representation of progress of the delivery phase. The user interface may display the indication of the location of the fluid within internal tubing of the implantable fluid delivery device or within a catheter of the implantable fluid delivery device. The programmer device may display the representation of the progress of the delivery phase as a simulation of the delivery phase or during the actual delivery phase of the implantable fluid delivery device. A user may therefore observe a location of fluid corresponding to progress of the delivery phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah B. Alme, Touby A. Drew, Jiaying Shen
  • Patent number: 8376943
    Abstract: Patient input indicating the occurrence of an event and information relating to the event may be collected by a computing device. In some examples, the patient input is received via an event indication input mechanism of a medical device programmer. A clinician may review the event information to evaluate the efficacy of a therapy system (e.g., a particular therapy program or program group) or a patient's condition. In one example, a patient may activate an event indication input mechanism to indicate the occurrence of a seizure symptom, and input information relating to the seizure, such as the duration, severity, type of seizure or efficacy of a therapy system implemented to manage seizures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Sarah B. Alme, Nina M. Graves
  • Publication number: 20100265072
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for displaying representations of therapy session histories with a programmer device configured to program an implantable fluid delivery device. Information regarding the session histories may be stored in a memory of the fluid delivery device. An example programmer includes a user interface comprising a display to present a representation of a plurality of therapy sessions administered by an implantable fluid delivery device to a patient, and a processor that controls the user interface to present on the display the representation of the plurality of therapy sessions. The representation may include simultaneously displayed, temporally-ordered representations of the plurality of therapy sessions, such as a graph comprising a plurality of nodes, each node corresponding to one of the therapy sessions. Horizontal locations of the nodes may correspond to relative ending dates for the corresponding therapy session, and shapes of each node may represent infusion patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Goetz, Sarah B. Alme
  • Publication number: 20100185183
    Abstract: Techniques are described for simultaneously displaying representations, such as graphical representations, of both a selected dosing program of an implantable fluid delivery device and a pending dosing program of the implantable fluid delivery device. In one example, a system includes an implantable fluid delivery device that delivers fluid to a patient according to a selected dosing program, and a programmer device that includes a user interface comprising a display to present a graphical representation of doses of fluid to be delivered to a patient via an implantable fluid delivery device, and a processor that controls the user interface to simultaneously present on the display a first indication of a selected dosing program of the implantable fluid delivery device and a second indication of a pending dosing program of the implantable fluid delivery pump. A user may therefore compare the selected dosing program with the pending dosing program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah B. Alme, Touby A. Drew, Ajinkya M. Joglekar, Jiaying Shen
  • Publication number: 20100185181
    Abstract: Techniques are described for displaying a representation of a supplemental bolus and a representation of programmed doses of a therapy schedule for an implantable fluid delivery device with a programmer device. In one example, a device includes a user interface to present a graphical representation of doses of fluid to be delivered to a patient via an implantable fluid delivery device and a processor that controls the user interface to simultaneously present a first graphical representation of a supplemental bolus to be delivered by the implantable fluid delivery device and a second graphical representation of programmed doses of a therapy schedule of the implantable fluid delivery device, wherein at least a portion of the programmed doses of the therapy schedule follows delivery of the supplemental bolus by the implantable fluid delivery device. A user of the device may determine whether the representations indicate an excessive dosage risk to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah B. Alme, Touby A. Drew, Lance Beall
  • Publication number: 20100185182
    Abstract: A programmer device includes an interface that communicates with an implantable fluid delivery device and a user interface that displays a representation of a portion of the implantable fluid delivery device and displays an indication of a location of fluid within the implantable fluid delivery device during a delivery phase, e.g., a priming or bridging phase. The user interface may display a representation of progress of the delivery phase. The user interface may display the indication of the location of the fluid within internal tubing of the implantable fluid delivery device or within a catheter of the implantable fluid delivery device. The programmer device may display the representation of the progress of the delivery phase as a simulation of the delivery phase or during the actual delivery phase of the implantable fluid delivery device. A user may therefore observe a location of fluid corresponding to progress of the delivery phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah B. Alme, Touby A. Drew, Jiaying Shen
  • Publication number: 20100010646
    Abstract: An implantable medical device is capable of delivering therapeutic output to a patient. A controller, programmable by a medical professional, is operatively coupled to the implantable medical device to, in part, program the therapeutic output to be delivered to the patient. The controller has an interface allowing the medical professional to graphically select an amount of the therapeutic output to be delivered to the patient in at least one of a series of discrete timer intervals. The graphic selection may be aided by the use of a light pen or other pointing device to sketch the infusion pattern. Computer programs using algorithms may be utilized to translate the information inputted through the light pen into an infusion program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Touby A. Drew, Steven M. Goetz, Sarah B. Alme, Jiaying Shen, Ajinkya M. Joglekar
  • Publication number: 20090083070
    Abstract: An indication that a patient event occurred may be used to evaluate the efficacy of at least one therapy program and/or adjust therapy delivery to the patient. In some examples, the patient event indication includes patient input that may be received via an event indication button of a programming device. In some examples, therapy delivery may be adjusted by adjusting at least one therapy parameter value, switching therapy programs or therapy program groups or restarting a therapy cycle of a medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Giftakis, Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Jonathan C. Werder, Nina M. Graves, David C. Ullestad, Sarah B. Alme
  • Publication number: 20090082640
    Abstract: Patient input indicating the occurrence of an event and information relating to the event may be collected by a computing device. In some examples, the patient input is received via an event indication input mechanism of a medical device programmer. A clinician may review the event information to evaluate the efficacy of a therapy system (e.g., a particular therapy program or program group) or a patient's condition. In one example, a patient may activate an event indication input mechanism to indicate the occurrence of a seizure symptom, and input information relating to the seizure, such as the duration, severity, type of seizure or efficacy of a therapy system implemented to manage seizures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Kovach, Warren W. Ball, Sarah B. Alme, Nina M. Graves