Patents by Inventor Steven Goetz

Steven Goetz 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: 9149210
    Abstract: Techniques relate to operating a medical device by classifying a detected posture state of a patient. This classification may be performed by comparing the detected posture state to posture state definitions available within the system. Each definition may be described in terms of a parameter (e.g., vector) indicative of a direction in three-dimensional space. The posture state definitions may be calibrated by automatically estimating values for these parameters, thereby eliminating the need for the patient to assume each posture state during the calibration process to capture actual parameter values. According to another aspect, the estimated parameter values may be updated as the patient assumes various postures during a daily routine. For instance, estimated vectors initially used to calibrate the posture state definitions may be changed over time to more closely represent posture states the patient actually assumes, and to further adapt to changes in a patient's condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Rajeev M. Sahasrabudhe, Lynn Davenport, Jon P. Davis, Wende L. Dewing, Elizabeth A. Fehrmann, Steven Goetz, Shyam Gokaldas, Eric J. Panken
  • Patent number: 8758274
    Abstract: Techniques relate to operating a medical device by classifying a detected posture state of a patient. This classification may be performed by comparing the detected posture state of the patient to posture state definitions available within the system. Each definition may be described in terms of a parameter (e.g., vector) indicative of a direction in three-dimensional space. The posture state definitions may be calibrated by automatically estimating values for these parameters, thereby eliminating the need for the patient to assume each posture state during the calibration process to capture actual parameter values. According to another aspect, the estimated parameter values may be updated as the patient assumes various postures during a daily routine. For instance, estimated vectors initially used to calibrate the posture state definitions may be changed over time to more closely represent posture states the patient actually assumes, and to further adapt to changes in a patient's condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajeev M. Sahasrabudhe, Lynn Davenport, Jon P. Davis, Wende L. Dewing, Elizabeth A. Fehrmann, Steven Goetz, Shyam Gokaldas, Eric J. Panken
  • Publication number: 20110172927
    Abstract: Techniques relate to operating a medical device by classifying a detected posture state of a patient. This classification may be performed by comparing the detected posture state of the patient to posture state definitions available within the system. Each definition may be described in terms of a parameter (e.g., vector) indicative of a direction in three-dimensional space. The posture state definitions may be calibrated by automatically estimating values for these parameters, thereby eliminating the need for the patient to assume each posture state during the calibration process to capture actual parameter values. According to another aspect, the estimated parameter values may be updated as the patient assumes various postures during a daily routine. For instance, estimated vectors initially used to calibrate the posture state definitions may be changed over time to more closely represent posture states the patient actually assumes, and to further adapt to changes in a patient's condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Rajeev M. Sahasrabudhe, Lynn Davenport, Jon P. Davis, Wende L. Dewing, Elizabeth A. Fehrmann, Steven Goetz, Shyam Gokaldas, Eric J. Panken
  • Publication number: 20110172562
    Abstract: Techniques relate to operating a medical device by classifying a detected posture state of a patient. This classification may be performed by comparing the detected posture state of the patient to posture state definitions available within the system. Each definition may be described in terms of a parameter (e.g., vector) indicative of a direction in three-dimensional space. The posture state definitions may be calibrated by automatically estimating values for these parameters, thereby eliminating the need for the patient to assume each posture state during the calibration process to capture actual parameter values. According to another aspect, the estimated parameter values may be updated as the patient assumes various postures during a daily routine. For instance, estimated vectors initially used to calibrate the posture state definitions may be changed over time to more closely represent posture states the patient actually assumes, and to further adapt to changes in a patient's condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Rajeev M. Sahasrabudhe, Lynn Davenport, Jon P. Davis, Wende L. Dewing, Elizabeth A. Fehrmann, Steven Goetz, Shyam Gokaldas, Eric J. Panken
  • Publication number: 20080027514
    Abstract: Techniques that involve generating test stimulation programs based upon specific patient feedback to guide the programming process for stimulation therapy are described. The patient describes positive effects and adverse effects of the test stimulation by listing and/or rating specific types of effects, both positive and adverse, and the location of each effect. In this manner, a programming device, i.e. a programmer, uses the feedback to generate subsequent test stimulation programs. Initially, programs with unipolar electrode configurations are tested, but the programmer may generate bipolar electrode configurations to test if the patient rates the unipolar electrode combinations poorly. After the stimulation programs are tested and rated, the programmer sorts the tested programs based upon the feedback and presents the tested programs to the user. The user selects the best tested program to use for chronic stimulation therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Delight DeMulling, Debbie McConnell, Steven Goetz, Cari Herman, Wende Dewing
  • Publication number: 20080015563
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for producing a virtual electrode within or upon a tissue to be treated with radio frequency alternating electric current. An apparatus in accord with the present disclosure includes a supply of a conductive or electrolytic fluid to be provided to the patient, an alternating current generator, and a processor for creating, maintaining, and controlling the ablation process by the interstitial or surficial delivery of the fluid to a tissue and the delivery of electric power to the tissue via the virtual electrode. A method in accord with the present disclosure includes delivering a conductive fluid to a predetermined tissue ablation site for a predetermined time period, applying a predetermined power level of radio frequency current to the tissue, monitoring at least one of several parameters, and adjusting either the applied power and/or the fluid flow in response to the measured parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Hoey, Mark Christopherson, Steven Goetz
  • Publication number: 20080004674
    Abstract: Techniques for selecting electrode combinations for stimulation therapy are described. The techniques include selecting one or more electrode combinations based on information associating a plurality of electrode combinations with at least one value of a therapy metric. The therapy metric comprises a quantifiable result of delivery of stimulation, and may be generated computer modeling of delivery of stimulation via the electrode combinations. In one embodiment, a clinician may deliver stimulation via a baseline electrode combination, receive patient feedback to the baseline electrode combination, select a therapy metric based on the patient feedback, and select additional electrode combinations based on the selected therapy metric and the information associating the electrode combinations with therapy metric values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary King, Steven Goetz, Kevin Tidemand, Wilbert Wesselink, Gabriela Miyazawa, Jordan Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20070276441
    Abstract: In general, the invention is directed to a technique for selection of parameter configurations for a neurostimulator using neural networks. The technique may be employed by a programming device to allow a clinician to select parameter configurations, and then program an implantable neurostimulator to deliver therapy using the selected parameter configurations. The parameter configurations may include one or more of a variety of parameters, such as electrode configurations defining electrode combinations and polarities for an electrode set implanted in a patient. The electrode set may be carried by one or more implanted leads that are electrically coupled to the neurostimulator. In operation, the programming device executes a parameter configuration search algorithm to guide the clinician in the selection of parameter configurations. The search algorithm relies on a neural network that identifies potential optimum parameter configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Goetz
  • Publication number: 20070245318
    Abstract: Techniques that involve application of one or more rules to a “parent” program to generate a plurality of different “child” programs are described. Each of the rules may define a respective electrode configuration modification, and each child program may be a variation of the parent based on a modification of the electrode configuration of the parent according to one of the rules. The systems or devices may generate further generations of child programs from a previous generation child program using the same one or more rules. The child programs may be provided to a user, so that the user may test the efficacy of the new programs, assisting the user in identifying desirable programs. The child programs may be relatively minor variations of the parent program, and the user may “fine tune” a generally desirable parent program by testing the child programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Goetz, Donald Johnson, Andrew Houchins, Jeffrey Keacher, Theodore Stone, Kenneth Heruth, Gary King, Roy Testerman
  • Publication number: 20070244519
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to techniques for automatically generating neurostimulation therapy program groups. The techniques may include receiving rating information and information describing actual therapy effects for a plurality of tested programs, and receiving target therapy data describing target therapy effects. The techniques may include automatically generating plurality of program groups based on the rating information and a comparison of actual effects to the target therapy effects. Actual effects and target therapy effects may be, for example, actual paresthesia areas and target paresthesia areas. The techniques may also include determining whether a sufficient number of programs have been tested to generate a desired number of programs groups and, if a sufficient number have not been tested, automatically generating additional programs based on the tested programs, and automatically generating program groups from the tested and automatically generated programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Keacher, Steven Goetz, Andrew Houchins, Theodore Stone, Donald Johnson, Shyam Gokaldas
  • Publication number: 20070213789
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method and system that allows a user to modify a stimulation parameter in a plurality of stimulation programs with a single adjustment. During stimulation therapy, the user, such as a patient, may desire to change a parameter of the plurality of stimulation programs. The patient may press a single button on an external programmer to make the parameter change, or global adjustment, to all of the plurality of stimulation programs. This global adjustment eliminates the need for the patient to navigate through each of the plurality of stimulation programs separately and adjust the parameter. Additionally, changing the plurality of stimulation programs may be desirable for uniform stimulation therapy between programs used by the patient. The external programmer may calculate an appropriate parameter change for each stimulation program to keep parameter ratios equal between the plurality of stimulation programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Nolan, Ruth Bauhahn, Steven Goetz
  • Publication number: 20070213790
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method and system that allows a user to manage multiple groups of stimulation programs that provide stimulation therapy. A physician may prepare a plurality of programs, arranged in groups that each focus on one area, that the patient may evaluate in an effort to determine if any programs provide efficacious therapy. Since the patient may be evaluating many groups by using a patient programmer, managing the groups may be difficult. The patient programmer may enable the patient to hide ineffective groups to minimize the number of groups available for therapy. In addition, the programmer may allow the patient to mark each group or program as effective or ineffective, to more easily manage groups and programs during stimulation therapy. In addition, the patient may unhide a group or program if the patient desires to reevaluate a formerly hidden option.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph Nolan, Ruth Bauhahn, Steven Goetz, Shahram Malekkhosravi
  • Publication number: 20070156186
    Abstract: An implantable medical device delivers neurostimulation therapy to a patient according to a parameter set. A parameter set may consist of a number of programs that are delivered substantially simultaneously. When programming the implantable medical device for the patient, a clinician programmer may maintain a session log for the patient that includes a listing of programs delivered to the patient and rating information provided by a clinician and the patient for programs of the list. The listing may be ordered according to the rating information in order to facilitate the selection of programs for a parameter set. A program library that may include particularly effective programs organized according to a directory structure may be stored in a memory. One or both of the implantable medical device and a patient programmer may store usage information that provides an objective assessment of therapy use by the patient, and allows a clinician to later improve the therapy based on the usage information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lee, Daniel Vinup, Steven Goetz
  • Publication number: 20070123953
    Abstract: A programmer allows a clinician to identify desirable combinations of electrodes from within an electrode set implanted in a patient that enable delivery of desirable neurostimulation therapy by an implantable medical device. The clinician may create neurostimulation therapy programs that include identified desirable electrode combinations. In some embodiments, the clinician may use the programmer to select a program, such as a program identified during a neurostimulation programming session, and direct the programmer to replicate the selected program. The programmer may change one or more parameters of the selected program, such as pulse amplitude or duty cycle, when generating the copy of the selected program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lee, Steven Goetz, Nathan Torgerson
  • Patent number: 7187978
    Abstract: A method and system for programming settings of a medical device surgically implanted within a body of a patient. The system comprises a physician programmer, a patient programmer, an external neural stimulator, and a telemetry component being in communication with the implanted medical device, the external neural stimulator, and the physician programmer. The implantable medical device may be programmed using a two-phase process, a screening phase and an implant phase. During the screening phase, the physician and patient programmers may be used to roughly test the parameters of the stimulation to determine that the treatment therapy is efficacious. During the implant phase, the same physician and patient programmers may be used to fine tune the parameters of the stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahram Malek, Mark A. Christopherson, Steven Goetz, John Grevious, David W. Lee
  • Publication number: 20060265024
    Abstract: Techniques for performing lead functionality tests, e.g., lead impedance tests, for implantable electrical leads are described. In some of the described embodiments, an implantable medical device determines whether a patient is in a target activity state, e.g., an activity state in which lead impedance testing will be unobtrusive, such as when a patient is asleep, or capture information of particular interest, such as when the patient is active, in a particular posture, or changing postures. The implantable medical device performs the lead functionality test based on this determination. Additionally, in some embodiments, the implantable medical device may group a plurality of measurements for a single lead functionality test into a plurality of sessions, and perform the measurement sessions interleaved with delivery of therapeutic stimulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Steven Goetz, Nathan Torgerson, Michael Lee
  • Publication number: 20060265025
    Abstract: Techniques for performing lead functionality tests, e.g., lead impedance tests, for implantable electrical leads are described. In some of the described embodiments, an implantable medical device determines whether a patient is in a target activity state, e.g., an activity state in which lead impedance testing will be unobtrusive, such as when a patient is asleep, or capture information of particular interest, such as when the patient is active, in a particular posture, or changing postures. The implantable medical device performs the lead functionality test based on this determination. Additionally, in some embodiments, the implantable medical device may group a plurality of measurements for a single lead functionality test into a plurality of sessions, and perform the measurement sessions interleaved with delivery of therapeutic stimulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Goetz, Nathan Torgerson, Michael Lee
  • Publication number: 20060259099
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to techniques for shifting between two electrode combinations. An amplitude of a first electrode combination is incrementally decreased while an amplitude of a second, or subsequent, electrode combination is concurrently incrementally increased. Alternatively, an amplitude of the first electrode combination is maintained at a target amplitude level while the amplitude of the second electrode combination is incrementally increased. The stimulation pulses of the electrode combinations are delivered to the patient interleaved in time. In this manner, the invention provides for a smooth, gradual shift from a first electrode combination to a second electrode combination, allowing the patient to maintain a continual perception of stimulation. The shifting techniques described herein may be used during programming to shift between different electrode combinations to find an efficacious electrode combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Goetz, Andrew Houchins, Jeffrey Keacher, Gary King, Kenneth Heruth, Roy Testerman, Michael Lee, Nathan Torgerson, Joseph Nolan
  • Publication number: 20060247710
    Abstract: System, telemetry head and method for programming an implantable medical device adapted to provide a therapeutic output to a patient, the implantable medical device being programmable through a telemetry interface. A telemetry head is adapted for transcutaneous communication with the implantable medical device through the telemetry interface when the telemetry head is positioned with respect to the implantable medical device. A computing device has computing processing power and a user interface linked with the telemetry head. The computing device processes the computing instructions associated with the implantable medical device. The computing device supplies the user interface based, at least in part, on the computing instructions associated with the implantable medical device. The telemetry head receives programming instructions from the computing device and provides the programming instructions to the implantable medical device using the transcutaneous telemetry interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: Steven Goetz, Duane Bourget
  • Publication number: 20060235472
    Abstract: A programming device used to program delivery of therapy to a patient by a medical device, such as an implantable neurostimulator or pump, maintains or accesses a programming history for the patient. The programming history may take the form of a record of programs, e.g., combinations of therapy parameters, tested during one or more prior programming sessions. The programming device may analyze, or otherwise use the programming history to provide guidance information to a user, such as a clinician, which may assist the user in more quickly identifying one or more desirable programs during a current programming session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Goetz, Michael Lee