Patents by Inventor Steven M. Falk

Steven M. Falk 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).

  • Publication number: 20210393435
    Abstract: An infant warming system includes a bassinet having a platform configured to support an infant, at least one wireless physiological sensor configured to measure a physiological parameter from the infant and transmit physiological parameter data, and at least two radio frequency identification (RFID) readers. The RFID readers are configured to communicate with the at least one wireless physiological sensor to facilitate pairing therewith so as to enable receipt of the physiological parameter data from the wireless physiological sensors at the infant warmer system. The RFID readers each have a range distance that is less than a length of the platform and are positioned such that the wireless physiological sensor is in the range distance of at least one of the at least two RFID readers from any location on the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Woloschek, Steven M. Falk, Daniel W. Medeiros
  • Publication number: 20210345899
    Abstract: A multi-sensor patch for simultaneous abdominal monitoring of maternal and fetal physiological data includes a multi-layer flexible substrate. The multi-layer flexible substrate includes a center region and a plurality of electrode regions. An electrode of the plurality of electrodes is located in each of the electrode regions. At least one auxiliary sensor which may be an optical sensor. A module unit is connected to the conductive layer at the center region. The module unit is configured to receive biopotential physiological data from the plurality of electrodes and photosignal data from the optical sensor. The module unit calculates at least fetal heart rate (fHR), maternal heart rate (mHR), and uterine activity (UA) from the biopotential physiological data and fHR, mHR, and SpO2 from the photosignal data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Applicant: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Pieri, Steven M. Falk, Mohammad Khair
  • Publication number: 20210333145
    Abstract: A neonatal care system includes a platform for supporting an infant, at least one load cell configured to sense a weight of the infant supported on the platform, and an inclinometer configured to measure an angle of the platform. A controller is configured to determine an infant weight based on the sensed weight and the measured angle of the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Falk, Sudeepa S. Aithala
  • Publication number: 20210299389
    Abstract: A T-piece for controlling ventilation support to a patient includes a t-shaped body having a gas source connection port configured to receive a gas flow from a gas source, an interface connection port configured to connect to a patient interface device, and a positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) control port. A PEEP adjuster path is connected to the PEEP control port, the PEEP adjuster path having a bypass hole to allow gas to exit the T-piece and configured such that when the bypass hole is closed substantially all gas received at the gas source connection port is directed to the patient, and when the bypass hole is open, at least a portion of the gas received at the gas source connection port exits through the bypass hole to maintain PEEP to the patient. The T-piece is configured such that the bypass hole can be closed to deliver peak inspiratory pressure (PIP).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Applicant: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Falk
  • Patent number: 11020611
    Abstract: A phototherapy device includes a blanket for use in phototherapy treatment that integrates a light emitting panel and a light receiver such that the amount of treatment light delivered to the infant patient can be determined. The light emitting panel includes a plurality of woven optical fibers that each receive treatment light from a light source. A second plurality of receiving optical fibers are woven into the light emitting panel. A reflective element is positioned on the light emitting panel to reflect a portion of the therapy light into the light receiver. A light detector determines the intensity of the treatment light being delivered to the infant patient during phototherapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Falk
  • Publication number: 20200411177
    Abstract: A method of controlling an infant care device includes identifying, via a location tracking system, a device location of the infant care device within a care facility by locating a device location tag on the infant care device, and also identifying any local clinician tags worn by a clinician within a predetermined area around the device location. The local clinician tags are compared to a list of authorized clinician tags to identify whether at least one local authorized clinician tag is within the predetermined area around the infant care device. User input is received at a user interface associated with the infant care device to modify operation of the infant care device. Operation of the infant care device is modified based on the user input only if at least one local authorized clinician tag is within the predetermined area around the infant care device at the time of receiving the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Woloschek, Steven M. Falk, Karen P. Starr, Elizabeth K. Devins
  • Publication number: 20200281496
    Abstract: The disclosed sensor assembly may be used in a patient monitoring system to monitor one or more physiological parameters of a patient. The sensor assembly may include a substrate and one or more electrodes, which may include a lattice structure to limit a contact area between the one or more electrodes and skin of the patient. The sensor assembly may include connectors or connector assemblies that facilitate connection between the one or more electrodes and a data acquisition unit. The sensor assembly may be especially useful for patients with sensitive skin, such as infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Aghogho Obi, Nancy Cecilia Stoffel, Steven M. Falk, Thom Valent, Mohammad Khair, Karen Starr
  • Publication number: 20180199731
    Abstract: A mattress for supporting a head and body of a patient is disclosed. The mattress includes an integrated deformable head support that can be molded into a desired shape to support the head of the infant. The deformable head support retains the desired shape after molding. The head support is received upon and extends above a top surface of a base layer of the mattress. The base layer and head support are formed from different materials where the material used to form the head support can be deformed and retains the desired shape. The head support has a U-shape or semi-ring shape to surround the top and sides of the head of an infant patient when the infant patient is positioned on the mattress. A cover layer is positioned over both the base layer and the head support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Karen P. Starr, Steven M. Falk, Christen Pechman Bartley
  • Patent number: 9597055
    Abstract: A fetal pulse monitor includes an ultrasound crystal. An ultrasound controller is electrically connected to the ultrasound crystal and operates the ultrasound crystal to produce ultrasound signals and receive reflected ultrasound signals. A wireless transmitter is electrically connected to the ultrasound controller. A biocompatible housing at least partially surrounds the ultrasound crystal, ultrasound controller, and the wireless transmitter. A system for monitoring fetal heart rate includes a fetal pulse monitor configured for insertion into a womb of a patient and for attachment to a fetus within the womb. The fetal pulse monitor includes an ultrasound crystal, an ultrasound controller electrically connected to the ultrasound crystal, and a wireless transmitter electrically connected to the ultrasound controller. A patient monitoring device is external to the womb and includes a wireless receiver and a processor that detects instantaneous fetal heart rate from the received ultrasound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk, Karsten A. Russell-wood
  • Patent number: 9560974
    Abstract: A noninvasive remote parameter sensor and sensing method is provided that is particularly suited for the remote monitoring of skin temperature. The sensor and sensing method utilize luminescence-based sensors that are non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin. The sensor preferably utilizes one or more types of fluorophores that are embedded in a soft hydrogel. The sensor is illuminated with excitation light, and temperature is monitored by detecting and analyzing the emission light from the fluorophores. Because a soft hydrogel is used, the sensor can be gently wiped off the skin at the conclusion of temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Inventors: Leah Tolosa, Hung Lam, Yordan Kostov, Steven M Falk, Govind Rao
  • Patent number: 9468575
    Abstract: An infant care system includes an infant care tower configured to receive at least one medical device. A processor operates the infant care tower and the at least one medical device. A bassinet is configured to receive an infant patient within a microenvironment defined and maintained by the bassinet. Upon connection of the bassinet to the infant care tower, the processor operates to control both the infant care tower and the bassinet in maintain the microenvironment of the bassinet. In a method of treating an infant patient, an infant patient is provided in a microenvironment defined and maintained by a bassinet. The bassinet is communicatively connected to the care tower and a first processor of the infant care tower operates the bassinet to maintain the microenvironment to provide medical care to the infant patient with the at least one medical device of the infant care tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ten Eyck, Steven M. Falk
  • Patent number: 9232929
    Abstract: A method and device for monitoring a fetal heart rate includes a reference fetal heart rate detected across an ultrasound depth zone of sensitivity. The ultrasound depth zone of sensitivity is scanned in overlapping increments of a first depth. An average fetal heart rate detected for each overlapping increment is tested for a coincidence with the reference fetal heart rate. Overlapping increments with the coincidence and a maximized signal quality rate are identified. An ultrasound depth increment of a second depth is selected representing the selected adjacent increments. Fetal heart rate is determined from an ultrasound signal returned from a scan depth of the second depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk
  • Patent number: 9168022
    Abstract: An abdominal sonar includes an ultrasound transducer array with a plurality of ultrasound transducers. The abdominal sonar further includes at least one additional ultrasound transducer. A digital signal processor is communicatively connected to the plurality of ultrasound transducers and the at least one additional ultrasound transducer. The digital signal processor individually operates the plurality of ultrasound transducers and the at least one additional ultrasound transducer. The digital signal processor receives reflected ultrasound signals back from each of the plurality of ultrasound transducers and the at least one additional ultrasound transducer and converts the received reflected ultrasound signals into an audio signal. A system for monitoring a pregnancy includes an ultrasound transducer array and at least one additional ultrasound transducer. A digital signal processor is communicatively connected to the ultrasound transducer array and the at least one ultrasound transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk, Karsten A. Russell-wood
  • Patent number: 8868164
    Abstract: A fetal monitoring device includes a piezofilm sheet, a first electrode, and a second electrode. A controller is operably connected to the piezofilm sheet, first electrode, and second electrode and receives a biopotential and a piezofilm signal. The controller derives at least one of a maternal heart rate and a uterine activity for the biopotential and derives at least one of a fetal heart rate and fetal motion detection from the piezofilm signal. The controller derives an index of fetal health and operate an indicator to present the derived index of fetal health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk, Bradley C. Fox
  • Publication number: 20140276070
    Abstract: A method and device for monitoring a fetal heart rate includes a reference fetal heart rate detected across an ultrasound depth zone of sensitivity. The ultrasound depth zone of sensitivity is scanned in overlapping increments of a first depth. An average fetal heart rate detected for each overlapping increment is tested for a coincidence with the reference fetal heart rate. Overlapping increments with the coincidence and a maximized signal quality rate are identified. An ultrasound depth increment of a second depth is selected representing the selected adjacent increments. Fetal heart rate is determined from an ultrasound signal returned from a scan depth of the second depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk
  • Publication number: 20140249436
    Abstract: A fetal monitoring device includes a piezofilm sheet, a first electrode, and a second electrode. A controller is operably connected to the piezofilm sheet, first electrode, and second electrode and receives a biopotential and a piezofilm signal. The controller derives at least one of a maternal heart rate and a uterine activity for the biopotential and derives at least one of a fetal heart rate and fetal motion detection from the piezofilm signal. The controller derives an index of fetal health and operate an indicator to present the derived index of fetal health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk, Bradley C. Fox
  • Publication number: 20130150655
    Abstract: An infant care system includes an infant care tower configured to receive at least one medical device. A processor operates the infant care tower and the at least one medical device. A bassinet is configured to receive an infant patient within a microenvironment defined and maintained by the bassinet. Upon connection of the bassinet to the infant care tower, the processor operates to control both the infant care tower and the bassinet in maintain the microenvironment of the bassinet. In a method of treating an infant patient, an infant patient is provided in a microenvironment defined and maintained by a bassinet. The bassinet is communicatively connected to the care tower and a first processor of the infant care tower operates the bassinet to maintain the microenvironment to provide medical care to the infant patient with the at least one medical device of the infant care tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ten Eyck, Steven M. Falk
  • Publication number: 20130079661
    Abstract: A noninvasive remote parameter sensor and sensing method is provided that is particularly suited for the remote monitoring of skin temperature. The sensor and sensing method utilize luminescence-based sensors that are non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin. The sensor preferably utilizes one or more types of fluorophores that are embedded in a soft hydrogel. The sensor is illuminated with excitation light, and temperature is monitored by detecting and analyzing the emission light from the fluorophores. Because a soft hydrogel is used, the sensor can be gently wiped off the skin at the conclusion of temperature measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Leah Tolosa, Hung Lam, Yordan Kostov, Steven M. Falk, Govind Rao
  • Publication number: 20130066143
    Abstract: A method and microenvironment includes accessing a dynamic image from a computer-readable medium and displaying the dynamic image on a display device communicatively connected to the microenvironment. The dynamic image includes a representation of an action performed by a clinician with respect to the microenvironment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ten Eyck, Steven M. Falk
  • Publication number: 20120179045
    Abstract: A fetal pulse monitor includes an ultrasound crystal. An ultrasound controller is electrically connected to the ultrasound crystal and operates the ultrasound crystal to produce ultrasound signals and receive reflected ultrasound signals. A wireless transmitter is electrically connected to the ultrasound controller. A biocompatible housing at least partially surrounds the ultrasound crystal, ultrasound controller, and the wireless transmitter. A system for monitoring fetal heart rate includes a fetal pulse monitor configured for insertion into a womb of a patient and for attachment to a fetus within the womb. The fetal pulse monitor includes an ultrasound crystal, an ultrasound controller electrically connected to the ultrasound crystal, and a wireless transmitter electrically connected to the ultrasound controller. A patient monitoring device is external to the womb and includes a wireless receiver and a processor that detects instantaneous fetal heart rate from the received ultrasound signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: General Electrical Company
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk, Karsten A. Russell-wood