Patents by Inventor Thomas F. Heil

Thomas F. Heil 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: 11011267
    Abstract: Systems and methods of associating beds and/or rooms and/or patients are provided. One system and method involves using a signature of emitted light to determine a location of a patient bed in a healthcare facility. Another system and method involves reading a bar code from an array of redundant bar codes. Still another system and method involves manually entering location information on a graphical user interface of a patient bed for subsequent transmission. A further system and method involves sending bed ID and location ID along parallel paths from two independent circuits on a patient bed for receipt by two different transceivers and ultimately by two different remote computers that cooperate to associate the bed ID with the location ID. Still a further system and method involves using circuitry on a bed to mutate a received location ID and a bed ID into a single unique mutated ID such as by adding the location ID and bed ID and then performing a hashing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Dixon, Keith A. Huster, Michael A. Hood, James M. Allen, John D. Christie, Jack Barney Sing, Dan R. Tallent, Umesh J. Rajani, Clay G. Owsley, Thomas F. Heil, Richard Joseph Schuman, Sr., Timothy D. Wildman
  • Patent number: 10987263
    Abstract: A siderail assembly for a person support apparatus comprises a siderail body, a grip portion, and a power communication device. The siderail body includes a front surface, a back surface, and a side surface extending between the front surface and the back surface. The side surface defines a perimeter of the siderail body. The grip portion includes a siderail opening through a portion of the siderail body. The grip opening has an upper grip opening portion that cooperates with the side surface to define a grip. The power communication device is configured to communicate power wirelessly to a device in communication therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred J. Herman, Thomas F. Heil, Charles A. Howell
  • Patent number: 10973701
    Abstract: A moisture management apparatus monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. An embodiment of the moisture management apparatus includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. The sensor event communication system may monitor other types of patient events. Portions of the moisture management apparatus and/or the moisture event communication system may be embodied in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven Alan Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, II, David Lance Ribble, Varad Narayan Srivastava, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Michael Scott Hood, Charles A. Howell, Kirsten M. Emmons
  • Patent number: 10959534
    Abstract: A head elevation apparatus configured to be positioned under a mattress may include a base panel and a top panel positioned on the base panel. The top panel may include a center panel hingedly coupled to the base panel. An upper flap may be hingedly coupled to the center panel. A lower flap may be hingedly coupled to the center panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ibne Soreefan, David L. Ribble, Kirsten M. Emmons, Craig M. Meyerson, David Quinn, Thomas F. Heil
  • Publication number: 20200306101
    Abstract: A moisture management apparatus monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. An embodiment of the moisture management apparatus includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. The sensor event communication system may monitor other types of patient events. Portions of the moisture management apparatus and/or the moisture event communication system may be embodied in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven Alan Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, II, David Lance Ribble, Varad Narayan Srivastava, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Michael Scott Hood, Charles A. Howell, Kirsten M. Emmons
  • Publication number: 20200275784
    Abstract: A head elevation apparatus configured to be positioned under a mattress may include a base panel and a top panel positioned on the base panel. The top panel may include a center panel hingedly coupled to the base panel. An upper flap may be hingedly coupled to the center panel. A lower flap may be hingedly coupled to the center panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Ibne Soreefan, David L. Ribble, Kirsten M. Emmons, Craig M. Meyerson, David Quinn, Thomas F. Heil
  • Publication number: 20200230001
    Abstract: Person support apparatuses are disclosed. In one embodiment, a person support apparatus comprises a base frame and a primary support frame supported on the base frame. A carriage is freely translatable at least between a head end of the primary support frame and a foot end of the primary support frame. A support surface is supported on the carriage such that the support surface translates with the carriage. The support surface includes a support section which is collapsible in a length direction of the support surface. The support section may include an air bladder and a control valve fluidly coupled to the air bladder that regulates air pressure within the air bladder. The control valve has a normally closed position and a vent position, wherein the person support apparatus comprises an exercise configuration wherein the control valve is in the vent position and the air bladder is vented to atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Glenn C. Suttman
  • Patent number: 10682263
    Abstract: A moisture management apparatus monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. An embodiment of the moisture management apparatus includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. The sensor event communication system may monitor other types of patient events. Portions of the moisture management apparatus and/or the moisture event communication system may be embodied in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven Alan Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, II, David Lance Ribble, Varad Narayan Srivastava, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Michael Scott Hood, Charles A. Howell, Kirsten M. Emmons
  • Patent number: 10646379
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method of interrogating a sensor to detect the presence of moisture on an occupant support comprises the steps of A) providing a moisture responsive sensor in a surveillance zone of the occupant support, the sensor being tuned to a center frequency; B) exciting the sensor with an electromagnetic signal having a frequency approximately equal to the center frequency; C) monitoring for a center frequency response from the sensor; D) comparing the center frequency response to an expected center frequency response; and E) if the center frequency response compares favorably to an expected center frequency response, issuing a first output consistent with the favorable comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven A. Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, David L. Ribble, Varad N. Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10646389
    Abstract: Person support apparatuses with selectively coupled foot sections are disclosed. In one embodiment, the person support apparatus includes a base frame, a primary support frame supported on the base frame, and a foot section coupled to the primary support frame. The person support apparatus also includes a carriage that is freely translatable between a head end of the primary support frame and a foot end of the primary support frame, the carriage comprising a torso portion and a seat portion having a thigh segment and a gluteal segment. The person support apparatus further includes a selectable trunnion that selectively and severally couples the foot section to the primary support frame and the thigh segment of the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Glenn C. Suttman
  • Publication number: 20200105422
    Abstract: An apparatus for remote at-home care of a patient is disclosed. The apparatus monitors a patient with a deployable sensor system and communicates the data sensed by the sensor system to a patient care hub located within a patient's home. A patient interface and a caregiver controller are in wireless communication with each other and the patient care hub. The patient care hub generates an alert(s) in view of the sensed data and wirelessly communicates the alert(s) to the patient interface and/or the caregiver controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, John V. HARMEYER, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN
  • Publication number: 20200100968
    Abstract: A mattress support includes a base plate configured to be positioned on a box spring of a bed. A bladder may be coupled to a top surface of the base plate. A top plate is coupled to a top surface of the bladder. A top surface of the top plate is configured to support a mattress. The bladder is inflatable to adjust a height of the top plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN
  • Publication number: 20200100962
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a bed assembly. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to a bed assembly that is compatible with a traditional consumer bed and can enhance the traditional consumer bed so it provides features of a traditional hospital bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, John V. HARMEYER, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN
  • Publication number: 20200100969
    Abstract: A mattress support includes a first section and a second section configured to be coupled to the first section. Each of the first section and the second section includes a base plate configured to be positioned on a box frame of a bed. A top plate is pivotable relative to the base plate. A bladder structure is positioned between the base plate and the top plate and inflatable to adjust a height of the top plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, John V. HARMEYER, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN, Andrew Robert TAYLOR, Alistair Andrew James WARD, Martyn Thomas MITCHELL, Ibne SOREEFAN
  • Publication number: 20200100960
    Abstract: A modular system is usable to vary the conditions around a bed in a home to provide various levels of support for patients who are at home and have varying acuity of medical complications. The modular system allows the home bed to be temporarily adapted for medical care.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, John V. HARMEYER, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN
  • Publication number: 20200100597
    Abstract: A mattress support includes a first section and a second section configured to be coupled to the first section. Each of the first section and the second section includes a base plate configured to be positioned on a box frame of a bed. A top plate is hingedly attached to the base plate. A bladder is positioned between the base plate and the top plate and inflatable to adjust a height of the top plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Craig M. MEYERSON, Lori ZAPFE, John V. HARMEYER, Xuan TENG, Jotpreet CHAHAL, Thomas F. HEIL, Kirsten M. EMMONS, David L. BEDEL, Kenneth L. LILLY, Nicholas MANN, Andrew Robert TAYLOR, Alistair Andrew James WARD, Martyn Thomas MITCHELL
  • Publication number: 20200050750
    Abstract: A care system includes a mobile communication device, a remote server, and a patient support system that is in communication with either or both of the mobile communication device and the remote server. The mobile communication device may operate as a user interface for the patient support system. The remote server may provide computing power for the patient support system for resource intensive computing tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Eric D. Agdeppa, Steven A. Dixon, Charles A. Howell, Thomas M. Gillis, Keith A. Huster, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Publication number: 20190209391
    Abstract: A moisture management apparatus monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. An embodiment of the moisture management apparatus includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. The sensor event communication system may monitor other types of patient events. Portions of the moisture management apparatus and/or the moisture event communication system may be embodied in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven Alan Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, II, David Lance Ribble, Varad Narayan Srivastava, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Michael Scott Hood, Charles A. Howell, Kirsten M. Emmons
  • Patent number: 10299968
    Abstract: A moisture management apparatus monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. An embodiment of the moisture management apparatus includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. The sensor event communication system may monitor other types of patient events. Portions of the moisture management apparatus and/or the moisture event communication system may be embodied in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven Alan Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, II, David Lance Ribble, Varad Narayan Srivastava, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Michael Scott Hood, Charles A. Howell, Kirsten M. Emmons
  • Patent number: 10290071
    Abstract: A care system includes a mobile communication device, a remote server, and a patient support system in communication with either or both of the mobile communication device and the remote server. The mobile communication device operates as a user interface for the patient support system. The remote server provides computing power for the patient support system for resource intensive computing tasks. A system for use in a healthcare facility includes patient care devices located in a patient room. The system also includes an application server located remotely from the patient room. The application server stores application software associated with each patient care device. The system further includes a universal caregiver interface situated in the patient room and in communication with the application server. The universal caregiver interface receives application software from the application server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Eric D. Agdeppa, Steven A. Dixon, Charles A. Howell, Thomas M. Gillis, Benjamin E. Howell, Christian Saucier, Kelli F. Rempel, Keith A. Huster, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, Andrew S. Robinson, Mary L. Butler, Bryan J. Bello, Michael S. Hood, Frederick C. Davidson, David M. Girardeau