Patents by Inventor William R. Mass

William R. Mass 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: 9552722
    Abstract: A modular patient communicator provides for communications with a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and connectivity with a central authority (CA) via an unsecured network. Medical firmware and a radio facilitate wireless interrogation of the PIMD and acquisition of PIMD data. A universal communications port facilitates mechanical and signal connectivity with one or a multiplicity of disparate detachable modules, some of which provide the communicator with an external communications facility and have disparate communication protocols. The communicator is devoid of an external communications facility other than the radio and universal communications port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Sievert, William R. Mass
  • Patent number: 9313192
    Abstract: Secured communications between patient portable communicators (PPC) and a central authority (CA) via an unsecured network are implemented using software implemented by a communications device. The communications device provides for detecting, using a multiplicity of disparate communication protocols, presence of entities requesting a network connection and determining whether or not each of the entities is a PPC, establishing, only for the entities determined to be PPCs, a connection to the CA via the unsecured network using the disparate communication protocols, authenticating only the PPCs to the CA, and facilitating communication of PPC data between the PPCs and the CA via the communications device and the unsecured network upon successful PPC authentication. The PPC data comprises at least some patient implantable medical device data acquired by the PPCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Sievert, Eric P. Bailey, William R. Mass
  • Patent number: 9269251
    Abstract: A communicator facilitates communications with a remote server via a wireless network supporting a plurality of disparate data transport mechanisms having differing characteristics. A processor coupled to memory is disposed in a communicator housing, which is configured for portability. The memory stores wireless radio firmware and data transfer instructions that are executable by the processor for transferring data to the remote server in accordance with a priority level. The priority level is based in part on criticality of the data and the communicator status. A radio disposed in the housing effects communications via the wireless network in accordance with the firmware. A power source in the housing supplies power for communicator components. The processor executes program instructions for selecting a data transport mechanism among the plurality transport mechanisms based on the priority level, and transmits the data via the wireless network via the radio using the selected transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: John LaLonde, William R. Mass, Kenneth P. Hoyme, David C. Johnson, Joseph E. Bange, Mark Gryzwa
  • Publication number: 20150206408
    Abstract: A communicator facilitates communications with a remote server via a wireless network supporting a plurality of disparate data transport mechanisms having differing characteristics. A processor coupled to memory is disposed in a communicator housing, which is configured for portability. The memory stores wireless radio firmware and data transfer instructions that are executable by the processor for transferring data to the remote server in accordance with a priority level. The priority level is based in part on criticality of the data and the communicator status. A radio disposed in the housing effects communications via the wireless network in accordance with the firmware. A power source in the housing supplies power for communicator components. The processor executes program instructions for selecting a data transport mechanism among the plurality transport mechanisms based on the priority level, and transmits the data via the wireless network via the radio using the selected transport mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: John LaLonde, William R. Mass, Kenneth P. Hoyme, David C. Johnson, Joseph E. Bange, Mark Gryzwa
  • Patent number: 8970392
    Abstract: A communicator facilitates communications with a remote server via a wireless network supporting a plurality of disparate data transport mechanisms having differing characteristics. A processor coupled to memory is disposed in a communicator housing, which is configured for portability. The memory stores wireless radio firmware and data transfer instructions that are executable by the processor for transferring data to the remote server in accordance with a priority level. The priority level is based in part on criticality of the data and the communicator status. A radio disposed in the housing effects communications via the wireless network in accordance with the firmware. A power source in the housing supplies power for communicator components. The processor executes program instructions for selecting a data transport mechanism among the plurality transport mechanisms based on the priority level, and transmits the data via the wireless network via the radio using the selected transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: John LaLonde, William R. Mass, Kenneth P. Hoyme, David C. Johnson, Joseph E. Bange, Mark Gryzwa
  • Publication number: 20140337922
    Abstract: Secured communications between patient portable communicators (PPC) and a central authority (CA) via an unsecured network are implemented using software implemented by a communications device. The communications device provides for detecting, using a multiplicity of disparate communication protocols, presence of entities requesting a network connection and determining whether or not each of the entities is a PPC, establishing, only for the entities determined to be PPCs, a connection to the CA via the unsecured network using the disparate communication protocols, authenticating only the PPCs to the CA, and facilitating communication of PPC data between the PPCs and the CA via the communications device and the unsecured network upon successful PPC authentication. The PPC data comprises at least some patient implantable medical device data acquired by the PPCs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jim Sievert, Eric P. Bailey, William R. Mass
  • Patent number: 8818522
    Abstract: A portable housing supports a processor coupled to memory for storing medical firmware and wireless radio firmware, first and second radios, a processor, and a power source. Communications are effected between an implantable medical device and the first radio in accordance with program instructions of the medical firmware, and between the second radio and the wireless network in accordance with program instructions of the wireless radio firmware. The first and second radios are configured to operate cooperatively in a first testing configuration, by which the first radio operates as a transmitter and the second radio operates as a receiver, and cooperatively in a second testing configuration, by which the second radio operates as a transmitter and the first radio operates as a receiver. Functional testing of the first and second radios is implemented using one or both of the first and second testing configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Mass, John LaLonde, Michael W. Barton
  • Patent number: 8805526
    Abstract: A system including an external medical data telemetry device to communicate with an implantable medical device (IMD). The external medical data telemetry device includes a processor, a reconfigurable radio-frequency (RF) transceiver circuit, at least one far-field antenna, and a user interface. The reconfigurable RF transceiver circuit modulates an outgoing IMD data signal and demodulates an incoming IMD data signal using a modulation type that is selectable from a plurality of modulation types by the processor. The processor selects the modulation type using information entered by a user through the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Carpenter, Joseph E. Bánge, Peter J. Musto, William R. Mass, Jonathan Hedstrom
  • Patent number: 8755899
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for enabling far-field radio-frequency communications with an implantable medical device in which an antenna is embedded within a dielectric compartment of the device. A helical antenna may be employed to save space while still permitting far-field telemetry over a desired range of frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Von Arx, William R. Mass, Scott T. Mazar, Mark D. Amundson
  • Publication number: 20140111353
    Abstract: A modular patient communicator provides for communications with a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and connectivity with a central authority (CA) via an unsecured network. Medical firmware and a radio facilitate wireless interrogation of the PIMD and acquisition of PIMD data. A universal communications port facilitates mechanical and signal connectivity with one or a multiplicity of disparate detachable modules, some of which provide the communicator with an external communications facility and have disparate communication protocols. The communicator is devoid of an external communications facility other than the radio and universal communications port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Sievert, William R. Mass
  • Patent number: 8700158
    Abstract: An interface device for facilitating transfer of medical information between a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and a remote network server via public network infrastructure is disclosed, the interface device using any of a plurality of generic network access devices having disparate communication protocols. First communication circuitry is configured to receive medical information from a patient implantable medical device (PIMD), and second communication circuitry configured to effect communication with the first communication circuitry and a generic network access device. A processor is coupled the first communication circuitry and the second communication circuitry. The processor is configured to control transmission of the medical information to the generic network access device and condition the medical device data in compliance with a predetermined medical information regulatory standard governing the PIMD. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Mass, Greg Paul Carpenter, Daniel Kollmann, Arthur Lai, Philip G. Dion, Thomas R. Phillips, Aaron Eash
  • Publication number: 20140062718
    Abstract: A communicator facilitates communications with a remote server via a wireless network supporting a plurality of disparate data transport mechanisms having differing characteristics. A processor coupled to memory is disposed in a communicator housing, which is configured for portability. The memory stores wireless radio firmware and data transfer instructions that are executable by the processor for transferring data to the remote server in accordance with a priority level. The priority level is based in part on criticality of the data and the communicator status. A radio disposed in the housing effects communications via the wireless network in accordance with the firmware. A power source in the housing supplies power for communicator components. The processor executes program instructions for selecting a data transport mechanism among the plurality transport mechanisms based on the priority level, and transmits the data via the wireless network via the radio using the selected transport mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: John LaLonde, William R. Mass, Kenneth P. Hoyme, David C. Johnson, Joseph E. Bange, Mark Gryzwa
  • Publication number: 20130310896
    Abstract: A portable housing supports a processor coupled to memory for storing medical firmware and wireless radio firmware, first and second radios, a processor, and a power source. Communications are effected between an implantable medical device and the first radio in accordance with program instructions of the medical firmware, and between the second radio and the wireless network in accordance with program instructions of the wireless radio firmware. The first and second radios are configured to operate cooperatively in a first testing configuration, by which the first radio operates as a transmitter and the second radio operates as a receiver, and cooperatively in a second testing configuration, by which the second radio operates as a transmitter and the first radio operates as a receiver. Functional testing of the first and second radios is implemented using one or both of the first and second testing configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Mass
  • Patent number: 8587427
    Abstract: A communicator facilitates communications with a remote server via a wireless network supporting a plurality of disparate data transport mechanisms having differing characteristics. A processor coupled to memory is disposed in a communicator housing, which is configured for portability. The memory stores wireless radio firmware and data transfer instructions that are executable by the processor for transferring data to the remote server in accordance with a priority level. The priority level is based in part on criticality of the data and the communicator status. A radio disposed in the housing effects communications via the wireless network in accordance with the firmware. A power source in the housing supplies power for communicator components. The processor executes program instructions for selecting a data transport mechanism among the plurality transport mechanisms based on the priority level, and transmits the data via the wireless network via the radio using the selected transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: John LaLonde, William R. Mass, Kenneth P. Hoyme, David C. Johnson, Joseph E. Bange, Mark T. Gryzwa
  • Publication number: 20130254348
    Abstract: An interface device for facilitating transfer of medical information between a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and a remote network server via public network infrastructure is disclosed, the interface device using any of a plurality of generic network access devices having disparate communication protocols. First communication circuitry is configured to receive medical information from a patient implantable medical device (PIMD), and second communication circuitry configured to effect communication with the first communication circuitry and a generic network access device. A processor is coupled the first communication circuitry and the second communication circuitry. The processor is configured to control transmission of the medical information to the generic network access device and condition the medical device data in compliance with a predetermined medical information regulatory standard governing the PIMD. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Mass, Greg Paul Carpenter, Daniel Kollmann, Arthur Lai, Philip G. Dion, Thomas R. Phillips, Aaron Eash
  • Publication number: 20130154851
    Abstract: A patient communicator for communicating with a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and facilitating communications with a remote server via a wireless network. The communicator has a housing configured for portability, and an identity module to store subscriber identification data. A processor is coupled to the identity module and is configured to prevent data exchange with the PIMD unless the identity module is authorized for use. Memory coupled to the processor stores wireless radio firmware and medical firmware. A first radio is configured to effect communications with the PIMD in accordance with execution of the medical firmware by the processor. A second radio is configured to effect communications via a channel of the wireless network with a remote server in accordance with execution of the wireless radio firmware by the processor. The processor is generally configured to use subscriber identification data to facilitate authentication by and of the remote server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Gaskill, Mark T. Gryzwa, John LaLonde, Kenneth P. Hoyme, William R. Mass, David C. Johnson, Michael W. Barton
  • Patent number: 8352040
    Abstract: A system for communicating with an implantable medical device via RF telemetry is disclosed which mitigates the effects of nulls caused by, e.g., multi-path distortion. In one embodiment, signals transmitted by the implantable device to an external device are simultaneously received with a pair of separate spaced apart first and second antennas. The antennas may provide spatial and/or polar diversity. The presence of nulls in the implantable device's transmission pattern can be determined by detecting an error rate in the signals received from the implantable device with each antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Von Arx, Prashant Rawat, William R. Mass, Greg Carpenter, Vineel Vallapureddy
  • Patent number: 8046080
    Abstract: An implantable medical device comprising a far field RF transmitter and receiver, a controller circuit communicatively coupled to the RF transmitter and receiver, and a wakeup timer circuit integral to, or communicatively coupled to, the controller. The controller is configured to initiate power up of the RF transmitter and receiver during a wakeup interval defined by the wakeup timer circuit, detect a digital key received from a second device during the wakeup interval, transmit a response using the RF transmitter when the digital key is received, and receive a communication from the second device and resynchronize the wake-up timer according to a time of the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Von Arx, Ron Balczewski, Scott T. Mazar, William J. Linder, William R. Mass
  • Patent number: 7881795
    Abstract: Heart rhythm status information can be provided to a user, including providing a normal heart rhythm indication if detected electrocardiogram data is indicative of a normal heart rhythm, providing an abnormal heart rhythm indication if detected electrocardiogram data is indicative of an abnormal heart rhythm. Further, a current heart rhythm can be recorded, including recording the current heart rhythm in response to the provided abnormal heart rhythm indication if an abnormal heart rhythm indication is provided in response to the first query command, and recording the current heart rhythm in response to a second patient-initiated query command from the user-interface device following a normal heart rhythm indication in response to the first query command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay W. Axelrod, William R. Mass, Jason Malone, Richard E. Stein, Robert J. Gaskill
  • Publication number: 20100152816
    Abstract: An implantable medical device comprising a far field RF transmitter and receiver, a controller circuit communicatively coupled to the RF transmitter and receiver, and a wakeup timer circuit integral to, or communicatively coupled to, the controller. The controller is configured to initiate power up of the RF transmitter and receiver during a wakeup interval defined by the wakeup timer circuit, detect a digital key received from a second device during the wakeup interval, transmit a response using the RF transmitter when the digital key is received, and receive a communication from the second device and resynchronize the wake-up timer according to a time of the communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Von Arx, Ron Balczewski, Scott T. Mazar, William J. Linder, William R. Mass