Miscellaneous Patents (Class 128/897)
  • Patent number: 10373255
    Abstract: Methods and systems for maintaining pharmacy provider networks are described. In one embodiment, claims adjudication data associated with a member and a prescribed drug is accessed. The prescribed drug associated with the member is classified as one of an acute medication and a maintenance medication. A pharmacy provider network is associated with the prescribed drug based on, at least in part, classifying the prescribed drug. It is determined if a pharmacy associated with the claims adjudication data is included within the pharmacy provider network associated with the prescribed drug. A pharmacy claim may be adjudicated for the prescribed drug based on the claim and the pharmacy provider network. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Jon Cedergreen
  • Patent number: 10349989
    Abstract: A bone fragment-fixing device of the present invention including: a supporting portion for supporting, on an inner side of a mandible, a bone fragment generated by cutting the mandible; a connecting portion which is connected to one side of the supporting portion and protrudes to a height corresponding to the outer side of the mandible along the cut surface of the bone fragment; and a fixing portion connected to the connecting portion and formed in a shape corresponding to the mandible around the bone fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Deok Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10342473
    Abstract: A method for measuring the gaze direction and postural sway of a subject is disclosed herein. The system generally includes an eye movement tracking device, a head position detection device, a postural sway detection device, and a data processing device operatively coupled to the eye movement tracking device, the head position detection device, and the postural sway detection device. During the execution of the method, the eye movement and/or eye position of the subject is measured using the eye movement tracking device, the position of the head of the subject is measured using the head position detection device, and the postural sway of the subject is measured using the postural sway detection device. A method for measuring the eye movement and/or eye position and postural sway of a subject during a balance test and/or a concussion screening test and a method for assessment of a subject are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Scott Zerkle Barnes
  • Patent number: 10342562
    Abstract: A capture-tool for manipulation of tissue utilizes vacuum to hold the tissue in place. An extension attached to a vacuum source at one end and a vacuum arm at another end creates a vacuum force through the extension and vacuum arm. The vacuum arm has a support surface with ports therein at which low pressure areas are formed by the vacuum force. The low pressure areas draw tissue against the supporting surface to hold it in place, as long as the vacuum force is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AxoGen Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer Faleris, Anne Engemann, Curt Deister
  • Patent number: 10321899
    Abstract: A powered medical device includes electronic components on a circuit board embedded within the body of a plug for connecting the device with a control apparatus. The medical device may be repaired or refurbished without the need to access the embedded circuit board through the use of a supplemental circuit board installed into the open end of the plug adjacent the plug pins. The supplemental circuit board may include a variety of electronic components, including fuses or non-volatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Walton, Harold D. Pogue, Richard L. McCulley, Jr., James Patrick Wiggins
  • Patent number: 10314616
    Abstract: The present invention relates to egg chambers for use in collection, inspection and selection of eggs for in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. The egg chamber, in use, provides an effectively closed and fluid filled system which minimizes the environmental changes that a harvested egg is exposed to, thus maximizing viability. The egg chamber comprises a vessel which can be made airtight, comprising at least one side wall, an upper wall and a lower wall, at least a portion of the upper wall being transparent and at least a portion of the lower wall being light permeable; a first inlet with a sealable port; a first outlet with a sealable port; a filter with a pore size appropriate for egg collection disposed within the vessel between the first inlet and the first outlet and configured to separate the vessel into a first internal chamber and a second internal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Labman Automation Ltd., University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Inventors: Robert Hodgson, Alison Murdoch
  • Patent number: 10292691
    Abstract: A minimally invasive heart stabilizer includes a guide tube, a revolute joint, a stabilizing end-effector, and a linkage. The guide tube is sized to allow insertion through an endoscopic cannula. The revolute joint is coupled to a distal end of the guide tube. The stabilizing end-effector is coupled to the revolute joint. The linkage has a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end is pivotally connected to the end-effector. The stabilizing end-effector includes two tissue engaging members in parallel alignment with one another. The two tissue engaging members are joined via an arrangement of links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Farzam Farahmand, Arvin Houshmand, Alireza Mirbagheri, Saeed Mansouri
  • Patent number: 10292890
    Abstract: A wearable thorax percussion device for dislodging mucous buildup in the airways of a human patient, the device comprising frame elements and electromechanical actuators retained by the frame elements to intermittently percuss the thorax, and an electronic controller and power source for generating and modulating an electrical signal to energize the actuator. The frame elements may be interconnected by a garment, or fasteners and elastic or adjustable strapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HILL-ROM SERVICES PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Marten Jan DeVliegar, Mark Sasha Drlik, Ryan David Lee
  • Patent number: 10285671
    Abstract: A medical device can include an actuator that is gripped and manipulated by an operator of the medical device. An outer cannula can extend from the actuator along an axis. The outer cannula can include a tissue reception port. An inner cannula can be located inside the outer cannula and extend in an axial direction. An inner lumen can be located inside the inner cannula and actuated to collect a tissue sample via the tissue reception port. In addition, a secondary lumen can be adjacent to the outer cannula and actuated to deploy a marker at a biopsy site via a marker deployment port. Tissue sampling and marker placement functions can be integrated within only one medical device such that the medical device is a single apparatus that performs both tissue sampling and marker placement functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Device and Design, LLC
    Inventor: Shree K. Subedi
  • Patent number: 10282696
    Abstract: Described are systems and techniques configured to present information to a user of a materials handling facility storing items in inventory locations. A device such as a head-mounted display or a tablet computer is configured to provide an augmented reality user interface in which computer-generated data overlays objects in the real-world. The user interface may present information associated with assisting other users of the facility, operation of the facility, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: David William Bettis, Alexander Michael McNamara, Benjamin Ralph Hollis, Félix Joseph Étienne Pageau, Sridhar Boyapati, Korwin Jon Smith, Jack Bradley Jones
  • Patent number: 10258720
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a sub-atmospheric wound-care (SAWS) system for treating an open wound. The SAWS system includes a regulated vacuum source for developing a negative pressure, a flow rate meter configured to measure a flow rate of liquid removed from the wound, a primary pressure regulating sensor located proximate the wound for directly measuring the negative pressure at the wound, a backup pressure regulating sensor located vacuum tube, a porous dressing suitable to be sealed airtight which is positioned within a wound interface chamber, a collection canister configured to collect said liquid removed from the wound, and an adapter configured to use wall suction a primary regulated vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: J&M Shuler Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett A. Freedman, Robert L. Pauly
  • Patent number: 10255828
    Abstract: Apparatus for releasably and adjustably mounting a tubular device to an object, the apparatus comprising: a base comprising a central opening passing therethrough, the base being magnetized so as to provide a magnetic field at the central opening of the base; a generally spherical ball sized to be received in the central opening of the base but sized so as to not pass through the central opening, the generally spherical ball comprising a central bore passing therethrough; wherein the ball comprises a ferrous material which is attracted to the magnetic field at the central opening of the base, and further wherein the magnetic field at the central opening of the base is sufficiently strong so as to retain the ball in the central opening of the base; and wherein the central bore of the generally spherical ball is configured to slidably receive a tubular device therein, and further wherein the base is configured to be mounted to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen J. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10251593
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring and preventing a patient from developing pressure ulcers, comprising (1) a sensing unit, which includes a pressure sensor, attachable to a body part of a patient and having a unique identifier, for detecting pressure exerted by a supporting surface and outputting pressure data indicative of pressure as a function of time; and a wireless transceiver for transmitting the pressure data and/or the unique identifier; (2) a controller unit configured for receiving the pressure data and the unique identifier, associating the unique identifier with the body part of the patient, and for transmitting the pressure data and the unique identifier; and (3) a central server device configured for (i) receiving the unique identifier and the pressure data from the controller unit; (ii) determining whether the pressure data exceeds a predetermined value associated with the body part of the patient; and (iii) transmitting to the controller unit a determination that the pressure data exceeded th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Binay Sugla, Benjamin Kwan
  • Patent number: 10220181
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for monitoring a patient by positioning the patient for a predetermined medical mission; sensing biometric and physical conditions of a patient during the mission, and displaying a multimedia interaction with the patient to keep the patient in a predetermined position to improve efficacy of a medical mission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Huan Giap, Garland Wong
  • Patent number: 10179073
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed relating to the creation and use of bespoke wound fillers and other wound treatment apparatuses. Some embodiments provide for the creation of bespoke wound fillers based on characteristics of a wound. Certain embodiments also include the use of bespoke wound fillers in combination with negative pressure to treat a wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Mark Richardson, Carl Saxby
  • Patent number: 10173071
    Abstract: A smaller-sized, more lightweight, and power-saving successive magnetic pulse device is provided. A discharging circuit section K is configured by connecting, in series in a loop, a magnetic therapy pulse coil 6 configured to generate an eddy current in a target part 3, a charging/discharging capacitor 4, and a switching semiconductor element 7 configured to supply a discharge current from the charging/discharging capacitor 4 to the pulse coil 6. A step-up transformer 1 includes a primary-side coil 1a connected to an AC power supply 2 and a secondary-side coil 1b connected to input terminals 5a of a full-wave rectifying circuit 5. A control unit 8 is connected to a switching semiconductor element 7 and controls conduction timing of the switching semiconductor element 7. The full-wave rectifying circuit 5 has output terminals 5b connected to both terminals P1 and P2 of the charging/discharging capacitor 4, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: IFG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiko Abe, Hitoshi Mori, Kenji Yashima, Kazumi Mori, Toshiyuki Takagi, Shinichi Izumi, Hiroyasu Kanetaka, Ryoichi Nagatomi
  • Patent number: 10168688
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for facilitating hands free and precise movement, translation and repositioning of a movable mechanical apparatus, including an operating room lighting system, mounted to a mechanically-movable base component including, for example, an articulable or articulated robotic-type arm, according to user input pointing commands, including laser or other like pointing commands initiated by a user. The user provides hands free designation of a point of focus with a pointing device. A sensor associated with the movable mechanical apparatus automatically detects the designated point of focus and a processor determines and executes a scheme of movement for moving the movable mechanical apparatus from a current position to a position proximate to the designated point of focus. A collision avoidance scheme is also provided for safety and to alert the user as to the presence of any impediment in the determined scheme of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Taylor Brusky
  • Patent number: 10163175
    Abstract: A computerized system comprising a social robot for interacting with a patient in order to improve the patient's adherence to a health or medical regime. A patient is instructed to perform a health activity (e.g., take medication, step on scale, measure glucose, play a game) at certain intervals in order to reach a specified goal or expected result. The results of the health activity are recorded in a wireless health device and transmitted to a computer. The computer interprets the result of health activity and communicates an action to the robot. If the patient performs the activity within a specified interval and results are consistent with the specified goal or expected result, the robot communicates relief or pleasure. If the patient does not perform the activity within a specified interval, or if the results are not consistent with the specified goal or expected result, the robot communicates anxiety, disappointment or exhibits symptoms of an effect such as hunger or illness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10154941
    Abstract: A resuscitation system that includes at least two defibrillation electrodes configured to be applied to the exterior of the chest of a patient for delivering a defibrillation shock, a source of one or more ECG signals from the patient, a defibrillation circuit for delivering a defibrillation shock to the defibrillation electrodes, a control box that receives and processes the ECG signals to determine whether a defibrillation shock should be delivered or whether CPR should be performed, and that issues instructions to the user either to deliver a defibrillation shock or to perform CPR, wherein the determination of whether CPR should be performed and the instructions to perform CPR can occur at substantially any point during a rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10136845
    Abstract: Analyte monitoring systems, devices, and methods associated with analyte monitoring devices, and devices incorporating the same are provided. Various graphical user interfaces (GUI) and navigation flows are provided for performing various features, activities, functions, etc., associated with the analyte monitoring device or system. Intuitive navigation is provided to enhance the interpretation of analyte measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC.
    Inventors: Marc Barry Taub, Jai Karan, Annie C. Tan, Timothy Christian Dunn, Joel Goldsmith, Christine M. Neuhaus, Stephen A. Rossi, Sujit R. Jangam
  • Patent number: 10139825
    Abstract: A method for providing medical services to a patient, including: receiving a medical service request associated with a patient location; selecting an aircraft, located at an initial location, from a plurality of aircraft based on the patient location and the initial location; determining a flight plan for flying the aircraft to a region containing the patient location; at a sensor of the aircraft, sampling a first set of flight data; at a processor of the aircraft, autonomously controlling the aircraft to fly based on the flight plan and the set of flight data; selecting a landing location within the region; and landing the aircraft at the landing location, including: sampling a set of landing location data; determining a safety status of the landing location based on the set of landing location data; outputting a landing warning observable at the landing location; at the sensor, sampling a second set of flight data; and in response to determining the safety status and outputting the landing warning, autonomo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Skyryse, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Groden, Mitch Adler, Nur Harell
  • Patent number: 10137308
    Abstract: Systems that integrate electrocardiography (ECG) functions and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) functions, as well as methods of manufacturing such systems and methods of performing ECG and TMS using such systems, are provided. A system can include a hardware component and a software component in operable communication with the hardware component. The hardware component can include or be in operable communication with a TMS machine, and the software component can be configured to receive waveforms from ECG hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Malek Adjouadi, Mercedes Cabrerizo, Niovi Rojas, Juan Omar Perez, Jesus de la Rua, Anastasio A. Cabrera
  • Patent number: 10136934
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating vertebral compression fractures are discussed. In an embodiment, a method includes mixing bone cement precursors thereby causing a first chemical curing reaction characterized by a first time-viscosity profile, controllably applying energy to the bone cement from an external source to modify the first time-viscosity profile to a second time-viscosity profile, and injecting the cement into bone at a substantially constant viscosity greater than about 1000 Pa·s to greater than about 5000 Pa·s over an extended working time. In another embodiment, a bone cement injector system is provided that includes a first handle component that is detachably coupled to a second sleeve component having a distal end for positioning in bone and a flow channel extending through the first and second components. The system includes first and second thermal energy emitters for delivering energy to bone cement flows in a flow channel portion in the first and second components, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DFine, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Robert Luzzi, Andrew Kohm, John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 10089895
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with producing an immersive training content module (ITCM) are described. One example system includes a capture logic to acquire information from which the ITCM may be produced. An ITCM may include a set of nodes, a set of measures, a logic to control transitions between nodes during a training session, and a logic to establish values for measures during the training sessions. Therefore, the example system may also include an assessment definition logic to define a set of measures to be included in the ITCM and an interaction logic to define a set of interactions to be included in the ITCM. The ITCM may be written to a computer-readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Stacy L. Williams, Marc Buchner
  • Patent number: 10076587
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for modulating proteases including matrix metalloproteinase (MMP), elastase, and bacterial protease in a negative pressure therapy system are described. A mesh having a sacrificial substrate is included. The sacrificial substrate includes a plurality of collagen fibers reinforced with a supporting material and intersecting with each other to form a network of collagen fibers having a plurality openings. The openings of the plurality of openings have an average area between about 0.5 mm2 and about 20 mm2 to permit the flow of negative pressure through the mesh. The sacrificial substrate can also include oxidized regenerated cellulose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson, Breda Mary Cullen
  • Patent number: 10064692
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus may transmit, to a surgical manipulator, a movement type instruction to be executed by the surgical manipulator. The apparatus may comprise a movable operating handle positioned within an operation area. The movable operating handle may receive the movement type instruction. The apparatus may further comprise a support mechanism that supports and transforms the operating handle between a first posture in which the operating handle at a center position of the operation area is positioned and held at a first vertical position located at a height of 85 centimeters or more from a floor surface where the remote control apparatus is placed, and a second posture in which the operating handle is shifted down by 48 centimeters or more from the first vertical position to a second vertical position at which the operating handle at the center position of the operation area is positioned and held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MEDICAROID CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nakanishi, Kazuki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10064583
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for monitoring and evaluating data associated with ventilatory parameters to detect expiratory airflow limitation in a ventilated patient. For example, a ventilator may monitor flow and/or pressure during ventilation of the patient. Based on the flow and/or pressure measurements, or ventilatory data derived therefrom, the ventilator may calculate expiratory resistance. Moreover, the ventilator may trend expiratory resistance over time to produce an expiratory resistance waveform. In embodiments, the ventilator may calculate the slope of the expiratory resistance waveform during an initial part of exhalation. If the slope of the expiratory resistance waveform during the initial part of exhalation breaches a defined slope threshold, the ventilator may determine that the patient exhibits expiratory airflow limitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Richard Nakai, Warren Sanborn, David Hyde
  • Patent number: 10058307
    Abstract: Bodily fluid indicator devices and methods are provided. Such devices and methods can effectively indicate whether the amount of bodily fluid being produced is within a measurable range. In an exemplary embodiment, a bodily fluid indicator device includes a substrate having a surface. Some portions of the surface are covered with a region of absorbent material and other portions of the surface are devoid of the absorbent material. A graduated scale or a reactive feature is printed on the absorbent material. The device is configured to indicate an amount and/or a composition a bodily fluid present on an area of a patient or subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Fishburne May, LLC
    Inventor: Coty Fishburne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10058643
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a sub-atmospheric wound-care (SAWS) system for treating an open wound. The SAWS system includes a regulated vacuum source for developing a negative pressure, a flow rate meter configured to measure a flow rate of liquid removed from the wound, a primary pressure regulating sensor located proximate the wound for directly measuring the negative pressure at the wound, a backup pressure regulating sensor located vacuum tube, a porous dressing suitable to be sealed airtight which is positioned within a wound interface chamber, a collection canister configured to collect said liquid removed from the wound, and an adapter configured to use wall suction a primary regulated vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: J&M Shuler Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett A. Freedman, Robert L. Pauly
  • Patent number: 10045886
    Abstract: A wound dressing member is provided for use in a vacuum bandage connected to a vacuum source. The wound dressing member is also provided for use with a wound having a wound surface. The wound dressing member includes a wound facing surface adapted to be in contact with and generally conform to the wound surface and a plurality of discrete holes formed in the wound facing surface. The member further includes a port configured to communicate with the vacuum source and with each hole formed in the wound facing surface. The wound dressing member further includes a stand-off having interconnected portions coupled to the wound facing surface and configured to provide a space between the wound facing surface and the wound surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Medical Resources Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Lockwood, Robert Petrosenko, James R. Risk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10029113
    Abstract: A system and methods for transcranial magnetic stimulation, the system including a helmet, a positioning portion, a stimulator and a cooling system, are disclosed. The helmet includes a coil for deep brain magnetic stimulation. The coil has a base portion, and return portions, which may include a protruding return portion and a contacting return portion. The coil is designed to minimize unintended stimulation of portions of the brain, while reducing accumulation of surface charges. The coil is stimulated at several locations and/or at different times so as to focus the electrical field on a specific deep neuronal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: BRAINSWAY, LTD., YEDA RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD. AT THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
    Inventors: Abraham Zangen, Yiftach Roth, Pedro C. Miranda, David Hazani, Mark Hallett
  • Patent number: 10016117
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to medical devices and, more particularly, to medical devices with electrical connectors. In one embodiment, a medical device may include a medical connector having one or more contacts configured to enable communication between the medical device and a medical monitor according to a Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard. The medical connector may also include an interface region disposed at least partially about the one or more contacts. The interface region may be configured to physically couple to a mating connector of the medical monitor. Additionally, the interface region may include a geometry or a dimension that does not comply with the USB standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Daniel Lisogurski, Friso Schlottau, Jonathan Snyder, Saba Bakhshi Khayani, Andy S. Lin
  • Patent number: 10004424
    Abstract: An endorectal coil (1) includes a tube (40), a spreader (44), and one or more electrically conductive elements (64). The tube (40) is configured for insertion into the rectum (42). The spreader (44) is configured to be positioned at a distal end of the tube (40) and mechanically spread to compress surrounding tissue after the tube (40) is inserted. The one or more electrically conductive elements (64) are tuned to receive magnetic resonance data disposed on at least one of the tube (40), the spreader (44), and adjacent the tube and spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Wirtz, Peter Mazurkewitz, Christoph Leussler
  • Patent number: 9999835
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for managing motion sickness of a user while the user is wearing a head-mounted device (HMD). One method includes an operation for monitoring the physical characteristics of the user while wearing the HMD that is presenting a virtual reality with multimedia content, where the physical characteristics including motions of the user. The multimedia content includes audio and video for presentation on a display of the HMD. Additionally, the method includes an operation for determining if the user is experiencing motion sickness based on the monitoring of the physical characteristics of the user while the virtual reality is being presented. When the user is experiencing motion sickness, supplemental sound is delivered to the user, where the supplemental sound is combined with sound from the multimedia content for delivery to the user, and the supplemental sound is defined to decrease the motion sickness experienced by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Watson
  • Patent number: 9980854
    Abstract: An intraocular shunt can be placed into a human eye using a hollow shaft having a distal tip with a bevel. The hollow shaft can be advanced through the anterior chamber while the hollow shaft holds the intraocular shunt. The distal tip can penetrate the sclera until the bevel is positioned distal to a superficial wall of the sclera. The shunt can be advanced at least partially from the hollow shaft into a drainage space of lower pressure than the anterior chamber. The hollow shaft can be withdrawn from the eye, leaving the shunt extending from the anterior chamber completely through the sclera to the drainage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AqueSys, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Horvath, Laszlo O. Romoda, Richard A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9974897
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement having a blood pump and a gas exchanger for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. According to the invention, the blood pump is designed as a pulsatile blood pump and is arranged with the gas exchanger in the same housing. The pulsatile blood pump and the gas exchanger are preferably connected to the same gas source so that the blood pump can be pneumatically driven. The novel ECMO system has a simple design, is flexible, and in particular can be used directly on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Hemovent GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Marseille
  • Patent number: 9931749
    Abstract: A remote presence system includes a robot, a headset, and a computer system. The robot includes a camera mounted on a motorized manipulator and a control system. The headset includes a head position sensor and a display. The computer system configured to perform operations including: receiving head movement data indicative of head movements of a user wearing the headset from the head position sensor; causing, using the head movement data, the control system of the robot to move the motorized manipulator so that the camera mimics the head movements of the user; and establishing a video feed from the camera to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: John C. Nappo, Daleroy Sibanda, Emre Tanirgan, Peter A. Zachares
  • Patent number: 9913996
    Abstract: According to a three-dimensional image capture system of the invention, it includes a three-dimensional measuring device that is placed on a top board and performs image-capturing of a patient to thereby generate three-dimensional-image data, and a three-dimensional-image processing device that generates from the three-dimensional-image data, a three-dimensional image associated with a reference coordinate system with reference to the top board or a floor of a room, and that displays the three-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9913588
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a description of various methods and systems associated with determining possible presence of Atrial Fibrillation (AF). In one example, a camera of a client device, such as a mobile phone, may acquire a series of images of a body part of a user. A plethysmographic waveform may be generated from the series of images. An autocorrelation function may be calculated from the waveform, and a number of features may be computed from the autocorrelation function. Based on an analysis of the features, a determination may be made about whether the user is experiencing AF. Such determined may be output to a display of the mobile phone for user review.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiio, Inc.
    Inventor: Ming-Zher Poh
  • Patent number: 9913587
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a description of various methods and systems associated with determining possible presence of Atrial Fibrillation (AF). In one example, a camera of a client device, such as a mobile phone, may acquire a series of images of a body part of a user. A plethysmographic waveform may be generated from the series of images. An autocorrelation function may be calculated from the waveform, and a number of features may be computed from the autocorrelation function. Based on an analysis of the features, a determination may be made about whether the user is experience AF. Such determined may be output to a display of the mobile phone for user review.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiio, Inc.
    Inventor: Ming-Zher Poh
  • Patent number: 9888967
    Abstract: A method for guiding a user during surgical planning includes receiving input information; applying an algorithm to the input information to develop an initial surgical plan; and guiding a user by providing a plurality of suggested actions to the user. If the user performs the plurality of suggested actions, the plurality of suggested actions leads the user to the initial surgical plan. The user has an option to deviate from one or more of the plurality of suggested actions by performing non-suggested actions. Deviation from one or more of the plurality of suggested actions leads to development of a final surgical plan that is different from the initial surgical plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Carinne Granchi, Jason Otto, Thomas M. Coon, Michael Ballash, Tamas Erdos
  • Patent number: 9883980
    Abstract: Laminar-flow operating theatre that comprises a support (4) that defines a horizontal plane, on which the patient (2) rests, which has a main longitudinal direction, on which support (4) there is, in addition, an operating region (R), laminar-flow-emitting unit (5) and an air-absorption unit (6), wherein the laminar-flow-emitting unit (5) emits the laminar flow in a horizontal direction which is oblique with respect to the longitudinal position of the support (4) such that said direction of incidence of the flow reaches the operating region (R) for the patient (4), and the air-absorption unit (6) is in a horizontal absorption direction which is oblique with respect to said longitudinal direction of the patient's support (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Carlos Ruiz Lapuente
  • Patent number: 9878068
    Abstract: A bioprosthetic tissue having a reduced propensity to calcify in vivo, the bioprosthetic tissue. The bioprosthetic tissue comprises an aldehyde cross-linked and stressed bioprosthetic tissue comprising exposed calcium, phosphate or immunogenic binding sites that have been reacted with a calcification mitigant. The bioprosthetic tissue has a reduced propensity to calcify in vivo as compared to aldehyde cross-linked bioprosthetic tissue that has not been stressed and reacted with the calcification mitigant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Davidson, Jeffrey S. Dove, Darin P. Dobler
  • Patent number: 9867996
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for focused remodeling and downsizing the volume of subcutaneous lipid-rich cells, body contouring, and tightening skin tissue, using controlled heating of the targeted areas on the body. Electromagnetic energy heats skin layers or tissues to achieve an aesthetic effect. The electromagnetic energy may be applied via an applicator without touching the skin. A spacer of insulating or dielectric material may be provided between the applicator and the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BTL Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Jan Zarsky, Tomá{umlaut over (s)} Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9849044
    Abstract: A method for providing medical services to a patient, including: receiving a medical service request associated with a patient location; selecting an aircraft, located at an initial location, from a plurality of aircraft based on the patient location and the initial location; determining a flight plan for flying the aircraft to a region containing the patient location; at a sensor of the aircraft, sampling a first set of flight data; at a processor of the aircraft, autonomously controlling the aircraft to fly based on the flight plan and the set of flight data; selecting a landing location within the region; and landing the aircraft at the landing location, including: sampling a set of landing location data; determining a safety status of the landing location based on the set of landing location data; outputting a landing warning observable at the landing location; at the sensor, sampling a second set of flight data; and in response to determining the safety status and outputting the landing warning, autonomo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SkyRyse, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Groden, Mitch Adler, Nur Harell
  • Patent number: 9844333
    Abstract: Various embodiments for providing remote delivery and monitoring of health care are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus for providing unmanned medical care in remote areas to a patient is provided. A container is adapted for transport using a standardized shipping mechanism. The container is adapted to provide remote delivery of health care. In an additional embodiment, a portable apparatus for dermatological monitoring is provided. An imaging device is integrated into a housing. The imaging device is adapted to obtain a digital, high-resolution image of a patient. In still another embodiment, a portable apparatus for orthopedic monitoring of a patient is provided. A housing is adapted for one of positioning adjacent to and positioning within an orthopedic cast. A diagnostic biomedical device integrated into the housing. The diagnostic biomedical device is adapted for obtaining an orthopedic image of a portion of the patient treated with the orthopedic cast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Preston Copeland, Mark Sean Fleming, Christina Ann Lara, Calline Kris Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9730850
    Abstract: The presence or absence of objects (e.g., medical implements, medical supplies) tagged with transponders may be determined in an environment in which medical procedures (e.g., surgery) are performed via an interrogation and detection system which includes a controller and a plurality of antennas positioned along a patient support structure. The antennas may, for example, be positioned along an operating table, bed, a mattress or pad or a sheet and may be radiolucent. Respective antennas may successively be activated to transmit interrogation signals. Multiple antennas may be monitored for responses from transponders to the interrogation signals. For example, all antennas other than the antenna that transmitted the most recent interrogation signal may be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: William A. Blair, Bruce E. Barnes, David A. Poirier
  • Patent number: 9734632
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are planning, navigation and simulation systems and methods for minimally invasive therapy in which the planning method and system uses patient specific pre-operative images. The planning system allows for multiple paths to be developed from the pre-operative images, and scores the paths depending on desired surgical outcome of the surgery and the navigation systems allow for minimally invasive port based surgical procedures, as well as craniotomies in the particular case of brain surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBADOS) INC.
    Inventors: Monroe M. Thomas, Gal Sela, Cameron Piron, Joshua Richmond, Murugathas Yuwaraj, Wes Hodges, Simon Alexander, David Gallop, William Lau, Sheryl Thingvold, Kelly Dyer
  • Patent number: 9728101
    Abstract: A computer-implemented mental and emotional life efficacy development system and method are disclosed which assist lay individuals to measure and improve their mental health and emotional capabilities and life skill deficits to increase the individual's ability to achieve life efficacy. A scoring subsystem measures competencies or deficits in a breadth of critical life skills. The system provides feedback concerning personality traits and mental and emotional deficits and compares the user's scores to the scores of those who are successfully navigating a particular life step. This pinpoints deficits for which the user can receive training and treatment tailored to that user's personality and individual difficulties. Through the collection and aggregating of such symptoms, a preliminary diagnosis is made of the user's mental health and life skills. This diagnosis is subsequently refined before it is used to offer emotion and/or mental health care treatment and life skills training for life efficacy competency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Sheri Kemp Osborn
  • Patent number: 9713501
    Abstract: Provided herein is a tissue stretching device configured for orbicular expansion of a tissue placed therein. Methods of use of the device to stretch a tissue as well as for culturing organized tissues are also provided. Stretched and/or cultured tissues produced by these processes are also provided, as well as methods making use of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Wake Forest University Health Sciences, North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Rohan A. Shirwaiker, Caroline Elise Webster, John D. Jackson, Richard A. Wysk, Sang Jin Lee, Ola L. A. Harrysson, James J. Yoo, Anthony Atala, Paul H. Cohen, Yuan-Shin Lee, Peter M. Prim, Molly F. Purser, Katie L. Basinger