Communicating With Pacer (e.g., Telemetry) Patents (Class 607/32)
  • Patent number: 10994137
    Abstract: A neural stimulation system comprises a microphone arrangement for capturing an audio signal from ambient sound, a sound processor unit, a headpiece, and an implantable neural stimulator, the sound processor unit comprising a housing to be worn behind a patient's ear or at a patient's body, and a signal processing unit within the sound processor unit housing for generating a neural stimulation signal from the captured audio signal, the sound processor being communicatively coupled to the headpiece for supplying the neural stimulation signal to the headpiece, the headpiece comprising a housing separate from the housing of the sound processor and to be fixed at the patient's head, a signal transmission unit for transmitting the neural stimulation signal to a signal receiving unit of the implantable cochlear stimulator, and a user interface for controlling operation of the sound processor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Raphael Sebastian Koning, Volkmar Hamacher
  • Patent number: 10988034
    Abstract: An implantable device for deployment inside a human or animal body, the device comprising at least one sensing component arranged to respond to an electrical signal having a known frequency band and at least one antenna comprising at least one antenna pole connected to the at least one sensing component, the antenna pole comprising at least one helical coil and a connecting stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: IP2IPO INNOVATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Mohammad Reza Bahmanyar, Christopher Neil McLeod, Olive H Murphy
  • Patent number: 10946203
    Abstract: Systems and methods involve an intrathoracic cardiac stimulation device operable to provide autonomous cardiac sensing and energy delivery. The cardiac stimulation device includes a housing configured for intrathoracic placement relative to a patient's heart. A fixation arrangement of the housing is configured to affix the housing at an implant location within cardiac tissue or cardiac vasculature. An electrode arrangement supported by the housing is configured to sense cardiac activity and deliver stimulation energy to the cardiac tissue or cardiac vasculature. Energy delivery circuitry in the housing is coupled to the electrode arrangement. Detection circuitry is provided in the housing and coupled to the electrode arrangement. Communications circuitry may optionally be supported by the housing. A controller in the housing coordinates delivery of energy to the cardiac tissue or cardiac vasculature in accordance with an energy delivery protocol appropriate for the implant location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Bodner, Randy Bierwerth
  • Patent number: 10820998
    Abstract: A delivery system includes an elongate shaft, a handle, a first clasp control member, and a second clasp control member. The handle is connected to a proximal portion of the elongate shaft. The first and second clasp control members each extend into a distal portion of the elongate shaft, through at least a portion of the elongate shaft, out of the proximal portion of the elongate shaft, and through the handle. The first and second clasp control members have paths that include a first parallel portion in the elongate shaft where the first clasp control member and the second clasp control member are parallel, and a diverging portion that is proximal to the first parallel portion where the first clasp control member diverges from the second clasp control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Devin H. Marr, Sergio Delgado, Eric Robert Dixon, David M. Taylor, Asher L. Metchik, Matthew T. Winston
  • Patent number: 10744323
    Abstract: There is provided a cochlear implant system, comprising a sound processor for generating an auditory nerve stimulation signal from an input audio signal; an implantable stimulation assembly comprising an electrode array for electrical stimulation of the cochlea according to the neural stimulation signal; and an electrode migration monitoring unit including a unit for capturing ECAP signals induced at the electrodes of the electrode array in response to stimulation of the cochlea by applying auditory nerve stimulation signals to the electrodes, an electrode migration detection unit for detecting electrode migration relative to the cochlea by comparing presently captured ECAP signals and/or ECAP data derived from such presently captured ECAP signals to stored previously captured ECAP signals and/or ECAP data derived from such previously captured ECAP signals, and a unit for outputting an alarm signal in case that electrode migration is detected by the electrode migration detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Volkmar Hamacher, Patrick J. Boyle
  • Patent number: 10735872
    Abstract: A hearing device comprises a housing configured to be supported at, on or in a wearer's ear. A processor is coupled to memory, and the processor and memory are disposed in the housing. A radiofrequency transceiver is coupled to the processor and disposed in the housing. A phased array antenna arrangement is disposed in or on the housing and coupled to the transceiver and the processor. The phased array antenna arrangement comprises a plurality of antennas each coupled to one of a plurality of phase shifters. The processor is configured to adjust a phase shift of each of the phase shifters to steer an antenna array pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Anders Shriner, Gregory J. Haubrich
  • Patent number: 10639482
    Abstract: A method and device for managing establishment of a communications link between an external instrument (EI) and an implantable medical device (IMD) are provided. The method stores, in a memory in at least one of the IMD or the EI, a base scanning schedule that defines a pattern for scanning windows over a scanning state. The method enters the scanning state during which a receiver scans for advertisement notices during the scanning windows. At least a portion of the scanning windows are grouped in a first segment of the scanning state. The method stores, in the memory, a scan reset pattern for restarting the scanning state. Further, the method automatically restarts the scanning state based on the scan reset pattern to form a pseudo-scanning schedule that differs from the base scanning schedule and establishes a communication session between the IMD and the EI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Yongjian Wu, Jyoti Bhayana, Chao-Wen Young, Tejpal Singh, Samir Shah
  • Patent number: 10617873
    Abstract: Cardiac activity of the heart can be sensed using, for example, one or more leadless cardiac pacemakers (LCPs) that are implanted in a close proximity to the heart. Sensing cardiac activity by the one or more leadless cardiac pacemakers (LCPs) can help the system in determining an occurrence of cardiac arrhythmia. For treatment purposes, electrical stimulation therapy, for example anti-tachyarrhythmia pacing (ATP) therapy, can be delivered by at least one of the devices of the system. Such therapy can help treat the detected cardiac arrhythmia. In some instances, one of the leadless cardiac pacemakers can instruct one or more of the other devices to assist in providing pacing therapy. In some instances, one of the leadless cardiac pacemakers can instruct one or more of the other devices to temporarily stop providing therapy or to simply shut down while another device provides therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiac Packemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Stahmann, William J. Linder, Howard D. Simms, Jr., Keith R. Maile, Michael J. Kane
  • Patent number: 10589113
    Abstract: The current technology relates to a shock deferral unit that is portable by an ambulatory patient. The shock deferral unit has a bi-directional communication device configured to receive a notification of an impending shock from a defibrillator and configured to send an instruction to defer the impending shock to the defibrillator. An authentication interface is configured to receive authentication data from a user. A user instruction interface is configured to receive the instruction to defer the impending shock from the user. An authentication device is configured to authenticate the user based on the authentication data and instruct the bi-directional communication device to send the instruction to defer a shock upon authentication and receipt of the instruction to defer the shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Stahmann, Dan C. Goldman
  • Patent number: 10588527
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and techniques relating to generating and presenting information related to heart rate data. In one aspect, a system includes a monitoring device configured to obtain physiological data for a living being and to generate annotation data based on the physiological data for a total time period, a processing system configured to obtain the annotation data via a communication channel from the monitoring device and to generate for display based on the annotation data a daily patient report that includes, a chart showing summary statistical data for a proportion of a total monitored time period spent in cardiac arrhythmia for each of a plurality of days and summary statistical data for a proportion of the total monitored time period not spent in cardiac arrhythmia for each of the plurality of days.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Braemar Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Anna McNamara, Jonathan Newbrough, Charles Gropper, Aaron Goldmuntz, Yachuan Pu
  • Patent number: 10556116
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an implantable medical device. The medical device comprises an implantable component having a receiver unit; an external charging module having a power transmitter unit; and a data module having a data transmitter unit. The units are configured to establish a transcutaneous communication link over which data and power is transmitted on a single frequency channel via a time interleaving scheme comprising successive frames each divided into at least two time slots, and wherein one or more of the time slots in each frame is allocated to the data transmitter unit, and wherein one or more of the time slots in each frame is allocated to the power transmitter unit, and wherein data and power are transmitted by the transmitter units during their allotted time slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Werner Meskens
  • Patent number: 10357158
    Abstract: A wireless medical device (12) includes at least one sensor (14, 18, 22) which monitors physiological data of a patient or an actuator (26) which delivers therapy to the patient. A wireless transceiver (40) transmits and receives information packets related to at least one of the monitored physiological data and the delivered therapy. The wireless transceiver (40) has a duty-cycle limit. The duty-cycle module (50) determines the duty-cycle parameters for the wireless transceiver (40) according to the duty-cycle limit. A communication module (60) controls the transceiver (40) to broadcast at least one duty-cycle parameter when transmitting an information packet or when acknowledging receiving an information packet from a neighboring wireless medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Maulin Dahyabhai Patel
  • Patent number: 10328201
    Abstract: Method and apparatus including calling, retrieving and/or initiating a programmed function in conjunction with execution of one or more commands related to a closed loop control algorithm, receiving one or more data in response to the one or more commands over a data interface, and executing the one or more commands related to the closed loop control algorithm based on the received one or more data are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Barry Taub, Daniel Milfred Bernstein, Gary Alan Hayter, Mark Kent Sloan, Glenn Howard Berman, Saeed Nekoomaram
  • Patent number: 10315039
    Abstract: A system includes a controller module, which includes a storage device, a controller, a modulator, and one or more antennas. The storage device is stored with parameters defining a stimulation waveform. The controller is configured to generate, based on the stored parameters, an output signal that includes the stimulation waveform, wherein the output signal additionally includes polarity assignments for electrodes in an implantable, passive stimulation device. The modulator modulates a stimulus carrier signal with the output signal to generate a transmission signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Stimwave Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Laura Tyler Perryman, Patrick Larson, Chad Andresen
  • Patent number: 10293168
    Abstract: Systems and methods for programming and logging medical device and patient data are provided. The systems include a handheld device, which is capable of communicating with a medical device, and a base station, which provides connectivity for the handheld device to accomplish various functions such as recharging, programming, data back-up and data entry. The methods comprise the steps of detecting a medical device, obtaining and recording information from the medical device. Additionally, medical device parameters may be modified and the recorded information may be archived for future reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Urinary Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria E. Bennett, Kenneth P. Rundle, Stuart F. Rubin, James Coburn, Danny R. Pack, Robert B. Strother, Geoffrey B. Thrope, Joseph J. Mrva
  • Patent number: 10271277
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments include apparatuses, systems and/or methods of discovering a wireless communication device. For example, a first wireless device may include a radio to communicate over a wireless communication medium according to a discovery scheme including a plurality of contention-based discovery windows (DWs), the radio to communicate with a second wireless device a discovery frame during a first discovery process, the discovery frame including an indication of one or more selected DWs of the plurality of DWs; and a controller to switch the first wireless device between a power save state and an active state, the controller to switch the first wireless device to operate in the active state in the one or more selected discovery windows to discover the second wireless device during a second discovery process, subsequent to the first discovery process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Minyoung Park, Emily H. Qi, Venkatakrishna U. Yellepeddy
  • Patent number: 10258295
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, a device, a system and/or a manufacture of voice controlled assistance for monitoring adverse events of a user and/or coordinating emergency actions such as caregiver communication. In one embodiment, a system includes an assistance device coupled to a voice controlled assistance server over a network. The assistance device includes a memory including computer-executable instructions that when executed, upon an event such as sensing the presence of the user, generates a verbal status query to the user usable to determine an event of concern and/or an adverse event related to the user, such as a negative response or non-response event that may require initiation of an emergency action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LifePod Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Fountaine
  • Patent number: 10248525
    Abstract: An intelligent medical implant and monitoring system includes an implant with a communication device, an inserter for inserting the implant, a reader that operates to broadcast a signal specific to the particular communication device that causes the communication device to respond with a unique identifier, and an external database for storing and providing access to information keyed to the unique identifier of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bayer Oy
    Inventors: Joonas Mikkonen, Tero Jalkanen, Mikko Virtanen, Taina Tjäder, Karym El Sayed, Arto Pakkalin
  • Patent number: 10218212
    Abstract: Included are embodiments of a wireless charging device. Some embodiments include a transmitting side resonant tank circuit that includes a transmitting side tank capacitor and a primary transmission coil. Also included is a bridge component that is coupled to the transmitting side resonant tank circuit for driving the transmitting side resonant tank circuit. The bridge component may be configured to receive a voltage from a power supply for supplying a rail of the transmitting side resonant tank circuit. A regulator circuitry may also be included, which controls the bridge component. The regulator circuitry may execute logic that controls an amount of power that is delivered to the transmitting side resonant tank circuit. Similarly, a current sensing element may be included that informs the regulator circuitry of an amount of current drawn from the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Gillette Company LLC
    Inventor: Lutz Lisseck
  • Patent number: 10205808
    Abstract: A metal rear cover for a terminal and a terminal are provided. The metal rear cover includes a base plate provided with at least one micro-seam band, and the micro-seam band includes a plurality of micro-seams. The plurality of micro-seams are arranged equidistantly, a distance between two adjacent micro-seams is larger than a width of the micro-seam, the at least one micro-seam band divides the base plate into at least two radiation parts including a first radiation part and a second radiation part. A conducting switch is coupled between the first radiation part and the second radiation part, and configured to disconnect or connect the first radiation part with the second radiation part, so that transceiving of different preset frequency ranges can be achieved by the metal rear cover, when the conducting switch disconnects or connects the first radiation part with the second radiation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinbao Wang, Shengzhao Xiang, Ning Zhao, Liang Gu
  • Patent number: 10173068
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices (IMDs), and methods for use therewith, reduce how often an IMD accepts false messages. Such a method can include receiving a message and performing error detection and correction on the message. Such a method can also include determining a quality measure indicative of a quality of the message and/or a quality of a channel over which the message was received, and determining whether to reject the message based on the quality measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Chin
  • Patent number: 10092757
    Abstract: A group select matrix is added to an implantable stimulator device to allow current sources to be dedicated to particular groups of electrodes at a given time. The group select matrix can time multiplex the current sources to the different groups of electrodes to allow therapy pulses to be delivered at the various groups of electrodes in an interleaved fashion. Each of the groups of electrodes may be confined to a particular electrode array implantable at a particular non-overlapping location in a patient's body. A switch matrix can be used in conjunction with the group select matrix to provide further flexibility to couple the current sources to any of the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Dongchul Lee
  • Patent number: 10092760
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for detecting or confirming fibrillation are discussed. In one example, a method for detecting a cardiac arrhythmia of a patients' heart comprises receiving, by a leadless cardiac pacemaker fixed in the patients' heart, an indication from a remote device that a cardiac arrhythmia is detected, monitoring by the leadless cardiac pacemaker a signal generated by a sensor that is located within the patients' heart, and based at least in part on the monitored signal, confirming whether a cardiac arrhythmia is occurring or not. In some embodiments, the method may further comprise, if a cardiac arrhythmia is confirmed, delivering a therapy to treat the cardiac arrhythmia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kane, Allan Charles Shuros, Brian L. Schmidt, Paul Huelskamp, Benjamin J. Haasl
  • Patent number: 10080902
    Abstract: Implantable devices and related systems utilize a single coil for both inductive telemetry at one telemetry signal frequency and recharge at another recharge energy frequency. The coil is included in a tank circuit that may have a variable reactance. During telemetry, particularly outside of a recharge period, the reactance may be set so that the tank circuit is tuned to the telemetry frequency. During recharge, the reactance is set so that the tank circuit is tuned to the recharge frequency. Furthermore, the tank circuit may have a Q that is sufficiently small that the tank circuit receives telemetry frequency signals that can be decoded by a receiver while the tank is tuned to the recharge frequency so that telemetry for recharge status purposes may be done during the recharge period without changing the tuning of the tank circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Dinsmoor, Joel A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10016611
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter for implantable medical devices includes a switch capacitor converter core including a plurality of power transistor switches configured to receive an input voltage and output an output voltage; a switch driver connected with the switch capacitor converter core and configured to turn on corresponding power transistor switches in the switch capacitor converter core so as to supply power to a load receiving the output voltage; a switch signal router connected with the switch driver and configured to selectively transmit signals required by the switch driver; a gain selection decoder connected with the switch signal router; a gain controller connected with the gain selection decoder, the gain selection decoder being configured to decode gain selection instructions transmitted from the gain controller; an input adjusting device connected with the gain controller and configured to receive the input voltage and a reference voltage, to indicate relationship between the input voltage and the referen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN DANSHA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min Tan
  • Patent number: 9997060
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for disrupting bone conduction signals. According to one aspect, a device can receive a signal via a communication path that is external to a body of a user associated with the device. The device can generate a disruption signal to disrupt the signal. The device can send the disruption signal through the body of the user to disrupt the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9986505
    Abstract: Specific embodiments of the present invention are for use by a base station (BS) that enables power efficient wireless radio frequency (RF) communication between the BS and a medical device (MD), which may or may not be an implantable medical device (IMD). In an embodiment, once a communication session is established between the BS and the MD, the BS selectively turns a drop link mode on and off. The drop link mode is a communication mode that while turned on (i.e., enabled) reduces and preferably minimizes the length of time that an RF link is maintained between the BS and the MD. In accordance with an embodiment, at any given time during a communication session the drop link mode is either turned on (i.e., enabled) or turned off (i.e., disabled).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL LUXEMBOURG HOLDINGS SMI S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: April C. Pixley, Cary W R Campbell, Steven T. Brandon
  • Patent number: 9968299
    Abstract: A device, system and method that communicate with at least one implantable medical device (IMD). The device includes a unit and a surface having at least one reception or transmission element that communicate with the at least one IMD. A minimum pressure required for the contact between transmission or reception elements and skin is provided by gravity or by patient interaction with the device. The system includes the at least one IMD, the unit that communicates with the at least one IMD and the device having the at least one reception or transmission element that communicate with the at least one IMD. The method includes the steps of providing a surface having at least one reception or transmission element that communicate with an IMD, and enabling communication upon detection of a minimum pressure on the surface. The communication with the IMD is acoustic or conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Christian Moss
  • Patent number: 9974111
    Abstract: A method to establish communication between devices is provided. The method may include obtaining a request from a user at a first device to establish a communication session through a communication system over a wide area network with a second device. The communication session may provide for verbal communication between the user of the first device and a second user of the second device. The method may further include obtaining, at the first device over a local area network, current vital sign data of the user from a medical device configured to obtain vital sign data of the user. In response to the request from the user, the method may include sending a communication request to the communication system over the wide area network to establish the communication session and sending the current vital sign data to the communication system over the wide area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Scot Lorin Brooksby, Adam Montero, Merle Lamar Walker, III
  • Patent number: 9950163
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are example configurations of implantable units of implantable medical devices such as hearing devices. An example implantable hearing device includes a housing having a posterior side and an anterior side, with the anterior side being formed such that an inner edge of the anterior side defines an aperture. The housing includes an electrical feedthrough, a transceiver, and an antenna element. The electrical feedthrough is made of one or more biocompatible materials, and at least a portion of the electrical feedthrough is positioned beneath the aperture. The transceiver is configured to conduct RF communications. Further, the antenna element is electrically connected to the transceiver and is positioned below, above, or inside the electrical feedthrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cochler Limited
    Inventors: Werner Meskens, Mark Alan von Huben
  • Patent number: 9918638
    Abstract: Communication power in a medical device system is managed by providing power from a power supply to a communication circuit in a sensing device according to a first communication wake up mode set for a first time period and according to a second communication wake up mode set for a second time period. The second communication wake-up mode is established by a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Can Cinbis, Michael A Schugt, Richard J O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9889303
    Abstract: A method for sensing far-field R-waves in a leadless, intracardiac pacemaker implanted in an atrium of a patient's heart may involve sensing an electrical signal generated by the heart with two electrodes and a first sensing channel and/or a second sensing channel of the pacemaker, comparing a first timing marker from the first sensing channel with a second timing marker from the second sensing channel, and either determining that the sensed signal is a P-wave, if the first and second timing markers indicate that the sensed signal was sensed by the first and second sensing channels within a predetermined threshold of time from one another, or determining that the sensed signal is a far-field R-wave, if the sensed signal is sensed by the second sensing channel and not sensed by the first sensing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Brown, Saul E. Greenhut, Troy E. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9889307
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an implantable medical device. The medical device comprises an implantable component having a receiver unit; an external charging module having a power transmitter unit; and a data module having a data transmitter unit. The units are configured to establish a transcutaneous communication link over which data and power is transmitted on a single frequency channel via a time interleaving scheme comprising successive frames each divided into at least two time slots, and wherein one or more of the time slots in each frame is allocated to the data transmitter unit, and wherein one or more of the time slots in each frame is allocated to the power transmitter unit, and wherein data and power are transmitted by the transmitter units during their allotted time slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Werner Meskens
  • Patent number: 9865159
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for disrupting bone conduction signals. According to one aspect, a device can receive a signal via a communication path that is external to a body of a user associated with the device. The device can generate a disruption signal to disrupt the signal. The device can send the disruption signal through the body of the user to disrupt the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9820658
    Abstract: A medical system includes a network; one or more medical data collection appliances coupled to the network, each appliance transmitting data conforming to an interoperable format; and a server coupled to the network to store data for each individual in accordance with the interoperable format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Bao Q. Tran
  • Patent number: 9808633
    Abstract: A device includes a signal generator module, a processing module, and a housing. The signal generator module is configured to deliver pacing pulses to an atrium. The processing module is configured to detect a ventricular activation event and determine a length of an interval between the ventricular activation event and a previous atrial event that preceded the ventricular activation event. The processing module is further configured to schedule a time at which to deliver a pacing pulse to the atrium based on the length of the interval and control the signal generator module to deliver the pacing pulse at the scheduled time. The housing is configured for implantation within the atrium. The housing encloses the stimulation generator and the processing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Bonner, Saul E. Greenhut, Todd J. Sheldon, Wade M. Demmer
  • Patent number: 9808632
    Abstract: An implantable medical device comprises a communication module that comprises at least one of a receiver module and a transmitter module. The receiver module is configured to both receive from an antenna and demodulate an RF telemetry signal, and receive from a plurality of electrodes and demodulate a tissue conduction communication (TCC) signal. The transmitter module is configured to modulate and transmit both an RF telemetry signal via the antenna and a TCC signal via the plurality of electrodes. The RF telemetry signal and the TCC signal are both within a predetermined band for RF telemetry communication. In some examples, the IMD comprises a switching module configured to selectively couple one of the plurality of electrodes and the antenna to the receiver module or transmitter module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Reinke, James K. Carney, Can Cinbis, David J. Peichel, Joseph Ballis
  • Patent number: 9775987
    Abstract: Electrical crosstalk between two implantable medical devices or two different therapy modules of a common implantable medical device may be evaluated, and, in some examples, mitigated. In some examples, one of the implantable medical devices or therapy modules delivers electrical stimulation to a nonmyocardial tissue site or a nonvascular cardiac tissue site, and the other implantable medical device or therapy module delivers cardiac rhythm management therapy to a heart of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Donofrio, John E. Burnes, Paul G. Krause, Gerald P. Arne, David J. Peichel, Xiaohong Zhou, James D. Reinke, Timothy Davis
  • Patent number: 9770554
    Abstract: A microplegia console for controlling the delivery of cardioplegia to a patient, comprising an integrated display/touch screen for displaying cardioplegia information and patient information and allowing inputting of parameters via the display/touch screen into the console for computer-controlled perfusion of cardioplegia into the patient. The invention further comprises a method for delivery of cardioplegia to a patient, including defining and selecting a protocol from a displayed list and sequencing a series of the protocols. The invention also comprises a method for cardioplegia delivery to achieve aortic valve closure. Additionally, the invention comprises a method for activating an icon whereby, upon a first selection of the icon, displaying an indicia indicating that the icon has been first selected; and upon a second selection of the icon, activating the icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Quest Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Dollar, Cristo Suresh Corera, Kenneth A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9744366
    Abstract: Methods, implantable medical devices and systems configured to perform analysis of captured signals from implanted electrodes to identify cardiac arrhythmias. In an illustrative embodiment, signals captured from two or more sensing vectors are analyzed, where the signals are captured with a patient in at least first and second body positions. Analysis is performed to identify primary or default sensing vectors and/or templates for event detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CAMERON HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: Rick Sanghera, Venugopal Allavatam
  • Patent number: 9737459
    Abstract: A medical apparatus communication system includes a first medical apparatus and a second medical apparatus. The first medical apparatus includes a first communicating unit which establishes a communication connection with the second medical apparatus to communicate with the second medical apparatus, and a first controlling unit which controls the first medical apparatus. The second medical apparatus includes a second communicating unit which establishes a communication connection with the first medical apparatus to communicate with the first medical apparatus, a second controlling unit which controls the second medical apparatus, and a second sound outputting unit which performs a sound output in accordance with a control of the second controlling unit. The second controlling unit controls the sound output of the second sound outputting unit in a predetermined timing after establishment of the communication connection between the first and second communicating units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu Wakabayashi, Tatsuo Yoshida, Naoto Akiyama, Hiroyuki Satake
  • Patent number: 9722292
    Abstract: A wireless apparatus includes an antenna, a circuit board configured to form a wireless communication circuit that is connected to the antenna, and a housing configured to accommodate the circuit board and formed by resin molding. A linear conductor extends from a ground of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Matsumoto, Takeshi Kohrogi, Hiroshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 9694189
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating between medical devices. In one example, a method for communicating between a plurality of medical devices in a medical device system comprises, with a first medical device, communicating a first message to a second medical device. The method further comprises, with the second medical device, receiving the first message, wherein the first message comprises a plurality of communication pulses. A first set of the plurality of communication pulses represent a synchronization portion of the first message. A second set of the plurality of communication pulses represent a relative device address portion of the first message. A third set of the plurality of communication pulses represent a command portion of the first message. A fourth set of the plurality of communication pulses represent a payload portion of the first message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith R. Maile, Michael J. Kane, Paul Huelskamp, Lance E. Juffer, Jeffrey E. Stahmann
  • Patent number: 9653941
    Abstract: Implantable devices and related systems utilize a single coil for both inductive telemetry at one telemetry signal frequency and recharge at another recharge energy frequency. The coil is included in a tank circuit that may have a variable reactance. During telemetry, particularly outside of a recharge period, the reactance may be set so that the tank circuit is tuned to the telemetry frequency. During recharge, the reactance is set so that the tank circuit is tuned to the recharge frequency. Furthermore, the tank circuit may have a Q that is sufficiently small that the tank circuit receives telemetry frequency signals that can be decoded by a receiver while the tank is tuned to the recharge frequency so that telemetry for recharge status purposes may be done during the recharge period without changing the tuning of the tank circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Dinsmoor, Joel A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9610450
    Abstract: An antenna structure, for use in an implantable medical device, may include an inner portion that is magnetically coupled to an outer portion. In one example, the inner and outer portions include conductive loops. In accordance with the techniques of this disclosure, a capacitive sensor is electrically coupled to one of the conductive loops of the antenna of the implantable medical device. As the capacitance of the capacitive sensor changes as a function of the sensed parameter, an impedance of the antenna varies with the output of the capacitive sensor. This variation in impedance of the antenna modulates a carrier signal with the measured parameter. In other words, the measured parameter is modulated onto the carrier signal as a change in amplitude caused by variation in impedance of antenna during radiation/transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yanzhu Zhao
  • Patent number: 9585582
    Abstract: A system for determining the Q and J points of an electrocardiogram (ECG) combines a WLT-based Q, J detection algorithm with signal quality assessment for lead selection. A Q, J detector (24) receives a beat-cycle waveform for the beat under consideration from each of a plurality (N) of ECG leads, and assesses signal quality for each lead using signal quality assessor (SQA) components 261, 262 . . . 26N. The leads with “good” signal qualities are employed for a multichannel waveform length transform (WLT), which yields a combined waveform length signal (CWLS). The Q and J points are then determined from the CWLS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Wei Zong, Jyh-Yun John Wang, Stephen Scott Kresge, Haisheng Lu
  • Patent number: 9543989
    Abstract: A transponder is disclosed comprising a multichannel front-end circuit; each channel of the multichannel front-end circuit a resonant circuit associated with a respective antenna and producing, in use, an input voltage; a conditioning circuit configured to provide a conditioned input voltage from the input voltage, and a comparator configured to compare the conditioned input voltage with a reference voltage; wherein the front-end circuit further comprises: a variable load connectable across each of the resonant circuits, and a controller configured to, in use, vary the variable load and detect an output from each of the comparators. A method of operating such a transponder to determine a most strongly coupled channel, or more strongly coupled channels, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Sven Simons
  • Patent number: 9533162
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed in which an external device such as a consumer mobile device (e.g., smart phone) is used as an external controller to bi-directionally communicate with an Implantable Medical Device (IMD) using a dedicated patient remote control (RC) as an intermediary device to translate communications between the two. The dedicated RC contains a graphical user interface allowing for control and monitoring of the IMD even if the mobile device is not present in the system, which is useful as a back-up should the mobile device experience problems. Use of the dedicated RC as an intermediary device broadens the utility of other computing devices to operate as an external controller for an IMD even if the computing device and IMD do not have compliant communication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Habet Ter-Petrosyan, Gaurav Gupta, Sridhar Kothandaraman
  • Patent number: 9468385
    Abstract: A medical device system for monitoring a patient's heart includes an implantable medical device (IMD) configured to determine sensing vector data for multiple sensing vectors selected from electrodes coupled to the IMD. The system further includes an external device configured to receive the sensing vector data and provide at least a portion of the sensing vector data to a user display configured to display sensing vector criteria and the sensing vector data as part of a graphical user interface for programming a sensing vector used by the implantable medical device for monitoring a patient's heart rhythm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Natalia Y. Mazaeva, Janet L. Shallbetter
  • Patent number: 9468773
    Abstract: A tethering feature includes an elongate break-away member and a base, and forms a proximal end of an implantable medical device housing. A tether attachment zone of the break-away member extends between break-away member ends, and the base includes a pair of supports, wherein each end of the break-away member is wrapped around a corresponding support. A delivery catheter tether may be attached to the device tethering feature by passing a looped portion of the tether around the tether attachment zone. The device may be untethered from the catheter by applying a pull force through the attached tether, while a distal end of a shaft of the catheter, which abuts the device proximal end, provides a back-up force, the pull force unwrapping each end of break-away member from the corresponding base support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A Anderson, Vladimir Grubac, Michael C Jacobs