Control Signal Storage (e.g., Programming) Patents (Class 607/59)
  • Patent number: 10901480
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a power supply circuit including: a power switch configured to activate one of a primary power source or a secondary power source based on a state of charge of the secondary power source; wherein the primary power source is configured to, when activated, power a low power component; and wherein the secondary power source is configured to, when activated, power the low power component and a high power component; and a clock switch configured to provide a clock signal to the high power component based on the state of charge of the secondary power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Yao Lien, Chee Oei Chan
  • Patent number: 10897713
    Abstract: Medical devices that have been implanted into human bodies (as well as other devices that have been implanted into other objects) and are controllable via RF commands are subject to intentional tampering and unintentional interference. This drawback can be avoided by designing the implanted system so that either (a) the implanted system can only be controlled via ultrasound signals, or (b) the implanted system can only be controlled via non-ultrasound signals (e.g., RF signals) after the system has been unlocked in response to receipt of a particular ultrasound signal. Because ultrasound waves at the relevant frequencies (e.g., 1-5 MHz) can only enter a body when an ultrasound transmitter is positioned in direct contact with the body, these configurations provide a significant amount of additional security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Terafence Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoram Palti
  • Patent number: 10873649
    Abstract: The present disclosure discusses system and methods for improving the efficiency of a remote computing device. The system and methods include generate a profile and delivery schedule for the remote computing device. The system can dynamically update the delivery schedule of future requests the system transmits to the remote computing device based on responses to current request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Click Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Gao, David Klein
  • Patent number: 10864372
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and system is provided for managing neural stimulation therapy. The method comprises under control of one or more processors configured with program instructions. The method delivers a series of candidate stimulation waveforms having varied stimulation intensities to at least one electrode located proximate to nervous tissue of interest. A parameter defines the candidate stimulation waveforms is changed to vary the stimulation intensity. The method identifies a first candidate stimulation waveform that induces a paresthesia-abatement effect, while continuing to induce a select analgesic effect. The method further identifies a second candidate stimulation waveform that does not induce the select analgesic effect. The method sets a stimulation therapy based on the first and second candidate stimulation waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Xiaoyi Min, Alexander Kent, Richard Williamson
  • Patent number: 10821285
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for identifying optimal or near optimal complex stimulation waveforms for a neurostimulator device or neuromodulation device are disclosed. An example method includes using a dueling bandits algorithm with correlation among stimulation arms to select a batch of stimulation arms for sequential application to a patient during a therapy session. Each of the stimulation arms specifies complex stimulation waveform parameter values. Feedback from applying the stimulation arms to the patient is recorded and used to update feedback reward values corresponding to at least some of the stimulation arms using a stimulation arm correlation index. A second batch of stimulations arms is selected based upon the updated feedback reward values and applied to a patient. The method is iteratively repeated over a number of therapy sessions until an optimal or near optimal batch of stimulation arms (defining complex stimulation waveforms) is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joel W. Burdick, Yanan Sui, Yisong Yue, Nicholas A. Terrafranca
  • Patent number: 10814134
    Abstract: Techniques for determining the location of a physiological midline are disclosed. A first technique evaluates the response to stimulation of spinal electrodes at peripheral electrodes on different sides of the body. In this technique, a spinal electrode's position relative to a physiological midline is determined based on a relationship between responses to its stimulation observed on different sides of the body. A second technique evaluates the response of spinal electrodes to stimulation of peripheral electrodes on different sides of the body. In this technique, a spinal electrode's position relative to a physiological midline is determined based on the different responses that it observes to stimulation on different sides of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Raul Serrano Carmona, Bradley Hershey
  • Patent number: 10814140
    Abstract: An optical stimulation system includes a lead, a control module, and a control interface. The lead includes light emitters for emitting light having wavelengths that activate light-sensitive neurons. The light-sensitive neurons generate either an excitatory response or an inhibitory response when activated depending on the wavelength of the emitted light. The control module directs the emission of light from the light emitters using a set of stimulation parameters. The control interface includes user-selectable controls to adjust the stimulation parameters. The user-selectable controls include a graphical representation of a light emitter for each light emitter. Each graphical representation includes one or more user-selectable emitter controls to indicate whether a corresponding light emitter emits light and, if so, whether the emitted light generates an excitatory response or an inhibitory response from activated light-sensitive neurons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tianhe Zhang, Rosana Esteller
  • Patent number: 10806934
    Abstract: A neuromodulation customization system includes a field definition user interface, a neuromodulation signaling engine, and a supervisor engine. The field definition user interface is to facilitate entry of a customized electrotherapy field definition, with the field definition user interface including a set of input controls for defining field shape, field intensity, and field steering parameters of the customized electrotherapy field. The neuromodulation signaling engine is to produce commands for neuromodulation output circuitry to control generation of a customized electrotherapy field via a set of electrodes based on the customized electrotherapy field definition. The supervisor engine is to assess compliance of the customized electrotherapy field to be generated with applicable predefined criteria, and to modify generation of the customized electrotherapy field in response to an assessed non-compliance with the criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Dheerendra Raghavendra Kashyap, Sarvani Grandhe, Natalie A. Brill, Bradley Lawrence Hershey, Changfang Zhu, Sridhar Kothandaraman, Dennis Zottola, Michael A. Moffitt
  • Patent number: 10790914
    Abstract: An acoustic communication system includes a first acoustic communication apparatus and a second acoustic communication apparatus. The first acoustic communication apparatus transmits a first acoustic wave to the second acoustic communication apparatus. The second acoustic communication apparatus transmits, as a response, a second acoustic wave to the first acoustic communication apparatus continuously in constant cycles until a next first acoustic wave is received. Each cycle includes a transmission period and a pause period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN AGENCY FOR MARINE-EARTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ochi, Takuya Shimura, Yoshitaka Watanabe, Mitsuyasu Deguchi
  • Patent number: 10780270
    Abstract: The exemplified systems and methods facilitate a nerve conduction block at a target nerve using electrical stimulation applied from one or more electrodes located on a percutaneous lead that are placed in parallel, or substantially in parallel, and without direct contact, to a long axis of the peripheral nerve over an overlapping nerve region of greater than about 3 millimeters. The exemplified system and method can be further configured to block nerve condition without eliciting onset activity and co-excitation of non-targeted structures. The exemplified method and system can be performed using conventional percutaneous leads, though an improved percutaneous lead design is disclosed herein. In an aspect, an introducer is disclosed that facilitates accurate and consistent insertion of the percutaneous lead to the specified or intended position relative to the target nerve. In another aspect, a treatment kit comprising the various system components to treat pain is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Schepis, Phillip A. Schorr, Wanzhan Liu, Natalia Alexeeva, Shyamant R. Sastry, Amol Soin, David M. Page, Ryan Caldwell
  • Patent number: 10780273
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and methods of use thereof for treating dry eye, tired eye, or other forms of ocular discomfort such as from contact lenses. The methods generally include applying spatially and/or temporally patterned stimulation to one or more anatomical structures located in an ocular or nasal region. The electrical stimulation may elicit a reflex that activates the lacrimal gland or may directly activate the lacrimal gland or nerves innervating the lacrimal gland to produce tears. The devices may be implantable or handheld, and may be configured to deliver the spatially and/or temporally patterned stimulation patterns described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: OCULEVE, INC.
    Inventors: Manfred Franke, James Donald Loudin, John Wardle, Mark Jeffrey Holdbrook
  • Patent number: 10780287
    Abstract: An implantable device that (a) has an analog input configured to detect analog electrical signals and (b) is configured to accept RF commands can be retrofitted to prevent unauthorized access by modifying the software of the implantable device to (1) accept control commands that arrive via the analog input and (2) ignore control commands that arrive via the RF transceiver. Ultrasound communications can then be detected and inductively coupled onto a lead that is connected to the analog input. In some embodiments, the modified implantable device can only be controlled via ultrasound signals at all times to improve security. In other embodiments, the modified implantable device can only be controlled via non-ultrasound signals (e.g., RF signals) for short periods of time after the system has been unlocked in response to receipt of a specific ultrasound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Terafence Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoram Palti
  • Patent number: 10722720
    Abstract: At least one of a first medical device and a second medical device may be implanted within a patient while the second medical device may optionally be proximate but external to the patient. At least one of the medical devices has an antenna having at least two electrodes and at least one of the medical devices has an antenna having at least three electrodes. The medical devices can communicate via conducted communication through the patient's tissue between a first pair of electrodes and a second pair of electrodes. At least one of the pairs of electrodes can be selected in accordance with the signal strength of the communication vector between the first and second pairs of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Stahmann, William J. Linder, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 10716505
    Abstract: A method for generating a clinical effects map for electrical stimulation using an electrical stimulation lead includes receiving at least one clinical response for stimulation using each of multiple first sets of stimulation parameters where each clinical response is associated with at least one therapeutic effect or side effect. The method also includes determining, using the clinical responses and the first sets of stimulation parameters, a spatial relationship between the electrical stimulation lead and at least one effect region, where each effect region is associated with at least one of the therapeutic effects or side effects; estimating, based on the spatial relationship, at least one clinical response for each of multiple second sets of stimulation parameters; and generating and presenting a clinical effects map illustrating at least the estimated clinical response for one or more of the second sets of stimulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Blum, Peter J. Yoo
  • Patent number: 10709893
    Abstract: A system for a tissue stimulator coupled to an array of electrodes. The system comprises a user-controlled input device configured for generating control signals, and at least one processor configured for generating a plurality of stimulation parameter sets in response to the control signals that, when applied to the electrodes, will shift electrical current between electrodes to modify a region of tissue activation. The processor(s) is further configured for computing an estimate of the region of tissue activation, and for generating display signals capable of prompting a monitor to display an animated graphical representation of the computed estimate of the region of tissue activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter J. Yoo, Michael A. Moffitt, Kerry Bradley
  • Patent number: 10693996
    Abstract: The present disclosure discusses system and methods for improving the efficiency of a remote computing device. The system and methods include generate a profile and delivery schedule for the remote computing device. The system can dynamically update the delivery schedule of future requests the system transmits to the remote computing device based on responses to current request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Click Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Gao, David Klein
  • Patent number: 10653888
    Abstract: A subcutaneous implant, including: (a) a circuitry unit having a first end, a second end, a conducting lateral side, and an opposing lateral side; (b) a first electrode, disposed on an outer surface of the circuitry unit and laterally circumscribing the circuitry unit at the first end; (c) a second electrode, disposed on the outer surface of the circuitry unit and laterally circumscribing the circuitry unit at the second end; (d) circuitry, disposed within the circuitry unit, and configured to be wirelessly powered to drive an electrical current between the electrodes; and (e) an insulating member, disposed on the opposing lateral side such that, on the opposing lateral side, each electrode is sandwiched between the insulating member and the circuitry unit, and the insulating member inhibits electrical conduction from the electrodes into the tissue. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BLUEWIND MEDICAL LTD
    Inventors: Guri Oron, Yossi Gross, Danny Neeman, Shlomo Ronen
  • Patent number: 10632315
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to implantable medical devices (IMDs) and methods for use therewith. Such a method includes enabling a communication capability of an IMD during a message alert period and monitoring for a message while the communication capability is enabled during the message alert period. In response to receiving a message during the message alert period, there is a determination whether the message is valid or invalid. If the message is invalid, the message is ignored, and an invalid message count is incremented. A further message is monitored for during the message alert period occurs, when the invalid message count has not yet reached a corresponding invalid message count threshold. The communication capability of the IMD is disabled for a disable period, when the invalid message count reaches the corresponding invalid message count threshold. If a valid message is received, the IMD acts upon information included therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Fishler, Benjamin T. Persson, Suresh Gurunathan
  • Patent number: 10614917
    Abstract: A medical apparatus has a plurality of movable elements that are remotely displaced. A display device receives inputs for positioning the movable elements from a user. A computing device that is coupled to the display device displays a model of the medical apparatus on the display device. The movable elements are displayed in the model in accordance with the received inputs for positioning. In response to a trigger signal of the user for moving the movable elements, the movable elements are driven so as to adopt the displayed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Hans Schweizer, Wei Wei, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 10561852
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the presently described methods, apparatus, and systems can facilitate decreasing a boot time of a medical device, e.g., an amount of time between when a medical device or system is first turned on or powered on and when the medical device or system is ready to perform its intended function. In some embodiments, the present disclosure can also facilitate conducting tests on the functionality of various operational circuits shortly or immediately after the device/system has been activated. In some cases, the emergency medical devices/systems can report on the status or functionality of operational circuits even before the emergency medical device is fully booted up and ready to perform some or all of its intended functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Jim Murphy, Charles E. Sawyer, Jr., Melissa M. Dascoli, Bruce Edwards, Tim Stever, Allan Scott Baucom, Lawrence W. Peck, Tyler Harrington, Gary A. Freeman, Christine O'Toole, Donald Joseph Paradis
  • Patent number: 10549085
    Abstract: A method, programmer for a neurostimulator, and neurostimulation kit are provided. The kit comprises a neurostimulator, and a plurality of elongated lead bodies configured for being coupled to the neurostimulator, each having a plurality of proximal contacts and a plurality of distal electrodes respectively electrically coupled to the proximal contacts, wherein an in-line connectivity between the electrodes and proximal contacts carried by the different lead bodies differs from each other. Electrical energy is conveyed between the electrodes of the selected lead body and the tissue, an electrical fingerprint is measured at the proximal contacts of the selected lead body in response to the conveyed electrical energy, and the selected lead body is identified based on the measured electrical fingerprint. These steps can be performed by the programmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: David K. L. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10524684
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example electrophysiology medical device may include a catheter shaft including a distal end portion and a sensing assembly having three or more terminals. The sensing assembly includes one or more current-carrying electrodes and one or more sensing electrodes. The one or more current-carrying electrodes, the one or more sensing electrodes, or both includes a mini-electrode. The mini-electrode is disposed on one of the other electrodes. The medical device may also include a controller coupled to the sensing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed Inc
    Inventors: Leon Fay, Paul Hultz
  • Patent number: 10518087
    Abstract: A dysphagia treatment device includes: a current application unit configured to be attached to a target portion of a treated person in order to percutaneously apply current to a biological tissue of the neck including superior laryngeal nerve of the treated person; a control unit configured to control the current application unit such that percutaneous stimulation caused by an interference wave or a pseudo interference wave is applied to the biological tissue of the neck including the superior laryngeal nerve; an operation unit configured to adjust the current to be applied by the current application unit, to a sensory threshold at which the treated person becomes aware of the percutaneous stimulation; and a display unit configured to display index information based on the sensory threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: HYOGO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, J CRAFT CO., LTD., EUSENSE MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Oku, Hiroshi Ueno, Masahiro Waza
  • Patent number: 10500400
    Abstract: An electrode lead having a plug for connecting to an implant having a control device and a communication antenna connected to the control device, and having at least one electrical conductor and one insulating tube insulating the at least one electrical conductor. To simply/reliably transmit information of the electrode lead to the implant (with a low expenditure of energy), a hermetically sealed passive RFID label is embedded: in the insulating tube, and/or in the plug, or in an insulating body of a separate additional part connectable to the insulating tube or the plug. The RFID label has an RFID chip and an inlay antenna connected in an electrically conducting manner to the RFID chip. The inlay antenna is electromagnetically coupled to the at least one electrical conductor and the communication antenna. A corresponding method for identifying an electrode lead and a corresponding implant are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jens Rump
  • Patent number: 10493285
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-site cardiac stimulation are disclosed. The system includes an electrostimulation circuit to deliver electrostimulation to one or more candidate sites of at least one heart chamber. The system may sense a physiological signal including during electrostimulation of the heart, use the physiological signal to determine a first stimulation vector for electrostimulation at a first left ventricular (LV) site and a second stimulation vector for electrostimulation at a different second LV site, and determine a therapy mode including a first chronological order and a first timing offset between stimulations delivered according to the first and second stimulation vectors. The electrostimulation circuit may deliver electrostimulation to the heart in accordance with the first and second stimulation vectors and the therapy mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Yinghong Yu, David J. Ternes, Keith L. Herrmann, Sunipa Saha, Pratik K. Pandya, Jason Humphrey, David L. Perschbacher
  • Patent number: 10484502
    Abstract: The present disclosure discusses system and methods for improving the efficiency of a remote computing device. The system and methods include generate a profile and delivery schedule for the remote computing device. The system can dynamically update the delivery schedule of future requests the system transmits to the remote computing device based on responses to current request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Click Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Klein, Victor Gao
  • Patent number: 10476986
    Abstract: The present disclosure discusses system and methods for improving the efficiency of a remote computing device. The system and methods include generate a profile and delivery schedule for the remote computing device. The system can dynamically update the delivery schedule of future requests the system transmits to the remote computing device based on responses to current request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Click Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Klein, Victor Gao
  • Patent number: 10449356
    Abstract: A system for inducing emotional response through craniofacial stimulation, comprising an emotion enhancement device that selects a stimulation configuration and directs the operation of a plurality of stimulation transducers based on the selected stimulation configuration. In some aspects the emotion enhancement device is configured to be worn on the head of a human user, and in some aspects the stimulation configuration is selected based on input cues from hardware sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TREV Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Abby D. Levenberg
  • Patent number: 10441781
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods for programming neuromodulation therapy to treat neurological or cardiovascular diseases. A system includes an input circuit that receives a modulation magnitude representing a level of stimulation intensity, a memory that stores a plurality of gain functions associated with a plurality of modulation parameters, and a electrostimulator that may generate and deliver an electrostimulation therapy. A controller may program the electrostimulator with the plurality of modulation parameters based on the received modulation magnitude and the plurality of gain functions, and control the electrostimulator to generate electrostimulation therapy according to the plurality of modulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Goran N. Marnfeldt, Michael A. Moffitt
  • Patent number: 10413729
    Abstract: Selective high-frequency spinal chord modulation for inhibiting pain with reduced side affects and associated systems and methods are disclosed. In particular embodiments, high-frequency modulation in the range of from about 1.5 KHz to about 50 KHz may be applied to the patient's spinal chord region to address low back pain without creating unwanted sensory and/or motor side affects. In other embodiments, modulation in accordance with similar parameters can be applied to other spinal or peripheral locations to address other indications. In particular embodiments, aspects of the foregoing modulation therapies may be implemented by systems and devices that have simplified functionalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Jon Parker, James Thacker
  • Patent number: 10410751
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining the placement of energy-delivery nodes of an energy-based therapeutic device. In one aspect, recommended placement locations are customized by analyzing an image or video of the user and may be superimposed on an image corresponding to an affected body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre-Yves Lampo
  • Patent number: 10389846
    Abstract: The present disclosure discusses system and methods for improving the efficiency of a remote computing device. The system and methods include generate a profile and delivery schedule for the remote computing device. The system can dynamically update the delivery schedule of future requests the system transmits to the remote computing device based on responses to current request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Click Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Gao, David Klein
  • Patent number: 10376699
    Abstract: An example includes machine-implemented method of providing therapy to a patient using a plurality of electrodes implanted within the patient that includes receiving, via a programmer for an electrical stimulator, user input that at least partially defines a neuromodulation field to provide the therapy, based on the received user input, determining a subset of the plurality of electrodes and current distributions for the subset to generate the field, comparing an electrode limit to a number of electrodes in the determined subset and eliminating at least one of the number of electrodes in the determined subset based on the comparison to provide a reduced subset of the electrodes, and redistributing current associated with the at least one eliminated electrode to at least one of the electrodes in the reduced subset of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: David Ernest Wechter
  • Patent number: 10376624
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an improved transcutaneous energy transfer (TET) system that generates and wirelessly transmits a sufficient amount of energy to power one or more implanted devices, including a heart pump, while maintaining the system's efficiency, safety, and overall convenience of use. The disclosure further relates one or more methods of operation for the improved system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rudser, Stefan Schwarzbach
  • Patent number: 10350404
    Abstract: Method and systems for determining a set of stimulation parameters for an implantable stimulation device include receiving a set of stimulation parameters including at least one electrode for delivery of stimulation and a stimulation amplitude for each electrode; determining, using the set of stimulation parameters, an axial stimulation field for neural elements oriented axially with respect to a longitudinal axis of the lead; and outputting the first axial stimulation field for viewing by a user; receiving, by the computer processor. The methods and systems can be used to model other neural elements oriented non-orthogonally with respect to the longitudinal axis of the lead and determine a non-orthogonal stimulation field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tianhe Zhang, G. Karl Steinke, Richard Mustakos
  • Patent number: 10339081
    Abstract: A hardware based block moving controller of an active device such as an implantable medical device that provides electrical stimulation reads a parameter data from a block of memory and then writes the parameter data to a designated register set of a component that performs an active function. The block of memory may include data that specifies a size of the block of memory to be moved to the register set. The block of memory may also include data that indicates a number of triggers to skip before moving a next block of memory to the register set. A trigger that causes the block moving controller to move the data from the block of memory to the register set may be generated in various ways such as through operation of the component having the register set or by a separate timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Hocken, Wesley A. Santa, Christopher M. Arnett, Jalpa S. Shah, Joel E. Sivula
  • Patent number: 10335599
    Abstract: An example of a neurostimulation system may include a storage device to store a stimulation waveform, a programming control circuit to generate a plurality of stimulation parameters controlling delivery of neurostimulation pulses according to the stimulation waveform, and waveform definition circuit configured to create and adjust the stimulation waveform. The waveform definition circuit includes a charge recovery module that may include a stimulation to receive the stimulation waveform including charge injection phases, a charge recovery scheme input to receive a charge recovery scheme, and a waveform adjuster configured to identify a need for recovering charges injected during the charge injection phases and adjust the received stimulation waveform by automatically inserting charge recovery phases into the received stimulation waveform based on the identified need for recovering the injected charges and the received charge recovery scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis Zottola
  • Patent number: 10307598
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for managing synchronous conducted communication for an implantable medical device (IMD). The IMD further comprises electrodes and sensing circuitry. The sensing circuitry is configured to detect physiologic events. A receiver amplifier is coupled to the electrodes. The receiver amplifier is configured to receive conducted communications signals via the electrodes. A controller is configured to establish synchronous conducted communication with a transmit device. The controller includes a receive window timing (RWT) module configured to manage an on-off cycle of the receiver amplifier based on first and second receive window timing schemes. The RWT module switches between the first and second receive window timing schemes based on a condition of the synchronous conducted communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Ciciarelli, Benjamin T. Persson
  • Patent number: 10300282
    Abstract: Electrical stimulation therapy is provided to a patient in order to induce a patient sensation. The patient sensation may be selected from a number of patient sensations. A set of therapy parameter values are associated with each of the number of patient sensations. A user interface allows a user to adjust one or more characteristics of the patient sensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan A. Torgerson, Kevin L. Bright, Nicholas D. Buse
  • Patent number: 10290366
    Abstract: A sample analysis and medical data acquisition system for patient management includes a first user interface (UI) display module for displaying a medical chart page that includes selectable items associated with patient management. The first UI display module displays a set of medical delivery systems associated with a selectable medical delivery selection item, from which a medical delivery system is chosen. The system includes a second UI display module, in communication with the first UI display module, for displaying parameter fields for entry of operation data associated with the chosen medical delivery system. Medical data is captured from a patient by an analyzer configured to perform analysis of samples from the patient. The medical data is analyzed in accordance with entered operation data. The system includes an analysis display module, in communication with at least the first UI display module, for displaying sample analysis results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Abbott Point of Care Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Ann Tirinato, Mark Paul Maund, Paul Machiaverna, Paul Andrew Gibson, Gary John Vandersleen, Rosa Margarita Ibanez, Lyudmila Zaltsman, Michael P. Zelin
  • Patent number: 10290157
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, devices, and techniques for adjusting an anatomical atlas to patient anatomy. In one example, a system may include processing circuitry configured to generate, for display at a user interface, a representation of an anatomical region of a patient, generate, for display at the user interface, a representation of one or more atlas-defined anatomical structures at a first position over the representation of the anatomical region of the patient, receive a user annotation that defines an adjustment to at least one atlas-defined anatomical structure relative to the representation of the anatomical region of the patient, and adjust, based on the adjustment, the first position of the representation of the one or more atlas-defined anatomical structures to a second position of the representation of the one or more atlas-defined anatomical structures over the representation of the anatomical region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Bakken Research Center B.V.
    Inventors: Rutger Nijlunsing, Stefan Marien
  • Patent number: 10258794
    Abstract: Provided is an electrical stimulation device including a first to fourth electrodes, and an electrical stimulation generation section which supplies an electrical stimulation signal to each of the first to fourth electrodes. The electrical stimulation generation section supplies, to the first and second electrodes, an electrical stimulation signal according to a first stimulation pattern, and supplies, to the third and fourth electrodes, an electrical stimulation signal according to a second stimulation pattern. The first stimulation pattern is set so that an electrical stimulation signal for changing stimulation intensity according to a first waveform is supplied to the first electrode, and an electrical stimulation signal for changing stimulation intensity according to a second waveform is supplied to the second electrode, the second waveform being increased and decreased in conjunction with the first waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: SYSTEM INSTRUMENTS CO., LTD., THE UNIVERSITY OF ELECTRO-COMMUNICATIONS
    Inventors: Takeshi Akiba, Hiroshi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10258805
    Abstract: A method for subcutaneously treating pain in a patient includes first providing a neurostimulator with an IPG body and at least a primary, a secondary, and a tertiary integral lead with electrodes disposed thereon. A primary incision is opened to expose the subcutaneous region below the dermis in a selected portion of the body. A pocket is then opened for the IPG through the primary incision and the integral leads are inserted through the primary incision and routed subcutaneously to desired nerve regions along desired paths. The IPG is disposed in the pocket through the primary incision. The primary incision is then closed and the IPG and the electrodes activated to provide localized stimulation to the desired nerve regions and at least three of the nerves associated therewith to achieve a desired pain reduction response from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SYNTILLA MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Lyle Reed, Robert Raymond Bulger, Michael Steven Colvin
  • Patent number: 10207117
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein are generally directed to techniques for the transfer of isochronous stimulation data over a standardized isochronous audio or data link between components of an implantable medical device system. More specifically, as described further below, a first component is configured to generate dynamic stimulation data based on one or more received sound signals. The first component is configured to obtain static configuration data and to encode the dynamic stimulation data and the static configuration data into a series of isochronous wireless packets. The first component is configured to transmit the series of wireless packets over an isochronous wireless channel to a second component of the implantable medical device system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Werner Meskens, Koen Van Herck
  • Patent number: 10204706
    Abstract: In one aspect, a programmer for an implantable medical device comprises a user interface that receives user input corresponding to one or more selected stimulation therapy parameters for delivering stimulation therapy to a patient with the implantable medical device and presents an energy consumption estimate of a power source based on the selected stimulation therapy parameters; and a processor that determines one or more programming options that, if selected, would alter the selected stimulation therapy parameters and reduce the energy consumption estimate. The user interface presents at least one of the programming options to reduce the energy consumption estimate to the user with an indication that user selection of one or more of the presented programming options would alter the selected stimulation therapy parameters to reduce energy consumption of the implantable medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon P. Davis, Steven M. Goetz, Nathan A. Torgerson, Ashish Singal, Lynn A. Davenport, Rajeev M. Sahasrabudhe, Shyam Gokaldas, Joel A. Anderson, Leroy L. Perz, Scott E. Straka
  • Patent number: 10173008
    Abstract: A system is disclosed having a server, a dialysis machine configured to connect to the server through a network and client device configured to connect to the server through the network. In one embodiment, the server is configured to maintain an access list to determine whether the client device is authorized to connect to the dialysis machine. The server is further configured to provide a connection for transfer of data between the dialysis machine and the client device. Various methods of accessing the network using the system components are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. C. Simpson, Laura M. Letellier, James P. Martucci, Gordon J. Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10137312
    Abstract: In certain aspects, the present disclosure is directed to a method of improving a patient's recovery after a neuro-ischemic event. The method can include identifying a patient who has suffered a neuro-ischemic event, and stimulating, for a period of time, a parasympathetic structure in the patient's cranium before, during, and/or after the patient undergoes a task-oriented therapy to improve the patient's recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AUTONOMIC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony V. Caparso, Benjamin D. Pless
  • Patent number: 10124161
    Abstract: A lead includes a ribbon cable comprising a distal end portion and a proximal end portion. The ribbon cable has a plurality of conductors disposed within an insulating body and a plurality of electrode apertures selectively disposed along the distal end portion of the insulating body. The ribbon cable further includes a plurality of conductive electrodes, wherein each of the plurality of conductive electrodes is disposed over at least one of the plurality of electrode apertures and in electrical communication with at least one of the plurality of conductors. The lead may optionally include a flexible, flat lead body. A method of making a lead includes the steps of (1) obtaining a ribbon cable comprising a plurality of conductors; (2) selectively removing regions of the insulating body to create a plurality of apertures; and (3) placing a plurality of conductive elements over the plurality of apertures, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 10124170
    Abstract: A method of neurostimulation titration. The method includes setting titration parameters for an electrical signal delivered by an implantable medical device, initiating titration with the titration parameters and an aggressiveness profile, performing titration by increasing at least one of a current amplitude, a frequency, a pulse width or a duty cycle of the electrical signal until a threshold is reached or a side effect is detected, pausing the titration while waiting for commands from the patient or caregiver, and resuming the titration in response to receiving authorization from an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cyberonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Stubbs, Imad Libbus, Scott Mazar, Bruce H. KenKnight, Badri Amurthur
  • Patent number: 10118037
    Abstract: Feedback regarding electrical stimulation is provided to a patient. Electrical stimulation is applied to the patient. The electrical stimulation is applied by varying an electrical stimulation parameter. A signal is communicated to the patient via an electronic device. The signal is correlated with the electrical stimulation parameter such that the signal varies in association with the varying of the electrical stimulation parameter. The communicating is performed while the electrical stimulation is applied. Feedback is received from the patient in response to the electrical stimulation. Based on the received feedback from the patient, the electrical stimulation is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nuvectra Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu