Telemetry Or Communications Circuits Patents (Class 607/60)
  • Patent number: 11364386
    Abstract: A system, method and a network architecture for facilitating remote care therapy via secure communication channels between clinicians and patients having one or more IMDs, wherein certain unique information retrieved from an IMD is used in association with an encryption key infrastructure system for establishing trusted relationships between a clinician device, a patient's device and the patient's IMD. A cloud-based remote care session manager is provided for registering and validating the clinician and patent devices based on the IMD data used as trust indicia. In one embodiment, trusted associations between the devices are only established when the devices in close proximity of each other, e.g., in an in-person setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Germinal Ibarrola, Scott DeBates
  • Patent number: 11351360
    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: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rudser, Stefan Schwarzbach
  • Patent number: 11331496
    Abstract: A biostimulator, such as a leadless cardiac pacemaker, including an electrical feedthrough assembly mounted on a housing, is described. An electronics compartment of the housing can contain an electronics assembly to generate a pacing impulse, and the electrical feedthrough assembly can include an electrode tip to deliver the pacing impulse to a target tissue. A monolithically formed electrode body can have a pin integrated with a cup. The pin can be electrically connected to the electronics assembly, and the cup can be electrically connected to the electrode tip. Accordingly, the biostimulator can transmit the pacing impulse through the monolithic pin and cup to the target tissue. The cup can hold a filler having a therapeutic agent for delivery to the target tissue and may include retention elements for maintaining the filler at a predetermined location within the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Paspa, Thomas B. Eby, Matthew G. Fishler, Carl Lance Boling, Thomas Robert Luhrs, Russell Klehn, Tyler J. Strang, Arees Garabed, Kavous Sahabi, Brett Villavicencio, Wes Alleman, Alex Soriano, Matthew R. Malone, Conor P. Foley
  • Patent number: 11324956
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for providing neuromodulation are provided. One such system can include an implantable pulse generator. The implantable pulse generator can include a circuit board having a microcontroller that generates signals that are input into an ASIC. The ASIC serves as pulse generator that allows electrical pulses to be outputted into leads. The implantable pulse generator is capable of receiving and/or generating signals either via a wireless communication (e.g., a wireless remote control), a touching force (e.g., pressure from a finger), a motion sensor or any combination of the above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CIRTEC MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raghavendra Angara, Miles Curtis, Christopher Biele, Saif Khalil, Jason Highsmith
  • Patent number: 11324955
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein include an external base station with a tethered transceiver, an implanted hub that includes power, telemetry, and processing electronics, and a plurality of implanted satellite that contain reconfigurable front-end electronics for interfacing with electrodes. The system can operate in different modes. In a first mode, called a base boost mode, the external base station is used for closed-loop control of stimulation therapies. In a second, autonomous mode, closed-loop control is performed in the hub without direct influence from the base station. In a third mode, streams of neural data are transmitted to an offline processor for offline analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse J. Wheeler, Philip D. Parks, James E. Moran, Andrew Czarnecki, Keith B. Baldwin, David Goldberg, Alex Kindle, Marc W. McConley
  • Patent number: 11322252
    Abstract: An asset tracking system may include a bridge device that wirelessly receives beacon data from one or several beacons that are disposed at respective devices, equipment, furniture, people, and the like. The bridge device may send the beacon data to a server via a communication network. The server may analyze the beacon data, such that the locations of people or objects may be estimated and monitored, and/or sensor data corresponding to measurable attributes of people or objects may be accumulated and monitored. The location of the bridge device may be estimated using signal strength measurements of beacon signals received from room beacons in combination with corresponding room identifiers. Alerts may be sent by the server to a user device responsive to the server determining that a person or object is in an unauthorized location and/or that a value of monitored sensor data exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: PHOENIX CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, INC.
    Inventor: David Higginson
  • Patent number: 11309627
    Abstract: Provided is a wireless charging loop antenna. The wireless charging loop antenna includes an extracorporal planar loop antenna and an intracorporal planar loop antenna. The intracorporal planar loop antenna is disposed inside a body, and the extracorporal planar loop antenna is disposed on a skin outside the body. The extracorporal planar loop antenna includes an extracorporal antenna substrate, an extracorporal loop radiation patch, paired connection radiation patches and a patch capacitor. The extracorporal loop radiation patch is provided with at least one extracorporal radiation patch gap. The patch capacitor is disposed at one of the at least one extracorporal radiation patch gap. The extracorporal loop radiation patch and the paired connection radiation patches form a circuit. The extracorporal loop radiation patch, the paired connection radiation patches and the patch capacitor are all on a same surface of the extracorporal antenna substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: XI'AN JIAOTONG-LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Eng Gee Lim, Jingchen Wang, Zhao Wang, Mark Paul Leach, Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 11298552
    Abstract: Methods and devices for managing establishment of a communications link between an external instrument (EI) and an implantable medical device (IMD) are provided. The methods and devices comprise storing, in memory in at least one of the IMD or the EI an advertising schedule defining a pattern for advertisement notices. The advertisement notices are distributed un-evenly and separated by unequal advertisement intervals. The method transmits, from a transmitter in at least one of the IMD or the EI the advertisement notices. The advertisement notices are distributed as defined by the advertising schedule. The method establishes a communication session between the IMD and the EI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjian Wu, Samir Shah, Heidi Hellman, Reza Shahandeh, Tejpal Singh, Youjing Huang, Chao-Wen Young
  • Patent number: 11291841
    Abstract: In some examples, an implantable medical device (IMD) including a hermetically sealed housing that is configured to enclose internal components. The internal components may include stimulation circuitry, processing circuitry configured to control the stimulation circuitry to deliver electrical stimulation using one or more leads received by the housing, telemetry circuitry, and a rechargeable power source. The IMD may also include a coil configured to at least one of receive energy to recharge the rechargeable power source or receive and/or transmit signals for wireless telemetry with another device, wherein the implantable medical device is configured to mount to a cranium of a patient, and wherein the coil is coiled about an axis that is approximately orthogonal to a major surface of the IMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Whitehead, Venkat R. Gaddam, Erik R. Scott, Randy S. Roles, Don A. Rutledge
  • Patent number: 11291844
    Abstract: A prosthetic aortic valve is provided, which is configured to be delivered to a native aortic valve of a patient in a constrained delivery configuration within a delivery sheath. The prosthetic aortic valve includes a frame, which includes interconnected stent struts arranged so as to define interconnected stent cells; a plurality of prosthetic leaflets coupled to the frame; a cathode and an anode, which are mechanically coupled to the frame; and a prosthetic-valve coil, which is in non-wireless electrical communication with the cathode and the anode, and is coupled to a plurality of the stent struts, running along the stent struts so as to surround a plurality of the stent cells when the prosthetic aortic valve is in an expanded fully-deployed configuration upon release from the delivery sheath. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: E-VALVE SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Yossi Gross
  • Patent number: 11284815
    Abstract: A diabetes management system includes a handheld medical device, a mobile computing device, and a diabetes management application. The handheld medical device is configured to measure glucose in a sample of fluid residing in a test strip and associate a measurement time with the glucose measurement. The diabetes management application is configured to request a current device time from the RTC, determine a first device delta time by determining a difference between the current device time and an internal clock time, and associate a first timestamp with a glucose measurement, wherein the first timestamp is equal to the measurement time plus the first device delta time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Carlsgaard, Paul J. Galley, Mark G. Mears, Benoit P. Menez, Hemlata Nayee, Jose Salazar-Galindo
  • Patent number: 11283161
    Abstract: The disclosure describes examples of antennas used for communication with an implantable medical device (IMD). As one example, the IMD includes a housing configured to house communication circuitry within an internal side of the housing, and a planar antenna, having a curved structure, that is stacked on an external side of the housing and coupled to the communication circuitry. As another example, the IMD includes a housing configured to house communication circuitry within an internal side of the housing and an antenna having a curved structure formed on an external side of the housing and coupled to the communication circuitry. A resonant frequency of the antenna is based on a dielectric constant of tissue surrounding the antenna when the IMD is implanted, and a current distribution of the antenna is in-phase in opposite sides of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Yanzhu Zhao
  • Patent number: 11272689
    Abstract: A handheld transmitter of dog training device and a training system are disclosed. The handheld transmitter of dog training device comprises a controller and a sensory feedback module, at least one training mode execution keypad, and at least one training intensity adjustment device. A virtual keypad is introduced to change the working state of the selected training mode; in particular, to turn on/off the selected training mode in a channel. The original keypads continue to retain their original functions. Introduction of the virtual keypad does not increase the number of physical keypads, but increases the function of the training device, and reduces the cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI YUANSUI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qiong Liu
  • Patent number: 11273313
    Abstract: Methods and systems for programming implantable stimulation devices are disclosed. The disclosed techniques may be applied to a programming interface associated with a clinician's programmer, for example. A user interface allows a user to select stimulation waveforms to be applied at a plurality of electrodes implanted in a patient and to visualize how the waveforms interact with each other and with the patient's tissue. For example, the user interface can display a representation of constructive and destructive activation interactions and can also display time-resolved spatiotemporal behavior during stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Dheerendra Kashyap, Natalie Brill
  • Patent number: 11244758
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a Self-Validating System (SVS) which includes an Electronic Self-Validating Module (ESVM) that may be employed within a medical device, operable to receive and to transmit wireless transmissions to and from a personal electronic mobile device, the mobile device executing a Self-Validating Medical Device Remote Control (SVMDRC) application, also known as the mobile app, operable to control the ESVM, the mobile device and the ESVM further executing a pre-determined sequence of instructions at a pre-determined frequency, operable to perform a set of safety (validation) checks on the mobile device, and the ESVM. In an illustrative example, changes (updates) to the mobile device's operating system, the app, or the hardware on the mobile device may be detected by the mobile device, and may advantageously re-validate the mobile device automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: White Bear Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Douglas, Steven Gigl, Jonathan Lawson, James Kinney, David Bontrager
  • Patent number: 11238150
    Abstract: A medical device with limited computational capability includes medical hardware, a first register to store a static, substantially unique identifier of the medical device, a second register to store a static encryption key, an interface to receive and transmit data over a short-range communication link, and processing hardware. The processing hardware is configured to apply the static encryption key to the identifier of the medical device to generate an encrypted identifier, transmit the encrypted identifier of to another device via the interface, receive an encrypted identifier of the other device, decrypt the encrypted identifier of the other device using the static encryption key to determine an identifier of the other device, generate a dynamic encryption key using the identifier of the medical device and the identifier of the other device, and apply the dynamic encryption key to medical data transmitted between the medical device and the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: AMGEN INC.
    Inventors: Huaying Yang, Andrew Dean, Ferry Tamtoro, Keng-Tong See, Michael Friedman, Desheng Yin, Huixing Jin, Edward Nielsen
  • Patent number: 11235165
    Abstract: Described herein are implantable medical devices (IMDs), and methods for use therewith, that enable monitoring of impedance associated with a pathway (e.g., including a lead) used to selectively deliver stimulation pulses to patient tissue. A method involves measuring or storing a first voltage indicative of the energy stored on a reservoir capacitor (Cres) just prior to a stimulation pulse being delivered via the pathway, as well as measuring or storing a second voltage indicative of the energy stored on the Cres just after the stimulation pulse is delivered via the pathway. The method also includes monitoring the impedance associated with the pathway based on a difference between the first and second voltages, which may involve determining a count value indicative of how long it takes to discharge the first voltage to drop to the second voltage, wherein the count value is a surrogate of the impedance associated with the pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Labbe, Paul F. Illegems, Cliff C. Nixon
  • Patent number: 11219771
    Abstract: A medical system contains a first implantable device and a second implantable device. Each implantable device contains a communication unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal to the communication unit of another implantable device of the medical system. The first implantable device is configured to periodically transmit a broadcast message to at least the second implantable device using the communication unit of the first implantable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kurt Swenson, Ramprasad Vijayagopal, Karl-Heinz Freiberg
  • Patent number: 11207531
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a communication channel comprising a plurality of disparate sequential communication links configured to facilitate bi-direction communication between an implantable medical device (IMD) and a programmer. A transceiver is configured to communicate with the programmer via a first communication link of the plurality of disparate communication links. A telemetry device is configured to communicate with the IMD via a second communication link of the plurality of disparate communication links. A third communication link communicatively couples the transceiver and the telemetry device. A power source is coupled to the transceiver and to the telemetry apparatus. An operational status of at least the first and second communication links can be individually determined in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rondoni, Quan Ni
  • Patent number: 11201409
    Abstract: A patch antenna includes a patch element and a ground conductor facing the patch element. The patch element is convex toward a side opposite to a side facing the ground conductor. Preferably, the patch element is convex while centering around at least one center line. Here, end portions on both sides of the patch element are positioned across the center line to face each other, and surfaces parallel to a direction toward the ground conductor from the respective end portions on the both sides at the shortest distance intersect or become a same surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: YOKOW CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Sone
  • Patent number: 11197990
    Abstract: A system for supplying power transcutaneously to an implantable device implanted within a subject is provided. The system includes an external connector including one of a microneedle array and a microwire holder. The system further includes a power cable electrically coupled to the external connector and configured to supply power to the one of the microneedle array and the microwire holder, and an internal connector configured to be implanted within the subject and electrically coupled to the implantable device, the internal connector including the other of the microneedle array and the microwire holder. The microneedle array includes a plurality of electrically conductive microneedles, the microwire holder includes a plurality of electrical contacts, and the microwire holder is configured to engage the microneedle array such that the plurality of electrically conductive microneedles extend through the skin of the subject and electrically couple to the plurality of electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Rahul Agarwal, Gene Bornzin, Edward Karst
  • Patent number: 11191964
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods incorporate the most-used functions of an electrical stimulator's controller into a small, thin pocket controller that is not only comfortable to carry in a pocket, but can also be attached to a key ring, lanyard, or other such carrying device for ease of daily use. A separate patient controller charger is used to charge and control the implanted medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: CIRTEC MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven E Wilder, Michael S. Labbe, Jeff Gagnon, Benjamin Cottrill
  • Patent number: 11172864
    Abstract: Neural activity in the brain arising from a stimulus is monitored. A stimulus is applied to a target structure of the brain and a neural measurement is obtained from at least one electrode implanted in contact with the target structure. The neural measurement is configured to capture a measure of any late response arising in the target structure, typically being a neural response arising after conclusion of an ECAP, such as in the period 1.5-10 ms after stimulus onset. The late response(s) can be a useful biomarker such as of therapeutic ranges of deep brain stimulation, disease progression, medication efficacy, and intra-operative changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Closed Loop Medical Pty Ltd
    Inventors: John Louis Parker, Gerrit Eduard Gmel
  • Patent number: 11177031
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system to facilitate access to a plurality of automated applications via a healthcare network including a plurality of devices The system is configured to maintain a first association between each of the plurality of automated applications and at least one defined input; and for each of the at least one defined input, a second association between the predefined input and a corresponding action. Responsive to receipt of a first defined input from a first device, the system identifies, based on the first association, at least one automated application. Further, the system triggers, based on the second association, at least one of the identified automated application to perform the action corresponding to the first defined input in order to process medical information associated with the first defined input; and causes at least one of the identified automated application to communicate information relating to the action to the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Lutz Dominick, Vladyslav Ukis
  • Patent number: 11172819
    Abstract: Multiple wireless sensor assemblies are individually attached to standard biopotential electrodes, which are placeable on a subject's body at locations for biopotential signal recording. The sensor assemblies, which are electrically isolated, simultaneously measure potential voltages from the body sites in accordance with a synchronization. The measured signals are amplified, digitized, and filtered, and then sent wirelessly to a monitoring system. The monitoring system receives multiple sensor signals and constructs biopotential vectors depending on the placement and number of the sensors. The sensor signals are referenced to a common virtual center bias to synthesize a common mode rejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Freedom Cardio LLC
    Inventors: James E Ott, Jon Barron
  • Patent number: 11173313
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of programming an implantable medical device (IMD) to provide therapeutic operations for a patient, comprises: receiving first programming data by the IMD from the external programming device to provide therapeutic operations according to at least one instance of settings data during a first communication session; receiving second programming data by the IMD from the external programming device to define limitations of reprogramming during one or more subsequent offline programming sessions; conducting a second communication session between the IMD with an external programming device when network connectivity is not available; receiving third programming data by IMD from the external programming device to provide therapeutic operations according to at least one instance of settings data during the second communication session; and determining whether the third programming data is permitted according to limitations defined by the second programming data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 11173309
    Abstract: Techniques for delivery of electrical neurostimulation therapy to a patient are disclosed. In one example, a processor controls delivery of electrical neurostimulation therapy to a patient by an electrical neurostimulation therapy device and via a plurality of combinations of a plurality of electrodes disposed along a lead inserted across an anatomical midline of a spinal cord of the patient and angled relative to the anatomical midline, the lead connected to the electrical neurostimulation therapy device. The processor determines, based on the electrical neurostimulation therapy, a location of a physiological midline of the spinal cord. The processor selects, based on the location of the physiological midline, at least one electrode of the plurality of electrodes for subsequent delivery of electrical neurostimulation therapy to the patient. Further, the processor displays a representation of the physiological midline and the anatomical midline relative to the spinal cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan A. Torgerson
  • Patent number: 11169670
    Abstract: A system can establish, handoff, and monitor the integrity of a remote network connection between a health care professional and a health care facility. The system can update treatment status indicators and treatment compliance indicators for the facility based on data received from a health care assessment of a patient at the facility conducted over the remote network connection. The system can calculate a care score based on the updated treated status indicators and calculate a facility score based on the care score and updated treatment compliance data. The system can determine patient care risk for the facility and predict treatment outcomes for patients based on the calculated facility score. The system can provide indicators of the patient care risk and predicted patient outcome to the facility via a user-interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: William Sanford Krimsky, Robyn Mi Jung Baek, Hai Viet Tran
  • Patent number: 11154254
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting and/or detecting cardiac events based on real-time biomedical signals are discussed herein. In various embodiments, a machine learning algorithm may be utilized to predict and/or detect one or more medical conditions based on obtained biomedical signals. For example, the systems and methods described herein may utilize ECG signals to predict and detect cardiac events. In various embodiments, patterns identified within a signal may be assigned letters (i.e., encoded as distributions of letters). Based on the known morphology of a signal, states within the signal may be identified based on the distribution of letters in the signal. When applied in the in-vehicle environment, drivers or passengers within the vehicle may be alerted when an individual within the vehicle is, or is about to, experience a cardiac event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC., THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Kayvan Najarian, Hendrikus Derksen, Zhi Li, Jonathan Gryak, Pujitha Gunaratne
  • Patent number: 11158423
    Abstract: A system and method for an adjustable bio-stream self-selecting system. Through a plethora of inputs, the system associates therapeutic recipes and associated biomarker in a personalized approach to recommending an individual to a specific therapeutic program. Therapeutic programs operate in accordance with personalized inputs suggested by the user and through digital markers and biomarkers, which trigger new recommendations by “knowing” the individual. Each bio-stream contains information utilized within these biomarkers to trigger additional therapy recommendations. Because of the complexity of the plurality of inputs, these biomarkers are managed in a way that enables low latency detections, low bandwidth needs, low processing needs, and less battery needs. The pre-processing of these biomarkers helps additional therapy management and precision medicine across larger global population needs of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: VigNet Incorporated
    Inventors: Praduman Jain, Josh Schilling, Dave Klein, Neeta Jain, Yue Cao
  • Patent number: 11147971
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for promoting recovery from a stroke induced loss of motor function in a subject. In certain aspects, the system includes at least one electrode, and an operations system in electrical communication with at least one electrode, wherein the at least one electrode is constructed and arranged to apply current across the brain of the subject and to record low frequency oscillations from a perilesional region of the subject. In certain aspects, provided is a method comprising placing at least one recording electrode in electrical communication in a perilesional region of the subject; placing at least one stimulation electrode in electrical communication with the brain of the subject; recording low frequency oscillations from the perilesional region of the subject; and delivering current stimulation to the brain of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Karunesh Ganguly, Tanuj Gulati, Dhakshin Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 11136237
    Abstract: A device for suppressing stray radiation includes a Micro-ElectroMechanical System (MEMS) sensor module and a conductive cage structure. The conductive cage structure may enclose the MEMS sensor module in order to suppress penetration of stray electromagnetic radiation with a stray wavelength ?o into the conductive cage structure, and the conductive cage structure may be arranged to be thermally insulated from the MEMS sensor module. The device may also include a connecting line. The connecting line may be connected to the MEMS sensor module and fed through the conductive cage structure by a capacitive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Werner Simbuerger, Eduardo Schittler Neves, Andreas Wiesbauer
  • Patent number: 11133113
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating remote care management involving a patient having an implantable medical device (IMD). Upon establishing a remote care session between a patient controller device and a clinician programmer, wherein the clinician and the patient are remotely located with respect to each other, input from the patient or the clinician may be received via a user interface control associated with a particular functionality or aspect of the remote care session, including audiovisual (AV) communications, remote therapy programming, and related context. Responsive to the user input, a dialog interface is effectuated at one of the patient controller device and/or the clinician programmer. A user characterization label is received via the dialog interface from the user, wherein the user characterization label is indicative of a subjective assessment of the particular functionality of the remote care session, which may be used in generating user-labeled data pertaining thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott DeBates, Douglas Alfred Lautner, Tucker Tomlinson, James Nagle
  • Patent number: 11123001
    Abstract: In this biological information measurement device, the following are provided within a shield frame 315 in which the interior is shielded from the outside when attached to a sensor sheet 100: a terminal (a spring probe 312) that is connected to a sensor (an electrode 133) of the sensor sheet 100; and an external terminal (a USB terminal 313) for connection to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FUKUDA DENSHI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Nishimura, Yuki Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 11128049
    Abstract: A patch antenna assembly that includes a signal metal layer configured to emit linearly polarized electromagnetic energy to a receiving antenna implanted up to 12 cm underneath a subject's skin; a signal metal layer substrate on which the signal metal layer substrate is positioned; a ground plane located next to the signal metal layer substrate and further away from the subject's skin; a microstrip and capacitance adjustment pad metal layer substrate located next to the ground plane; and a microstrip and capacitance adjustment pad metal layer next to the microstrip and capacitance adjustment pad metal layer substrate, the microstrip and capacitance adjustment pad metal layer comprising: a capacitance adjustment pad configured to adjust a resonant frequency of the patch antenna assembly; and a microstrip attached to the capacitance adjustment pad and configured to induce the emitted electromagnetic energy to be linearly polarized along a longitudinal direction of the microstrip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Stimwave Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Chad David Andresen, Richard LeBaron, Laura Tyler Perryman
  • Patent number: 11113410
    Abstract: A technology is presented for controlling the distribution of a data item. A data set is stored at a data storage (16) and comprises a first file identifier and a first encrypted data item generated by an encryption using a first public key. A blockchain comprises the first file identifier paired with a first recipient identifier identifying one or more allowed first recipients, each having the first recipient identifier and a first private key matching the first public key. The method is performed by a second terminal (12) being an allowed first recipient and the method comprises: identifying (102) the first file identifier in the blockchain using the first recipient identifier, sending (106) a request containing the first file identifier to the data storage (16) for downloading of the first encrypted data item, receiving (116) the first encrypted data item from the data storage (16), and decrypting (118) the first encrypted data item using the first private key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF STAVANGER
    Inventors: Antorweep Chakravorty, Chunming Rong
  • Patent number: 11103693
    Abstract: An electrostimulation device comprising an electrode coupler configured as an earbud, the earbud shaped to form fit inside an ear canal of a human ear and composed of a pliable material that conforms to the ear canal when inserted therein, the pliable material forming at least two electrostimulation electrodes, each electrostimulation electrode conductively connected to a conductive lead adapted to receive a nerve electrostimulation signal, and the earbud adapted to transmit the nerve electrostimulation signal through the electrostimulation electrodes from the conductive leads to tissue within the ear canal when disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NEUVANA, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Cartledge, Daniel Cartledge, Ami Brannon, Kermit Falk, III, Gregory L. Mayback
  • Patent number: 11108140
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for an implantable medical device (IMD) comprising a device housing having electronic components therein, a feedthrough assembly joined to the device housing, an antenna assembly, and a header body mounted to the device housing and enclosing the antenna assembly and feedthrough assembly. The antenna assembly including an inner conductor, a dielectric material, and an outer conductor arranged to form a coaxial structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry Li, James T. Dean, Christopher A. Crawford
  • Patent number: 11108274
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a system comprises a removable interface module and wireless dock for an automated external defibrillator. The removable interface module includes a first processor, a first memory and first low-power radio transceiver communicatively coupled with the first processor and configured to receive status information from the automated external defibrillator. The removable interface module further includes a wireless power receiver and a rechargeable energy storage device electrically coupled with the wireless power receiver and configured to receive power wirelessly for the removable interface module. The wireless dock includes a second processor, a second memory and second low-power radio transceiver communicatively coupled with the second processor and configured to receive the status information from the removable interface module when the automated external defibrillator is powered off and transmit the status information through a networking interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy F Stever, Annemarie E Silver, Melissa M Dascoli
  • Patent number: 11108436
    Abstract: One example discloses a near-field wireless device, including: a coil, including a first feed-point and a second feed-point, and configured to carry non-propagating quasi-static near-field magnetic-induction wireless signals; a conductive surface, including a third feed-point, and configured to carry non-propagating quasi-static near-field electric-induction wireless signals; a tuning circuit including a first tuning element, a second tuning element, and a mid-point; wherein a first end of the first tuning element is coupled to the first feed-point; wherein a first end of the second tuning element is coupled to the second feed-point; wherein a second end of the first tuning element and a second end of the second tuning element are coupled to the mid-point; and wherein the third feed-point is coupled to the mid-point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Anthony Kerselaers, Liesbeth Gommé
  • Patent number: 11097117
    Abstract: A medical device and method conserve electrical power used in monitoring cardiac arrhythmias. The device includes a sensing circuit configured to sense a cardiac signal, a power source and a control circuit having a processor powered by the power source. The control circuit is configured to operate in a normal state by waking up the processor to analyze the cardiac electrical signal for determining a state of an arrhythmia. The control circuit switches from the normal state to a power saving state that includes waking up the processor at a lower rate than during the normal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen J. Kleckner, Wade M. Demmer, Vincent P. Ganion, Yanina Grinberg, Paul R. Solheim
  • Patent number: 11097095
    Abstract: A cochlear implant exomagnet that includes a magnet apparatus and a magnet mount configured to secure the magnet apparatus to a cochlear implant in such a manner that the magnet apparatus is not located within the internal magnet pocket of the cochlear implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: James George Elcoate Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Clabeaux
  • Patent number: 11100327
    Abstract: A system and method of recording a state of a medical device having a disposable component includes operating the medical device to provide a medical procedure using a disposable component. The disposable component is installed on an external surface of the medical device housing by a human operator and removable therefrom for disposal. The system and method include detecting an error condition on the medical device and, in response, acquiring an image from a camera coupled to the medical device. The image, representing the disposable component and the external housing, is stored in a memory of the medical device and is accessible for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: James Darren Roxas, Brian Case, Kevin Krause, Kyungyoon Min, Witold Moskal, William Cork
  • Patent number: 11097119
    Abstract: An implantable cardiac device that detects and protects against strong magnetic fields produced by MRI equipment is disclosed. The device has a magnetic field sensor for detecting the presence of a relatively weak static magnetic field (102, 110, 118, 122) of a level equivalent to that of a permanent magnet in the vicinity of the device. The device is switched from a standard operating mode (100) where the nominal functions of the device are active, to a specific protected MRI mode (114, 116) in the presence of a magnetic static field of a level corresponding to that emitted by MRI equipment. The device further temporarily switches the device from the standard operating mode (100) to an MRI stand-by state (108) when a magnetic field is detected by the magnetic field sensor such that a subsequent detection of a magnetic field switches the device from an MRI stand-by state to the specific protected MRI mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventors: Thierry Legay, Dominique Decoene
  • Patent number: 11090496
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an implantable medical device (IMD) comprises: therapeutic circuitry for controlling delivery of a medical therapy to a patient; a processor for controlling the IMD according to executable code; wireless communication circuitry for conducting wireless communications; and memory for storing data and executable code, wherein the executable comprises code for causing the processor to (1) communicate with an external programming device to define therapeutic settings for operation of the IMD, (2) perform validation operations on one or more instances of therapeutic settings by determining whether a respective instance of therapeutic settings is accompanied by permanent validation data or temporary validation data, wherein the validation operations comprise analyzing temporary validation data against at least one key of a plurality of cryptographic keys stored by the IMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 11088767
    Abstract: A point of sale device including an LCD display, a contactless payment antenna arranged in propinquity to the LCD display, LCD control circuitry and contactless communication circuitry associated with the contactless payment antenna, the LCD control circuitry and the contactless communication circuitry operating at least partially in time coordination with each other in order to prevent interference therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: VERIFONE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Schmid, Jack Richard Grenfell, Marinel Rivera, Mehran Mirkazemi, Scott McKibben, Christopher Delgado, Ephraim Chrolovich
  • Patent number: 11083900
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for operating a system for management of implantable medical devices (IMDs), comprises: conducting communication sessions with a plurality of clinician programmer devices while the clinician programmer devices are engaged in respective programming sessions with IMDs; receiving and storing second programming data from a plurality of clinician programmer devices, wherein the second programming data was created during programming sessions with IMDs without network connectivity to the system for management of IMDs; reconciling programming of the plurality of IMDs that were programmed with the second programming data with data stored by the system for management of IMDs; and communicating second signed validation data to cause IMDs to conduct therapeutic operations according to programming data validated by respective instances of second validation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 11045647
    Abstract: A system and method for PEMF tissue engineering enhances musculoskeletal tissue stimulation by monitoring treatment for compliance with treatment regimens. A PEMF device includes sensors that detect attributes indicating whether the PEMF device is in use. The PEMF device also includes communication devices that connect it with other devices. The data obtained from the sensors may be used to determine a level of compliance in use of the tissue engineering device with a prescribed treatment regimen for the patient. The data is transferred via a paired UE to a remote server. The remote server stores the data in a database and periodically generates compliance reports. The compliance reports are shared with subscribing access devices including the prescribing physician. The UE pairing with the PEMF device maintains a treatment calendar and dynamically modifies reminders based on current treatment status. The treatment regimen may be updated and sent to the PEMF device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: ORTHOFIX INC.
    Inventors: James T. Ryaby, Mamak Monica Keramat, Lesley Allen Bowling, Bobby Don Harris, James Sterling Denton, Philip Hartley Garman, Jeffrey James Culhane, Jonelle Matilda Juricek
  • Patent number: 11048453
    Abstract: A printer apparatus includes a printing unit that performs printing; a communication unit; and a controller. The communication unit establishes a wireless connection to any one of a plurality of access points in accordance with any one of a plurality of communication schemes. The controller determines order priority for the plurality of access points to which an attempt to establish the wireless connection is to be made in accordance with a communication scheme used in a previous wireless connection to each of the plurality of access points and causes the communication unit to establish the wireless connection to an access point out of the plurality of access points in accordance with the order priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yuta Kawada
  • Patent number: 11033732
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a clinician programmer device for controlling a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system is adapted to assist a clinician to conduct an electrode screening review for the DBS system including screening of segmented electrodes. The clinician programmer stores software code for conducting a screening review in memory. The software code may comprise: code for providing one or more interface screens for guiding the user of the device through testing of electrode configurations of the implantable stimulation lead, wherein the code for providing applies at least one testing progression for guiding the user of the device through a defined testing order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Binith J. Cheeran, Jonathan P. Avedikian, Brittany L. Boudreau, Jason Pounds