Particular Supply Arrangement (e.g., Plural Sources Or Compartments) Patents (Class 700/242)
  • Patent number: 7774097
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses drugs to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: InstyMeds Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Publication number: 20100185323
    Abstract: A device is provided for insertion into a drinking vessel to prevent accidental or deliberate contamination of the contents of the vessel, the device may be inserted on the drink production line or at the point of sale of the drink, in either embodiment the vessel is provided to the consumer with the device in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Timothy Nicolas Moor, Clea Marshall, David Shieff
  • Publication number: 20100179830
    Abstract: Methods and system to monitor medication in a healthcare facility are described. An example computer-implemented method to monitor an amount of medication administered includes automatically identifying an actual amount of the medication in a container prior to administering the medication. Additionally, the method includes automatically identifying the actual amount of the medication in the container after administering the medication. Further, the method includes determining a difference between the amount of the medication prior to administering the medication and after administering the medication, wherein the difference is associated with the amount of the medication administered to a particular patient. Further still, the method includes associating the amount of the medication administered with a patient medical record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Hanif G. Bagwandeen
  • Publication number: 20100179474
    Abstract: A device for storing and administering active substances, including a plurality of reservoirs for respectively accommodating at least one active substance. The reservoirs are disposed in a radial manner with an end face facing the direction of the center of the device. A mechanism is mounted in the device to open and close the reservoirs. A needle-free injection device delivers at least one active substance to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Ivonne Silvester
  • Patent number: 7751932
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and dispensing medical items includes a plurality of hook registers (10). Each of the hook registers includes sensors (48, 60, 62, 64) sensing the removal or addition of a medical item to the storage location on the hook register. Each hook register has a microprocessor (66) connected to the sensor which stores a count of the items added or removed from the location. The microprocessor also includes location identifying information specifically associated with the particular hook register. The microprocessor is periodically polled by a controller (72) which reads and stores the count and location identifying information from each of the hook registers. The controller information is periodically read by a data terminal (76) which is connected through a local area network (82) to a remote computer (84) having a processor and data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Max A. Fedor, Eric R. Colburn, Robert G. Gillio, Daniel W. Neu, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 7747347
    Abstract: The medication apparatus includes a mobile housing assembly and a plurality of tray members supported therein for rotation on a central mounting assembly. A lockable access door is present in the housing assembly for controlled access to the trays. A tray locking assembly locks and unlocks the trays individually in a plurality of angular positions so that each of the compartments on a particular tray member can be presented before the door. A drive assembly selectively engages and rotates each tray individually when the tray is unlocked. A control system, including a stored program, identifies a compartment associated with a particular patient or associated with particular medications, unlocks the tray associated with the desired compartment, and rotates the tray to present the compartment before the access door, which is then unlocked and openable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Sabal Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Park, IV
  • Patent number: 7747346
    Abstract: A system and method for regulating vendible media products is provided. A database stored information corresponding to a plurality of digital video discs within a vending apparatus at a vending location. A central server, having a memory, stores the database. An interface application interfaces with the central server and the database, and selects from the database a subset of the digital video discs. A vending processor within the vending apparatus receives a first signal from the central server, wherein the first signal comprises a list of digital video discs identifying the subset of digital video discs. The vending processor also generates a second signal to place the subset of digital video discs into a portable vending management module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: J. Mitch Lowe, Eric Hoersten, Devin Hamilton
  • Patent number: 7747345
    Abstract: An automatic drug dispenser includes: a drug cassette which ejectably accommodates drugs; a base unit which detachably supports the drug cassette and drives a motor to eject drugs; a drug feeder storage which is designed to store a large number of base units; a reading device which is provided in each of the base units and reads identification information assigned to the drug cassette; and a checking means which compares a result of reading with pre-stored check data, wherein a microprocessor is mounted in each of the base units, and the checking means, the check data and history information related to the cassette are built in each microprocessor in a distributed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Tosho Inc.
    Inventors: Shiro Ohmura, Yoshihito Ohmura, Syunji Ohgaya, Hiroo Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20100161114
    Abstract: A method for centralized mass processing of substitutable, good-holding magazines used in conjunction with computer-controlled vending machines. A memory-chip-mounting smart-card is used, not only to enter into the machines the magazine location and price of the various goods, but also to carry a sales transaction record of the replaced magazine, thus avoiding the need for magazine locking mechanisms and other security measures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Henri J.A. Charmasson, Peter C. Brusso
  • Patent number: 7734374
    Abstract: A drug storage and dispensing system including a container for containing the drug, a storage tray and a drug identification key. The storage tray includes a plurality of drug storage chambers each defined by a sidewall and configured to receive the container. The key member includes at least one projection and at least one opening configured to receive the at least one projection. The at least one projection is disposed on either the sidewall or the container. The at least one projection receiving member is formed in the other of the sidewall and the container. The at least one projection and at least one opening have configurations that corresponding to at least one feature of the drug. The at least one projection is received in the at least one opening when the container is received in the storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Brent A. Dallman
  • Publication number: 20100121486
    Abstract: There is provided a distributed medicine supplying device, which allows medicines to be distributed at a time relative to a plurality of prescription data and to be distributed appropriately in response to various types of requests. The distributed medicine supplying device includes: a receiving means 7 for receiving a prescription data; a storing means 8 for storing an assignment condition for a medicine to be accommodated in each of measures 4 of a tray 5; a position determining means 10 for determining a position of the medicine to be distributed to each of the measures 4 of the tray 5 in accordance with the assignment condition stored in the storing means 8 based on the prescription data 12 sequentially received by the receiving means 7; and a displaying means 9 for displaying the distribution position determined by the position determining means 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Fuminori Kondo
  • Patent number: 7706915
    Abstract: A system, software, and methods related to enhanced pharmaceutical order entry and administration by medical personnel, and enhanced pharmaceutical inventory control within a medical institution are provided. An embodiment of the system includes a pharmaceutical information management server having memory and a medication administration program product including a set of instructions stored in the memory of the pharmaceutical information management server to enhance provision of pharmacy services. The system also includes medical institution physician computers to provide for computerized physician medication order entry, pharmacy computers to provide for review and verification by a pharmacist of electronic medication orders placed through the physician computers, and medical institution nursing unit computers, to provide for review of and input to electronic medication administration records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Om Mohapatra, Rao Arimilli, Masood U. Farooki
  • Publication number: 20100094457
    Abstract: During operation of a vending machine, visual images of the next product to be dispensed from product dispensing locations are obtained. Features of the visual images are compared to a data base of features to determine the identity of the next product to be dispensed from each of the dispensing locations. After a product has been dispensed from a dispensing location, a visual image is obtained of the next product at the dispensing location. Features of the visual image of the next product at the dispensing location are compared to a data base of features to determine the identity of the next product to be dispensed. A displayed price of a product is compared with product prices in the data base. If necessary, the displayed price is adjusted to agree with the data base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: BRENT D. GARSON, Aviel Dafna, Alessandro Ratti, Ezio Cesare Ratti
  • Patent number: 7693603
    Abstract: The invention describes improved methods and mechanisms for providing secure access to pharmaceutical and supply items in a clinical setting. In one version of the invention, a dispensing unit has an interior housing one or more drawers. Each drawer has one or more storage locations. The fronts of the drawers are covered with one or more locking doors, preventing access to a particular drawer, unless the covering door is unlocked. Indicators are mounted on the side of the enclosure, to guide the user to a drawer covered by an associated unlocked door. The unit further includes indicators on the sides of the drawers, to guide the user to the right storage receptacles or pockets within the drawer. Some pockets may have lids. Some of the lids may have locks. Sensors associated with at least some of the individual pocket lids may be provided to detect the lifting of a lid. Means to automatically detect the entry of a hand or fingers into a pocket may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: John David Higham
  • Patent number: 7689316
    Abstract: The system for controlling and tracking medical items (830) includes a plurality of medical item storage cabinets (878). Each cabinet includes a plurality of doors (888-894). The doors control access to shelves (902, 904) and support modules (1210). Shelves and support modules include user interfaces (938, 1214). Authorized users desiring to take medical items from storage locations in cabinets for use in treating patients are enabled to provide inputs through a display terminal (880) adjacent to cabinets and/or interfaces to indicate the taking of medical items. Storage cabinets include visual indicators so that users may be guided to find a selected medical item for which information is input at an associated display terminal. Alternatively, authorized users gain access to the interior of the cabinet and indicate through appropriate inputs through interfaces on the shelves the types and quantities of items being taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Frederick, James A. Michael, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 7684893
    Abstract: A vending machine incorporates a product support and dispensing system including an oscillator and an adjustable bail cap. The oscillator is pivotally mounted at a lower portion of one of a plurality of stack areas provided within the vending machine. The oscillator includes a product retention zone having first and second staging regions, each of which has upper and lower holding elements for retaining a product containers in pre-vend positions. The adjustable bail cap is detachably secured to the oscillator and includes an arcuate intermediate portion adapted to selectively support the product containers. The adjustable bail cap can be selectively repositioned to allow the product support and delivery system to accommodate a wide range of container sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hayward Kelly, Joshua Robert Powell, Edmund Scott Richardson, John T. Samson, Michael E. Stevens
  • Publication number: 20100070074
    Abstract: A device for dispensing items comprises a cabinet having an interior for storing items. A dispenser frame is coupled to the cabinet and is configured to be accessed, such as by pulling the dispenser frame from the cabinet. The dispenser frame includes a plurality of dividers that are configured to hold the plurality of dispensing mechanisms that each hold multiple items within the storage area. Further, the dividers are reconfigurable to permit the arrangement of the dispensing mechanisms to be adjusted. A lockable door is coupled to the front of the cabinet in front of the dispenser frame. The door may be opened to provide access to the interior of the cabinet and to the dispenser frame. A dispense drawer is positioned below the storage area so that items dispensed from the dispensing mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kevin Duncan, Scott L. Kidney, Brian R. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20100070075
    Abstract: A vending apparatus including a control system for dispensing articles, including one or more of the following features: 1. an article ID device which can identify articles being dispensed from the apparatus; 2. ability to disable dispensing of at least some of the articles stored therein, in a predetermined fashion, without the need for any communication or any disable code being input thereto external from the apparatus or its control system; 3. ability to re-enable dispensing of articles when an authorization code is received and input into the control system of the apparatus. In another aspect of the invention, relevant parameters in the control system are pre-programmed (and can be adjusted, changed or eliminated) by an authorized party, in order to enforce agreements and rules that govern operation of the vending apparatus. For example: 1. determining the types of articles which are authorized to be dispensed, 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Munroe Chirnomas
  • Patent number: 7676299
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a medication dispenser having a refrigerated compartment and a plurality of access doors that provide access to a limited portion of the refrigerated compartment. A plurality of turntables are rotatably disposed within the refrigerated compartment. The turntables receive at least one medication in a predetermined location, and each turntable aligns with an access door. The dispenser further includes a computer system that receives input selecting a first medication to be dispensed and outputs a first signal in response to the input. A controller is operably coupled to the refrigerated compartment and receives the first signal from the computer system. The controller outputs a second signal to rotate a turntable such that the first medication is positioned adjacent an access door, and the controller outputs a third signal to unlock the adjacent access door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Darcy O. Clarke, James E. Torina
  • Publication number: 20100042437
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are described for remotely managing items that are configured to be stored in at least one dispensing device. This includes receiving user identification information at a host computer system from an electronic device that is remotely located from the dispensing device. This also includes transmitting from the host computer system to the electronic device a disposition of at least one item, wherein the at least one item is associated with a patient. Further, this includes receiving, at the host computer system from the remote electronic device, information about the item originating from the dispensing device, wherein the information includes a further disposition of the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Cynthia Levy, Richard Caldwell, Jennifer Cartright, Ray Vrabel, Brad Blackwell, John Vahlberg
  • Publication number: 20100042255
    Abstract: A system for filling medication dose packs with oral-solid medication items comprises storage tray drawers each having storage trays. Each storage tray stores a specific type of oral-solid medication item. The storage tray drawers are displaceable to a drawn position to expose the storage trays thereof. A table supports dose packs having a plurality of receptacles arranged in rows, with each receptacle associated with an intake time and date of a patient prescription file. A dispensing mechanism has fingers for grasping by suction an oral-solid medication item, and degrees of freedom to displace the fingers from any one of the storage trays to the dose pack, to transfer the oral-solid medication items from the storage trays in the drawn position to the receptacles of the dose pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Jean Boutin
  • Patent number: 7657344
    Abstract: A cabinet suitable for use in storing items. The cabinet includes a drawer having a base. A plurality of cassettes are arranged within the drawer. Each cassette is individually movable in a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the base. A plurality of locking mechanisms cooperate to inhibit movement of each of the plurality of cassettes. A controller is operable to actuate one or more locking mechanisms to release one of the plurality of cassettes for movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: SupplyPro, Inc.
    Inventors: William Holmes, Kent V. Savage, Charles A. Tyack
  • Publication number: 20100004782
    Abstract: A medication storage/dispenser unit comprises a processor connected to medication package storage compartments. The storage compartments comprise a medication package, and preferably may also include a content reader, a medication information reader, and a medication package indicator. The processor receives a medication request from the medical information system, receives content and other medication from the storage compartments, processes the information and automatically opens the appropriate compartment with the correct medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Siegel, Ron Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 7630791
    Abstract: A system and method for storing items and tracking usage of items in a user configurable medication dispensing cabinet is disclosed. Items are stored in a tray or drawer having user-adjustable storage spaces. A graphical user interface comprising a touch screen enables users to rapidly customize the layout of storage spaces, which allows a wide variety of shapes and sizes of items to be stored in the tray. A kit of items that are identified in advance may be removed more efficiently by ordering removal based on the location of the storage spaces in which the items are stored. Items not identified in advance may be removed and tracked more efficiently through the use of the graphical user interface or a scanner for reading machine-readable identification tags on the items or the storage spaces. Bar codes and RFID devices are contemplated for use as identification tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: CareFusion 303 Inc.
    Inventors: Thuy T. Nguyen, Richard W. Massey
  • Publication number: 20090299522
    Abstract: An integrated system for automatic, accurate controlled and monitored online pill dispensing. The system has a vacuum based dispensing mechanism capable of individually select any number of pills from any of the programmable drug containers and prepares the required dosage in an easy to reach compartment. The pills are stored in the smart pill box filled by either the pharmacy according to doctor's prescriptions or by the patient with Over The Counter (OTC) pills. The system automatically detects the content of each smart pill box and its prescribed daily dosage to eliminate human errors. The system provides online information to the patient's Health Insurance Provider such as Drug Consuming Compliance, necessary data for drug interactions predictions and refill requests directly to the pharmacy in accordance with the health insurance provider policy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Joram Savir, Gilad Ben-Zur
  • Patent number: 7627397
    Abstract: A routing system for shared conduits used in industrial applications is sensitive to material types and material flow histories to allow compatible materials to flow through shared conduits without cleaning while preventing contamination of materials in those shared conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Parraga
  • Publication number: 20090281657
    Abstract: A medication reminder and dispensing system includes a computing or electronic device for programming a medication regimen, such as a prescription, a docking station or unit for downloading the medication regimen and storing a medication, a personal medicine container for holding a daily or weekly supply of the medication and receiving the medication regimen. The personal medicine container is carried by a user and includes an alarm for reminding the user to take or administer the medicine in accordance with the medication regimen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: BAETA Corp.
    Inventors: Alexander Gak, Mirek Bogdanowicz Msee
  • Patent number: 7606632
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus for dispensing an activated electronic monitoring device (EM device), such as a data logger. The invention can activate an EM device and verify activation before dispensing the EM device. The invention comprises a receptacle for storing a plurality of unactivated EM devices, a separator for separating an indivdual EM device, a reader for activating and verifying activation of the EM device, and a sorter for dispensing activated EM devices into an accept container that is readily accessible. EM devices that fail to activate can be dispensed into a reject container. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a controller that typically comprises a microprocessor having stored instructions. The controller can typically communicate with the EM device via the reader to activate the EM device and verify activation. The controller may also be used to program or write instructions to the EM device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventor: William Peyton Roberts
  • Patent number: 7596427
    Abstract: The system for controlling and tracking medical items (830) includes a plurality of medical item storage cabinets (878). Each cabinet includes a plurality of doors (888-894). The doors control access to shelves (902, 904) and support modules (1210). Shelves and support modules include user interfaces (938, 1214). Authorized users desiring to take medical items from storage locations in cabinets for use in treating patients are enabled to provide inputs through a display terminal (880) adjacent to cabinets and/or interfaces to indicate the taking of medical items. Storage cabinets include visual indicators so that users may be guided to find a selected medical item for which information is input at an associated display terminal. Alternatively, authorized users gain access to the interior of the cabinet and indicate through appropriate inputs through interfaces on the shelves the types and quantities of items being taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Frederick, James A. Michael, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 7584018
    Abstract: A method of dispensing medicaments may employ a drug dispensing device comprised of an upper hopper having an upper opening for receiving a medicament and a lower opening. The drug dispensing device also includes a lower hopper having an upper opening and a lower opening in a bottom portion thereof. The upper hopper defines a bulk storage chamber and the lower hopper defines a dispensing chamber. A rotatable dispensing disc is positioned in a lower portion of the dispensing chamber for dispensing medicament from the drug dispensing device through the lower opening in the lower hopper. A regulator is situated between the bulk storage chamber and the dispensing chamber for controlling the rate at which medicament moves from the storage chamber to the dispensing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Randall Shows, Steven J. Remis, Curtis R. Akins, Robert Parks, Ryan Kaintz, Eric Lamont Holmes, Matthew Stuart Beale, Matthew Sass
  • Patent number: 7571024
    Abstract: A device for dispensing items comprises a cabinet having an interior for storing items. A dispenser frame is coupled to the cabinet and is configured to be accessed, such as by pulling the dispenser frame from the cabinet. The dispenser frame includes a plurality of dividers that are configured to hold the plurality of dispensing mechanisms that each hold multiple items within the storage area. Further, the dividers are reconfigurable to permit the arrangement of the dispensing mechanisms to be adjusted. A lockable door is coupled to the front of the cabinet in front of the dispenser frame. The door may be opened to provide access to the interior of the cabinet and to the dispenser frame. A dispense drawer is positioned below the storage area so that items dispensed from the dispensing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kevin Duncan, Scott L. Kidney, Brian R. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20090192837
    Abstract: A system for dispensing consumer products includes a product bin unit; a product ejector; a product trigger; and a controller. The product bin unit includes a product bin; an ejector aperture; and a trigger aperture. The product ejector is coupled to the product bin unit through the ejector aperture and adapted to drive the product package from the product bin upon receipt of a dispensing signal. The product trigger is coupled to the product bin unit through the trigger aperture. The controller is in communication with the product ejector and the product trigger and includes at least one memory and a processor. The memory stores a dispensing module. The processor is adapted to execute the dispensing module, and the dispensing module is operable when executed to receive a dispensing instruction and transmit the dispensing signal to the product ejector based, at least in part, on the dispensing instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: John Wesley Templer, Mark Allsup
  • Publication number: 20090149989
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing apparatus is described including at least one module having a plurality of compartments. At least one side of the module has apertures to the compartments arranged in an array of rows and columns. The module includes an engagement track extending along columns of compartments. A compartment cover releasably inserted into the engagement track covers a column of compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: PAUL E. DOW
  • Patent number: 7529597
    Abstract: The present invention describes various methods and apparatus to increase efficiency and sales of a Newspaper Rack. Newspaper Racks are generally placed within a close proximity to each other, and generally less than ½ mile apart providing the unique ability to create a local network. With hardware and monthly operation costs are critical within the industry, the present invention utilizes local network(s) which transmits information to a collector. The local network(s) can be a star network, a mesh network, or a trunking network. The collector uploads the information via any of a number of longer-range transmission methods, including cellular, paging, Wi-Fi, Internet, dial-up modem, and others. Using a local network shares the upload costs, drastically reducing the operating costs for the Newspaper Company. Because the Newspaper Racks are deployed throughout a region, it is convenient to utilize the local network created by the Newspaper Rack monitoring system to additionally monitor other objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventors: Kim Marie Hertz, Allen David Hertz
  • Publication number: 20090105876
    Abstract: A dispenser (200) and method for dispensing pills to patients from cartridges (224) featuring downloadable remotely programmable timer (1B) and network communications links (504), alerting timer, databasing, printer, and battery (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Edwin C. Simpson, Mary Carson
  • Patent number: 7502666
    Abstract: A medication storage/dispenser unit comprises a processor connected to medication package storage compartments. The storage compartments comprise a medication package, and preferably may also include a content reader, a medication information reader, and a medication package indicator. The processor receives a medication request from the medical information system, receives content and other medication from the storage compartments, processes the information and automatically opens the appropriate compartment with the correct medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Siegel, Ron Rosenbaum
  • Publication number: 20090050645
    Abstract: A medication dispensing system for use with a medication dispenser, includes a physiological module and an ingestion module. The physiological module receives information regarding time-based medication intake, information regarding event-based medication prescription, and sensory input indicating occurrences of events indicative of a patient's physiological condition and/or the patient's physiological clock. The physiological module then determines physiological event-based medication intake based on the information regarding the event-based medication prescription and physiological rules regarding the patient's physiological condition and/or the patient's physiological clock. The ingestion module merges event-based medication intake and time-based medication intake by delaying or accelerating dispensing of a time-based medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bernard Burg
  • Publication number: 20090048712
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses drugs to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Patent number: 7490766
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for ensuring that blood transfused into a patient is the correct blood for that patient, is transfused in the correct manner and that a complete audit trail is created that will allow later tracing of blood from donation through to ultimate transfusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Neotevic Technology, Limited
    Inventor: Geoffrey Fletcher Auchinleck
  • Patent number: 7487010
    Abstract: A vending machine comprises a first product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza crust product, a second product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza topping product, and an information processing apparatus coupled to the first product dispensing unit and the second dispensing unit. The information processing apparatus is configured for facilitating input and processing of a customer-configured pizza preparation kit order. The first product dispensing unit is a frozen product dispensing unit configured for enabling different types of packaged pizza crust product to be selectively dispensed. The second product dispensing unit is a refrigerated product dispensing unit configured for enabling different types of packaged pizza topping product to be selectively dispensed. The information processing apparatus includes an user interface arrangement, an order processing arrangement and a kit component management arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: David Odell Simmons
  • Publication number: 20090024248
    Abstract: A system for securely providing medications in a group setting includes a medication dispensing apparatus for securely loading a portable medication container. The container can respond to one or more individual identifying indicia and unlock one or more storage containers which contain medications to be dispensed to the individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Robert P. Hodson
  • Patent number: 7474938
    Abstract: An automated article dispensing device for dispensing articles to a plurality of users, the device comprising: a) a plurality of storage compartments configured for storage of a vertical stack of cloth articles, the storage compartments arranged in a plurality of tiers; b) a plurality of cloth articles deployed in at least some of the storage compartments in vertical stack configurations; c) at least one dispensing outlet; d) an article delivery system configured to retrieve a top-most article from at least one the stack and deliver the article to the dispensing outlet, the article delivery system including a plurality of article retrieval systems equal in number to the number of tiers of the storage compartments; e) a user interface unit accessible to the users; and f) an on-board processing unit configured to control the article delivery system, the on-board processing unit being in electrical communication with the article delivery system, and the user interface unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Shmuel Poliner
  • Patent number: 7471993
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses drugs to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: InstyMeds Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Publication number: 20080319581
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described related to the assignment and management of patient-specific bins. A dispensing device at a healthcare facility includes a number of bins for storage of medical supplies, with some of the bins designated as patient-specific bins allocated to be assigned to patients for storage of their medications or certain other supplies. A central server computer system, in communication with a computer of the dispensing device, may monitor and assign current and future patient-specific use of the bins for the dispensing device. The assignment and management of patient-specific bins may be performed by devices distributed through the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vahlberg, Dan Cohen, Jennifer Cartright, Richard Caldwell, Jeff Blank
  • Publication number: 20080319580
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described related to the assignment and management of patient-specific bins. A dispensing device at a healthcare facility includes a number of bins for storage of medical supplies, with some of the bins designated as patient-specific bins allocated to be assigned to patients for storage of their medications or certain other supplies. A central server computer system, in communication with a computer of the dispensing device, may monitor and assign current and future patient-specific use of the bins for the dispensing device. The assignment and management of patient-specific bins may be performed by devices distributed through the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vahlberg, Dan Cohen, Jennifer Cartright, Richard Caldwell, Jeff Blank
  • Publication number: 20080319576
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described related to the assignment and management of patient-specific bins. A dispensing device at a healthcare facility includes a number of bins for storage of medical supplies, with some of the bins designated as patient-specific bins allocated to be assigned to patients for storage of their medications or certain other supplies. A central server computer system, in communication with a computer of the dispensing device, may monitor and assign current and future patient-specific use of the bins for the dispensing device. The assignment and management of patient-specific bins may be performed by devices distributed through the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vahlberg, Dan Cohen, Jennifer Cartright, Richard Caldwell, Jeff Blank
  • Publication number: 20080319577
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described related to the assignment and management of patient-specific bins. A dispensing device at a healthcare facility includes a number of bins for storage of medical supplies, with some of the bins designated as patient-specific bins allocated to be assigned to patients for storage of their medications or certain other supplies. A central server computer system, in communication with a computer of the dispensing device, may monitor and assign current and future patient-specific use of the bins for the dispensing device. The assignment and management of patient-specific bins may be performed by devices distributed through the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vahlberg, Dan Cohen, Jennifer Cartright, Richard Caldwell, Jeff Blank
  • Publication number: 20080319579
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described related to the assignment and management of patient-specific bins. A dispensing device at a healthcare facility includes a number of bins for storage of medical supplies, with some of the bins designated as patient-specific bins allocated to be assigned to patients for storage of their medications or certain other supplies. A central server computer system, in communication with a computer of the dispensing device, may monitor and assign current and future patient-specific use of the bins for the dispensing device. The assignment and management of patient-specific bins may be performed by devices distributed through the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vahlberg, Dan Cohen, Jennifer Cartright, Richard Caldwell, Jeff Blank
  • Publication number: 20080319575
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described related to the assignment and management of patient-specific bins. A dispensing device at a healthcare facility includes a number of bins for storage of medical supplies, with some of the bins designated as patient-specific bins allocated to be assigned to patients for storage of their medications or certain other supplies. A central server computer system, in communication with a computer of the dispensing device, may monitor and assign current and future patient-specific use of the bins for the dispensing device. The assignment and management of patient-specific bins may be performed by devices distributed through the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vahlberg, Dan Cohen, Jennifer Cartright, Richard Caldwell, Jeff Blank
  • Patent number: 7463947
    Abstract: The system for controlling and tracking medical items (830) includes a plurality of medical item storage cabinets (878). Each cabinet includes a plurality of doors (888-894). The doors control access to shelves (902, 904) and support modules (1210). Shelves and support modules include user interfaces (938, 1214). Authorized users desiring to take medical items from storage locations in cabinets for use in treating patients are enabled to provide inputs through a display terminal (880) adjacent to cabinets and/or interfaces to indicate the taking of medical items. Storage cabinets include visual indicators so that users may be guided to find a selected medical item for which information is input at an associated display terminal. Alternatively, authorized users gain access to the interior of the cabinet and indicate through appropriate inputs through interfaces on the shelves the types and quantities of items being taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Frederick, James A. Michael, R. Michael McGrady