Networked health care and monitoring system

  • US 5,410,471 A
  • Filed: 02/11/1993
  • Issued: 04/25/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/24/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A passive vital information monitoring system comprising:

  • a data communication medium arranged in a building;

    first measuring means, connected to a household appliance used in routine physiological activities of individuals in said building, for detecting at least one physical characteristic of an individual in response to the use of said household appliance by said individual and for deriving a first data for recognizing said individual;

    second measuring means connected to said household appliance for detecting at least one physiological characteristic of said individual in response to the use of said household appliance by said individual and deriving a second data indicative of the health condition of said individual;

    a first communications interface unit connecting said first and second measuring means with said data communication medium for transmitting said first and second data from said first and second measuring means onto said data communication medium;

    data controller means having a data storage memory; and

    ,a second communications interface unit connecting said data controller means with said data communication medium for transmitting to said data controller means said first and second data transmitted from said first communications interface unit onto said data communication medium;

    said first and second measuring means deriving, respectively, said first and second data passively in response to the use of said household appliance by said individual to cause said first and second data to be transmitted onto said data communication medium;

    said memory of said data controller means structured for preliminarily storing said first data with respect to each of a plurality of predetermined individuals;

    said data controller means recognizing a particular individual based on said first data transmitted onto said data communication medium and causing said second data transmitted onto said data communication medium to be stored in said memory in relation to said particular individual.

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