System for monitoring and reporting medical measurements

  • US 5,704,366 A
  • Filed: 05/23/1994
  • Issued: 01/06/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/23/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for interfacing a health monitoring sensor, with the health monitoring system of a type for providing a serial digital output signal that transmits a file encoding a measured value of a parameter indicating a measured status of a physiological characteristic of a patient and a time stamp indicating when the measured value was determined, to a remote computer via a telecommunication network, with the remote computer managing a central data base, said system comprising:

  • a user input device for generating control signals;

    a data memory for storing data;

    a sensor side interface for receiving a file from said health monitoring sensor;

    a patient-side telecommunication interface for transmitting and receiving data from the telecommunication network;

    an interface ID unit for storing an ID code uniquely identifying a particular remote interface device;

    a micro-controller, responsive to application programs and other data stored in said data memory, and coupled to said sensor side interface to receive a file, including a measured value data element and a time stamp indicating when a measurement is taken, transmitted from said health monitoring sensor, and with said micro-controller coupled to said data memory, said interface ID unit, and said patient-side telecommunication interface, said micro-controller for formatting and compressing said file received from said health monitoring sensor, including said unique ID code, to form a digital transmit file and for embedding a digital instruction set in said digital transmit file identifying several data types including measured values and the time and data stamp, for storing the transmit file in said data memory, and said micro-controller for initiating a data transfer protocol to read one or a plurality of digital transmit files from the memory, convert the digital transmit files to analog signals, establish a connection with the remote computer over said telecommunication network, and transmit said analog signals to said remote computer to transfer transmit files from said memory to said remote computer via the telecommunication network.

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