Systems and methods for communicating with ambulatory medical devices such as drug delivery devices

  • US 6,024,539 A
  • Filed: 06/04/1997
  • Issued: 02/15/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/09/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A pump to pump communication system comprising:

  • (a) a local pump and a remote pump, each of the local and remote pumps including;

    (i) a pumping mechanism;

    (ii) processor means including means for controlling operation of the pumping mechanism;

    (iii) operator input means for making an operator input of information to the processor means;

    (iv) display means for displaying information from the processor means; and

    (v) a communications cable sensor;

    (b) local and remote modems, and local and remote modem cables connecting the respective local and remote modems to the respective local and remote pumps;

    (c) modem connect means for connecting the local and remote modems;

    (d) first input signal program means associated with the processor means of the local pump for sending an operator'"'"'s input signal from the operator input means of the local pump to the remote pump;

    (e) second input signal program means associated with the processor means of the remote pump for receiving the operator'"'"'s input signal from the local pump;

    (f) first display signal program means associated with the processor means of the remote pump for sending a display signal from the processor means of the remote pump to the local pump;

    (g) second display signal program means associated with the processor means of the local pump for receiving the display signal from the remote pump;

    (h) disabling program means associated with the processor means of the remote pump for disabling the pumping mechanism of the remote pump during communication between the local and remote pumps over the modem connect means;

    (i) remote pump paging signal program means associated with the processor means of the remote pump for sending an operator'"'"'s input signal from the operator input means of the remote pump to the local pump;

    (j) local pump paging signal program means associated with the processor means of the local pump for receiving the operator'"'"'s input signal from the remote pump;

    (k) unlock program means associated with the processor means of the remote pump for unlocking access to the processor of the remote pump in response to the operator'"'"'s input signal received from the local pump;

    (l) automatic lock program means associated with the processor means of the remote pump for locking access to the processor means of the remote pump after communication between the local and remote pumps over the modem connect means; and

    (m) first pump operation program means associated with the processor means of the remote pump for operating the pumping mechanism of the remote pump when the remote pump is disconnected from the remote modem cable.

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