Medical telemetry system with cellular reception of patient data

  • US 6,589,170 B1
  • Filed: 05/25/2000
  • Issued: 07/08/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A medical telemetry system for permitting real-time monitoring of patients within a medical facility, comprising:

  • a plurality of wireless remote telemeters, the remote telemeters configured to receive and transmit real-time physiologic data of respective patients; and

    a plurality of transceivers which communicate bi-directionally with the plurality of remote telemeters using a plurality of wireless channels, the transceivers coupled to a computer network and being distributed throughout the medical facility such that different transceivers provide data-reception coverage for different areas of the medical facility, at least some of the transceivers receiving physiologic data on different wireless channels, the transceivers configured to receive the physiologic data transmitted by the remote telemeters and to forward the physiologic data for monitoring on the computer network;

    wherein at least some of the remote telemeters automatically switch between different wireless channels of the plurality of wireless channels in response to patient movement throughout the medical facility to connect to and disconnect from individual transceivers of the plurality of transceivers.

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