Method and apparatus to secure data transfer from medical device systems

  • US 7,039,810 B1
  • Filed: 11/02/1999
  • Issued: 05/02/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/02/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A bi-directional communications system integrated with a remote web-based expert data center wherein a medical programmer for an IMD is uplinked to the web-based expert data center via the bi-directional communications system, the web-based expert data center in configuration with the programmer forming a secure medical information exchange network wherein patient records are transferred, the medical information exchange network comprising:

  • a database residing within the programmer for storing sensitive information;

    a key source in data communications with the programmer and the web-based expert data center for transmitting an encryption key to the programmer and a decryption key to the expert-data center;

    an encryption engine residing within the programmer for encrypting the sensitive information using the encryption key;

    an interface for coupling the programmer to the expert data center; and

    a decryption engine residing within the expert data center for decrypting the encrypted sensitive information using the decryption key.

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