Medical data transport over wireless life critical network

  • US 7,978,062 B2
  • Filed: 05/09/2008
  • Issued: 07/12/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A portable patient communicator (PPC) for communicating with a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and facilitating communications with a remote server via a wireless network, the wireless network supporting a plurality of disparate data transport mechanisms having differing characteristics, the PPC comprising:

  • a housing configured for portability by an ambulatory patient;

    a processor coupled to memory, the processor and the memory provided in the housing, the memory storing wireless radio firmware and medical firmware, the medical firmware executable by the processor to facilitate interaction between the PPC and the PIMD in accordance with predetermined medical device guidelines;

    a first radio provided in the housing and configured to effect communications with the PIMD in accordance with program instructions of the medical firmware executable by the processor;

    a second radio provided in the housing and configured to effect communications via the wireless network in accordance with program instructions of the wireless radio firmware executable by the processor; and

    a power source provided in the housing and configured to supply power for components of the PPC;

    the processor receiving data from the PIMD via the first radio to which a priority level is assigned, the processor configured to execute program instructions for selecting a data transport mechanism among the plurality of disparate data transport mechanisms based at least in part on the priority level and transmitting at least some of the PIMD data to the wireless network using the selected transport mechanism via the second radio.

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