Medical data transport over wireless life critical network

  • US 8,373,556 B2
  • Filed: 07/12/2011
  • Issued: 02/12/2013
  • 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, medical firmware, and data transfer instructions, the data transfer instructions executable by the processor for transferring preselected data to the remote server in accordance with a priority level;

    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 configured to determine whether the preselected data is available in the memory of the PPC or the PIMD, and if available, 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 the preselected data to the wireless network using the selected transport mechanism via the second radio.

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