Method for providing electronic medical records utilizing portable computing and communications equipment

  • US 9,971,868 B2
  • Filed: 11/04/2016
  • Issued: 05/15/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/06/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for providing electronic medical records utilizing portable computing and communications equipment in response to machine-readable instructions, comprising:

  • (a) downloading to a clinician portable computer from a medical record center a patient'"'"'s medical record and storing it in a medical record database of the portable computer;

    (b) receiving machine-readable patient information after the clinician arrives at the patient'"'"'s home directly from on-site electronic medical care devices including one or more of an electrocardiograph machine, pulse oximeter, laboratory analyzer, and x-ray machine located by the clinician, generally in the proximity of or at the patient for receiving the patient information wirelessly in a wireless interface of the clinician portable computer;

    (c) storing the wirelessly transmitted machine-readable patient information from the medical care device or devices to the wireless interface of the clinician portable computer;

    (d) storing in the clinician portable computer, reports of monitored ongoing patient information in the clinician portable computer, the monitored ongoing patient information having been gathered from at least one or more of Internet-capable medical care devices including one or more of heart monitoring equipment, dialysis machinery, blood pressure monitoring equipment, and respiratory equipment;

    (e) receiving clinician'"'"'s notes in a human interface of the clinician portable computer;

    (f) assembling in the clinician portable computer, outputs from the on-site medical care devices, ongoing patient information reports and clinician'"'"'s patient visit notes to provide a record of the at-home patient visit relating to gathered patient information for inclusion in the patient medical record; and

    (g) transmitting the at-home patient visit record of the at-home visit to the medical record center for inclusion in the patient'"'"'s medical record.

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