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PROGRESSIVE DISCLOSURE USING AN INDICATIONS-BASED USER INTERFACE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126458D
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-18
Document File: 5 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

There is a need for providing a simple user interface in order to facilitate interaction with features relevant to the intended use of an implantable device at time of implant while remaining flexible in order to display data and therapeutic features relevant to additional uses of the implantable device that develop post-implant.

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PROGRESSIVE DISCLOSURE USING AN

INDICATIONS-BASED USER INTERFACE

            There is a shift in focus in the market from implantable devices that provide treatment for a patient’s historical conditions to devices that prevent and/or delay cardiac conditions.  Whereas features of implantable devices were previously directed toward patients having symptoms pointing to a history of conditions, additional features are now directed toward patients presenting indications that point to a risk of experiencing these conditions.  At the same time, implantable devices are becoming more complex with more features and parameters available for analysis and treatment of patient conditions.  The additional complexity may complicate physician analysis of patient conditions, particularly if all available information collected from a cardiac device is displayed at the user interface of a device programmer or patient monitoring system.  Similarly, a broad set of therapeutic features in these complex devices may complicate physician configuration of the therapeutic feature set, particularly when all available therapeutic features and associated parameters are displayed at the user interface.  Thus, there is a need for providing a simple user interface in order to facilitate interaction with features relevant to the intended use of an implantable device at time of implant while remaining flexible in order to display data and therapeutic features relevant to additional uses of the implantable device that develop post-implant. 

            In one example of a simplified user interface, a programmer/recorder/monitor (PRM) of a cardiac rhythm management (CRM) device can present information using progressive disclosure.  In one scenario, a defibrillator initially implanted in a patient at risk for ventricular fibrillation, but with no prior history, may eventually be used in connection with monitoring and/or treating other conditions.  Progressive disclosure progressively reveals additional details to the clinician in response to more complex patient indications. 

            For example, consider the patient at risk for ventricular fibrillation.  Initially a simple, filtered user interface (UI) view available via the PRM may be displayed that meets an at-risk patient’s needs.  The simplified features displayed at the UI may be dictated by the indications selected by a physician or clinician at the time of implant, for example.  Alternatively, these simplified features may be automatically dictated by the CRM device per se, should the device detect (and record) clinical events (an atrial or ventricular tachyarrhythmia, for example) associated with an indication or with a need for expanded diagnostic and/or therapeutic features.  Indications are selected based on patient risk or pathologies and are associated with certain features or groups of features for display at the UI.  The UI only displays features or parameters...