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SYSTEM FOR EDITING OF PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITOR ANNOTATIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000188654D
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-16
Document File: 7 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

The present disclosure relates in general to signal annotations. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a system that allows a user to create and edit electronic fetal heart rate annotations. Alan S. Einhorn, Esq. 2806 Salem Drive Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 aselaw@comcast.net 609-841-0266

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SYSTEM FOR EDITING OF PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITOR ANNOTATIONS

    The present disclosure relates in general to signal annotations. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a system that allows a user to create and edit electronic fetal heart rate annotations.

    Caregivers can often review patient behavior, information, and/or tests and can add notes corresponding to their interpretations, comments, and/or observations. As per one of the existing methods, the annotations were appended by clinical personnel on hard copy of the physiological signal or report. In some instances, the behavior, information, and/or tests can be electronically displayed on a display screen as a waveform. Once an annotation is created or edited it is very necessary to maintain the integrity of this data. While methods have been described in the past to securely edit the annotated data on the display, there is still room for improvement. Thus a need persists for further contributions in this area of technology.

    The disclosure provides an annotation system which can be used with any physiological monitoring device to create and edit the electronic annotations. Further, the annotation system provides a method to secure the authenticity of the data. The annotation system provides a measure to authenticate the creator of the annotation. Further the annotation system restricts the editing of the annotation by an unauthorized user. Furthermore, the annotation system provides a provision of sharing the annotation with multiple users. In one exemplary embodiment of the disclosure, the user can share the annotations with another user and can also authenticate another user to edit the annotation. For example, a doctor can generate an annotation and restrict the access to the annotation by a specific username and a password. Further, the doctor can share the annotation with a senior doctor to seek his suggestions and inputs. In this scenario, the senior doctor can view or edit the annotations created by the doctor and also add his suggestion in the annotation. Furthermore, a record of amending and creating annotations along with time and corresponding authority editing/creating the annotation can also be produced on an audit trail or a flow sheet.

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    Fig. 1 illustrates a block diagram of an annotation system 10 which can be used to edit the annotation. The annotation system 10 includes a monitoring device 12 connected to plurality of data inputs 14. Further, the monitoring device 12 can be connected with a user interface 16. The monitoring device 12 is configured to receive input from the plurality of data inputs 14. It should be appreciated that data inputs can be input from physiological sensors connected to the patient.

    Further, the monitoring device 12 can include a controller 18, a display screen 20 and a media storage device 22. It should be appreciated that the monitoring...