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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000193108D
Publication Date: 2010-Feb-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 34K

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Secure Communication Scheme for Exchanging Patient Information between Programmers and Patient Management System via Smart Cellular Modules

            Remote patient management systems can collect and transmit implantable medical device data between a hospital and a remote patient management system.  Since the Local Area Network (LAN) in the hospital may not be available for a Programmer to access, a secure way of communicating patient information between programmers and remote patient management systems via a cellular communication network is needed.  Furthermore, since the cellular network is usually less reliable and slow, an improved communication system for exchanging patient information allows clinicians to locally store information collected from in-clinic visits when wireless functionality is unavailable or interrupted and then to forward patient information to remote patient management systems when wireless facilities become available. 

A secure bi-directional communication scheme for exchanging patient information between programmers and remote patient management systems using smart cellular modules such as smart cell phones can be implemented in such scenarios.  A representative communication scheme can employ short-range wireless (e.g., Bluetooth or WIFI) or wired (e.g., USB) technology to establish a communication link between a programmer and a smart cellular module.  The smart cellular module’s General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) connection can be used as a bridge to provide access to the remote patient management systems or electronic medical records systems.  A programmer application can also upload the patient information to a patient management system or retrieve the patient information from the patient management system during a medical device implant or an in-clinic follow-up session. 

According to one implementation, a smart cellular module such as a smart cell phone may operate in a store and forward mode that can be used when the long-range cellular wireless coverage is either not immediately available or not allowed. For example, cellular wireless network coverag...