Remote Programming of the SCS System
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-26
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This invention proposes methods that allow for remote programming and access of a patient’s stimulation system, reducing the programming strain on the physician and field staff.
The problem with programming of electrical stimulation devices is that programming often involves lengthy inflexible sessions and the time of many personnel. Programming of stimulation currently occurs in the doctor’s office shortly after implantation of the electrical stimulation device.
Current programming methodology may require the use of the Clinician’s Programmer (CP), a computer that is specially designed to work with an infrared link to the remote control (RC) of the patient’s device. The stimulation level is adjusted by using the controller until the patient feels a comfortable level. Once a comfortable level of stimulation amplitude is found, a good stimulation area is found by navigation with the areas. Once stimulation programs are formed, they may be saved to the remote control via the infrared link. In addition to amplitude and area covered, other settings may be changed to customize stimulation including polarities, waveforms, frequency, pulse width, and rate. These programming measure take time and resources.
Stimulation settings may be programmed for up to four independent paresthesia coverage areas. These coverage areas combine to form a program.
Although the programming interface is very thorough and completed in office, programmers and patients would benefit from more flexibility. The invention disclosed provides more user interfacing options and the technical implementations of these options to add flexibility to programming through remote access.
The invention disclosed herein presents alternative programming techniques so that more flexibility is incorporated into the Clinician Programmer (CP), remote control (RC), and the implanted pulse generator. This will allow for more options for all parties involved with programming so that programming may occur with the patient in the office on a visit and the field staff in another location or the patient at home. Several components may be integrated into the new programming features and are contained in the following embodiments:
In one embodiment, the patient will be provided with control to their own stimulation parameters. An easy to use system may be designed that the patient can use to change parameters at home without the assistance of field staff or physicians. This program will have high and low limits that may not be exceeded by the patient. When the patient comes in for an office visit and checkup, the physician will check parameters and approve them. This gives flexibility to the patient but allows the physician to guide stimulation at healthy levels.
The ways to incorporate remote physician check-ups and to give flexibility to the patient require a connection to be made between the RC unit and the progra...