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SECURE SOFTWARE UPGRADE FEATURE FOR FETAL MONITORS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239083D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-10
Document File: 5 page(s) / 158K

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Abstract

The present invention proposes a technique to minimize chances of hacking or rooting of a medical device to any custom operating system. The technique includes control or limit software upgrade, which is utilized by a custom interface between a third party backend or tablet solution and a developed board. If backend has an update available, the backend sends information through a universal serial bus (USB) or any standard port about the impending update. The developed board verifies authenticity of the update. When update is relevant, the development board acknowledges the update. The board initiates a power cycle for the software update to take place.

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SECURE SOFTWARE UPGRADE FEATURE FOR FETAL MONITORS

                                                                                                                      

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to a fetal monitor and more particularly to a secure software upgrade feature for the fetal monitor.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, a fetal monitor utilizes a third party backend or tablet solution with a custom interface for display, storage and communication. This allows the third party to leverage advancements in commercial or industrial tablet space regarding high processing power, better connectivity, commercial value, latest operating system among other. Custom interface have faster turnaround time as far as product development is concerned. There are chances of hacking or rooting of the fetal monitor or medical device and easier to root the device to any custom operating system (OS).

A conventional technique includes secured software upgrades, which is utilized by the main board. However, the conventional technique requires higher individual component validation (ICV) and slower execution speed.

It would be desirable to have an efficient technique for software update with reduced ICV and higher execution speed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention proposes a technique to minimize chances of hacking or rooting of a medical device to any custom operating system. The technique includes control or limit software upgrade, which is utilized by a custom interface between a third party backend or tablet solution and a developed board.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention proposes a technique to minimize chances of hacking or rooting of a medical device to any custom operating system. The technique includes control or limit software upgrade, which is utilized by a custom interface between a third party backend or tablet solution and an acquisition board. When backend has an available update, the backend sends information through a universal serial bus (USB) or any standard port about impending update. The board verifies authenticity of the update. If update is relevant, the board acknowledges the update. The board initiates a power cycle for the software update to take place.

Backend and the board with the custom interface include some controls, which include standard interface, such as, but not limited to USB...