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COMPUTER HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM WITH LOCAL FEEDBACK AND REMOTE NOTIFICATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239400D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-05
Document File: 4 page(s) / 92K

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Abstract

The invention proposes a technique for a user to assimilate status of a computer-based system relative to the system primary operational function within a medical or healthcare application. The technique includes an indicator system, a computer universal serial bus (USB) and a software service to monitor the medical applications, which are utilized by the user to assimilate status of the system at any time. Subsystem and application failures which were not revealed to the user by conventional techniques are exposed to the user. Exposed failures to the users increase integrity of the medical product.

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COMPUTER HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM WITH LOCAL FEEDBACK AND REMOTE NOTIFICATION

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to a computerized medical product and more particularly to assimilate status of a computer-based system of the computerized medical product.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, a computerized medical product utilizes computer hardware, operating system, peripherals and application software. There is a possibility of system failure resulting in shutdown of functionality within the product. System failure denies user access to peripherals, functions and further may prevent correct functioning of the user current screen or application. Often failures occur without user knowledge and are invisible to the user when the function compromised is not directly utilized. These failures tend to be pernicious as the user is unaware, and thus background functions are relied upon but not executed. As a result, there is false sense of confidence in the integrity and stability of the system utilized.

Conventional techniques include the following:

·         light emitting diode (LED) status lights on the computer motherboard, which are not accessible to the user.

·         Popup user interface messages which are disruptive.

·         Logging information in a log file which is not seen by the user.

·         Watch dog timer initiate reset outside of the user control.

·         Remote service solutions which require connectivity between the user and the observer or field engineer.

However, theses conventional techniques do not inform the user of the device state while utilizing the computerized medical product.

It would be desirable to have an efficient technique to inform the user of the device state while utilizing the computerized medical product.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention proposes a technique for a user to ascertain status of a computer-based system relative to the system primary operational function within a medical or healthcare application. The technique includes an indicator system, a computer universal serial bus (USB) and a software service to monitor medical applications which are utilized by the user to assimilate status of the system.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention proposes a technique for a user to ascertain status of a computer-based system relative to the system primary operational function within a medical or healthcare application. The technique includes an indicator system, a computer universal serial bus (USB) and a software service to monitor the medical applications, which are utilized by the user to assimilate status of the system. Subsystem and application failures which were not revealed to the user by conventional techniques are exposed to the user. Exposed failures to the users increase integrity of the medical product.

The technique utilizes the USB device with firmware, storage and lights. The USB device is hosts a standard watchdog timer type hardware interface. Light emitting diode (LED) indic...