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Wearable Communications Bridge for Implanted Medical Appliances

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243033D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-09
Document File: 3 page(s) / 64K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a design for is a wireless bridge, capable of linking an implanted device, such as an Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), with a commonly available mobile device in order to convey information to the wearer/patient. This bridge can be incorporated into a wearable garment, attached to a garment, or carried separately and used as required.

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Wearable Communications Bridge for Implanted Medical Appliances

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are devices that are implanted into the chest of persons at risk for ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation . These devices correct abnormal heart rhythm via electrical impulses. These impulses are uncomfortable at best and are often reported as painful , causing anxiety to wearers. These people have no way of knowing, in day-to-day activities, whether a corrective event is imminent. This implantable medical device, as well as others, can be remotely monitored. These devices require special purpose communications equipment for monitoring and communication, not found on commonly available mobile devices.

Communication between ICDs and in-room or in-consultation monitors is via radio. This radio is not compatible with standards available in everyday devices such as

watches, phones, tablets, or laptop computers.

The novel contribution is a wireless bridge, capable of linking the implanted device and a commonly available mobile device. This bridge can be incorporated into a wearable garment, attached to a garment, or carried separately and used as required.

The core idea is that the wireless sensor allowing communication with the ICD is integrated with a wearable garment such as an undershirt. This garment gathers information from the ICD and, following minimal processing, makes the information available to common devices such as smart watches, phones, tablets, or laptops. These mobile devices interpret the information from the ICD , reassuring the wearer

when no corrective intervention is needed and providing timely alerts when a corrective intervention is required. This allows the wearer/patient to prepare for the corrective intervention (e.g., take a seated position). Additionally, the device can provide a

warning of low battery state or of any abnormal condition requiring a visit to a physician . Furthermore, the device can monitor for dangerous interference such as that which may be found in electromagnetic security systems.

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