Apple Acquires Patent that Covers Systems that Monitor & Manage Chronic Medical Conditions while Sleeping
Earlier today Patently Apple discovered a patent application from Apple in the European Patent Office database. Digging deeper into the documentation I discovered that Apple had acquired the entire worldwide right, title and interest in the listed patents from Tueo Health Inc. as noted in-part from the document presented below.
Apple acquired Beddit back in 2017 and this recent patently acquired patent from Tueo Health could technically build on the foundation of the Beddit applications and technology.
Apple's newly acquired patent application relates to noninvasive, diagnostic, medical devices, systems and methods. Further, this application is related to methods for monitoring and managing chronic medical conditions.
More specifically the invention covers devices, systems and methods to assist with the monitoring or management of a patient's medical condition, which has one or more sensors sensing individual patient data on or near the patient. This individual patient data corresponds to at least one physiological parameter of the patient and includes a sensor that does not require the patient to apply it or activate it.
The data is then transmitted to a processor for computing a risk or status signal that is based on comparison from a baseline related to a patient or related population and an alert or alarm can be generated based on the result of the signal.
In one embodiment, a system to assist in the controlling of a patient's medical condition is provided, comprising one or more sensors configured to sense individual patient data on or near a patient, wherein the individual patient data is related to at least one physiological parameter of the patient, wherein at least one of the sensors comprises a passive sensor that does not require patient activation or patient contact, a transmitter configured to transmit the individual patient data to a processor, and a processor configured to calculate a signal using the individual patient data and at least one of a baseline patient data or population data, wherein the processor is further configured to calculate the signal using a combination of a proportional change, integral change and derivative change of the individual patient data and the at least one of the baseline patient data or population data.
The individual patient data may be derived patient data. The processor may be further configured to generate the combination of the proportional change, integral change and derivative change from a combination of individual and non individual data.
The combination of individual and non-individual data utilizes a combination including at least two of the following: physiologic, home, local environment, medical health records. The processor may be further configured to generate an alert to the patient or a care provider of the patient.
The alert may include at least one of a medication change, avoidance of regional trigger, behavioral change, environmental change, education.
The system may also further comprise at least two sensors and wherein the processor is further configured to distinguish individual patient between different people in a bed.
The processor may also be further configured to receive a response from the patient or a caregiver and to automatically adjust the status signal.
The processor may also be further configured to calculate an inspiratory time, an expiratory time, and/or an I:E ratio using the one or more sensors.
Apple patent FIG. 5 below is a side view figurative representation of a patient lying on a bed with a below-mattress sensor; FIG. 6 is a side view figurative representation of a patient lying on a bed with a below-mattress sensor.
Apple's patent FIG. 7 above is a figurative representation of a system for receiving and processing patient information to provide a personalized report.
Apple's patent FIG. 16 below depicts a few drivers of asthma and also signs and symptoms.
Apple's patent FIG. 17 above is one potential embodiment of how this collected data may be analyzed and then used as part of a system to improve asthma management.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is a flow diagram illustrating a method for receiving and processing patient information to provide a personalized report.
The patent application that is now owned by Apple was originally filed in Q1 2016 and published on May 9, 2019 by the European Patent Office. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
Below is an April 2017 start-up presentation made by Bronwyn Uber Harris, MD, Co-founder and CEO of Tueo Health at the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, San Francisco Bay Area chapter.
A second video presented below was made by Tueo's CEO that provides an overview of the company.
For the record, the original patent that lists Bronwyn Harris as one of the inventors was associated with a patent filed by The Leland Stanford Junior University in Pal Alto.
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