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  • Patient controlled timed medication dispenser

    A medication on demand dispenser. The dispenser provides patient access to medications prescribed to be available on an as-needed basis but with a prescribed minimum time interval between doses. The dispenser permits access to a single medication dose after each minimum time interval has elapsed. After a drug dose is presented to the patient, the dispenser prevents access to the next dose until the minimum time interval has elapsed.

  • Lockable medicament dispensing apparatus with authentication mechanism

    Methods and apparatus for an electronically lockable dispensing apparatus with a patient authentication mechanism are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a medicament dispensing apparatus includes an electronic lock adapted to protect medicaments from theft or unauthorized dispensing. The medicament dispensing apparatus is adapted to unlock the electronic lock upon authenticating a patient. In one embodiment, a set of biometric data may be analyzed for the purpose of authenticating the patient. The biometric data may include, for example, fingerprint patterns, voice samples, retinal scans, and/or facial characteristics of a person requesting medicaments.

  • Smart tray for dispensing medicaments

    The invention relates to a method of determining a status condition of a medicament container having a memory contained therein for storing medicament effect data, such as, for example, drug interaction, side effect, and other information for determining the status condition of the container.

  • Coated and imprinted medical devices and methods of making the same

    The present invention relates generally to coated medical devices, preferably a stent, that has a drug-eluting surface completely or partially coated with a coating that is imprinted with an impression. In particular, the invention is directed to a coated medical device having a coating that comprises biologically active materials, polymers, or a combination thereof. The coating is imprinted with an impression by printing, molding, lithography, or embossing techniques. Preferably, the patterning imprinted on the coating is capable of releasing biologically active materials in different amounts, at different rates, and/or at different time periods. The invention also relates to methods of making and methods of using the coated medical device.

  • Method and apparatus for dispensing inhalator medicament

    An apparatus and method for delivering a plurality of medication includes providing first and second medicament on a medicament pack in separate containers for preventing either medicament from interfering with the stability of the other. In accordance with the method, the medicaments are preferably delivered in a single inhalation.

  • Feedthru assembly

    A feedthru assembly configured to provide a conductive path extending between an interior of an enclosure and an exterior of the enclosure includes a flange, at least one conductive pin, and at least one insulative member. The flange is configured to couple to the enclosure and has one or more holes therein. The at least one conductive pin includes a hollow lumen extending therethrough and is configured to extend through the at least one or more holes of the flange such that a proximal end of the at least one pin is in communication with the interior of the enclosure and a distal end of the at least one pin is in communication with the exterior of the enclosure. The at least one insulative member is configured to prevent the at least one pin from making physical contact with the flange.

  • Compositions and method for transmucosal drug delivery and cryoprotection

    Compositions and methods for vaginal, buccal or nasal transmucosal delivery of drugs and for cryoprotecting of cells and embryos. For cryoprotection, the composition consisting essentially consist of a non-ionizable glycol derivative. For transmucosal delivery, the compositions essentially consist of a non-ionizable glycol derivative in a combination with a pharmaceutically active agent. For transmucosal delivery, the non-ionizable glycol derivative may be further combined with a mucoadhesive agent and/or a penetration enhancer and/or lipophilic or hydrophilic carrier for adhesion to and transport through a mucosa. The compositions are particularly suitable for administration of drugs through a nasal, buccal and vaginal mucosa or for long-term preservation of cell or embryos.

  • Inline vaporizer

    An inline vaporizer disposed in a carrier gas line vaporizes a fluid and adds such vaporized fluid to a carrier gas that flows within the carrier gas line. The vaporizer includes a reservoir or wick that transfers a fluid to a vaporizing element that is adjacent to the reservoir or wick. The vaporizer releases a vapor into the carrier gas line so that the carrier gas flows past the vaporizer to form a vapor and carrier gas mixture.

  • Fluid storage and dispensing systems, and fluid supply processes comprising same

    Fluid storage and dispensing systems, and processes for supplying fluids for use thereof. Various arrangements of fluid storage and dispensing systems are described, involving permutations of the physical sorbent-containing fluid storage and dispensing vessels and internal regulator-equipped fluid storage and dispensing vessels. The systems and processes are applicable to a wide variety of end-use applications, including storage and dispensing of hazardous fluids with enhanced safety. In a specific end-use application, reagent gas is dispensed to a semiconductor manufacturing facility from a large-scale, fixedly positioned fluid storage and dispensing vessel containing physical sorbent holding gas at subatmospheric pressure, with such vessel being refillable from a safe gas source of refill gas, as disclosed herein.

  • Automated pharmacy admixture system (APAS)

    In a preferred embodiment, an automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator system to transport medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes in a compounding chamber regulated to a pressure below atmospheric pressure. In a preferred implementation, the manipulator system is configured to grasp and convey syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes from a storage system in an adjacent chamber regulated at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. Various embodiments may include a controller adapted to actuate the manipulator system to bring a fill port of an IV bag, vial, or syringe into register with a filling port at a fluid transfer station in the chamber. A preferred implementation includes a sanitization system that can substantially sanitize a bung on a fill port of a vial or IV bag in preparation for transport to the fluid transfer station.

  • Tat-based immunomodulatory compositions and methods of their discovery and use

    A method for identifying new immunomodulatory chemical entities (NICE) comprising reacting a candidate NICE with a Tat SH3 binding domain, identifying the bound candidate NICE and determining whether the candidate NICE induces monocytes to differentiate into dendritic cells (DC) or regulatory macrophages (AReg). In particular, the present invention relates to identifying NICE that are either immunostimulatory or immunosuppressive.

  • Method of selling dosage forms without a prescription

    The invention features a method of selling dosage forms without a prescription. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the dosage forms are sold in a container displayed on a retail shelf without outer secondary packaging. The container preferably is made of a material through which the dosage forms are visible. In accordance with another aspect of the invention, the container has at least one substantially flat side wall and is laid on a retail display shelf on its substantially flat side wall. The container may be formed to have only one plane of symmetry. At least one of the side walls of the container may be formed to facilitate gripping of the container.

  • Liquid pharmaceutical formulations of palonosetron

    The present invention relates to shelf-stable liquid formulations of palonosetron for reducing chemotherapy and radiotherapy induced emesis with palonosetron. The formulations are particularly useful in the preparation of intravenous and oral liquid medicaments.

  • AUTOMATED PHARMACY ADMIXTURE SYSTEM (APAS)

    In a preferred embodiment, an Automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator system to transport medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes in a compounding chamber regulated to a pressure below atmospheric pressure. In a preferred implementation, the manipulator system is configured to grasp and convey syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes from a storage system in an adjacent chamber regulated at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. Various embodiments may include a controller adapted to actuate the manipulator system to bring a fill port of an IV bag, vial, or syringe into register with a filling port at a fluid transfer station in the chamber. A preferred implementation includes a sanitization system that can substantially sanitize a bung on a fill port of a vial or IV bag in preparation for transport to the fluid transfer station.

  • Ultraviolet Sanitization in Pharmacy Environments

    Systems and methods to reduce bioburden on at least a portion of a fluid transfer port include supplying a dose of radiation to the portion in optical communication with at least one source of radiation. In an illustrative example, a medical container, such as a vial or IV bag, receives a dose of ultraviolet (UV) energy substantially at a predetermined region of a fluid transfer site. In some examples, such a sanitization process may precede a fluid transfer operation in which a fluid is transferred into or out of the medical container by passing through the sanitized region. Such fluid transfers may be used in automated or semi-automated pharmaceutical processes, such as drug reconstitution. Various embodiments may further include one or more seal assemblies, each seal assembly having an aperture through which the radiation dose is supplied from the source to a controlled region on the fluid transfer port.

  • Conversion of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) to Nitric Oxide (NO)

    Various systems, devices, NO.sub.2 absorbents, NO.sub.2 scavengers and NO.sub.2 recuperator for generating nitric oxide are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, an apparatus for converting nitrogen dioxide to nitric oxide can include a receptacle including an inlet, an outlet, a surface-active material coated with an aqueous solution of ascorbic acid and an absorbent wherein the inlet is configured to receive a gas flow and fluidly communicate the gas flow to the outlet through the surface-active material and the absorbent such that nitrogen dioxide in the gas flow is converted to nitric oxide.

  • Systems and Methods for Modeling Healthcare Costs, Predicting Same, and Targeting Improved Healthcare Quality and Profitability

    A comprehensive healthcare analytic and predicative modeling system that tracks costs for patients on a long term basis (greater than 6 months, one-year, or more) to assess the long-term effectiveness of various treatment options. Based upon the evaluation of the long-term effectiveness of various treatment options, the system then delivers a predictive model, which is based on data extracted and aggregated from dissimilar databases, that analyzes up-to-date economic and clinical outcomes, and then, using this data, can estimate long-term future treatment results from an economic and clinical perspective. Also disclosed herein is a personal electronic medical record on a computer network created by a medical provider on the authorization of the patient and controlled by the patient. Lastly, disclosed herein is a computer system for the consolidation of medical and financial data from disparate databases into a unitary data format.

  • SYSTEM, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR DELIVERING MEDICAL SERVICES FROM A REMOTE LOCATION

    A system, program product, and methods related to enhanced medical services delivery to geographically distributed patient populations by remotely located physicians are provided. An embodiment of the system includes a remote medical services server, a plurality of patient electronic medical records stored in the memory of the remote medical services server, and a remote medical services program product stored in the memory of the remote medical services server adapted to access the plurality of patient electronic medical records to thereby allow display of and data entry in a selected patient electronic medical record. A patient medical service delivery station captures patient video images and displays remote physician video images. A remote physician medical service delivery suite in communication with the patient medical service delivery station through the communications network captures remote physician video images and displays patient video images and patient electronic medical records, to allow the remote physician to perform remote patient medical service delivery.

  • Personalized drug treatment and smoking cessation kit and method

    Described are smoking cessation devices and kits for determining an advantageous time for a subject to quit smoking, and/or for extending the duration of smoking abstinence, based on serum levels of anti-nicotine antibodies, and personalized drug treatment methods, including methods and kits for the treatment and prevention of drug addiction, drug use and drug abuse, which include determining the subject's pre-vaccine levels of antibodies specific for the drug hapten at issue. Related methods are also described.

  • HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, ADMINISTRATOR AND METHOD FOR EFFECTUATING A MEDICATION THERAPY MANAGEMENT, ADHERENCE AND PHARMACOSURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

    A method is provided that includes initiating adjudication of a primary claim in response to a purchase transaction at a primary payer for a client at a point of sale of a healthcare provider, and adjudicating one or more services of a program of the administrator to which the client is enrolled and/or one or more secondary benefits following the adjudication of the primary claim. The purchase transaction is applicable to the respective program and the respective secondary benefit, and the program includes one or more services. The method also includes providing the one or more services and/or secondary benefits to the client in response to adjudicating the one or more services and/or secondary benefits.

  • METHODS FOR DELIVERING A DRUG TO A PATIENT WHILE RESTRICTING ACCESS TO THE DRUG BY PATIENTS FOR WHOM THE DRUG MAY BE CONTRAINDICATED

    Methods for delivering a drug to a patient in need of the drug, while restricting access to the drug by patients for whom the drug may be contraindicated are disclosed. The methods are of the type in which prescriptions for the drug are filled by a pharmacy only after a computer readable storage medium has been consulted to retrieve a prescription approval code. Embodiments are provided wherein the patients are assigned to risk groups based upon the risk that taking the drug will lead to an adverse side effect, and certain additional information, such as periodic surveys and diagnostic tests probative of the ongoing risk of the side effect developing are obtained before prescriptions for the drug are approved.

  • DISTRIBUTED REMOTE ASSET AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM

    A system and method for communicating and validating patient information including medication delivery information in a care-giving facility is provided. A medical transaction carrier is used to communicate information regarding medication delivery and other patient information between a control system in communication with the care-giving facility's other information systems and a patient specific asset such as an infusion pump. All information carried by the medical transaction carrier is validated both at the patient specific asset and at the control system. This validation allows for positive control of all transactions even if a medical transaction carrier is lost. The medical transaction carrier may be a smartcard, a FDA such as a Palm.TM. Pilot, laptop computer, pager, mobile phone, or other device capable of storing and communicating information. The system may use either wired or wireless connections to communicate information between the components of the system.

  • Intravascular Line and Port Cleaning Methods, Methods of Administering an Agent Intravascularly, Methods of Obtaining/Testing Blood, and Devices for Performing Such Methods

    An intravascular port access device includes a first component having a chamber configured to attach reversibly to an intravenous line port. A second component reversibly attaches to the first component and contains a disinfecting agent and an applicator material. The second component is configured to be reversibly received over external surfaces of the intravenous line port. A method of cleansing an intravenous line port includes providing a port cleaning device having a first component with a chamber containing a first cleaning agent. A second component includes a second cleaning agent. A third component has a microbiocidal agent and is reversibly attached to the first component. The second component is removed from the device, the external surfaces of the port are contacted with the second cleaning agent, the first cleaning agent is ejected from the chamber into the port, and the third component is used to cap the port.

  • ANATOMY MAP NAVIGATOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE

    Example systems and methods provide anatomy map-based navigation and review of current and historical images and associated evidence. A method for navigating current and reference images and associated evidence includes loading a current image and a reference image for review via a navigator interface based on a time entry selection by a user. One or more markers indicating clinical findings or evidence are registered with at least one of the current image and the reference image. The one or more markers are displayed in conjunction with the current image and the reference image. A synopsis of information associated with a selected marker is provided upon selection of the marker by a user. A user can navigate through image and marker data over time by selecting each of a plurality of time entries to display images and associated markers for user review.

  • Health Information Exchange and Integration System and Methods Useful in Conjunction Therewith

    A health information exchange system comprising ontological apparatus for defining and storing ontological link elements ontologically linking between individual health care information items within a first population of health care information items; apparatus for receiving a second population of health care information items and for associating at least some individual items in the second population, with corresponding individual items within the first population of health care information items; and apparatus for responding to queries regarding particular information items in the second population including translating the particular information items into items in the first population corresponding to the particular information items and using link elements linking the items in the first population corresponding to the particular information items to generate data pertaining to the particular information items in the second population.

  • PROSPECTIVE MANAGEMENT PROCESS FOR MEDICAL BENEFIT PRESCRIPTIONS

    The present invention provides an interactive, electronic, knowledge-based ordering process for specialty/biotech pharmaceuticals (medically coded drugs) which results in less waste, improved procedural efficiencies, and greater cost savings than the current ordering systems. The knowledge-base of the system is based on the health plan's clinical policies as well as the status of the patient and their entitled benefits with the health plan, and it is applied in an interactive manner through a web-enabled system which provides a real-time, prospective examination and control over requests for authorization to dispense the medically coded drugs. The system also includes a feedback loop from the specialty pharmacies to provide information on the medicines that have actually been dispensed. The system also provides to the patient, educational material and adherence reminders to affect therapeutic outcomes.

  • Method and Apparatus Pertaining to Developing Care Paths

    A control circuit develops, in parallel, a plurality of care paths for at least one corresponding patient. This can comprise, for these care paths, serially completing a plurality of corresponding care-path-development phases (using, for example, input information of choice). Then, pursuant to these teachings and before concluding development of at least one of these care paths (and upon determining a change to the aforementioned input information during the developing process), automatically modifying at least one of the care-path-development phases as a function of the change and redeveloping the care plan as corresponds to the modified care-path-development phase.

  • HOSPITAL BED

    A patient support apparatus includes a deck, a plurality of side rails, a control panel, and a plurality of subsystems, such as a bed exit system that detects when a patient may exit from the support apparatus, or a lifting mechanism to raise and lower the deck. A controller is in communication with the control panel and is adapted to monitor conditions regarding the side rails and/or the other subsystems. At least one lamp is also provided on the patient support apparatus that is adapted to be illuminated in a first manner when a plurality of monitored conditions remain in a desired state, and in a second manner when at least one of the plurality of monitored conditions changes to an undesired state.

  • INTERFACE DEVICES AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED BENCHMARKING OF BEST MEDICAL PRACTICES AND PRODUCTS

    A system for the collection, management, and dissemination of information relating at least to a medical procedure is disclosed. The system includes a user interface adapted to provide raw data information at least about one of a patient, the medical procedure, and a result of the medical procedure. A medical device communicates with the user interface, receives the raw data information from the user interface, and generates operational information during use. A central database communicates at least with the medical device and receives data from the medical device. The central database is used to create related entries based on the raw data information and the operational information and optionally transmits the related entry to the medical device or the medical device user. The related entry includes information that provides guidance based on previously tabulated, related medical procedures. A system for the iterative analysis of medical standards is also disclosed along with methods for the evaluation of medical procedures and standards.

  • PATIENT-INTERACTIVE HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    A patient-interactive health care management system provides means for healthcare services rendered by a physician to a patient to be confirmed by the patient immediately after the healthcare services are rendered. The patient is provided the ability to verify the accuracy of an invoice for the rendered services/goods and provide an assessment of the rendered services/goods. In an example embodiment, the patient provides this information via an information station located at the healthcare facility in which the healthcare services/goods are rendered. The information gathered from the patient is provided to the party responsible for paying for the rendered healthcare services/goods. In an example embodiment, the paying party compares the patient provided information with the invoice received from the healthcare provider to assess the accuracy of the invoice. A patient account is established containing, in part, the information gathered from the patient.

  • MEDICAMENT CONTAINER

    The invention relates to a method and system that utilizes one or more cassettes or trays that hold medicaments for dispensing. In one embodiment a medicaments container includes control logic configured to enable the medicaments container to operate with an apparatus; control logic configured to determine whether the medicaments container is authorized for operation with the apparatus; and control logic configured to generate an alert if the medicaments container is not authorized for operation with the apparatus.

  • SYSTEM FOR MONITORING MEDICAL ABNORMALITIES AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

    A medical imaging system and method, the system including at least one controller which is configured to receive or receives first image information corresponding with one or more images acquired at a first time; receives second image information corresponding with one or more images acquired at another time; determines whether first coordinate information corresponding to one or more locations in the first image information has changed relative to second coordinate information corresponding to one or more locations in the second image information; and highlights the first image information based upon the result of the determination.

  • Method and System for Comprehensive Patient-Specific Modeling of the Heart

    A method and system for patient-specific modeling of the whole heart anatomy, dynamics, hemodynamics, and fluid structure interaction from 4D medical image data is disclosed. The anatomy and dynamics of the heart are determined by estimating patient-specific parameters of a physiological model of the heart from the 4D medical image data for a patient. The patient-specific anatomy and dynamics are used as input to a 3D Navier-Stokes solver that derives realistic hemodynamics, constrained by the local anatomy, along the entire heart cycle. Fluid structure interactions are determined iteratively over the heart cycle by simulating the blood flow at a given time step and calculating the deformation of the heart structure based on the simulated blood flow, such that the deformation of the heart structure is used in the simulation of the blood flow at the next time step. The comprehensive patient-specific model of the heart representing anatomy, dynamics, hemodynamics, and fluid structure interaction can be used for non-invasive assessment and diagnosis of the heart, as well as virtual therapy planning and cardiovascular disease management. Parameters of the comprehensive patient-specific model are changed or perturbed to simulate various conditions or treatment options, and then the patient specific model is recalculated to predict the effect of the conditions or treatment options.

  • AUTOMATED PATIENT CARE RESOURCE ALLOCATION AND SCHEDULING

    An automated patient care resource allocation and medical workflow system includes an agent with a memory in communication with a processor. The memory includes program instructions for execution by the processor to determine a need for a medical resource by a patient, determine a location and availability of the medical resource, and automatically schedule an available medical resource to the patient.

  • METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING IMPROVED OUTCOMES OF COMMUNICATIONS INTENDED TO IMPROVE BEHAVIORS OF THE RECIPIENT

    A method for providing targeted messaging for improved outcomes of communications intended to improve behaviors may include determining a profile category of an entity based at least on a correlation of personal information of the entity to characteristics of at least one of a plurality of profile categories, selecting a communication plan defining communication attributes to be employed in communicating with the entity regarding a patient care protocol based at least on the profile category determined, and directing communication of at least one message to the entity in accordance with the communication plan. A corresponding computer program product and apparatus are also provided.

  • METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATING PATIENT INFORMATION

    A method of communicating a patient care message is disclosed. The method comprises inputting patient information into the patient care message; inputting an urgency indicator into the patient care message; inputting health condition information into the patient care message; transmitting the patient care message electronically, wherein the patient care message comprises the patient information, the urgency indicator, and the health condition information.

  • Interactive Education System for Teaching Patient Care

    A newborn simulator for teaching patient care is provided. The newborn simulator includes a body comprising one or more simulated body portions sized to simulate a newborn baby and a head portion movably connected to a portion of the body. A simulated heart is positioned at least partially within the body along with a pair of simulated lungs. The simulator is operable without physical connection to an external device to provide a simulated heart beat and respiratory pattern.

  • Automatic Patient and Device Recognition and Association System

    A system associates a patient and patient identifier with a medical device and includes an interface. The interface acquires data representing an image of a patient in a care setting and showing a medical device in the vicinity of the patient and acquires data identifying the patient. An image data processor analyzes the acquired data representing the image to identify the medical device type by, analyzing the acquired data to determine a shape of the medical device, comparing the determined shape of the medical device with predetermined template shapes of known device types and identifying the medical device type in response to the shape comparison indicating a shape match. A data processor associates the identified medical device type with the data identifying the patient. An output processor initiates generation of data indicating an association of the identified medical device type with the data identifying the patient.

  • REMOTE PHARMACY ORDERING TERMINAL

    This invention allows a mail order pharmacy and a network of community pharmacies to provide a service whereby customers place orders for prescription medications & over-the-counter (OTC) products online or from conveniently located terminals. Prescribing physician can directly send prescription(s) by fax, phone or electronically to processing pharmacy; or consumer(s) deliver original prescription(s) for these orders in the terminals. The original prescription is collected and verified before the order is shipped or picked-up, particularly for narcotics and other controlled medications. A back-end processing system verifies all entered data against pharmacy databases and automatically matches prescription forms with the customer's order using a unique barcode. This invention considerably reduces the wait time needed to process a prescription order and receive the product, while providing convenience, privacy, and security measures in compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VALUE-BASED DECISION SUPPORT

    Systems and methods for multi-dimensional, value-based clinical care path decision support are provided. A system includes a care decision subsystem to receive a patient problem and at least one clinical patient attribute, to identify a plurality of patient care path options for evaluation by the patient and a provider, and to generate a mashup of patient-specific criteria including clinical efficacy, cost, and access associated with each of the plurality of patient care path options. Each of the plurality of patient care path options can be utilized in an evaluation with respect to an objective associated with the patient problem. A user interface displays the plurality of patient care path options and associated mashup of patient-specific criteria to facilitate a data-driven selection of at least one of the plurality of patient care path options based on comparative efficacy, cost, and access tailored to the patient.

  • NOVEL METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRESCRIBING SAMPLE PRESCRIPTIONS

    Systems and methods are disclosed for providing sample prescriptions electronically and creating a complete data set of information regarding the life-cycle of the sample prescription. In one embodiment, a sample prescription system comprises a management module that stores files corresponding to sample prescriptions. Each corresponding file is linked to a unique sample code. The sample code and linked file together comprise an electronic history of the sample's life-cycle, which is built dynamically over time into a comprehensive code containing all information relevant to a prescribed sample and its path to consumption.

  • COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

    Provided are methods for treating cardiovascular diseases and related conditions and symptoms (e.g., cardiac arrhythmia, vascular disease, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, myocarditis, atherosclerosis, and restenosis), comprising administering to a subject in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of an electrokinetically altered aqueous fluid as described herein. In particular aspects, the electrokinetically altered aqueous fluids comprise an ionic aqueous solution of charge-stabilized oxygen-containing nanostructures predominantly having an average diameter of less than about 100 nanometers and sufficient to provide modulation of at least one of cellular membrane potential and cellular membrane conductivity. Provided are routes of administration or formulations for the electrokinetically-altered fluids (e.g., electrokinetically-altered gas-enriched fluids and solutions) and therapeutic compositions, along with use of the electrokinetically altered aqueous fluids in surgical contexts, including but not limited to cardiovascular related surgeries. Additionally provided are methods for measuring biological activity of electrokinetically altered fluids.

  • APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SOLID PHARMACEUTICAL ARTICLES

    An apparatus for dispensing solid pharmaceutical articles includes a housing, a drive mechanism and a sensor system. The housing defines a dispensing passage having a dispensing inlet and a dispensing outlet downstream of the dispensing inlet. The drive mechanism serves to force the articles along a path through the dispensing passage between the dispensing inlet and the dispensing outlet. The sensor system includes first and second sensors operative to detect articles passing through the dispensing passage and a controller to receive and use detection signals from the first and second sensors to monitor dispensing performance of the apparatus. The first and second sensors are spaced apart along the dispensing channel such that the second sensor is located downstream of the first sensor.

  • Dispensing machine control method

    In order to control the status and the operation of a dispensing machine assembly comprising one or more modules or sub-assemblies, at least one of modules or sub-modules is provided with an electronic tag and the machine is provided with a tag controller device for interacting with said tag by reading, writing and transmitting information data comprising initialization data on or through said tag and operating said dispensing machine according to the information gathered from said tag or tags.

  • PHOTOTHERAPEUTIC DEVICE AND SYSTEM

    Phototherapeutic systems with an integral, or adapted for use with an, optical calibration system. A dynamic programmable phototherapeutic treatment system, wherein the treatment device is responsive to a stored treatment plan to generate a predetermined therapeutic UV light signal for application to a treatment surface region of a patient/user.

  • Insulin Delivery Safety

    Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to systems, devices/apparatuses and methods for assessing a residual insulin value for a user/patient. Such embodiments may be implemented by selecting a first value corresponding to a duration of insulin action; selecting a second value corresponding to a lock out time duration, selecting a first time period beginning at a time point T0 minus the first value and ending at the time point T0 minus the second value, selecting one or more boluses delivered during the first time period; for each of the one or more boluses selecting a corresponding residual insulin value estimated at the time point T0, computing the cumulative residual insulin value by summation of the corresponding residual insulin values.

  • DISEASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM USING PERSONALIZED EDUCATION, PATIENT SUPPORT COMMUNITY AND TELEMONITORING

    Disclosed herein are systems and methods for interactive guided personalized/personalizable patient disease management system. The system offers ongoing personalized education in response to user inputs which may include a patient's electronic health record, diagnostic codes, billing codes, and/or medical history, the ability to monitor a patient's progress throughout their treatment plan which is initially provided by the system and a patient support community for boosting patient treatment plan compliance through ongoing monitoring and personal coaching. The systems and methods provide personalized relevant diagnostic, prognostic, prevention and/or treatment information output which are curated to manage the patient's needs.

  • System and Method for Utilizing Incentives to Promote Patient Compliance and Improve Patient Outcome

    The invention generally relates to a system and method for utilizing incentives to promote patient education and compliance. More particularly, the present invention provides a user-accessible website in which various rewards are provide to a patient upon completion of various education and other health-related tasks in order to promote education, health-management, and compliance.

  • PATIENT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

    An adherent patient device is configured to adhere to the skin of the patient and measure electrocardiogram data, impedance data, accelerometer data, blood oxygen data and temperature data. The adherent device can communicate wirelessly with gateways and a local processor system, such that the patient can wander about the hospital and update the monitoring station with the patient data when the patient is ambulatory. The local processor system can be configured to customize alerts for the patient, for example to notify automatically a specialist in response to a special condition of the patient. The adherent device may comprise a unique adherent device identifier such that the customized alert can be sent based on the unique device identifier. Each of the gateways can be carried and may comprise a unique gateway identifier, such that the unique device identifier and the unique gateway identifier can be used to locate the ambulatory patient.

  • METHODS FOR DELIVERING A DRUG TO A HOSPITAL PATIENT FOR SHORT-TERM USE WHILE MINIMIZING LONG-TERM USE OF THE DRUG

    Novel methods for delivering a drug to hospital patients for short-term in-hospital use while minimizing long-term use of the drug. Embodiments are provided in which hospitals are identified which may be eligible to treat patients, for example, perform certain types of surgery, and which have measures in place to limit use of the drug to short-term use. The identified hospitals are preferably registered in a storage medium, including computer readable storage media, and may be authorized to receive the shipments of the drug. The received drug may then be dispensed to the patient.

  • Hospitality Set-Top to Television Interface

    A set top box interface 10 for one or more televisions permits the one or more televisions to directly control one or more associated set top boxes so that the each television may provide an integrated remote control interface for television and set top box functions. Under direction of the interface 10, when each television is viewing the video source controlled by the interface, the television forwards remote control functions received by each television to the interface and translated for control of each associated set top box. The interface, after translation, forwards these remote control functions to the associated set top box. The invention is particularly useful in patient care environments where the television controls may be integrated into a pillow speaker/pillow remote, which can have a simple and intuitive format and yet control all of the relevant functions needed by the patient/guest functions of the set top box and television.

  • REPEATER PROVIDING DATA EXCHANGE WITH A MEDICAL DEVICE FOR REMOTE PATIENT CARE AND METHOD THEREOF

    A repeater providing data exchange with a medical device for remote patient care and method thereof are provided. The repeater includes a transmission device configured to send the data over a wireless medium to a data repository and a processing device configured to detect conditions in respect of an associated communication medium that could affect data exchange, where the processing device is configured to send the data based at least in part on the conditions. The processing device is further configured to analyze the data from the medical device to detect a problem with the medical device.

  • Messaging Sign Having Plates and Reversible Locking System

    The invention relates to a messaging sign apparatus with informative indicia plates that externally display information regarding patient care. The messaging sign apparatus having a framed housing, a plate, a locking member, and a covering. The framed housing includes a passageway on an inner body thereof and a slot on an outer surface leading into the passageway. The plate is positioned in the passageway and moveable through the slot to a displayed position opposite the passageway. The locking member is arranged on the framed housing and engageable with the plate to lock the plate into the displayed position. The cover is disposed over the framed housing and covering the passageway.

  • Method and System for Transforming Patient Care

    A method and system of transforming patient care including a multi-disciplinary strategy consisting of the adoption of a "code" alert used to mobilize and coordinate all treatment caregivers, improve regional paramedic education, and a database to track the progress of a patient as they move through the emergency medical system is described. In an effort to reduce the elapsed time from when the patient first encounters medical providers to the time of treatment, the time intervals during a patient's treatment travel are tracked and analyzed to highlight areas that need to be improved upon.

  • Device and Methods for the Detection of Cervical Disease

    The present invention discloses a novel device and methods thereof with utility application in the high-throughput detection, screening and disease management of cervical disease. The "multiwell" device of the present invention consists of a solid support featuring multiple well-separated areas, each accommodating a patient sample, leading to simultaneous evaluation of patient samples. The methods of the present invention comprise conventional cytological staining, cervical Pap staining, and immunochemical staining using antibodies or combination of antibodies which are capable of binding to biomarkers that are overexpressed in cancer including in cervical carcinoma and dysplasia, as compared to normal controls. The device and methods of the present invention can be practiced in either manual or automated mode, and applied to any biological fluid or cell suspension from any biological specimen in view of a variety of cell biology assays, and in view of detection and screening of cervical and other diseases.

  • SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING VALUE-BASED INSURANCE DESIGN AND BENEFITS

    Systems and methods for the cost-effective implementation of health care. Systems and methods are provided whereby subscribers to a health plan, upon qualification, may participate in health plan administrations that utilize evidence-based approaches to improve both employee health and reduce overall healthcare costs. Subscribers suffering from a medical condition may be identified and provided with a condition/disease managementprogram to follow. If subscribers to the health plan comply with the condition/disease management program, they are provided with incentives related to that specific medical condition. In some examples, subscribers may enter the system through the term of the healthcare plan, thus providing a dynamic mechanism for administration and delivery of cost-efficient healthcare.

  • DISEASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM USING PERSONALIZED EDUCATION, PATIENT SUPPORT COMMUNITY AND TELEMONITORING

    Disclosed herein are systems and methods for interactive guided personalized/personalizable patient disease management system. The system offers ongoing personalized education in response to user inputs which may include a patient's electronic health record, diagnostic codes, billing codes, and/or medical history, the ability to monitor a patient's progress throughout their treatment plan which is initially provided by the system and a patient support community for boosting patient treatment plan compliance through ongoing monitoring and personal coaching. The systems and methods provide personalized relevant diagnostic, prognostic, prevention and/or treatment information output which are curated to manage the patient's needs.

  • ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AND INSTRUCTION PROCESS

    An improved online medical education program that allows a user to access the site and input information into the system relating to their medical condition is provided. Once information has been inputted into the system, the individuals may be directed to an area which allows them to learn information relating to their specific medical condition. The system and program may deliver to an individual with a specific medical condition, comprehensive disease management programs that are centered on behavior modification and education about the disease and the long and short term impact on their lives. The education program may provide the user a day-by-day management program which lasts for a predetermined period of time.

  • PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF SAME

    A disease management system and therapeutic hub are provided. In certain embodiments, a dispensing apparatus used as part of a compliance monitoring system for the disease management system can function as a therapeutic hub that interacts with a plurality of peripheral devices to accumulate, communicate, and analyze a variety of medical and non-medical related data of the patient.

  • Systems And Methods Of Administering A Pharmaceutical Gas to A Patient

    Methods and systems for delivering a pharmaceutical gas to a patient. The methods and systems provide a known desired quantity of the pharmaceutical gas to the patient independent of the respiratory pattern of the patient over a plurality of breaths every n.sup.th breath, where n is greater than or equal to 1. The pharmaceutical gases include CO and NO, both of which are provided as a concentration in a carrier gas. The gas control system determines the delivery of the pharmaceutical gas to the patient to result in the known desired quantity (e.g. in molecules, milligrams or other quantified units) of the pharmaceutical gas being delivered. Upon completion of that known desired quantity of pharmaceutical gas over a plurality of breaths, the system can either terminate, continue, activate and alarm, etc.

  • METHOD FOR TREATING A PATIENT IN NEED OF ASPIRIN THERAPY

    The present disclosure is directed to a method for treating a disease or disorder in a patient at risk of developing an NSAID-associated ulcer by administering to the patient in need thereof a pharmaceutical composition in unit dosage form comprising aspirin, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and an acid inhibitor to the at risk patient and thereby decreasing the patient's risk of developing an ulcer.

  • Aggregating Patient Adherence Scores

    Behavior predication scores of patients can be aggregated for a physician, a group of physicians, or a health care plan. In some embodiments, social health network data can be obtained for a social health network of health care professionals, the social network data including relationships between the health care professionals; behavior prediction scores can be obtained for patients of a health care professional in the network; the behavior predication scores of the patients of the health care professional can be aggregated to determine an aggregate score for the health care professional; and an influence score for the health care professional can be generated based on the aggregate score.

  • PROCESSING A PATIENT STUDY

    Processing a patient study of a patient is provided. In one embodiment, a method of receiving a patient study comprises receiving a query (1480), wherein the query is used to identify the patient study, wherein the patient study includes at least one of a patient identifier, a patient record, and a non-diagnostic image; sending the query to a server (1482); receiving the patient study from the server (1484); and displaying the patient study (1486). In another embodiment, an apparatus for receiving a patient study comprises a client (607) having a graphical user interface including a display and an input device, wherein the client (607) includes one or more computer programs configured to: receive a query from a user of the client (607), wherein the query is used to identify the patient study, wherein the patient study includes at least one of a patient identifier, a patient record, and a non-diagnostic image; send the query to a server (660); receive the patient study from the server (660); and display the patient study to the display of the client (607).

  • PATIENT ENABLED METHODS, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEMS FOR EARLY HEALTH AND PREVENTIVE CARE USING WEARABLE SENSORS

    Certain examples provide systems, methods, and apparatus for patient-enabled early health and prevention. An example patient preventive health system includes a monitoring application interface to receive data from one or more sensors positioned with respect to a patient. The system includes a sensor data processor to process the received data from the one or more sensors to identify one or more readings based on the received data. The system includes an event analyzer to process the one or more readings to generate an event output. The system includes a patient notifier to notify the patient based on the event output. The system includes a biomarker transmitter to identify and transmit a biomarker to a clinical research cloud based on the one or more readings.

  • Method Of Treating Or Preventing A Convulsive Disorder In A Patient In Need Thereof

    The present invention relates to a method of treating or preventing a convulsive disorder in a patient in need thereof comprising administering said patient with a therapeutically effective amount of an active ingredient that induces a high level of extracellular GABA or increases GABA receptor activation once per day in the evening or at night.

  • Deriving Patient Activity Information from Sensed Body Electrical Information

    Electrodes of a subcutaneous monitoring system receive body electrical signals that indicate both cardiac and non-cardiac muscle activity. In general, non-cardiac muscle activity is often correlated with physical activity, and physical activity is typically a strong indicator of patient health. Exemplary systems and methods that detect non-cardiac muscle activity information in sensed body electrical waveforms may provide a diagnostic tool for monitoring physical activity level over time in patients that have subcutaneous monitoring systems. In an illustrative embodiment, systems and methods for presenting patient activity information in a graphical format over intervals of time include processing ECG waveform information to identify and to accumulate non-cardiac muscular activity information during each of the intervals of time. In various implementations, number, intensity, and/or duration of the events that are identified during a time interval may be accumulated and stored for subsequent recall.

  • REPEATER PROVIDING DATA EXCHANGE WITH A MEDICAL DEVICE FOR REMOTE PATIENT CARE AND METHOD THEREOF

    A repeater providing data exchange with a medical device for remote patient care and method thereof are provided. The repeater includes a transmission device configured to send the data over a wireless medium to a data repository and a processing device configured to detect conditions in respect of an associated communication medium that could affect data exchange, where the processing device is configured to send the data based at least in part on the conditions. The processing device is further configured to analyze the data from the medical device to detect a problem with the medical device. the patient's needs.

  • METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG AUTHENTICATION IN SUPPLY CHAIN AND MARKET DISTRIBUTION

    The present invention generally relates to systems, methods and devices for prescription drug authentication and more specifically a portable hand-held device and system for prescription drug authentication to be conducted ad hoc. Although preferred embodiments of the invention are explained in detail, it is to be understood that other embodiments are contemplated. Accordingly, it is not intended that the invention is limited in its scope to the details of construction and arrangement of components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or carried out in various ways. Also, in describing the preferred embodiments, specific terminology will be resorted to for the sake of clarity.

  • SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL PHARMACIES FOR MANAGEMENT OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG OR PRODUCT COSTS

    Systems and methods may be provided for interactive virtual pharmacies. The systems and methods may include receiving, by a non-dispensing virtual pharmacy comprising one or more computers, an electronic prescription associated with a patient, where the electronic prescription is associated with at least one drug or product prescribed for the patient; determining, by the non-dispensing virtual pharmacy, a plurality of dispensing pharmacies capable of filling the prescription; determining, by the non-dispensing virtual pharmacy, a respective total price payable to each of the plurality of dispensing pharmacies for filling the prescription for the patient; delivering, in real-time to a patient device by the non-dispensing virtual pharmacy, an identification of the plurality of dispensing pharmacies and the respective total prices; and receiving, by the non-dispensing virtual pharmacy from the patient device, a selection of one of the plurality of dispensing pharmacies.

  • MEDICATION VERIFICATION AND DISPENSING

    Medication errors happen frequently in hospital, home, and pharmacy environments. A medication verification and dispensing system provides protection against such errors. The apparatus includes a guide tube that receives a medication and imaging device(s) adjacent to the guide tube that take image(s) of the medication. The imaging devices(s) and light source(s) are oriented for capturing images that reveal markings, color, size, shape, etc., of the medication. A verification system uses a signature of the image to identify the medication or compares the image(s) to reference images to identify the medication and to a prescription record of the patient to ensure it is a correct medication, dose, amount, timing, etc., for administration. If the medication is correct, it is dispensed into a dispensing vessel that locks the medication inside, but unlocks when it recognizes a unique patient identifier worn by a patient that is a correct recipient for the medication.

  • APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING PRE-FILLED CONTAINERS WITH PRECISELY-APPLIED PATIENT-SPECIFIC INFORMATION

    Apparatus and methods for fulfillment of patient prescription orders by adapting a standard or stock container pre-filled with medication or the like for use as a patient-specific container through precise application of patient-specific information to the pre-filled container. Precise placement of the patient-specific information to the pre-filled container enables pharmacy management to fully utilize valuable information provided with the pre-filled container, thereby improving the quality of service to the patient while making the process of prescription order fulfillment more efficient. In general, preferred embodiments comprise control apparatus and information-application apparatus. In embodiments, the information-application apparatus is adapted to place a patient-specific label on the container. Preferred forms of the information-application apparatus include a label printer and a positioner. The preferred printer applies patient-specific information on a label. The preferred positioner orients the pre-filled container to receive the label from the printer such that information provided with the container is available for use.

  • SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING THE TRACKING AND DISPENSING OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

    A system is provided for tracking and dispensing of prescription medication. A secure website is provided and a data communication link to a computer at each healthcare facility and pharmacy. Prescriptions are ordered from the healthcare facility computer, after which labels with machine readable code are generated by the pharmacy computer for each prescription container. A verification table is generated of all ordered prescriptions over a predetermined time to each respective healthcare facility, a reader scans the machine readable code of each prescription container, and the pharmacy computer verifies that all ordered prescriptions are sorted for delivery. The verification table of the verified prescriptions sorted for delivery is uploaded to a database. Upon delivery at the healthcare facility, the verification table is downloaded from the database, a reader scans the machine readable code of each prescription container, and the healthcare facility computer verifies that all ordered prescriptions were received.

  • Mobile pharmacy

    The present document describes a mobile pharmacy comprising: motorized vehicle; Pharmacist, pharmacy Technician, an inventory of healthcare products; a computer system connected to the internet. There is also described the use of a mobile pharmacy to provide pharmacist counseling to various remote areas where it reaches a specific sheltered place in the village to facilitate providing the pharmaceutical and health services to village population.

  • METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TREATING PATIENTS IN ANY HEALTHCARE SETTING WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS BASED ON A DISEASE STATE AND A FEE STRUCTURE ADJUSTED FOR A FIXED PERIOD OF TIME

    A method and system to treat a patient with a specific disease state, based on ICD coding, with prescription medications approved by the FDA for that disease state without regard to dosage, quantity or schedule, and calculating a cost to treat the primary or secondary ICD coding based on a fee structure adjusted for a fixed period of time, and which factors in drugs being excluded and be reflected in the cost offered to the patient or health plan.

  • SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DRUG DISEASE MATCHING

    A computer implemented system and method for matching drugs and diseases involves matching drugs identified in a specific patient's prescription claim records with diseases identified in the patient's medical claims. A weighted relationship is generated between the matched drugs and diseases by calculating a link weight in accordance with a preprogrammed formula for each of the diagnosis codes identified in the patient's medical claims that is identified as associated with the disease identified and the drug. The link weight provides a statistical match association value to each of the matched diseases identified by way of a diagnosis code in the patient's medical claim and the drug identified in the prescription claim.

  • Method for Verifying a Filled Prescription Order

    A method for verifying a multiple prescription order having a plurality of different medications is described. The method comprises receiving a prescription order that includes a first medication that is different from a second medication. Additionally, the prescription order indicates that the first medication and second medication are to be taken at regular intervals. After entering the prescription order into a graphical user interface, the method verifies the entered prescription order by comparing the entered prescription order to the multiple prescription order. Multiple prescription packages are generated that combines the first medication and second medication in the same package that are intended to be taken at the prescribed interval. Each multiple prescription package is then inspected, and a verification process is initiated that confirms that the first medication and second medication are within each multiple prescription package. The multiple prescription packages are then placed into a container that is sealed.

  • SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DRUG DISEASE MATCHING

    A computer implemented system and method for matching drugs and diseases involves matching drugs identified in a specific patient's prescription claim records with diseases identified in the patient's medical claims. A weighted relationship is generated between the matched drugs and diseases by calculating a link weight in accordance with a preprogrammed formula for each of the diagnosis codes identified in the patient's medical claims that is identified as associated with the disease identified and the drug. The link weight provides a statistical match association value to each of the matched diseases identified by way of a diagnosis code in the patient's medical claim and the drug identified in the prescription claim.

  • METHOD FOR ASSESSMENT OF AESTHETIC AND MORPHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS OF THE SKIN AND PRESCRIPTION OF COSMETIC AND/OR DERMATOLOGICAL TREATMENT

    It is described a method for assessment of aesthetic and morphological conditions of the skin and prescription of cosmetic and/or dermatological treatment comprising the following steps: A) obtaining information on the age and life habits of a user; B) performing a biometric analysis of a corporeal portion of the user; C) processing the results from the analyses of steps A and B and comparing them with predetermined data on aesthetic and morphological factors of the skin; D) obtaining a skin model of the user according to the data processed in step C; E) linking the user's skin model to predetermined data contained in a database about cosmetic and/or dermatological products; and F) prescribing a treatment and pre-selected cosmetic and/or dermatological products.

  • DISPENSING INSERT FOR A MEDICINE CONTAINMENT AND DISPENSING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

    A dispensing insert is configured to friction fit within a neck of a bottle and to selectively receive an oral syringe. The dispensing insert includes a hollow cylinder, a top plate capping one end of the hollow cylinder, a raised deck extending substantially parallel to and spaced from the top plate, and an annular side wall extending from the top plate upwardly toward the raised deck. The raised deck has a smaller outer diameter than the top plate and defines an opening therethrough configured to provide access to contents of the pharmacy bottle through the dispensing insert. The annular sidewall substantially encompasses an outer perimeter of the raised deck.

  • Activatable Drug Dispensing System

    The invention relates to a system (1) for controlling an electrolytic reaction in a reaction medium, with the system (1) comprising a primary energy storage (10), an intermediate storage (30) and a control unit (50). The control unit of the system is adapted for transferring electrical energy from the primary energy storage into the intermediate storage, monitoring the state of charge of the intermediate storage, establishing an electric connection between the reaction medium and the intermediate storage when the state of charge of the intermediate storage is larger than or equal to a first threshold value, and interrupting an electric connection between the reaction medium and the intermediate storage when the state of charge of the intermediate storage is smaller than or equal to a second threshold value. The invention further relates to an electrophoretic transdermal application system (40) comprising such a system (1) for controlling an electrolytic reaction for changing the pH value in the reaction medium of the matrix (43) of the electrophoretic transdermal application system (40), as well as to a method for transferring electric charges.

  • METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR REMOTE DIAGNOSIS AND PRESCRIPTION

    A method of enabling remote medical diagnosis of a medical condition comprising: providing a software application for a mobile device designed to: provide a graphical user interface on a display of the mobile device wherein the graphical user interface is designed to allow a patient to collect data for use in the medical diagnosis of the medical condition; communicate the data from the mobile device to a medical professional; and receive a medical diagnosis from the medical professional.

  • Method for Verifying a Filled Prescription Order

    A method for verifying a multiple prescription order having a plurality of different medications is described. The method comprises receiving a prescription order that includes a first medication that is different from a second medication. Additionally, the prescription order indicates that the first medication and second medication are to be taken at regular intervals. After entering the prescription order into a graphical user interface, the method verifies the entered prescription order by comparing the entered prescription order to the multiple prescription order. Multiple prescription packages are generated that combines the first medication and second medication in the same package that are intended to be taken at the prescribed interval. Each multiple prescription package is then inspected, and a verification process is initiated that confirms that the first medication and second medication are within each multiple prescription package. The multiple prescription packages are then placed into a container that is sealed.

  • PHARMACY WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    A pharmacy workflow management system may include a processor and a memory. The memory may include instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to receive, from at least one healthcare device, at least one information item pertaining to progress of delivery of a first medication of a first order, where additional medication is required for the first order when the delivery is complete, receive a second order for a second medication from a healthcare system, the second medication being different than the first medication, and schedule a first preparation of the additional medication for the first order and a second preparation of the second medication of the second order such that the additional medication is prepared and available upon completion of the delivery of the first medication, where the scheduling is based at least in part on the at least one information item.

  • SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEDICAL DATA COLLECTION AND DISPLAY

    A method and system for managing medical data is described. Medical data is stored in a database, where the medical data is supplied by both a patient and by other members of a care team authorized by the patient to provide medical data to the database, the other members of the care team including at least one of a physician, a pharmacist, other health professional and a family member of the patient. A computing device connected to a network provides at least some portions of the medical data (440, 450, 460, 470) supplied by the other members of the care team to the patient and provides at least some portions of the medical data (430) supplied by the patient to members of the care team that are authorized by the patient to receive at least some portions of the medical data, where the providing includes providing a plurality of graphic representations of medical data along a common timeline.

  • Method and Apparatus for the Return of Prescription Drugs

    An apparatus for the return of prescription drugs may include a user communication device to input prescription drug data to be returned, a host communication device to receive the prescription drug data and a server to transmit the drug data to the host communication device.

  • VIRTUAL SAMPLE CABINET SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG MARKETING

    A method is provided which provides functionality for doctors and staff to remotely electronically download a "virtual sample cabinet" software program from a central server onto their desktop computers or mobile technology devices to allow them to centrally search, review product information and insurance coverage, print or electronically send prescription drug sample vouchers and co-pay savings coupons to selected pharmacies. This eliminates the need for physician offices to manage and house physical drug samples, as well as offers a more convenient and efficient way to allocate, dispense and monitor needed drug samples and coupons for savings to their patients.

  • Prescription Verification System

    An apparatus for permitting a pharmacist to verify a refill of a filled prescription stored on a host system. A prescription refill screen is provided by the host system to a pharmacy system associated with the pharmacist. The prescription refill screen is associated with the filled prescription. Refill request information is received from the pharmacy system. The refill request information identifying a requested refill of the filled prescription. The refill request information is transmitted through the host system to a health care provider system associated with a health care provider identified by the filled prescription stored on the host system. The host system receives an authorization from the health care provider system authorizing the requested refill of the filled prescription. The host system transmits authorization to the pharmacy system whereby the pharmacist associated with the pharmacy system is authorized to provide the refill of the filled prescription to the patient.

  • Child Resistant Packaging for Multi-Prescription Order

    A child-resistant container for dispensing pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical tablets is described. The child-resistant container includes a receptacle defining an opening, a neck that includes an outer surface and at least one thread formed on the outer surface of the neck. The child-resistant container further includes a rim adjacent to the neck having a push-tab locking device. The receptacle is configured to receive a plurality of pouches, wherein each pouch includes a plurality of tablets associated with a multiple prescription order that indicates when the tablets are to be consumed, and a label disposed on the receptacle and associated with the multiple prescription order. The child-resistant container is configured to hold a plurality of pouches, where each pouches contains at least one type of tablet. The child-resistant container includes a label with information about the contents of the pouches, patient information, and a bar code associating the medications with the patient.

  • Child Resistant Packaging for Multi-Prescription Order

    A child-resistant container for dispensing pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical tablets is described. The child-resistant container includes a receptacle defining an opening, a neck that includes an outer surface and at least one thread formed on the outer surface of the neck. The child-resistant container further includes a rim adjacent to the neck having a push-tab locking device. The receptacle is configured to receive a plurality of pouches, wherein each pouch includes a plurality of tablets associated with a multiple prescription order that indicates when the tablets are to be consumed, and a label disposed on the receptacle and associated with the multiple prescription order. The child-resistant container is configured to hold a plurality of pouches, where each pouches contains at least one type of tablet. The child-resistant container includes a label with information about the contents of the pouches, patient information, and a bar code associating the medications with the patient.

  • Dispensing System for Traditional Chinese Medicines

    A dispensing system for traditional Chinese medicine comprising an independent medicine dispensing unit including a framework and an operating table. The framework includes: a back plate having semi-cylindrical inner and outer surfaces; and a plurality of horizontal arc shelves connected to the semi-cylindrical inner surface of the back plate. The operating table has a generally semi-circular horizontal plate member for the pharmacist to perform corresponding operations thereon. The shelves are designed such that, for the shelves with vertical distances from the plate member of the operating table being equal to or greater than a predetermined value, the inner edges of these shelves become gradually closer to the central axis of the back plate, as the respective heights of the shelves increase.

  • Dispensing System for Traditional Chinese Medicines

    A pharmacy process for effecting the capture and storage of an electronic image of a paper-prescription written by a doctor that minimizes human effort, cost, and occupied space while filling the prescription. Use is made of only one computer-with-memory-and-a-computer-program, one computer-controllable specialized-scanner, one strip-printer, at least one computer-controlled conventional-printer to print peel-off labels or a Clinical Label, and such number of simple terminals as are needed for the workload of the pharmacy. Each simple terminal has a monitor, keyboard, and bar-code scanner. Whether a first filling or a refilling, the critical and necessary procedure of a Pharmacist's review-verification of the filled vials (and their labels) being in full compliance with the prescribing doctor's requirements is facilitated by providing a legible-image of the original prescription on a monitor even if the prescription's paper is copy-resistant.

  • SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEDICAL DATA COLLECTION AND DISPLAY

    A method and system for managing medical data is described. Medical data is stored in a database, where the medical data is supplied by both a patient and by other members of a care team authorized by the patient to provide medical data to the database, the other members of the care team including at least one of a physician, a pharmacist, other health professional and a family member of the patient. A computing device connected to a network provides at least some portions of the medical data (440, 450, 460, 470) supplied by the other members of the care team to the patient and provides at least some portions of the medical data (430) supplied by the patient to members of the care team that are authorized by the patient to receive at least some portions of the medical data, where the providing includes providing a plurality of graphic representations of medical data along a common timeline.

  • PATIENT MONITORING APPLIANCE

    A wireless system for a person includes a wearable appliance monitoring one or more body parameters; a plurality of wireless nodes in communication with the wearable appliance; and a remote computer coupled to the wireless nodes to provide information to an authorized remote user.

  • System and Method of Administering a Pharmaceutical Gas to a Patient

    Described are methods and systems for delivering a pharmaceutical gas to a patient. The methods and systems provide varying quantities of pharmaceutical gas delivered to the patient in two or more breaths based on the monitored respiratory rate or changes in the patient's respiratory rate.

  • PATIENT DIRECTED THERAPY CONTROL

    A patient controls the delivery of therapy through volitional inputs that are detected by a biosignal within the brain. The volitional patient input may be directed towards performing a specific physical or mental activity, such as moving a muscle or performing a mathematical calculation. In one embodiment, a biosignal detection module monitors an electroencephalogram (EEG) signal from within the brain of the patient and determines whether the EEG signal includes the biosignal. In one embodiment, the biosignal detection module analyzes one or more frequency components of the EEG signal. In this manner, the patient may adjust therapy delivery by providing a volitional input that is detected by brain signals, wherein the volitional input may not require the interaction with another device, thereby eliminating the need for an external programmer to adjust therapy delivery. Example therapies include electrical stimulation, drug delivery, and delivery of sensory cues.

  • SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESCRIBER-CENTRIC TARGETING

    A system and method for prescriber-centric targeting may use information known about prescribers to determine patients who should be targeted to receive information relating to a target drug. The system may identify a prescriber based on a propensity of the prescriber to prescribe the target drug or a drug in the same class as the target drug. The system may identify a patient based on the identified prescriber. For example, the patient may be a former or current patient of the prescriber. The system may cause the information relating to the target drug to be communicated to the patient. By identifying prescribers based on their propensity to prescribe a target drug and then targeting their patients, the system may obtain higher rates of prescription fills for the target drug while at the same time providing more relevant information to the patients.

  • Dosage Regimen, Medication Dispensing Package and Uses Thereof for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

    This invention provides an oral dosage regimen for the treatment of depression, a pharmaceutically acceptable medication dispensing package containing multiple dosage units of medicaments comprising an oral dosage regimen of D-cycloserine for the treatment of depression, a pharmaceutical composition comprising D-cycloserine formulated for oral administration providing a dosage of 1000 mg/day alone or in combination with antidepressant agents and uses thereof.

  • RISK ASSESSMENT FOR ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS

    The present invention provides a method of predicting the risk of a patient for developing adverse drug reactions, particularly SJS or TEN. It was discovered that an HLA-B allele, HLA-B* 1502, is associated with SJS/TEN that is induced by a variety of drugs. The correlation with HLA-B* 1502 is most significant for carbamazepine-induced SJS/TEN, wherein all the patients tested have the HLA-B* 1502 allele. In addition, another HLA-B allele, HLA-B*5801, is particularly associated with SJS/TEN induced by allopurinol. Milder cutaneous reactions, such as maculopapular rash, erythema multiforme (EM), urticaria, and fixed drug eruption, are particularly associated with a third allele, HLA-B *4601. For any of the alleles, genetic markers (e.g., HLA markers, microsatellite, or single nucleotide polymorphism markers) located between DRB1 and HLA-A region of the specific HLA-B haplotype can also be used for the test.

  • DRUG THERAPY TO INHIBIT CHEMOTHERAPY-INDUCED ADVERSE EFFECTS AND RELATED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS, DIAGNOSTICS, SCREENING TECHNIQUES AND KITS

    The invention provides a method of treatment comprising reducing therapy-induced adverse effects (TIAE), including chemotherapy-induced adverse effects (CIAE), such as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and/or chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular adverse effects (CICAE) in a subject being treated with a CIAE-inducing anti-cancer active ingredient by co-administering to the subject a pharmaceutically effective amount of a NCS-1-protective composition. Related pharmaceutical compositions, diagnostics and screening techniques are also provided.

  • METHODS FOR DELIVERING A DRUG TO A HOSPITAL PATIENT FOR SHORT-TERM USE WHILE MINIMIZING LONG-TERM USE OF THE DRUG

    Novel methods for delivering a drug to hospital patients for short-term in-hospital use while minimizing long-term use of the drug. Embodiments are provided in which hospitals are identified which may be eligible to treat patients, for example, perform certain types of surgery, and which have measures in place to limit use of the drug to short-term use. The identified hospitals are preferably registered in a storage medium, including computer readable storage media, and may be authorized to receive the shipments of the drug. The received drug may then be dispensed to the patient.

  • METHODS FOR DELIVERING A DRUG TO A HOSPITAL PATIENT FOR SHORT-TERM USE WHILE MINIMIZING LONG-TERM USE OF THE DRUG

    Novel methods for delivering a drug to hospital patients for short-term in-hospital use while minimizing long-term use of the drug. Embodiments are provided in which hospitals are identified which may be eligible to treat patients, for example, perform certain types of surgery, and which have measures in place to limit use of the drug to short-term use. The identified hospitals are preferably registered in a storage medium, including computer readable storage media, and may be authorized to receive the shipments of the drug. The received drug may then be dispensed to the patient.

  • Medication Adherence System for and Method of Monitoring a Patient Medication Adherence and Facilitating Dose Reminders

    A medication adherence system for and method of monitoring a patient's medication adherence and facilitating dose reminder notifications is disclosed. The medication adherence system includes data-enabled pharmaceutical containers, wherein the data-enabled pharmaceutical containers provide mechanisms for reminding at dose time, then tracking and communicating valid dose events, as well as missed, extra, early, and/or late dose events. The medication adherence system includes a centralized server for collecting and processing the patient-specific information from the data-enabled pharmaceutical containers. Information may be exchanged between the centralized server and the data-enabled pharmaceutical containers via a cellular network and/or the Internet.