1
Timothy Joseph Nichols, Kurt R Linberg: Apparatus and method to automatic remote software updates of medical device systems. Medtronic, Girma Wolde Michael, March 26, 2002: US06363282 (267 worldwide citation)

A system and method for providing an automated software update to a programmer or equivalent device used in implantable medical device system is disclosed. The programmer comprises a remote instrument configuration database containing current instrument configuration information. The programmer user ...


2
Roy L Testerman, Donald J Erickson: Method for treatment of sleep apnea by electrical stimulation. Medtronic, Daniel W Latham, Harold R Patton, January 7, 1997: US05591216 (257 worldwide citation)

A method for opening an upper airway of a patient by applying electrical stimulation to the patient's hypoglossal nerve includes positioning of an electrode into electrical contact with a selected portion of the patient's hypoglossal nerve, applying a stimulating electrical current from the electrod ...


3
Avi Penner, Eyal Doron: Acoustic switch and apparatus and methods for using acoustic switches within a body. Remon Medical Technologies, Bingham McCutchen, September 30, 2003: US06628989 (232 worldwide citation)

An implant for insertion or implantation within a body includes an electrical circuit for performing one or more commands when the implant is activated, an energy storage device, and a switch coupled to the electrical circuit and the energy storage device. An acoustic transducer is coupled to the sw ...


4
Jeffrey A Von Arx, Mark D Amundson, William R Mass, Ron Balczewski, William J Linder: Telemetry apparatus and method for an implantable medical device. Cardiac Pacemakers, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth P A, June 3, 2003: US06574510 (228 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for enabling radio-frequency communications with an implantable medical device utilizing far-field electromagnetic radiation. Such radio-frequency communications can take place over much greater distances than with inductively coupled antennas.


5
Gust H Bardy, Rahul Mehra: Method and apparatus for treatment of atrial fibrillation and flutter. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, October 18, 1994: US05356425 (226 worldwide citation)

A stimulator for applying stimulus pulses to the AV nodal fat pad in response to sensed atrial rate exceeding a predetermined rate, in order to reduce the ventricular rate. The device also includes a cardiac pacemaker which serves to pace the ventricle in the event that the ventricular rate is lower ...


6
Jeffrey D Snell, J Kelly Fox: Battery monitoring apparatus and method for programmers of cardiac stimulating devices. Pacesetter, August 22, 2000: US06108579 (199 worldwide citation)

A system and method for predicting and displaying a realistic time remaining to a recommended replacement time (RRT) of a battery of a implantable cardiac stimulating device or similar battery powered medical device is provided.


7
Manuel L Karell: Apparatus and method for mitigating sleep and other disorders through electromuscular stimulation. Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, August 11, 1998: US05792067 (190 worldwide citation)

An electromuscular stimulator that effects a beneficial medical purpose selected from the group consisting of mitigating snoring, mitigating obstructive sleep apnea, mitigating hypertension, dental analgesia, general analgesia, monitoring physiological conditions and facilitating the intraoral deliv ...


8
Chester Gary Nelson, Michael Thomas Lee, Michael G Schrenk: Apparatus and method for remote therapy and diagnosis in medical devices via interface systems. Medtronic, Daniel G Chapik, Girma Wolde Michael, June 6, 2006: US07058453 (181 worldwide citation)

A system for transferring data into and out of medical devices wherein a personal data manager (PDM) is used in a web-based network is disclosed. The PDM co-operates with a programmer to enhance remote monitoring of implanted medical devices on a chronic basis to deliver clinical therapy in real tim ...


9
Michael R S Hill, Gary W King, Thomas J Mullen, Xiaohong Zhou: Closed-loop neuromodulation for prevention and treatment of cardiac conditions. Medtronic, Paul H McDowall, Girma Wolde Michael, May 15, 2007: US07218964 (173 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus to provide therapy to a patient for protecting cardiac tissue from insult is disclosed. The method comprises delivering closed loop electrical stimulation to one or more predetermined portions of a portion of excitable tissue of the spinal cord of a patient; and monitoring one ...


10
Jeffrey A Von Arx, Mark D Amundson, William R Mass, Ron Balczewski, William J Linder: Telemetry apparatus and method for an implantable medical device. Cardiac Pacemakers, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth P A, July 20, 2004: US06766201 (160 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for enabling radio-frequency communications with an implantable medical device utilizing far-field electromagnetic radiation. Such radio-frequency communications can take place over much greater distances than with inductively coupled antennas.