Patent Number: 6,167,362

Title: Motivational tool for adherence to medical regimen

Abstract: A method and system for simulating a chronic disease condition comprises a compact, easy to use electronic device. A virtual pet device for providing at least one disease control parameter value and a general health status value for the virtual pet having a chronic medical condition includes: a microprocessor having a memory, a housing, an input unit external to the housing, and a display integral with the housing. The device may include a plurality of icons and a plurality of input buttons for inputting medical regimen-related data into the device. Graphics are provided for portraying a plurality of stages in the development and maturation of the virtual pet, as well as for displaying at least one disease control parameter. An audio unit provides sound synchronized to the graphics, and includes an alarm function related to scheduled medication administration. A total score representing progress towards graduation and general health of the virtual pet may be displayed as a numerical value, together with values for at least one disease control parameter. The device provides an effective motivational and educational tool for patients required to follow a long term medical regimen.

Inventors: Brown; Stephen J. (Woodside, CA), Miller; Alan (Mountain View, CA)

Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.

International Classification: G01N 33/487 (20060101); G06F 19/00 (20060101); A61B 5/00 (20060101); G06N 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017