Patent Number: 7,787,946

Title: Patient monitoring, diagnosis, and/or therapy systems and methods

Abstract: Systems and methods involve an implantable device configured to perform at least one cardiac-related function, a patient-external respiratory therapy device, and a communication channel configured to facilitate communication between the implantable device and the respiratory therapy device. The implantable and respiratory therapy devices operate cooperatively via the communication channel to provide one or more of patient monitoring, diagnosis, and therapy. The communication channel may be configured to facilitate communication between an external processing system and at least one of the implantable device and the respiratory therapy device. The processing system is communicatively coupled to at least one of the implantable and respiratory therapy devices via the communication channel to provide one or more of patient monitoring, diagnosis, and therapy.

Inventors: Stahmann; Jeffrey E. (Ramsey, MN), Lee; Kent (Shoreview, MN), Hartley; Jesse W. (Lino Lakes, MN), Ni; Quan (Shoreview, MN), Hatlestad; John D. (Maplewood, MN), Zhu; Qingsheng (Wexford, PA), Siejko; Krzysztof Z (Maple Grove, MN)

Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.

International Classification: A61N 1/362 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018