Flash back: Key patent for the personalized display of health information

personalized health

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,555,436

Today we high­light a pre­scient dig­i­tal health patent by Health Hero Net­work, now part of the Bosch Group (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,555,436: Per­son­al­ized dis­play of health information

  • Assignee(s): Health Hero Net­work, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Stephen J. Brown
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: June 30, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

With pri­or­i­ty claim dat­ing back to 1997, the ‘436 patent dis­clos­es health assess­ment tech­niques that were uncom­mon at the time of fil­ing but are now tak­en for grant­ed, such as the dig­i­ti­za­tion and coor­di­na­tion of health records, remote patient-health­care provider com­mu­ni­ca­tions and intu­itive means for under­stand­ing per­son­al med­ical infor­ma­tion. The ‘436 patent describes man­ag­ing sev­er­al aspects of health, includ­ing men­tal con­di­tions such as atten­tion deficit dis­or­der. The assignee of the ‘436 patent, Health Hero Net­work, Inc., has filed a num­ber of patent appli­ca­tions relat­ing to men­tal health and patient record keep­ing. Although sev­er­al of these patents are recent­ly expired, the ‘436 patent rep­re­sents an illus­tra­tive fil­ing by the paten­tee. Despite a rel­a­tive short remain­ing life of the patent (the patent would be expired at the time of this writ­ing but for a patent adjust­ment term grant­ed by the USPTO), the ear­ly dis­clo­sure of impor­tant aspects of mod­ern health­care record keep­ing and the spec­i­fi­ca­tion illus­trat­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive activ­i­ty of a promi­nent paten­tee in the field are among the fac­tors mak­ing the ‘436 patent a key non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nol­o­gy patent.


Deliv­ery of health infor­ma­tion to a patient suf­fer­ing from a chron­ic con­di­tion is per­son­al­ized by dis­play­ing the health infor­ma­tion direct­ly on a cus­tomized image of a body. The patien­t’s med­ical record, stan­dards of care for the con­di­tion, pre­scribed treat­ments, and patient input are applied to a gen­er­al­ized health mod­el of a dis­ease to gen­er­ate a per­son­al­ized health mod­el of the patient. The per­son­al­ized health mod­el com­pris­es an HTML file encod­ing an image map of a body. The body image illus­trates the health con­di­tion of the indi­vid­ual patient. Prefer­ably, data is col­lect­ed from health provider sources and stored in a data­base on a serv­er at a ser­vice provider site. The data is processed at the serv­er, and is dis­played in the patien­t’s home using a TV con­nect­ed to a mul­ti­me­dia proces­sor. The mul­ti­me­dia proces­sor con­nects the tele­vi­sion set to a com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work such as the Inter­net. Appli­ca­tions include pre­ven­tive care of chron­ic dis­eases such as dia­betes and asthma.

Illus­tra­tive Claim 1. A sys­tem for dis­play­ing per­son­al health infor­ma­tion comprising:

  • a com­put­er cou­pled to one or more data­bas­es containing:
  • health infor­ma­tion,
  • oth­er infor­ma­tion from a health provider, and
  • oth­er inputs rel­e­vant to an individual;
  • the com­put­er exe­cut­ing a soft­ware pro­gram con­fig­ured to gen­er­ate a per­son­al­ized health mod­el by com­bin­ing per­son­al­ized data from the one or more data­bas­es with a gen­er­al­ized mod­el; and
  • a dis­play cou­pled to a mul­ti­me­dia proces­sor and to the com­put­er over a net­work, where­in said display
  • presents per­son­al­ized health infor­ma­tion in the form of a body image cor­re­spond­ing to a plu­ral­i­ty of body parts of a person,
  • high­lights one of the body parts when an image sec­tion cor­re­spond­ing to the body part has infor­ma­tion to be dis­played, and
  • dis­plays cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal con­di­tions for the body part in response to acti­vat­ing said image section;
  • the com­put­er exe­cut­ing a log­book mod­ule with one or more of the fol­low­ing data ele­ments select­ed from the group con­sist­ing of med­ica­tion data, symp­toms, events, treat­ment plans, lab tests, diets, appoint­ment sched­ule, check­up schedule.

To learn more about mar­ket data, trends and lead­ing com­pa­nies in the dig­i­tal brain health space –dig­i­tal plat­forms for brain/ cog­ni­tive assess­ment, mon­i­tor­ing and enhance­ment– check out this mar­ket report. To learn more about our analy­sis of 10,000+ patent fil­ings, check out this IP & inno­va­tion neu­rotech report.

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