Inventor Turns Wearables Into Global Health and Emergency Response System

Offering a glimpse at the future of wearable devices and health monitoring, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based inventor has developed personal safety and emergency response system that would rely on sensors placed in clothing, shoes, and accessories such as hair clips.

“With this system, users no longer have to be powerless witnesses to their own sad fate. They can download this system to their computing device (e.g. smartphone) and the system will recognize when they are in danger and get them timely emergency help anywhere in the world, even if they are unconscious and event if their phone is not at a close distance,” inventor Melissa Vincent wrote in a patent application published on Thursday. The application, titled, “Computerized method and system for global health, personal safety and emergency response,” was filed in April.

Abstract: A computerized system and method for intuitively detecting a user’s need for emergency help, preventive care and medical interventions and also for coordinating care for user’s loved ones and pets when user experiences an emergency or has passed away. Detection is done via labs and life signs equipment and sensors, self-initiated request for monitoring or the system’s periodically polling user through an alert, a telephone call, a notification, a text message or other appropriate means to find out if they are in danger. Polling and automated monitoring may also be triggered by real-time medical data electronically or wirelessly transmitted to the system. If user fails to respond, the system automatedly calls either user’s contacts (by listed priority) to notify them of a potential emergency, or emergency responders directly depending on severity of the emergency and communicates to them critical information as well as a code to access user’s medical record(s).

Patent Application

Claims

1. A computerized method for a user to trigger assistance from a remote system in the event of experiencing a potential or on-coming medical emergency, and to update a user on their current medical condition, comprising the steps of: a) detecting by a remote system processor a user input of settings comprising time sequence of calls to be made to user’s electronic computing device, wherein the sequence includes frequency of calls to a user’s device, and total duration before calling the user’s emergency contacts and/or for emergency responder service; b) if the system detects that the user is not responding to a system call within the total duration, calling at least one of the user’s emergency contacts and emergency responder service; and, c) if emergency responder service is called, requesting dispatch of emergency responders to the user’s location, and disclosing at least one of the user’s medical condition, need for pet and/or minor children care, medical insurance, family to contact, and doctor to be notified.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of calling the emergency responder if the user’s medical condition requires immediate emergency assistance.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising the step of calling the emergency responder service if the system detects that the user elected not to have the user’s emergency contacts called, and if the user does not respond to the system calls.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the processor determines if the user’s medical condition requires immediate emergency assistance from at least one of data including, current health conditions self-reported, and current health conditions as detected via medical records on file, medical diagnostic devices, health history and sickness patterns.

5. The method of claim 4, further comprising the steps of: uploading and synchronizing/pairing the data in real-time from one or more medical diagnostic equipment contact-less or hooked up to the user’s electronic computing device or from their medical care providers and obtaining the data from software on the user’s electronic computing device or from a user’s implanted device such as a pacemaker or a wearable such as the system’s own smartwatch recording and/or monitoring vital signs or a Bluetooth.RTM. or infrared device or any other compatible equipment and device.

6. The method of claim 5, further comprising the steps of monitoring the uploaded data in real time and, if a critical value is detected, transmitting a message informing the user of the issue and on what to do to resolve the issue, and initiating an automatic call for emergency responder service.

7. The method of claim 4, further comprising the steps of analyzing data obtained and data on file such as medical records, vital signs trends and other data on file and data obtained from a survey so as to alert users to one or more of changes in medical conditions, make a diagnosis or warn the user if there is a risk for diseases and suggest preventive measures to take, and suggest medical treatment to be discussed with a doctor in order for the user to get timely medical treatment.

8. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of providing to the user a mean for record-keeping, live consultation and treatment suggestion or advice from medical professionals via text, audio and/or video conferencing or via a message to their medical hub, such that the user can record important elements about their conditions or illnesses by means of live video, or videotaping and documenting how they are doing on a daily basis, and how their treatment is progressing.

9. The method of claim 1 further comprising the step of, providing a code to the emergency responders, so that a medical professional can have access to the user’s vital metrics for trends in heart rate, blood sugar, and other data if a user’s medical records on a remote system database requires an authorization code to access the records.

10. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of disclosing a user’s legal document stored on a remote system database when a user or a user’s representative allows it or an entity provides the system processor with a court order, the legal document including at least one of a last will and testament, living will, financial accounts information, and life insurance.

11. An apparatus having installed thereon non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions, that when executed by a processing unit, cause the processing unit to provide instructional information to an end user of a software application, by performing the steps of: a) detecting by a remote system processor a user input of settings comprising time sequence of system calls made to user’s electronic computing device, wherein the time sequence includes a frequency of calls to user’s device, and total duration of the calls before calling the user’s emergency contacts; b) if the remote system processor detects that the user is not responding to the system calls within a pre-specified duration of time, calling at least one of the user’s emergency contacts and an emergency responder service; and, c) if the emergency responder service is called, requesting a dispatch of emergency responders to the user’s location, and disclosing at least one of the user’s medical condition, current circumstances, the need for pet and minor children care, medical insurance, family to contact, a doctor to be notified etc.

12. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein if the user’s medical condition requires immediate emergency assistance, calling the emergency responder server in lieu of the user’s emergency contacts.

13. The apparatus of claim 12, further comprising the steps of detecting that the user elects not to have the user’s emergency contacts called, and calling the emergency responder service if the user does not respond to the system calls.

14. The apparatus of claim 12, further comprising the step of determining if the user’s medical condition requires immediate emergency assistance by evaluating one or more of current health conditions, whether self-reported or as detected via medical diagnostic devices, health history and sickness patterns.

15. The apparatus of claim 14, further comprising the steps of analyzing the data obtained and if a critical value is detected, transmitting a message informing the user on what to do to resolve the issue, and initiating an automatic call for emergency responder service.

16. The apparatus of claim 11, further comprising the step of providing an authorization code to the emergency responders for accessing the user’s medical records on a remote system database.

17. The apparatus of claim 11, further comprising the step of disclosing the user’s legal documents stored on a remote system database when a user or their representative allows it or an entity has provided the system processor with a court order, the documents including at least one of a last will and testament, living will, financial accounts information, life insurance, summary of unfinished projects and other documents.

18. The method of claim 11, further comprising the steps of providing to the user a mean for record-keeping of instructions, plans and ideas etc. required to bring unfinished projects to terms (during and after the user’s demise) within the system’s project management database, the mechanism comparable to the user continuing to work on their projects the same way s/he would if s/he were alive.

19. The method of claim 11, further comprising the steps of providing to the user a mean within and outside the app for updating assigned agent of the progress of unfinished projects within the system’s project management database.

20. A network-based computing system for a user to trigger assistance in the event of experiencing a potential or on-coming medical emergency, and to update a user on their current medical condition, the system comprising: a. a system computer including a processor and a memory device operably connected to one another, and a plurality of computer-executable instructions stored on said memory device such that when the computer-executable instructions are executed by said processor, the instructions cause the processor to perform the steps of: i) detecting a user input of settings including time sequence of calls to be made to user’s electronic computing device, wherein the sequence of calls includes a frequency of calls made to the user’s device, and total duration of the calls made to the user’s device before calling the user’s emergency contacts and/or emergency responder service; ii) if the system detects that the user is not responding to the system call within a pre-specified duration of time, calling at least one of the user’s emergency contacts and emergency responder service if this step was selected; and, iii) if the emergency responder service is called, requesting a dispatch of emergency responders to the user’s location, and disclosing the user’s medical condition, current circumstances, special considerations, need for pet and minor children care, medical insurance, family to contact, and doctor to be notified. b. a database of users’ records including for each user, one or more of: medical history, sensitive medical records requiring an authorization code, legal documents, financial account information, and, a list of emergency contacts, the database accessible by the system computer; c. one or more user’s electronic computing devices with or without network connectivity; and, d. a network providing communication between the user’s electronic computing devices and the system processor.

21. The system of claim 20, wherein the processor functions to determine if the user’s medical condition requires immediate emergency assistance from one or more of: current health conditions self-reported and current health conditions as detected via medical diagnostic devices, health history and sickness patterns.

22. The system of claim 21, wherein the processor functions to analyze the data obtained and, if a critical value is detected, the processor further functions to transmit a message informing the user on what to do to resolve the issue, and/or it initiates an automatic call for emergency responder service.

23. The system of claim 20, wherein the processor functions to provide a code to the emergency responders if a user’s medical records on the system database requires an authorization code to access the records.

24. The system of claim 20, wherein the processor further functions to release a user’s legal document stored on the database when the user or their representative has initiated that request or an entity provides the system processor with a court order specifying which document to release, the legal document including at least one of a last will and testament, financial account information, life insurance, and living will.

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