Medical Intelligence obtains United States patent linked to its VPS, an automated portable cardiac alarm system using GPS

Québec City 15 February 2007On January 18, 2007, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice of allowance for Medical Intelligence Technologies Inc.'s application entitled "Method And Apparatus For Trend Detection In An Electrocardiogram Monitoring Signal". The company has paid all appropriate fees, and the patent will be issued shortly. Obtaining the patent means that, more than six years after the creation of the Vital Positioning System (VPS), Medical Intelligence's intellectual property will be recognized in the United States for a period of 15 years.

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"After launching a GPS bracelet for Alzheimer's-related straying and earlier this week, unveiling the Urgentys mobile GPS alarm button, the notice from the United States Patent and Trademark Office is great news for our team, as it continues to develop the system", stated VPS inventors Louis Massicotte, President and CEO of Medical Intelligence Technologies, and Jean-François Montplaisir, the company's Vice-President of Technologies.

"Since we introduced our portable cardiac alarm system at a major conference on interventional cardiology three years ago, it has attracted growing interest throughout the world. The issuance by the United States Patent and Trademark Office is timely because, as we have envisioned in our strategic plan, we expect to begin marketing the VPS in 2008. Soon, survivors of cardiac arrest will be able to wear our VPS belt, which is designed to detect cardiac anomalies and automatically notify a central monitoring station with the patient's GPS co-ordinates."

Specifically, a slow adaptive personalized model of the patient's electrocardiogram is built using signals from the patient over a certain period of time. A current monitoring signal for the patient is then obtained, and specific base points of the signal are compared to corresponding points in the model. The comparison is done using threshold values for both the horizontal and vertical values of the base points. The base points are eliminated if they are within the thresholds but improbable in the model. Trends related to cardiac conditions can then be identified in the remaining base points.

Medical Intelligence is specialized in the personal medical tele-security industry, integrating information and telecommunications technologies to the health care sector. The firm designs portable medical devices equipped with an automatic alarm system for the benefit of people suffering from cognitive disorders or cardiovascular diseases. The Québec, Canada-based company also has an office in Paris. Its French affiliate, Medical Mobile, is the first such company to provide medical "telecom" service, personal and mobile "telemedicine". More company news can be found in the VMW July 2006 article Medical Intelligence signs LOI with SEUR Pharma to distribute its Columba bracelet in Spain.


Leslie Versweyveld

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