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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Health care practitioners, such as nurses and physicians, use various types of health-care equipment to assist with the task of providing health care to a patient. Some health-care equipment is designed to perform multiple functions, such as temperature measurement and blood pressure measurement. Such multi-function equipment may be limited in functionality based on the types of activities and medical devices with which the equipment has been programmed to interface."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In one aspect, a software platform for healthcare diagnostic applications includes: a computing device including memory and a processor that, when executing instructions stored on the memory, creates: a client-side framework defining elements for use by platform client applications; a composite application framework supporting extensible modules, the composite application framework supporting construction of composite applications in which functionality is implemented by a container application which hosts plug-in modules to support specific diagnostic functions; a plug-in module extending platform applications; a composite application combining base application code with plug-in modules to support a set of clinical functions; and a domain-specific framework for defined clinical measurement domains, wherein the domain-specific framework shares certain common code and resources with other modules and contain domain-specific expandable sets of sensor measurement plug-ins which obtain physiologic data of a type covered by a domain.
"In another aspect, a method for extending a functionality of a computing device programmed to obtain physiological measurements from a patient includes: registering, at the computing device, a plug-in module, the plug-in module providing additional functionality for the computing device; using the plug-in module to communicate with a medical device; commanding the medical device to obtain physiological information from a patient; receiving data associated with the physiological information from the medical device; transferring the data to a central repository.
"In yet another aspect, a computer-readable storage medium encodes instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to perform steps including: registering, at a computing device, a plug-in module, the plug-in module providing additional functionality for the computing device; using the plug-in module to communicate with a medical device; commanding the medical device to obtain physiological information from a patient; receiving data associated with the physiological information from the medical device; transferring the data to a central repository.
DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
"FIG. 1 shows an example system for collecting measurements of physiological parameters of patients.
"FIG. 2 shows an example physiological monitor device that can be used in the system illustrated in FIG. 1.
"FIG. 3 shows an example user interface displayed on the display screen of the physiological monitor device of FIG. 2.
"FIG. 4 shows another example system for collecting measures of physiological parameters of patients.
"FIG. 5 shows logical components of an example vital monitoring workstation of the system of FIG. 4.
"FIG. 6 shows a schematic representation of the vital monitoring workstation of FIG. 5.
"FIG. 7 shows various components of an example vital monitoring workstation of the system of FIG. 4."
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