Braun, et al.
April 23, 2002
general-purpose, low-cost system provides comprehensive physiological
data collection, with extensive data object oriented programmability
and configurability for a variety of medical as well as other
analog data collection applications. In a preferred embodiment,
programmable input signal acquisition and processing circuits
are used so that virtually any analog and/or medical signal can
be digitized from a common point of contact to a plurality of
sensors. A general-purpose data routing and encapsulation architecture
supports input tagging and standardized routing through modern
packet switch networks, including the Internet; from one of multiple
points of origin or patients, to one or multiple points of data
analysis for physician review. The preferred architecture further
supports multiple-site data buffering for redundancy and reliability,
and real-time data collection routing, and viewing (or slower
than real-time processes when communications infrastructure is
slower than the data collection rate). Routing and viewing stations
allow for the insertion of automated analysis routines to aid
in data encoding, analysis, viewing, and diagnosis.
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