Medical Innovations Also a Focus for Samsung


Medical innovations were strongly reflected in Samsung’s patent applications published in the past few months by the USPTO. Rumors that Samsung would jettison its medical device division during its December 2014 restructuring proved to be unfounded, although the company may realign healthcare technology R&D which are currently separated between the consumer electronics division and Samsung Medison, a medical device developer. In late November, Samsung announced a partnership with U.S.-based Thermo Fisher Scientific, a medical equipment company, to find new markets for Samsung’s medical diagnostic devices. Known for fitness tracking devices, the corporation has also unveiled an open access development platform for health programs that could aid in chronic disease management and other areas of medical care.

A system which better presents diagnostic information collected by a multitude of medical devices is at the center of U.S. Patent Application No. 20140372136, which is titled Method and Apparatus for Providing Medical Information. This patent application claims the method of providing medical information by obtaining diagnostic information related to an object, setting an information-providing area for the display of that information on a transparent console room window, and displaying the information on that window area. The invention offers a system for the more efficient display and management of diagnostic health information in a console room used as part of computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems.

We also wanted to share a pair of patent applications regarding innovative medical devices for diagnosing conditions and treating patients. Samsung has developed an improved apparatus for performing mammograms that results in less discomfort to a patient, which is reflected in U.S. Patent Application No. 20150003579, filed under the title Apparatus and Method for X-Ray Imaging of Breast. The X-ray apparatus claimed by this patent application includes a support with a through-hole, a cylindrically-shaped holder disposed in the through-hole for accommodating a breast as well as a linear X-ray generator and a linear X-ray detector, both outside of the holder, which are configured to rotate around the outside of the holder. This mammography equipment improves upon previous apparatuses, which  compress a breast with great force to flatten it, causing pain to a patient.

An innovative system for hearing aid devices worn in the ear is described by U.S. Patent Application No. 20150003651, which is titled Method and Apparatus Using Head Movement for User Interface. The hearing device of this invention is configured to provide a great deal of functionality beyond treating hearing loss, such as noise reduction or phone conversation functions. The patent application would protect a hearing device with a movement estimation unit that uses audio signals to estimate head movement and a hearing control unit that controls operation of the hearing device based on the estimated head movement.

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