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1. WO2013155002 - WIRELESS TELEMEDICINE SYSTEM

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A system for conducting an eye examination from a remote location, comprising:

a plurality of eye examination devices located at an eye examination location;

a general purpose wireless telecommunication device (WTD) having one or more said eye examination devices at least partially integrated therein; said WTD being located at said eye examination location and configured to acquire diagnostic patient examination data from two or more of the eye examination devices, said diagnostic patient examination data being sufficient to permit a medical professional to render a professional opinion, said WTD configured to transmit the patient examination data via a wireless communications link to a location remote from said eye examination location;

a diagnostic center situated in said remote location and capable of directly or indirectly receiving the diagnostic eye examination data from said eye examination location to enable a medical professional to render a professional opinion based thereupon, wherein said medical professional is located at the diagnostic center, thus permitting the eye care practitioner to provide a professional opinion based at least in part on the eye examination data, thus advising the patient in real time,

and wherein said diagnostic eye examination data does not comprise routine monitoring data.

2) The system of claim 1 wherein an eye examination device at least partially integrated in said WTD comprises a specialized software application loaded therein.

3) The system of claim 2 wherein said eye examination device comprises a camera comprised as part of said WTD.

4) The system of claim 1 wherein said plurality of eye examination devices comprises a device selected from the group consisting of a case history capture device, lensometer, tonometer, visual fields tester, fundus camera, an optical coherence tomographer (OCT) device, a retinal imaging system, a slit lamp, a pupilometer, a scanning laser ophthalmoscope, a posterior segment imaging system, an automated refractor, a biomicroscope, binocularity testing instrument, and a color vision test, ophthalmic ultrasound device, and a corneal topographer .

5. The system of claim 1 wherein said WTD is selected from the group consisting of a mobile telephone, a personal digital assistant, a tablet computing device and a personal computer.

6. The system of claim 1 wherein two or more said eye examination devices is at least partially integrated as part of the WTD.

7. The system of claim 1 wherein the wireless communications link is selected from a satellite telecommunications system and a wireless telecommunications system.

8. The system of claim 1 wherein the eye examination location lacks access to an AC power source.

9. The system of claim 1 wherein patient examination data received from two or more eye examination devices is processed by a software application before it is viewed by a medical professional at the diagnostic center.

10. A system for conducting a diagnostic medical examination from a remote location, comprising:

a plurality of medical examination devices located at an medical examination location, one or more said medical examination devices being at least partially integrated as part of a general purpose wireless telecommunication device (WTD) located at said medical examination location and configured to receive patient examination data from two or more of the medical examination devices, said WTD configured to transmit patient examination data via a wireless communications link to a location remote from said examination location;

a diagnostic center situated in said remote location and capable of receiving the wireless transmitted patient examination data from said examination location to enable a medical professional located at the diagnostic center to provide a professional opinion, thus advising the patient concerning the presence or absence of a medical disorder or disease based at least in part upon said patient examination data in real time, and wherein said patient examination data does not comprise routine patient monitoring data.

11. The system of claim 10 wherein the medical examination devices are selected from an EEG device, a blood pressure detector, a blood glucose detector, an X-ray device, a MRI device, a CT scan, a PET scan device, a mammography, an echocardiogram device, an ultrasound device, an EKG device, an EMG device, a dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry device, a case history capture device, a lensometer, a slit lamp, a pupilometer, a scanning laser ophthalmoscope, a tonometer, a visual fields tester, a fundus camera, retinal imaging system, a posterior segment imaging system, an optical coherence tomographer (OCT) device, an automated refractor, a biomicroscope and a corneal topographer.

12. The system of claim 10 wherein the diagnostic center comprises a second wireless digital transmission device.

13. The system of claim 12 wherein the second wireless

digital transmission device comprises a device selected from the group consisting of: a smartphone, a tablet computing device; a PDA, a laptop computer, and a visual display device.

14. A wireless medical system, comprising:

a plurality of medical examination devices located at a medical examination location;

a first general purpose wireless digital transmission device (WTD) located at said medical examination location and configured to receive diagnostic patient data from two or more of the medical examination devices, said first WTD configured to transmit the diagnostic data via a wireless communications link to a location remote from said medical examination location upon examining a patient;

a diagnostic center situated in said remote location and capable of receiving the wireless transmitted diagnostic data from said medical examination location to enable the diagnosis of an medical disorder or disease of the patient by a medical care practitioner located at the diagnostic center, thus permitting the medical care practitioner to provide a diagnosis and prescription based on the medical examination data to the patient before the patient leaves the examination location.

15. The medical system of claim 14 wherein the wireless medical data is transmitted from the wireless digital transmission device to a second WTD in the diagnostic center for observation by the medical care practitioner.

16. The system of claim 14 wherein diagnostic patient data received from two or more medical examination devices is processed by a software application in said first WTD before it is transmitted to the diagnostic center.

17. The system of claim 14 wherein the medical examination devices are selected from an EEG device, a blood pressure detector, a blood glucose detector, an X-ray device, a MRI device, a CT scan, a PET scan device, a mammography, an echocardiogram device, an ultrasound device, an EKG device , an EMG device, a dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry device, a case history capture device, a lensometer, a tonometer, a visual fields tester, a fundus camera, retinal imaging system, a posterior segment imaging system, an automated refractor, an optical coherence tomographer (OCT) device, a biomicroscope and a corneal topographer.

18. A system for conducting a medical examination from a remote location, comprising:

a plurality of medical examination devices located at a medical examination location, one or more said medical examination devices being at least partially integrated as part of a general purpose wireless telecommunication device (WTD) located at said medical examination location and configured to receive patient examination data from two or more of the medical examination devices, said WTD configured to transmit patient examination data via a wireless communications link to a location remote from said examination location;

a diagnostic center situated in said remote location having a automated clinical decision support system (CDSS) comprising a algorithm which receives said patient examination data as input and calculates a preliminary diagnosis as output, said output being made available to a medical professional to enable said medical professional to assess the preliminary diagnosis and return a professional opinion using a wireless communications link to said medical examination location, thus advising the patient concerning the presence or absence of a medical disorder or disease based at least in part upon said patient examination data in real time.

19. A method of conducting a medical examination from a remote location, comprising using at least one medical

diagnostic device at the medical examination location to provide patient examination data; wirelessly transmitting the medical examination data directly or indirectly to a

diagnostic center remote from the medical examination location to enable a medical professional located at the diagnostic center, to communicate a professional opinion based on the transmitted medical examination data to the examination

location before the patient leaves the medical examination location; wherein the diagnostic center comprises no medical examination devices.

20. A method of conducting an eye examination from a remote location, comprising conducting an eye examination of a patient at an eye examination location using at least one eye examination device at the eye examination location to provide patient eye examination data; wirelessly transmitting the eye examination data to a diagnostic center remote from the eye examination location to enable a eye care professional located at the diagnostic center to communicate a professional opinion based on the transmitted eye examination data to the eye examination location before the patient leaves the eye

examination location; wherein the diagnostic center comprises no eye examination devices.