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1. (WO2007070551) PROVIDING AUTHENTICATION OF REMOTELY COLLECTED EXTERNAL SENSOR MEASURES
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CLAIMS:

1. A system (10) for providing authentication of remotely collected external sensor (17) measures, comprising:
a collection module (17) to collect (31) physiological measures (37) from a source situated remotely from a repository for accumulating such collected physiological measures (37);
an identification module (12) to determine an identification (32) of the source from which the physiological measures (37) were collected (31) against authentication data (82) that uniquely identifies a specific patient (14); and a staging module (15) to forward (33) the physiological measures (37) to the repository upon authenticating the patient identification (80) as originating from the specific patient (14).

2. A system (10) according to Claim 1, wherein the collection module (17) comprises at least one of a discrete external sensor (17), an external sensor (17) operatively coupled to a patient management device (12), and a patient management device (12) passively receiving the physiological measures (37).

3. A system (10) according to Claim 2, wherein the external sensor (17) comprises at least one of a weight scale, blood pressure cuff, glucometer, thermometer, and spirometer.

4. A system (10) according to Claim 1, wherein the patient identification (80) is passively determined (40) through use of at least one of an implantable medical device (15) and radio frequency identification tag (42), which each comprise authentication data (82).

5. A system (10) according to Claim 1, wherein the patient identification (80) is actively determined (50) through use of at least one of a biometric identifier (51), token identifier (52), and code entry identifier (53), which each provide credentials for comparison to the authentication data (82).

0427.PC.UTL.apl - 14 - . 6. A system (10) according to Claim 1, wherein the staging module (15) comprise at least one of an external sensor (17), patient ■ management device (12), and implantable medical device (15).

7. A system (10) according to Claim 1, further comprising:
an external sensor (17) on which to implement the authentication data (82);
a store to hold the physiological measures (37) on the external sensor (17) until the patient identification (80) is confirmed, wherein the
physiological measures (37) are provided to a patient management device (12) upon confirmation.

8. A system (10) according to Claim 1 , further comprising:
a patient management device (12) on which to implement the authentication data (82);
an external sensor (17) to provide the physiological measures (37) to the patient management device (12); and
a store to hold the physiological measures (37) on the patient management device (12) until the patient identification (80) is confirmed.

9. A system (10) according to Claim 1, further comprising:
an external sensor (17) to provide the physiological measures (37) to a patient management device (12);
a communications module to confirm proximity of an implantable medical device (15) to the patient management device (12); and
a store to hold the physiological measures (37) on the patient management device (12) until the implantable medical device (15) proximity is confirmed.

10. A system (10) according to Claim 1, further comprising:
a communications module to confirm communication between an implantable medical device (15) and an external sensor (17), wherein the physiological measures (37) are provided to a patient management device (12) upon confirmation.

0427.PC.UTL.apl - 15 - 11. A system (10) according to Claim 1, further comprising:
a communications module to confirm communication between an implantable medical device (15) and an external sensor (17), wherein the physiological measures (37) are provided to the implantable medical device (15) upon confirmation.

12. A system (10) according to Claim 1 , further comprising:
patient data (37) included with the forwarded (33) physiological measures (37) comprising at least one of psychological, drug dosing, medical therapy, insurance-related, digital imagery or sound, and patient-provided or -uploaded information.

13. A method (30) for providing authentication of remotely collected external sensor (17) measures, comprising:
collecting (31) physiological measures (37) from a source situated remotely from a repository for accumulating such collected physiological measures (37);
determining an identification (32) of the source from which the physiological measures (37) were collected (31) against authentication data (82) that uniquely identifies a specific patient (14); and
forwarding (33) the physiological measures (37) to the repository upon authenticating the patient identification (80) as originating from the specific patient (14).

14. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
collecting (31) the physiological measures (37) using at least one of a discrete external sensor (17), an external sensor (17) operatively coupled to a patient management device (12), and a patient management device (12) passively receiving the physiological measures (37).

15. A method (30) according to Claim 14, wherein the external sensor (17) comprises at least one of a weight scale, blood pressure cuff, glucometer, thermometer, and spirometer.

16. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:

0427.PC.UTL.apl - 16 - passively determining (40) the patient identification (80) through use of at least one of an implantable medical device (15) and radio frequency identification tag (42), which each comprise authentication data (82).

17. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
actively determining (50) the patient identification (80) through use of at least one of a biometric identifier (51), token identifier (52), and code entry identifier (53), which each provide credentials for comparison to the authentication data (82).

18. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
forwarding (33) the physiological measures (37) from at least one of an external sensor (17), patient management device (12), and implantable medical device (15).

19. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
implementing the authentication data (82) on an external sensor (17); holding the physiological measures (37) on the external sensor (17) until the patient identification (80) is confirmed; and
providing the physiological measures (37) to a patient management device (12) upon confirmation.

20. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
implementing the authentication data (82) on a patient management device (12);
providing the physiological measures (37) to the patient management device (12) from an external sensor (17); and
holding the physiological measures (37) on the patient management device (12) until the patient identification (80) is confirmed.

21. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
providing the physiological measures (37) to a patient management device (12) from an external sensor (17);
confirming proximity of an implantable medical device (15) to the patient management device (12); and

0427.PC.UTL.apl - 17 - holding the physiological measures (37) on the patient management device (12) until the implantable medical device (15) proximity is confirmed.

22. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
confirming communication between an implantable medical device (15) and an external sensor (17); and
providing the physiological measures (37) to a patient management device (12) upon confirmation.

23. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
confirming communication between an implantable medical device (15) and an external sensor (17); and
providing the physiological measures (37) to the implantable medical device (15) upon confirmation.

24. A method (30) according to Claim 13, further comprising:
including patient data (37) with the forwarded (33) physiological measures (37) comprising at least one of psychological, drug dosing, medical therapy, insurance-related, digital imagery or sound, and patient-provided or -uploaded information.

25. A computer-readable storage medium holding code for performing the method (30) according to Claim 13.

26. An apparatus for providing authentication of remotely collected external sensor (17) measures, comprising:
means for collecting (31) physiological measures (37) from a source situated remotely from a repository for accumulating such collected physiological measures (37);
means for determining an identification (32) of the source from which the physiological measures (37) were collected (31) against authentication data (82) that uniquely identifies a specific patient (14); and
means for forwarding (33) the physiological measures (37) to the repository upon authenticating the patient identification (80) as originating from the specific patient (14).

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