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1. WO2011008838 - PORTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

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What is claimed is:

CLAIMS

1. A medical device comprising:

a housing configured to at least partially encapsulate a mobile communication device; a sensor disposed on the housing, the sensor being configured to collect medical information relating to a patient; and

an interface coupled to the sensor and configured to communicate the collected medical information to the mobile communication device.

2. The medical device of claim 1 wherein the sensor includes a plurality of sensors configured to detect at least one of electrical activity in the patient, physiological parameters, and environmental parameters.

3. The medical device of claim 2 wherein the plurality of sensors are configured to collect information used to generate an electrocardiogram.

4. The medical device of claim 1 wherein the housing is configured as a skin that at least partially encapsulates the mobile communication device without substantially interfering with the operation of the mobile communication device.

5. The medical device of claim 1 wherein the housing includes a feedback device configured to provide to the patient feedback relating to the operation of the medical device.

6. The medical device of claim 5 wherein the feedback device is configured to provide feedback relating to at least one of a duration to collect the medical information and a quality of medical information collected.

7. The medical device of claim 1 wherein the interface is at least one of a wired interface configured to connect with an interface on the mobile communication device and a wireless interface.

8. The medical device of claim 1 further comprising a processor configured to control the operation of at least one of the sensor and the interface.

9. The medical device of claim 8 wherein the processor is configured to perform digital signal processing on information provided by the sensor.

10. The medical device of claim 1 wherein the interface comprises at least one of a radio frequency identification tag, a tone generator, and a vibration generator.

11. A tangible computer readable medium including instructions that, when executed, cause a mobile communication device to:

receive medical information relating to a patient from an external device;

perform digital signal processing on the medical information;

display on a display of the mobile communication device a visual indication that is derived from the medical information; and

store the medical information in a memory.

12. The tangible computer readable medium of claim 11 wherein the instructions are further configured to cause the mobile communication device to display an electrocardiogram relating to the patient on the display.

13. The tangible computer readable medium of claim 11 wherein the medical information is received via a local interface of the mobile communication device, wherein the local interface is at least one of a wired and a wireless interface.

14. The tangible computer readable medium of claim 11 wherein the instructions are further configured to cause the mobile communication device to determine whether abnormalities exist in the medical information.

15. The tangible computer readable medium of claim 11 wherein the instructions are further configured to cause the mobile communication device to control the operation of the external device.

16. The tangible computer readable medium of claim 11 wherein the instructions are further configured to cause the mobile communication device to provide feedback to the patient relating to at least one of the duration to collect the medical information and a quality of medical information.

17. The tangible computer readable medium of claim 11 wherein the instructions are further configured to cause the mobile communication device to transmit additional information relating to the medical information via at least one of a mobile telephone network and a data network.

18. A medical device comprising:

a medical information collection device comprising:

a first local interface;

a sensor in communication with the first local interface and configured to collect medical information relating to a patient, wherein the sensor is configured to provide the medical information to the first local interface;

a mobile communication device comprising:

a second local interface configured to communicate with the first local interface;

a first processor in communication with the second local interface and configured to receive the medical information, the first processor being configured to perform digital signal processing on the medical information;

a display in communication with the processor and being configured to display an image derived at least in part from the medical information;

a network interface in communication with the processor and configured to communicate with at least one of a mobile telephone network and a data network; and a memory in communication with the first processor and being configured to store the medical information,

wherein the medical information collection device is configured as a housing that at least partially encapsulates the mobile communication device.

19. The medical device of claim 18 wherein the sensor comprises a plurality of sensors configured to detect at least one of electrical activity in the patient, physiological parameters, and environmental parameters.

20. The medical device of claim 19 wherein the first processor is configured to generate an electrocardiogram using the medical information.

21. The medical device of claim 18 wherein the housing is configured as a skin that at least partially encapsulates the mobile communication device without interfering with the operation of the mobile communication device.

22. The medical device of claim 18 wherein the medical device further comprises a feedback device configured to provide feedback relating to at least one of a duration to collect the medical information and a quality of medical information collected.

23. The medical device of claim 18 wherein the first and second interfaces are configured to connect with each other using at least one of a wired and a wireless interface.

24. The medical device of claim 18 wherein the medical information collection device further comprises a second processor configured to control the operation of at least one of the sensor and the first interface.

25. The medical device of claim 24 wherein the second processor is configured to perform digital signal processing on information provided by the sensor.

26. A medical device comprising:

a housing configured for use with a mobile communication device;

a sensor disposed on the housing, the sensor being configured to collect medical information relating to a patient; and

an interface coupled to the sensor and configured to communicate the collected medical information to the mobile communication device.

27. A mobile communication device comprising:

a housing;

a display;

a sensor disposed on the housing and being configured to collect medical information relating to a patient;

a processor in communication with the sensor and the display; and

a memory including computer readable instructions that are configured to, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to

receive the collected medical information;

process the collected medical information; and

display an image on the display as a function of the collected medical information.

28. A medical device for use with a mobile communication device comprising:

an adhesive skin configured adhere to at least a portion of the mobile communication device;

a sensor disposed on the adhesive skin, the sensor being configured to collect medical information relating to a patient; and

an interface coupled to the sensor and configured to communicate the collected medical information to the mobile communication device.

29. A medical device for use with a mobile communication device comprising:

a base portion configured to attach to the mobile communication device;

an arm connected to the base portion;

a sensor disposed on the arm, the sensor being configured to collect medical information relating to a patient; and

an interface coupled to the sensor and configured to communicate the collected medical information to the mobile communication device.

30. A device comprising:

a housing configured to at least partially encapsulate a mobile communication device; a sensor disposed on the housing, the sensor being configured to collect environmental information; and

an interface coupled to the sensor and configured to communicate the collected environmental information to the mobile communication device.

31. The device of claim 30 wherein the sensor is at least one of a smoke detector, fire detector, carbon monoxide detector, a thermometer, a moisture detector, and a photocell.