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1. (WO2006014696) MEDICAL DEVICE TELEMETRY ARBITRATION SYSTEM USING SIGNAL STRENGTH
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What is claimed is:

1. A medical device communication system, comprising:
an external device being configured to transcutaneously send an identification command to at least one of said plurality of implantable medical devices;
said plurality of implantable medical devices being configured to respond to said identification command with an uplink response in one of a plurality of uplink time slots;
said external device being configured to receive said uplink response from each of said at least one of said plurality of implanted medical devices;
characterized in that said external device is configured to establish transcutaneous communication with a selected one of said plurality of implanted medical devices based, at least in part, upon a signal strength of said uplink response of at least one of said plurality of implanted medical devices.

2. A medical device communication system as in claim 1 wherein said external device selects primarily based upon a signal strength of said uplink response of at least one of said plurality of implanted medical devices.

3. A medical device communication system as in claim 1 wherein said external device is further configured to identify each of said plurality of medical devices based, at least in part, on said uplink signal received; if at least two of said plurality of medical devices respond with said uplink signal in one of said plurality uplink time slots, to instruct known ones of said plurality of medical devices to cease responding to said identification command; and to repeat sending said identification command and to repeat receiving said uplink signal.

4. A medical device communication system as in claim 3 wherein said external device is configured to continue to resend identification commands until no two of said plurality of medical devices respond with said uplink signal in one of said plurality of uplink time slots.

5. A medical device communication system as in claim 4 wherein said known ones of said plurality of medical devices cease responding, for a predetermined period of time, to said identification command as a result of being instructed to cease responding.

6. A medical device communication system as in claim 4 wherein said known ones of said plurality of medical devices cease responding, until instructed otherwise, to said identification command as a result of instructing step.

7. A medical device communication system as in claim 4 wherein said external device is configured to select based upon, at least in part, upon which of said plurality of implanted medical devices are first to respond with said uplink response.

8. A medical device communication system as in claim 1 wherein said plurality of implantable medical devices are further configured to respond in a first portion of said plurality of uplink time slots when said identification command received has a relatively strong signal strength and to respond in a second portion of said plurality of uplink time slots when said identification command received has a relatively weak signal strength.

9. A medical device communication system as in claim 8 wherein each of said plurality of medical devices determine said identification command has a relatively strong signal strength when said signal strength of said identification exceeds a predetermined threshold.

10. A medical device communication system as in claim 9 wherein said first portion of said plurality of uplink time slots are earlier in time than said second portion of said plurality of uplink time slots.

11. A medical device communication system as in claim 10 wherein said external device is configured to select one of said plurality of implantable medical device primarily based upon which of said plurality of implanted medical devices are first to respond with said uplink response.

12. A medical device communication system as in claim 1 wherein said external device is further configured to instruct a user to move at least a portion of said external device closer to one of said plurality of implanted medical devices with which said user wishes to establish transcutaneous communication.

13. A method of selecting one of a plurality of implanted medical devices with which to establish transcutaneous communication from an external device associated with at least one of said plurality of medical devices, comprising the steps of:
sending an identification command from said external device;
at least one of said plurality of implanted medical devices responding to said identification command with an uplink response in one of a plurality of uplink time slots;
receiving said uplink response from each of said at least one of said plurality of implanted medical devices with said external device;
selecting one said plurality of implanted medical devices to establish transcutaneous communication based, at least in part, upon a signal strength of said uplink response of at least one of said plurality of implanted medical devices.

14. A method as in claim 13 wherein said selecting step is primarily based upon a signal strength of said uplink response of at least one of said plurality of implanted medical devices.

15. A method as in claim 14 wherein said selecting step favors said uplink response having a stronger of said signal strength.

16. A method as in claim 13 further comprising the steps of:
identifying each of said plurality of medical devices based, at least in part, on said uplink signal received;
if at least two of said plurality of medical devices respond with said uplink signal in one of said plurality uplink time slots, instructing known ones of said plurality of medical devices to cease responding to said identification command; and
repeating said sending step, said responding step and said receiving step.

17. A method as in claim 16 wherein said repeating step occurs until no two of said plurality of medical devices respond with said uplink signal in one of said plurality of uplink time slots.

18. A method as in claim 16 wherein said known ones of said plurality of medical devices cease responding to said identification command as a result of instructing step for a predetermined period of time.

19. A method as in claim 16 wherein said known ones of said plurality of medical devices cease responding to said identification command as a result of instructing step until instructed otherwise.

20. A method as in claim 13 wherein in said responding step those of said plurality of medical devices receiving said identification command having a relatively strong signal strength respond in a first portion of said plurality of uplink time slots and those of said plurality of medical devices receiving said identification command having a relatively strong signal strength respond in a second portion of said plurality of uplink time slots.

21. A method as in claim 20 wherein each of said plurality of medical devices determine said identification command has a relatively strong signal strength when said signal strength of said identification exceeds a predetermined threshold.

22. A method as in claim 21 wherein said first portion of said plurality of uplink time slots are earlier in time than said second portion of said plurality of uplink time slots.

23. A method as in claim 13 further comprising the step of instructing a user to move at least a portion of said external device closer to a selected one of said plurality of implanted medical devices with which said user wishes to establish transcutaneous communication.