US20190240430A1 – August 8, 2019 – Security Features For an Electronic Metered-Dose Inhaler System

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Inventors :

David N Jackson; Russell M Smith

Owner :

OPTIMIST INHALER LLC

Application Number :

US16270375

Document Number :

US20190240430A1

Priority Date :

February 7, 2019

Filing Date :

February 7, 2019

Date of Grant/ Publication :

August 8, 2019

Class :

A61M15 / 00; G16H10 / 60

Abstract

Security features for an electronic metered-dose smart inhaler, mobile app, and cloud-based software system that validates users and inhaler use protocols, such as medical prescriptions and clinical trial regimens. The smart inhaler interacts with a mobile app to control and monitor per-dose usage and capture efficacy results and feedback from medical patients and clinical trial participants for review by prescribing physicians, clinical trial administrators, medicine formulators and artificial intelligence. While the smart inhaler system is well suited for aerosol medical marijuana products, it may be used to deliver and conduct clinical trials on any type of product suitable for aerosol administration including other types of medication and non-medical products, such as nicotine, herbal products, pain killers, sleep aids, dietary stimulants, dietary suppressants, etc. Many of the system-based innovations are not limited to aerosol inhalers, and may be applied more widely to other types of in-home, patient-administered products.

Claim(s)

1 . An electronic metered-dose inhaler system including security features comprising a cartridge, a pump unit, and a mobile app, wherein: the cartridge comprises: a canister containing pressurized contents for aerosol dispensing without burning or vaporizing the contents of the canister, an electronically readable cartridge memory storing security information comprising contents information about the contents of the canister, a mouthpiece unit holding the canister against a spring biasing the canister in a retraction direction allowing the canister to be reciprocated between the retraction direction and an opposing insertion direction to dispense a portion of the contents of the canister through the mouthpiece unit each time the canister is reciprocated, wherein the mouthpiece unit further comprises a reusable clip for removably attaching the cartridge to the pump unit in an operational configuration with the canister positioned for reciprocation by the pump unit; the pump unit comprises: a pump actuator positioned to reciprocate the cannister to dispense the contents of the canister through the mouthpiece unit when the cartridge is attached to the pump unit in the operational configuration; a battery powering a microprocessor, a memory, a wireless radio, and a cartridge memory reader operative for reading the cartridge memory to obtain the security information when the when the cartridge is attached to the pump unit in the operational configuration; wherein the memory is operative for storing the security information and associated security procedures; wherein the microprocessor is operative for unlocking the pump actuator to allow operation of the pump actuator in accordance with the security procedures and security information, and for locking the pump actuator to prevent operation of the pump actuator that is not in accordance with the security procedures and security information; wherein the mobile app is configured to run on a mobile device associated with a user configured to pair and communicate with the microprocessor of the pump unit, and wherein the mobile app is configured to execute computer instructions comprising: receiving additional security information from a cloud-based system over a network, downloading the additional security information to the pump unit over a wireless link with the wireless radio of the pump unit, and causing the user’s mobile device to display security notifications in accordance with the additional security information.;
7 . An electronic metered-dose inhaler including security features comprising a cartridge and a pump unit, wherein: the cartridge comprises: a canister containing pressurized contents for aerosol dispensing without burning or vaporizing the contents of the canister, an electronically readable cartridge memory storing security information comprising contents information about the contents of the canister, a mouthpiece unit holding the canister against a spring biasing the canister in a retraction direction allowing the canister to be reciprocated between the retraction direction and an opposing insertion direction to dispense a portion of the contents of the canister through the mouthpiece unit each time the canister is reciprocated, wherein the mouthpiece unit further comprises a reusable clip for removably attaching the cartridge to the pump unit in an operational configuration with the canister positioned for reciprocation by the pump unit, wherein the cartridge memory is positioned so that the security information is readable by a cartridge memory reader carried by the pump unit when the cartridge is attached to the pump unit in the operable configuration; the pump unit comprises: a pump actuator positioned to reciprocate the cannister to dispense the contents of the canister through the mouthpiece unit when the cartridge is attached to the pump unit in the operational configuration; a battery powering a microprocessor, a memory, and a cartridge memory reader operative for reading the cartridge memory to obtain the security information when the when the cartridge is attached to the pump unit in the operational configuration; wherein the memory is operative for storing the security information and associated security procedures; wherein the microprocessor is operative for unlocking the pump actuator to allow operation of the pump actuator in accordance with the security procedures and security information, and for locking the pump actuator to prevent operation of the pump actuator that is not in accordance with the security procedures and security information.;
14 . A cartridge including security features for an electronic metered-dose inhaler, comprising: a canister containing pressurized contents for aerosol dispensing without burning or vaporizing the contents of the canister; an electronically readable cartridge memory carried by the cartridge storing security information comprising contents information about the contents of the canister; a mouthpiece unit holding the canister against a spring biasing the canister in a retraction direction allowing the canister to be reciprocated between the retraction direction and an opposing insertion direction to dispense a portion of the contents of the canister through the mouthpiece unit each time the canister is reciprocated; wherein the mouthpiece unit further comprises a reusable clip for removably attaching the cartridge to a pump unit of the inhaler in an operational configuration with the canister positioned for reciprocation by the pump unit; wherein the cartridge memory is positioned so that the security information is readable by a cartridge memory reader carried by the pump unit when the reusable clip attaches the cartridge to the pump unit in the operable configuration.

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