Teladoc Health has been granted a patent for remote presence interfaces (RPIs) on portable electronic devices (PEDs) to interact with telepresence devices. The RPI allows users to control telepresence devices, view live video feeds, and access various features such as patient data and healthcare facility information. The patent also includes a feature that automatically selects a remote presence device based on proximity to a patient and avoids undesirable areas. GlobalData’s report on Teladoc Health gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Teladoc Health, AI assisted drone control was a key innovation area identified from patents. Teladoc Health's grant share as of September 2023 was 52%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Remote presence interfaces for controlling telepresence devices on portable electronic devices

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Teladoc Health Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11756694B2) describes a telepresence system that aims to improve the efficiency of remote medical consultations. The system utilizes a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium to store instructions that, when executed by a processor, perform various operations. These operations include retrieving a list of patients, selectively displaying the list, receiving a selection of a patient, automatically selecting a remote presence device based on proximity to the patient and reduction of travel through undesirable areas, connecting an electronic device to the selected remote presence device, and displaying a live video feed from the remote presence device's camera on the electronic device's display.

The patent also outlines several features and functionalities of the system. For instance, the system can automatically select a remote presence device that is closest to the patient's bed, room, or floor number. It can also avoid selecting telepresence robots that need to travel through undesirable areas, such as areas with poor wireless connectivity, confined spaces, high-traffic areas, sensitive or secure areas, or dangerous areas. The patient list can include not only names but also room names or numbers and the names of healthcare providers scheduled to be associated with the selected patient.

Additionally, the system offers various user-friendly features. It can selectively display a toolbar with selectable setting functions related to the electronic device and the remote presence device. It can also display a map of the healthcare facility associated with the remote presence device and receive navigation input from the user. Furthermore, the system allows users to select destination locations within the healthcare facility, transmit navigation instructions to the remote presence device, and interact with the map.

Overall, this patented telepresence system provides a comprehensive solution for efficient remote medical consultations. By automatically selecting the most suitable remote presence device and considering factors like proximity and travel through undesirable areas, the system aims to enhance the quality and convenience of telemedicine. The user-friendly features, such as patient list display, toolbar options, and map navigation, further contribute to a seamless and effective telepresence experience.

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