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2022 MAR 23 (NewsRx) — By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Daily News — A patent application by the inventor Yuz, Michael (Oakland Park, FL, US), filed on August 31, 2020, was made available online on March 3, 2022, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by NewsRx correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Usarad Holdings Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: “

“The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for managing patient health. In particular, examples of the present invention are related to a web-based personalized health management system for providing a general medical second opinion and a personalized health plan to a patient.

“Personalized medicine is a medical model that provides a customized approach to patient healthcare by taking into account information particular to a patient in determining medical decisions, practices and products. While patient healthcare has always been personal to the patient, personalized medicine, leveraging advances in digital technologies, human genetics, and molecular biology, provides a level of personalization not previously achievable by traditional medicine. For example, genetic testing for disease-causing mutations in certain genes can inform patients as to whether they are at higher risk for cancer and suggest individualized prophylactic therapies.

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“Integral to personalized medicine is the identification of a patient’s immediate and long-term health risks to establish goals and actions to decrease risks and improve health. The goals and actions can form part of a personalized health plan that takes into account all available patient information such as the patient’s medical history, genetic testing, and relevant laboratory test results.

“Digital technologies can be utilized both prior to, and following, the development of the patient personalized health plan. For example, applications running on smart phones are capable of collecting and electronically transmitting accurate diagnostic information such as patient weight, blood pressure, laboratory test results and electrocardiograms. Digital diagnostic devices such as the hand-held mChip can perform intricate medical tests for illnesses such as sexually transmitted diseases and prostate cancer. These technologies provide healthcare professionals with personalized patient information that can form, together with other patient information, the basis for a patient personalized health plan. Relying upon digital devices, physicians can monitor patient progress toward established goals from a distance making inefficient, inconvenient and expensive physician office and hospital visits less necessary.

“Further, digital technologies enable patients with access to the Internet to consult with medical professionals located miles or even continents away. For example, telemedicine services enable healthcare providers to remotely connect with patients. These services include consultations using video conferencing, digital examination devices and clear voice conversations. Telemedicine products using the latest medical technology, including examination cameras, peripherals, scopes, remote vital sign monitors and fully-equipped telemedicine carts can be used to enhance the consultation.

“A medical second opinion is an opinion received from a consultation with a physician other than the one a patient originally consulted with in order to get an opinion from a differing point of view. The second opinion is often an important factor considered by a patient deciding on an ideal course of treatment and can form part of the patient’s personalized health plan. The opinion of a second physician can help avoid problems such as misdiagnosis, as well as give the patient peace of mind in knowing that a recommended procedure is the best course of treatment and is agreed upon by more than one professional. A second opinion also empowers a patient to make informed decisions in selecting their health care provider and where they receive their health care.

“There are many reasons for a patient to seek a medical second opinion. Medical second opinions can be sought by a patient under circumstances including: 1) when a physician recommends surgery; 2) when a physician diagnoses the patient with a serious illness (such as cancer) that the patient does not believe he has; 3) when a physician recommends a treatment for the patient other than what the patient believes is necessary; 4) when a physician recommends elective surgery and a second opinion is required by an insurance policy; 5) when the patient believes that they have a condition that a physician fails to diagnose; and 6) when a physician recommends the second opinion. Furthermore, the patient may seek a general medical second opinion that takes into account the patient’s overall health condition.

“The knowledge base of medical professionals has dramatically expanded in virtually all areas of expertise with the continuing development of new technologies, equipment and increases in computing power and Internet speed. This development has made increasing amounts of information accessible to medical professionals who in turn are accessible to patients by virtue of the digital computing devices used by such patients. In addition, keeping up with technological and scientific advances presents challenges to all physicians. Physicians who are subspecialists in their fields have emerged in response to these developments and challenges. For example, a physician who is also a radiologist may be considered a specialist, a bone radiologist may be considered a subspecialist, and a foot radiologist may be considered a super-specialist.

“While many physicians are competent in their field of expertise, skills, training and opinions vary. Physicians have different personalities, different experiences and different training. Some physicians are more conservative and others are more aggressive. Further, experts, being human beings, make mistakes. Studies have reported that mistake rates for experts can be 30% and higher. A second opinion from another physician can provide a patient with insurance against these odds.

“Depending upon the patient’s location, availability and ability to travel and the accessibility to highly specialized experts, the patient may face barriers in getting a second opinion. Telemedicine allows patients to connect with the ideal physician for their condition, regardless of geographic restrictions. However, many medical doctors do not have access to telemedicine services and do not offer a convenient second opinion service.

“While traditional medicine has focused primarily on the treatment of diseases after they have developed, personalized medicine provides a means by which a patient’s health can be predicted and diseases prevented. As previously noted, advances in human genetics and molecular medicine enable healthcare providers to better understand the role of genetics in disease and to counsel their patients regarding specific therapies tailored to their specific conditions. This preventative approach provides a cost-effective and health-enhancing alternative to traditional medicine and is expected to reduce healthcare costs considerably.”

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, NewsRx journalists also obtained the inventor’s summary information for this patent application: “In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a web-based personalized health management system for providing a general medical second opinion and a personalized health plan to a patient provides for the virtualization of patient health management. Patient health management services including matching patients with physicians and providing communication, negotiation and consultation between patients and physicians are easily accessible via a transparent, secure, and on-demand web portal. The personalized health management system can provide a patient with a personalized health plan in a timely and cost-effective manner.

“In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, the web-based personalized health management system can include a web-based portal that enables registered patients and physicians to communicate with each other and with a health management server over a network. The communication can include sending a request from a patient computing device to the health management server requesting a general medical second opinion from a physician. As used herein, the term “computing device” can refer to mobile computing devices, such as mobile telephones, laptop computers, and tablet computers, or stationary computing devices. The request can include patient answers to a medical history questionnaire. The health management server can perform a search based on the request and send a list of physicians that match the request to the patient computing device. The patient can select a physician from the list of physicians and send the selection to the health management server. The health management server can serve as a broker between the patient and the selected physician as the terms and conditions of a consultation between the patient and the selected physician are negotiated.

“In some embodiments of the present disclosure, the communication between the patient computing device and the health management server can include sending a request from the patient computing device to the health management server requesting a personalized health plan. The health management server can generate the personalized health plan from the patient medical history questionnaire and the general medical second opinion developed by the physician following the consultation with the patient. The health management server can transmit the personalized health plan to the patient computing device.

“In some embodiments, a method is disclosed that includes receiving, at a processing device of a health management server, a request from a first remote computing device, the request being indicative of a request by a patient for a general medical second opinion and a personalized health plan from a physician and including patient answers to a medical history questionnaire; determining, at the processing device, a list of one or more physicians who match the request; providing, from the processing device, the list of the one or more physicians to the first remote computing device; brokering, at the processing device, a consultation between the patient and the physician; receiving, at the processing device, the general medical second opinion from a second remote computing device; generating, at the processing device, the personalized health plan, the personalized health plan being generated from information in the general medical second opinion; providing, from the processing device, the personalized health plan to the first remote computing device; and receiving and processing electronic payment from the patient following the receipt of the personalized health plan by the patient, the electronic payment being governed by blockchain technology.

“In other embodiments, A health management server is provided, the health management sever having a processing device. The health management server includes a search module configured to: receive a request from a first remote computing device, the request being indicative of a request by a patient for a general medical second opinion and a personalized health plan from a physician, the request including patient answers to a medical history questionnaire; determine a list of one or more physician that match the request; and provide the list of one or more physicians to the first remote computing device. The health management server also includes a health management module configured to broker a consultation between the patient and the physician; generate the personalized health plan from the general medical second opinion; and receive and process electronic payment from the patient following the receipt of the personalized health plan by the patient, the electronic payment being governed by blockchain technology.

“Corresponding reference characters indicate corresponding components throughout the several views of the drawings. Skilled artisans will appreciate that elements in the figures are illustrated for simplicity and clarity and have not necessarily been drawn to scale. For example, the dimensions of some of the elements in the figures may be exaggerated relative to other elements to help improve the understanding of various embodiments of the present disclosure. Also, common but well-known elements that are useful or necessary in a commercially feasible embodiment are often not depicted in order to facilitate a less obstructed view of these various embodiments of the present disclosure.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“1. A computer-implemented method comprising the steps of: receiving, at a processing device of a health management server, a request from a first remote computing device, the request being indicative of a request by a patient for a general medical second opinion and a personalized health plan from a physician and including patient answers to a medical history questionnaire; determining, at the processing device, a list of one or more physicians who match the request; providing, from the processing device, the list of the one or more physicians to the first remote computing device; brokering, at the processing device, a consultation between the patient and the physician; receiving, at the processing device, the general medical second opinion from a second remote computing device; generating, at the processing device, the personalized health plan, the personalized health plan being generated from information in the general medical second opinion; providing, from the processing device, the personalized health plan to the first remote computing device; and receiving and processing electronic payment from the patient following the receipt of the personalized health plan by the patient, the electronic payment being governed by blockchain technology.

“2. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, further comprising analyzing the request and representing the request as at least one keyword.

“3. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, further comprising determining a geographical location of the first remote computing device.

“4. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein brokering the consultation between the patient and the physician further comprises: receiving, at the processing device, a selection from the first remote computing device, the selection being indicative of a patient selection of a physician from the list; and providing, from the processing device, a patient profile to the second remote computing device, the patient profile providing the physician with information related to the patient’s request for the general medical second opinion.

“5. The computer-implemented method of claim 4, wherein brokering the consultation between the patient and the physician further comprises: receiving, at the processing device, patient consultation parameters from the first remote computing device; providing, from the processing device, the patient consultation parameters to the second remote computing device; and receiving, at the processing device, an acceptance from the second remote computing device, the acceptance being indicative of acceptance by the physician of the patient consultation parameters.

“6. The computer-implemented method of claim 5, wherein brokering the consultation between the patient and the physician further comprises: providing, from the processing device, a physician’s calendar to the first remote computing device; receiving, at the processing device, an appointment notice from the first remote computing device, the appointment notice being indicative of a patient selection of an appointment date and time with the physician; and providing, from the processing device, the appointment notice to the second remote computing device.

“7. The computer-implemented method of claim 6, wherein brokering the consultation between the consumer and an expert further comprises: receiving, at the processing device, a confirmation from the second remote computing device, the confirmation being indicative of the physician’s confirmation of the patient-selected appointment date and time; and providing, from the processing device, an appointment confirmation notice to the first remote computing device.

“8. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein generating the personalized health plan comprises parsing the general medical second opinion.

“9. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein generating the personalized health plan comprises analyzing a plurality of general medical second opinion sub-fields.

“10. A health management server having a processing device, the health management server comprising: a search module configured to: (a) receive a request from a first remote computing device, the request being indicative of a request by a patient for a general medical second opinion and a personalized health plan from a physician, the request including patient answers to a medical history questionnaire; (b) determine a list of one or more physician that match the request; and © provide the list of one or more physicians to the first remote computing device; and a health management module configured to: (a) broker a consultation between the patient and the physician; (b) generate the personalized health plan from the general medical second opinion; and © receive and process electronic payment from the patient following the receipt of the personalized health plan by the patient, the electronic payment being governed by blockchain technology.

“11. The health management server of claim 10, wherein the health management module is further configured to receive a selection from the first remote computing device, the selection being indicative of a patient selection of a physician from the list, and to provide a patient profile to a second remote computing device, the patient profile providing the physician with information related to the patient’s request for the general medical second opinion.

“12. The health management server of claim 11, wherein the health management module is further configured to receive patient consultation parameters from the first remote computing device, provide the patient consultation parameters to the second remote computing device, and receive an acceptance from the second remote computing device, the acceptance being indicative of acceptance by the physician of the patient consultation parameters.

“13. The health management server of claim 12, wherein the health management module is further configured to provide a physician’s calendar to the first remote computing device, receive an appointment notice from the first remote computing device, the appointment notice being indicative of a patient selection of an appointment date and time with the physician, and provide the appointment notice to the second remote computing device.

“14. The health management server of claim 13, wherein the health management module is further configured to receive a confirmation from the second remote computing device, the confirmation being indicative of the physician’s confirmation of the patient-selected appointment date and time, and provide an appointment confirmation notice to the first remote computing device.

“15. The health management server of claim 10, wherein the health management module is further configured to receive the general second medical opinion from a second remote computing device and to generate the personalized health plan from the general second medical opinion.

“16. The health management server of claim 15, wherein generating the personalized health plan comprises parsing the general medical second opinion.

“17. The health management server of claim 15, wherein generating the personalized health plan comprises analyzing a plurality of sub-fields of the general medical second opinion.”

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Yuz, Michael. Web-Based Personalized Health Management System. Filed August 31, 2020 and posted March 3, 2022. Patent URL: https://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220220068503%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20220068503&RS=DN/20220068503

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