Mediction Compliance System

LSUS Research and Patent

 

"After all, tomorrow is another day!"

Scarlett O'Hara played by Vivien Leigh, Gone With The Wind - 1939

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Rolling the Super Decathlon

I was flying in formation with a camera plane when I rolled my Super Decathlon to the inverted position. This shot was taken just as I started to roll inverted.

AT-6D (Texan) 1972

This WWII advanced trainer was used by many cadets on their way to our battles in WWII. The Pratt and Whitney R-1340 600 Horsepower engine and 9' 2" propeller makes this plane a true classic. Photo by Curtis Guillet.

Vindicator Being Tested

This photo was taken at Lake Hawkins near Tyler, Texas. My safety divers were there to help should the unexpected have happened. Luckily the test was nearly flawless.

Stearman PT-17

I purchased this plane in 1970. It was formally a WWII primary trainer. I was 19 in this photo taken at Magnolia, Arkansas.

5 Vindicator at Home

My submarine The Vindicator is located at home for a day or two as we have a party celebrating a successful test.

Downtown Airshow Photo

Barry Guillet, Marion Cole, Chris Wank, and Gary Boucher

Steve and I Testing Sub

I was happy that the first dive was successful. You don't count dives. You count surfaces!

My Plane

I still love flying airshows!

Vindicator at Full Power

This photo was taken at Lake Hawkins during the first set of dives. Vindicator was at full power on the surface.

Downtown Airshow

Marion Cole, Barry Guillet, Gary Boucher, and Wyche Coleman, Sr. from Coushatta

Decathlon Row

Photo from an airshow in Carthage, Texas in the mid 1980s.

WHEELMA Returning to Lab

WHEELMA (Wheeled Hybrid Electronically Engineered Linear Motion Apparatus)

Flying at Barksdale

This photo taken by a professional photographer as I flew over him just feet above the ground. A very nice photo!

Rock N Roll!

Ready to Rock N Roll! WHEELMA can most easily turn in this position. She can also take steps with her front set of wheels raised.

Natchitoches Airshow

This show in 1985 featured a number of aerobatic acts and also a bevy of beauties who rode down the flight line with the performers after their performance.

Gary and Marion

I flew for years with Marion Cole at many airshows. This is one of my favorite photos of the two of us taken at Springhill, Louisiana during a donated airshow.

Jenelle My Daughter

Jenelle was about 7 when she posed for photos with my first Decathlon. She has grown a bit now and lives in New York City.

Knife Edge Flight

Plane to plane photo of me doing a knife edge maneuver. As long as the speed holds up, one can fly a Decathlon on its side.

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LSUS LSUHSC Medical Compliance System - Patented

History of Invention

In 2007 I was approached by Paul Sisson, the Dean of Science, about conferring with LSU’s Health Science Center (LSUHSC), also located in Shreveport; regarding some medical equipment that Dr. Jonathan Glass had expressed a desire to develop.  Dr. Glass was, at that time, the Director of the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, a part of LSUHSC.

  Dr. Glass and I began to confer on two separate inventions.  Our efforts resulted in the development of a medical compliance device to assure the proper regiment of medications reaches the patient when that patient is unable to take their own drugs without outside intervention of some sort.

That same year Dr. Glass and I filed a provisional patent on our device.  In the summer of 2008 through a series of meetings with local software developers, we decided to construct a prototype of our system.  From July of that year through October, I worked to develop a functional model of our machine.  In December of that year we filed a patent application as co-inventors and in January of 2012 we received our patent.


Basis for Need

Many born within ten or so years of after WWII, generally called baby boomers, are now attaining an age where more medical assistance will be required.  This huge section of our population will within the next few years require more medical help than our existing medical system can deliver.  Many will be forced into government-sponsored nursing facilities of one type or the other.  There will always be the cases where someone is not fully capable of administering their medications, yet not fully ready for some residential facility.  Often times this person has no one to act as a caregiver.  Thus, a need arises to have monitoring of medications without direct daily supervision.

My own mother fell into this dilemma as she moved into her later 80s.  Living in a different town from where I work, and not desiring to move, my wife and I had hired a lady to visit her several times a week to make sure all was going as planned.  This worked well with the exception of her taking her medicines.  Due to her failing memory, she began to simply miss medication doses.  On one occasion she simply stopped taking one of her heart medications because she felt she did not need it.  This resulted in one hospitalization in 2002.


Theory of Operation

There are two separate embodiments of the basic patent pertaining to how standard medical containers are accessed.  One is rotary and the other is an in-line linear system.  Both support standard off-the-shelf pill containers in what we call “wells.”  In the rotary embodiment of our invention, a series of wells are arranged in a carousel.  A motor drive system rotates the carousel so that a certain container is located over a pedestal for weighing.

Our system then uses a very sensitive load cell and plunger to lift the container free of the well walls so as to take a very accurate measurement of weight.  Once weighed, the container is allowed to once again rest in the center bottom of the well, the carousel rotates, and another container is weighed if necessary.

The carousel is not generally accessible to the patient.  Only one container is available at any time and only under system control.  In our prototype unit, access was granted through an electronically locked door.  Each container has a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag for positive identification.

As the prescription is taken, the weight of the containers decreases and is constantly monitored by the device.  Thus, a single dose of medicine can be recorded in most cases.  All tracking and monitoring is performed via the Internet to a remote location where problems are detected via computer software.  Under, or over medication, can send warnings to a caregiver or other professional who would intervene.  Voice and LCD written system requests are also part of our invention.  Very simple but monitored steps are performed by the patient.


Prototype

Photos of our prototype are shown at left.  This table top unit is web-ready for connection to a data base monitoring system.  The prototype worked as expected and paves the way to a more producible unit.  Also, see the “Photos” section of this site for many more pictures of the prototype and related hardware.  LSUS and LSUHSC desires to find a company that can take our technology from proven to performing in the field.  We believe the potential for this device is large, as it is viable step in the evolution of home health care, and one that we believe must be taken in the near future.

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

Albert Einstein

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