Cooperative Patent Classification


Version: 2018.08
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CPC
COOPERATIVE PATENT CLASSIFICATION
G16H
HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS, i.e. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY [ICT] SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE HANDLING OR PROCESSING OF MEDICAL OR HEALTHCARE DATA [2018-01]
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  • This subclass covers cross-sectional aspects of computer, information or communication science with medical or healthcare science, where the focus is clearly placed on digital computing or data processing systems or methods, which are specially adapted for medical or healthcare science.
  • This subclass does not cover:
    • medical equipment, medical methods, methods of diagnosis, methods of treatment or therapy, clinical care or surgical procedures per se, which are covered by the relevant subclasses of A61;
    • signal processing or signal transmission associated to diagnostic measurements, e.g. signal waveform analysis, which are covered by group A61B 5/00.
  • In order to determine whether a technical subject relating to medical or healthcare science is classified in this subclass or in the relevant subclasses of A61, the following should be observed:
    • to classify a technical subject in this subclass it is required that the essential technical features of the subject focus onto digital computing or data processing systems or methods;
    • if the technical subject focuses onto aspects of medical science, e.g. physiological signals or medical conditions, or if the subject involves a significant interaction with the patient, e.g. details of a diagnostic measurement, then classification shall be directed to the appropriate subclasses of class A61;
    • the mere presence of "a computer" or "a flowchart" in relation to medical devices or procedures is not a key element for classifying in this subclass. In this case classification shall rather be directed to the appropriate subclasses covering those medical devices or procedures.
G16H 10/00
ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of patient-related medical or healthcare data (for medical reports G16H 15/00; for therapies or health-improving plans G16H 20/00; for the handling or processing of medical images G16H 30/00) [2018-01]
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G16H 10/20
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for electronic clinical trials or questionnaires [2018-01]
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G16H 10/40
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for data related to laboratory analysis, e.g. patient specimen analysis [2018-01]
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G16H 10/60
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for patient-specific data, e.g. for electronic patient records [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 10/65
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stored on portable record carriers, e.g. on smartcards, RFID tags or CD [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 15/00
ICT specially adapted for medical reports, e.g. generation or transmission thereof [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/00
ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/10
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relating to drugs or medications, e.g. for ensuring correct administration to patients [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/13
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delivered from dispensers [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/17
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delivered via infusion or injection [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/30
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relating to physical therapies or activities, e.g. physiotherapy, acupressure or exercising [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/40
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relating to mechanical, radiation or invasive therapies, e.g. surgery, laser therapy, dialysis or acupuncture [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/60
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relating to nutrition control, e.g. diets [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/70
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relating to mental therapies, e.g. psychological therapy or autogenous training [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 20/90
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relating to alternative medicines, e.g. homeopathy or oriental medicines [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 30/00
ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical images (computerised tomography A61B 6/03) [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 30/20
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for handling medical images, e.g. DICOM, HL7 or PACS [2018-01]
G16H 30/40
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for processing medical images, e.g. editing [2018-01]
G16H 40/00
ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 40/20
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for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities, e.g. managing hospital staff or surgery rooms [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 40/40
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for the management of medical equipment or devices, e.g. scheduling maintenance or upgrades [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 40/60
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for the operation of medical equipment or devices [2018-01]
NOTES

  • This group covers ICT specially adapted for the operation of medical equipment or devices, or of their interfaces, i.e. aspects of the operation where the focus is on the processing of medical or healthcare data which results in contextual, content-related or structural transformation of said data.
  • This group does not cover the operation of medical equipment or devices, or of their interfaces, without contextual, content-related or structural transformation of medical or healthcare data, which is covered by the relevant groups of class A61.
WARNING

G16H 40/63
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for local operation [2018-01]
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G16H 40/67
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for remote operation [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 50/00
ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 50/20
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for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems [2018-01]
G16H 50/30
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for calculating health indices; for individual health risk assessment [2018-01]
G16H 50/50
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for simulation or modelling of medical disorders [2018-01]
G16H 50/70
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for mining of medical data, e.g. analysing previous cases of other patients [2018-01]
G16H 50/80
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for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics, e.g. flu [2018-01]
G16H 70/00
ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical references [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 70/20
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relating to practices or guidelines [2018-01]
WARNING

G16H 70/40
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relating to drugs, e.g. their side effects or intended usage [2018-01]
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G16H 70/60
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relating to pathologies [2018-01]
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G16H 80/00
ICT specially adapted for facilitating communication between medical practitioners or patients, e.g. for collaborative diagnosis, therapy or health monitoring [2018-01]
WARNING