R.I.P. Andy Grove

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March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21) (aged 79)

Andy Grove, legendary leader of Intel, noted author of business books and one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley.

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Assessment

Grove, 79, was one of the earliest leaders at Intel. He became president in 1979 and CEO in 1987 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2005.

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Good Night H. Ed Roberts MD

Medical Inventor, Bio-Engineering Pioneer and Colleague

[September 13, 1941 – April 1, 2010]

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA

[Publisher-in-Chief]

According to Wikipedia, Henry Edward “Ed” Roberts MD was an American engineer, entrepreneur and medical doctor who designed the first commercially successful personal computer in 1975. He is most often known as the “father of the PC.” He founded Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems [MITS]) in 1970 to sell electronics kits to model rocketry hobbyists, but the first successful product was an electronic calculator kit that was featured on the cover of the November 1971 issue of Popular Electronics magazine. The calculators were very successful and sales topped one million dollars in 1973. But, a brutal calculator price war left the company deeply in debt by 1974. Roberts then developed the Altair 8800 personal computer that used the new Intel 8080 microprocessor. This was featured on the cover of the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics, and hobbyists flooded MITS with orders for this $397 computer kit. Bill Gates and Paul Allen joined MITS to develop software and Altair BASIC was Microsoft’s first product. Roberts sold MITS in 1977 and retired to Georgia where he farmed, studied medicine and eventually became a small-town doctor after commencing medical school at age 39.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Roberts_(computer_engineer)

My Connection to Ed

Almost 20 years ago, I co-founded a small medical education software company, for a tiny niche market. My partner was a computer “whiz kid”. I was the chief executive, brain-child and enfant terrible. We are still in business today.

Nevertheless, I decided to contact Ed because I had just received my first PC [Intel® 286 microprocessor] from a publishing company who had contracted with me to write a medical textbook; remember DOS and WordPerfect? I was also very familiar with Microsoft lore, especially relative to business thought and competitive analysis. Regular readers of the ME-P may even recall my mention of attending lectures by Michael Porter PhD [father of competitive analysis] while dating a girl who was attending Wharton Business School while I was a medical student in Philadelphia, back-in-the-day.

Anyway, I took it upon myself to write Ed for some advice. Remember, this was before the commercial internet was widely available. I used medicine as a mutual point of interest. Anyway; after no response, the incident was quickly forgotten because of a busy lifestyle, new medical practice, book-project, etc. I follow-upped about a year later and this time received an encouraging written reply from Ed. I treasure the letter to this day, almost as much as the ones I have from Louis Rukeyser [TV fame-died in 2006] and his uber-investor guest, Sir John Marks Templeton [son is a surgeon] who died in 2008. In 2005, Templeton wrote a brief memorandum predicting that within five years there would be financial chaos in the world. It was eventually made public in 2010.

Assessment

Ed practiced as an internist until his death, in Cochran – a city near Macon, GA. The population was 4,455 at the 2000 census. It is a very poor county in South Georgia, and many, if not most of Ed’s patients were on Medicaid and/or Medicare. He loved them dearly, and they loved him, too!

Conclusion

And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. Although perhaps not as famous as Gates and Allen; we say with all due respect and admiration – good night Dr. Roberts – and thank you for the personal computer … your love of medicine and mankind … and for reaching out to me so very long ago!

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Improving Medical Care Delivery

How does the integrated digital hospital streamline workflows and improve care? View this video for one opinion.

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Healthcare IT’s Business Value

Now, see how Intel and Cerner helped Banner Health, one of the largest U.S. nonprofit healthcare systems evaluate the bottom-line impact of a holistic-care transformation initiative.

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A New Remote Patient Monitoring Device

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[By Staff Reporters]Tele Doctor

Long-term medical conditions create many challenges—for patients who have them, as well as for their attending physicians. This gadget reports to address those challenges

What it Is

The Intel® Health Guide is a comprehensive, next-generation remote patient monitoring (RPM) solution that combines an in-home patient device [the Intel Health Guide PHS6000] with the Intel® Health Care Management Suite; an online interface that allows clinicians to monitor patients and remotely manage care.

Reported Benefits

The benefits of the Intel Health Guide include patients who feel empowered to take a more active and positive role in their own care. For doctors, it enables more informed and personalized care—which may lead to better patient satisfaction. And it helps healthcare organizations to face the challenges of chronic care, increase efficiency, and achieve organizational objectives.

Assessment

In short, Intel® technology hopes to fulfill the promise of RPM, where interactive, data-rich telehealth helps to create timely, personalized and cost-effective care.

Disclaimer

The Intel® Health Guide requires an internet connection to enable communications with the patient’s care team and back-end data hosting. The Intel Health Guide is intended for use by patients under the guidance of a healthcare professional and is not intended for emergency medical communications or real-time patient monitoring.

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