I’m a clinical technology professional working predominantly on the connectivity software side of clinical information, though I’ve worked in just about every phase of clinical device development and marketing from engineering to product management, business development, marketing, and sales. I started my career 30 years ago working in respiratory therapy back in the days of Bennett MA1 ventilators before going to work with Marquette Electronics as a field engineer.
Marquette Electronics, was the leading manufacturer of cardiology diagnostic devices: EKG(ECG) machines, stress-testing systems, Holter analysis, and early clinical IT infrastructure. I had taken an EMT-A course earlier, and had studied electronics engineering, specifically biomedical engineering, but this is where I started learning about the science of electrocardiography.
I was hired away from Marquette by a cardiologist/principle to do my first start-up with an ECG outreach company called Cardiac Analysis Center where we had a mainframe computer that received, interpreted, digitized, analyzed, and stored cardiac records including ECG and Holter reports. My background is mostly cardiology although I was recently involved in a start-up that developed a patient monitoring device intended for the cath lab, and as such have worked with other parameters such as ETCO2, NIBP, SPO2, BiS, etc. As an ex-RT, I have pretty decent knowledge around pulmonary related parameters and gas/metabolic analysis and was both a Product Manager and Clinical IT Consultant for Marquette/GE (GE acquired Marquette in 1998). If you’re thinking, “Gee, he’s had a lot of jobs”, consider that I was with GE for 15+3 years and this is how you accumulate knowledge in this industry. I ofter joke that even if I had a PhD in computer science in 1983, it would be meaningless in this current age of technology.
I have a unique vantage point having worked both clinically, and in engineering, and have an FCC Extra Class license (WR7R), so RF engineering and embedded systems are my favored playgrounds (I wrote a white paper on wireless security encryption as a marketing piece after I changed the wifi module on the Mortara carts to ‘speak’ (L)EAP enterprise security). I know all aspects of electrocardiography from the physiological side to acquisition, filtering (analog and DSP), digitization, storage, interpretation, and propagation as I’ve been the global ECG Product Manager both at Marquette and Mortara Instrument where I led the development team and launched the ELI 10 and ELI 350 ECG devices, both of which stored 12 leads into DICOM (a true disruptive technology that I helped to invent), which we later licensed to Cerner as PowerChart ECG. Cerner subsequently needed a cardiology business development leader, so I went over to Cerner with Dr. Dave Mortara’s good wishes to drive the PowerChart ECG vertical at Cerner. After a couple of years at Cerner, I accepted a position as Director of Product Management with Lumedx – a leader in SQL based cardiology reporting systems, where I led the development of their ECG Manager product from proof-of-concept to FDA 510K in a year and a half.
I’ve also spent some time working with streaming clinical analytics, most recently with IBM InfoSphere Streams working with the Excel Medical’s BedMaster product to send granular data including waveforms into a SQL based repository. From here you can do Alarm Management, run prospective analytics such as OBS Medical Visensia, HeRO, Clemetrics, and others. It’s the next generation of healthcare informatics – using multiparameter “big data” as a clinical decision support tool. We had a unique software platform that gleans this granular waveform and parameter information off of the patient monitoring network, and makes it available for mobility solutions and analytics.
I also have worked as a consultant with my own company Clinical Technology LLC, where I provided go-to-market, and data export expertise to Spacelabs, Unscrambl, and BardyDx. I have recently developed a physiological monitoring device call Bionet which has 3 patents pending.
Working on the development of an open-source ECG management system in Pune India
Currently I am the Life Science Solutions Experience Director for the French-based Dassault Systemes (pronounced “dasso”), a multi-billion euro company that is best known for developing Solidworks, one of the best 3D design software in the world, as well as providing software for Airbus, Medtronics, and over 400 other global companies. I work out of their San Diego office and lead their medical device and pharmacologic software development for their healthcare R&D division.