By Dave Marquard, WEMCO Tech Chair June 8, 2019 Curiosity has often driven me to action. In 1982 I purchased one of the world’s first portable computers, the Osborne 1. It weighed almost 25 pounds and didn’t have an on-board battery. It had to be plugged into a wall outlet to power up and use. However, it was still classified as a portable computer because it could be hand-carried. The Osborne 1 shipped with a large bundle of software worth almost as much as the computer. That software included some of the most powerful and pioneering programs of the day such as D-Base2 for data sorting; SuperCal, an early spreadsheet, and WordStar, a leading word processor application that had a dominant market share that lasted until the mid-1980s. I was a young VP at a small welding equipment manufacturing company, which while a market leader in its small niche, could never seem to break out of a slow growth cycle. My new “computer aided” ability to process large amounts of data, prepare “what if” scenarios, and then sum it all up quickly in a word-processed proposal, was enormously helpful. It enabled me to make a positive contribution to the company that impressed my superiors, peers, and subordinates. The Osborne 1 enabled us to form teams that used its data enhancing speed benefits to efficiently develop new products. By the end of my first year we
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2019 OxyGo Announces Launch of OxyGo FIT Connect Orlando, FL: OxyGo LLC, a leader in the portable oxygen concentrator market announced the launch of their new Bluetooth enabled POC today. OxyGo FIT Connect will allow healthcare providers to improve patient outcomes through a new wireless connectivity platform using Bluetooth technology. The platform includes a provider dashboard and mobile application for patient use through mobile devices. The My OxyGo Provider Dashboard will work with the My OxyGo App to provide real-time monitoring that will aid in troubleshooting, concentrator health checks, preventative maintenance and geo-locating of patient’s POCs. Both providers and patients will be able to check battery life, column life, oxygen purity and more with the touch of a button! “We are proud to introduce the OxyGo FIT Connect to the provider market. The new Bluetooth enabled unit and patient app, in conjunction with a provider focused and designed back end will improve patient outcomes by allowing patients and providers to communicate in real-time about their POC,” says Victoria Marquard-Schultz, CEO of OxyGo. “Patients on oxygen are always concerned about their next breath, and providers now will be able to ensure the patients are getting their required oxygen prescription... regardless of where in the world the patient is breathing. OxyGo’s mission is to Keep Going. And this is just ano
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