The Architect of Datamed® Format Translation...
Carl E. Osborne, Jr., P.E. is the principal architect and designer of the Datamed®
family of FTs,
also commonly known as the "Osborne Box." His interest in cross-vendor communications comes from his nearly four
decades of hands-on experience as a clinical engineer in the hospitals, as well as his experience as a Medical
Field Engineer for Hewlett-Packard and as an R&D Engineering Manager for Marquette Electronics.
Mr. Osborne was the principal architect of the Federal Aviation Administration's National EKG Network and
continued as its Technical Representative for 15 years. The FAA National EKG Network has been one of the most
successful EKG networks ever implemented providing electronic reception of single and multi-channel EKGs from
multi-vendor equipment through Datamed®
Receivers and Translators to a single management system.
Since designing and manufacturing Datamed®
Transmitters in the early 1970s that allowed Marquette Muse systems to
receive from HP EKG carts, Mr. Osborne has cultivated a vendor neutral position that promotes the exchange of
information while benefiting the medical facility.
Because of Mr. Osborne's extensive knowledge and experience in these areas, in 1995, Marquette Electronics and
Hewlett-Packard specifically asked him to design and produce the present generation of FTs to meet the ever-growing
customer need. ESI and FTs were born out of that need and now bridge the gap between numerous cardiology vendors.
When the needs are considered, ESI and DatamedFT™ offers a very cost-effective solution to the persistent problems
of device-system compatibility.