The following are a few anecdotes to further clarify the Bonus PoS Value.
Intellect, Experience, Knowledge, Determination, Foresight, Creativity
In 1988, Patrick retired from an Accomplished 12 Year Electrical Engineering career.
Patrick was hired as a consultant by SK Technologies of Boca Raton, who were then developing StoreKare POS for Subway and Blimpe sandwich shops.
In 1989 Patrick spent two months developing the Tour software for the Biosphere II project. This included
tour staff scheduling
All interfaced with SK's StorKare POS used in the Biosphere's Souvenir Shops.
Patrick was the only programmer on this project.
In 1990 Patrick starting with a blank page, No pre-written code, wrote a full custom retail POS system for New Age Books and Things store in Ft. Lauderdale. This project included the POS terminals, Inventory Control, Purchasing, and Back-Office Management. This was a barcoded system with custom barcode labels for every inventory item.
Newage used this POS system until the end of 2007 when the store was sold. In 16 years of use, this software NEVER FAILED. When the system was retired, it's database tables still contained every ticket with every item sold since October 1990. The system was written solely by Patrick in less than a month for a price of only $1,500.
In the summer of 2006 while on a cross country vacation with his children, while passing through Nashville TN, Patrick stopped in on a old client and friend, Gary Kitos. Gary's first laboratory had been acquired and was going to start another. Gary needed a new Laboratory Information System (LIS).
An LIS system covers every aspect of daily laboratory operation. The day begins with FedEx delivering packets of patient serum each with a Doctor's request from indication which tests are to be performed. Barcode labels are generated and placed on the test tube of serum and a matching barcode on the request form.
Very similar to PoS the requested tests are entered in to the LIS with a menu of about 300 tests each with a set of options.
After all specimens are entered then the batch is compiled and the instructions for the robotics are generated. This includes barcode labels for the destination test tubes as the original serum is first divided into multiple test tubes based on the various test to be run on each specimen.
A robotic pipetter is loaded a file of instructions complied by the LIS. It then reads all the source and destination test tube barcode labels and begins diluting and dividing the serum.
The diluted serum is then mixed with a reagent in tiny wells in various sets of microtiter plates. There is one microtiter well per test being run. The robotic instructions includes the source of both the reagent and diluted serum.
After an incubation period, the plates are then read by a photometer programmed with instructions from the LIS. to determine the results. The numerical result for each microtiter well is then read by the LIS. The LIS then associates the results with each patient test. The LIS then creates a PDF document for each patient which consists of the results for each test, grading each test and assigning a score to each test, printing a summary with diagnostics and recommendations for the doctor, and instructions for patients that positive test result.
The LIS also has numerous database tables that must be managed.
The entire LIS system software that performed all of the above functions and more was created by Patrick in just two days. This LIS was used without alteration for two years when Patrick was brought back in to enhance the software. This is now a state of the art robotic system.
It is totally unfathomable for even a seasoned programmer to understand the degree of effort and sophistication that has gone in to Bonus PoS in the past two years.
If Patrick can create an advanced state of the art robotic LIS system in just two days, just think what he has done in 10 years with Bonus PoS.
For the past two years due to family tragedy, as a form of escapism, Patrick has spent every waking hour of every day for the past two years programming new technologies to be used in soon to be released versions of Bonus PoS while continuously improving and adding features to the current version of Bonus PoS. Patrick averaged 100-125 hours per week in this effort.
By Patrick Young
I would like to add another interesting narrative. The above LIS story is somewhat amazing if I don't say so myself. It is nothing and meaningless when you consider the following very related story.
Allermetrix is a laboratory that specializes in immunology. Mainly allergy testing plus a few immunoglobulins. Understanding what immunoglobulin means is generally unimportant. Another name not quite as accurate is antibody.
Funny how life transpires. Immunoglobulin becomes very important to understand when your mother develops an incurable bone marrow Cancer, Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is is an immunological disease cause by genetically dysfunctional immunoglobulins.
It also helps to know experts in the field. Gary Kitos has a partner, Jay Weiss. Jay has a PhD in Tumor Cell Biology from Northwestern. I talk to Jay and he kindly agrees to take a look at my mother's labs.
I get Jay a copy of my mother's labs and we then talk on the phone. When I called he had not yet had time to look at the labs. For quite a while I just listen to him thinking out loud while pouring over the years of labs. I hear things like ooh that's not good, oh wait that's that caused by this, so that working OK, that's good.
At this point I am in awe. I ask him, how the hell does someone learn all that stuff? He replies he had just got a book on the subject recently and it came on CD as well. He says, I'll FedEx you the CD.
I am so glad I got the CD version! I had to read it on my PC. The great thing is, this makes it very easy to copy a word from the book and paste it into an online medical dictionary search. Which I had to do, on average, about 6 times per page. Fascinating stuff. On the flip side there is so much that is unknown. Did you know that no one knows why we have or what causes fever?
I spent about 300 hours over a three week period researching my mothers condition. I concocted a new combination of two chemo drugs I thought would be perfect.
The combination effects or these two drugs attacks both the source and long term build up causing my mother' s condition. This is exciting, until..
I call Jay first thing the next day and he agrees it would be a very good combination BUT it's not known if the two together will have adverse effects. These two drug were never used together.
My mother who was living in Texas, having been born in Wisconsin wants to go to Wisconsin for treatment. I happened to know of a clinical trial ongoing in my Wisconsin hometown where my brother lives.
I looked up the resumes of the doctors at the hospital in my Wisconsin home town of Waukesha. near where Randy lives. I was familiar with the Cancer clinical trials going on in Waukesha while researching chemo drugs for the rare disease afflicting my mother.
Impressive resumes. They have the proper credentials and they are intimately familiar with my mother's disease. Acceptable. I call Waukesha Memorial Hospital (WMH) and am told by their patient advocate they have no appointments available and are booked solid for more than the next month. There is nothing they can do to help me
I spent the next hour or so reasoning with and attempting to persuade her to reconsider. After all I don't need the Docs to do anything but write the prescription for the chemo drugs I had chosen. I already did all the preliminaries.
More research. I found a clinical trial that had just completed Phase One which was testing these two drugs together. Phase one is only to test for the Maximum Tolerable Dosage, not effectiveness. They had just released the results of the adverse reactions. The adverse reactions were no worse than any any other chemo regimens currently in therapeutic use.
I get my mother an appointment. While doing so I asked the patient advocate, to have the Doc give me a call. She tells me these doctors do not even talk to patients on the phone. Talking to a family member? That is just never going to happen.
I write an email send it to the patient advocate, and asked her to forward it to the doctor. My hope was the Doc would give me a call.
No call. I wrote another email and asked that one be forward to the doctor.
This Doc, Dr. Timothy Wassanar, is an expert in immunology, hematology, and Cancer. He is conducting a trail with Multiple Myeloma (my mother condition aka bone marrow cancer) patients in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic and University of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin is a leader in stem cell research. The stem cells located in the bone marrow are what produces the cells that become immunoglobulins.
I was familiar with this trial and the chemotherapy regimen was not, in my opinion, a good choice for my mother. I was fixated on getting my mother on the treatment regimen I had discovered.
The phone rang! It was very clear from the start of the conversation the Doc was calling just to appease a family member. He informed me his patients in the Mayo Clinic's clinical trial were all getting very good results for an incurable cancer.
I discuss with him how the drugs in the trial are not ideal given my mothers condition and how my drug combo will target the source of the disease. After about 30 minutes, keeping a doc on the phone for 30 minutes was a major feat in itself, he then says to me, “You know what? You're right.” He put my mother on my treatment plan. Looking back I am still in awe.
After the first month of treatment the the lab results had shown a phenomenal improvement. The Cancer indicators were reduced by 50%
After another month all symptoms were non-existent. The Doc and I discussed these results and concurred, my mother would never die from this “incurable” Cancer.
After my mother, watching her father die a horrible death from the same disease, and knowing for the prior 15+ years her knowing that she would be faced with the same affliction, I was able to tell her, “Mom, you are not going to die from Cancer”.
Life does not get better than this. Not much to do with PoS but a pretty cool story.
In one way it relates to PoS. The research I have done over the years on the Restaurant Industry and Customer Service amounts to a lot more hours.
The restaurant research
Patrick's electrical engineering and software development background gives him a very unique perspective when it comes to application programming.
Due to his diverse career experience he has acquired the entire knowledge set of tools necessary to become one of the most efficient and productive programmers today.
Patrick has a long history of computer hardware design and application programming. His electrical engineering career gave him the knowledge to understand the operation of a computer and communications down to the molecular level.
An in depth understand of computers, communications (voice and data), and software development puts him in an unequaled position within the IT industry.
Patrick abandoned his electrical engineering career and began writing applications for small and medium businesses. Over the past 20+ years Patrick has written hundreds of custom business applications. Much of the early programming years were involved with Point of Sale, business process and financial applications.
Patrick has been writing software since before there was an IBM PC. Patrick began programming in 1979 while working on the development of a 5000 line PBX telephone system. The first IBM PC was introduced in August 1981.
In the 1980's Patrick lived in Boca Raton Florida, one mile away from the IBM lab where the PC was originally developed. Florida Atlantic University (FAU) was nearly across the street from IBM. IBM was a huge supporter of the FAU Engineering School. IBM employed over 9000 people at their Boca facility. In order for IBM to have a good pool of well educated technical personnel, they needed FAU to have a great engineering program.
In 1980 Dr. David J. Bradley PhD, became head of the "Original 12", a team of 12 engineers responsible for developing the IBM PC at IBM's Boca Raton facility. Dr. Bradley was also an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at FAU.
It was at this time during Patrick's graduate studies at FAU, in a "Personal Computer Architecture" program, Dr. Bradley was one of his professors.
Patrick went on and worked with IBM on the design of the IEEE 802.5 Token Ring, Local Area Network, Media Access Control (MAC) integrated circuit.
Patrick then developed the first IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Network Adapter for the IBM PC that was featured on the cover of PC Week Magazine.
Patrick next developed an Industrial Networking, IEEE 802.4 Token Bus, Local Area Network, MAC chip for GE and General Motors.
Patrick's last project as an electrical engineer was a high speed Fiber-0ptic IEEE 802.6, token ring, voice and data Metropolitan Area Network.
In 1986 Patrick founded Young Electronic Specialties, later to do business as YES Programming and Consulting, YES Software, and YES Telecom.
More about Patrick's achievements, awards, and experience
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