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Robert J. Szczerba
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Dr. Robert J. Szczerba is the Chief Executive Officer of X Tech Ventures, an innovative company applying game-changing technologies from multiple, diverse industries to improve healthcare outcomes. Previously, Dr. Szczerba was the Corporate Director of Global Healthcare and Life Sciences for Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest defense contractor. Lockheed Martin also designated Dr. Szczerba a Senior Fellow Emeritus of Advanced Technology, the highest technical leadership recognition in the corporation, based on an exceptional record of sustained technical achievement with significant business impact.

Dr. Szczerba has more than 100 publications and 30 patents / patents pending in multiple emerging technology domains with both federal and commercial applications. He has served on Advisory Boards at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of Southern California, Cornell University, University of California at Davis, and the Mars Corporation. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Szczerba attended the University of Notre Dame where he earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Computer Science. Additionally, Dr. Szczerba is personally interested in causes related to special needs children, with a focus on autism spectrum disorders. He currently lives in upstate New York with his wife Ellen and son Andrew.

Entries by Robert J. Szczerba

Vaccinate Yourself Against 5 Common Flu Myths

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:01 AM

It's flu season again. And now, along with the barrage of helpful flu shot reminders, comes the annual outbreak of myths about the flu.

First, here are some basic facts. Influenza (also known as the "flu") is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and is different from the...

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7 Publicity Rules Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:40 PM

What if you invented a revolutionary product that replaced narcotics to alleviate pain, but you fumbled the public relations (PR) effort and your news got lost in the media echo chamber?

Startups and entrepreneurs in almost every industry must confront questions like this when deciding to launch or continue...

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Exploring a New Business Model for Autism

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:27 AM

April 2nd, 2015 was designated "World Autism Awareness Day," celebrated with ribbons, fundraisers, and blue lights displayed in cities around the world. However, for parents of children with autism, everyday is "Autism Awareness Day."

As the proud father of a wonderful 10-year-old boy with autism, much of my time is...

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Silence Kills: Can Technology Drive Meaningful Cultural Change In Health Care?

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:07 PM

A common perception in the health care industry is that the underlying cultural environment limits technological advances in safety and efficiency. Following this logic, no significant advances can be made until major cultural changes occur. However, what if technology was not necessarily limited by culture, but, if applied correctly, could...

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Attention Walmart Shoppers: Don't Look for Health Care Answers Here

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Recently, there have been an increasing number of articles asking why healthcare can't be more like other industries. Authors question why health care doesn't emulate the automation in manufacturing, the safety improvements in aerospace, or the declining price points in computer sales. This columnist is also part of the media...

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Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Health Care

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Regardless of your political persuasion, there are some facts about the health care industry that are not well known to the general public but are key to the realization that the system is broken and that change is desperately needed. Most health care organizations are staffed with caring, well-intentioned professionals....

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Remembering Our Veterans More Than Just One Day a Year

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 4:52 PM

"There's a saying that businesses that do well do good. In other words, prosperity leads to generosity. Businesses can do well and do good simultaneously by adding the qualified, highly trained men and women who have served in the U.S. military to their staffs and payrolls."

- Lt. Col. (Ret.)...

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Re-Engineering Health Care to Eliminate Preventable Deaths

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Joe Kiani is a busy man. As the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Masimo Corporation, a global medical device manufacturer, Kiani has been a leader in patient safety and health care innovation for more than 20 years. Under his leadership, Masimo has grown from a "garage start-up" into a successful,...

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Scary Bedtime Stories: Health Care and the Patent Trolls

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:13 PM

"Trolls can smell the rainbow, trolls can smell the stars. Trolls can smell the dreams you dreamed before you were ever born." -- Neil Gaiman, Troll Bridge

Trolls can smell money too ... lots of money.

If you ever want to liven up a dull conversation at a gathering of...

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Late Night Comedians Look Back at Obamacare

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:58 PM

With the March 31 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or, to the rest of us, Obamacare) upon us, many of you may have missed some of the fun, fear, fact, and fiction surrounding this controversial program. With Cronkite, Murrow, and Brinkley...

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Are The Economics of Health Care Getting You Sick?

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Have you ever wondered why your doctor is always running late while you're sick and sitting in a cold examination room? The answer is simple economics. Your doctor's office operates under the same economic pressures as any other business, but that fact may not be apparent to your doctor nor...

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Health Care Trends to Get Excited About

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 10:26 AM

With the rollout of Obamacare, the national focus of health care technology has unfortunately revolved around the implementation challenges of the federal health insurance website. This narrow attention ignores some of the more exciting developments in this rapidly changing industry. To help us get a glimpse into the future, I...

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