Alan B. Solinger, BS, MS, PhD, consults as a senior scientist for the Florence A. Rothman Institute in Sarasota, FL. Originally a theoretical astrophysicist, he now works in healthcare research and has published a number of papers with his colleagues Steven Rothman, MSEE and Duncan Finlay, MD. The work is based on the seminal ideas of Steven and Michael Rothman, developers of the Rothman Index, currently in use at Yale, U Florida, UPMC, and over 30 other medical centers. Publications include “Placing clinical variables on a common linear scale of empirically based risk as a step towards construction of a general patient acuity score from the electronic health record: a modeling study’, 2013 BMJ Open;3:e002367.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002367, “Clinical Implications and Validity of Nursing Assessments: A Longitudinal Measure of Patient Condition from Analysis of the Electronic Medical Record”, 2012 BMJ Open 2: e000849, and “Shared decision-making at end-of-life is aided by graphical trending of illness severity” with David B. Bittleman, MD, 2014 BMJ Case Rep. J;2014. pii: bcr2013201522. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-201522.