DOUG DORMER:
 
DOUG DORMER




 
 
 
 
 
Founder and CEO of White Pine Systems, LLC in Ann Arbor. White Pine Systems is a leading provider of Internet-based personal health applications, also called interoperable personal health records, which are at the core of the rapidly emerging connected health movement. Its flagship product, SPINNphr, the Secure Personal Information and Notification Network, is a low cost, fully configurable, private-label solution that improves communication among patients, healthcare providers, and the patientís extended network of official and unofficial caregivers. Built to connect with the Microsoft HealthVault personal health information platform, SPINNphr bridges the gap between EMR systems used by providers and emerging personal health record platforms to achieve the promise of patient and family-centered chronic disease management. White Pine Systems received third place in the emerging company category from The Lakes Entrepreneurís Quest. In 2009, the company announced $450,000 in financing from angel investors, including $225,000 from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund administered by Ann Arbor SPARK. The child of two blind parents, Dormer has been involved in the independent living movement all his life. He began his career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand. Dormer co-authored a book on healthcare reform designed to help hospitals become more efficient. From 1991 to 2002, he held management positions with Bottomline Technologies, Inc., a global provider of secure financial systems for the financial, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. The company went public in 1999. More recently, Dormer held senior positions in publicly traded and start-up firms dealing with IT security and emergency response. He received his bachelorís degree in general studies from the University of Michigan.


WHERE BORN: “Marquette.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “The short version would have to be my parents, Richard and Loraine. My dad was the longest-living survivor in the first group to get insulin for the treatment of diabetes. My mom was raised at the School for the Blind in Lansing and went on to get degrees. Both were lifelong advocates of independent living.”

LAST BOOK READ:Three Cups of Tea: One Manís Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build NationsÖ One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Perseverant, disciplined, and just smart enough.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “The connected health revolution, which empowers people and families to take control of their health and health care, is just starting. It is the convergence of economy, society, and technology that just could not have happened before. Now that itís starting, it canít be stopped. It will affect everyone at some point in their lives and improve health, lower costs, and lead to better lives. As an entrepreneur, I see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “It has to be my iPhone in terms of frequency of use.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Manhattan or Isle Royale or places in between. Urban to forest, I love them all.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “In terms of time, playing with my children, running, cycling, camping, and scuba diving.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Any regional or ethnic food.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “To attract and empower really talented and wise people. As long as I focus on them, good things happen for all of us.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a great parent, great friend, and great businessman who made a difference for the people around him.”