My name is Andy Teh. I’m based in the beautiful island of Penang, Malaysia, where I was born and spent my formative years.
Having been educated and trained abroad over a period spanning 22 years (during which time I visited Malaysia only once), I returned to my hometown in 2003, when the opportunity arose to help a local private hospital achieve international accreditation – a first for the country! I’ve settled down by the beach in Tanjung Bungah, a quiet suburb on the northern coast of the island; I know this area like the back of my hand – I lived here as a child before moving overseas.
I am best known for my work as a healthcare quality consultant. Jimmy Stewart, playing defense attorney Paul Biegler in Anatomy of a Murder, said, “People are many things.” I am no exception – my other rôles include:
- Mentor to healthcare quality and patient safety professionals, located in all corners of the globe;
- Coach to persons aspiring to become certified professionals in healthcare quality (CPHQs);
- Owner and Chief Executive Officer of a healthcare consulting firm;
- Father to a teenage son;
- Ulcerative colitis patient;
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) battler;
- Cycling enthusiast;
- Ergonomic keyboard hobbyist;
- Continuous learner of diverse topics; and
- Weekend home improvement warrior.
My healthcare consulting firm, Teh & Associates, has been operating out from Penang since 2009.
DrAndyTeh.com is my personal blog, where I share my thoughts on a variety of subjects.
Since I have opinions on many subjects, I expect this blog to morph into a kaleidoscope of unrelated topics, including (in no particular order):
- Snippets of my professional work;
- Observations of, and insights into, human psychology and behaviour;
- Adaptations – not all successful – I have made (or will make) in response to different life circumstances;
- How I incorporate an eclectic mix of quality improvement elements in my daily life;
- Thriving with chronic gut disorders, in particular ulcerative colitis and IBS;
- Peak performance for endurance sports, including training, nutrition, and psychology; and
- Road cycling, a sport I returned to recently after a decade-long hiatus, and cycling paraphernalia.
Some visitors to this site might be looking for one of two other things, for which my help has been sought:
- How to install the meta-analysis commands metan and metafunnel in Stata. I wrote this article on one of my earlier blogs in 2012. Because of its historical popularity and presumed usefulness to those on older versions of Stata, I decided to port the article over to this site. I didn’t think there was much value in republishing my other articles on the use of Stata, given the abundance of quality resources now available on this topic.
- Vintage mechanical keyboards, in particular International Business Machines (IBM) Model M and Model F keyboards. For several years, I collected these buckling-spring switch, aka “clicky”, keyboards. What started out as a curiosity about the IBM Model M keyboard turned into an obsession over its predecessor, the IBM Model F, the key switch feel and overall quality of which I much preferred. In my quest for owning the perfect daily-driver keyboard (which turned out to be an IBM Model F PC/AT), I acquired a surplus of keyboards and parts through several rather obscure sources. I sold some of these items to other members of the international mechanical keyboard community between 2012 and 2014. Though I moved on to a Kinesis Model 100 (contoured keyboard) – to help with my bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome – I still have a collection of vintage IBM keyboards and parts, which I may trim further in the future. If you’re here looking for IBM Model Ms or Model Fs, please be patient – I’ll post my ads on the forums (geekhack and Deskthority), and perhaps on this site too. In addition, I have some genuine (non-repro) IBM Model M/F keycaps for sale – get in touch if you need the odd replacement keycap or two.