Gary Gorsline, founder of X-Link Medical Software Interfacing, which was named one of GrowFL's Companies To Watch for 2016, launched his medical record integrating company after seeing firsthand the depth of the problem that needed solving. "Our third daughter was very sick when she was little," he said. "We went to 40 doctors to figure out what it was before finally finding one who knew what was going on. One of the things we learned was that medical records weren't kept well, couldn't be shared, and got lost. We saw the solution: everyone needed to be connected and possess the ability to view each patient longitudinally across multiple caregivers for the more complex cases."
X-Link is medical software that enables different electronic medical record systems to talk to each other. "It is critical to the direction our healthcare industry is moving in, from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, that we have financial and clinical data to know what we've done in terms of procedures, tests and clinical outcomes. The idea is to give everyone a better lifestyle by keeping their medical costs down and their outcomes up. For example, by keeping people out of hospital because providers have managed their health better with the help of information sharing."
Gorsline is humbled by GrowFL's recognition as a Company To Watch. "It's an exciting thing," he said. "It's definitely important to be one of the select 50 companies. It's great feedback that we're doing the right kinds of things and we have made that transition from a lifestyle to a growth company."
Gorsline's advice for aspiring entrepreneurs to take advantage of all the resources available to Florida companies. "You must use all the resources that are available in your area," he said. "Get involved in networking groups whose peers are above your level. Take advantage of all the resources agencies from your local economic development council to the SBDC to Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Finally, get involved and stay involved with your community. "