PatientLink To Launch New Product In 2018

By Adam Wilmoth
The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Over the past 19 years, Debi Willis’s “PatientLink System” has evolved to where medical information can be accessed by smartphones, tablets and personal computers at home before patients arrive at the doctor’s office. She developed the platform after frustrations with transferring information during her own cancer scare.

The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

After making a career of collecting medical information, a cancer diagnosis made the effort even more personal for Oklahoma City entrepreneur Debi Willis.

Founded in 1999, Willis’ PatientLink Enterprises Inc. helps medical offices more easily digitize and use the paperwork patients fill out before appointments. The inspiration for her second major product followed from her own experiences with doctors.

“I realized we needed something for patients to gather our data,” she said. “I just got diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me. I had to stand in doctors’ offices to get that information, and I even got chastised by one doctor who said I could only get two copies even though more than two doctors needed that information.”

Such information is more than just a convenience, she said.

“Had I not been persistent with my doctors, I would be dead now,” Willis said. “They told me I was fine, but my journey showed me that we as patients need to be more involved.”

Willis and her company have spent much of the past six years developing MyLinks, a system designed to collect records from multiple doctors and use it to create reports that can be useful to both patients and their medical providers.

“I had spent a decade focused on moving data from patients to the doctor’s office, and it felt like it was time to move data from the doctors back to the patients so they could take better care of themselves,” Willis said.

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