Orlando tech firm The Garage to triple revenue, hire 100+ as it strives to revamp health care (by Alex Soderstrom)

The realization struck Pranam Ben as he walked through a hospital parking lot.

Ben was returning to his car after a bout of stomach pain put him in the emergency room of an Orlando hospital before he was discharged with no diagnosis — but plenty of bills. That walk 13 years ago was when Ben realized the opportunity for technology to boost communication among doctors offices, hospitals and others to make health care more efficient.

This led him to launch an electronic medical records startup that sold two years later, and start another health care tech firm, Orlando-based The Garage, in 2012. That company is expected to undergo rapid growth by the end of 2022, as the use of digital tools in health care accelerates.

The Garage, which employs 216 people globally and 18 at its downtown Orlando headquarters, expects to add 110-135 workers companywide and triple its revenue in the next 18 months, Ben, founder and CEO, told Orlando Inno.

The firm’s population health management technology platform Bridge provides physicians with a broad range of solutions to exchange patient information, make electronic referrals, schedule appointments, track follow-ups and more. The goal is to make primary care more efficient, ensure fewer people seek care in high-cost centers like hospitals and save the industry and customers money.