Abraxas Medical Solutions at Garret Erskine
About Garret Erskine
Over the course of his career, experienced entrepreneur and technological innovator Garret Erskine has enjoyed a high level of success working in senior executive positions with a number of companies. Since 2011, Garret Erskine has served as the Chief Executive Officer for the health care information technology provider Abraxas Medical Solutions, Inc. His responsibilities in this position are far reaching, encompassing software development, profit and loss accountability, and all other day-to-day operations. In addition to his role at Abraxas, Garret Erskine currently served as the President of the Provider Solutions Division at Visionary Healthware, the nation's leading provider of health care information technology software.
While at Visionary Healthware, Garret Erskine spent one year as the Chief Operating Officer for Alteer Corporation, a health care software development company worth approximately $6 million. Prior to this, he functioned as the Chief Operating Officer for MD Synergy, which provided a variety of integrated software solutions to medical practices. Mr. Erskine entered this role when the company acquired Med-Billing Corp, which he had launched in 2001. Before this, he founded and served as an executive for a variety of businesses throughout the health care industry.
In addition to his work in health care, Garret Erskine is an enthusiastic proponent of solar energy research and holds a patent on an innovative device designed to maximize natural light and increase energy efficiency. The device is called SkyLiter, and it works by regulating the amount of solar radiation passing through a skylight, allowing for a building to be lit entirely by reflected sunshine.
In his spare time, Garret Erskine pursues a variety of outdoor hobbies, including scuba diving, archery, fishing, skiing, and gardening.
Daylighting Methods in Commercial Buildings
In the United States, commercial structures consume about 19 percent of the nation’s total primary energy. However, these buildings can be designed to use less energy, through techniques such as daylighting. Daylighting involves the strategic placement of windows, skylights, and other building components so that they flood interiors with natural light and reduce the need for artificial lighting.
The most basic daylighting solutions require no special devices or technologies. For example, simply orientating a building on an east-west axis maximizes natural light exposure. Skylights can also be used to let sunlight indoors. To efficiently harvest the maximum amount of natural light, however, designers and builders can integrate light-reflecting devices to channel sunshine into work areas. Some devices made specifically for this purpose include light tubes, which reflect light through a cylindrical space into buildings or underground areas. Another option involves using fiber optic cables to collect sunlight on the roof and bring it inside. Lastly, tools used to maximize the light brought in by skylights can also help commercial and industrial buildings to reduce energy consumption. A prime example of this type of solution is the SkyLiter™, which was invented and patented by Garret Erskine and is marketed and distributed by Daylight Services, Inc. Mr. Erskine’s SkyLiter™ controls the solar radiation input of skylights by either maximizing or minimizing their intensity.
Garret Erskine Discusses the Many Advantages of Solar Lighting
Possessing a longstanding interest in solar energy, Garret Erskine is the creator of the SkyLite solar lighting system. This patented technology uses reflected sunlight and produces no heat inside the building. Today, as Garret Erskine notes, numerous advantages exist to outfitting a home or business with a solar lighting system.
First, solar light is extraordinarily low-impact. Aside from the cost of installing a system to gather and reflect sunlight into a building, there is no cost associated with solar energy. Today's systems can fully light a one-story building for approximately 10 hours each day, eliminating the need for electric light during that time. Solar systems have zero environmental impact, as the energy does not need to be processed or delivered from elsewhere. Moreover, since most solar lighting systems are very simple and have no moving parts to speak of, maintenance and upkeep costs are negligible. Also, solar lighting is reliable. During a daytime power outage, building interiors lit with solar systems will not even dim.
Modern solar lighting systems gather sunlight more efficiently than ever before, can be installed to light virtually any part of a building, and often come with technology that allows them to turn off automatically when the sun goes down. No matter what the purpose, solar lighting is an important and viable option for budget-minded and environmentally conscious consumers.