Drew Madden says technology can make or break healthcare

Although you may not have heard of Drew Madden, within the healthcare IT consulting space, he is established as one of the most important figures to have emerged within the last decade. Madden has been in healthcare IT consulting for his entire adult life, having started with the Epic software corporation right out of college. With his nearly 20 years in the industry, Madden has seen the way that it operates from the ground up. As an expert IT consultant on both Epic and Cerner IT systems, he has unparalleled technical knowledge and a deep understanding of how technology and healthcare professionals interact to provide the best quality of care possible.

Drew Madden, however, began to grow wary of the old ways of doing things within the healthcare IT industry. As late as the 2010s, Madden notes that simple, life-saving technologies like medical barcoding were not being fully implemented across the U.S. healthcare system. Madden says that the barcoding of patient medications and the systems that allow for the quick validation and drug-interaction-risk screening of patients within hospitals and other medical care facilities is a proven technology that saves lives. Still, Madden says that this low-cost and system-critical technology was slow to be implemented for reasons that, frankly, should not exist at all.

Madden points out that barcode system gave well-established efficiency boosts of such magnitude that their implementation even in grocery stores was nearly universal by the 1980s. Why, then, did it take more than 35 additional years for related technologies to be adopted in hospitals? Madden says that it is the poorly structured incentives and the generally inefficient nature of the U.S. healthcare system itself that caused such a shocking delay in adopting this life-saving technology.

It is these inefficiencies, which often lead to dismal patient outcomes, that Madden is determined to weed out of the system for good. In doing so, he says that it will not only be possible to save lives, but it will also be possible to create a cost-sustainable healthcare system that can deliver world-class outcomes without spending as much as 10 times more than comparable systems throughout the world.

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