As the Managing Partner at Evergreen Healthcare Partners, Drew Madden has studied electronic medical records. He went to the University of Iowa and holds a B.S.E. in industrial engineering with a focus on medical systems from the University of Iowa Engineering. Prior to his leadership skills, which were utilized at Evergreen, Madden was president of Nordic Consulting Partners from 2011-2016. Nordic started off at 10 employees and grew to 725 employees. As Drew has more than a decade of experience implementing, optimizing, managing and advising EMR projects, along with his experience in project management/consulting operations as well.

Drew Madden also works on the forefront of machine learning as Google recently announced expanded partnerships with Stanford Medicine, UC San Francisco, and University of Chicago Medicine. Google Brain states that machine learning can predict when a person will be hospitalized, how long they will stay, and what treatment might prove effective or not. Google believes they want to open the gates of communication between hospitals and researchers in order to improve the way data is communicated and distributed. Evergreen is on the forefront of these technological advances in medicine, and electronic medical records cataloging.

The term “Healthcare IT” is a new term that is very broad and sweeping. It is all about storing, sharing, and analyzing health data. Healthcare IT however, is not all for researchers and doctors but for patients as well who are looking to better communicate with doctors. Although the downside is that anybody’s medical record can be hacked, Madden is on the forefront of improving the technology that has to do with medical records. Statistics for 2017 indicate that the U.S. Health and Human Services Department reported 79 security breaches affecting at least 500 patients. Medical devices can also be vulnerable to hacking, according to Drew Madden’s article. Former Vice President Dick Cheney had to cut off wireless signals from his heart implant, and Johnson & Johnson is concerned for their insulin pump safety issues because somebody can hack one pump to deliver a fatal dose of insulin to a diabetic. Madden considers these challenges a call to action.

 

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