Amazon recently acquired a pharmacy license and also purchased PillPack, a pharmacy company that focuses on customers who take multiple pills per day. It’s a development that has the American healthcare industry sitting up and taking notice.
Amazon getting into pharmacy makes it an instant and formidable competitor in that sector.
In the meantime, another news item sending shock waves through the healthcare industry is the possibility that CVS will acquire Aetna, one of the biggest health insurance providers in the United States.
Industry observers believe the CVS bid for Aetna is a defensive measure against Amazon. It means that both companies intend to “own” the healthcare consumer through all stages of their journey through the system.
It’s developments like these that Drew Madden watches with a critical eye every day in his work as one of America’s leading healthcare IT entrepreneurs. Madden is a managing partner with Evergreen Healthcare Partners, a firm that provides healthcare IT services to a long list of clients. They solve problems relating to operation, IT and change management for healthcare providers.
Before joining Evergreen, Drew Madden was president of Nordic Consulting Partners from 2011 to 2016. Under his leadership, the company went from just three clients to 150 and expanded its payroll from 10 employees to 725.
For more than 15 years, Madden has worked in creating and optimizing Electronic Health Records. This is an area which he says can make major, fundamental differences in the way healthcare is delivered in America.
Madden earned his degree in Industrial Engineering in 2002 from the University of Iowa College of Engineering. He broke his teeth in the real world working as an implementation consultant for Cerner Corporation. Then after his spectacular tenure with Nordic Consulting, Madden became a founding partner of Evergreen Healthcare Partners.
Healthcare in America is an astounding $3 trillion per year industry, but produces healthcare outcomes that lag behind the rest of the modern world — and that despite spending three times more per patient than all other developed nations.
Today, more than ever, healthcare IT guys like Drew Madden are sorely needed to bring efficiency and cost savings to an American healthcare system that is in dire need of modernization and reform.