Drew Madden exclaims U.S. healthcare is broken, has real solutions

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The inefficiencies within the U.S. healthcare system have become famous within the developing world. The United States spends an average of 2.5 times what other OECD countries spend on healthcare. At the same time, countries like Sweden, Norway and even Canada spend far less money on their healthcare systems while delivering results that, on average, far exceed anything that their U.S. counterpart can muster.

Drew Madden is one of the leading figures in the healthcare IT space today. He has served as the president of one of the largest healthcare consulting firms in the country, Nordic Consulting Partners, and is currently the cofounder and CEO of his own firm, Evergreen Healthcare Partners. Madden has a fresh take on the well-visited subject of why the United States lags so woefully behind its developed peers in the provision of healthcare to its citizenry.

Madden has operated in the healthcare industry for nearly 20 years. Over that time, he has seen, first hand, the many ways in which inefficiencies can take hold and prevent smooth operation of the healthcare system at the ground level. One of the most concerning and rarely talked about factors that add to the immense cost of the American healthcare system is the fact that healthcare professionals and the systems that they comprise often simply lack effective training and protocols. This is particularly true when it comes to the ways in which healthcare professionals interact with the software that they use both to treat patients and to administer medical practices.

Madden believes that one of the easiest ways to begin immediately reducing the immense costs of the U.S. healthcare system is simply by creating simpler user interfaces and developing more efficient protocols for the daily administration of things such as medical billing and patient selection of doctors. The good news, says Madden, is that the systems to allow for this have existed for more than a decade. It is simply a matter of getting the right people in the right place and streamlining their jobs with well-designed software and intuitive user interfaces.

That is the project that Evergreen Healthcare Partners has set before it.