Although few people outside of the U.S. healthcare industry have heard of Drew Madden, within that business, he is one of the most revered figures to have emerged over the last decade. Madden has spent his entire career working within the healthcare industry. Specifically, he has focused on the IT aspects of healthcare systems and how more efficient and effective IT management and systems creation can help to drive cost savings and better patient outcomes.
When he graduated college, Madden first went to work for healthcare software giant Cerner. He then bailed out from that job and went over to rival Epic Systems. This early exposure to the two largest software providers in the business gave Madden a level of in-depth expertise that few in the industry currently possess. Madden has described Epic and Cerner as the Pepsi and the Coke of the healthcare IT space. The vast majority of hospital networks and doctor’s offices nationwide use some version of software put out by one of these companies. But despite the fact that the market for healthcare software and other information technology is a virtual duopoly, Madden says that there are still shocking levels of cross-compatibility issues within the industry.
And it has been precisely his efforts to solve compatibility issues, particularly with respect to electronic hospital records, that have helped propel Madden to stardom within his field. During his time at Nordic Consulting Partners, Madden was able to devise a number of technical solutions to some of the most serious cross-compatibility issues facing the nation’s healthcare system. But it was after he was appointed to the presidency of that firm that he really started turning heads. Madden was able to grow Nordic from a boutique consultancy into one of the largest healthcare IT companies in the country. Today, Nordic has more than 750 employees who serve over 150 of the nation’s largest hospital networks.
In 2017, Madden left Nordic to start his own company, Evergreen Healthcare Partners. In just its first year, the company has already grown into having 26 full-time employees and more than a dozen clients.