Drew Madden earned his BSE in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa through the College of Engineering. He has since gone on to work in the technology field, mainly in the healthcare sector. Some of the companies he has been employed with are Nordic and Cerner. Drew Madden is driven to correct some of the many issues in today’s healthcare system. Some of the areas to tackle are painful, such as end of life procedures and wishes.
In the current arena, there is no central location where a person can get help with end of life or advanced care issues. This may be an uncomfortable topic for some people or family members, but often sick or older adults may linger in unpleasant states at the end of life. If patients where educated and given the options before they needed them, it could save the families and the system a heavy burden. It is not just about money, which is essential, but about the quality of life.
Another area that technology is slowly managing is billing for work performed. There is a system called EVV, which stands for Electronic Visit Verification. This system tracks and calculates how much time a caregiver spends with a patient. If a client is not entirely coherent, it can be easy for staff to arrive late or leave early. Using a verification system will create an environment where adequate care is given to the sick, and payment is verified.
Understanding copays and covered benefits is a mystery. The insurance companies are not required to have a set standard, so each company covers procedures differently. It can be a maze for doctors and other prescribers to figure out what treatment is covered under what plan. Technology is working on solving that issue by offering a system that will allow the medical staff access to the programs copays and regulations at the time of the patient’s visit. The system could help the doctor write prescriptions and order tests faster.
Drew Madden knows there are many areas of the medical and caregiving fields that need sharpening. Billing, treatment, and sustainable care are all areas Madden hopes to be perfecting.
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