The healthcare industry in the United States may appear perplexing to some. The care afforded to patients is, generally, excellent. The costs associated with care, however, can be stratospheric. Roughly $9,200 is spent on healthcare per person in the United States. This leads to a total annual spending figure in the $3 trillion dollar range. While the spent money does deliver some good, the life expectancy of the average American does not increase over people living in other countries spending less money on healthcare.
Improving and reducing costs in the United States’ healthcare sector won’t be easy tasks. The complex problem does require complex solutions. One way to address the situation involves better integrating advanced technology into healthcare operations. A unique tool designed to track patients prior to re-admission into a hospital reflects one example of how brilliant technology may be able to help. Anything providing valuable information to physicians prior to re-admission likely would be appreciated by healthcare providers.
Information technology certainly could play a huge role in modernize healthcare. Drew Madden definitely understands how IT works in the healthcare industry based on his experiences with the Cerner Corporation, Healthia Consulting, and Nordic Consulting. Looking at someone like Madden provides insight into how an innovative professional works.
Innovation in all its forms has benefits in any and all businesses. Innovation is coming to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. In particular, innovation comes by way of Amazon’s involvement. CVS and other established corporations feel some worry over this. An innovative Amazon primed to act as a distributor for prescriptions probably would draw customers away from CVS and other companies.
If Amazon were to acquire the necessary license to distribute prescriptions, customers likely would stick with their one-stop shopping practices. That is, they might buy their prescriptions from Amazon and also add other merchandise and do their shopping carts. When people go to a CVS store to purchase a prescription, they do the same thing. CVS sells a lot of merchandise. Amazon has the potential to draw away CVS’ clustomers. In order to survive, CVS and other drugstores must step up their proverbial game and innovate their business practices.