By Ms. Suzanne Ovel (Regional Health Command Pacific)November 22, 2018
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- One of Madigan Army Medical Center's own was recently named a rising star in healthcare information technology by HealthData Management.
Maj. Brad Marsh, Madigan's inpatient nursing information officer, earned the acclaim of being one of the nation's top 30 healthcare IT leaders; two other Medical Service Corps Soldiers, Lt. Col. Chani Cordero and Maj. Yuri Campbell, also made the list. Marsh was noted for his work in clinical informatics, to include MHS GENESIS, in which he helps translate the technological needs of clinicians and advocates for the solutions they need to provide better healthcare.
"We need to connect the boardroom to the bedside -- bringing together the strategic objectives with what's actually happening down at the bedside. We need to make sure that the problems we are solving are the problems the nurses are having, and this office is where we translate those difficulties into solutions," said Marsh, a 17-year veteran.
With a background as a trauma nurse, Marsh's inspiration to work in healthcare IT came from his days at Fort Hood, Texas, where he directed nursing care on the emergency room floor after the post's second shooting.
"We saw 19 patients in 30 minutes with multiple gunshot wounds, multiple casualties. We stabilized every patient prior to transfer," said Marsh. "What I saw was a lot of paper charts running around; we had to wait for DVDs, and health information was not flowing as expediently as possible in the 21st century. That drove a passion in me to make it better."
He went on to get a master's degree in cybersecurity through the National Defense University and to work at the Department of Defense's Program Executive Office. There, Marsh began his work with MHS GENESIS and helped to write the Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force report to Congress.
"That was a great opportunity, working to bring up the healthcare cybersecurity status for the entire nation," said Marsh.
Outside of his work at Madigan, he remains involved with the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives and with the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security.
"It is a win-win situation because we're bringing industry best practices back to the Army and then when there are best practices that we are aware of through MHS GENESIS cybersecurity, those help the industry as a whole," he said.