Employee spotlight: How engineer Bret Walker is building systems that directly help patients
At Cadence, we believe that a better quality of life begins with better care. No matter what role at the company, our team is on a mission to give everyone consistent, proactive healthcare every day. In our Employee Perspectives series, you will hear how different Cadence team members are meeting the company's mission and why they are passionate about their work.
This week, Staff Software Engineer Bret Walker discusses his work on the engineering team. If you’re interested in learning more about Cadence and current job opportunities, check out our careers page to learn more.
1. Tell us a little bit about what you and your team do here at Cadence. What are your core responsibilities?
I'm a Staff Software Engineer, mainly focused on backend development. This means I get to work on many of the systems that power the Cadence platform, from our vitals ingestion pipeline to our alerting system. I work with the other excellent engineers at Cadence to make sure our systems are performant, resilient, and reliable so that we can provide the best care for our patients.
2. Why are you passionate about your work at Cadence? What gets you most excited about your job and about the company at large?
Hearing about our patients' outcomes is the most energizing part of working for Cadence. I've been blown away at how much we've been able to impact people's lives through our efforts and the dedication of our Care team. I love working at Cadence because I can have a direct impact on our patients' lives. I talk to our Care team every day and can build exactly what they need, when they need it. This tight feedback loop where engineering gets to work hand-in-hand with the primary users of our system is rare. It means we can deliver innovations and better care for our patients faster, and I love having that impact.
3. As someone in an engineering role, in particular, can you talk about how you are meeting the Cadence mission of providing access to consistent, proactive healthcare to more and more people?
I'm able to work on building solutions that help our clinicians and our partners focus on providing the best care for our patients. Healthcare providers are often overburdened with systems that aren't designed to allow them to work effectively, and at Cadence, we're able to build bespoke systems and processes that are tailored to remote intervention.
4. Can you share any specific examples of a project or feature that you have worked on that has made an impact? Something you are proud of in particular?
I worked on building out our alerts system, and it has been rewarding to see how much impact the system has had in terms of allowing our clinicians to respond quickly and efficiently to patients.
5. For anyone who's considering joining Cadence, and in particular those in engineering and non-clinical roles, what would you tell them about based on your experience?
Cadence is made up of a lot of smart, hard-working, and kind individuals who are laser-focused on scaling remote care throughout the country. You'll be empowered to make impactful decisions and will be able to see the real-world outcomes of those decisions. There are a lot of startups out there, but few that offer the ability to make as many peoples' lives better as Cadence does.
If you’re interested in learning more about Cadence and current job opportunities, check out our careers page to learn more: https://www.cadence.care/open-roles