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Thoughts from Datavant leaders on the evolving health data landscape

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Why Privacy-Preserving Record Linkage is Having a Moment: Interview with Abel Kho

This past weekend, the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics presented by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) was awarded to Abel Kho for his pioneering work and research applying privacy-preserving record linkage (PPRL) methods to healthcare. Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI Abel is a practicing physician and faculty…

Further Evidence that COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts African American, Hispanic, and Low-Income Populations

Over the past several months, studies have indicated that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted African American and Hispanic populations, as well as socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. A recent Sutter Health study showed that African Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 were 2.7 times more likely to be hospitalized compared to white patients [1]. Using…

How America’s Health Data Infrastructure is Being Used to Fight COVID-19

As part of the tragedy of COVID-19, tens of thousands of new cases are diagnosed in the US each day. In America, the data from these patients are captured across electronic medical records, medical claims, diagnostic tests, pharmacies, and mortality records. Buried in this data are the answers to many…

The Golden Age of Middleware: Why Visa Has Always Been a Great Middleware Company [And Why Buying Plaid Makes Sense]

Author’s Note: I am a huge fan of middleware companies. Datavant is a middleware company connecting health data; my last startup, LiveRamp (now NYSE:RAMP), is the largest marketing middleware company; and I am an investor in a number of middleware companies across industries. The Visa/Plaid combination is a great example of what…

Introducing Datavant for Clinical Trials

We are excited today to announce Datavant for Clinical Trials, a solution that makes it easy for sponsors, CROs, and regulators to confidently bridge traditional clinical trial data with real-world data. This morning, we announced a multi-year strategic partnership with Parexel to roll out this connectivity solution across all of…

Advancing the Frontier of Privacy-Preserving Technology in Healthcare

Datavant’s mission is to connect the world’s health data, and make it accessible for valuable research and analytics. The traditional approach of aggregating data creates a direct tradeoff between individual privacy and analytical capability. With health data, this isn’t good enough. The stakes are high — data-driven decisions can save lives, just…

An Overview of Approaches to Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing

This is a non-technical survey of approaches to how “deidentification” happens in healthcare, pros and cons of a variety of approaches, and an overview of where privacy-preserving technology is headed. Thanks to privacy technology thought leaders Abel Kho, Andrei Lapets, Dan Barth-Jones, and Ian Coe (as well as internal experts…

Guiding Philosophies for Recruiting World Class Teams in Tech

As the Head of People at a fast growing tech startup in San Francisco, I’ve had the pleasure to meet hundreds of candidates and refine the way we approach hiring and talent at Datavant. These are my guiding philosophies, which may help other teams who are developing their approach to…