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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…

Datavant’s Comments to CMS on Patient Matching

Datavant is a health data technology company focused on facilitating the exchange of patient information in a privacy-preserving way. Our software de-identifies patient health data and provides a secure method of linking patient records across disparate datasets without compromising individual privacy. Datavant’s de-identification and linking software is installed at over…

Learning about my genetic mutation (BRCA2), and optimism for the future of health research.

Learning about my genetic mutation (BRCA2), and optimism for the future of health research Last month, I decided to try Color — one of several new personal genetic sequencing tools. Color screens for genetic mutations associated with various cancers and other diseases. As a health data geek, and as a patient with a…