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Thoughts from Datavant leaders on the evolving health data landscape

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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…

Executive Summary: Evolution of Health Data Regulation

The news today is full of discussions about data privacy and data protection legislation, with diverse views from policymakers, advocacy groups, and industry. For healthcare leaders, it can be challenging to keep track of what applies to your data, what changes are worth following, and how the final legislation could…

What the CCPA’s exemptions really mean for health companies

Last year, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which will go into effect in 2020. Widely seen as a “GDPR-light,” the law could have many implications on the healthcare industry, even though the law excludes certain types of health data. This article is an overview of some of…

A study showing real world use of “real world data”

Medical research is beginning to make use of “real world data,” the data generated from everyday visits to doctors’ offices by normal patients. A new paper in The Oncologist provides a powerful demonstration of how this data can be applied to real studies. *** The gold standard of medical research has…

Healthcare Predictions for 2019

Slowly but surely, the pace of change in healthcare is starting to accelerate, and 2019 will be a dynamic year for the industry with major regulatory, technological, and business innovation. There will be false hype, breakthroughs, the failure of traditional business models, and plenty of cross-pollination both within healthcare (payers,…
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