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The Fragmentation of Public Health Data
The Fragmentation of Public Health Data

Special thanks to the following individuals for their help writing this article: Surafeal Asgedom, Michael Stebbins, David Shulkin, Niall Brennan, Tom Carton, Andrew von Eschenbach, and Charlie Rothwell. *** In the US, there are over 2,000 government health data sets at the federal, state, and local levels, including several…

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

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

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

Healthcare data is the key to COVID-19 mitigation, but patient data is fragmented across medical claims, diagnostic test, pharmacy, etc.

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The Golden Age of Middleware
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…

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Pregnant Women Expect Better: Real-World Evidence Can Solve the 50-Year Knowledge Gap for…

My husband and I are expecting our first child right around the new year.
After the initial excitement of learning that we were pregnant, we eagerly set out to learn everything we could to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. What we learned — or didn’t learn — surprised us.

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Google Acquiring Fitbit: The Battle for the Personal Health Record starts with a Skirmish for…

Google Acquiring Fitbit: The Battle for the Personal Health Record starts with a Skirmish for Consumer Wearables Google’s acquisition of FitBit has resulted in many great stories recounting the ins and outs of the fitness tracker and smartphone wars, Google’s troubled attempts to get a toehold in the wearables space,…

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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…

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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…

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