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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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“Why Datavant?” — The answer to the question I ask the most

“Why Datavant?” — The answer to the question I ask the most In virtually every one of the 111 job interviews I conducted this quarter, I asked: “so, why are you interested in Datavant?” I joined 5 months ago — I was recently on the other side of the table. I have thought a lot…

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In the quest for big tech to break into healthcare, Amazon just broke away from Apple and Alphabet.

Last week, Amazon announced the launch of Comprehend Medical, a tool to mine unstructured health data from text. The press around the announcement jumped to the long-term implications of AI mining medical records, describing use cases where Amazon could support clinical decision-making (aiding in diagnosis, finding mis-diagnosed patients, etc.) and help…

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The Health Analytics Ecosystem

This is part of a series of posts on how the health data ecosystem is organized. Datavant’s vision is to connect the world’s health data to improve patient outcomes and bring new treatments to patients faster. In our business, we see a wide range of health data sources and uses;…

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Applying the “Do No Harm” Principle to Health Data

At Datavant, we build software that makes it possible to share patient data securely, but our mission is bigger than that: to make it easier for players in the healthcare system to connect and use their health data for the good of patients. This mission requires a broad conception of…

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Job offer letters as invitations to employment

As a candidate, receiving an offer letter for a job you want is a terrific feeling. So is giving offer letters! For many companies, an offer letter is more of a contract written by lawyers than a letter or invitation. Despite the glad tidings offer letters bring, they often feel prickly, generic,…

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Open vs. Closed Data Ecosystems in Healthcare

Earlier this week, Google, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce announced their joint commitment to improving healthcare data interoperability. In other words, the biggest players in cloud computing have taken a small — yet critical — step towards an open data ecosystem. The technology world frequently oscillates between “open” and “closed” systems. Closed systems…

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The Fragmentation of Health Data

A Survey of The Health Data Ecosystem At Datavant, we’re focused on the vision of connecting the world’s health data to improve patient care and speed the development of new treatments. As part of this, we put together an “ecosystem map,” outlining how data flows across healthcare today. *** Update (September 2019):…

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The Datavant Vision: Organizing the World’s Health Data

Datavant’s vision is to organize the world’s health data. We believe that this is one of the most important data challenges of this era: if we are successful over the next 20 years, we are confident that our work will improve patient outcomes, bring medicines and medical solutions to market…

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