Privacy

Thoughts from Datavant leaders on the evolving health data landscape

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…