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Health care business consultant and policy expert David E. Williams share his views

Interview with Datavant’s Bob Borek and Jason LaBonte

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Jason LaBonte
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Bob Borek

Datavant is fostering an ecosystem of healthcare data to facilitate secure exchange of information and analytics that improve patient care. The company recently made headlines through a $7 Billion merger with Ciox, uniting Datavant’s world of de-identified data with Ciox’s domain expertise in patient identified records.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Datavant’s Chief Strategy Officer Jason LaBonte and Chief Operating Officer Bob Borek discuss the evolution of healthcare data, the Ciox merger, how the company has fared during the pandemic, and their long term vision.

Jason is reading Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir –whose fiction appeals to Jason’s training as a PhD scientist– and Bob likes Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner about the history of water rights in the West.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with StimLabs CEO John Daniel

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StimLabs CEO John Daniel

StimLabs CEO John Daniel started out as a US Marine and then rode on a beer truck. But, while in school he sat next to someone who told him about CryoLife where he started in an entry level role as a lab technician. He’s spent his whole career in regenerative medicine, authored 30 patents and now runs StimLabs, which develops and produces regenerative medicine products.

One of John’s favorite books is Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek, which teaches and reinforces principles John learned in the Corps.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with epocrates General Manager Diane Bartoli

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epocrates GM Diane Bartoli

Epocrates General Manager Diane Bartoli’s background is a little different from most of my guests. She majored in English and most of her career has been in publishing, with stints at Random House, Elsevier and Amazon’s Kindle before joining athenahealth to lead its epocrates business.

I’ve followed epocrates for decades –since they started out as mobile app on the Palm Pilot. When athenahealth acquired them about 8 years ago I interviewed the executive who did the deal. He talked about basking in epocrates’ ‘love halo’ and some other interesting rationales.

Diane has been hard at work steering epocrates through the pandemic. Demand is up for reliable information for clinicians about covid in particular, and so business is good. Unsurprisingly, Diane has a few book recommendations, including The Winter Fortress, written by her husband Neal Bascomb. And Diane is quick to point out that she mainly reads on the Kindle.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with Solarity CTO Chez Tschetter

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Solarity CTO Chez Tschetter

As CTO and CIO of Solarity, Chez Tschetter enables major health systems that use Epic and Cener to share medical records with one another, efficiently and accurately. Solarity’s medical record indexing solutions use technologies like optical character recognition, natural language processing and machine learning to swiftly organize and share binders of patient information for better care. Despite what you might assume, EMRs don’t do a good job of electronically sharing information with one another. And that’s where Solarity comes in.

The pandemic has upped the ante for fast and accurate sharing of patient information, and Solarity has also figured out how to implement remotely, so it’s been all systems go since COVID’s arrival.

Chez grew up in South Dakota and likes the place so much that he’s recruited more than 100 Solarity IT staff to join him there. In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Chez shares his personal and business journey along with a couple of book recommendations: Where Does It hurt? by Jonathan Bush and Why We Sleep By Matthew Walker.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with Halo Health CEO Jose Barreau

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Jose Barreau

Jose Barreau had a fairly typical Cuban-American immigrant upbringing, and followed his father’s footsteps as a physician. He was impressed by his mom’s oncologist, whom he met in his early 20s. That experience helped him make the decision to specialize in the treatment of cancer.

Dr. Barreau co-founded and director a major cancer institute in Ohio, which emphasized collaboration in clinical practice for the benefit of patients. But he became frustrated by the communications challenges and looked far and wide for a solution. Finding none that met the need, he co-founded Halo Health, which provides a cloud-based solution to unify all communication channels for efficient, role-based collaboration. It’s designed for clinicians by clinicians, while yielding a strong technical and financial return on investment.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.