Category: Podcast

Interview with Datavant’s Bob Borek and Jason LaBonte

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September 15th, 2021 by

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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 Solarity CTO Chez Tschetter

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August 26th, 2021 by

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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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August 19th, 2021 by

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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.

Interview with Allurion co-founder Shantanu Gaur

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August 12th, 2021 by

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Shantanu Gaur has been inspired and driven by his parents, brilliant and independent-thinking immigrants from India. When it came time to choose between a career as a physician or as an entrepreneur, his mathematician father helped him calculate how many people he could help and what would happen if he failed.

As co-founder and CEO of Allurion Technologies, Shantanu has helped develop and launch balloons –not into the sky but into the stomach– where they help patients feel full and lose weight. The product is on the market in Europe and the Middle East, and there are plans for the US and China as well.

Allurion is succeeding where other weight loss balloons have failed. The company’s balloons can be swallowed and filled in an office visit –not an operating room– and are paired with nutritional counseling and a digital support system.

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

Interview with Affinity Empowering’s Michael Tkach

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August 5th, 2021 by

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Dr. Michael Tkach

Affinity Empowering Chief Behavioral Health Officer and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michael Tkach grew up reading Sherlock Holmes and sniffing out the perpetrator of an ice shack arson. By now he’s graduated to studying the linkage between inflammation and depression while pioneering a streamlined and powerful approach to pool testing for COVID-19. Two swabs anyone?

Interested organizations can enroll for the program online.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Michael shares insights on using the psychology of the news media to understand human behavior during the pandemic, and tells us whether Affinity is a tech company in health care or a health company in technology.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsYouTube and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts.


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