The first episode, Data Will Eat Public Health featured Shahir Kassam-Adams, a healthcare entrepreneur at Datavant. Kassam-Adams described how steps taken after 9/11 can inform our post-pandemic response. He explained how the collection and analysis of vast amounts of data has helped identify and mitigate threats, albeit at the expense of privacy.
For public health, there is an opportunity to leverage and synthesize disparate electronic data while protecting privacy. “Almost everything about public health is information based,” said Kassam-Adams. “The power of that information is going to make new public health professionals out of information technology professionals, or public health professionals will step up to become information giants. Data is going to eat public health.”
Guests on subsequent episodes include Dr. Surya Singh (entrepreneur and CVS executive), Daniel Kivatinos (DrChrono co-founder), Ahmed Albaiti (Medullan CEO) and Dave Terry (Archway Health CEO).
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David E. Williams is president of Health Business Group and an independent director of Clerio Vision, Home Care Delivered, and Vericred. He is chair of Medullan’s advisory board. Previously he worked at Boston Consulting and LEK Consulting. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University. Follow David on Twitter @HealthBizBlog