Season 4: Episode #136

Podcast with Russ Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Availity

"Digital health is about applying data in a smart way into interactive user experiences"

paddy Hosted by Paddy Padmanabhan
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In this episode, Russ Thomas, Chief Executive Office of Availity, discusses their core business of clinical and claims data to drive better healthcare outcomes and reduce costs. Availity optimizes information exchange between two of the most critical stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem – health plans and providers – through a single, secure network.

Russ talks about their recent acquisition of Diameter Health to standardize the unstructured data to automate clinical workflow, make it available to the right people at the right time, create a better healthcare system, and ultimately drive better healthcare outcomes. He also offers thoughts on the digital health landscape. Take a Listen.

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Show Notes

00:13How would you describe the current state of digital health?
03:17 About medical data, is EHR data specifically, also part of the datasets covered?
04:53Is there a HIPAA consideration here? What would be the top considerations when it comes to exchange of data?
11:18You mentioned prior authorization as one of the biggest friction points in healthcare. What is the competitive landscape looks like for you?
12:48Can you share a couple of use cases coming out of the Diameter Health acquisition that enhances the value of your business?
17:02 What about the health outcomes? What is the role of your data set and platform?
20:27Digital transformation of healthcare data and analytics is super important in all of this. Do you work with digital health startups? How do you enable them? What should they know about you?
27:14There’s the emergence of a lot of data consortiums – Truveta, HIEs, etc. What are your thoughts on the market right now?

About our guest

Russ Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Availity. His vision helped to diversify Availity’s solutions and grow its customer base, creating the foundation for the expansive Availity network that exists today. Combined, the enterprise now delivers healthcare business solutions to a growing network that connects more than 1,000,000 physicians and allied care providers, 2,700 hospitals, and more than 600 technology partners with health plans nationwide. Under Thomas’s leadership, Availity is leading the charge in provider engagement and empowering health care professionals to improve results.

Russ Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Availity. His vision helped to diversify Availity’s solutions and grow its customer base, creating the foundation for the expansive Availity network that exists today. Combined, the enterprise now delivers healthcare business solutions to a growing network that connects more than 1,000,000 physicians and allied care providers, 2,700 hospitals, and more than 600 technology partners with health plans nationwide. Under Thomas’s leadership, Availity is leading the charge in provider engagement and empowering health care professionals to improve results.

About the host

Paddy is the co-author of Healthcare Digital Transformation – How Consumerism, Technology and Pandemic are Accelerating the Future (Taylor & Francis, Aug 2020), along with Edward W. Marx. Paddy is also the author of the best-selling book The Big Unlock – Harnessing Data and Growing Digital Health Businesses in a Value-based Care Era (Archway Publishing, 2017). He is the host of the highly subscribed The Big Unlock podcast on digital transformation in healthcare featuring C-level executives from the healthcare and technology sectors. He is widely published and has a by-lined column in CIO Magazine and other respected industry publications.

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Stay informed on the latest in digital health innovation and digital transformation.

The Healthcare Digital Transformation Leader

Stay informed on the latest in digital health innovation and digital transformation.