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Anthem’s Digital Data Sandbox

Anthem increased innovation to address complex healthcare problems by creating the company's Digital Data Sandbox and making deidentified data available for external collaboration.
VIGNETTE

A description of a firm’s approach to an IT management issue, written according to a prescribed template

Abstract

Anthem, Inc. was a $121.9 billion Indianapolis-based healthcare company that served more than 110 million people across the United States. In 2019, Anthem’s Innovation team introduced the company’s Digital Data Sandbox and made deidentified data available for collaboration with external partners. By 2021, six hundred researchers and developers actively used the sandbox, representing nearly fifty unique organizations. This case vignette describes how Anthem’s Innovation team built the Digital Data Sandbox and created solutions with partners.

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Gabe Piccoli, Edward G. Schlieder Chair of Information Sciences, Louisiana State University; Associate Professor of Information Sciences, University of Pavia

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Cynthia M. Beath, Professor Emerita, University of Texas at Austin

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