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Ep. 69: Right to Data Privacy – Dr. Ali Loveys (CPO ConsenSys Health)

Ali Loveys, MD, FAAP, FHIMSS, ABP-CI is the Chief Privacy Officer, Foundation Relations and North American Markets Leader at Consensys Health. Ali is board-certified in clinical informatics and has had tons of experience as Chief Medical information officer at multiple organizations. During 2018-2020, she was Managing Director Federal Practice Digital Health and US Healthcare Blockchain Leader at Ernst and Young. In this episode we talked bout healthcare, data, cybersecurity, AI, and blockchain.Disclaimer: Remember, the Health Unchained podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and we are not providing any sort of legal, financial, or medical advice. Please do your own research and due diligence before making any important decisions related to these matters.Show Notes•Introduction of Ali's background •Journey into technology, business, and healthcare in your career •Working on the RHIO (Rochester Health Information Organization) •Experience at EY as digital healthcare blockchain lead •COVID19 affect on the healthcare data and public trust •Describe your role at ConsenSys Health •When did you first hear about blockchain? •How do we bridge the gap between technology and healthcare? •How is blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing in the US? •Biggest misconceptions of blockchain from various healthcare executives •How important is community governance when developing a DLT solution? •Why should people care about their data privacy? •Patient Consent data sharing •What can we do about unread Terms of Service and Privacy Policies? It feels like we don't really have a choice if we want to use many tech platforms. •Data privacy - Realistic technology expectations - HIPAA and GDPR •Ethical Responsibilities for AI development and big data in Healthcare •Industry Partners - existing partners and pilot projects •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Favorite book - Historical non-fiction •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •Final TakeawaysHealth Unchained News CornerThe US Department of Health and Human Services announced its blockchain platform called HHS Protect to collect and share Covid-19 hospitalization data. HHS Chief Information Officer, Jose Arrieta, has been leading efforts at HHS to use blockchain to secure, validate, and share procurement data for a few years now.According to the CIO, HHS Protect coordinates data from 6,200 hospitals across the United States, including numbers of ventilators, hospital beds, ER admittance, and discharge, lab test data across the U.S., warehouse implications, and nursing home data.https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbrett/2020/07/24/us-health-department-chief-discloses-functioning-blockchain-project-to-track-covid-19/#26cc64e01949https://protect-public.hhs.gov/
August 3, 2020
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Ep. 68: Clinical Trials on Hyperledger – Rama Rao (CEO Bloqcube)

Rama Rao is the CEO of Bloqcube, a startup he started in 2017 that uses blockchain technology to improve clinical trials operations and research data management. Rama is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in life sciences having spent most of his career as a finance executive at Eli Lilly and Novartis.Company Website: https://bloqcube.com/Disclaimer: The Health Unchained podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and we are not providing any sort of legal, financial, or medical advice. Please do your own research and due diligence before making any important decisions related to these matters.Show Notes •Introduction to Rama's background •Why did you get into healthcare? •How does your experience in pharma shape your understanding of clinical research innovation? •Eroom's law is the observation that drug discovery is becoming slower and more expensive over time, despite improvements in technology, a trend first observed in the 1980s. The cost of developing a new drug roughly doubles every nine years. •Origins of Bloqcube - value proposition •How is the company structured? How big is the team? •Why blockchain in healthcare? •COVID-19 Clinical Trials/Studies •How do you think the government has handled the COVID19 response so far? •Remote Monitoring and Telemedicine •What is your opinion on the decision to send COVID-19 data to HHS instead of CDC? •Describe the actual User Experience - Patients, Providers, researchers, others •General technical specifications (architecture) of Bloqcube oData privacy & Encryption security oIdentity verification oETMF – Electronic Trial Master Form oStripe payment processing oOpen Source software oProtocol layers – Hyperledger fabric oAre you issuing tokens? •Bloqcube was reviewed by HITLAB •Smart Contracts for clinical trials •Describe C2TA™ (Continuous Clinical Trial Accounting) and why it's important - "this minimizes reconciliations and integrates into existing financial systems and closes the loop with a financial planning record indicating the budget and actuals." •Will this improve patient adherence monitoring during clinical research? •Regulatory audits and blockchain auditability •How do you make money? •Technical and social adoption challenges •Industry Partners and concept traction - existing partners and pilot projects (NTT DATA partnership, results of India diabetes observational study pilot) •Can you describe the competitive landscape and any direct competitors to your business? •Who is your favorite scientist of all time? Norman Ernest Borlaug, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Albert EinsteinMentioned guests – Jim Nasr: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-59-tracking-covid19-on-hashgraph-jim-nasr-ceo-acoer Dr. Alex Cahana: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/insights-from-the-crypto-sherpa-dr-alex-cahana-venture-partner-cryptooracleNews Corner https://www.transgene.fr/wp-content/uploads/20200709-PR-Hypertrust-Transgene-final-EN.pdfThe life sciences industry continues to develop new immunotherapies that can specifically treat a patient based on their personal genes and diagnosis. A recent partnership was announced on July 9th 2020, between Transgene, a French biopharma company, and Hypertrust Patient Data Care, a blockchain-based supply and data chain company. Emerging personalized treatments have a massive need for trustworthy and decentralized solutions, due to the strong cross-company collaborative nature of the production process. Developing new clinical protocols for personalized medicine is one of the toughest supply and data chain problems facing the industry and it’s great to see that blockchain technologies are beginning to be tested at the enterprise level.Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
July 19, 2020
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Ep. 67: Emergency Asset Management – Stephen Meade (CEO MonetaPro)

Stephen Meade is a Business Executive, strategic adviser and lifelong entrepreneur. He has created and ran three Public OTC companies in the US. He has started 11 total companies. Meade is known globally as “The BullsEye Guy” for being able to create and target exactly what's needed to succeed. Currently, Stephen serves as the Chairman at BigBamboo LLC, a holding company that incubates start-up companies and is also head of MonetaPro, MagMo, My Wet Rock, RONAstar and ComCom (Community Commerce) Networks.MonetaPro Homepage: https://monetapro.io/ Stephen's Bullseye Guy Podcast: http://thebullseyeguy.comDisclaimer: The Health Unchained podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and we are not providing any sort of legal, financial, or medical advice. Please do your own research and due diligence before making any important decisions related to these matters.Show Notes•Introduction of Stephen's background •The Arc of Entrepreneurship •Experience during the e-commerce internet bubble •BullsEye Guy Podcast and Youtube Experience •Asset Management during a Disaster •Origins of MonetaPro •How can an industry bartering systems work? •MontePro Vision and value proposition •EAMS - Emergency Asset Management System •MontePro Software Tech Stack – Two parts—One; MonetaPro Marketplace, Two; Blockchain Invoicing and Audit o Blockchain protocol o Data storage o GBUC - general business usage credit o Smart contracts •Does MonetaPro need blockchain? Why? •How is COVID19 impacting healthcare supply chains? •Jared Kushner should hit up Stephen Meade because his “McKinsey deal failed” •Competitive landscape and any direct competitors •Product roadmap 2020 and beyond •Bullseye Advice •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •Do you miss traveling? Travel video Stephen put together- https://youtu.be/zbBSNdeoRAQNews Corner https://www.civic.com/healthkey/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2020/06/16/apple-and-google-admit-ethereum-app-to-let-employees-prove-theyve-been-vaccinated/#27f956d940f7Civic, a San Francisco-based blockchain startup that raised $43 million in a 2017 initial coin offering, has partnered with Circle Medical, a well-connected affiliate of UCSF Health, a San Francisco hospital, that will let employees prove to their employers the results of their most recent Covid-19 tests. The organization plans to also allow users to prove they received a COVID19 vaccination, when it hopefully becomes available. The solution is called Health Key by Civic™ and it offers employers the ability to create safer working environments by securely verifying employee health status without compromising their privacy. It puts employees in control of their digital identities, and is future proof as it can be updated with test results and vaccination records anytime.Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
July 6, 2020
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Ep. 66: MediLedger Supply Chain Network – Susanne Somerville (CEO Chronicled)

Susanne Somerville is the CEO of Chronicled, founded in 2014 with the hopes of building the ultimate enterprise blockchain platform. And more recently in 2017 she founded the Mediledger Network, one of the largest and most active healthcare/blockchain consortiums. Current working group members and partners include Genentech, Gilead, Bayer, Pfizer, PWC, SAP, Deloitte, IQVIA, GS1, Walmart and more. Susanne is trailblazing a path for pharma companies to use blockchain tech in a way that will improve their supply chain operations and revenue management processes.https://www.chronicled.com/ https://www.mediledger.com/Show Notes •Introduction of Susanne's background •Journey from ChemE to Pharma supply chain to blockchain •Origins of Chronicled and Mediledger - value proposition, problem statement •How is COVID19 impacting healthcare supply chains? •Most challenging Supply Chain problems fit for DLT - data entry, track and tracing, temperature monitoring, fraud, counterfeits •What responsibilities does Chronicled have as the custodian of the MediLedger network? •Industry Standards – GS1 and HIBCC (Health Industry Business Communications Council) database •Customer mapping process and how different trading partners can align interests •Does Mediledger need blockchain? Why? •“It’s like putting your own private embassy behind your trading partners firewall” on the benefits of blockchain for multi-party data exchange •Chronicled Products - Product Verification / Contracts and Chargebacks •Network stakeholders - Healthcare providers, GPOs (Group purchasing organization), Manufacturers, distributors •Technical specifications (architecture) of Chronicled network •Permisssioned Blockchain protocol – Substrate/Parity Tech Stack •Data storage •Node participation and governance •Libp2p messaging •Smart contracts •FDA DSCSA pilot experience and learnings from regulators •Managing between data transparency and privacy •Chronicled team and culture around privacy and security •Industry Partners and concept traction - existing partners and pilot projects •Can you describe the competitive landscape and any direct competitors to your business? •Platform/Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond •Favorite book – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •Who's your favorite US president of all time? •How are you handling with the physical distancing measures? •Final takeawaysNews CornerThe COVID19 pandemic has highlighted how Genetic data may reveal susceptibility to certain diseases. On June 8, 23andme announced it has been conducted research studies to determine if blood type is associated with lower risk of infections or symptoms. In a person’s DNA, a Thymine base on their ABO gene determines if that person has blood type O. Early results suggest Individuals with O blood type are between 9-18% percent less likely than individuals with other blood types to have tested positive for COVID-19. This research study is continuing to grow and people are beginning to reconsider the role of genetic data in our digital world.https://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/23andme-finds-evidence-that-blood-type-plays-a-role-in-covid-19/Remember, the Health Unchained podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and we are not providing any sort of legal, financial, or medical advice. Please do your own research and due diligence before making any important decisions related to these matters.Special thanks to Bert Miller and Christiane Wirrig who both have newsletters covering the industry. https://bert.substack.com/ https://bluesteens.substack.com/Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind
June 22, 2020
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Ep. 65: Software Development Consulting – Sam Schutte (CEO Unstoppable Software)

Sam Schutte is the founder and CEO of Unstoppable Software, Inc. (https://unstoppablesoftware.com), a custom software development company that helps clients build systems to automate workflow and implement digital transformation. We talked about the challenges his clients face in an ever-changing technology landscape.Special intro on Racial Injustice by Police Visit for more information: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/Disclaimer: Remember, the Health Unchained podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and we are not providing any sort of legal, financial, or medical advice. Please do your own research and due diligence before making any important decisions related to these matters.Show Notes •Intro to Sam's background •Unstoppable Software and services •Managing Data Liability •In your experience, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities for blockchain adoption in healthcare? •Impact of COVID19 •Blockchain opportunities for foster care industry •Decision making process to buy/build enterprise software •C based programming Languages •Microsoft and .NET on Linux •EHR development and deployment experience •Industry Trends in software development and the acceleration of open source •Pros/Cons of Off-shoring development work •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Early Bitcoin mining •Have you changed your mind on anything recently and what made you change it? •If you had to have a micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •What do you do during your free time? •Final takeawaysHealth Unchained News Cornerhttps://www.bioworld.com/articles/435382-kahala-biosciences-rymedi-bring-blockchain-to-covid-19-antibody-testingKahala Biosciences LLC, a California based COVID19 testing distribution startup and Rymedi Inc, a blockchain technology company based in Greenville SC have partnered to launch the Adiona COVID19 antibody testing platform. Francis Duhay, Kahala’s CEO said “The ultimate vision is for people to employ both viral antigen and antibody testing at home.” The ADIONA Platform is currently under Clinical Investigation and Not Yet Approved By FDA. The COVID-19 IgG/IgM tests are not approved by FDA and are currently undergoing Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) review. I hope this vision becomes reality as it would be a great solution to our current lack of COVID19 testing. I’m sure the details of the platform are still being worked on but this is a step in the right direction. I’ll be following this partnership closely.Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
June 7, 2020
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Ep. 64: Health Data Privacy Regulations – Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw , JD, MPH, LLM is the Chief Regulatory Officer at Ciitizen (and former official at OCR and ONC).Vince Kuraitis, JD/MBA is an independent healthcare strategy consultant with over 30 years’ experience across 150+ healthcare organizations. He blogs at e-CareManagement.com.Together, they have written a fantastic series called the Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma which sheds light on the many complex issues related to our ever-increasing demand for health data and privacy law. https://thehealthcareblog.com/the-health-data-dilemma-sharing-privacy-both/Ciitizen Website: https://www.ciitizen.com/ Deven McGraw’s Medium: https://medium.com/@ciitizen Vince’s website: http://e-caremanagement.com/ Vince’s 143 Healthcare ICO list, last updated Oct. 2018: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TANOZmuYtVhyn1C9PV6YLsOBlQNOEOBExB7u2_KkorkShow Notes •Introduction of Deven's and Vince's background •Journey into healthcare law, privacy standards, and current positions •Healthcare industry expectations during COVID19 pandemic •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Deven - Responsibilities at Ciitizen Health as Chief Regulatory Officer and vision as a company •Vince - Principal, blogger, and consulting work at Better Health Technologies •What is the government doing well to address the serious pandemic situation? •Contact tracing - Apple and Google Exposure notification API platform for public health organizations •Data privacy - Realistic technology expectations - HIPAA •Data Goldilocks concept •Unique privacy and security attributes of DLT •Deven- Ciitizen Scorecard? •What advice would you give larger EMR companies like Epic and Cerner? •Advice to healthcare regulators? •Deven - Ciitizen's investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Verily, and Intermountain healthcare •What do you disagree on? •Recommended resources -https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56 •Wrap-up and Final TakeawaysNews Corner https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hashcashs-post-pandemic-plans-streamline-070000831.html In May, HashCash Consultants announces a plan to streamline the medical supply chain by forming a consortium of medical equipment suppliers, pharmaceuticals and medical goods manufacturers, distributors and other key players.Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/HealthunchaindDisclaimer: Remember, the Health Unchained podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and we are not providing any sort of legal, financial, or medical advice. Please do your own research and due diligence before making any important decisions related to these matters.
May 24, 2020
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Ep. 63: Healthcare Smart Contracts with DAML – Corey Todaro (Digital Asset)

Corey Todaro is Senior Product manager at Digital Asset. Corey also spent a few years at Hashed Health, one of the earliest companies trying to bring blockchain tech to healthcare. We talked about the effects of COVID19 on the healthcare system, the development of DAML, and how healthcare stakeholders feel about all these new technologies. DAML is completely open-source programming language for writing distributed applications and the well supported SDK is available on DAML.com.Show Notes •Introduction of Corey's background in education and cultural/religious studies •Journey into technology, business, and healthcare in your career •COVID19 pandemic has revealed that the healthcare industry is over-optimized •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Experience at Hashed Health •Designing DLT solutions in the healthcare industry •DAML is an open source programming language for dapps •“DAML sits at a higher level of abstraction closer to the business layer than to the persistence layer (database/blockchain layer)” •DAML is blockchain protocol agnostic – it’s interoperable with multiple blockchains •Why is DAML unique compared to other smart contract programming languages? •Governance best practices that you've learned are prerequisites for network success •Healthcare Consortia •Structure of a good multi-party application deployment •What are the biggest misconceptions of blockchain when you speak with various healthcare executives? •FHIR and Consumer health data ecosystem •How can various healthcare stakeholders benefit from a decentralized ecosystem? (Patients, providers, payers, pharma, and research) •Industry Partners and customer traction - existing partners and pilot projects •Digital Asset is backed by large banks and institutions. Is there a consideration for the crypto communities who believe blockchain and cryptocurrency will end the big banks? •Can you describe the competitive and/or cooperative landscape? •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? – “Religion is an artificial construct” •Favorite books: Map is not Territory by Jonathon Z. Smith; Where wizards stay up late by Katie Hafner; Contract theory by Patrick Bolton; Moonshine behind the Monster by Terry Gannon. •Have you changed your mind on anything recently and what made you change it? Corey thinks Decentralized Identity actually has some potential now •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? Ears or Eyes •Coping with physical distancing measures •Wrap-up and Final TakeawaysNews Corner links On May 7th, Zoom announced its acquisition of Keybase to strengthen its security of the video communications platform. Keybase, which launched in 2014, has developed an encrypted social networking service that allows users to tie their identities to a user’s PGP key or other encryption keys.https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/05/07/zoom-acquires-keybase-and-announces-goal-of-developing-the-most-broadly-used-enterprise-end-to-end-encryption-offering/ https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/30/using-zoom-for-telehealth-virtual-care/ https://decrypt.co/28121/keybase-users-revolt-following-zoom-acquisition https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2020/05/07/zoom-buys-keybase-in-powerful-security-move-how-this-could-change-everything/Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
May 11, 2020
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Ep. 62: Open Science Distributed – Sean Manion, PhD (CSO ConsenSys Health)

Dr. Sean Manion, Chief Scientific Officer at ConsenSys Health and founder of Science Distributed. He has BS in Biochemistry and PhD in Neuroscience. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff and later as Research Activities Chief as a federal civilian for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). Website: https://sciencedistributed.com Blockchain for Medical Research Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0367347466/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_7uGPEb6GZ3ST5Show Notes •Journey into technology, science, and healthcare in your career •Progression of science in society •Co-authoring and Publishing Blockchain for Medical Research •Problems of Publish or Perish mentality and incentives •Vision for Science Distributed •Scaling science infinitely •The current state of Health Research in the world and US •What factors contributed to your pursuit and decision to become Chief Scientific Officer at ConsenSys Health? •Sean’s role and goals at ConsenSys Health •COVID-19 pandemic as a tipping point for the economy and healthcare •Virtual Hackathons and the rise in virtual work in society •Overview of Stop COVID-19 Hackathon by ConsenSys Health where Sean is a competition judge •The blockchain of science (proof of science) •Effects of pandemic on the stakeholders of science (Funders, Researchers, Publishers, End Users) •Using COVID-19 viral and antibody testing shortages as an example, why can blockchain help? •In what adoption sequence would you expect different stakeholders in science to buy-in to the integration of blockchain in health research? •Do you think progress in medicine has been slowing down? All of the discoveries of the the last ~50 - 60 years pale in comparison to those of the preceding 50 - 60 (antibiotics, basic hygiene, vaccinations, etc) •Focusing on federally funded medical research specifically, how would you rate our institutions' response to the COVID-19 crisis? •Data Privacy concerns and opportunities for blockchain •Favorite Scientist- American Philosopher Daniel Dennett •Favorite book - What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada •What are your thoughts about the technological singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045? •Final takeaways for the audienceHealth Unchained New Corner IBM has recently launched a network called Rapid Supplier Connect to link healthcare providers with medical equipment suppliers. "It typically takes about four to six weeks for buyers to vet and onboard new vendors or suppliers after they find each other", said Mark Treshock, IBM’s global blockchain solutions leader for healthcare and life sciences. "The goal is to have a range of trusted global suppliers on the blockchain network that can provide health-care organizations with about 15 types of medical equipment, including masks, ventilators, dialysis machines and oxygen masks. The vendors are vetted by the Worldwide Supply Chain Federation, Project N95 and others." https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-cryptocurrency-technology-finds-new-use-tackling-coronavirus-11587675966?mod=rsswnHealth Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
April 26, 2020
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Ep. 61: Decentralized Identity – Carsten Stocker, PhD (CEO Spherity)

Carsten Stocker, founder and CEO of Spherity, which is building a blockchain and cloud based identity solution. We talk about a variety of blockchain ecosystems related to self-sovereign identity and concepts like the digital twin. Spherity was founded in November 2017 and employs currently 12 people. His company is based in Berlin, Germany and were recently part of a government sponsored hackathon where they built a solution called E-receipt to digitally prove a patient’s identity when getting a prescription.Company Website: https://spherity.com/Show Notes•Introduction of Carsten's background in Germany •Journey into information technology, consulting, business and healthcare •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Ethereum and meeting Vitalik Buterin (Founder of Ethereum) •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing globally and domestically •Blockchain in Germany and Europe - How has the Ministry of Health advanced digital health efforts? •WirVsVirus - Hackathon experience: https://medium.com/spherity/spherity-contributes-to-wirvsvirus-hackathon-for-corona-virus-solutions-3c59b1557fdf, •e-Rezept: https://devpost.com/software/e-rezept-digitale-rezepte-zur-vermeidung-von-arztbesuchen#updates •Avoiding unneccessary brick-and-mortar clinical visits •Social Distancing effects on prescription fetching •Decentralized Identity Management - why is it so challenging? •Business development strategy: Focus on customers and companies that are technology literate, not wasting time •Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), pairwise pseudonymous identifier, and other digital privacy methodologies •Self-sovereign identity (SSI) •Digital Twin concept and the story of everything •Technology Stack: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards, Ethereum, Sovrin and Hyperledger Indy •Dynamically defined supply chains •Open Software and Consumer health data ecosystems •Biggest blockchain misconceptions from healthcare executives •How can various stakeholders benefit by using your identity platform? •Data Privacy concerns and opportunities for blockchain •What are the failure points of your platform? •How can you break the status quo with Innovation? •Telegram community question: Could e-Rezept be combined with some sort of location beacon (maybe FOAM? foam.space) and allow for medications to be delivered by drone? •Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond •Favorite scientist of all time – physicist Lev Landau (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev_Landau) •How are you occupying yourself in self-quarantine?Health Unchained New CornerOn April 10, Google and Apple announced a joint effort to use Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/04/apple-and-google-partner-on-covid-19-contact-tracing-technology/Singapore has already developed an app called TraceTogether that also uses Bluetooth to detect possible contact with an infected person. Although Singapore claims that Tracetogether data older than 21 days will automatically be deleted, many critics argue that this type of data collection is only increasing the level of government surveillance. TraceTogether is developed by the Ministry of Health and Government Technology Agency (GovTech), in support of SGUnited. https://www.tracetogether.gov.sg/ SafeTrace: Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing for COVID-19 (https://blog.enigma.co/safetrace-privacy-preserving-contact-tracing-for-covid-19-c5ae8e1afa93)Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
April 13, 2020
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Ep. 60: COVIDathon – Decentralized AI Hackathon (featuring 3 Judges)

COVIDathon - Virtual Hackathon - develop and launch open-source code using AI and/or blockchain to combat COVID-19, reduce risks from future infectious outbreaks, and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic situation.Phase 1 submission deadline is April 30, 2020 https://covidathon.devpost.com/Show Notes3 Guests - COVIDathon Judges •NiMA Asghari (Berlin)– Ecosystem Accelerator at Ocean Protocol •Robert Miller (Maryland, US)- ep. 43 –Senior consultant - ConsenSys Health (https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-43-separating-hype-from-reality-robert-miller-senior-consultant-at-consensys-health) •Jonathan Passerat Palmbach (London, UK)– Research Scientist - ConsenSys Health•COVID19 hackathons growth and purpose •COVIDathon structure and rules •Sponsoring Partners - Decentralized AI Alliance, SingularityNET, and Ocean Protocol •Advantages of using Blockchain for privacy preserving AI •Consensys health – Federated Learning Research (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336868499_A_blockchain-orchestrated_Federated_Learning_architecture_for_healthcare_consortia) •OpenMined is an open-source community whose goal is to make the world more privacy-preserving by lowering the barrier-to-entry to private AI technologies: https://Openmined.org •Private Kit: Safe Paths; Privacy-by-Design Contact Tracing: https://safepaths.mit.edu/ •Reputation Protocol for open Collaboration: https://sourcecred.io/ •Stop COVID-19 Hackathon by ConsenSys Health: https://consensyshealth.com/covid-19/ •NiMA's Episode 1 of Voices of Data Economy podcast presented by Ocean Protocol: https://open.spotify.com/show/47Yg2zvkP0uvXdCH1l3ike •Mentorship opportunities •Importance of Teambuilding for sustainable solutions •Goals of the non-profit (DAIA foundation)Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
April 5, 2020
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Ep. 59: Tracking COVID19 On Hashgraph – Jim Nasr (CEO Acoer)

Jim Nasr, CEO of Acoer, and his team has built a trusted coronavirus tracking dashboard (https://www.acoer.com/coronavirus) using Hedera Hashgraph, a next generation decentralized ledger technology. The data is pulled from multiple sources including the World health organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention where Jim was previously Chief Software Architect. Jim also co-founded Armedia, a Enterprise Content Management company, in 2002 and exited in 2016.Show Notes•Journey into technology, business and healthcare •COVID-19 tipping point for the economy and healthcare •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Three pillars of Acoer: Usable software, interoperability (Open APIs), blockchain technology •Hashlog – Data Visualization Engine •Hashload – Secure data and file exchange •Hedera Hashgraph – Differentiating protocol qualities and Hedera developer community network •Insights from the blockchain based coronavirus tracking on Acoer •What did you find surprising about the CDC when you first joined? •How is blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing globally and domestically? •What are the biggest misconceptions of blockchain when you speak with various healthcare executives? It doesn’t scale is a common copout for executives to not start a blockchain project. •Healthcare Data Provenance •What does computational trust mean? •Primary Data Collection strategies •Data Privacy concerns and opportunities for blockchain •Using Game Theory to incentivize good behavior •What are the failure points of the platform? •How is data sharing being redefined in our society as we deal with a pandemic? •Value of patient data and individual rights •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond •Favorite book – The power of habit by Charles Duhigg •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •How are you occupying yourself in self-quarantine?Health Unchained News Corner 1. #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon (https://covid-global-hackathon.devpost.com/) had a submission deadline as March 30 and currently has over 17k participants, which is insane for a hackathon. Companies like Amazon, Facebook, Giphy, Microsoft, Pinterest, Salesforce, Slack, TikTok, Twitter, and WeChat are supporting this hackathon. 2. IBM’s Call for Code Global Challenge - COVID-19: Fight the global pandemic (https://developer.ibm.com/callforcode/getstarted/covid-19/). This hackathon was kicked off on March 20 and will accept initial submissions by April 27th 3. COVIDathon Decentralized AI against Covid-19 (https://covidathon.devpost.com/) is accepting submissions April 1st to June 1st 2020 – The Decentralized AI Alliance, SingularityNET and Ocean Protocol are leading this hackathon to Build privacy-centric solutions for CoVID19 using AI & Blockchain technologies.Health Unchained podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and we are not providing any sort of legal, financial, or medical advice. Please do your own research and due diligence before making any important decisions related to these matters.Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
March 28, 2020
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Ep. 58: Healthcare Industry Revolution – Heather Flannery (CEO ConsenSys Health)

Heather Flannery is the Chief Executive Officer of ConsenSys Health. On March 2, 2020, Consensys Health was officially spun out of one of the most foundational blockchain focused organizations in the world, ConsenSys AG. She is also a Chair at IEEE Standards Association P2418.6; Co-Founder & Chair, BiHG; Co-Chair, HIMSS Blockchain Task Force. Her previous work included web development, business development, entrepreneurship, Microsoft account tech specialist, Founder of Obesity Prevention, and other policy and management work.Show Notes•Introduction of Heather's background •Coronavirus and HIMSS cancellation •Journey into technology, business, and healthcare in your career •Entrepreneurship as a form of psychopathology •Managing leadership roles in multiple organizations and general blockchain advocacy work •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Origins of ConsenSys AG and the Healthcare subdivision •Why was ConsenSys Health spun off into it's own entity? •Values of ConsenSys: Radical transparency, self-organization, decentralization, self-sovereignty •Decentralization of power-generation in the industrial revolution history •Vision for ConsenSys Health and Company structure •ConsenSys Health services categories: Bioethics, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Identity, Compliance •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing globally and domestically •How critical is Ethereum's future success and scalability for ConsenSys Health? •What are the biggest misconceptions of blockchain when you speak with various healthcare executives? •Perspectives from CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CFOs and their biggest concerns when considering a DLT solution or project •Healthcare consortia- what are they doing right, what can they do better? •How important is community governance when developing a DLT solution? •What are some examples of good blockchain-enabled use cases you are seeing in the marketplace? Bad examples? •How important are HIPAA documentation requirements in the future of healthcare privacy? •Federated analytics and federating machine learning •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •Favorite book – Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand •What are your thoughts about the AI singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045?News Cornerhttps://hashedhealth.com/procredex-capital-raiseOn March 5th, 2020, Tampa-based Professional Credentials Exchange LLC (ProCredEx) announced that it raised $3.5M in an initial seed round of funding. ProCredEx has developed a digital marketplace using DLT and machine learning technology to provide a solution for provider credentialing organizations to share, exchange, and monetize their credentialed data with a secure and private platform. ProCredEx has partnered with R3 and has a license to build its marketplace on top of R3’s Corda Enterprise. Check out episode 31 to learn more about how provider credentialing can be improved with DLT. Related Episode: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep31-provider-credentialing-anthony-begando-ceo-procredexHealth Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
March 15, 2020
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Ep. 57: General Purpose Healthcare Framework – Tatyana Kanzaveli (CEO Open Health Network)

Tatyana Kanzaveli, TedX speaker, successful computer scientist and data lover who started off her career as a multi-disciplinary consultant at Pricewaterhousecoopers. She had many leadership roles throughout her career and started her own company a few years ago after being diagnosed with cancer. Her company, Open Health Network is a general purpose platform that leverages AI and blockchain to create a personalized patient experience that can be whitelabeled for enterprise clients.Show Notes•Introduction of Tatyana's background •Journey from Azerbaijan to the US and into healthcare entrepreneurship •Experience being diagnosed with cancer •Experience navigating the healthcare system •Origins of Open Health Network- problem statement, value proposition •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •Does OHN need blockchain? Why? •General technical specifications (architecture) of OHN •Network Nodes and governance? •Data storage •Data Marketplace •Security Requirements •How is OHN leveraging Big data and AI to enhance user experience? •My Cardiac Coach developed by the American Heart Association uses the OHN platform. •What is PatientSphere? •Product development updates •Customers - adoption challenges in different markets •Industry Partners and concept traction - existing partners and pilot projects •Can you describe the competitive landscape and any direct competitors to your business? •Platform/Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond •Name a business leader or industry leader that inspires you- Esther Dyson •What do you like to do during your free time? Tatyana is a grandmother and previous chess master.Health Unchained News Corner https://consensys.net/blog/press-release/consensys-announces-healthcare-spin-off-consensys-health/On February 20, 2020, Brooklyn-based ConsenSys announced it will spin off it’s sub-division that focused on healthcare into it’s own company called ConsenSys Health. ConsenSys Health will continue to leverage ConsenSys’ suite of tools and infrastructure, including Codefi, Infura, and PegaSys. The global lead for the healthcare vertical at ConsenSys, Heather Flannery, will lead the new company as CEO. Heather has worked on mission-driven projects for over 25 years making measurable societal contributions in business, technology, and healthcare.Related: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-10-genetics-marketplace-ethics-dr-david-koepsell-ceo-encrypgenHealth Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
March 1, 2020
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Ep. 56: Securing Health Connections – Frank Ricotta (CEO BurstIQ)

Upcoming Events Blockchain and Digital transformation in Health 2020 - Austin, TX - Feb. 26 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-digital-transformation-in-health-2020-tickets-77550239855?aff=HEALTHUNCHAINED&afu=140534288709Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/Show Notes Frank Ricotta is the co-founder and CEO of BurstIQ In 2019, BurstIQ raised $5.5M in a series A funding round to continue its development of an Enterprise scale HIPAA and GDPR compliant Blockchain solution.•Introduction of Frank's background •Journey from Airforce to cybersecurity and into healthcare executive leadership •Origins of BurstIQ •Does BurstIQ need blockchain? Why? •New data economy development and innovation •General technical specifications (architecture) of BurstIQ network •Big Data and storage •Self-aware data object •Data privacy - HIPAA and GDPR •Smart contracts •How can various stakeholders benefit in the BurstIQ ecosystem? •Patients, providers, payers, pharma, and research •BurstIQ User experience workflow •Product development updates •Empiric Health (manages surgical and clinical data) is BurstIQ’s first anchor customer •BurstIQ partners include Flometric, Air Force academy, and Secure.health (Australia) •Industry Partners and concept traction - existing partners and pilot projects •Can you describe the competitive landscape and any direct competitors to your business? •Platform/Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond •What are your thought on the AI singularity in 2045 (ray Kurzweil)? •Favorite book(s) – Peter Drucker’s management books •Name a historical figure or living leader that you would like to have dinner with?Health Unchained News Corner 2020 MediLedger DSCSA pilot report: https://www.mediledger.com/fda-pilot-project In 2013, Congress enacted a law called the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) which outlines steps to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States. In 2017, The mediLedger Project brought together companies to explore using blockchain technology to address these interoperability requirements designated to go into effect in 2023 for package-level tracing. The MediLedger Network believes that can add value to a multi-enterprise business network by enabling for the following components: Data synchronization, asset exchanges, multi-party business process automation, business rule enforcement.
February 16, 2020
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Ep. 55: Public Health Insights with Dr. Tiffany Gray (GWU Adjunct Professor)

Ray's Upcoming Events Blockchain and Digital transformation in Health 2020 - Austin, TX - Feb. 26 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-digital-transformation-in-health-2020-tickets-77550239855?aff=HEALTHUNCHAINED&afu=140534288709Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/Show NotesGuest Website: https://www.drgrayhealth.com/ Dr. Tiffany Gray, holds a Doctorate in Public Health in Health Behavior and a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She also serves as the co-chair and adviser for the global health and disaster relief subcommittee as part of the United Nations’ blockchain for impact and sustainable development initiative. We talked about a variety of public health issues and how blockchain could serve as a tool to improving access to care globally.•Introduction of Dr. Tiffany Gray - academia, career, running marathons •Smoking cessation efforts •Researching Nicotine use among young adults and kids •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •What are some examples of Public Health Initiatives using blockchain or plan to use some DLT? •How can technology create better opportunities for addiction treatment? •Can you describe the landscape of public investment for Mental health care in US/Global? •Problems in healthcare data security/privacy/sharing •Consulting Experience in private sector •What would you ask healthcare/financial regulators to do/understand about this new distributed/decentralized economy? •Favorite books, marathon running, and cooking during free timeNews Corner Welcome to the Health Unchained New Corner. https://www.ibm.com/blogs/blockchain/2019/12/protect-pharmaceutical-product-integrity-with-the-pharmaceutical-utility-network/ A new business network has been created based on an interoperability pilot program started from the FDA’s Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The original pilot participants included KPMG, Merck, Walmart, and IBM. This business network is called the Pharmaceutical Utility Network (or PhUN). According to the IBM blog, this transformation of the compliance process allows innovators to focus on using the data now available to them to fuel the creation and deployment of new, cutting-edge applications onto the platform, leading to new business capabilities, business relationships and eventually business models. PhUN is currently working with initial participants to explore five pharmaceutical industry problem areas: •Regulatory compliance •Cold chain efficiency •Drug shortages •Drug recalls •Clinical trials
February 1, 2020
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Ep. 54: Explaining Valuation Models and Blockchain Adoption – Chris Plance (CEO Veris Foundation)

Ray's Upcoming Events Blockchain and Digital transformation in Health 2020 - Austin, TX - Feb. 26 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-digital-transformation-in-health-2020-tickets-77550239855?aff=HEALTHUNCHAINED&afu=140534288709Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/Show NotesChris Plance, founder of the non-profit, Veris Foundation and Healthcare/blockchain expert at PA Consulting. We talked about his experience working with c-suite executives who look at blockchain as a tool to improve their businesses and the state of blockchain adoption in the industry.•Chris first learned about blockchain from Casascius physical bitcoins. •Recommends The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014) – Documentary by Daniel Mross •In your experience, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities for blockchain adoption in healthcare? •Veris Foundation (non-profit) origins and using NEO protocol •Crowdfunding opportunities with blockchain •ICO experience •What problems do your prospects have that your business solves? •Clearinghouses for healthcare claims processing – Change healthcare •Explain your valuation model: V = V(information asymmetry)+V(platform)+V(growth speculation) •Three factors for company Valuation– the utilization of information asymmetry, the value of the firm’s platform, and speculation over the firm’s growth prospects. •What challenges do your clients increasingly face? Too much technology! •There are 242 Health Information Exchanges •Current healthcare data sharing business models are lagging behind platform business models •Navigating the regulatory landscape •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Have you changed your mind on anything recently and what made you change it? •If you had to have a micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •What do you do during your free time? Drink wineHealth Unchained New Corner https://hashedhealth.com/newsletter-dec-2019/ Large healthcare companies are beginning to come together as consortiums in order to take advantage of the data sharing opportunities a distributed network infrastructure can offer. In part 4 of this series, the authors outline the details of 9 consortiums. The use cases include Drug supply chain and provider credentialing and it looks like their protocols only use Enterprise Ethereum, Corda, and Hyperledger Fabric. Mediledger being the oldest launched in September of 2017. Six of the 9 consortiums launched in 2019.
January 20, 2020
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