Ep. 77: Data Ethics and Compliance – Wendy M. Charles, PhD, CIP, CCRP, CBP

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Ep. 77: Data Ethics and Compliance – Wendy M. Charles, PhD, CIP, CCRP, CBP

Wendy M. Charles, PhD, CIP, CCRP, CBP is a resear…
December 5, 2020

Ep. 77: Data Ethics and Compliance – Wendy M. Charles, PhD, CIP, CCRP, CBP

Wendy M. Charles, PhD, CIP, CCRP, CBP is a researcher and regulatory compliance scientist with expertise in managing clinical research operations, quality assurance, and implementation of health information technologies. She has 28 years of research experience; 16 years of management experience with industry-sponsored and federally funded research. Wendy is Chief Scientific Officer at BurstIQ, co-chair of the IEEE Standards Development Working group for blockchain in healthcare and life sciences, and has contributed to numerous other blockchain/healthcare publications.

BurstIQ Website:

Blockchain Compliance by Design: Regulatory Considerations for Blockchain in Clinical Research:

We talk about how we can start encouraging an ethics by design approach to building software and how dynamic consent management can provide more control over a patient’s own health data.

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Show Notes

•Introduction to Wendy’s background
•What drove you to the healthcare world?
•How did you first hear about blockchain technology?
•How does your academic research experience influence your perspectives in healthcare infotech industry?
•Digital tattoos for temporary health monitoring
•Impact of COVID-19 on Clinical research operations
•Importance of Ethics by Design
•World leadership summit link –
•Dynamic Consent management, broad and specific consent
•Describe your role as CSO at BurstIQ
•What tactics is BurstIQ employing to address data privacy and personal ownership of one’s data?
•Customers like Intermountain Healthcare saved ~$90M over three years by using BurstIQ:
•What are the biggest barriers to blockchain adoption in healthcare?
•Balancing between regulatory compliance and technology innovation
•Most influential book you’ve read – The Patient Will See You Now by Dr. Eric Topol
•What are your thoughts about the singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045?
•If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted?
•Thoughts on Neuralink technology
•Final Takeaways

News Corner
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