Ep. 93: Keeping Patient Data Private and Accessible – Georgina Kyriakoudes (CEO DCentric Health)
Georgina Kyriakoudes, CEO of DCentric Health, is paving the way for patients to be
able to take control of their data. DCentric is the creator of Aria, an app designed to
make accessing medical records quick and easy while giving patients the ownership
and privacy that comes with blockchain technology. Georgina explains why blockchain
technologies are actually built for compliance. She also discusses why the accessibility
of patient data is important for the future of the health industry.
- How Georgina got her start in the healthcare industry after working with an
accounting firm and doing her graduate thesis on medical data and blockchain.
- The medical emergency that prompted Georgina’s and her partner to start DCentric.
- How DCentric is handling regulations like GDPR to make blockchain solutions
compliant with new privacy regulations.
- How DCentric uses a multichain solution to create an interface between patients
and providers that provides privacy and accessibility.
- Why DCentric chose to focus on development and product before marketing and
- how COVID caused them to pivot from their initial strategy
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The Human genome project was an international scientific research project with the
goal of determining the base pairs that make up human DNA and physically and
functionally mapping all the genes of the human genome. It was formally launched in
1990 and declared complete on April 14, 2003 but only included 85-92% of the genome.
Over the last 20 years, scientists and researchers have developed better laboratory
tools, computational methods and strategic approaches to decipher the complex
In early 2022, the first complete, gapless sequence of a human genome, two decades
after the Human Genome Project produced the first draft human genome sequence.
According to researchers, having a complete, gap-free sequence of the roughly 3 billion
bases (or “letters”) in our DNA is critical for understanding the full spectrum of human
genomic variation and for understanding the genetic contributions to certain diseases.
According to consortium co-chair Adam Phillippy, Ph.D., whose research group at
NHGRI led the finishing effort, sequencing a person’s entire genome should get less
expensive and more straightforward in the coming years.
This milestone marks a new era for breakthrough medical treatments and overall
improved understanding of how the human body works. Given all the potential, I hope
scientists and doctors will consider the importance of bioethics and data privacy when
drafting new protocols for sequencing patients’ whole genomes. Web3 technologies,
blockchain, and privacy preserving solutions can recreate the way health data is owned,
managed, and shared. What more identifying data do we have than our individual whole
genome sequence? It is literally the blueprint of our existence and we should leverage it
to help research but not sacrifice our individual privacy and agency along the way. What
do you think?
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