Health Unchained

Health Unchained

Health Unchained hosts conversations with blockchain/healthcare professionals who are disrupting the health industry.

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Ep. 94: Securing Clinical Trial Documentation – Hadil Es-Sbai (CEO Triall)

Hadil Es-Sbai is on a mission to make clinical trial data more secure and accessible. His company, Triall, is attempting to revolutionize the clinical trial industry. They’re building an easy and secure way for researchers to conduct trials as well as for participants to stay engaged. Hadil shares why blockchain solutions are a perfect match for an industry like clinical research and how it can make the transition to Web3. Topics Covered: How Hadil got into blockchain after working over 20 years in the clinical research industry The different blockchain integrated e-clinical solutions that Triall is developing How blockchain solutions can help streamline clinical development activities Using LTO Network, Accumulate – but blockchain agnostic   The ways Triall is making it easier for participants and researchers to complete clinical trials How Triall is ensuring patient privacy and also accessibility for researchers Triall’s ICO and TRL token Roadmap for the future of their platform About the Guest Connect with Hadil Learn more about Triall Resources Mentioned CR2O Sphereon The 48 Laws of Power News Corner Louisiana sues UnitedHealthcare, OptumRx for alleged Medicaid drug overcharging - Hyperledger - Healthcare Special Interest Group Meetings Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
May 7, 2022

Ep. 92: Revolutionizing Prescriptions in Latin America – Everardo Barojas (CEO Prescrypto)

Everardo Barojas, PhD, founder of Prescrypto, is revolutionizing electronic prescriptions in Latin America. Since 2017, Prescrypto has been working to bring prescriptions into the modern age by providing reliable, secure prescriptions that are written and verified using blockchain technology. Everardo shares how this transition can benefit the doctors, the patients, and the industry as a whole. We also discuss Everardo’s journey building a Web3 company in Latin America and the advantages and challenges that come along with it. Topics Covered: - How Prescrypto helps doctors to write and fulfill prescriptions on the blockchain - The business model Prescrypto is making possible by minting prescriptions on the blockchain - How Prescrypto has been able to mint over 650,000 prescription NFTs on the blockchain - The blockchain Prescrypto runs on (Rexchain) and the differences between that and Bitcoin - How Prescrypto was able to raise capital and structure their organization - What Everardo does to stay healthy and improve his entrepreneurial skills Connect with the Guest Twitter: LinkedIn: Website: Resources Mentioned -Ep. 48: Private, Personal DNA Exploration - Daniel Uribe (CEO Genobank)](…be-ceo-genobank) -Rexchain( -Jim Clark( News Corner…on-defi-hack-nft Ronin Blockchain and Axie Infinity operator Sky Mavis revealed a breach on March 29th and froze transactions on the Ronin bridge, which allows depositing and withdrawing funds from the company’s blockchain. $625 million worth of cryptocurrency that was stolen from Ronin, the blockchain underlying popular crypto game Axie Infinity. The operator, Sky Mavis says it’s working with law enforcement to recover 173,600 Ethereum (currently worth around $600 million) and 25.5 million USDC from the culprit, who withdrew it from the network on March 23rd. Although this breach isn’t related to healthcare data, the healthcare web 3 industry should take note of the security failures that allowed the hacker to steal such a large sum of money. Moral of the story - Decentralization matters for network security. Having more nodes on the network may have made it more difficult to full gain access. Also, it highlights the reliance on law enforcement for helping to track down the hacker. **Health Unchained Links** Website: Telegram: Twitter:
April 22, 2022

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. Topics: 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 Connect with Georgina Twitter: @GKyriakoudes LinkedIn: Georgina Kyriakoudes Website: MyAria Resources Mentioned Federal Public Health Laws Supporting Data Use and Sharing Health Gorilla News Corner Researchers generate the first complete, gapless sequence of a human genome -- ScienceDaily 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 sequence. 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? Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
April 22, 2022

Ep. 91: Bridging Web2 to Web3 – Chris Were (CEO Verida)

Chris Were, CEO of Verida, talks about the developers’ tools needed to bridge web2 programmers to web3. We also talk about the challenges and opportunities he has with his web3 startup. Living in Australia, Chris shared his perspective of how Australia has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Website: Disclaimer: 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. Now let’s get to the show. Show Notes Introduction to Chris's background Mental health, domestic violence, and data privacy Defining Web3 when compared to Web2 Medical Record systems in Australia Services for Web3 oCompute oIdentity oAuthentication oMessaging oPublic and private storage Verida technical specifications (architecture) oBlockchain Protocol and network oVDA Tokenenomics oData storage and Cloud Novak Djokavic and Covid in Austrailia Verida Network Growth and scale •Overview of Current projects using Verida oMAPay partnership •Verida Team and culture •Investors and community •Roadmap for 2022 and beyond – mainnet launch •Favorite business leader in history or now that has influenced you - Steve Jobs •Final Takeaways News Corner Major announcement - ConsenSys Health to Equideum Health. Equideum Health is a ConsenSys Mesh portfolio company focused on creating Web3 person-centered healthcare platform and research networks. Partnerships include an alliance with Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services (aka VICI – Veterans incentivized coordination and integration), which is something we like to call a Data Integrity and learning network (or DILN for short). DILNs, which use the unique combination of public and private blockchain, tokenization, decentralized artificial intelligence (AI), and confidential computing enabled by the company’s Elevated ComputeTM platform, are foundational to its partner-aligned strategy to make healthcare more effective, personalized, accessible, affordable and equitable. Through a second collaboration with the Digital Health Institute for Transformation, Equideum Health will create a new class of municipally-scaled utilities serving geographically-defined populations via Health Utility Grids (HUGs), targeting the urgent needs of underserved and vulnerable populations, first. Web3 Hackathon - Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
January 24, 2022

Ep. 90: First Hospital Chain in the Metaverse – Drs. Michael Kaldasch and Ben El Idrissi (Aimedis)

Dr. Michael Kaldasch (CEO Aimedis)and Dr. Ben El Idrissi (COO) of Aimedis join me to update us about some of the strategies they are taking to create a medical NFT marketplace and the first hospital chain in the metaverse. It’s important to note that Aimedis already has an app made for patients, doctors, researchers, and pharmacists that is available for download in the Play and App stores. Show Notes •Updates on Aimedis company •First hospital chain in the metaverse •Virtual Reality and augmented reality applications •NFT marketplace •Migration from Ethereum to Binance smart chain •Healthcare ecosystem interactions on the platform Related episode: News Corner Sanofi, recently announced a $270 million deal with French AI/precision medicine company, Owkin. This two part deal includes a $180 million equity investment in the company as well as a $90 million discovery and development partnership that spans the next three years. The collaboration will focus on leveraging its digital clinical research platform with federated AI in four different cancers- non-small cell lung cancer, triple-negative breast cancer, mesothelioma and multiple myeloma. Listen to my episode with Owkin's Chief Product Officer on episode 81 Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
December 9, 2021

Ep. 89: Decentralization Opportunities in Pharmacy Operations – Tyler Colvard, PharmD (UNC)

Tyler Colvard, PharmD. Clinical Pediatric Pharmacist, UNC Health. BS Psych. Pharmaceutical Advisor at ConsenSys Health. Sports lover. Big UNC fan. •Introduction to Tyler's background and career trajectory •What drove you to the healthcare world and specifically why pharmacy? •How does your academic research experience influence your perspectives in healthcare tech industry? •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •Change is not easy •How important are incentives and economics psychology for healthcare? •Managing pharma inventory in hospitals •What are the biggest pharma-based and/or pharmacogenetics applications you can envision that would require blockchain or decentralized ledger technology? •Patient safety and trust •How can blockchain help address the opioids crisis? •Identifying certain genes that can illuminate risks to pharmacists and doctors (i.e. 2D6, CYP2C19) •The role of EMR interoperability for getting the right info at the right time for patients •From your perspective, what are the biggest barriers to blockchain adoption in healthcare? TRUST. •In pediatric patients, often times they can't speak to you and are dependent on their parents - does blockchain have a solution for this? •Are there issue with health data management when young adults turn 18? Do you think there's a need for data change in custody using blockchain? •NFTs and sports innovation •Favorite DLT projects doing important work •Leadership, and motivational speaking, rap career aspirations •Most influential book you've read – What do you do with an idea? Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •How do you like to stay active and exercise? •Final Takeaways News Corner On October 22, 2021 – 23andMe announced plans to acquire Lemonaid Health, an on-demand telehealth platform, for $400M (25% in cash and 75% in 23andMe shares). 23andMe, a leading consumer genetics and research company will be adding Lemonaid Health’s telemedicine and prescription drug delivery services to it’s consumer solutions offerings. Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
October 28, 2021

Health Unchained

Health Unchained features insights from the top healthcare innovators, entrepreneurs, and executives who are applying blockchain technology solutions to disrupt the health industry. We discuss their strategies, challenges, and unique experiences in this exciting new field.

Blockchain technology has the potential to create a new layer of trust, reducing the friction to participate in a healthcare network. Combined with other emerging technologies, blockchain can dramatically improve population health management, medical supply chain, health-monitoring devices, genetics research, and other health-related sectors. A diverse mix of healthcare leaders and blockchain experts is needed to accelerate the adoption of blockchain-based solutions that our healthcare system so desperately needs. The field includes economists, technologists, healthcare providers, policymakers, and financial institutions.

Listen to Health Unchained to learn about the impact that blockchain technology is having, and will continue to have, on the healthcare industry.
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Ray Dogum

Ray Dogum

Ray Dogum is the producer and host of the Health Unchained podcast. On his show, he interviews leaders in the blockchain/healthcare industry where he covers topics such as health data integrity management, efficiency improvement opportunities in healthcare administration, and the future of decentralization. He also manages the deployment of enterprise-scale telehealth solutions for Health Systems at American Well, a telemedicine company based in Boston.

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