New to Podcasts?
Health Unchained

Health Unchained

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

Latest From Series

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 Corner 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: Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter: Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter:
March 15, 2020

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 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: Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter: Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter:
February 29, 2020

Ep. 56: Securing Health Connections – Frank Ricotta (CEO BurstIQ)

Upcoming Events Blockchain and Digital transformation in Health 2020 - Austin, TX - Feb. 26 Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter: Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: 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 (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: 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

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 Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter: Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: NotesGuest Website: 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. 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

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 Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter: Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: 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 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

Ep. 53: Healthcare is Finance – Samson Williams (Axes and Eggs)

Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:***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.***Samson Williams, a former Fannie Mae employee overseeing emergency management during the financial housing crisis in 2009 (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch the movie, The Big Short). We talked about how healthcare is really just finance, blockchain governance, crowdfunding strategies, and the importance of data privacy. Samson is currently Principal Consultant for Axes and Eggs, a global advisory firm helping countries in the Middle East and North Africa implement new technologies. He’s also an adjunct law professor at Columbia University and University of New Hampshire.LinkedIn profile: Company Website: Notes •Intro to Samson’s background •2007-2010 Financial crisis experience – Emergency management for Fannie Mae •How did you learn first learn about blockchain? •Axes and Eggs consulting strategy •Importance of cybersecurity and blockchain governance •Crowdfunding opportunities with blockchain •RegCF and other common crowdfunding processes for entrepreneurs •Is blockchain needed for safe and secure Big data/Artificial intelligence business models? •Importance of privacy •Identification is an important DLT opportunity for Public Health and Policy? •Tracking stray dogs •Managing ethical, moral, legal liabilities •Biggest mistake: Quit a job and joined a startup without funding plan •What global problem are you most concerned or obsessed with today? Blindness •What are your thoughts about the singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045? •If you had to have a micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •Favorite Business/Technology leader – David Stern (previous NBA commissioner) •Favorite books – Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer and the Halo book series. Many other book recommendations can be heard in the podcastHealth Unchained New Corner I’d like to highlight a couple 2019-year in review reports written by my guests Robert Miller (episode 43) and Dr. Alex Cahana (Episode 25). Bert is a trusted senior healthcare technology consultant at Consensys who wrote a comprehensive report summarizing the healthcare/blockchain headlines in 2019. Dr. Alex Cahana’s review on 2019 was published in Coindesk, one of the most respected blockchain news media platforms. In it, describes three factors that will determine if 2020 will be an incremental or transformational year for blockchain.Bert’s Annual Report: Bert’s Blockchain/Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: Dr. Alex Cahana's 2019 Year in Review article:
January 6, 2020

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.
View All Episodes


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.

The Latest Health Podcasts. Delivered to Your Inbox.

Proudly supported by:

cover Click to learn more about the Health Podcast Network!