Health Unchained

Health Unchained

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

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Ep. 87: Decentralized IoT Everywhere – Larry Pang (IoTeX)

Larry Pang is the head of business development and marketing at IoTeX. IoTeX’s mission is to enable a borderless ecosystem where humans and machines can interact with guaranteed trust, free will, and privacy. IoTeX built the first consumer grade indoor security camera that uses blockchain to secure its users data. It’s called Ucam and anyone can buy one from Amazon for about $50. Before IoTeX, Larry worked as a consultant at Oliver Wyman. IoTeX website: Larry's LinkedIn: Show Notes •Larry's background and BizDev role at IoTeX •What is the vision for IoTeX and who founded it? •UCam description and functionalities •Which industry verticals are you focusing on? Why? oSecurity, Healthcare, Supply chain •Data Privacy •Smart Homes, medical devices •Computer vision evolution •Autonomous driving • IoTeX technical specifications (architecture) o Blockchain Protocol and network o IoTeX tokenomics o Data storage and Cloud o Intel SGX o Private key generation o Privacy preserving computation capabilities o Any integration with other Home devices like Alexa, Google, etc. ? •Important applications - Healthnet and Health blocks •IoTeX Growth and scale •IoT Competitive landscape - what other companies are working on similar products/services? •Roadmap for 2021 and beyond •Final Takeaways Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
September 21, 2021

Ep. 86: Decentralized Computer Vision – Kordel France (CEO Seekar Technologies)

Kordel France is the co-founder and CEO of Seekar Technologies, which is a AI and blockchain startup seeking to advanced computer vision technology for medical imaging, among other use cases. He is a machine learning engineer with experience in computer vision, augmented reality, GPS, autonomous systems, and optics. Published multiple products in automatic target recognition, signal processing, robotics, and medical imaging. Kordel also spent part of his career at Raytheon as an airframe engineer and studied machine learning at MIT and John Hopkins University. Website: LinkedIn: Show Notes •Introduction to Kordel's background •Experience in machine learning, computer vision, AI •Goal to replicate consciousness through AI •What is your vision for Seekar technologies and why did you start it? •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •Which industry verticals are you focusing on? Why? oHealthcare, defense, sports, AgTech •Medical Imaging use case and neural networks for edge intelligence •COVID AI app on App Store •Clarity on the AI process, how it thinks •What is SeekarCoin and why do you need it? •Ethics and engineer’s AI bias •Coded Bias (Netflix movie) •Tokenizing equity and community building •What are the biggest challenges you are facing? •Gaining people’s trust in AI •Federated learning and edge ML •General technical specifications (architecture) of network oBlockchain Protocol oData storage and Cloud oInteroperability with existing database systems •What stage of development is your product today? •Roadmap for 2021 and beyond •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •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? •Neuro-security •Favorite book that has influenced you - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley News Corner Two major mental health platforms have agreed to merge their efforts to reach over 100 million consumers. Ginger, a teletherapy startup, and Headspace, a meditation journey app are planning to close the deal in the last quarter of 2021 to create Headspace Health. According the executives, the combined company will have the world’s largest mental health data set, which will be used to provide highly personalized care to individuals.
September 6, 2021

Ep. 85: Value of Digital Therapeutics – Jhonatan Dimitriades, MD (CEO Lapsi Health)

Jhonatan Bringas Dimitriades, MD is an executive who works with technologists, developers, medical professionals and patients to deliver the right digital and technical solutions to enhance the diagnosis, treatment, recovery and quality of life of patients around the globe. Personal Website: Company Website: Twitter: Dr. Bringas has worked in the implementation of medical technologies in some of the top medical centers worldwide, such as the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, the Panama Clinic, the Hong Kong University Hospital, the AMC UMC Amsterdam and many others. His work is related to medical implementation of technologies, digital health, and innovation in the medical devices area. Jhonatan is a certified Occupational Physician, with postgraduate education in Public Health, Business Strategy and Digital Healthcare solutions. Jhonatan holds a Medical Degree, re-certified in 3 continents and has held the positions of Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer and is currently the Chief Communications Officer of Finnish MedTech NUKUTE, a respiratory / sleep medicine wearable company and the Chief Medical Officer of American DTX startup DiaM Life, in the Diabetes Mellitus space. He is co-founder and CEO of Lapsi Health, an early stage startup developing digital therapeutics starting with solutions for chronic asthma pediatric patients. We talked about the evolution of digital therapeutics and wearables from a medical doctor’s perspective. Although this episode is light on blockchain talk, it was a great conversation about the future of digital health and how we can get there. Show topics •Jhonatan's background •Lapsi Health •Wearables •Digital Therapeutics •Clinical Trials •Doctor's perspective News Corner On August 10, 2021, ConsenSys Health agreed to acquire FHIRBlocks, an innovative developer of solutions to support self-sovereign patient-directed fine-grained sharing of protected personal health information. The acquisition includes the transfer of FHIRBlocks’ Intellectual Property, as well as key executives and staff, business activities and relationships, to ConsenSys Health. Currently, slow and error-prone manual processes have largely been used to administer patient data consents, but the introduction of digital communications using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) for data-interoperability has shown clear benefits and is now mandated by regulations, such as the U.S. 21st Century Cures Act. In addition, patient and consumer privacy regulations, such as HIPAA, GDPR and CCPA are also mandating new processes. Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
August 21, 2021

Ep. 84: NEM Development for Healthcare – Gregory Saive (CEO UBC.Digital)

Gregory Saive is an experienced software developer from Belgium who uses the NEM blockchain platform to develop various dapps including an online game called PacNem. He spent time as Head Foundation Developer at NEM. Gregory is founder and CEO of UBC.Digital which publishes content for blockchain developers. He's also the blockchain lead at D Health and works on Symbol from NEM. Twitter: PacNem website: D Health website: Symbol website: --Show Notes-- •Introduction to Gregory's background •Development experience and career •What is the most important thing you are doing in the blockchain space? •Please describe your organization, UBC Digital for developers •eBook – Symbol from NEM the return of the ninjas •What is the primary benefit of using NEM vs another blockchain network for DLT development? •What healthcare organizations are using NEM and what problems are they trying to solve? •How can development be incentivized using blockchain? •What is •How did you come up with Pac-Nem? •What are your thoughts on Ethereum and Cardano development? •What is Symbol Platform and how much traction does it have? •General technical specifications (architecture) of network •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? •Favorite book that has influenced you – Clean Code by Robert C. Martin •Final Takeaways --News Corner-- On July 22, 2021, international airline reservation system, Amadeus, announced adoption of IBM’s digital health passport solution called IBM Digital Health Pass. The health pass uses IBM’s blockchain technology to allow travel security agents to verify a travel’s covid-19 vaccination status without using a simple QR code scan. --Health Unchained Links-- Website: Telegram: Twitter:
July 26, 2021

Ep. 83: Data Philosophy and Web3 – Ted Tanner (CTO Watson Health)

Ted Tanner Jr., CTO of Watson Health. Ted was previously the CTO of PokitDok (a major healthcare company which leveraged APIs and the DokChain blockchain platform). PokitDok was acquired by Change Healthcare in 2018. Ted is an engineering executive with extensive experience ranging from startups to public corporations. Focused mainly on growth scale computing he has held architect positions at both Apple and Microsoft and has held instrumental roles in several start-ups, including digidesign (IPO and acquired by Avid), Crystal River Engineering (acquired by Creative Labs), and more. He is on the IAB for the University of South Carolina Computer Science Department as well as the Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning at the University of Tennessee. Ted's website: IBM Watson Health website: Twitter: Topics Overview •Introduction of Ted's background •Journey into healthcare and technology •Experience starting PokitDok and selling to Change Healthcare •When did you first learn about blockchain? •How is blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing globally and domestically? •Web3 •Are you concerned about the impact of quantum computing on the world's data security systems, especially blockchains? •Is the future of AI/ML/FL dependent on a secure blockchain network? •What excites you most about IBM Watson Health? •What is LinuxforHealth? Why is it important? •Regulation of technology •Young people and technology addiction •What advice can you share with young technology entrepreneurs who are looking to reshape the healthcare system? •Philosophical/Personal •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •(Not to get political) how can technology be used to address drug taboos in our society? •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Favorite book that has influenced you - How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler •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? •Key Takeaways News Corner On May 20, 2021, The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, announced the availability of their new, free, Never Alone mobile application, which offers individuals the ability to connect, 24/7, with curated volunteers, counselors, mental health experts/professional, local organizations, and hospitals based on their location. The app is a collaboration with CG Creative Studios and leverages the Hedera network which is a decentralized ledger technology that uses acyclic graphs to create an asynchronous Byzantine Fault-Tolerant consensus algorithm. The hashgraph technology is currently patented, and the only authorized ledger is Hedera Hashgraph. The native cryptocurrency of the Hedera Hashgraph system is HBAR. The app allows mental health and wellness experts, from medical professionals to meditation experts, to upload content into a service registry, where it is logged on the Hedera Consensus Service and given a digital fingerprint, providing a guarantee of where that content resides and making it completely tamperproof. Users gain easy access by simply logging into the platform to view trustworthy content that they know has not been altered or falsified. The goal of the initiative is to address the roots of human stress and suffering, advance innovation based on scientific research, and democratize access to wellness resources and everyday tools for those in need. Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
May 31, 2021

Ep. 82: Open-Source Enterprise – Brian Behlendorf (Executive Director of Hyperledger)

Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of the Hyperledger project hosted by the Linux Foundation. He’s written and spoken extensively on open-source software development and communities. In 1999, he co-founded the Apache Software foundation, a non-profit that supports several open source project around key internet technologies. Brian has served on the board of the Mozilla foundation since 2003 and was CTO at the World economic forum. Hyperledger was started in 2015 by the Linux Foundation and hosts some of the most popular enterprise-grade distributed ledger platforms like Hyperledger Fabric, Besu, Indy, and Sawtooth. Brian's Twitter: Brian's Wikipedia page: Hyperledger Website: Show Notes •Brian's background •When did you first learn about blockchain? •How do you compare the current blockchain revolution to the internet revolution of the 90s? •Linux Foundation involvement in healthcare •Launching Hyperledger •What excites you most about the Hyperledger network and its community? •Does the lack of a native cryptocurrency mean there's less incentivize for Hyperledger developers compared to other smart contract DLTs like Ethereum? Or is it a scaling advantage for Hyperledger? •How close are we to a global self-sovereign identity solution? Indy project •Future of identity •Selective disclosure •BBS+ signatures, •Can we expect real privacy and protection from government surveillance in the future? •WHO Vaccine cards historical insight •Public vs. Private DLT - how to choose the right level of openness for business applications? •How important is community and stakeholder governance when developing a DLT solutions? Philosophical/Personal •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •(Not to get political) how can technology be used to address drug taboos in our society? •In your view, what would it take for Bitcoin to lose it's #1 place in total network value (in USD)? •Will you be attending Burning Man this year? •Favorite book that has influenced you – The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •DAW (digital audio workstation) of choice – MIXX, OBS, Twitch •Is it fair to have an open network where people can join with equal voting rights without any previous investment or effort into a project? •Key Takeaways News Corner Microsoft has decided to terminate its Azure-based blockchain-as-a-service platform. According to a recent blog post, Microsoft announced, they have been quietly informing customers on the best way to migrate their data to an alternative of their choosing by Sept. 10. Support for new deployments or member creations has also been discontinued. No official reason for their decision has been shared by the company. In late January 2016, Microsoft offered Azure's DevTest Labs so that Blockchain-related services and partners can decouple the Blockchain technology from virtual machines. Microsoft's short-term goal for the Azure BaaS was to make available a certified blockchain marketplace. The recommended migration destination is ConsenSys Quorum Blockchain Service. Users also could opt to self-manage their blockchains using Virtual Machines. Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
May 17, 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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