Health Unchained

Health Unchained

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

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Ep. 99: Improving Healthcare with DeSci – Vincent Weisser (Chief Product at Molecule)

Vincent Weisser is the Chief Product at Molecule, an open platform that connects decentralized science research to funding. Molecule is creating collaborative marketplaces, where stakeholders in drug development can work together to expedite the process of medical research. On this episode, Vincent shares how they connect leading researchers to funding by giving ownership of the intellectual property and its development to individuals as opposed to only institutions - making it a liquid and easily investable asset. Topics Covered How Vincent’s background in design and software engineering got him started in the world of blockchain. How decentralized science (DeSci) can create a more scalable and transparent environment for medical research. Why DAOs can potentially revolutionize the future of capital formation while also accelerating the ability to impact people. Vincent shares the benefits of decentralizing the funding of research as well as the challenges of pioneering the industry. How Molecule is creating a marketplace for decentralized research where contributors can discuss and debate the specifics of the experiment. Why decentralized science and cloud labs create a unique opportunity for scaling research through robots and automation. Connect with Vincent Vincent Weisser Molecule Protocol Home | A New Era of Drug Development @vincentweisser / Twitter vincentweisser.eth LinkedIn Resources Mentioned Y Combinator The Lean Startup VitaDAO - Longevity DAO Brian Johnson ( Ep. 81: Federated Learning with DLT - Mathieu Galtier (CPO Owkin) | Health Unchained Schrödinger | Schrödinger is the scientific leader in developing state-of-the-art chemical simulation software for use in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and materials research. How to Live Great CEO Within Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach Molecular Biology of the Cell Ray Kurzweil News Corner Confronting 21st-century monkeypox ( More than 12,556 monkeypox cases and three deaths have been reported in 68 countries since early May, and will continue to rise. According to a recent Science magazine editorial, Epidemiologic investigations indicate that the predominant mode of transmission is through skin-to-skin and sexual contact, not contact with contaminated clothing or bed linens. Although respiratory droplet transmission might occur, there is no evidence of airborne transmission as there is with COVID-19. Symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure to the monkeypox virus with symptoms lasting 2 to 4 weeks. Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
July 26, 2022

Ep. 98: Gamifying Health – Anthony Diaz (CEO of Health Hero)

Anthony Diaz is modernizing global health engagement with his health-to-earn startup Health Hero, Inc. On this episode, Anthony shares with Ray how he plans to use gamification to improve people’s health while also being a monetary asset that can finance their core needs. He details how his company is creating a platform that rewards individuals for engaging in their health and also how he plans to make telehealth more fun. Topics Covered Why Anthony became a software architect and interested in blockchain technologies. How Health Hero is hoping to bring the health-to-earn concept to more people. The way an individual’s health records can be turned into an NFT, Why gamification can have such a large impact on user adoption. How Anthony is using “game jams” to drive innovation for their platform. The way Health Hero structured their software to integrate with different electronic health records, Microsoft Teams, and Slack. Connect with Anthony Health Hero: Play-to-earn health Connect on LinkedIn Resources Mentioned Polygon Unity SDK WebGL News Corner We have raised $12.7 Million in Seed Funding to Build the Future of Decentralized Science and Biotech ( Recently a company called Molecule announced it raised $12.7M in seed funding to build the future of decentralized science. The investment was led by Northpond Ventures and includes over a dozen other major funders. The company has close partnerships with VitaDAO and other leading DeSci groups. Specifically, Molecule is first focusing on fundraising and resourcing for research projects and issuing IP-NFTs to secure the IP assets in the blockchain marketplace. The team has over 22 members distributed around the world and is passionate about making DeSci a reality. Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
July 15, 2022

Ep. 97: Making Medical Data More Valuable – Jordon Ritchie, PhD (CEO AiMedica)

Jordon Ritchie is helping patients use personal health information to improve their health outcomes with health technology. He’s currently the CEO at AiMedica, a software company on a mission to simplify healthcare data. Jordon shares why he felt called to serve the healthcare industry by not being a doctor and also explains how AiMedica plans to tackle the seemingly insurmountable challenge of healthcare data and privacy. Listen in for a great interview with Ray and Jordon! Topics Covered: Jordon shares how his background in computer programming and software development got him interested in electronic health record systems. How his dad, Bryan Ritchie, introduced him to Bitcoin and why he immediately saw solutions for the healthcare industry. Why Jordon thinks that AI will play a big role in the future of digital healthcare. The relationship between security and access and the challenges it’s creating for healthcare data. How AiMedica’s suite of products helps providers make better healthcare recommendations based on otherwise hard-to-access data. Why the current electronic health record systems are not as secure as we believe them to be. The reason that the healthcare industry doesn’t obey traditional economic signals. Connect with Jordon Aimedica Connect with Jordon on LinkedIn Resources Mentioned Simba Chain Book of Mormon Crucial Conversations News Corner On June 24, 2022, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court voted to abolish the constitutional right to abortion. The 6-3 majority decision overturned the landmark ruling of the 1973, Roe V. Wade, which generally protected a pregnant woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. This decision is expected to have negative cascading effects across the U.S. healthcare system. HHS Issues Guidance to Protect Patient Privacy in Wake of Supreme Court Decision on Roe | Period tracker app Flo dev 'anonymous mode' : NPR The Supreme Court Decision That Defined Abortion Rights for Thirty Years | The New Yorker Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter: Stitcher: Health Unchained Podcast on Stitcher iTunes: ‎Health Unchained Podcast on Apple Podcasts Google Play: Google Play Music is no longer available Spotify: Spotify for Podcasters
July 9, 2022

Ep. 96: Why Invest in Web3? – Jorden Woods & Radhika Iyengar (Co-founders of StarChain Ventures)

Jorden Woods and Radhika Iyengar-Emens are enterprise blockchain experts enabling executives and entrepreneurs to benefit from integrating blockchain technologies into their business. They share their experience pioneering enterprise blockchain and why businesses will be the ones to fuel early adoption of these technologies. Ray, Jorden, and Radhika also discuss NFTs and the metaverse being such a big adoption driver for Web3 technologies. Topics Covered How Jorden and Radhika’s experience in business and tech led them to writing a book about the emergence of enterprise blockchain. What surprised Jorden and Radhika the most about the adoption of blockchain technologies. Why the pandemic opened up a lot of opportunities for digital tools improve the accessibility and effectiveness of the healthcare experience. The way NFTs can fuel adoption of other enterprise blockchain technologies in industries outside of art and collectibles. How the government’s involvement in enterprise blockchain can accelerate mainstream adoption of Web3 technologies. The steps needed for mainstream adoption of enterprise and consumer blockchain technologies. Why it’s important to consider privacy, safety, and security for individuals participating in Web3. Connect with the Guests Connect with Jorden on LinkedIn Connect with Radhika on LinkedIn Visit Their Website Resources Mentioned Enterprise Blockchain Has Arrived: Real Deployments. Real Value Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Governor Newsom Signs Blockchain Executive Order Snow Crash News Corner Oracle Completes Acquisition of Cerner There’s been a major shift in the electronic medical record space, Oracle has finalized its acquisition of a major EMR company called Cerner for a whopping $28.3B. The intent to acquire Cerner was announced by Oracle towards the end of 2021, and since the companies have completed the necessary federal Anti-trust review by the Federal Trade commission and the justice Department. There was no mention of using blockchain, NFTs, or web3 technologies in their tech stack. I wonder when or if hospitals and clinics that are using Cerner will be affected by acquisition. I’m not convinced that making hands-free voice technology the primary interface for clinicians is the best approach to improving the overall clinical experience. I hope this consolidation is a net-positive for patients and doctors, not just a way for Oracle to take a piece of the healthcare market. Health Unchained Links Website: Telegram: Twitter:
June 13, 2022

Ep. 95: Breaking Barriers with Blockchain Technology – Talisha Shine (Blockchain Consultant)

Talisha Shine is bridging the gap between the blockchain and BIPOC communities. She is a leader in the blockchain consulting space and recognized among the top 100 black leaders in blockchain. She has a unique set of experiences in both the healthcare and blockchain industries, and she shares why it’s important for members of the black community to be involved in Web 3.0. Topics Covered: How Talisha’s background in healthcare and technology shaped her consulting career. What led Talisha to starting Black Blockchain Consultants Why it’s so important for the black community to get involved with blockchain technologies How blockchain technologies were uniquely suited to fix Pandemic-related healthcare industry issues The way new legislation has given individuals more control over their data Why the healthcare industry needs to adopt more blockchain solutions. About the Guest Connect with Talisha Website Resources Mentioned Black Blockchain Consultants Bitcoin and Black America book by Isaiah Jackson Ep. 21: Empowering Patient with Blockchain – Chrissa McFarlane (CEO Patientory) News Corner According to a STAT News investigation published recently, multiple companies were involved in this complex web of transactions that turned patient data into lucrative business deals. Quintiles, now known as IQVIA, MedicaLogic, which was purchased by GE in 2002, Veritas Capital, which acquired and then sold GE’s medical records business as part of a larger deal worth $17B were all part of this elaborate unethical use of patient data. Data privacy protections are only as good as the technological policies that can be enforced in the entire healthcare ecosystem. Using blockchain technologies to give patients real ownership of their data can help solve this growing problem in the industry. Our data is not like oil which gets burned and cannot be reused. Our data is an extension of ourselves which can be reused and increases in value as more data is generated. People need to stand up for their right to their data.
June 1, 2022

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

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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