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Ep. 69: Right to Data Privacy – Dr. Ali Loveys (CPO ConsenSys Health)

Ali Loveys, MD, FAAP, FHIMSS, ABP-CI is the Chief Privacy Officer, Foundation Relations and North American Markets Leader at Consensys Health. Ali is board-certified in clinical informatics and has had tons of experience as Chief Medical information officer at multiple organizations. During 2018-2020, she was Managing Director Federal Practice Digital Health and US Healthcare Blockchain Leader at Ernst and Young. In this episode we talked bout healthcare, data, cybersecurity, AI, and blockchain. Disclaimer: Remember, 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. Show Notes •Introduction of Ali's background •Journey into technology, business, and healthcare in your career •Working on the RHIO (Rochester Health Information Organization) •Experience at EY as digital healthcare blockchain lead •COVID19 affect on the healthcare data and public trust •Describe your role at ConsenSys Health •When did you first hear about blockchain? •How do we bridge the gap between technology and healthcare? •How is blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing in the US? •Biggest misconceptions of blockchain from various healthcare executives •How important is community governance when developing a DLT solution? •Why should people care about their data privacy? •Patient Consent data sharing •What can we do about unread Terms of Service and Privacy Policies? It feels like we don't really have a choice if we want to use many tech platforms. •Data privacy - Realistic technology expectations - HIPAA and GDPR •Ethical Responsibilities for AI development and big data in Healthcare •Industry Partners - existing partners and pilot projects •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Favorite book - Historical non-fiction •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •Final Takeaways Health Unchained News Corner The US Department of Health and Human Services announced its blockchain platform called HHS Protect to collect and share Covid-19 hospitalization data. HHS Chief Information Officer, Jose Arrieta, has been leading efforts at HHS to use blockchain to secure, validate, and share procurement data for a few years now. According to the CIO, HHS Protect coordinates data from 6,200 hospitals across the United States, including numbers of ventilators, hospital beds, ER admittance, and discharge, lab test data across the U.S., warehouse implications, and nursing home data. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbrett/2020/07/24/us-health-department-chief-discloses-functioning-blockchain-project-to-track-covid-19/#26cc64e01949 https://protect-public.hhs.gov/
August 3, 2020
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Ep. 68: Clinical Trials on Hyperledger – Rama Rao (CEO Bloqcube)

Rama Rao is the CEO of Bloqcube, a startup he started in 2017 that uses blockchain technology to improve clinical trials operations and research data management. Rama is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in life sciences having spent most of his career as a finance executive at Eli Lilly and Novartis. Company Website: https://bloqcube.com/ Disclaimer: 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. Show Notes •Introduction to Rama's background •Why did you get into healthcare? •How does your experience in pharma shape your understanding of clinical research innovation? •Eroom's law is the observation that drug discovery is becoming slower and more expensive over time, despite improvements in technology, a trend first observed in the 1980s. The cost of developing a new drug roughly doubles every nine years. •Origins of Bloqcube - value proposition •How is the company structured? How big is the team? •Why blockchain in healthcare? •COVID-19 Clinical Trials/Studies •How do you think the government has handled the COVID19 response so far? •Remote Monitoring and Telemedicine •What is your opinion on the decision to send COVID-19 data to HHS instead of CDC? •Describe the actual User Experience - Patients, Providers, researchers, others •General technical specifications (architecture) of Bloqcube oData privacy & Encryption security oIdentity verification oETMF – Electronic Trial Master Form oStripe payment processing oOpen Source software oProtocol layers – Hyperledger fabric oAre you issuing tokens? •Bloqcube was reviewed by HITLAB •Smart Contracts for clinical trials •Describe C2TA™ (Continuous Clinical Trial Accounting) and why it's important - "this minimizes reconciliations and integrates into existing financial systems and closes the loop with a financial planning record indicating the budget and actuals." •Will this improve patient adherence monitoring during clinical research? •Regulatory audits and blockchain auditability •How do you make money? •Technical and social adoption challenges •Industry Partners and concept traction - existing partners and pilot projects (NTT DATA partnership, results of India diabetes observational study pilot) •Can you describe the competitive landscape and any direct competitors to your business? •Who is your favorite scientist of all time? Norman Ernest Borlaug, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Albert Einstein Mentioned guests – Jim Nasr: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-59-tracking-covid19-on-hashgraph-jim-nasr-ceo-acoer Dr. Alex Cahana: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/insights-from-the-crypto-sherpa-dr-alex-cahana-venture-partner-cryptooracle News Corner https://www.transgene.fr/wp-content/uploads/20200709-PR-Hypertrust-Transgene-final-EN.pdf The life sciences industry continues to develop new immunotherapies that can specifically treat a patient based on their personal genes and diagnosis. A recent partnership was announced on July 9th 2020, between Transgene, a French biopharma company, and Hypertrust Patient Data Care, a blockchain-based supply and data chain company. Emerging personalized treatments have a massive need for trustworthy and decentralized solutions, due to the strong cross-company collaborative nature of the production process. Developing new clinical protocols for personalized medicine is one of the toughest supply and data chain problems facing the industry and it’s great to see that blockchain technologies are beginning to be tested at the enterprise level. Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
July 19, 2020
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Ep. 67: Emergency Asset Management – Stephen Meade (CEO MonetaPro)

Stephen Meade is a Business Executive, strategic adviser and lifelong entrepreneur. He has created and ran three Public OTC companies in the US. He has started 11 total companies. Meade is known globally as “The BullsEye Guy” for being able to create and target exactly what's needed to succeed. Currently, Stephen serves as the Chairman at BigBamboo LLC, a holding company that incubates start-up companies and is also head of MonetaPro, MagMo, My Wet Rock, RONAstar and ComCom (Community Commerce) Networks. MonetaPro Homepage: https://monetapro.io/ Stephen's Bullseye Guy Podcast: http://thebullseyeguy.com Disclaimer: 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. Show Notes •Introduction of Stephen's background •The Arc of Entrepreneurship •Experience during the e-commerce internet bubble •BullsEye Guy Podcast and Youtube Experience •Asset Management during a Disaster •Origins of MonetaPro •How can an industry bartering systems work? •MontePro Vision and value proposition •EAMS - Emergency Asset Management System •MontePro Software Tech Stack – Two parts—One; MonetaPro Marketplace, Two; Blockchain Invoicing and Audit o Blockchain protocol o Data storage o GBUC - general business usage credit o Smart contracts •Does MonetaPro need blockchain? Why? •How is COVID19 impacting healthcare supply chains? •Jared Kushner should hit up Stephen Meade because his “McKinsey deal failed” •Competitive landscape and any direct competitors •Product roadmap 2020 and beyond •Bullseye Advice •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •Do you miss traveling? Travel video Stephen put together- https://youtu.be/zbBSNdeoRAQ News Corner https://www.civic.com/healthkey/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2020/06/16/apple-and-google-admit-ethereum-app-to-let-employees-prove-theyve-been-vaccinated/#27f956d940f7 Civic, a San Francisco-based blockchain startup that raised $43 million in a 2017 initial coin offering, has partnered with Circle Medical, a well-connected affiliate of UCSF Health, a San Francisco hospital, that will let employees prove to their employers the results of their most recent Covid-19 tests. The organization plans to also allow users to prove they received a COVID19 vaccination, when it hopefully becomes available. The solution is called Health Key by Civic™ and it offers employers the ability to create safer working environments by securely verifying employee health status without compromising their privacy. It puts employees in control of their digital identities, and is future proof as it can be updated with test results and vaccination records anytime. Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
July 6, 2020
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Ep. 66: MediLedger Supply Chain Network – Susanne Somerville (CEO Chronicled)

Susanne Somerville is the CEO of Chronicled, founded in 2014 with the hopes of building the ultimate enterprise blockchain platform. And more recently in 2017 she founded the Mediledger Network, one of the largest and most active healthcare/blockchain consortiums. Current working group members and partners include Genentech, Gilead, Bayer, Pfizer, PWC, SAP, Deloitte, IQVIA, GS1, Walmart and more. Susanne is trailblazing a path for pharma companies to use blockchain tech in a way that will improve their supply chain operations and revenue management processes. https://www.chronicled.com/ https://www.mediledger.com/ Show Notes •Introduction of Susanne's background •Journey from ChemE to Pharma supply chain to blockchain •Origins of Chronicled and Mediledger - value proposition, problem statement •How is COVID19 impacting healthcare supply chains? •Most challenging Supply Chain problems fit for DLT - data entry, track and tracing, temperature monitoring, fraud, counterfeits •What responsibilities does Chronicled have as the custodian of the MediLedger network? •Industry Standards – GS1 and HIBCC (Health Industry Business Communications Council) database •Customer mapping process and how different trading partners can align interests •Does Mediledger need blockchain? Why? •“It’s like putting your own private embassy behind your trading partners firewall” on the benefits of blockchain for multi-party data exchange •Chronicled Products - Product Verification / Contracts and Chargebacks •Network stakeholders - Healthcare providers, GPOs (Group purchasing organization), Manufacturers, distributors •Technical specifications (architecture) of Chronicled network •Permisssioned Blockchain protocol – Substrate/Parity Tech Stack •Data storage •Node participation and governance •Libp2p messaging •Smart contracts •FDA DSCSA pilot experience and learnings from regulators •Managing between data transparency and privacy •Chronicled team and culture around privacy and security •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 •Favorite book – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •Who's your favorite US president of all time? •How are you handling with the physical distancing measures? •Final takeaways News Corner The COVID19 pandemic has highlighted how Genetic data may reveal susceptibility to certain diseases. On June 8, 23andme announced it has been conducted research studies to determine if blood type is associated with lower risk of infections or symptoms. In a person’s DNA, a Thymine base on their ABO gene determines if that person has blood type O. Early results suggest Individuals with O blood type are between 9-18% percent less likely than individuals with other blood types to have tested positive for COVID-19. This research study is continuing to grow and people are beginning to reconsider the role of genetic data in our digital world. https://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/23andme-finds-evidence-that-blood-type-plays-a-role-in-covid-19/ Remember, 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. Special thanks to Bert Miller and Christiane Wirrig who both have newsletters covering the industry. https://bert.substack.com/ https://bluesteens.substack.com/ Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind
June 22, 2020
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Ep. 65: Software Development Consulting – Sam Schutte (CEO Unstoppable Software)

Sam Schutte is the founder and CEO of Unstoppable Software, Inc. (https://unstoppablesoftware.com), a custom software development company that helps clients build systems to automate workflow and implement digital transformation. We talked about the challenges his clients face in an ever-changing technology landscape. Special intro on Racial Injustice by Police Visit for more information: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/ Disclaimer: Remember, 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. Show Notes •Intro to Sam's background •Unstoppable Software and services •Managing Data Liability •In your experience, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities for blockchain adoption in healthcare? •Impact of COVID19 •Blockchain opportunities for foster care industry •Decision making process to buy/build enterprise software •C based programming Languages •Microsoft and .NET on Linux •EHR development and deployment experience •Industry Trends in software development and the acceleration of open source •Pros/Cons of Off-shoring development work •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Early Bitcoin mining •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? •Final takeaways Health Unchained News Corner https://www.bioworld.com/articles/435382-kahala-biosciences-rymedi-bring-blockchain-to-covid-19-antibody-testing Kahala Biosciences LLC, a California based COVID19 testing distribution startup and Rymedi Inc, a blockchain technology company based in Greenville SC have partnered to launch the Adiona COVID19 antibody testing platform. Francis Duhay, Kahala’s CEO said “The ultimate vision is for people to employ both viral antigen and antibody testing at home.” The ADIONA Platform is currently under Clinical Investigation and Not Yet Approved By FDA. The COVID-19 IgG/IgM tests are not approved by FDA and are currently undergoing Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) review. I hope this vision becomes reality as it would be a great solution to our current lack of COVID19 testing. I’m sure the details of the platform are still being worked on but this is a step in the right direction. I’ll be following this partnership closely. Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
June 7, 2020
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Ep. 64: Health Data Privacy Regulations – Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw , JD, MPH, LLM is the Chief Regulatory Officer at Ciitizen (and former official at OCR and ONC). Vince Kuraitis, JD/MBA is an independent healthcare strategy consultant with over 30 years’ experience across 150+ healthcare organizations. He blogs at e-CareManagement.com. Together, they have written a fantastic series called the Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma which sheds light on the many complex issues related to our ever-increasing demand for health data and privacy law. https://thehealthcareblog.com/the-health-data-dilemma-sharing-privacy-both/ Ciitizen Website: https://www.ciitizen.com/ Deven McGraw’s Medium: https://medium.com/@ciitizen Vince’s website: http://e-caremanagement.com/ Vince’s 143 Healthcare ICO list, last updated Oct. 2018: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TANOZmuYtVhyn1C9PV6YLsOBlQNOEOBExB7u2_Kkork Show Notes •Introduction of Deven's and Vince's background •Journey into healthcare law, privacy standards, and current positions •Healthcare industry expectations during COVID19 pandemic •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Deven - Responsibilities at Ciitizen Health as Chief Regulatory Officer and vision as a company •Vince - Principal, blogger, and consulting work at Better Health Technologies •What is the government doing well to address the serious pandemic situation? •Contact tracing - Apple and Google Exposure notification API platform for public health organizations •Data privacy - Realistic technology expectations - HIPAA •Data Goldilocks concept •Unique privacy and security attributes of DLT •Deven- Ciitizen Scorecard? •What advice would you give larger EMR companies like Epic and Cerner? •Advice to healthcare regulators? •Deven - Ciitizen's investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Verily, and Intermountain healthcare •What do you disagree on? •Recommended resources -https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56 •Wrap-up and Final Takeaways News Corner https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hashcashs-post-pandemic-plans-streamline-070000831.html In May, HashCash Consultants announces a plan to streamline the medical supply chain by forming a consortium of medical equipment suppliers, pharmaceuticals and medical goods manufacturers, distributors and other key players. Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Disclaimer: Remember, 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.
May 24, 2020
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Ep. 63: Healthcare Smart Contracts with DAML – Corey Todaro (Digital Asset)

Corey Todaro is Senior Product manager at Digital Asset. Corey also spent a few years at Hashed Health, one of the earliest companies trying to bring blockchain tech to healthcare. We talked about the effects of COVID19 on the healthcare system, the development of DAML, and how healthcare stakeholders feel about all these new technologies. DAML is completely open-source programming language for writing distributed applications and the well supported SDK is available on DAML.com. Show Notes •Introduction of Corey's background in education and cultural/religious studies •Journey into technology, business, and healthcare in your career •COVID19 pandemic has revealed that the healthcare industry is over-optimized •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Experience at Hashed Health •Designing DLT solutions in the healthcare industry •DAML is an open source programming language for dapps •“DAML sits at a higher level of abstraction closer to the business layer than to the persistence layer (database/blockchain layer)” •DAML is blockchain protocol agnostic – it’s interoperable with multiple blockchains •Why is DAML unique compared to other smart contract programming languages? •Governance best practices that you've learned are prerequisites for network success •Healthcare Consortia •Structure of a good multi-party application deployment •What are the biggest misconceptions of blockchain when you speak with various healthcare executives? •FHIR and Consumer health data ecosystem •How can various healthcare stakeholders benefit from a decentralized ecosystem? (Patients, providers, payers, pharma, and research) •Industry Partners and customer traction - existing partners and pilot projects •Digital Asset is backed by large banks and institutions. Is there a consideration for the crypto communities who believe blockchain and cryptocurrency will end the big banks? •Can you describe the competitive and/or cooperative landscape? •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? – “Religion is an artificial construct” •Favorite books: Map is not Territory by Jonathon Z. Smith; Where wizards stay up late by Katie Hafner; Contract theory by Patrick Bolton; Moonshine behind the Monster by Terry Gannon. •Have you changed your mind on anything recently and what made you change it? Corey thinks Decentralized Identity actually has some potential now •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? Ears or Eyes •Coping with physical distancing measures •Wrap-up and Final Takeaways News Corner links On May 7th, Zoom announced its acquisition of Keybase to strengthen its security of the video communications platform. Keybase, which launched in 2014, has developed an encrypted social networking service that allows users to tie their identities to a user’s PGP key or other encryption keys. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/05/07/zoom-acquires-keybase-and-announces-goal-of-developing-the-most-broadly-used-enterprise-end-to-end-encryption-offering/ https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/30/using-zoom-for-telehealth-virtual-care/ https://decrypt.co/28121/keybase-users-revolt-following-zoom-acquisition https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2020/05/07/zoom-buys-keybase-in-powerful-security-move-how-this-could-change-everything/ Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
May 11, 2020
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Ep. 62: Open Science Distributed – Sean Manion, PhD (CSO ConsenSys Health)

Dr. Sean Manion, Chief Scientific Officer at ConsenSys Health and founder of Science Distributed. He has BS in Biochemistry and PhD in Neuroscience. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff and later as Research Activities Chief as a federal civilian for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). Website: https://sciencedistributed.com Blockchain for Medical Research Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0367347466/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_7uGPEb6GZ3ST5 Show Notes •Journey into technology, science, and healthcare in your career •Progression of science in society •Co-authoring and Publishing Blockchain for Medical Research •Problems of Publish or Perish mentality and incentives •Vision for Science Distributed •Scaling science infinitely •The current state of Health Research in the world and US •What factors contributed to your pursuit and decision to become Chief Scientific Officer at ConsenSys Health? •Sean’s role and goals at ConsenSys Health •COVID-19 pandemic as a tipping point for the economy and healthcare •Virtual Hackathons and the rise in virtual work in society •Overview of Stop COVID-19 Hackathon by ConsenSys Health where Sean is a competition judge •The blockchain of science (proof of science) •Effects of pandemic on the stakeholders of science (Funders, Researchers, Publishers, End Users) •Using COVID-19 viral and antibody testing shortages as an example, why can blockchain help? •In what adoption sequence would you expect different stakeholders in science to buy-in to the integration of blockchain in health research? •Do you think progress in medicine has been slowing down? All of the discoveries of the the last ~50 - 60 years pale in comparison to those of the preceding 50 - 60 (antibiotics, basic hygiene, vaccinations, etc) •Focusing on federally funded medical research specifically, how would you rate our institutions' response to the COVID-19 crisis? •Data Privacy concerns and opportunities for blockchain •Favorite Scientist- American Philosopher Daniel Dennett •Favorite book - What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada •What are your thoughts about the technological singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045? •Final takeaways for the audience Health Unchained New Corner IBM has recently launched a network called Rapid Supplier Connect to link healthcare providers with medical equipment suppliers. "It typically takes about four to six weeks for buyers to vet and onboard new vendors or suppliers after they find each other", said Mark Treshock, IBM’s global blockchain solutions leader for healthcare and life sciences. "The goal is to have a range of trusted global suppliers on the blockchain network that can provide health-care organizations with about 15 types of medical equipment, including masks, ventilators, dialysis machines and oxygen masks. The vendors are vetted by the Worldwide Supply Chain Federation, Project N95 and others." https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-cryptocurrency-technology-finds-new-use-tackling-coronavirus-11587675966?mod=rsswn Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
April 26, 2020
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Ep. 61: Decentralized Identity – Carsten Stocker, PhD (CEO Spherity)

Carsten Stocker, founder and CEO of Spherity, which is building a blockchain and cloud based identity solution. We talk about a variety of blockchain ecosystems related to self-sovereign identity and concepts like the digital twin. Spherity was founded in November 2017 and employs currently 12 people. His company is based in Berlin, Germany and were recently part of a government sponsored hackathon where they built a solution called E-receipt to digitally prove a patient’s identity when getting a prescription. Company Website: https://spherity.com/ Show Notes •Introduction of Carsten's background in Germany •Journey into information technology, consulting, business and healthcare •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Ethereum and meeting Vitalik Buterin (Founder of Ethereum) •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing globally and domestically •Blockchain in Germany and Europe - How has the Ministry of Health advanced digital health efforts? •WirVsVirus - Hackathon experience: https://medium.com/spherity/spherity-contributes-to-wirvsvirus-hackathon-for-corona-virus-solutions-3c59b1557fdf, •e-Rezept: https://devpost.com/software/e-rezept-digitale-rezepte-zur-vermeidung-von-arztbesuchen#updates •Avoiding unneccessary brick-and-mortar clinical visits •Social Distancing effects on prescription fetching •Decentralized Identity Management - why is it so challenging? •Business development strategy: Focus on customers and companies that are technology literate, not wasting time •Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), pairwise pseudonymous identifier, and other digital privacy methodologies •Self-sovereign identity (SSI) •Digital Twin concept and the story of everything •Technology Stack: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards, Ethereum, Sovrin and Hyperledger Indy •Dynamically defined supply chains •Open Software and Consumer health data ecosystems •Biggest blockchain misconceptions from healthcare executives •How can various stakeholders benefit by using your identity platform? •Data Privacy concerns and opportunities for blockchain •What are the failure points of your platform? •How can you break the status quo with Innovation? •Telegram community question: Could e-Rezept be combined with some sort of location beacon (maybe FOAM? foam.space) and allow for medications to be delivered by drone? •Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond •Favorite scientist of all time – physicist Lev Landau (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev_Landau) •How are you occupying yourself in self-quarantine? Health Unchained New Corner On April 10, Google and Apple announced a joint effort to use Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/04/apple-and-google-partner-on-covid-19-contact-tracing-technology/ Singapore has already developed an app called TraceTogether that also uses Bluetooth to detect possible contact with an infected person. Although Singapore claims that Tracetogether data older than 21 days will automatically be deleted, many critics argue that this type of data collection is only increasing the level of government surveillance. TraceTogether is developed by the Ministry of Health and Government Technology Agency (GovTech), in support of SGUnited. https://www.tracetogether.gov.sg/ SafeTrace: Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing for COVID-19 (https://blog.enigma.co/safetrace-privacy-preserving-contact-tracing-for-covid-19-c5ae8e1afa93) Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
April 13, 2020
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Ep. 60: COVIDathon – Decentralized AI Hackathon (featuring 3 Judges)

COVIDathon - Virtual Hackathon - develop and launch open-source code using AI and/or blockchain to combat COVID-19, reduce risks from future infectious outbreaks, and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Phase 1 submission deadline is April 30, 2020 https://covidathon.devpost.com/ Show Notes 3 Guests - COVIDathon Judges •NiMA Asghari (Berlin)– Ecosystem Accelerator at Ocean Protocol •Robert Miller (Maryland, US)- ep. 43 –Senior consultant - ConsenSys Health (https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-43-separating-hype-from-reality-robert-miller-senior-consultant-at-consensys-health) •Jonathan Passerat Palmbach (London, UK)– Research Scientist - ConsenSys Health •COVID19 hackathons growth and purpose •COVIDathon structure and rules •Sponsoring Partners - Decentralized AI Alliance, SingularityNET, and Ocean Protocol •Advantages of using Blockchain for privacy preserving AI •Consensys health – Federated Learning Research (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336868499_A_blockchain-orchestrated_Federated_Learning_architecture_for_healthcare_consortia) •OpenMined is an open-source community whose goal is to make the world more privacy-preserving by lowering the barrier-to-entry to private AI technologies: https://Openmined.org •Private Kit: Safe Paths; Privacy-by-Design Contact Tracing: https://safepaths.mit.edu/ •Reputation Protocol for open Collaboration: https://sourcecred.io/ •Stop COVID-19 Hackathon by ConsenSys Health: https://consensyshealth.com/covid-19/ •NiMA's Episode 1 of Voices of Data Economy podcast presented by Ocean Protocol: https://open.spotify.com/show/47Yg2zvkP0uvXdCH1l3ike •Mentorship opportunities •Importance of Teambuilding for sustainable solutions •Goals of the non-profit (DAIA foundation) Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
April 5, 2020
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Ep. 59: Tracking COVID19 On Hashgraph – Jim Nasr (CEO Acoer)

Jim Nasr, CEO of Acoer, and his team has built a trusted coronavirus tracking dashboard (https://www.acoer.com/coronavirus) using Hedera Hashgraph, a next generation decentralized ledger technology. The data is pulled from multiple sources including the World health organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention where Jim was previously Chief Software Architect. Jim also co-founded Armedia, a Enterprise Content Management company, in 2002 and exited in 2016. Show Notes •Journey into technology, business and healthcare •COVID-19 tipping point for the economy and healthcare •When did you first hear about blockchain? •Three pillars of Acoer: Usable software, interoperability (Open APIs), blockchain technology •Hashlog – Data Visualization Engine •Hashload – Secure data and file exchange •Hedera Hashgraph – Differentiating protocol qualities and Hedera developer community network •Insights from the blockchain based coronavirus tracking on Acoer •What did you find surprising about the CDC when you first joined? •How is blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare developing globally and domestically? •What are the biggest misconceptions of blockchain when you speak with various healthcare executives? It doesn’t scale is a common copout for executives to not start a blockchain project. •Healthcare Data Provenance •What does computational trust mean? •Primary Data Collection strategies •Data Privacy concerns and opportunities for blockchain •Using Game Theory to incentivize good behavior •What are the failure points of the platform? •How is data sharing being redefined in our society as we deal with a pandemic? •Value of patient data and individual rights •What do you believe in that most people would disagree with? •Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond •Favorite book – The power of habit by Charles Duhigg •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •How are you occupying yourself in self-quarantine? Health Unchained News Corner 1. #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon (https://covid-global-hackathon.devpost.com/) had a submission deadline as March 30 and currently has over 17k participants, which is insane for a hackathon. Companies like Amazon, Facebook, Giphy, Microsoft, Pinterest, Salesforce, Slack, TikTok, Twitter, and WeChat are supporting this hackathon. 2. IBM’s Call for Code Global Challenge - COVID-19: Fight the global pandemic (https://developer.ibm.com/callforcode/getstarted/covid-19/). This hackathon was kicked off on March 20 and will accept initial submissions by April 27th 3. COVIDathon Decentralized AI against Covid-19 (https://covidathon.devpost.com/) is accepting submissions April 1st to June 1st 2020 – The Decentralized AI Alliance, SingularityNET and Ocean Protocol are leading this hackathon to Build privacy-centric solutions for CoVID19 using AI & Blockchain technologies. 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. Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
March 28, 2020
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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 https://hashedhealth.com/procredex-capital-raise On 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: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep31-provider-credentialing-anthony-begando-ceo-procredex Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
March 15, 2020
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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 https://consensys.net/blog/press-release/consensys-announces-healthcare-spin-off-consensys-health/ On 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: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-10-genetics-marketplace-ethics-dr-david-koepsell-ceo-encrypgen Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
March 1, 2020
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Ep. 56: Securing Health Connections – Frank Ricotta (CEO BurstIQ)

Upcoming Events Blockchain and Digital transformation in Health 2020 - Austin, TX - Feb. 26 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-digital-transformation-in-health-2020-tickets-77550239855?aff=HEALTHUNCHAINED&afu=140534288709 Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/ Show 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 Secure.health (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: https://www.mediledger.com/fda-pilot-project 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
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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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-digital-transformation-in-health-2020-tickets-77550239855?aff=HEALTHUNCHAINED&afu=140534288709 Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/ Show Notes Guest Website: https://www.drgrayhealth.com/ 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 time News Corner Welcome to the Health Unchained New Corner. https://www.ibm.com/blogs/blockchain/2019/12/protect-pharmaceutical-product-integrity-with-the-pharmaceutical-utility-network/ 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
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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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-digital-transformation-in-health-2020-tickets-77550239855?aff=HEALTHUNCHAINED&afu=140534288709 Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/ Show Notes Chris 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 wine Health Unchained New Corner https://hashedhealth.com/newsletter-dec-2019/ 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
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Ep. 53: Healthcare is Finance – Samson Williams (Axes and Eggs)

Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind ***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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samson-williams-axesandeggs/ Company Website: https://www.axesandeggs.com/ Show 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 podcast Health 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: https://www.bertcmiller.com/2019/12/29/blockchain-healthcare-2019.html Bert’s Blockchain/Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/ Dr. Alex Cahana's 2019 Year in Review article: https://www.coindesk.com/is-blockchain-the-shot-in-the-arm-healthcare-needs
January 6, 2020
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Ep. 52: Provider Identity Proofing – Charlie Lougheed (CEO Axuall)

Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert’s Blockchain and Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/ Show Notes Charlie Lougheed, technology entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Axuall. Axuall recently received $3M in seed investment funding to design, develop, and test their identity proofing and provider credentialing platform. Axuall Website: https://www.axuall.com/ •Introduction of Charlie's background and experience •Charlie’s previous startup, Explorys, was acquired by IBM in 2015 – big data in healthcare for delivery of care •Why did you start Axuall? •What kind of data will be shared on the Axuall platform? •How do various healthcare stakeholders (providers, institutions, and health systems) use Axuall? •How does your technology change the provider credentialing process? •Data custody management – who owns the data and how is it managed? •What are the main challenges and opportunities of using a blockchain network? •Hyperledger Indy – Public permissioned blockchain •What problems exist for healthcare professionals in regard to provider credentialing? •Blockchain adoption in healthcare •What does the future of identity verification look like? •Who are your company partners and major customers? •Hyr Medical pilot •What is Axuall's business model? •Can you talk about the marketplace? •Can you describe your technology stack? •Do you currently any patents? •How can Axuall affect the traditional credentialing workflow of a health system? •How can Axuall improve telehealth adoption? •What kind of traction have you had so far? •Who do you consider your competitors? How are you different? •Axuall is a Sovrin Steward - These trusted volunteers donate time, resources, and computing power to operate and maintain the network while agreeing to abide by the requirements of the Sovrin Governance Framework. At present, there are over 50 Stewards from 13 countries over six continents. •Favorite blockchain/crypto projects •Famous role model (scientist, business leader, inventor, etc.) that inspires you - astronauts •What do you enjoy doing on your free time? Fly fishing New Corner https://www.coindesk.com/kadena-blockchain-taps-healthcare-data-firm-to-track-medical-cannabis-product The Kadena network and Rymedi have announced that they will be launching an application to track CBD oil’s supply chain. This will be the first application on Kadena’s public blockchain. The launch is expected on January 15, 2020. Consumers will be able to scan QR codes on products and look up production records. A similar platform for prescription drugs could be developed in the future. Disclaimer: 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. And now let’s start the show.
December 6, 2019
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Ep. 51: Carfax for Medical Devices – Susan Ramonat (CEO Spiritus)

Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert's Blockchain/Healthcare Newsletter: bert.substack.com Spiritus Partners Homepage: spirituspartners.com Susan Ramonat, CEO of Spiritus Partners, a startup building technology that could disrupt the way health systems, device manufacturers, and 3rd party service providers work together to ensure better safety, cybersecurity, compliance, and tracking of medical devices. •Susan- Introduction/Background •Connect the Dots Newsletter - https://www.getrevue.co/profile/sramonat •Current state of the Economy and Fintech developments •Origins of Spiritus Partners – based in Exton,PA, Development center in Edinburgh, scotland •What problems do your prospects have that your business solves? •Medical Device supply chain and operating life of devices •Why blockchain in healthcare? •CMMS: Computerized maintenance management system •Medical IoMT devices ecosystem oStakeholders- manufacturers, healthcare establishments, 3rd party servicers •Quality management systems •Growing resale market for developing nations •Safety, sterility, and reliability of devices •Working with the National Health Service •Technical specifications (architecture) of Spiritus Partners oData privacy & Encryption security oM2M technology oIdentity verification oData storage oShift from Ethereum to Hyperledger •Minimum Viable Consortium •Three blockchain Layers: 1. Multi-party consensus 2. Smart contracts (Business logic) 3. Tokenization •Business model- how do you make money? •Real world evidence Innovation •Commercial Partners and concept traction •Company Roadmap oOpen jobs in Edinburgh •Platform Engineer •Lead Analytics Engineer •UX Lead •Personal Questions oIf you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? Fingernail oFavorite book - Reflections on the Revolution in France pamphlet by Edmund Burke oFamous role model - Robert Frost (poet) News Corner: https://slate.com/technology/2019/11/google-ascension-project-nightingale-emergent-medical-data.html A big headline in the last couple weeks was the revelation of Project Nightingale, Google’s somewhat secret deal with the largest non-profit health system in the United States, Ascension. In 2018, Google gained access to over 50 million people’s medical records spanning 21 states. Google plans to use this data to generate emergent medical data, which can be used to predict people’s health without their actual health data, they can use less sensitive consumer data to glean insight about a person’s health. Google states that it will use all this data to support improvements in clinical quality and patient safety. I do think we need a solution to fundamentally change the way data is treated, especially for consent management and data ownership. I think that eventually DLT will create new models that will allow emergent medical data insights to be generated that satisfies the demands of all participating stakeholders, including the patient.
November 25, 2019
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Ep. 50: Innovative Model for Private AI Advisors – Andy Singleton (Co-founder HumanDB.ai)

Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Bert's Blockchain/Healthcare Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/ Show Notes Andy Singleton, is the founder of HumanDB and long time software engineer and entrepreneur. HumanDB is an early stage startup that organizes apps, experts, and data to treat cancer, and provides an open-source platform that humans can use to run private AI advisors. He’s built advisory products for Bloomberg, Reuters, and Citibank, and ran machine learning and genetic algorithms for trading. We talk about how blockchain is not a useful tool for storing medical records and why federated learning is so important in deploying effective machine learning algorithms. Website: https://humandb.ai/ •Introduction of Andy’s background and experience •Experience in early fintech business with Ivan Boesky and SNL Securities (SNL Financial now) •Evolutionary machine learning algorithms and innovation technology •Background of Andy’s startups, Aboveboard (blockchain securities investment platform, now Unbundled Fund) and Maxos (Matrix of Services) •Decentralized communities and entry into healthcare •Why did you start HumanDB? •Utility of FHIR health data standards and limitations •Industry EMRs/PHRs success/failures •Origins of MyCancerdb its founder, Stephen Aldrich •What are neoantigen vaccines? •What kind of data will be shared on the HumanDB platform? •How do various healthcare stakeholders (providers, labs, patients, payers) use HumanDB? •Data custody management – who owns the data, encryption, and how is it managed? •What is the role of AI in your platform? •Main challenges and opportunities of using federated learning •Why is blockchain not good for storing medical records? •Which elements of blockchain can be used effectively in healthcare? •Pitfalls of De-identified data •Sanford pilot - https://news.sanfordhealth.org/news/sanford-health-va-create-partnership-to-help-veterans/ •Pharmacogenomics models •VA project - supply chain project •Most humans don't really want to deal with data – why? •Innovation at scale – why are most large companies not able to innovate at industry scale? •Power law distribution •Favorite book - The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution by Stuart A. Kauffman •Famous role model (scientist, business leader, inventor, etc.) that inspires you - W. Brian Arthur who wrote The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves •What do you do during your free time? New Corner https://www.technologyreview.com/f/614684/a-detective-has-been-given-access-to-private-consumer-dna-data-for-the-first-time/ A Florida detective was recently granted a warrant to access and search the nearly one million people’s genetic information held by consumer DNA site GEDmatch, even if users had opted out of appearing in police search results. It could set a precedent that opens up all consumer DNA sites to law enforcement agencies, so long as they can obtain a warrant. It’s likely that other police departments will now feel emboldened to request access to Ancestry.com and 23andMe, which both host far more data.
November 9, 2019
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Ep. 49: Free Telehealth Visits – Charles Nader (CEO Doc.com)

Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Charles Nader, CEO of doc.com, a telemedicine platform that claims to offer free basic healthcare using AI and blockchain. Show Notes •Introduction of Charles's background from Mexico and educational upbringing •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •Introduction to Digital Currencies MOOC - https://www.unic.ac.cy/blockchain/free-mooc/ •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare •What drives you to the healthcare industry? •What is the vision for Doc.com? •To ensure quality, Doc.com Providers primarily work in call centers to provide virtual care to patients •Subscription model to clients who pay ($2k-10k/month) for patient healthcare/epidemiology data •What are the greatest challenges for telemedicine adoption globally? •How are you able to offer zero cost telemedicine visits? •Doc Emotions app and mental health via virtual care •Clinical quality of virtual providers •Who are your company partners and major customers? •Using a fork of ethereum and Hyperledger combined •Maintaining user privacy •ICO experience and price volatility •MTC tokenomics •Navigating the regulatory environment in USA and LatAm •Who do you consider your competitors? How are you different? •Outlook for 2020 and beyond •Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now? •Recommended reading or resource to learn more - https://www.blitzscaling.com/ News Corner https://www.coindesk.com/president-xi-says-china-should-seize-opportunity-to-adopt-blockchain In October of 2019, the Chinese president Xi Jinping told the country that it needs to seize the opportunity afforded by blockchain technology. Speaking as part of the 18th collective study of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee in Beijing, Xi said, "blockchain technology has a wide array of applications within China, listing topics ranging from financing businesses to mass transit and poverty alleviation." His speech also called for the creation of “Blockchain+,” a platform alluding to personal development such as education, employment and food and medicinal safety, among other basic needs. This is a very interesting position to take considering the people’s bank of China banned cryptocurrencies in 2017. It could be the start of a campaign to convince the Chinese people to adopt it’s own digital Renminbi (Yuan). It’s great to see China positive about blockchain but I always wonder about he handling of privacy in the People republic of china. Subscribe to the top blockchain/healthcare newsletter delivered every week by Robert Miller: bert.substack.com/
October 27, 2019
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Ep. 48: Private, Personal DNA Exploration – Daniel Uribe (CEO Genobank)

Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Subscribe to the top blockchain/healthcare newsletter delivered every week by Robert Miller: bert.substack.com/ ConVerge2Xcelerate Conference (Oct. 15, 2019) Registration Link: conv2x-2019.eventcreate.com/ Coupon Code: HEALTHUNCHAINED EPISODE 48 - SHOW NOTES •Daniel Uribe, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO & Co Founder of Genobank.io, Bs Electronics & Telecom, MBA, EP Stanford GSB, SingularityU •Executive Program at Singularity Univeristy - https://su.org •Navigating the healthcare industry •The idea for Genobank.io was inspired by Daniel’s son •Cybersecurity in Healthcare •General technical specifications (architecture) of Genobank oBlockchain tools - https://counterparty.io odata marketplace oprivacy and security oprivate network storage using IPFS oERC-20 and ERC-721 tokenomics •Platform Competition - Thoughts on Nebula Genomics, Encrypgen, and others •Working with Oasis Labs and NuCypher •DNA Extraction Kits and distribution •https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-weighs-collecting-dna-from-migrants-in-custody-11570055457 •Branded kits for Clinical Trials partnerships in Mexico •Customers - adoption challenges / traction / opportunities •Ethical considerations of DNA data ownership •Genobank Team •Roadmap •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? Favorite Scientist or businessperson News Corner https://finance.yahoo.com/news/burstiq-closes-5-5-million-140000286.html On October 1, 2019, Denver based BurstIQ announced a $5.5 million Series A capital raise with Elsewhere partners to fund the 4 year old healthcare/blockchain startup and grow it’s service offerings for enterprise-level organizations. This is the 2nd largest raise this for a healthcare/blockchain startup following the $16m raise by Chronicled. The total funding for blockchain and healthcare startups in 2019 so far is about $37m.
October 14, 2019
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Ep. 47: All-in-One Virtual Health Assistant – Sanjeev Wadhwa (CEO Life Singularity)

Sanjeev Wadhwa, Founder and CEO of Life Singularity. Life singularity is a startup looking to ultimately create A Virtual Assistant for every individual on the planet using AI/VR/blockchain to drive precision health. Sanjeev was a partner at Ernst & Young, CSC (partner technology, director RD Life sciences), Show Notes •Learning how to scale at Johnson & Johnson as a program Director 1993-2000 •What drives you to the healthcare industry? •Life Singularity'sAI/VR/Blockchain platform was accepted (Top 20 out of 500 startups) for 2018 Healthcare Innovation Lab for MEDy (Medical Entrepreneurship and Disruption) awards competition at Healthcare Innovation Lab at Exponential medicine (https://exponential.singularityu.org/medicine/), November 2018 in San Diego. •What is the vision for Life Singularity? Why did you start it? How big is the company? Naming the company. •Life Singularity’s collective intent is to help guide the patient’s holistic health •VC perspective - Tackling too many services/technologies for a startup •What is the current state of AI in healthcare? •What kind of data can be collected in our exposome, behavome? •Using geospatial monitoring •Juhan Sonin – social determinants of health Ep. 20. Personal choice (individual behavior) 40%, Genetics 30%, medical care 10%, environment 5%, social 15% https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/designing-better-healthcare-juhan-sonin-goinvo •Can you describe your technology stack? •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare •What are the biggest barriers to blockchain adoption? •Who are your company partners and major customers? •What kind of traction have you had so far? •What is Life Singularity's business model? •Can you discuss any patents that Life singularity may have filed or granted? •Explain the type of VR that your platform offers. •What does the future of VR look like? •How is life singularity handing consumer data privacy? •Who do you consider your competitors? How are you different? What about google who has so much data? •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? Why? News corner https://nebula.org/anonymous-sequencing Anonymous genome sequencing and the recent announcement from Nebula Genomics to offer tips and tricks to protect your privacy. Tips they provide on their website include: •Using cryptocurrencies or a pre-paid debit card to make the initial purchase of the Saliva Test-kit •Using a secure email service like Protonmail •Using a VPN to give you another IP address to browse the internet •Reserve a PO box from USPS I’ve interviewed professor George Church, who co-founded Nebula Genomics: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-9-decentralized-whole-genome-sequencing-george-church-nebula-genomics Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Subscribe to the top blockchain/healthcare newsletter delivered every week by Robert Miller: bert.substack.com/ ConVerge2Xcelerate Conference (Oct. 15, 2019) Registration Link: conv2x-2019.eventcreate.com/ Service Code: HEALTHUNCHAINED
September 29, 2019
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Ep. 46: Defying the Odds with Crypto – Alyze Sam (Women in Blockchain)

Alyze Sam is an author of multiple books and articles on cryptocurrency. She has experience as a nurse and patient. Research scientist and editor at the world ethical data forum and community manager at women in blockchain. We talk about the purpose of blockchain in healthcare and stablecoins. Her Projects: https://worldethicaldata.org (Community Director/ Core Founder ) https://www.wibi.io/ (Community Manager/ Influencer ) https://GiveNation.world (chief executive assistant/ Community Director) Reach her on Social Media @Facebook: facebook.com/AlyzeSam @instagram: instagram.com/AlyzeSam/ @LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/AlyzeSam/ @Medium: link.medium.com/@AlyzeSam @Twitter: twitter.com/@AlyzeSam All major articles including book shorts & dictionary included, along with pro bio; https://docs.google.com/document/d/13T7II091pzTA0jrdcp3GyMRAcvL81Ce3PCBoPmUsNAU Show Notes •Experience as a hospice and addiction treatment nurse •Getting hit by a semi-trailer truck and major surgeries •Challenges while navigating the healthcare industry •Importance of Education •Research scientist and editor at World Ethical Data Forum •Value of Data ownership •Stablecoins and Alyze Sam’s Stablecoin book •Blockchain technology and community management experience •Losing 250 lbs - Experience as a nutritionist and plant-based diet •Surviving hyperemesis gravidarum •How can blockchain technology improve patient outcomes? •Crypto future outlook •If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted? •Decentralized Scientific Research •How can blockchain help with the opioid crisis? •Favorite Book – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl •Favorite Scientist – Marie Curie •Opportunities for women in blockchain News Corner: https://hashedhealth.com/newsletter-sept-2019/ Last month, Hashed Health published Part 2 of their series on enterprise adoption of blockchain and DLT in healthcare. They listed the 7 major consortiums and identified the major trends that are gaining traction in the industry. The 7 major consortiums are: • Synaptic Health Alliance • Professional Credentials Exchange • Health Utility Network • Coalesce • RemediChain • MediLedger • Melloddy Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Subscribe to the top blockchain/healthcare newsletter delivered every week by Robert Miller: https://bert.substack.com/ ConVerge2Xcelerate Conference (Oct. 15, 2019) Registration Link: https://conv2x-2019.eventcreate.com/ Coupon Code: HEALTHUNCHAINED
September 16, 2019
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Ep. 45: Tokenizing Skincare Intelligence – Marc Bookman (CEO Opu Labs)

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. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Show Notes The skin care industry is worth about $112B and demand continues to grow internationally. Marc Bookman is building a ethereum-based platform to allow people to measure the results of skincare products using artificial intelligence to examine images of the face and provide people with dermatologist recommended products that fit their needs. Winners of the Startup Grand Slam at the World #AI Show 2019 Opu Labs Named to CIO Applications “Top 50 Healthcare Solutions Providers 2019” Website: www.opu.ai Thanks for the introduction Brennan- https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-27-commoditizing-integrity-brennan-bennett-founder-of-blockchain-healthcare-review •Introduction of Marc's experience - Entrepreneur, Investor •How is it living in Tokyo? •What drove you to the healthcare industry? Skin care industry •Dermatology / Skin Care Industry fundamentals •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •Company Vision - Opu Labs (Palo Alto) - Tokenizing Skincare Intelligence •Products - Dapps Roadmap •Blockchain protocols - using Ethereum •AI - Skin analysis •How does the Neural network? •Data Storage •Opu Coin (OPU) ICO raised $2M in 2018 •Token generating event and supply details •Incentive/Rewards system •Market Price Volatility •Marketing in Thailand and other countries •What is Opu's business model? •Opu Connect function and purpose •Privacy and Security of personal data •Who are your company partners and major customers? •What kind of traction have you had so far? •Community and Industry Stakeholders •Customers/Users/Providers •What are the biggest barriers to adoption, both DLT generally and in blockchain in healthcare? •How can blockchain improve data exchange efficiency? •Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities •Outlook for 2019 and beyond •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? Why? •Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now? Ben Franklin •Recommended reading or resource to learn more – The Right It by Alberto Savoia News Corner The following announcement isn’t really related to healthcare but is an important step towards bringing awareness about blockchain’s capabilities to the masses. The National Basketball Association and Dapper Labs (the company responsible for Cryptokitties) have teamed up to announce the launch of a digital platform for blockchain-based collectables and an online game called NBA Top Shot. The platform is set to launch this fall season with the full game going live early 2020. You can find a link to the article and NBA Top Shot in the show notes. https://www.coindesk.com/nba-and-dapper-labs-team-up-for-in-game-digital-collectables https://www.nbatopshot.com/
August 5, 2019
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Ep. 44: Portfolio for Healthcare Professionals – Jared Taylor (CEO BlocHealth)

Jared Taylor (CEO BlocHealth) Boston-based company - Wrote a book called “It’s Your Future, Plan 4 It!” How did you first hear about blockchain technology? - BlocHealth was not chosen as the company name because of blockchain What drives you to the healthcare industry? What is the vision for BlocHealth? Why did you start it? - To create the most efficient healthcare professional credential sharing network - Improve access to care by getting healthcare professionals into facilities faster - Eliminate duplicate efforts for healthcare professionals and organizations - Experience with owning a recruiting firm Explain the current process for a doctor to gain medical privileges in a clinic or hospital? - Multiple, duplicated steps - Different sources are collecting the same data for their individual purposes from the HCP - Blockchain-based transactions can help achieve greater transparency and traceability– through an “immutable audit trail” - Blockchain increases the trust in provenance of that data: once a piece of data is written, it can’t get lost, or replaced with a photocopy mistake, or whited out or redacted. And that’s a big step forward. How can blockchain improve data exchange efficiency? - By establishing a single source of truth Who are your company partners and major customers? - In the process of finalizing a few partnerships - More updates on that will be coming soon What is BlocHealth's business model? - We are working towards becoming a credential verification organization (CVO), certified through the National Committee for Quality Assurance - In the near future, we will also make money off of our job board which will include applicant’s with ready to go files to kickstart the process Can you describe your technology stack? Our initial offering will be a cloud-based, Javascript + Ethereum based product at the moment. We’re using a tweak of the MEAN stack: MongoDB, Express.js, Angular 7, and Node.js to serve up our application. What kind of traction have you had so far? - Early-stage - Raised a seed round - Finishing up our initial platform - Currently demoing and preparing for a pilot in the next month Who do you consider your competitors? How are you different? Demos + Pilots + Adjustments + CVO certification next year (national committee quality assurance) + Other specialties Recent draft legislation to tackle healthcare costs which included a section on requiring insurers’ to have provider directories up to date. If patients can prove that their plan's directory steered them to an out-of-network physician or hospital, they would only be on the hook for their in-network co-pay. Related episodes: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep31-provider-credentialing-anthony-begando-ceo-procredex https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-33-medical-career-management-w-hashgraph-john-t-hartigan-ceo-intiva-health News Corner Solve.Care has made another important announcement in their effort to fix transportation problems for patients. They have signed a partnership with Uber Health giving them access to their North American ridesharing fleet. Robert Miller’s weekly newsletter – Beyond Blocks http://beyondblocks.bertcmiller.com/ Related episodes: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-28-reaching-nirvana-in-healthcare-pradeep-goel-ceo-solvecare https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/gogo-grandparent-technologies-masschallenge-healthtech-platinum-award-justin-boogaard-ceo Health Unchained Links Website: https://healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 ConV2X conference (10/15/2019) https://conv2x-2019.eventcreate.com/
July 19, 2019
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Ep. 43: Separating Hype from Reality – Robert Miller (Senior Consultant at ConsenSys Health)

Robert Miller is an advisor to Remedichain, fellow at Blockchain in Healthcare Global, he previously worked as the Director of Business Development at medicalchain, co-founded Honeycomb health and most recently serves as a senior consultant at ConsenSys Health. Beyond Blocks Weekyly NewsLetter: http://beyondblocks.bertcmiller.com/ Inaugural Edition of Beyond Blocks Bi-Annual Report: http://bertcmiller.com/Beyond%20Blocks_biannual_report_v1.pdf Show Notes •Journey to ConsenSys Health •Blockchain/Healthcare Conference experiences – upcoming ConVerge2Xcelerate conference https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/announcement •ConV2X Conference Register here: https://conv2x-2019.eventcreate.com/ •Common improper use cases for blockchain in healthcare •Cryptocurrency ecosystem and incentive mechanisms •What are some of the Best use cases for blockchain in healthcare? •What are some examples of companies/projects applying tokenization in a effective way? •Breaking down Game Theory in the healthcare industry - How can blockchain architecture design align with behavioral economics? •Blockchain as a social phenomonem, not just technical one •Data unions in the future can help govern personal protections of people’s data •Problems in healthcare data security/privacy/sharing •Private/Public DLT protocols - pros and cons of different permissioning rules •Thoughts on Facebook’s Libra •Facebook’s cryptocurrency is a centralized wolf in decentralized sheep’s clothing by Joe Lubin (ConsenSys founder): https://qz.com/1649526/facebook-is-begging-us-to-trust-libra-but-should-we/ •Adoption trends of cryptocurrencies in society •Market Trends •Security Token Offerings for specific drug product development an opposed to the entire biotech company •How can people differentiate between the hype and reality? •What advice would you give healthcare/financial regulators? •New Incentive mechanisms enabled by blockchain •Focused airdrops will be more successful than spray and pray airdrops- https://handshake.org/ is a good example for decentralized certificate authority and naming •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? Why? News Corner MELLODDY (MachinE Learning Ledger Orchestration for Drug DiscoverY) announcement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WQK67Cxib3AtOr4FPZM1eBUIl2ABowx0/view https://www.ft.com/content/ef7be832-86d0-11e9-a028-86cea8523dc2 Data Science and Artificial Intelligence partner: https://owkin.com/ In June 2019, 10 large pharma companies and European academic universities announce that they will be collaborating to train drug-discovery, machine-learning algorithms using each other’s data. The companies, including Bayer, GSK, Novartis, and Merck, are working with a google ventures backed startup called Owkin to facilitate the sharing of the competitors’ data without revealing commercial secrets to rivals. It takes at least 10 years for a new drug to move from initial discovery to the marketplace and cost about $3B. Through this collaboration, the goal is to accelerate and reduce the cost of the discovery of drugs. Owkin uses blockchain and AWS technologies to execute these machine learning algorithms without having the data ever leave the owner’s infrastructure, only non-sensitive models are exchanged. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
July 7, 2019
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Ep. 42: Patient Communities – The Mighty (MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Participant) – Mike Porath

The Mighty – Mike Porath (CEO) - themighty.com Lost. Scared. Alone. This is what it feels like to get a diagnosis. The Mighty connects you to others who have walked in your shoes. We are the leading health community that is bringing patients together and partnering with healthcare organizations. From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
July 3, 2019
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Ep. 41: GoGo Grandparent (MassChallenge HealthTech Platinum Award) – Justin Boogaard (CEO)

GoGo Grandparent Technologies - Justin Boogard, CEO and Co-Founder of GoGoGrandparent - 20% of our business is about access to rides. 80% is about monitoring and managing requests for our clients after the ride is ordered. GoGo’s ‘virtual caregiving’ helps older adults use on-demand transportation, empowering them and keeping them out of assisted living. From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
July 3, 2019
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Ep. 40: ZakiPoint Health (MassChallenge HealthTech Participant)– Ramesh Kumar, CEO and Founder

ZakiPoint Health – Ramesh Kumar, CEO and Founder Zakipoint Health uses claims, biometric, and wellness data to identify chronic conditions and care services driving employers’ healthcare costs. Our technology, zConnect, sends personalized messages, empowering employees to take action, save money, and improve health. From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
July 1, 2019
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Ep. 39: Anti-Phishing – Pixm (Masschallenge HealthTech Platinum Winner)– Arun Buduri, Co-Founder

Pixm (Masschallenge HealthTech Platinum Award Winner)– Arun Buduri, Co-Founder of Pixm - 93% of all data breaches start with phishing. Pixm is the world’s first award-winning anti-phishing protection that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real-time at the point of click. From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
June 30, 2019
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Ep. 38: Sequegenics (MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Participant) – Dario Dilernia, Jorge Atala

Sequegenics - Dario Dilernia PhD, Founder of Sequegenics, Emory Vaccine Center, postdoc research, University of Buenos Aires Virology Jorge Atala - Co-founder, Solutions Architect Our company’s expertise is DNA sequencing using a technology called “long-read NGS,” the only technology able to produce high-resolution DNA sequencing. With our technology, we can reduce the cost of sequencing a human genome by 10 times. From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
June 30, 2019
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Ep. 37: At-home Testing with Allison Martin (Founder of UDoTest)

At-home Testing with Allison Martin (Founder of UDoTest) UDoTest offers the most discreet, safe and convenient home tests. The first two products are the home Pap (HPV) and STD tests. Our advanced molecular Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HPV tests are performed within the comfort of one’s own home. We offer a full end-to-end online and mobile testing service which is easy, convenient and as accurate as what is used in medical practitioners rooms. From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
June 29, 2019
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Ep. 36: Marigold Health (Judge’s Award Winner) Satya Bommaraju

Chief Data Scientist- Satya Prateek Bommaraju marigoldhealth.com Marigold Health removes barriers to mental health care such as stigma, cost, and accessibility for patients while scaling up today’s overburdened providers. Our technology, leveraged by AI algorithms, combines the clinical efficacy of therapy with the persistence of peer support. From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
June 28, 2019
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Ep. 35: 1uphealth (MassChallenge HealthTech Diamond Award Winner) – Doug Williams, Ishan V.

1upHealth is an inclusive data platform for patients, providers, researchers, and app developers to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices within 1upHealth’s EMR integrated application. www.1up.health Doug Williams - Chief Product Officer Ishan Verma - Product Development and Engineering From: The MassChallenge HealthTech Team https://masschallenge.org/programs-healthtech - From 400+ applications to 31 startups and now 7 prize winners, this year's cohort has seen incredible success and growth. To date, startups that have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech have raised more than $378M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, and created more than 1,200 jobs. - The 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech Finale brought together over 300 leaders and supporters from the digital health community to celebrate MassChallenge HealthTech entrepreneurs at Revere Hotel Boston Common. - $100K Diamond Winner & $10K WeHealth Startup Choice Winner- 1upHealth is a data platform intended to automate data integrations with health systems and wearable devices. - $40K Platinum Winner - GoGoGrandparent is a virtual caregiving platform in which senior citizens can request Uber/Lyft rides with the touch of one button, simplifying the process for them. - $40K Platinum Winner - Pixm is an anti-phishing protection platform that uses deep learning computer vision to detect phishing attacks in real time. - $10K MITRE Women in Digital Health Award Winner - Welnys is a platform used to help companies better manage their employee’s well being by implementing mindfulness activities, nutrition, wellness and fitness services. - Goodwin Procter Champion of the Year Award - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Leading not-for-profit health services company serving members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and beyond. This award was voted by members of this year’s MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 Cohort. - $20K Judges’ Award Winner - Marigold Health uses artificial intelligence to tackle mental health stigma, cost and accessibility and provide therapy to the patient. Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
June 28, 2019
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Ep. 34: Cutting your Medical Bills – Edward Bukstel (CEO Clinical Blockchain)

Show Notes Ed Bukstel has served as a leader in multiple healthcare companies for over 3 decades. He started Bukstel & Halfpenny in 1986, an early tech company where the aim was to connect physicians and clinics together, you were involved with some WebMD mergers, you are CEO of multiple health and wellness companies. • Ed started Clinical Blockchain in 2016 (currently 8 employees) aims to be an advocate for patients to help decrease their bills and avoid collection agencies • What problems do your prospects have that your business solves? • What sets you apart from your competitors? • IQVIA’s big data • Dealing with surprise medical bills • Trust and Transparency in healthcare • Selling fake medical records • Using EOS protocol • 23andMe and privacy • Related episodes: • https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-33-medical-career-management-w-hashgraph-john-t-hartigan-ceo-intiva-health • https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-9-decentralized-whole-genome-sequencing-george-church-nebula-genomics • Machine Learning training as a black box News Corner Welcome to the Health Unchained New Corner. Facebook has finally announced with attempt to start a new cryptocurrency, Libra. Libra is rather impressive with dozens of big time companies including Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Uber, Lyft, Andreessen Horowitz, eBay, and Spotify as founding members. The plan is for developers to use a simpler new smart contracting language called, Move. Facebook’s motivation is to allow the billions who do not have access to a bank to access the financial systems. Many speculate that Facebook will not offer the same censorship resistance and privacy attributes as other cryptocurrencies in the market can offer. https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/18/18682290/facebook-libra-cryptocurrency-visa-mastercard-digital-currency-calibra-wallet-announce Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Beyond Blocks Newsletter: http://beyondblocks.bertcmiller.com/
June 24, 2019
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Ep. 33: Medical Career Management w Hashgraph – John T. Hartigan (CEO Intiva Health)

John Hartigan, CEO of Intiva Health. At Intiva Health, he is leading their go-to market strategy and will be speaking to us today about his company’s use of Hashgraph protocol. He has over 25 years of experience developing successful early-stage startups and strategic partnerships with many Fortune 500 companies, including Comcast, Fiat Chrysler, Dish, and DHL. Show Notes •John's journey as an early entrepreneur •What drives you to the healthcare industry? •Intiva Health is a free career and credentials management platform for medical professionals and administrators who have to communicate those credentials back and forth with the faciilites and other stakeholders (insurance, labs, etc.) •What is Hedera Hashgraph and how is it different from the term blockchain or DLT? https://www.hedera.com/ •Why are you using Hashgraph in Intiva Health? •Management of Digital notarization of medical credentialing packages •Why is provider credentialing data a good use case for blockchain? •Data sharing Comparison – Intiva (job markets and continued education marketplace) vs. ProCredEx (data marketplace model) •What is Intiva's business model? •What are the incentives for facilities to verify credentials the first time on your platform? •What are the biggest barriers to DLT adoption? •Credentialing Joint Commission: https://www.jointcommission.org/ahc_credentialing_privileging_tips/ •Who are your company partners and major customers? American Heart and Stroke Associations are partners with Intiva •Who are the nodes in the Intiva hashgraph DLT? How does the gossip protocol work in on your platform? •The social network for Medical Professionals: https://www.doximity.com •Can you describe your technology stack? SalesForce / Hashgraph •Future strategy to enter credentials business in different industries •Gamification of Intiva using tokens •How can Intiva improve telehealth adoption? •Trends in healthcare/blockchain industry •Outlook for 2019 and beyond •Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now? •Recommended reading or resource to learn more: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Related Episode: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep31-provider-credentialing-anthony-begando-ceo-procredex News Corner: Walmart recently announced that it has joined the MediLedger project, a consortium of organizations making pharmaceutical supply chains more transparent and decentralized. Other members include Pfizer, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health. Health and wellness accounted for $35 B of US sales in 2018 (about 10% of company’s total sales). The consortium is led by blockchain firm Chronicled in San Francisco. They plan to kick off a pilot project with the FDA this month in June 2019. Mediledger’s main focus is the verification of drugs that are returned to be resold (an amount worth for over $6B in the industry). The challenge of this project will be the fact that Walmart will need to be more transparent about its inventory and supply chain. https://www.coindesk.com/walmart-joins-pharmaceutical-tracking-blockchain-consortium-mediledger https://www.mediledger.com/ Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Subscribe to the Beyond Blocks Newsletter by Robert Miller: http://beyondblocks.bertcmiller.com/
June 10, 2019
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Ep. 32: Semi-Autonomous Health Insurance – Cyrus Maaghul (CEO of HCX Pay)

Cyrus Maaghul has led the development of many technology companies and has worked at the Blockchain incubator at fidelity investments in Boston. In 2014, he started PointNurse to connect patients and nurses on a virtual platform. In 2017, he founded HealthCombix (HCX Pay), a next generation platform that intends to deploy autonomous business models powering financial, insurance, and healthcare solutions for unprecedented human condition improvement. He’s been involved with developing technology solutions for IBM, Deloitte, and Citibank. HCX Pay Homepage: https://www.hcxpay.io/ •Cyrus's background and various startup experiences in digital payments, international advising for Dept. of Defense •Entry into Healthcare Industry by almost buying a home health company •State of Health Insurance oHow/when/why was insurance in the healthcare system started in the USA? oWar influenced the introduction of Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services oParametric Insurance oImportance of Agency and Transparency •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •What is the vision for HealthCombix and HCX Pay? Why did you start it? •Why is insurance a good use case for blockchain? •Smart contracts can replace traditional insurance companies •HCX company oWho are your company partners and major customers? oCan you describe your technology stack? oWhat products are currently available or being developed? oWhat are the advantages and disadvantages of basing your company in the Central American country of Belize? oPrivacy Network is derivative of Monero oProduct Roadmap •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare oWhat are the biggest barriers to adoption? oWhat does it mean when people say blockchain can provide more trust? •Decentralized Technology policy discussions opublic vs. private networks oImportance of community oimportance of privacy •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? Why? •Outlook for 2019 and beyond •Interesting blockchain projects – Dero (not “Nero” as incorrectly stated in the podcast) is a DAG-based privacy layer one network with smart contracts built in https://dero.io/ •Fire question - What is the most important technology in the past 500 years? Electricity IOT technology - If you had to have micro chip implanted in your body, where would you choose to have it implanted? •Most impactful book you've read – A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle Health Unchained New Corner: JPMorgan has recently announced its plan to acquire InstaMed, a 15 year old medical payments technology firm that makes paying for a hospital bill easier by using an InstaMed app. In Spring of 2019, InstaMed introduced a blockchain prototype for revenue cycle transactions and payments. InstaMed’s platform connects consumer, providers, and payers and it focusing on eliminating paper, improving finainical experience, and reducing costs to collect payments. The acquisition is reported to be over a whopping $500 million. Bill Marvin, CEO and cofounder of InstaMed said, “blockchain is something we’re both passionate about” when speaking about the sale to JPMorgan. InstaMed will continue its operations in Philadelphia and Newport Beach, CA. https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/jpmorgan-chase-acquire-payments-technology-company-instamed Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (Promo Code DOGUM2019): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Beyond Blocks Weekly Newsletter: http://beyondblocks.bertcmiller.com/
May 25, 2019
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Ep. 31: Faster, Better Provider Credentialing – Anthony Begando – (CEO ProCredEx)

Anthony Begando, CEO of Professional Credentials Exchange has started and ran many tech companies and has been in the credentialing solutions business for decades. Anthony ran Military Credentialing Solutions from 2008-2016, that company was awarded the Surgeon General’s Excalibur award in 2010 for work it did for the Army National Guard. In this episode, he articulately explains the benefits of an exchange for provider credentialing data. Eventually, he envisions his company will offer all industries with a marketplace to acquire professional credentialing requirements more quickly than existing traditional methods of verifying that a professional job applicants claimed credentials are in fact true and have been validated. Show Notes •Introduction of Anthony's background in healthcare Technology •Military contracts in early 2000s •Blockchains for Physician Credentialing by Intel’s John Sotos and David Houlding https://simplecore.intel.com/itpeernetwork/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/05/Intel_Blockchain_Application_Note2.pdf •Vision for Professional Credentials Exchange? How did you start it? •Why is provider credentialing data a good use case for blockchain? •Traditional provider credentialing can take up to 6 months and lost opportunity costs of up to $600-900k for each hire •Why ProCredEx? oExpedite practitioner onboarding cycle time oReduce revenue forfeitures oProvide timely updates to practitioner data and accurate directory data oSimplify the credential gathering and verification process oEliminate redundant work, while improving coordination and concurrency of data •Primary and secondary verification data sources •Credentials Verification Market Pricing •Provider Credentialing for Telehealth •ProCredEx announced partners – Texas Hospital Association, Spectrum Health, Accenture (NYSE: ACN), The Hardenbergh Group, HealthLink Dimensions, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), Anthem’s National Government Services •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare •What does it mean when people say blockchain can provide more trust? •What is ProCredEx's business model? •Transaction performance and scalability is critical for ProCredEx’s use case •Practitioner controls access to their information, securely and privately •How can ProCredEx affect the traditional credentialing workflow of a health system? •What are the biggest barriers to adoption? •What is the critical mass tipping point for mainstream adoption? •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? Why? News Corner- Hu.manity.co acquires Betterpath On April 30, 2019, BetterPath, a 4 year old organization based in Brooklyn, NY and featured on my show (episode 23 with CEO Mat Sinderbrand) announced that it had been acquired by a company called hu-manity.co. They are planning to combine with Betterpath’s suite of health data technologies to unlock some of the 80% of healthcare data that is currently not available to patients, providers, or clinical researchers. Matt will join hu-manity.co as Senior Vice president, Chief product officer, and as a member of their board of directors. Hu-manity.co has creating buzz around the concept the 31st human right, legal ownership of personal data. The united nations’s universal declariation of human rights currently consists of a preamble and thirty articles, when do you think the right to own your own data will become the 31st? https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190430005283/en/Hu-manity.co-Acquires-Betterpath-Health-Empowering-Patients-Access https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-hea…uponCode=DOGUM2019
May 13, 2019
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Ep. 28: Reaching Nirvana in Healthcare – Pradeep Goel (CEO Solve.Care)

Pradeep Goel has a vast amount of experience in the Health IT and insurance space, leading companies like Dakota imaging, Engagepoint Inc, and now Solve.Care. Solve.Care is building a comprehensive healthcare platform with a blockchain based architecture. Solve.Care has recently announced an important partnership with Lyft which we talk about in the episode. We speak about the many different aspects of healthcare benefits administration and how blockchain can disrupt the current healthcare system. Solve.Care Links Website: https://Solve.care YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt75sklUcLfwYjTrn4asOBA Telegram: https://t.me/SolveCare Email: [email protected] Show Notes •Pradeep’s initial entry into health insurance claims working in the mailroom in the basement of Noridian Mutual Insurance company. •“Healthcare is a team sport, it is never an individual sport” •Delivering the right level of care - Balancing overutilization of healthcare services vs being too restrictive •As someone who has seen healthcare from a consumer, insurance, US government, employer, 3rd party admin, clinical, and HIE perspective, which experience influenced the founding of Solve.Care the most? •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •What is the vision for Solve.Care? Why did you start it? •Peer-to-peer interactions between patients and providers •Can you describe your software products? oCare.wallet - Our personal healthcare administrator for individuals and providers; houses Care.Cards and Care.Coins that automatically sync in real time with other linked wallets. oCare.Cards - Purpose built applications that reside in the Care.Wallet and that are downloaded from Care.Marketplace. oCare.Coin - Intelligent programmable payment token used to pay providers. Offers incredible flexibility in managing accountability and transparency and validating proof of service. oCare.Vault - built to bridge on-chain and off-chain storage in a manner that is compliant with all applicable laws governing patient privacy, data security and consents. oCare.Protocol uses Blockchain and smart contracts to define and encapsulate relationships between any two stakeholders (e.g. patient-doctor, patient-insurer). •How can Solve.Care improve telehealth adoption? •Who are your company partners and major users? •What metrics are being measured to track the progress of the Arizona Care Network project? •Can you share the milestones you hope to reach related to the recent Lyft partnership? •Lyft ride cards will be distributed to members as a managed benefit •Scheduled transportation is an obvious use case (i.e. dialysis appointments) •Has regulation stifled or improved innovation in the blockchain/healthcare space? •What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an Estonia-based company? •Can you describe your technology stack? •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? •If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet •"Blockchain is a technology that can help you redefine how people interact with, rely upon, and transact with each other. It will make us rethink of how we live. " News Corner: https://blog.oceanprotocol.com/improving-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-parkinsons-sufferers-with-data-and-ai-c8a706f50739 In March 2019, a Singapore based non-profit foundation called Ocean Protocol, announced a partnership with health AI/IOT company, ConnectedLife which is collecting wearables motion data from patients as part of a clinical study with the National neuroscience institute in Singapore. Health Unchained Info Follow my twitter.com/Healthunchaind Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-hea…de=HEALTHUNCHAINED
May 1, 2019
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Ep. 30: Patient No-Shows and Surveys – Dr. Steve Chung (CEO Healthereum)

Dr. Steve Chung, CEO of Healthereum, is a busy urologic surgeon in Chicago but also has lots of hobbies and interests including mining. Healthereum already has a beta app and started piloting in his clinic. Healthereum is a blockchain based company that has created dapps to solve 4 specific communication problems between patient, provider, and insurance companies. Dr. Steve Chung is a Urologic surgeon in Chicago and has been involved in multiple startup ventures. He is co-owner of his urologic practice for over 13 years and has served an administrative role at seven hospitals. Website: https://healthereum.com/ Show Notes •Introduction and Dr. Chung's background •What is the vision for Healthereum? •Four patient experience problems Healthereum is solving 1.No shows – Do you think telehealth will improve the no show problem? - Patient Appointment Adherence Issues. Missed appointments cost the healthcare system $150 billion each year, this excludes the hidden costs of no-shows which Dr. Chung explains. 2.Small Survey sample size 3.Delayed claim payments – How difficult is it for a provider to get paid by insurance companies? How widespread is this problem? Lack of standardization in claims. 4.Lack of Patient messaging - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services attempted to solve the problems encountered with data collection by instilling Core Quality Measures (CQM). •Solutions – 4 dapps - HELIO (Healthereum Life Portfolio) oMIDUSO oPULSE oVERIFY o HPED •Telehealth for second opinions •Have you thought that you are trying to do too much at once? •What are the biggest barriers to adoption? •Can you describe your technology stack? oBlockchain – ERC20 token oStorage oApp oWeb oHealthereum DAO - The Healthereum DAO that will be composed purely of registered and licensed providers, hospital networks, insurers and industry groups that are verified as contributing to a patient’s healthy lifestyle. The task of verifying the actors in the DAO will fall upon the foundation which collectively acts within an executive role. Potentially, the foundation itself could be voted out if the current verified providers find that the foundation is not acting in the interests of their patients. •How is the company structured? •Team background •Who are your company partners and major users? •STO - Healthereum LLC is a Title III - Regulation Crowdfunding Campaign - https://www.startengine.com/healthereum •Has government regulation affected the company's decision making process? •Steve’s most intriguing person – Edward O. Thorp - Author of “Beat the Dealer” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_O._Thorp News Corner In April 2019, Microsoft announced it will be shutting down its HealthVault patient record service on November 20th 2019. Microsoft started HealthVault in 2009 after two years in beta mode giving people free access to personal health record storage platform. So if you have data on Microsoft’s Healthvault, you have until nov. 20th to transfer your information. They suggest transferring data to Get Real Health or FollowMyHealth platforms. Although they are shutting down this service, Microsoft still has its sights on healthcare and has even partnered with Walgreens to improve health outcomes and lower overall costs. In my opinion, Personal health records are really valuable if you don’t own all your personal data. Although health records don’t seem to be the lowest hanging fruit in the blockchain/healthcare market now, I think the creation of good secure and self-owned health records will become an incredibly valuable way of encouraging people own their own health. https://www.engadget.com/amp/2019/04/06/microsoft-is-shutting-down-its-healthvault-patient-record-servic/ Health Unchained Links Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): • https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
April 29, 2019
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Ep. 29: Transparent Food Supply – Kevin Cutler (Bytable Inc)

Kevin Cutler is head of Marketing and Operations at Bytable Inc, an Iowa based company planning to use blockchain to create a network of farmers, distributors, and retailers that can use tools to save costs on food waste and provide transparency to consumers. Website: bytablefoods.com Health, food, environment podcast: https://knowbetterlivebest.com/episodes/ Show Notes •Introduction of Kevin Cutler's background and experience with losing over 100 lbs by eating quality foods •Podcast – Know better Live Best - https://knowbetter.bytablefoods.com/episodes/ •More than 85% of Iowa’s land is farmed. https://www.lhf.org/learning-fields/crops/iowa-farm-facts/ •88,637: Number of farms in Iowa •How does food impact health and healthcare? •Top 3 Mislabeled foods •Unsafe food sickens about 600 million people every year – nearly 10% of the world's population. •Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 125 000 deaths every year. •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •Vision for BytableFoods? Tell us about the founders. •Explain how blockchain can help with recalls. •What are the biggest barriers to adoption? •What components of tracing and tracking does blockchain help with exactly? •How can you be sure accurate information is input to the blockchain system? •Can you describe temperature monitoring and provide some examples of foods that are sensitive to temperature changes en-route to destination? •Who are your company partners and major users? •Can you describe your product/service offering? •What is the Bytable Store? •What kind of traction does the company have with customers? •What differentiates Byteable foods from other food tracking networks on blockchain, for example IBM Food Trust or OriginTrail •What does the organic food label mean? •How much waste is there from unnecessary discarding of food because of imprecise recalls? •Has government regulation affected the company's decision making process? •Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now? •What is your favorite food? Least favorite food, why? •Recommended reading or resource to learn more •Learn about regenerative farming News Corner: World’s second largest supermarket company announcement to use IBM’s Food Trust blockchain to pilot tracking the supply chain of romaine lettuce. Albertsons has 2,300 stores across the U.S. with $57 B in sales in 2017. There are over 80 Brands including Walmart, Nestle, Dole Food, Tyson Foods, Kroger, and Unilever that are involved with IBMs Food Trust. With their blockchain, they have the ability to rapidly find the source of a bad batch of produce and specifically remove the goods from circulation. As early as 2016, IBM and Walmart did a proof of concept with China’s pork market, reducing tracking time from days to minutes. In 2018, Walmart mandated that all their leafy green produce supplier be integrated into the Food Trust blockchain by Sept 2019. https://www.coindesk.com/worlds-second-largest-grocer-joins-ibm-food-trust-blockchain https://corporate.walmart.com/media-library/document/leafy-greens-on-blockchain-press-release/_proxyDocument?id=00000166-0c4c-d96e-a3ff-8f7c09b50001 Health Unchained Info: Website: healthunchained.org Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course (75% off with DOGUM2019 coupon): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019
April 15, 2019
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Ep. 27: Commoditizing Integrity – Brennan Bennett (Founder of Blockchain Healthcare Review)

Health Unchained Communities: Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: twitter.com/Healthunchaind ***$150 Discount with DOGUM2019 coupon- Healthcare/Blockchain Online Udemy Course*** https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=DOGUM2019 Ep. 27: Brennan Bennett - Founder of Blockchain Healthcare review Dec 2016, HIMSS blockchain healthcare taskforce Oct 2018, Rutgers MS in biomedical Informatics, Humana analytics consultant Website: https://blockchainhealthcarereview.com/ Opu Labs: www.opu.ai Metcalfe Fundraising: https://metcalfe.fund/ •What is the vision for Blockchain Healthcare Review? Why did you start it? •How did you first hear about blockchain technology? •What drives you to the healthcare industry? •How much of the news you see end up being all bark and no bite? •Blockchain adoption and awareness in healthcare •Regulation is the biggest barriers to blockchain adoption in healthcare. •How can blockchain commoditize integrity? What does that mean? •How can blockchain improve telehealth? Telehealth spreading quickly in veterinary medicine. •Mental health delivery has a lot to gain from blockchain technology •Emerging cannabis and CBD for medical market will be a driver of blockchain technology •IoT sensors to validate origin of products •Tracking organic food throughout its supply chain •Why should healthcare organizations and leaders start experimenting with blockchain? •What are some of the Best use cases for blockchain in healthcare. Why? •Can you describe how blockchain can help the healthcare industry is adopt cannabis-based treatment? •Who are your company partners? BlockApps, R3, CureAll (NJ), FundRx •What is Blockchain Healthcare Review's business model? •Which industry verticals do you operate in? •Working with Metcalfe.fund – Unique Funding mechanism for startups •How important is education about this blockchain/healthcare? •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? Why? •Why is community so critical for successful blockchain implementations? •Outlook for 2019 and beyond •Favorite blockchain/crypto projects – Opu Labs, SimplyVitalHealth •Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now? Stephen Hawking •What are your thoughts about the singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045? News Corner: Solve.Care / Lyft partnership https://medcitynews.com/2019/03/lyft-solve-care/ On March 4, 2019, The Ride-sharing/hailing company, Lyft announced a partnership with a blockchain/healthcare company called Solve.Care- a global healthcare IT company that’s developed a blockchain platform for coordination, administration, and real-time payments. Solve.Care wallet holders will be able to schedule their own Lyft rides to doctors’ offices, hospitals, and pharmacies with the ability to schedule for a desired arrival time. The Solve.Care app is available already but the actually deployment of the integration is still in progress. In my next episode, # 28, I speak to Pradeep Geol, the CEO of Solve.Care about this project among other interesting things. I think this is a great use case because lack of transportation to a site of care is such a problem for many patients. Lyft has already showed much interest in getting into the healthcare space evidenced by its existing collaborations with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Humana.
March 18, 2019
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Ep. 26: Blockchain for Healthcare, Starting a Conversation – David Metcalf, PhD (Director [email protected])

David Metcalf, PhD, is Director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training. He is the lead author of a new 500 page textbook titled “Blockchain for Healthcare: Innovations that Empower Patients, connect professionals, and improve care.” About David: https://www.ist.ucf.edu/Contact/StaffDirectory/DavidMetcalf.aspx Email: [email protected] Textbook: https://hashedhealth.com/blockchain-for-healthcare-book/ Book Co-authors: John Bass, Max Hooper, Vikram Dhillon, Alex Cahana Show Notes •HIMSS 2019 experience and how the book was commissioned •Demo at HIMSS conference- Thought-controlled (Neurosky or Muse) and Mircosoft HoloLens •Healthcare/Blockchain adoption and awareness leaders and laggards •Why/how is gaming an important initial use case for blockchain technology? •Using smart contracts to improve healthcare financing and payment processing •Decentralized Medical Records probably won’t be one of the initial blockchain use cases •Does blockchain threaten the business models of traditional EMR companies like Epic and Cerner? •How can organizations and leaders find the right relationship between their Business model/ technical model/ governance? •Private vs. Public blockchains for healthcare •Common improper use cases for blockchain in healthcare. Why? •What are some of the Best use cases for blockchain in healthcare. Why? •How can various stakeholders benefit in the blockchain ecosystem? •Speedy Provider credentialing during emergency situations and crisis •Future provider/patient relationships could be more hi-tech and hi-touch •Convergence of other technologies (AI, AR, IoT, VR, wearables, implantable chips, CRISPR, etc.) and blockchain •How can blockchain enable incentivization mechanisms to all healthcare stakeholders that will benefit the whole community? •What would you ask healthcare/financial regulators to do/understand about this new token economy? •Were there any events or announcements in the healthcare/blockchain space that was very unexpected or surprising to you? Why? •Why is community so critical for successful blockchain implementations? •Research and Development outlook for 2019 and beyond •Favorite blockchain/crypto projects - ProCredex •Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now? Lunar Society - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Society_of_Birmingham News Corner: On February 13, two new companies announced that they will be joining Aetna, Anthem, Health care service corp, PNC bank and IBM in their early stage blockchain ecosystem. Cigna, one of the largest health insurance companies in the United states and Sentara Healthcare, a non-profit health system serving Virginia and North Carolina are the two organizations that will participate in this developing blockchain network to improve transparency and interoperability. The consortium is still analyzing potential first use cases . IBM and PNC are already collaborating on a way to use blockchain to develop shared efficiencies, promote bundled payments and improve the quality of care. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cigna-and-sentara-healthcare-expand-blockchain-based-ecosystem-for-healthcare-industry--along-with-aetna-anthem-health-care-service-corporation-pnc-bank-and-ibm-300794547.html Telegram: t.me/healthunchained Twitter: https://twitter.com/Healthunchaind Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-hea…de=HEALTHUNCHAINED
March 4, 2019
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Ep. 25: Insights from the Crypto Sherpa – Dr. Alex Cahana (Venture Partner CryptoOracle)

Dr. Alex Cahana Pain management medicine. NFLPA mar 2017-pres. Veteran. Head of interventional pain. UN/CEFACT United Nations economic commission for Europe. (expert on Blockchain and Healthcare). Venture Partner at CryptoOracle Medium: https://medium.com/@alex_32199 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-alex-cahana-282367157/ Blockchain/Healthcare Udemy Course (w/ coupon): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=HEALTHUNCHAINED •Introduction of Alex's background and journey to becoming the CryptoHealth Sherpa •Experience as a moderator at the First Geneva Annual Blockchain Summit, in Geneva, Switzerland. What was the focus of that event? Was there much discussion around healthcare? •During you blockchain/healthcare workshops, What is the most common misconceptions or misunderstandings about blockchain? •“Crypto community should stop talking about dis-intermediation, start talking about re-intermediation” •Coopetition (collaborative/cooperative competition) vs. Competition •Free markets can have producers, non-producers, and counter-producers. Open markets are inclusionary to everyone and restrict non-producers and counter-producers. •The importance of ecosystem/economy design and governance •Technology adoption - 5 stages of Grief: Denial-Anger-Bargaining-Depression-Acceptance •Problems in healthcare data security/privacy/sharing •Patient-centric approach vs. patient-driven approach •Importance of peer to peer transactions and community. Unpacking Alex’s statement, "the opposite of health is isolation". How does blockchain solve that problem? •The opposite of heath is not disease; the opposite of health is isolation. So the journey back to wellness is connectedness. •If you take the “i” out of “illness” and replace it with “we”, you get “wellness”! •Can cannabis be an alternative solution for people suffering from the opioid crisis? Alex answers as a doctor, economist, and father. •Adoption of cryptocurrencies in society •Alex mentioned, at the AiForGood Summit in Geneva, TODA protocol CEO, Toufi Saliba, said blockchain adoption is so low (
February 10, 2019
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Ep. 24: Personal Health Data – Austin Jones (CEO UnityHealthScore)

Austin Jones from Niceville, FL founded Unity Health Score in Dec 2017. Incredible story trying to bring his community in northwest Florida to claim their own health data. He’s also the owner/operator of Stuff and Things Food Services LLC. Hosts the Healthcare Goals podcast. Website: www.unityhealthscore.com Udemy Course: https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=HEALTHUNCHAINED •Austin’s journey into the healthcare industry started when he became his grandmother’s caregiver •Elderly people are prime targets for scammers •Marketing data can be purchased by these scammers from large data brokers •What problem is Unity Health Score trying to solve? •Health Insurance Risk modeling methods include raising costs like paying for gym memberships •Controllable vs. Non-Controllable health outcomes •Risk modeling should be a more transparent process by letting individuals share their data directly with insurance companies •Initial offering plans to include a DataScore that will give you a score for the amount of data you upload to the Unity Health Score PHR •Pensacola, FL interested in an autonomous data-driven city •Partnership with MyHealth (Emergency health record bank service) •Outsourcing clinical research •Austin’s biggest challenge is educating people about existing data brokers methods and making them care data privacy •Northwestern Florida Community involvement •Partnerships with BetterPath and Virtumed 360 •UnityHealthScore is aiming to get some revenue and 10,000 users before they try to get seed funding •Thoughts on the competitive/cooperative healthcare landscape •What is the hardest part about being an entrepreneur? Sidenote: Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/special-topics/de-identification/index.html News Corner: Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates In a ProPubica article about health insurance, Marshall Allen (award winning health care reporter), discusses the different ways insurance companies take your personal information to adjust your plan premiums. Health scores are generated from hundreds of different data points including race, home ownership, arrest record, social media activity, and TV habits. In fact, there is a way to pull a personal report about you on the LexisNexis website. LexisNexis acts as a data broker for multiple industries, including healthcare. The article also describes the biases and risks of inaccurate information in the datasets. A link to the LexisNexis page and to this article is in the show notes. Article: https://www.propublica.org/article/health-insurers-are-vacuuming-up-details-about-you-and-it-could-raise-your-rates Retrieve your personal data: https://personalreports.lexisnexis.com/access_your_full_file_disclosure.jsp Twitter: https://twitter.com/Healthunchaind Telegram: https://t.me/healthunchained
February 4, 2019
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Ep. 23: Comprehensive Health Data – Matt Sinderbrand (CEO Betterpath)

In this episode, Matt Sinderbrand, co-founder of Betterpath, describes why comprehensive longitudinal health data should be owned and managed by the individual. Betterpath was founded in 2011 and has registered a couple patents related to health data processing and management. As data inputs increase with better technology, we will be generating tons of contextual information that will affect our health and well-being. We discuss the vision for his company and the healthcare industry of the future. Website: https://www.betterpath.com/ Email: [email protected] Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-hea…de=HEALTHUNCHAINED Many thanks to my guest from episode 22, Brennen Hodge of Citizen Health, for introducing me to Matt Sinderbrand. https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-22-price-transparency-brennen-hodge-ceo-citizen-health Related episode: https://soundcloud.com/healthunchained/ep-4-evolution-of-medical-records-dr-richard-gibson-health-record-banking-alliance Show Notes •Introduction of Matt's background •Personal story towards the path into healthcare •Betterpath was founded in 2011 •Matt’s Masters Thesis: “Using Structured Query Language (SQL) to Stratify a Large-scale De-identified Patient Database: Addressing the top-down versus step-up treatment debate in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)”. •Betterpath, Inc.2012. “Integrated Healthcare Systems and Methods (IHSM)”. US Patent 9,202,066. Accessed from https://www.google.com/patents/US9202066 •Betterpath, Inc. 2014. “Human and Machine Assisted Data Curation for Producing High Quality Data Sets from Medical Records.” US Patent (pending) 20160110502 A1. •“Two jobs for health providers: knowing who you are and knowing how to treat” •Optum’s Rally Health is a digital well-being tool used to incentivize improved lifestyle and health. It has paid individuals over $1B in incentives •Need for comprehensive health data •What differentiates Betterpath from other companies trying to pay people to manage their own health? •Consumer Directed Exchange •EHR compatibility and interoperability •Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to feed data into Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) •Data storage and Cloud •Data Depth vs. Volume •Consumer-directed Exchange Signal – Data buyer query to pull specific dataset and pay individuals who are part of that dataset •Pricing the value of health data in the market •dApps and Open-source platforms •Benefits of Health Savings Accounts •Product development updates •What would you consider to be your biggest mistake? •Customers - adoption challenges •Industry Partners and concept traction - existing partners and pilot projects •Betterpath team and culture •Matt’s most admired business leader: Dr. William Yasnoff, MD, PhD (Founder of Health Record Banking Alliance) •Roadmap News Corner Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned on Friday that if the partial government shutdown persists, it will force the FDA to make “hard decisions” on preserving key functions of the agency. This is causing many drug application submissions to be delayed. The FDA says it has five weeks of funding left before it runs out of money to approve new drugs. Do you think it’s possible for more transparent democratic systems to form that are actually in-touch with our modern data-driven world? Blockchain based networks like Bitnation and democracy.earth have already proposed the idea of decentralized voluntary borderless nation to displace or augment traditional nation-states. The safety of our consumers should not depend on federal funding or political battles. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/18/fdas-scott-gottlieb-warns-of-hard-decisions-if-shutdown-persists.html
January 21, 2019
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Ep. 22: Price Transparency – Brennen Hodge (CEO Citizen Health)

Brennen Hodge, founder of Citizen Health. I first saw Brennen’s pitch at the Distributed Health conference in 2018. His passion to fix healthcare has driven him to build a fair healthcare marketplace and PHR that will enable patients to seek services that they need with prices clearly displayed. Citizen Health wants to rebuild healthcare for the next generation. Website: citizenhealth.io Community: https://hq.citizenhealth.io Email: [email protected] Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=HEALTHUNCHAINED Show Notes •Introduction of Brennen's background •Brennen’s previous startup, Pharmedio, inadvertently enabled fraud among pharmacy benefit managers and pharma sales reps. •Origins of Citizen Health •On Jan 1, 2019, hospitals across the United States became responsible for providing the prices of services that they offer to the public in a “machine-readable format”. This mandate is part of the CMS’s Inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment system rules. This is a step in the right direction but doesn’t necessarily help the patient make decisions about their healthcare •Price Transparency •Citizen Health is a Public Benefits Corporation •Cost of healthcare •Humantiv – Consumer Personal Health Record Platform •Medoplex – Healthcare services marketplace •Health Service Token HST – ERC-721 tokenized services •Private practices and direct primary care providers accepting cash-based payments will be initial users of Medoplex •Smart contracts and insurance claims processing •Medit MDT (ERC20) token launched June 2018 •Medex MDX (ERC20) - listed security token •OpenFinance security token listing for MDX •Personal Health Asset PHA ERC-998 health investment account – each human is gifted one PHA (can store MDT and MDX) – part of future 2020 roadmap •Asynchronous telemedicine can provide uber-style clinical services •Proof of Health Algorithm – How is good health determined? Is this health score number personalized to the individual? •People with pre-existing conditions are encouraged to use Humantiv •Open Source/Access and crowdsourcing is essential for fixing healthcare •Bioelectric pharmaceuticals •Artificial Intelligence will drastically augment the clinician’s work to improve patient care •Favorite business person – Elon Musk •Roadmap News Corner: In 2019, hospitals are mandated to publicly post their prices for their services online. This mandate is part of the CMS’s Inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment system rules. However, many in the industry say that hospitals are posting the bare minimum to comply with the mandate. This includes chargemaster medical codes, some abbreviations, and prices in a way that’s not easy to understand for most people. Additionally, most people don’t actually pay the chargemaster prices and insurance companies negotiate prices with hospitals to get better deals for the members. Some argue that it would be more helpful to post average prices they accept from insurers but this could reveal hospital negotiated secret prices. CMS has requested information from the public to improve the new rules so that patients have a more clear idea on what they are required to pay. They will consider information in future rulemaking. https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/fiscal-year-fy-2019-medicare-hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-system-ipps-and-long-term-acute-0 https://khn.org/news/as-hospitals-post-sticker-prices-online-most-patients-will-remain-befuddled/
January 7, 2019
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Ep. 21: Empowering Patient with Blockchain – Chrissa McFarlane (CEO Patientory)

Chrissa McFarlane experience as a laboratory research assistant 2007-2009 at the US dept of Agriculture and Albert Einstein College of Medicine 2005-2007 helped shape her perspective in the healthcare system. She studied Business and Africana studies, Spanish, Latin American studies/ global health at Cornell University. Wake forest university MA- business. Bronx High school She's an active leader at HIMSS and is part of their Blockchain in healthcare task force. She's also a mentor of Boomtown accelerators Patientory was founded by Chrissa in 2015 and raised $7.2 Million in 2017 via an initial coin offering. We talked about what it means to empower patients to own and manage their own medical records using blockchain technology. Admittedly, Chrissa doesn’t emphasize the word blockchain when speaking to healthcare executives because it tends to dissuade them. Patientory Association Website: Ptoy.org Patientory Corporation Site: Patientory.com Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-hea…de=HEALTHUNCHAINED Topics Overview Chrissa McFarlane, Founder and CEO of Patientory- A peer-to-peer EMR Storage network. • Introduction of Chrissa's background and experience • Origins of Patientory and experience with startup incubators • How important is the peer-to-peer aspect of your company? • How does the app interact with hospital systems to get provider produced patient records? • What happens if Patientory no longer exists? Where does my data go? • Private key management- maybe body embedded RFID chips • Permissioned blockchains and cryptocurrency market • How can various stakeholders (Patients, providers, payers, pharma, and research) benefit in the Patientory ecosystem? • Smart contracts and insurance claims processing • Patientory Enterprise is still in development and will be released in 2019 • How much has the crypto bear market affected your company operations or goals? • How are blockchain companies changing traditional Business strategies? • Patientory is one of the first healthcare/blockchain companies having started in 2015. Did the early start help you stay ahead of other competitors doing similar projects? • HIPAA compliance and regulatory environment • PTOY token utility is to allow access to the network and allocate data storage • Patientory Association is currently run by Patientory ambassadors • Patientory sponsored the 2nd issue of the Journal of the British Blockchain Association • Adoption challenges • Patientory team and community culture • Roadmap News Corner The biggest story in the past couple weeks is McKesson’s Change Healthcare acquisition of Pokitdok. Pokitdok was founded in 2011 and provides its customers with a platform-as-a-service solutions including Identity, benefits, and claims management. Pokitdok’s solution run on a blockchain called Dokchain and is governed by the Dokchain Health Alliance. Change healthcare plans to integrate key PokitDok APIs into the Change healthcare intelligent healthcare network which will add new capabilities for digital health, telemedicine, and other new disruptive car models that support value-based, patient-centric healthcare. The Change Healthcare Intelligent Healthcare Network reaches approximately 2,200 government and commercial payer connections, 5,500 hospitals, 900,000 physicians, and 33,000 pharmacies. In the company’s fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, it facilitated nearly 14 billion healthcare transactions and $1.0 trillion in annual healthcare expenditures. Press Release: https://www.changehealthcare.com/press-room/press-releases/detail/change-healthcare-acquires-pokitdok-assets
December 24, 2018
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Ep. 20: Designing Better Healthcare – Juhan Sonin (GoInvo)

Juhan Sonin, designer, researcher, and MIT lecturer. Juhan specialized in software design and system engineering. He has worked at Apple, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and MITRE. I had the opportunity to record this episode in Juhan’s GoInvo studio office, where he is the company’s Creative Director. Website: https://www.goinvo.com/ WE MUST SET HEALTHCARE FREE: Opensourcehealthcare.org Udemy Blockchain/Healthcare Course ($125 off with HEALTHUNCHAINED coupon): https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCOde=HEALTHUNCHAINED Show Notes •Software Design and System Engineering •Asynchronous telemedicine •People don’t really care about their health until we are unwell •Blockchain use case to access medical records and proxy it from anywhere with internet •Location of conception will be part of your life (health) data •Ownership and co-ownership models for health data •Data Use Agreements •Open Genome Project •You’ve put your data out on the internet and your genetic data is open-sourced. Have you had any unexpected consequences from that decision? •Health Data Standards •Open-source Standard Health Record: http://standardhealthrecord.org/ •Data exchange problems are not only business and technology issues but generally human issues •Determinants of Health •Robot doctors and the future of healthcare •Black-box healthcare algorithms should be •Open source is the only way for Medicine https://medium.com/@marcus_baw/open-source-is-the-only-way-for-medicine-9e698de0447e •Primary Care Manifesto •Patients’ interests in owning their own health •Favorite books: The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr; Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks; Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean; The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein News Corner: https://hitinfrastructure.com/news/aetna-ascension-sign-on-to-healthcare-blockchain-alliance On Dec 3rd, two new organizations announced that they will be joining the Alliance to be part of it’s first pilot project which seeks to determine if applying blockchain technology can help ensure the most current information about healthcare providers is available in the provider directories maintained by health insurers. The two organizations are Aetna, one of the top 3 health insurance companies in the US with $60 billion in revenue in 2017 AND Ascension, the largest Catholic health system in the world and the largest non-profit health system in the US. To me this is really exciting news because Aetna recently merged with CVS Health making the combined provider directory information from these organizations huge.
December 10, 2018
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Ep. 19: Vitals Tracking Data – Dennis Zhang (CEO VitaData)

In this episode, I speak with Dennis Zhang, co-founder and CEO of Boston based VitaData. He’s their token economics architect and talked to us about how vitals data, like heart rate and movement can be shared for monetary compensation. He has a PhD in Economics and worked as a Vice president State Street Bank. Graduated from Boston University with a Ph.D. in Economics. With 10 years of experience in quantitative data analysis and risk management, he served as a Vice President of State Street Bank. He won the first place in the JD Artificial Intelligence FinTech Competition. Website: https://vitadata.io/ Show Notes • How did you get into Healthcare from finance and economics? • Clinical Research patient recruitment problems • 1/3 of clinical trials budget is dedicated to finding patients • Recruiting patients with a licensed clinical trials operator in order for multi-site research settings generate data from a diverse population • Tracking data from wearable devices on the blockchain • Starting the company at the MIT Bitcoin Club Hackathon • Better sensors allow people to collect more precise heart rate, oxygen levels, movements, etc. • VitaData wants to be datasharing platform that can give permissions to others to access the data • Data owners and Data users • Data privacy & Encryption security • Identity verification and devices can only be bound to a single user by design • Symmetric and asymmetric data encryption • Payment to data owners for sharing their information • Blockstack - Data owners can choose different data storage methods for their own data, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and more. • Proof of Diligence, Proof of Neutrality, Proof of Efficiency • Nebulas vs. Ethereum (NRC20 and ERC20 tokens) • VDT function and utility – measures the value of the data you generate in the network • Technical Challenges • Economics - how do you make money? Earn VDT token by sharing your data • Smart Contracts for trials • Dynamic Tokenomics • Customers - adoption challenges and traction • Token Sale / ICO • Roadmap • Usefulness of Big Data • Recap of VitaData Blockchain and Healthcare – Udemy Online course https://www.udemy.com/blockchain-and-healthcare/?couponCode=HEALTHUNCHAINED
November 26, 2018
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Ep. 17: DH Event – Emily Vaughn Bailey – Change Healthcare

Emily Vaughn Bailey - Product Development Director at Change Healthcare • Business impact of blockchain infrastructure in claims and revenue cycle management • Manages $3 trillion in transactions per year • Connecting Change Healthcare clearinghouse services to the blockchain • Path of adoption for Blockchain technology • Partnership with Tibco to develop better tools for payment processing • Visualizing smart contracts to bring together business architects and product teams
November 12, 2018
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Ep. 16: Distributed Health 2018 – Mini-interviews

Distributed Health 2018 mini interviews 1. Kamal Obbad – CEO of Nebula Genomics (https://www.nebula.org/) 2. Tyler Penrod – CTO at Recovery Unplugged (https://www.recoveryunplugged.com/) 3. Jason O’Meara - Senior Director of Architecture at Quest Diagnostics discussing the Synaptic Alliance (https://www.synaptichealthalliance.com/) 4. Teresa J. Walker – Law Firm Management Guru and COO of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP (http://www.wallerlaw.com/) 5. Cory Pitt – Personal Digital Spaces 6. David Boswell – Developer/Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger Linux Foundation 7. Himanshu Verma – CEO of Consilx (http://www.consilx.com/) 8. Jason Bierly, CPA - Senior Tax Manager at Aprio (https://www.aprio.com/) 9. Najib Ben Brahim – CEO Telehealth Management LLC (https://www.telehealthmgt.com/) 10. JC Crawford – Networking Sales Specialist (Tennessee) Citrix (https://www.citrix.com/) 11. Khrys Hatch - Capital Formation Research Coordinator at Launch Tennessee (https://launchtn.org/) 12. Dominique Hurley – VP, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at HealthVerity (https://healthverity.com/) 13. Dr. Tal Rapke – Founder and CEO of ScalaMed (Winner of Distributed Health 2018 Investor Pitch Competition) (https://www.scalamed.com/)
November 12, 2018
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Ep. 18: DH Event – Donating Medicine on GoChain – Good Shepherd Health and Solaster Partnership

Phil Baker (PharmD) – Founder, Good Shepherd Health | Founder, CEO at Remedichain. https://www.linkedin.com/in/philbakerpharmacist/ Stuart Lackey - Co-Founder, CEO at Solaster. Medical Device commercialization expert. https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuart-lackey-34105a13/ Links: goodsheprx.com remedichain.com solaster.io •Pharmacy drugs (primarily oral chemotherapies) can be donated to Good Shepherd Health who will give them to low-income people •Solaster using Go-chain – GO-70 interoperability standard •Working successfully with government to change drug donation laws •1st day - $40,000 worth of medicine were donated. 1st week - $100,000 of medicine were donated. •Focusing on building a strong network of drug supply and demand on the Remedichain platform •New partnerships opportunities are welcome
November 12, 2018
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Ep. 15: Health Policy, Events, and Governance – Helen Disney (Founder of Unblocked Events)

Announcement: I will be in downtown Nashville, TN Nov 4-6 for the Distributed Health conference- https://health.distributed.com/ Helen Disney is the CEO and Founder of Unblocked, a hub for Blockchain events, education and information. She was listed in Innovate Finance’s 2016 Women in Fintech Powerlist and referred to by Barclays as a “Blockchain guru”. Unblocked Events Homepage - https://unblockedevents.com Healthcare Unblocked London - Nov 9, 2018 - https://unblockedevents.com/events/healthcare-unblocked-2018/ Conference Topics include: o Can Blockchain help save costs and reform the NHS? o Building a Decentralised Healthcare Identity o Digital service records, analytics and actionable insights for medical devices and equipment o The Disrupting Convergence of Blockchain, AI & Healthcare o Preventive medicine and longevity - what role can blockchain play? o What are the new business models being enabled by the rise of tokenisation? Show Notes • What is Unblocked Events and why did you start it? • Different verticals in the blockchain including healthcare, energy, creative content sharing • Helen co-authored two books on healthcare: IMPATIENT FOR CHANGE: European Attitudes To Healthcare Reform, 2004 | POLES APART: Eastern European Attitudes To Healthcare Reform, 2005 • Lack of patient agency in the existing healthcare system • Actionable data insights and patient centered experience is still not on par with the consumer experiences with other industries • Bi-lateral relationship with stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem • Obstacles and challenges faced in setting up conference events • Bitcoin and blockchain adoption trends • Decentralized jurisdictions and governance system like the Decenturion State can change the way we interact with our government - https://decenturion.com/ • How will the government and healthcare will work together to drive public policy in a decentralized world? • Security using blockchain to enable provenance of data used in artificial intelligence systems • Blockchain as a substrate for our future global economy • Skepticism around individually owned patient records • What would you consider to be your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? News Corner: Upcoming Health IT events 1. Beverly Hills Health IT Summit November 8 - 9, 2018 Beverly Hills, CA This is the final event for the Health IT summit series which is partnership between Renowned Healthcare Informatics and KLAS Enterprises (KLAS) where they offer exclusive education sessions to educators, providers, government officials, vendors, and consultants. https://vendome.swoogo.com/2018-BeverlyHills 2. Playing with FHIR – An ONC Developer Workshop November 27 - November 28 Washington, DC The Workshop seeks to catalyze new ideas and approaches to using FHIR to solve interoperability issues. The workshop event is free and open to anyone who’s interested in playing with FHIR https://www.healthit.gov/news/events/playing-fhir-onc-developer-workshop 3. BLOCKCHAIN HEALTH IT SUMMIT December 5-6, 2018 San Diego, California "Utilizing Blockchain to Transform Healthcare Systems and Business Practice" The Blockchain Health IT Summit will offer key insight on the future of blockchain business models in healthcare, and how this disruptive technology will go on to innovate healthcare delivery for years to come. http://rscouncil.org/blockchainhealthit/ • Guest episodes mentioned about decentralized government from Ray’s other podcast PFL with Stephanie and Luis: https://pflpodcast.com/2018/03/10/ep-51-decentralized-voting-with-sandra-miller-from-democracy-earth/ • https://pflpodcast.com/2018/03/20/ep-52-borderless-nation-states-with-bitnation-founder-susanne-tarkowski-tempelhof/
October 29, 2018
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Ep. 14: H.S. Students Build Delphus – A Decentralized Clinical Research Platform (Founding Team)

On September 22 and 23rd 2018, high school students- Kevin Liu (CTO), Kunal Sharda (CEO), Will Hemond (COO)won first place in a DoraHacks hackathon with Delphus which is a decentralized clinical trial management platform. This episode features the 3 inspiring co-founders of the Scintilating team. Remember to follow me on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all things healthcare/blockchain and follow me on Instagram where you can find pictures of the hackathon and the winning team. • Introduction of the team • Experience with Hackathons • How did you get interested in the research process and clinical trials? • Audit trails in clinical trials is becoming more important • Improving the clinical research documentation process • Brief mention of Scintillating’s other ideas for projects- QueCoin, LitCoin, AddictCoin • Delphus is on Ethereum Testnet • ERC721 (DELPH) is used as reputation tokens to provide proof of identity • ERC20 (COM) holders will serve as committee verifiers • Delphus governance structure is modeled off of MakerDAO and Dai • StableCoin Collateralization Ratio explained • Team’s first programming language • User experience and Internet browser compatibility • Blockchain encryption methods • Using Protonmail’s encryption library • Complying with HIPAA regulations • Team dynamics explored and the “get it done” mentality • Team Favorites – Elon Musk, Mozilla, Jeff Bezos • Scintillating company homepage: https://scintillating.us/ • Delphus platform homepage: https://delph.us • Discord channel: https://discordapp.com/invite/Xst7TR3 • Email: [email protected] Blackberry has announced that it will begin to tackle one of the biggest challenges in the healthcare industry: leveraging healthcare endpoints to improve paitent outcomes while ensuring security and data privacy. And how does it expect to do that? The company will use it’s network operation center to power a decentralized digital ledger provided by ONEBIO, OneBio is Swiss based blockchain company which aims to build a peer-to-peer marketplace for biodata. Additionally, it will leverage it’s blackberry Spark communications platform to connect, protect, and manage smart devices in hospitals and clinics. For more info on this partnership, check out the episode show notes. https://www.techrepublic.com/article/blackberrys-new-blockchain-tools-could-boost-security-for-medical-iot https://www.ecnmag.com/news/2018/10/blackberry-offers-secure-sharing-data-all-healthcare-things https://www.onebio.io/
October 15, 2018
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Ep. 13: Health Cost Sharing Models – Dr. Gordon Jones (President and COO) – Universal Health Coin

Universal Health Coin was one of the books that actually inspired me to start this podcast. So it was a great pleasure to have the author of the book as a guest on the show. Dr. Gordon Jones (President and COO) – Universal Health Coin (UHX) Gordon's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drgordonjones/ • Apache adventures and the US Army Airborne Division, and SC National Guard | Co-author of universal health Coin with Courtney Jones • Entrepreneur in Residence at Startup life incubator - StartupLife Incubator in Augusta, GA: https://startuplife.theclubhou.se/ (Register your startup before October 8, 2018) • What’s the most frustrating problem in healthcare? • Inception of Universal Health Coin with Courtney Jones • BUCAH: Blue Cross, United, Cigna, Aetna, Humana are the largest healthcare insurance companies which control much of the healthcare industry, along with the government. • Health Cost Sharing Organizations (HCSO) is a semi-unregulated health coverage plan that individuals and families can join as community members (commonly faith-based organizations) • UHX blockchain technology pivots from ETH to NEO to Stellar • Positive experiences with IBM collaborations and the Think Conference • Using IdentityMind for KYC/AML processes and soon to use Sovrin (identity management) • Partnership with Teledoc to provide telehealth services to UHX users • How do you protect patient privacy? • Nancy Kassebaum co-sponsored HIPAA- meant initially for health data portability not privacy. • Which healthcare industry stakeholders will benefit the most from blockchain technology? • Tokenomics of healthcare and how users will interact with UHX. • Future marketing plans for UHX will not boast blockchain or cryptocurrencies, advertising will be focused on health cost sharing and more affordable healthcare. • Healthcare provider shortage due to wasted time performing data entry work. • Philosophy about end of life care • Roadmap – design and build the platform, build the decentralized health exchange and decentralized token exchange Universal Health Coin Homepage: https://uhx.io/ Universal Health Coin book: https://medium.com/@uhctoken/universal-health-coin-9518ca3769cf Decision to use Stellar: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/comparative-assessment-neo-eth-stellar-dr-gordon-jones/ “Blockchain Movement”: https://choon.co/artists/gordonjones
October 1, 2018
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Ep. 12: Connecting to EHR Data – Philip Parker (COO Coral Health)

This episode is with Philip Parker, Chief Operating Officer, from Coral Health. Coral Health is based in Vancouver Canada and has been building their app with user experience and data interoperability as their focus. They want to bring personalized medicine to the patient via blockchain and SMART on FHIR protocols. •SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps, Reusable Technology) on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) protocols •Blockchain benefits •Working with Patient Advocacy groups •Prior Authorization process is wasteful and can be improved with data interoperability between payers and providers. •CoverMyMeds streamlines the medication PA process, electronically connecting providers, pharmacists and plan/PBMs. CoverMyMeds was acquired by McKesson Corporation in 2017 •$1.3 trillion annual healthare spending in US may be categorized as wasteful or of no value to patients- admin complexity, fraud, abuse, poor coordination. •Adverse effects from drug to drug interactions is a major cause of hospital admissions •As a company using a permissioned blockchain, what do you think are some advantages of using a public blockchain? •What does personalized medicine mean to you? •Importance of Longitudinal health data •Many clinical trial recruitment is still being done with train station advertisements- very inefficient/ineffective/expensive •Observational/Longitudinal studies can be drastically improved with a platform like Coral Health Links: Homepage: https://mycoralhealth.com/ Access to the app: https://medium.com/@mycoralhealth/introducing-coral-health-records-the-easiest-way-to-access-control-your-health-records-on-apple-5335127f2fbe For early access to test app, email: [email protected] FHIR Index: https://www.hl7.org/fhir
September 17, 2018
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Ep. 11: Healthcare Decentralization – Dr. James Todaro (CEO MedCredits)

In this episode, I speak with Dr. James Todaro – co-founder and CEO of MedCredits about Decentralization and his experience in the healthcare and blockchain community. Show Notes: • Medcredits Origins • Advantages and disadvantages of decentralization in healthcare • Hippocrates app - Tele-dermatology as the first available service in beta • Token Curated Registry(TCR) used to create a decentralized global physician registry • Investor speculation and competitive token sale environment • Permissioned blockchains • How has your medical school training helped you in your endeavor with MedCredits? • Artificial Intelligence • Shortage of healthcare providers • Can you share some of the competitive pressures you are feeling in this space right now? What other blockchain companies are trying to do what you are doing? • Technology adoption takes time especially in healthcare MedCredits beta application: https://medium.com/medcredits/get-paid-to-test-the-hippocrates-physician-ui-dfffacaa29c0 Learn about TCR: https://medium.com/medcredits/a-token-curated-registry-for-occupational-licensing-6ada7c43df4e New Corner: Mount Sinai Health System is looking to take a lead role in finding ways that healthcare can use emerging blockchain solutions. The New York-based integrated delivery system has launched the Center for Biomedical Blockchain Research to solve healthcare challenges using technology that underlies the Bitcoin cryptocurrency and provides a data structure that can be timed-stamped and signed using a private key. https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/mount-sinai-creates-center-for-biomedical-blockchain-research
September 3, 2018
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Ep. 10: Genetics Marketplace Ethics – Dr. David Koepsell (CEO Encrypgen)

In this episode, we talk about genomic data ownership and privacy ethics with David Koepsell, lawyer, author, and philosopher. http://davidkoepsell.com/ Check out the Encrypgen Market Demo - https://marketdemo.encrypgen.info/ Show Notes • Introduction of David’s background • Brief journey into blockchain • Patenting genes and ownership of personal data • Origins of Encrypgen - value proposition to upload individual genetic information securely on a research marketplace • Multichain, used by Encypgen, is built specifically for permissioned blockchain and satisfies the requirements of GDPR • Importance of Individual Metadata to make Genetic information valuable • Search capability of the genetic data and metadata • Value of genotyping and sequencing • The cost of sequencing one human genome has gone down from over $100M in 2001 to under $1000 today. • Challenging ICO Offering experience • How will Encypgen generate revenue? • Genomic Data Markeplace • How will the value and price of a person’s genetic change over time? • 23andme surveys and the collection of phenotypic data • Research Impact of the study of Epigenetics • Data Validation and accuracy • We will need multiple generations of genetic data to bring us tons of new insights about humans and health. • Genes are not your destiny • Ethical considerations • Breaking Bad and Philosophy - the book • Community building and importance of community support • David’s Upcoming event dates and locations- (https://www.healthfurther.com/ Nashvile, TN Aug 28-29), (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-exponential-healthcare-conference-tickets-47599097181 Newport, CA Oct 10) GINA Act - https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/gina.cfm News Corner - A subsidiary of Pornhub called Tube8 has entered into a partnership with Vice Industry Token. https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/08/17/pornhub-tube8-blockchain-cryptocurrency/
August 19, 2018
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Ep. 9: Decentralized Whole Genome Sequencing (George Church – Nebula Genomics)

George Church, professor at Harvard & MIT, co-author of 480 papers, 130 patent publications & one book "Regenesis", originally published in 2012. His contributions have enabled nearly all advancements in “next generation” DNA sequencing methods, he’s cofounded over 20 companies and he was listed as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2017. Also considered the father of synthetic biology. George M. Church - http://arep.med.harvard.edu/gmc/ Nebula Genomics - https://www.nebulagenomics.io/ Veritas Genetics - https://www.veritasgenetics.com/ Show Notes • Nebula Genomics origins and Veritas Genetics traction • Genotyping vs. Medical grade whole genome sequencing – prices, value, and utility • Data ownership of personal genomes • Personal Genome Project is an open source/open access collaboration to share genomic and phenotypic information with researchers • 3 Axes: How close to useful medical genome (technically); who controls it (self or corporate); how useful on a day-to-day basis (understandability and interactivity). • Genome sequencing technology adoption and Seat-belts • What scientific and social problems are you most concerned or obsessed with today? • Aging Reversal • Human life extension limitations and perceptions • How Genome sequencing is like the internet back in the late 1980s. • Genome editing risks and biohacking ethics • Equitable distribution of gene editing technology among all the people require lower cost • What’s more important- Information Systems R&D or microbiology wet-lab experiments? How dependent are they on each other? • How did you first hear about blockchain technology? • Personal Genetics Education Project - PGed.org • Cambrian explosion of blockchains • Exploring possibilities of genomic research • What is the basis of consciousness? • George’s favorite scientists Quick Quote: Decoding the human genome sequence is the most significant undertaking that we have mounted so far in an organized way in all of science. I believe that reading our blueprints, cataloguing our own instruction book, will be judged by history as more significant than even splitting the atom or going to the moon. -Francis S. Collins [Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH)] News Corner 23andMe announces $300M deal for your DNA with giant drug company GSK - https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/23andme-gsk-drugs/
August 6, 2018
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Ep. 8: Securing Health Data – Vasja Bocko (CEO Iryo)

In this episode, I had the chance to speak with Vasja Bocko, founder and CEO of Iryo, an early stage healthcare IT company from Slovenia. We discuss the IRYO’s journey so far and the importance of permissioning private health data using blockchain technology. IRYO runs on the EOS network and is focused on creating an open-sourced EHR platform with zero-knowledge encryption. I apologize in advance for the sound quality of parts of this recording, there were periods of technical difficulty but we made it through and I think there’s plenty to take away in this episode. Show Notes Introduction of Vasja Bocko and origins of Iryo. Iryo is focusing on interoperability, data toxicity, data ownership. Data toxicity refers to companies and organizations holding health data as toxic assets because they risk data breaches. Personal health records and Iryo Research Portal. How is the data stored on the mobile device and the cloud? Using ZeroPass to ensure recoverability of your private keys (https://www.zeropass.io/). Choosing EOS as Iryo’s foundational blockchain network. Risks of moving healthcare data from centralized systems to distributed networks? What kind of devices will be used to store private keys in the future? Clinical institutions stake tokens– spam protection, institutions would include organizations such as hospitals, clinics and research institutes. In case of emergency escrow mechanism. How does is fit into clinician workflow? Iryo is working to be compliant with OpenEHR standards. Lack of incentives for existing Health IT to adopt open standards because their clients get locked-in to using their platform. OpenEHR (UK based - https://www.openehr.org/) vs. HL7/FHIR standards (primarily US based - https://www.hl7.org/fhir/) SNOMED - Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (Clinical Terms) – is a standardized, multilingual vocabulary of clinical terminology that is used by physicians and other health care providers for the electronic exchange of clinical health information. (https://www.snomed.org/) AI and Machine learning methods – analyzing in place. Integrating with Medical/Health devices. Preserving anonymity and privacy of healthcare data. ICO decisions and crypto market sentiment. Iryo platform traction in the market. Iryo partners with NGO called Walk With Me organization to provide IT infrastructure to refugee camps in the Middle East (https://medium.com/iryo-network/announcing-the-first-deployment-of-the-iryo-system-improving-healthcare-for-refugees-bee8c441e7e6) News Corner: On July 5, 2018 - The International Journal of Health Geographics published an editorial titled Geospatial blockchain: promises, challenges, and scenarios in health and healthcare. Article: https://ij-healthgeographics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12942-018-0144-x Links Website: Iryo.io ICO: Iryo.network Vasja’s email address: [email protected] Iryo Telegram Group: https://t.me/IRYOnetwork Iryo Medium: https://medium.com/iryo-network
July 9, 2018
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Ep. 7: Unleashing the Value of Healthcare Data – Katherine Kuzmeskas (CEO SimplyVital Health)

We discuss the origins of SV Health and the challenges she faces bringing new technology into the slow-moving healthcare industry. Their featured platform HealthNexus is a globally HIPAA compatible protocol and forked from the ethereum blockchain. Kat is Health Unchained’s first female guest and I would certainly encourage other women entrepreneurs to get involved with building these new types of distributed business models in healthcare. SimplyVital Health is hiring. Check out the show notes for more details about the episode and a few cool links related to the show. Show Notes Teach for America experience at the Texas/Mexico border Teaching nutrition and diabetes management as a 7th grade teacher Changing career paths Incorporating SimplyVital Health in Delaware SV Health is equity backed by multiple Venture Capitalists Receipt hash function creates an audit trail to track the interaction of the providers with the each other and the patient to prove care coordination. Creating a healthcare safe blockchain protocol Open-source key pair system foundation Why did you fork the ethereum blockchain? Two reasons: Proof-of-traction is needed in healthcare and there are more developers with ethereum based coding skills Creating the permissioned blockchain to comply with HIPAA and attract healthcare institutions Opportunity in Clinical trials research needs better data access just like the rest of healthcare Regulatory challenges in the blockchain space and difficulty understanding the value of tokens Blockchain bad actors and maintaining your integrity What has your experience been like as a woman CEO and do you think there have been any disadvantages or advantages being a woman in this field? What advice would you give to women who may be interested in this new field of architecting trust with technology? Existing products and traction with users/developers Patient data is super valuable, case in point, Henrietta Lacks cell lines (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/5-ways-henrietta-lacks-changed-medical-science/New Hampshire). Dangers of selling data as your business model (https://hbr.org/2017/06/to-survive-health-care-data-providers-need-to-stop-selling-data) Ontario experimenting with open access to residents’ healthcare data (https://qz.com/1246042/ontario-is-releasing-its-residents-personal-health-data-to-eager-tech-companies/) Data producers, analyzers, and quality control. Creating a marketplace for patients to share data with pharmaceutical companies. Entrepreneurship fundamentals are still critical to be successful with blockchain technology. Decision to use telegram only as an announcement channel. If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake? Embracing failure to grow stronger with experience. Lack of good healthcare data access is a business issue not a technology issue. Health Information Exchanges don’t work because of lack of trust and business. News Corner: SimplyVital Health, the Boston-based blockchain healthcare company has joined with The Cool Kids to bring SimplyVital's open source Key Pair System to identify the highest healthcare impact opportunity in the Philippines. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/filipino-company-picks-health-nexus-blockchain-protocol-to-fix-healthcare-nationwide-300666767.html Links: https://www.simplyvitalhealth.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherinekuzmeskas/ https://gitter.im/ https://github.com/Health-Nexus
July 2, 2018
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Ep. 6: Bridging Healthcare Silos – Dr. Michael Kaldasch (CEO Aimedis)

This week’s guest is Dr. Michael Kaldasch, CEO of Aimedis, in Germany. I want to quickly thank my previous guest Girisha Fernando from DIGIPHARM for connecting me with Dr. Kaldasch. Aimedis is a startup trying to build a comprehensive healthcare ecosystem that can store your health records, interact with providers using video chat, and a social media community. They are using blockchain technology to facilitate better health data access and establish trust for patients and providers. I think they have large goals to accomplish and it certainly won’t be easy but as you’ll hear in the episode, health care institutions prefer an all-in-one product for them to actually want to adopt them in their workflow. Towards the end, we also got into a bit of a philosophical conversation about fiat money, greed, and the perception of value. Although it is still early for Aimedis, it sounds like they are making good strides in the German and Asian marketplace with their 5 hospital chain partners using version 1. Show Notes: How did you get the idea to start with Aimedis? Previous experience for Dr. Michael Kaldasch included TheHealthNet which was built in 2013 and had over 10,000 patients. Aimedis Proposed Use cases: Social Media Interaction, Patient Record access, Medical Service Provider Action History, Lab and specialized procedure records, Medical service provider credentials, Telemedicine delivery support. Aimedis has been rolled out to 5 hospital chains in Europe and Asia. There are about 25,000 patients that are in version 1 of Aimedis platform already. Competition - Medicalchain and Mediblock Breaking down data silos and the importance of collaboration for blockchain projects. Aidmedis has raised $2.5 million during their pre-sale round. ICOs and Financing the project to attract high quality talent. Innovation in the United States vs. Europe. Stress in the Emergency Room as a doctor. What makes your life happy and fulfilled? What was your biggest mistake? Philosophical considerations regarding the value of money and basic human needs. AimedisTelegram group: https://t.me/aimedistoken Website: https://aimedis.com/ Quote reference: https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-Henry-Ford-was-referring-to-when-he-said-It-is-well-enough-that-people-of-the-nation-do-not-understand-our-banking-and-monetary-system-for-if-they-did-I-believe-there-would-be-a-revolution-before-tomorrow-morning
June 24, 2018
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Ep. 5: Better Pharma Access and Pricing – DIGIPHARM

In this episode, I spoke with the Swiss-based DigiPharm team who are trying to tackle some of healthcare’s most challenging problems, specifically in the pharmaceutical pricing and clinical trial space. Both the CEO, Ahmed Abdulla, and the COO, Girisha Fernando are co-founders of DigiPharm and have spent parts of their careers working at the 2nd largest global pharmaceutical company by revenue, Roche. Ahmed recently joined the Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business, part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as an blockchain expert in healthcare. Zach Daniels, DigiPharm’s CTO, also joins us from Denver, CO and he spoke about the specifics of DigiPharm’s anticipated technology. I apologize in advance for the sound quality of parts of this recording, there were periods of technical difficulty but we made it through and gets better as the conversation unfolds. Introduction of the DigiPharm team and company. History at Roche Pharmaceuticals. DigiPharm was one of the Pfizer Healthcare Hub top 10 finalists. Trying to frame the problem being solved in one sentence. Using smart contracts to deliver outcome-based agreement. Importance and increased use of real world evidence. ICO landscape. Swisscom partnership provides Digipharm with the necessary development resources. Offering patients better access to life-saving drugs that are still in clinical trials. Using dynamic pricing to let patients pay for the value they actually receive from a drug. Project Timeline. DigiPharm Website: www.digipharm.ch/ Telegram group: t.me/digipharm News Corner https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/06/08/how-blockchain-and-ai-can-help-pharma-focus-on-innovation-rather-than-advertising/2/
June 18, 2018
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Ep. 4: Evolution of Medical Records – Dr. Richard Gibson (Health Record Banking Alliance)

In this episode, we dove really deep into medical records. I know our guests from episode 1 and 3 were also involved with medical records but this guest is truly an expert on how medical records have evolved ever since the mandatory transition for providers to move medical records from paper to digital. Show Notes: What does Health Record Banking Alliance do? Why is it us taking so long to easily access useful medical records? Richard explains how family caregivers can benefit directly from the access to loved one’s health records. Health Record Banking Alliance Principles Self-diagnosis on the internet and its dangers. Apple health – consumers and developers. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and privacy concerns. User interface ease of use and consumer demand. How can blockchain create a trusted environment to share medical and health information? Health outcomes depend on our behavior and the potential for using micropayments to incentivize patients to choose healthy options. Working with federal regulators to encourage data sharing among patients. Providers and payers manage data according to HIPAA. Giving advice using medical records is something the FDA monitors carefully. Access to the vital health information is difficult in some populations, especially in developing countries. Who are the stakeholders in the health record marketplace? Self-diagnosis and treatment using the internet can be valuable but possibly dangerous. Micropayments using blockchain technology offer a way to incentivize data sharing and promote active and healthy lifestyle. Permission based data sharing can help solve transparency concerns. Provider fear of misdiagnosis still exists. Unstructured data- The patient story is more than the data collected in medical records. Complete medical record on one 5x7 Index card in 1984. Europeans spend more on social care than healthcare than America but the total amount of money spent on both social and health care are about the same in each country. The result is that Europeans actually have better health outcomes. End of life care and special directives. Trusting blockchain vs trusting a brand. http://www.healthbanking.org/executivedirector.html https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardgibsonmdphd/ News Corner: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/06/apple-opens-health-records-api-to-developers/ On June 4th, Apple announced that it opened up its Health Record API (application programming interface) to developers so that they can build 3rd party apps that can easily and securely pull health record data directly from Apple users (with their permission of course).
June 11, 2018
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Ep. 3: Improved Access to Medical Records – Dr. Abdullah Abeyatti (CEO Medicalchain)

UK based electronic health records Pilot with Groves Medical Group Benefits of international medical consultations using cryptocurrencies Telemedicine technology Hospitals, non-profit, universities as Guardians of data The importance of having access to medical records for a surgeon Working at the NHS as a clinical doctor Why healthcare industry is a laggard in technology adoption? Touch Surgery using augmented reality to train surgeons and improve patient results Prevention is better than treatment Who will be primary users? MyClinic.com is Medicalchain’s new telemedicine service that is being piloted with the Grove Medical Group in London, offering over 30,000 patients the ability to connect with their provider on a video platform. https://medicalchain.com/en/ https://myclinic.com/ News Corner: https://medium.com/medicalchain/medicalchain-announces-a-partnership-with-the-groves-medical-group-london-98c30372998b
May 29, 2018
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Ep. 2: Pharma Supply Chain Tracking using BlockRx – Darryl Glover (iSolve CCO)

Tracking drugs after they’ve left the manufacturer has traditionally been an afterthought. Pharmaceutical companies now want to use downstream post-delivery data to improve their products and ensure quality. Healthcare regulators would like to see better management of drugs throughout the entire drug life cycle. Identifying counterfeit drugs is a huge global challenge and the pharma industry is still struggling to find a trustworthy solution. In this episode, Darryl Glover (Chief Clinical Officer, iSolve) shares his insight on how their project, BlockRx , can help certify provenance of drugs using permissioned/private blockchains with Intel’s Hyperledger Sawtooth and Microsoft’s Coco Framework. Guest email: [email protected] https://www.blockrx.com/ Health Unchained New Corner: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-30/can-blockchain-fix-the-opioid-epidemic-intel-wants-to-find-out
May 17, 2018
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Ep. 1: Consumer-owned Health Records – Raj Sharma (Health Wizz CEO)

Electronic file cabinet on your phone Medical record ownership How blockchain can verify provenance of medical data Consumer first adoption as a strategic decision not hospital systems consortiums Origins of Health Wizz (acquisition of KreateIoT) and Omcoin tokens Wearable data and digital health identity Using the ethereum blockchain for trading digital healthcare assets and reward tokens New technology adoption challenges in the healthcare industry Integrating blockchain with APIs How does Health Wizz differ from other medical records blockchain companies? Earning tokens for winning local health challenges – But why? Amazon’s potential entry into healthcare Better user experiences similar to Waze UPort as an identity layer - https://www.uport.me/ What are the initial reactions from new users and potential investors? How will Health Wizz generate revenue? Interoperability with FHIR https://www.hl7.org/fhir/ and S.M.A.R.T. https://smarthealthit.org/ Three big tidal waves of healthcare innovation – 1. Consumer awareness of data ownership. 2. Opening up the data from electronic health records. 3. Emergence of easier-to-use technologies Health Wizz participated in 2017 Consensys Conference NYC competition. They will be attendees in 2018. https://www.healthwizz.net/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajsharmar/
May 11, 2018
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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.

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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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