Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Please Note: These workshops are an additional fee and must be signed up for separately from the general conference. You must choose your workshop prior to the start of the event.
Registration and networking
This workshop will provide a high-level understanding of essential blockchain concepts for executives who are new to blockchain in the healthcare sector. Attendees will gain a more intuitive understanding of key fundamentals of blockchain, to get beyond the jargon and communicate effectively with developers, solution providers and your C-suite decision makers.
Blockchain adoption will be characterized by a large number of permissioned, purpose-built blockchain platforms geared towards a specific use case or user base. Therefore, infrastructure and scalability are paramount for the success of the projects running in the blockchain. During this workshop we will learn more about how to create a large-scale project with success factors listed below. Also, participants will be able to collaborate and interact with others in the industry to ensure sustainability of blockchain ecosystems.
Rocky Mountain Technical Marketing
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Registration and networking
Lincoln Health Network
Opening panel discussion
Blockchain technology is one of the most important and disruptive technologies in the world. Multiple industries are adopting the blockchain technology to innovate the way they function. Healthcare is now one of the industries adopting this technology. During this session we will discuss:
Global Digital Strategy & Innovation Lead
City Leader and Program Director
Innovative Blockchain Tech
Blockchain and Healthcare - Regulation, Compliance & Security
The buzz around blockchain is undeniable. Some compare it to the advent of the internet. But like the early days of the internet, there is still a lot of speculation as to whether there are enough tangible, impactful, scalable solutions, especially in the healthcare sector. We will discuss with experts in the field that are currently working with providers and pharma of the challenges and opportunities of blockchain platforms.
Compliance with regulations and data protection laws can introduce many privacy, security, and other complex requirements including data sovereignty and restrictions on trans-border data flow, and providing data subjects the right to be forgotten. Noncompliance and breaches can be costly and can tarnish your organization, as well as the blockchain network, and the whole consortium of healthcare organizations connecting to it. The types of data you put on blockchain, and the location of the nodes are just some of the key factors in determining your compliance requirements. Compliance can be a key factor in deciding what use cases to pursue with blockchain, the types of data to put on your shared ledger, and the deployment and geographical growth of your blockchain over time. In this session we will discuss how to achieve compliance with blockchain including:
Interoperability is a huge problem in the healthcare industry. In fact, improved healthcare interoperability has been a top priority for providers, policymakers, and patients for quite some time now. During this session we will discuss the two major areas when it comes to ineffective interoperability and how blockchain can be of used to fix it.
In order to foster innovation, the FDA has launched a pilot project, Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and Blockchain for the pharma supply chain, which will help to develop an electronic, interoperable system that will identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States. During this session we will further discuss and understand the pilot program and the future of modern technologies.
Dr. Tiffany Gray
Research and Science/Health Advisor
Axes and Eggs
The inefficient credentialing process is costly to providers and payers. Payers spend more than $2 billion a year maintaining provider databases, 75 percent of which could be eliminated by establishing a single source of truth, such as a blockchain. During this session we will learn more about the potential of blockchain in helping the process of credentialing for healthcare providers.
The Diabetes Care Administration Network aims to improve the well-being of patients with diabetes, and who may also be at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Solve.Care and Boehringer Ingelheim partnered to launch a patient-centric care network on the Solve.Care platform; the network will use Care.Wallets to support patients managing these dangerous and debilitating chronic conditions. Initially, the network will be available to more than 25,000 patients through Arizona Care Network (ACN), a leading accountable care organization in the U.S. ACN will provide concierge care management and support care coordinators, with the goal of achieving better healthcare outcomes for participating patients. During this session we will discuss the future of this partnership with Solve.Care, the Diabetes Care Administration Network and Arizona Care Network.
Dr. David Hanekom
Arizona Care Network
The Solve Care Foundation
The Internet of Medical Things, is a network of medical devices that provides better access to data. Data that can enable and inform both patients and providers alike. With access to the information that IoMT provides, we can expect to see great changes in this field.
Breaking the silos of traditional medical record storage would not only make the process of sharing EHRs significantly easier, but also result in more robust security. With a distributed application like Patientory’s, individuals can have access to a comprehensive picture of their health that includes compiled data from EHRs and wearable devices. By integrating with PTOYNet distributed and decentralized blockchain network, the application is able to adhere to both HIPAA and robust security standards. We will hear more from Patientory and their blockchain technology used for the healthcare industry.
There are several distinctions between public and private blockchains, also known as permissioned and permissionless blockchain implementations. Public networks are accessible to every Internet user and do not discriminate based on credentials, location, or affiliation, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. By contrast, private networks are centered permission access of individuals nodes.
In an era of contested debates surrounding, privacy, data ownership, and monetization, one particular piece of data could be said to be the most personal of all: the human genome. Blockchain and the vanguard of genomic research have perhaps come closer to each other than ever before. Now that the DNA in our cells is understood as a life-long store of information, a new and disruptive technology is needed to securely and flexibly manage the interlocking networks of the body’s code. During this session we will discuss further more with companies already working on decentralized platforms with genomes.
Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, MD MBA
Chief Quality & Innovation Officer
The current model of healthcare is limiting consistent communication between patients and providers. Healthcare focus has trended towards payments and sick care, not well care. Amchart seeks to change that relationship. Patients currently generate large amounts of data through fitness apps and combining this with IoT devices, etc. can help improve the information flowing to the provider to improve treatments and clinical decision making for improved health outcomes. We will learn more about AMCHART and how it can be used by patients and healthcare providers.
Blockchain technology is here to stay. Research predicts that by 2023 blockchain in healthcare market is expected to reach $890 million. This particular growth is attributed to stringent regulations for safeguarding consumer data, rising adoption of blockchain technology in the healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, and increasing funding and investments. During this session we will discuss with venture capitalists and investors, the current outlook for blockchain healthcare companies and their takeaways.
David Metcalf, Ph.D.
General Partner & Managing Director, GBV
Global Blockchain Ventures
Dr. Alex Cahana
Head of Healthcare and Blockchain
This year, we are introducing the Blockchain Innovation in Healthcare Showcase, designed as an international platform to demonstrate and explore the capabilities of leading blockchain technology players from the US and around the world who will pitch their skills and solutions to the audience. We will have 5 companies who will have 9 minutes to make a presentation, consisting of a six-minute pitch and three minutes of Q&A. Each company will have a solution for the problems presented in the industry.
Brahma P. Sen
Closing keynote and panel discussion
Modern tech is getting progressively sophisticated at doing what humans do, but more efficiently, more quickly and at a much lower cost. The potential for Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning in healthcare is vast. Currently these technologies are being used in different areas that are changing lives every day. During this session we will discuss those areas and how they are thriving in the industry.
Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Keynote and panel discussion
While the financial services and shipping industries have been quick to deploy blockchain, the healthcare industry is currently following their lead as it looks to increase efficiency and security, reduce costs and expand services with the distributed ledger technology. In healthcare, many providers and pharmaceutical companies are already in trials and proof of concept in areas such as supply chain, clinical trials and billing management. During this session we will talk to leaders in the healthcare industry about their approach to blockchain, the testing and adoption of the distributed ledger.
Healthcare and Life Sciences Lead
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and Revenue Cycle Management
Rethinking Clinical Trials and Data Security
When exploring the role of blockchain in securing and optimizing supply chain management for the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of pharmaceutical products, a few things need to be taken into consideration:
Edo Mwenda Ph.D
CEO & Co-founder
Chief Technology Officer
CEO and Founder
Open Health Network
Synaptic Health Alliance joins leaders in healthcare to explore how blockchain technology can help address some of the toughest problems in healthcare. Synaptic’s members include Aetna, Cognizant, Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics, and UnitedHealthcare. During this session we will learn more about their joint mission and what they have achieved to date.
Vice President, Operations
Director of Emerging Technology
Founder and CEO
An update on enterprise use cases, protocols, business models and network development including lessons learned from over a dozen projects including Professional Credentials Exchange and many other blockchain / DLT innovations in healthcare.
The FDA reports that almost 10% of the trials they monitor feature some issues related to consent collection. These include: failure to obtain written informed consent, unapproved forms, invalid consent document, failure to re-consent to a revised protocol and missing Institutional Review Board approval to protocol changes; among others. How can a blockchain platform help solve the problem?
CEO & Co-founder
Jason C. Goldwater
The industry suffers a loss of billions of dollars due to waste, fraud and abuse. Making sure third parties who have access, store, manage and analyse health data are trustworthy is critical. And also, that are GDPR and HIPAA compliant. We will hear from CoverUS team about their approach towards these issues. Also, the CoverUs app enables people to harness the power of data of earn money and save healthcare costs, while protecting its customer's privacy.
Identifying how blockchain technologies could reduce cost and improve efficiency across various industries has become a point of interest. Especially, in the medical device industry, where blockchain and distributed ledger technology may be able to enhance trust, collaboration, traceability, and auditability across the industry’s value chain. Blockchain technologies offer the potential to transform critical medical device processes in development, commercial operations, and supply chain and product lifecycle documentation, with ILT technology and RFDI capabilities. We will hear more about these tracking platform from PwC team.
Managing Director, Emerging Technology & New Services
Principal, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Supply Chain & Operations Consulting - West Region Leader
Credentialing healthcare professionals is a universally problematic process for any industry member that delivers or pays for patient care. The process often requires four to six months to complete and directly impedes the ability for a healthcare professional to deliver care and be reimbursed for their work. A growing consortium of leading healthcare organizations from across the healthcare industry, to include National Government Services, Spectrum Health, University of Rochester Health System, WellCare Health Plans, Medicus Healthcare Services, Locumtenens.com, MEDNAX, Accenture, Spok, Texas Hospital Association, and The Hardenbergh Group are working collectively to bring this solution to market. During this session we will learn more about the platform, the consortium, and the initiative's plans and progress.
Principal Director for Strategy in Healthcare
The significant amount of data being generated through medical technologies, such as electronic medical records (EMRs), quantified self-tracking devices, smartphone applications and personal health records (PHRs) provide an opportunity to gather insight into a patient’s health status that was previously only available through the administration of a psychometrically validated instrument. This expanding ecosystem provides a more proactive approach to health as the data streams from these devices can be intermingled with social networks, crowdsourced studies and the Quantified Self community, which collects and shares biophysical assessments. During this session we will discuss how using these emerging technologies and specific patient-focused outcome, measures to evaluate a patient’s mental status and functioning moves towards understanding their specific condition. Afterwards, helping move towards a more positive position of mental performance optimization, rather than seeking a cure or identifying a pharmacologic solution.
Jason C. Goldwater
Today’s healthcare revenue cycle faces many challenges, including a stricter regulatory environment, increased scrutiny of claims, and rising claims denials. Hospitals and health systems today increasingly seek to improve revenue cycle management performance by reducing denials and boosting patient collections. During this session we will look into the use of blockchain-based revenue cycle to revamp processes.
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer
Blockchain, and tokens could help solve the problems the healthcare industry is currently facing, such as pricing models, hidden fees and complex billing departments. These technologies can create better billing systems and more streamlined and direct methods of payment. We will discuss the tokenization technology designed for the healthcare sector, and to simplify payments for providers and patients, as well as understanding the future of healthcare tokens.
mmviii  Digital Assets Group
In recent years, the drug discovery and development has become a very laborious, time-consuming process and is not often particularly effective. The industry is looking towards blockchain as a potential solution that can help in different areas, to find faster and more cost-effective route to the new discoveries of medicine.
Currently, the healthcare industry endures a constant barrage of cyber-attacks. In fact, healthcare experiences twice the amount of phishing emails and malware attacks of any other industry. New challenges arise constantly and now include cyber-attacks on IoT devices that are disguised using encrypted malware. We will review how blockchain could be the badly-needed solution to a problem that puts patients and hospitals at severe risk.
Executive Director, Information Security and Compliance
Indiana University Health
The promise of new trust-enabling technologies has been on the rise in the past few years. The latest technological development driving a potential revolution in trust-facilitation involves so-called distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), with blockchain the most well-known. DLTs offer the potential to circumvent reliance on traditional, centralized actors and institutions as the primary intermediaries for trust. During this session we will discuss the future of blockchain and how it can become the next trustable technology.