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Health Unchained conducts and facilitates interviews and conversations with healthcare leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, and medical professionals who are working on interesting and important projects enabled by blockchain technology.

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Health Unchained conducts and facilitates interviews and conversations with healthcare leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, and medical professionals who are working on interesting and important projects enabled by blockchain technology.

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

    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/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 68: Clinical Trials on Hyperledger - Rama Rao (CEO Bloqcube)

    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:

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 67: Emergency Asset Management - Stephen Meade (CEO MonetaPro)

    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/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 66: MediLedger Supply Chain Network - Susanne Somerville (CEO Chronicled)

    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

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep. 65: Software Development Consulting - Sam Schutte (CEO Unstoppable Software)

    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/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 64: Health Data Privacy Regulations - Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw

    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.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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