2017 Distributed: Health – Nashville, TN

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Distributed: Health Blockchain Healthcare Conference Overview

The conference targets the healthcare, law and IT services industries. This year’s program provides conference sessions and three key learning opportunities for registrants: a two unit continuing legal education component, a 24-hour hack-a-thon for developers and a code camp. The CLE is open to attorneys and non-attorneys. Its track requires advance registration and costs $199. The hack-a-thon competition’s objective is to build and demonstrate an original blockchain-powered application. The competition offers prizes of more than $10,000. The code camp provides hands-on workshops for all levels of blockchain developers. The camp costs $50 and meets at The Bell Tower from 9:30 am to 5 pm, September 25th. The conference sessions cover four learning tracks:

  • Blockchain for Business,
  • CLE,
  • Internet of Things,
  • Payments.

The two-day conference costs $649.

Sessions and Speakers

The conference kicks off with a keynote address from Change Healthcare CEO Neil de Crescenzo on his organization and its objectives. The networking lunch also features a keynote address. Dr. Harold Paz, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Aetna will discuss his company’s Blockchain usage. The day closes with a keynote speech from John Sotos, Chief Medical Officer for Intel Health & Life Sciences.

The conference features multiple panel sessions. These include:

  • “A New Infrastructure for Healthcare,” combines presentations and discussion from: John Bass, CEO of Hashed Health; Bryan Smith, Chief Scientist of PokitDok; Miriam Paramore, President of OptimizeRx.
  • “The Future of Payment Models” with Ray Herschman, Vice President of Accountable Care Strategy and Business Development at Cerner Corporation; John Bass, CEO of Hashed Health; Francois de Brantes, Vice President & Director of the Altarum Center for Payment Innovation and Aaron Symanski, CTO of Change Healthcare.
  • “Blockchain IoT Use Cases: Scalability & Security” with Siva Kannan, VP of Engineering for Gem; Carlos Elena-Lenz, Director of Intelligent Products & Solutions for Cognizant; Frank Ricotta, CEO for BurstIQ.
  • “Introduction to Blockchain: Defining Use Cases” with Andrew Beal, Senior Manager of EY; Jennifer Georgino, Director of Ecosystem Development for Patientory; Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director for The Hyperledger Project; David Houlding, Director of Healthcare Privacy and Security for Intel Health and Life Sciences.
  • “Blockchain & Revenue Cycle Management” with Ray Herschman, Vice President of Accountable Care Strategy and Business Development for Cerner Corporation; Pearson Talbert, President of HealthcareTTU; Kyle Culver, Solution Architect for Humana; Scott Law, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Zotec Partners; Jim Sohr, Chairman of Powered Health.
  • “Clearing the Way for the Internet of Clinical Things” with Jason Goldwater, Senior Director of the National Quality Forum; David Metcalf, Director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab at the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training; Kristen Johns, Counsel for Waller; Susan Ramonat, CEO of Spiritus Partners.
  • “Laying a Foundation for Success: State Initiatives in Blockchain” with John Wagster, Co-Chair of Blockchain and Digital Currency Practice for Frost Brown Todd; Giles Ward, Executive Director for Hashed Health; Kenneth Bradberry, President of BlockChange.
  • “Blockchain: The Individual & the Employer” with Frank Coliano, Operating Partner with The Riverside Company; Micah Winkelspecht, Founder and CEO of Gem; Peter Fuchs, Corporate Strategy for Mercer.


The first afternoon also offers hands-on learning opportunities. A workshop, “Blockchain Use Case Workshop with Optum,” hosted by Mike Jacobs, a Distinguished Engineer with Optum, introduces participants to Blockchain case studies. A live demonstration session, “Demos: Blockchain in Action,” presents technologies from Hash///ed Health, IBM, PokitDok, and the State of Illinois.

CLE Session Highlights

A CLE registrants session, “Healthcare Regulation Meets Blockchain,” examines how Blockchain affects HIPAA compliance, legislative trends and regulatory issues. Panelists include: Caitlin Moon, COO and CDO for Legal Alignment; Larry Bridgesmith, CEO/Founder of Legal Alignment, Adel Elmissiry, CTO for Utilize Health, Jodi Daniel, Partner at Crowell & Moring.

A second CLE registrants session, “The Legal Challenges of Token Offerings,” looks at the legal ramifications of token fundraising including securities laws, border limitations and consumer protections. Panelists include: Les Wilkinson, Chief Development Officer for Hashed Health; Gray Sasser, Co-Chair of Blockchain and Digital Currency Practice for Frost Brown Todd; Jason Epstein, Partner and Co-leader of Technology and Procurement Group for Nelson Mullins; Alan Cohn, Counselor and Strategic Advisor for Steptoe & Johnson LLP. See the agenda for Distributed: Health