Distributed Health Sept. 2017: Using Blockchain Tech to Lasso Healthcare


Last October at Distributed: Health, Hashed Healthcare announced their partnership with Martin Ventures to steer the healthcare industry into the blockchain age. This September, CEO John Bass and Chairman Charlie Martin will share with us details about their developing relationship. Expect to see some other friendly faces and meet new ones as world leaders gather to re-imagine today’s healthcare marketplace through implementing transformation technology into current infrastructure. Hosting a variety of speakers from Harvard Medical School and the CDC, to Aetna, to Intel Health and Life Sciences who will review opportunities and obstacles facing blockchain technology in institutional practices. Some leaders believe one benefit of this technology is to streamline communication between providers and patients. Crypto-mining malware isn’t new to cryptocurrencies and raises question’s concerning “crypto-security” and “immutability” that this technology claims to offer. Recently Ethereum (a popular blockchain platform) experienced another cyber-attack, though this time during the ICO phase. This begs the question: how secure is a programmed algorithmic self-aware system, if such software has already experienced two cryptocurrency heists? Hopefully this year speakers will discuss new coding developments to improve security measures and talk about how such a transparent system will meet HIPPA regulations, which were left hovering above the clouds last October. Perhaps recent events will light a new path, providing insights that may help to prevent future crypto-hacks. 

Distributed: Health Schermerhorn Symphony Center September 25th-26th, 2017: 

Healthcare Ecosystem a New Marketplace 

Sinclair Lewis’s literature wasn’t far off from envisioning the impact business and advertising would have on our culture as communication platforms evolved. Programmed to understand neuro-linguistics and graph human behavioral patterns, deep-chain self-aware software systems predict patient health habits to directly target marketing of products and services. Intelligent machines coupled with blockchain technology transform today’s traditional market into a virtual ecosystem. Smart devices connected to a blockchain cloud will digitally expand hospital arms into patient homes. The Internet of Things or inter-networking of smart devices, implemented with blockchain technology and smart contracts theoretically provides simultaneous immutable tracking of multiple data sources, like medical records and billing, in one de-centralized database. Imagine the limitless opportunities transformative technology will have on managing humanity’s health and wellness!

Building Virtual Clinics

Digital connectivity provides an instant continual flow of information, leading to improved communication and care between providers and patients. An electronic health database and remote monitoring is especially useful for patients receiving cardiac or post-stroke care, as well as glucose management. Physicians: imagine the immediate impact and long-term effect of using a glucometer at home, with the added benefit of your patient uploading and sending the results to you daily. This will help Internists and Geriatric Specialists closely monitor glucose levels in their endocrine fragile patients. Peering through the screen, implementing a blockchain cloud system has potential to improve patient care while impacting the industry’s bottom-line, upstream and downstream. 

 A few appealing characteristics: 

  • Blockchain Systems are attractive to employers and third-party payers alike! Software analytics predict patient health habits while positively impacting results! It’s more cost-effective to keep sick patients healthier and out of the hospital!
  • Invest in the well-being of your community and see the value mirrored in the health of the population your institution treats! Intelligent machines offer solutions to long-term care by improving a patient’s access to their physician and open flow of communication!
  • Incorporation of technological tactics opens the door to appropriating additional resources!

This Year’s Featured Speakers:

  • David Houlding~ Director of Healthcare Privacy & Security, Intel Health and Life Sciences 
  • Lori Melichar~ Director, Pioneer Portfolio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
  • Jim Nasr ~ Chief Software Architect, CDC 
  • Harold Paz ~ Executive VP & CMO, Aetna 
  • Brian Behlendorf ~ Executive Director, The Hyperledger Project 
  • Francois de Brantes ~ VP & Director, Altarum Center for Payment Information 
  • John Bass ~ CEO, Hashed Health 
  • John Sotos ~ CMO, Intel Industry Sales Group 
  • Mike Jacobs ~ Engineer, Optum 


As of yet, cryptocurrencies have no sovereign regulation. Are crypto-coins just another commodity? In other words, what are they? Another red flag: blockchain technology risks detaching the human experience from medicine. A person’s real world identity is lost, though not a new problem in medicine, this technology may increase it. Too often are phrases heard like, “The kidney in 718 needs dialysis by tonight!” or “Are the sugars in room 1012 better controlled now?” Imagine how virtual examinations could intensify these kinds of interactions. Suddenly, the kidney in room 718 is an indiscriminate character behind a screen. Undeniably, connecting smart devices and medicine through the blockchain cloud offers solutions to redirect healthcare, though there are still bugs that need treated. This September, Distributed: Health speaker’s have an opportunity to provide us answers to last years question’s and address lingering security concerns!

For agenda and registration link, visit the DISTRIBUTED: HEALTH 2017 event page.