Past Meetings

The Role of Blockchain in Healthcare Today

6/19/20  Back

The June 19 meeting of HealthTechNet, which was a Zoom call, focused on The Role of Blockchain in Healthcare Today.

This event was a joint meeting with the DMV Chapter of Blockchain in Healthcare Today. Our longtime member Joyce Hunter is also co-chair of that group and led the efforts to assemble the program. We had several distinguished presenters, as follows:

Dr. Victoria Adams, who has more than 30 years’ experience working in technology and public health. She is passionate about all things blockchain. She led and created ConsenSys (the largest pure-play Ethereum blockchain firm in the world) public sector.   She is a recognized thought leader on blockchain HealthTech, GovTech and FinTech. She has spoken at more than 100 U.S, and international conferences and meetings on blockchain and the public sector. She has author of numerous articles and thought pieces on blockchain.

Dr. Adams was be joined by Dr. Neil Wasserman, Adjunct Professor at GWU. His talk argued that a principal impediment to appropriate action is the increasingly chaotic and uncertain environment of information entropy. Responding to events such as COVID-19 and climate change requires coordinated behavior change on the part of global populations. How can technologies such as blockchain and machine learning affect the ability of human populations to deal with the explosion in information entropy? How can behavioral synchronization enable populations to respond to threats to general health such as COVID-19? He described an initiative at George Washington University involving blockchain and mobile technologies aimed at the management of COVID-19 and the safety of the academic community. Also, Fred DeVaulx and Todd Hager provided an overview of the ACT IAC Blockchain Playbook which had a very positive review in Forbes and information about the ACT IAC Emerging Technologies Communities of Interest.

In addition, we had a brief presentation by Dr. Brian Anderson of the MITRE Corporation describing an initiative they are undertaking with an array of leading healthcare organizations across the country to lead and coordinate the Covid-19 Healthcare Coalition, a private-sector led response that brings together healthcare organizations, tech firms, nonprofits, academia, and startups to preserve the healthcare delivery system and help protect US populations. Dr. Anderson is a physician executive with operational, programmatic, sales and strategic leadership experience in complex organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, and his medical degree from the Harvard Medical School, with a Pediatric Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A recording of the meeting can be found here: