Blockchain and Digital Transformation in Health 2020 Symposium Announces Keynotes and Program Updates

World Class Keynotes from UCSD Health and IBM Kick Off Program Combining Academic Research and Insights from Innovative Blockchain and Healthtech Startups

AUSTIN, TX, January 27, 2020 — The Austin Blockchain Collective today announced its first Blockchain and Digital Transformation in Health 2020 symposium to be held on February 26, 2020, and featuring an educational program curated jointly with data and clinical experts from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas.

The complete list of program includes two keynotes that will kick off the day and emphasize the unique academic and industry partnership of the symposium:

  • Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, Associate Dean, Informatics and Technology, UCSD Health
  • Mark Treshock, Blockchain Solutions Leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM

Among the academic research presented will be papers covering HIV prevention, managing stroke and delirium in hospitals, patient identification and consent systems, providing care to those experiencing homelessness, and generating updated evidence from published medical literature.

“We are excited to have a number of outstanding researchers and academics share their expertise to highlight issues of great significance for the future of blockchain technology in health at the symposium,” noted Anjum Khurshid, Director of Data Integration, Department of Population Health, at Dell Med​. “Bringing together UT Austin and Dell Med’s academics with Austin Blockchain Collective members will spawn a unique partnership where clinical experts work with technology experts to develop innovative solutions to major healthcare problems.”

Industry insights and case studies will extend to a range of topics, including the creation of healthcare consortia, the management of clinical studies and trials, pharmaceutical supply chain traceability and visibility, management and integration of patient health information, reinventing current payer/provider/patient models and medical device lifecycle management.

Technical focuses will consider public blockchains, decentralized applications and Web 3.0 architectures, the use of smart contracts for healthcare applications, and designing scalable and regulatory-compliant information architectures.

“A particular topic for discussion will be the emerging narrative that positions healthcare as fundamentally a data science discipline, and which acknowledges the commercial value of health-related data,” said Austin Blockchain Collective Executive Director Pete Harris. “As Big Tech companies become increasingly involved in managing and leveraging health data, so data ownership, privacy and monetization issues and strategies have come to the fore, and blockchain and Web 3.0’s role in addressing these will also be explored.”

Emphasizing the forward looking philosophy of the symposium, many blockchain and healthtech startups are contributing to the program, including AMCHART, BloqCube, BurstIQ, Citizen Health, City of Austin MyPass, Consensus Networks, ConsenSys Health, Digital Asset, EncrypGen, HASA, Lonestar Life Sciences, MedBlox, MedtoMarket, Open Health Network, Rymedi, Spiritus, Synerzip and Tribe Health Solutions.

More than 100 senior healthcare industry and technology professionals are expected to attend. The symposium is especially targeted at those working in the following roles:

  • Clinicians, providers and researchers with an interest in digital health and technology
  • Digital health specialists looking to keep abreast of technology trends
  • Data scientists and medical statisticians that want to leverage these new tools
  • Payers and administrators seeking to take advantage of these technologies
  • Blockchain, IT, AI and medical device innovators that wish to engage with medical practitioners and healthcare professionals

The venue for the Blockchain and Digital Transformation in Health 2020 Symposium is M2M Element, a recently opened medical and life sciences innovation center.

Registration for the symposium is open, with an academic rate of just $295 (including the educational program plus networking breakfast, lunch, breaks and end of business reception). Discounts are available for Dell Med and UT faculty and students, as well as for healthcare associates of Dell Med and members of the Austin Blockchain Collective.

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