Healthcare Blockchain Moves to Center Stage

By PokitDok Team,

Last year,
we asserted that the groundwork for healthcare on the blockchain had already begun. In fact, we stated that blockchain would move from theory to practice in 2017.

If the number of blockchain related conferences is any indicator, our prediction was correct and blockchain in healthcare is currently taking center stage. In March 2017 alone, we participated in five events covering healthcare blockchain and here's what went down:

Blockchain in Healthcare Code-a-thon - (March 14-15, DC)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted this code-a-thon at Georgetown University, in advance of the 2nd Annual DC Blockchain Summit.   

Our co-founder and CTO, Ted Tanner, who unveiled DokChain last summer, was invited to judge the code-a-thon, along with Debbie Bucci, from the ONC; Greg Shannon, from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy; Dr. Jonathan Holt, technologist and entrepreneur, and Hector Rodriguez, from Microsoft Worldwide Health.

The code-a-thon challenged developers to produce concepts and prototypes related to identity management and healthcare APIs, metadata tagging, and the use of blockchain technology to securely aggregate, link, and share patient data to the destination of their choice. The winner was....Health Passport, an international patient-centric health portal, that won for their identity management entry. Our technical evangelist, Denise Gosnell, PhD, served as a resource during the code-a-thon and here's what she had to say about it


DC Blockchain Summit - (March 15-16, DC)

PokitDok CEO, Lisa Maki participated in a lively panel discussion focused on blockchain in healthcare, moderated by Art Allen, the eHealth Editor of Politico. Produced by the Digital Chamber of Commerce, the DC Blockchain Summit brings together the most important companies, government leaders, and early movers shaping the blockchain industry. While topics like financial services and international security have dominated in the past, healthcare on blockchain took center stage this year, with involvement from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The Healthcare Blockchain Summit - (March 20-21, DC)

Ted Tanner took the stage once again the following week for a fireside chat with Leonard Kish entitled: Building a Patient Centered Health IT Infrastructure with Blockchain Technologies. They talked about how companies can make the transition to blockchain and how the patient experience will change. This conference offered one of the most practical gatherings, specifically devoted to healthcare, and we hope they host it again.


TechIgnite - (March 21-22, San Francisco)

PokitDok participated in two panels:  Day one, our Chief Scientist, Bryan Smith, PhD, added a healthcare focus to his panel: "Blockchain Disrupts Everything...Or Does It?"   On the second day, our Technical Evangelist, Denise Gosnell, PhD, contributed to her panel:  "Machine Learning & Deep Learning: The New, The Old, The Future."

Blockchain, Distributed Security and Regulated Industries - (March 28, Jersey City)

PokitDok VP of Engineering, Tim Dunlevy, spoke alongside moderator, author, and investor, Chris Dannen; Ryan Smith, CTO of; and Offering Manager for the IBM z Systems Platform, Diana Henderson. The topic highlighted use cases of blockchain, data storage techniques, and the opportunities for Postgres database users. Each panelist gave insight about their specific blockchain offerings and the applicable use cases.

Keep an eye out for the video recording of the panel here.

Coming Up:

CTO Ted Tanner will be at Rice University on April 24th for Business and the Blockchain. Join Rice for a conference highlighting how the blockchain is transforming the way business is done, not only in finance via bitcoin but in other industries including energy and health. Stay tuned for more information on when PokitDok will be speaking.


Want to learn more about blockchain in healthcare? Peruse the following resources and be sure to sign up for updates about DokChain.

The opinions expressed in this blog are of the authors and not of PokitDok's. The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice.

  Tags: Blockchain, Health Innovation

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