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Welcome and Opening Statements

Meeting recording/transcript

In attendance:

  • Erika Beerbower (host)
  • Rich Bloch
  • Adrian Gropper
  • andrew
  • Archana Sristy
  • Aruna S M
  • Asma Ishak-Mahdi
  • Bilal
  • Bilal Saleh
  • Brajesh Awasthi
  • Brian Behlendorf
  • christopherkelly
  • David Boswell
  • Debbbie Bucci
  • Deniz Coskun
  • Derek
  • G. Alicia Porras
  • Guillermo Diaz
  • Heather Flannery
  • Jake
  • Jayakar Joseph Johnson
  • Jessica Rampen
  • Jim Mason
  • johnwalker
  • jonathan holt
  • Kaliya Identity Woman
  • Kamlesh Nagware
  • kent
  • Mike McCoy
  • Neil Luo
  • Pankaj Mathur
  • Pete Harris
  • Tom Farrand (IBM)
  • tomdanner
  • tommy yama
  • Tony Rose
  • @ nova medical school
  • Vipin Rathi
  • Wendy Charles
  • Will Abramson
  • 17195026817


  • If you’re new to the group, please…

    • Introduce yourself

    • Tell us where you're geographically located

    • Share with us your interests in healthcare in general, and blockchain technologies in specific

    • Consider posting your contact information in our HC-SIG Membership Directory
    • Questions? Review our HC-SIG FAQ for answers

Community Announcements

  • Student application is open for this year's Hyperledger Mentorship Program

    • Additional details here

    • We would love to receive lots of applications from our own academic members and hopefully their students get selected to work on some of these projects this year

    • Application deadline: APR 24 (2020.04.24)

  • Do you have any announcements that you'd like to share with the HC-SIG community?

Special Topic: Conquering the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic

How can blockchain technologies have a positive impact on the identification, prevention, and management of this pandemic?

  • How might innovative blockchain technologies--including DLTs, SSI, and cryptocurrencies/tokens--solutions help to:
    • Slow the progression of this deadly virus
    • Manage life-saving logistics networks and medical supply chains with improved throughput and efficiencies
    • Serve as a means for more timely and more accurate healthcare communications model across communities, states, provinces, and countries

Special Guest Speakers

  • Brajesh Awasthi, Founder and CEO of Symblock
    • A brief introduction to Symblock's solution, and how their platform might be useful in solving some of the issues we face with the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus
      • Brajesh and his team will be presenting more formally at an upcoming HC-SIG General Meeting, and we thank him for offering to help drive today's very timely and important discussion around the COVID-19 virus pandemic

  • John Walker, Principal at SemanticClarity
    • A short presentation on
      • How a solution might serve to coordinate COVID-19 emergency services, allowing providers to post and people to locate resources, and to schedule a time to pick up or have delivered those resources
      • How to utilize a combination of Aries/Indy services for safe intermediate identification of both providers and consumers and use DLT (e.g,. Sawtooth or Fabric) to record geo and usage transactions for analysis
    • Presentation (PDF) available here

  • Anesu Machoko, CEO & Co-Founder of MetaDigitaI

    • A description of the work that Anesu and his team are doing with self-sovereign identity (SSI) in the healthcare industry, and how their solutions might be used to help manage secure exchanges between patient, provider, and pharmacy during and after this COVID-19 virus pandemic
      • Anesu and his team will be presenting more formally at an upcoming HC-SIG General Meeting, and we thank him for offering to help drive today's very timely and important discussion around the COVID-19 virus pandemic

  • Jayakar Johnson Joseph, Principal of Johnsons Medicom (P) Ltd.

Status and Funding/Support from Around the World

  • Canada
    • Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity. On March 19, 2020, the honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, announced an additional investment of $25M to the Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research competition. This additional funding is a portion of the $275M dedicated for COVID-19 research as announced by the Prime Minister on March 11, 2020. With this investment, CIHR will be able to fund an additional 49 grants, which brings the total number of grants funded to 96 and a total investment of $52.6M
  •  Ireland

Status and Funding/Support in the US

Next Meeting

  • Scheduled for Friday, 2020.04.17, 0700 Pacific Time

  • Discussion: topics to add to agenda?


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