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Welcome and Opening Statements

Meeting recording/transcript

In attendance:

  • Rich Bloch (host)
  • Diogenes
  • 1560318XXXX
  • Adrian Gropper
  • Alicia P
  • Avetis Muradyan
  • Brian Behlendorf
  • Bruno Melo
  • Cam Weyhrich
  • debbucci
  • Deniz Coskun
  • Elena Dumitrascu
  • Erika Beerbower
  • Guillermo Diaz
  • Indira Mysore
  • jeff
  • jonathan hold (consensys health)
  • Kamlesh Nagware
  • Mark
  • marko
  • Mi Novak
  • Mobio Interactive
  • Raveesh Dewan
  • Sonia
  • Tomomi Yamano
  • Wendy Charles


  • 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

  • A special notice from our HC-SIG Payer Subgroup
    • The HC-SIG Payer Subgroup continues work on their Pharmacy PoC
      • The workshop effort will utilize Hyperledger Fabric and Joget's low-code platform to develop this PoC

  • 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 Speaker

  • Diógenes FirmianoChief Business Development Officer, Federal District of Brazil
    • Diógenes will present on the topic of "COVID-19 and the ’new normal’": how blockchain could be used to empower practitioners and patients in their fight against COVID-19
      • He'll cover Brazil's strategies so far on tracking cases, tests strategy and managing timeline’s patients and what they're building in the startup he's leading, for the near future, using blockchain in combination with AI, network graphs, and IoT resources
    • For those who attended the Hyperledger Global Forum 2020 earlier this year, you may recognize Diógenes as one of the forum speakers: his video presentation is available here on YouTube
    • Presentation (PDF) available here


 COVID-19 and Related Healthcare Solutions In the News

Funding/Support from Around the World

Funding/Support in the US

  • Innovation challenges offered through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Emergency Response for the General Public Innovation ChallengeAdded MAY 04The Emergency Response for the General Public Challenge is looking for health technology tools to support the needs of individuals whose lives have been affected by a large-scale health crisis (pandemic, natural disaster, or other public health emergency). 

    • Emergency Response for the Health Care System Challenge. Added MAY 04. The Emergency Response for the Health Care System Challenge is seeking digital tools that can support the health care system during a large-scale health crisis. Examples include but are not limited to tools that can support providers, government, and public health and community organizations. 

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses (SBIRs/STTRs). Updated MAR 27. The NCI participates in the NIH-issued SBIR and an STTR Omnibus grant solicitation for small businesses, which allow small businesses to submit researcher-initiated projects that are within NIH’s mission. 
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities. Updated MAY 13. Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Urgent Supplement - Clinical Trial Optional) recently updated through "Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)."

  • COVID Help for Families. Updated MAY 13. A match-making service for for those offering help and those seeking help during this pandemic. Help Seekers can post urgent needs for Helpers in their area to see and fulfill. Helpers will be able to see those help requests in their area and offer help. The Helpers can get in touch with the Help Seekers and deliver the help that is requested

  • Additional COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

Next Meeting

  • Scheduled for Friday, 2020.05.29, 0700 Pacific Time

  • Discussion: topics to add to agenda?


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