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Welcome and Opening Statements

Meeting recording/transcript

In attendance:

  • Rich Bloch (host)
  • Naresh Jain
  • Adrian Gropper
  • Alicia P
  • Armando
  • Atul Kumthekar
  • Avnish
  • debbucci
  • Erika Beerbower
  • Heena shaikh
  • jeff
  • jonathan holt
  • Kalyan
  • Kamlesh Nagware
  • Kumaravel N
  • Mike McCoy
  • Nitin
  • Raveesh Dewan
  • Revathi Kollegaia
  • OnePlus 5
  • prashant surana jain
  • 1703216XXXX
  • Guillermo Diaz (VaNeMa)
  • Suneet Bendre
  • Zach the Snack


  • 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

  • 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

    • The PAN IIT Alumni Association is doing a pilot on COVID-19 patients diagnosis using AI on medical images and protecting patient data using blockchain technology. Snapper Future Tech has volunteered in this project using their blockchain powered platform “SnapCert."
    • 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 14. 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. 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, 2020.06.12, 0700 Pacific Time

  • Discussion: topics to add to agenda?


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  1. Hi everybody !!

    My name is Armando Vargas, I am a Blockchain enthusiast located in La Paz, Bolivia.

    Currently, I am the country manager of two Blockchain startups based in Santiago, Chile: BlockInStrat and Business Blockchain. I am in charge of develop business opportunities in my country.

    Due to the current Covid scenario, a lot of changes and opportunities for digital transformation have arisen in the Healthcare industry, and we want to approach them with Blockchain solutions. Both of the companies I represent work with Hyperledger frameworks so we want stay updated in all the new releases and projects.

    Can´t wait to learn more and gather insightful strategies for our business !! 

  2. Good Evening Armando,

    First off, welcome and thanks very much for introducing yourself. It'll be great to have you join our HC-SIG team, with a global membership of healthcare and technology professionals, all with the shared interests of solving healthcare problems using blockchain technologies. As well, great to know that you're actively engaging Hyperledger frameworks/tools in your work efforts. It'd be great to have you share your experiences (good and bad) with HC-SIG members, and I look forward to perhaps doing just that in the near future.

    Please take some time to explore this wiki site, and learn a bit more about what the HC-SIG does, particularly our three excellent HC-SIG Subgroups: the Patient Subgroup, Payer Subgroup, and Healthcare Interoperability Subgroup. Each of these smaller teams are designed around very focused topics of interest, and all are working on some very interesting projects with global reach.

    Again, welcome, and looking forward to having you join our community. I hope to see you on the call tomorrow (Friday).