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Welcome and Opening Statements

Meeting recording/transcript

In attendance:

  • Rich Bloch (host)
  • tareq assi
  • Raveesh
  • Mike McCoy
  • Erika Beerbower
  • jeff
  • Jim Mason
  • jonathan holt
  • Kamlesh Nagware
  • Deniz Coskun
  • Attendance list incomplete... problems with Zoom with listing participants


  • 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

  • Introduction from Tareq, interested in learning how to contribute to this community and learn as much as he can about blockchain technologies
  • Kumar, on some previous calls, but wanted to learn more about blockchain technologies in healthcare

Community Announcements

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

HC-SIG Subgroup Updates

  • Rich provided a quick update on the work that Deniz and team have been doing in the subgroup, specifically as it relates to the PoC for their eConsent product using both Hyperledger Fabric and Hyperledger Sawtooth
  • Raveesh provided an update on the PoC for the modernization of pharmacy management (see prior presentation to HC-SIG membership that Raveesh gave)
  • Recent approval for the subgroup team to participate in Hyperledger Labs
  • Lots of opportunity to get involved
  • Meetings are every other week (opposite HC-SIG General Meetings, on Fridays at 1300 EST)
  • Meetings are Monday mornings (every other week)
    • Recent reschedule needed for latest meeting
  • Ongoing work at establishing a blockchain technologies solution (DLT using Fabric) for semantic interoperability
  • Use case is immunizations

HC-SIG Ad Hoc Team Updates

  • Wiki Redesign Team (Rich Bloch, Lead)

    • Work continues on our SIG site design

    • Discussion: are you a Confluence expert... interested in joining this team?

  • HC-SIG Use Case Development Team (Erika Beerbower, Lead)

  • Update from Erika on the use case team, continuing to focus their work on the first round of use cases the team has been developing
    • Drug supply chain use case (text is done; working on visuals)
      • Indira and Deniz helping out with the work effort

Unfinished Business

  • Since early March of this year, HC-SIG membership has focused on collaboratively identifying and sharing solutions as they relate to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Special thanks to the many guest speakers who shared their solutions with HC-SIG members around the world. As this pandemic continues to present challenges to communities, states, provinces, and countries globally, we will provide ongoing support updates as they become available.

  • Again, to all who have helped... thank you!

COVID-19 Virus Pandemic Support

Funding from Around the World

Funding in the US

  • 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 JUN 12. 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

New Business

  • Call for HC-SIG Chair Nominees (Rich)

    • After two years of serving as Hyperledger HC-SIG Chair, Rich Bloch has called for a general election to elect the next HC-SIG Chair

    • A call seeking HC-SIG Chair nominees has gone out (JUL 05), after which time, an election will be held to determine the next HC-SIG Chair

      • Per our HC-SIG Charter, the newly-elected HC-SIG Chair will then appoint an HC-SIG Vice-Chair

  • Open Discussions (Rich)

    • Discussion: your thoughts on changes you'd like to see with the HC-SIG?

Next Meeting

  • Scheduled for Friday, 2020.07.24, 0700 Pacific Time

  • Discussion: topics to add to agenda?


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