Distributed: Health to Host Healthcare Executives and Decentralizing Technologists

To many, the healthcare industry serves as the single most interesting ground for the advancement of blockchain technology within an enterprise setting. It is a huge global business with critical legacy operations, as well as massive inefficiencies, transparency concerns and questions around future growth. Some of the world's most interesting blockchain use cases can be found in the healthcare industry and many more are poised to take off from there.

Building on this momentum, BTC Inc, publisher of, has announced plans for its third annual Distributed: Health conference, the first and largest conference dedicated to the intersection of the healthcare industry and blockchain technology. The conference will be held in partnership with Hashed Health, a healthcare innovation products company.

Taking place from November 5 to 6, this year's Distributed: Health is anticipating over 1,000 attendees, with several keynote speakers and technological presentations already lined up. Former U.S. Senator Bill Frist will discuss his efforts to reform the healthcare industry on a national level. The Department of Health and Human Services, RTI international, Optum and Humana are expected to make high-profile company announcements. Enterprise blockchain leaders like Hyperledger and the Ethereum Foundation will present some of their solutions for the industry's pain points.

The event will also feature a 24-hour hackathon intended to equip some of the country's leading developers with blockchain technology and produce real-life solutions for the healthcare industry. There will also be an enterprise code camp to help developers sharpen their distributed ledger building skills and explore the latest technological tools at their disposal.

Can Blockchain Solutions Disrupt the Health Insurance Market?

Two words best describe the current state of our U.S.  health insurance system: a mess.

As spiraling costs for the delivery of care continue to garner attention, many believe that insurance companies, not consumers, control the landscape.

Change Healthcare and the Fight for Blockchain Solutions

At the HLTH — The Future of Healthcare conference earlier this month in Las Vegas, banners for Change Healthcare, a firm on the cutting edge of the healthcare system’s use of distributed ledgers, were on prominent display throughout the event center.

Speaking at this event, Change’s president and CEO Neil de Crescenzo announced the company’s new partnership with Adobe and Microsoft, one that’s expected to usher in a new wave of digital healthcare advancement.

Patientory Forges a New Frontier of Health Information Access

By bringing real-world blockchain solutions to one of the biggest pain points in medical industry cost-efficiency, security and access to healthcare data, Patientory is rapidly establishing itself as a leader in the healthcare data revolution.

For Chrissa McFarlane, a series of observations from a past consulting project led her to question why health data was being approached the way it was. Encountering frustration after frustration in how patient information is accessed, she set out to find real solutions to a real-world problem that has long bedeviled the healthcare industry.

HLTH, The Future of Healthcare Event: Six Blockchain Observations

Back in 1988, as a newly minted, 21-year-old human resources professional, I attended my first American Hospital Association convention at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

The vastness of this hotel complex combined with the thousands of visitors that were in attendance made this an utterly overwhelming experience.