The Blockchain And Healthcare
Conference Returns

Join us on September 25-26, 2017 in Nashville for the second Distributed: Health

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Featuring judges from these top firms

Blockchain Capital FBS Capital SixThirty Jumpstart Foundry Martin Ventures

Nashville, the Healthcare Capital


The Distributed: Health meetings and presentations will transpire throughout the iconic Schermerhorn Symphony Center in the heart of downtown Nashville’s SoBro neighborhood, across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Why Nashville?

Nashville, Tennessee is one of the largest healthcare cities in the world with 9 of the 10 largest hospital corporations and 250+ other healthcare companies based in the region. The healthcare industry is Nashville’s largest, with over 800 companies playing a part in creating a $40B economic impact.

Beyond healthcare, Nashville has lively tech and financial sectors and is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Between world-class music and entertainment, beautiful scenery and a fantastic food scene, you’ll enjoy your time in Music City.

Nashville's healthcare industry has:

  • 126,000 healthcare jobs, representing 20% of Nashville workers
  • $1 billion in venture capital invested in healthcare startups
  • Home to 18 publicly traded healthcare companies

Keynote Speakers

Chris Kay

Chris Kay

Chief Innovation Officer, Humana

Chris Kay is passionate about innovation that makes people’s everyday lives easier. As chief innovation officer at Humana, Chris designs game-changing products and services to improve people’s health and reduce costs of healthcare. Prior to joining Humana, as Managing Director of Citi Ventures, Chris pioneered efforts to simplify the retail banking experience. He also invested in a portfolio of companies to create new possibilities for Citi’s customers and new capabilities for the bank. Chris lives with his family in Louisville and has a fresh passion for bouldering that combines Zen philosophy with denial of aging. Chris holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in French and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Charlie Martin

Charlie Martin

Chairman and Founder, Martin Ventures

Charlie Martin is the Chairman and Founder of Martin Ventures. Charlie joined Martin Ventures full-time in 2013 when Vanguard Health Systems, a hospital chain company he founded in 1997, was sold to Tenet Healthcare for $4.3 billion. Martin served as Vanguard’s Chairman and CEO for sixteen years. Under his leadership, the hospital chain grew to 28 hospitals with $6.5 billion in revenue. Prior to Vanguard, Charlie served as founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of OrNda HealthCorp. His career includes serving as President, Director and Chief Operating Officer of HealthTrust Inc., as well as, Executive Vice President and Director of Hospital Corporation of America, and Chief Operating Officer and Director of General Care Corp. He has also served on numerous Boards of Directors including University of Pennsylvania, Penn Law, RAND Corporation, and RAND Health, one of the largest independent health research groups in the world.

Micah Winkelspecht

Micah Winkelspecht

CEO and Founder, Gem

Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem, a blockchain platform startup that transforms how companies connect to solve cross-industry problems. Prior to his contributions to blockchain technology, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose. Today, Gem works with leaders in finance, healthcare, and technology to orchestrate cross-industry data continuity, secured by a blockchain.

Schedule of Events


Registration with Coffee Served in the Innovation Hall


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Keynote Presentation by Chris Kay - Blockchain: Transformational Technology for Health Care


Blockchain 101 - Introduction, Business Benefits & Key Technologies


Coffee Break in the Innovation Hall


Payments & Revenue Cycle

Optimizing cash management, payments settlement and reconciliation with distributed ledgers.

  • Margot DeFrance, Digital Asset
  • Tom Walsh, PNC
  • Russell Moore, TSYS
  • Farron Blanc, RGAx
  • Kyle Culver, Humana


Technical Factors

Implementing blockchain in your enterprise: technical considerations and challenges for the healthcare industry.

  • Andrew Beal, EY
  • Andrew Keys, ConsenSys
  • Wayne Vaughan, Tierion
  • Ted Tanner, PokitDok
  • Jeff Cunningham, ICA


Blockchain for Business

Implementing blockchain in your enterprise: business considerations and use cases for the healthcare industry.

  • Vic Gatto, Jumpstart Foundry
  • Carlos Elena-Lenz, Frog Design
  • Susan Ramonat, SEI Investments
  • Jason Goldwater, National Quality Forum
  • Dr. Stephen Kindred, State Farm


Fireside Chat with Charlie Martin, facilitated by Corey Todaro


Pre-Luncheon Keynote by Micah Winkelspecht


Networking Luncheon


Electronic Medical Records

Using blockchain technology to store, manage access to and share electronic medical records and other sensitive personal data.

  • Vikram Dhillon, UCF
  • Tim Fitzpatrick, Guardtime
  • David Metcalf, UCF
  • Gurdane Bhutani, FundRx
  • Matthew Spoke, Nuco



Preventing fraudulent prescriptions and streamlining clinical data insights using blockchain technology.

  • Burt Zweigenhaft, Belhealth & Trout
  • Andy Corts, Sarah Cannon
  • Nishan Kulatilaka, Merck
  • Ryan Orr, Chronicled


Identity & Trust

Leveraging blockchains to create next-generation identification and authentication systems.

  • Howard Herndon, BlackLine
  • David George, Gem
  • Kenneth Bradberry, Xerox
  • Sean Lane, Crosschx
  • Evan Austill, PatientFocus


Bitcoin, Blockchain & the Law
1.0 CLE credit hours

  • Josh Rosenblatt, BlackLine Payments Advisors LLC
  • Dazza Greenwood, MIT Media Lab


Demo Sessions - View Proof of Concepts and Pilot Projects

  • Wayne Vaughan, Tierion
  • DJ Qian, Vechain
  • Matt Spoke, Nuco
  • Ryan Singer, Blockchain Health Co.
  • Jeff Shelton, Gem
  • Winning Hackathon Team

How Blockchain Will Affect HIPAA
1.0 CLE credit hours

  • Jodi Daniel, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Chad Eckhardt, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Kristin Kenney, HCA
  • Cyrus Maaghul, PointNurse | HealthCombix


Break - Refreshments Served in the Innovation Hall



Collaborative and community initiatives to develop an open-source, shared blockchain framework for enterprise.

  • Emily Vaughn, Gem
  • Chris Brodersen, Accenture
  • James Lloyd, Redox
  • Stephanie Fetzer, IBM
  • Ed Cantwell, Center for Medical Interoperability


Supply Chains & Counterfeiting

Managing ownership and authenticity of supplies and products in global supply chains with blockchains and smart contracts.

  • Rees Morgan, Hudson Morgan Blockchain
  • Koby Hastings, Fluent
  • Iliana Oris Valiente, Rubix
  • Stephen Kiewiet, BJC
  • DJ Qian, Bitse


Empowering Consumers

How blockchain technology will underpin the future of personal data and patient-centric care.

  • Kristen Johns, Waller
  • Ryan Singer, Blockchain Health Co.
  • Dr. Adrian Gropper, Patient Privacy Rights
  • Cyrus Maaghul, PointNurse | HealthCombix
  • Lesa Mitchell, Faster Cures | Milken Institute


Afternoon Keynote Presentation


Conference Chair's Wrap-Up and Takeaways


Networking Reception in Innovation Hall


Conference Ends

Day 2 Optional Events at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center


Venture Capital & Investing in Blockchain Startups


Nashville's HealthIT Opportunity


Music + Blockchain: Copyright Information & IP


Music + Blockchain: Licensing & Royalty Payments

CLE: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Blockchain

2.0 Credit Hour CLE

Attorneys both within and outside the state of Tennessee are invited to an afternoon CLE session designed to inform and educate on the rapidly evolving legal issues related to blockchain technology and its transformative impact on business and industry, with particular emphasis on healthcare. Accredited by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Also open to general conference attendees.

1 pm: Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Law

1.0 CLE credit hours

Digital currency and blockchain technology are fundamentally transforming business and industry, giving rise to a host of emerging legal issues and events. In point-counterpoint format, two leading attorneys in the field explore the legal landscape of disruptive technology from smart contracts to payments to consumer protection—including the impact new technology will have on the practice of law itself.

  • Dazza Greenwood, Lecturer, MIT Media Lab
  • Joshua Rosenblatt, Principal, Blackline Payments Advisors

2:15 pm: How Blockchain Will Affect HIPAA

1.0 CLE credit hours

Blockchain technology has been heralded as the missing piece of the healthcare synergy puzzle--in large part through transparent data sharing. How will this revolution in data integrity affect compliance with HIPAA and its traditional limits on data use? A panel of experts will address key elements of the substantive legal and regulatory issues involved, and discuss what lies ahead.

  • Moderator: Joshua Rosenblatt, Principal, Blackline Payments Advisors
  • Chad Eckhardt, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Kristin Kenney, Technology Legal Counsel, HCA
  • Cyrus Maaghul, Founder and CEO, PointNurse
  • Jodi Daniel, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP