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September 26, 2017

Improving Patient Care Coordination and Outcomes using Blockchains.

Some healthcare experts have described the U.S. healthcare industry as “arguably the world’s largest, most inefficient information enterprise.” Healthcare is one of the most highly regulated industries, with some of the worst data silos, resulting in huge data gaps and skyrocketing costs, potentially reaching more than 19% of the GDP by 2025. When it comes to patient records, there are currently no universal patient identifiers that can connect all of the patient’s data together to tell one common story of the patient’s entire journey through life. This results in a litany of problems: manual reconciliation, missing records, administrative complexity and duplicated work. These problems come with a steep price tag: administrative errors, waste, fraud, abuse, loss of time, and potentially, loss of lives. 

In fact, in healthcare, data silos can kill you. Here are just a few troubling statistics: 86% of medical mistakes are triggered by data errors. 30% of medical tests are reordered because of missing records. And 6.7 % of hospitalized patients have adverse drug reactions. 

At Gem, we asked the question, what if we can use blockchains to create a longitudinal health record for patients, linking all of their care providers, thereby providing accuracy, transparency, and accountability  while maintaining patient privacy and HIPAA compliance. Our seasoned blockchain engineers came up with the answer. This is what it managing a medical record on the blockchain would look like on Gem’s enterprise blockchain platform. 

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  • Blockchain
  • Distributed Health
  • Healthcare
September 26, 2017

Getting into the Flow of Blockchain: Do you need a blockchain? Healthcare Edition

For many healthcare executives, it can be difficult to sift through all of the blockchain hype when deciding whether or not to further explore the technology. A lot has been promised in terms of better patient privacy and financial exchange, but without a great deal of tangible progress, assessing the validity of these claims is difficult. While blockchain technology is revolutionary in that it can power consensus in decentralized networks, many of its features are a product of unique tradeoffs. When deciding whether or not to use a blockchain, innovators have to consider many factors including speed, scalability, and censorship resistance. A blockchain might not always be the best solution to a technical problem. In this post, we’ll explore the scenarios in which a blockchain makes the most sense and specifically apply it to emerging use cases within the healthcare industry.

A blockchain is really just a linear, hash-linked data structure that records changing states within a network. Changes in the state are referred to as transactions. In the case of the Bitcoin blockchain, when Alice sends Bob 5 BTC, the state of the ledger is changed to reflect that Bob now owns those Bitcoins. What makes blockchains especially unique is that they can change network states accurately without a central party. This is particularly true for permissionless networks, meaning that anyone can join the network and write to it. Permissioned blockchains on the other hand, are networks in which a central party can control who has the ability to propose changes to the network. Deciding on the appropriate structure depends on the specific business use case.

Regardless of how promising blockchain technology sounds, it is still in its infancy stages and requires a great deal more iteration before it’s ready to handle enterprise applications at scale. Similarly, most proposed use cases can be accomplished using a standard relational database. This type of architecture has decades of development and innovation behind it. They’re deployed across millions of servers and can handle exponentially more throughput than today’s blockchain infrastructure. If a use case simply requires quick transaction processing, it’s probably better off using a relational database than expending resources trying to navigate blockchain technology.

A blockchain makes the most sense when you have multiple mistrusting parties writing to the network ledger. In these so-called trustless systems, it must be assumed that every party could act maliciously as to prepare for the worst case scenario. Today’s infrastructure requires intermediaries whose sole purpose it is to validate network states.These middlemen extract value from participants by charging service fees for network reconciliation. Blockchain technology proposes a way to achieve consensus on network states without these intermediaries. Multiple writers, absence of trust, and disintermediation are all characteristics shared by good blockchain use cases.

Healthcare Use Cases

If we apply these criteria to the healthcare industry, it’s evident that there are a multitude of qualified use cases. Most EHR data lives in siloed databases, each maintained by a different organization. A lot of this data is similar but since they’re kept across disparate systems that can’t communicate with one another, we have to spend money on reconciliation.The medical claims industry is also a perfect example of mistrusting parties writing and requesting data from a shared ledger.

Data Reconciliation

Sharing medical data between providers is obviously crucial to evolving the level of understanding we have about healthcare, but it’s extremely difficult to do so in a quick and secure manner. Data can exist in an infinite number of structures, each of which has its own meaning, and in order to decode the necessary intelligence, institutions have to rely on intermediaries with the proper knowledge to do so. Blockchains offer a way to automate the reconciliation process and cut costs for every party involved. If all records lived on the same ledger, distilling them down to common structures would be easy. In the cases where interoperability doesn’t work, each network would also have a baked in consensus mechanism by which the network would be able to agree upon the accuracy of the data on it’s own. Different parties used in the consensus process could include patients, inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities, and pharmacists.

Claims Adjudication

Another huge issue in the healthcare world is claims adjudication. Today’s medical claim industry is highly fragmented and inefficient. It can take up to 90 days for a medical claim to be processed and it’s estimated that more than 300 unique pairs of eyes can view your sensitive medical information. The way it works now is payers frequently request data from patients and healthcare providers to determine if and how much they owe for each bill. Not only is this sensitive patient data, but each party has a financial incentive to act maliciously. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will, but the fact that the risk exists necessitates a strong security mechanism. Blockchain technology can automate a lot of these processes by verifying the integrity of medical claims data as it moves between parties. Patients can get paid faster and have less of their data be exposed to unwanted eyes.

Gem has been working closely with healthcare leaders to conceptualize and create blockchain applications for the industry’s largest problems. Although there is such high promise, the healthcare industry still needs a more solid grasp of what blockchains are really good for. Micah Winkelspecht, CEO of Gem commented, “Blockchains are not a panacea for all of the healthcare industry’s ailments.” If your use case involves multiple mistrusting parties trying to work together in the same decentralized system, you’re off to a good start.

Max Bronstein is a Contributing Writer at Gem.

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September 25, 2017

The Growing Conversation around Blockchain and Healthcare

We’re excited to be attending Distributed Health this week, the leading conference for blockchain and healthcare. We’re proud to say that we were one of the first companies to open this whole conversation and launch the first projects involving blockchains in healthcare at last year’s event. There are so many groundbeaking blockchain use cases for this industry, such as: creating longitudinal patient health records to streamline and improve patient care coordination; boosting patient privacy protections, improving access to clinical trials; and building a secure pharmaceutical supply chain. Chief executives of major healthcare organizations are increasingly coming to the table at conferences like these to discuss how blockchain applications could reduce the massive costs and inefficiencies in the current healthcare system. Leaders of federal public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are only just beginning to uncover the vast potential for blockchain technology in preventing potential disease outbreaks potentially resulting from natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes and helping them combat the opioid epidemic ravaging the far corners of this country. We’re deeply engaged in these conversations and look forward to leading the way. 

Here is some additional reading to help you understand the potential for blockchain technology in the healthcare space.

Click here for more information about Gem’s healthcare blockchain solutions.

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September 25, 2017

Blockchain 101: What Every Executive Should Read and Know – Health Care Edition

By this point, the term “blockchain technology,”has captured the attention of the world’s largest industry leaders. News headlines have already espoused that blockchains will solve all of  enterprise’s most pressing problems. Whether it’s seamless financial exchange or cheaper compliance costs, it seems that blockchain technology is a forgone conclusion for the world’s most valuable companies.

One industry in particular that has seen a large uptick in interest for the emerging technology is healthcare. Executives have heard promises saying that blockchain technology has the power to solve all issues related with data interoperability and security, while at the same time reducing costs. While these claims are not entirely inaccurate, their validity has been difficult to evaluate given the technology’s nascent stage. While excitement for blockchains as a disruptive force is justified, many healthcare executives still find themselves asking the same question, ‘What is a blockchain?’

A blockchain is an immutable ledger that records transactions within a given network. In most blockchain networks, this ledger is equally shared with every participant, making the network ‘distributed.’ Providing every actor with a copy of the ledger makes it easier for the entire network to reach consensus on its accuracy. The big breakthrough here is that these networks can agree on the order of transactions without a centralized party verifying each change made to the ledger.

Distributed ledgers are designed to be immutable and tamper-evident, meaning that once something is confirmed onto the blockchain, it can’t be removed, and any error is easily spotted by the network. Immutability is achieved by cryptographically linking blocks of transactions together, hence the name blockchain. This makes blockchain technology a great fit for use cases that require censorship resistance and transparency.

Blockchain technology was first created by Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous cryptographer behind Bitcoin. When creating the cryptocurrency, Satoshi searched for a solution to the “byzantine generals” problem, a computer science problem that dealt with achieving network consensus in a decentralized manner. Using an incentive mechanism called Proof of Work, Satoshi was able to craft a system in which participants who knew nothing about each other could transact in full faith. Grouping Bitcoin transactions into cryptographically linked blocks was the centerpiece innovation of the system.

 

Key Terms

We understand that many of these terms might seem intimidating at first glance, especially for those that don’t come from a software background. We’ve put together easy to digest explanations for the most important concepts in blockchain technology.

Blockchain: An immutable ledger of transactions distributed amongst every network participant

Block: the data structure in which network transactions are grouped

Smart Contract: computer code that self-executes when certain conditions are met

Consensus: An agreement between network participants on the accuracy of the blockchain

 

Key Healthcare Use Cases

Now that we’ve established what a blockchain is and why it’s important, we can begin to explore the future of blockchains in the Healthcare industry.

EHR Interoperability

Every time a patient visits a healthcare provider, data specific to the instance is recorded. Gathering and organizing this data allows healthcare providers to properly treat patients during future visits because they can better assess the patient’s health given their full medical history. The problem with the industry’s current infrastructure is that healthcare providers all use their own unique software systems to record this data. Electronic health records today live in centralized silos and are difficult to quickly transfer given their sensitive nature. This becomes especially problematic when patients switch providers. Each system can also have multiple ways to input the same data points so providers often have to expend resources on data reconciliation within their own systems.

Blockchain technology promises a new paradigm for recording, accessing, and transferring electronic health records. Using a shared ledger to store this data ensures that it’s interoperable across systems. Anyone with access to the ledger can be sure that they’re looking at the same content. Blockchain technology also ensures the integrity of the records because it employs cryptographic hashes.The hash of a certain piece of data is unique to it so any errors are easily spotted. This allows a lot of data reconciliation to be automated. Blockchains are also really good at enforcing access controls. Only parties with stipulated permissions can access or edit sensitive medical information.

What this system would create is a longitudinal health record, one patient, one story, one timeline.

Medical Claims Adjudication and Billing Management

The process of adjudicating medical claims is far past broken. It can take up to 90 days for a claim to be processed as it moves from intermediary to intermediary. Since most medical data isn’t interoperable, information requests are sent back and forth between middlemen who manually evaluate each claim. This chain of custody can expose sensitive medical information to more than  300 different sets of eyes. Patient privacy and efficiency are completely lost in today’s pen and paper infrastructure. And the costs are so exorbitant that the numbers are laughable at this point. According to the Institute of Medicine, data inefficiencies within the healthcare industry will cost about $315 billion by 2018.

Blockchains offer a much more streamlined, secure, and cost-efficient way of handling medical claims. By allowing every party to interact within the same system, information requests can be handled quickly and unilaterally. Fewer intermediaries are required to log information which means fewer eyes on your personal information. Similarly, strict access permissions protect your medical privacy from unauthorized viewers. Blockchain technology also makes this process more transparent as patients, providers, and payers can see the history of each claim as it moves between parties. Lastly, payments can be authorized on the blockchain and distributed automatically.

Given those benefits, it would seem as if revenue cycle management on the blockchain is a no-brainer. However, the challenge here is not technological but political. Bringing multiple parties with vested interests to the table to devise a shared technological and financial incentive is no easy task and takes leadership from the top down and from the bottom up and all the way in between.

Resources

  1. A Universal Library for Health Care: Health Data Meets Blockchain Technology
  2. Who Will Build the Healthcare Blockchain?
  3. Blockchain, Bitcoin and Ethereum Explained
  4. Gem Executive Brief –  Mending Healthcare’s Broken Relationship
  5. Does Blockchain Have a Place in Healthcare?

Max Bronstein is a Contributing Writer at Gem.

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September 22, 2017

Sneak Preview: What’s on Tap at Distributed Health

Our healthcare system is complex to say the least. Everyday, professionals record droves of data to help shape the future of the world’s medical care.The more information our healthcare system can gather about us, the smarter it can become and the faster we can evolve the quality of care we provide. While healthcare is evolving at a rapid rate, current processes are costly and require a great deal of trust. Healthcare providers must be certain that the data they’re basing decisions off of is accurate and agreed upon. In today’s system, a lot of this verification is done manually and requires multiple parties to reach consensus on the integrity of the data.

Blockchain technology offers a new method for securely storing, accessing, and transferring medical data. By treating each medical visit as a single data point that can be recorded on a blockchain, the information underlying it is easily queried and immutable. With a universal health registry, healthcare providers would have access to an unprecedented amount of data about each patient, which will allow them to make increasingly informed medical decisions. Blockchains have the potential to both better protect each patient’s privacy and drastically raise the quality of care offered by providers. Healthcare innovators still have a lot of development to sift through in terms of finding the most pressing use cases, but safe to say that blockchain technology is here to stay.

I’m extremely excited to be attending Distributed Health this year to further explore how blockchain technology will shape the future of the healthcare industry. Some of the stellar companies presenting in attendance this year include: Hashed Health, Change Healthcare and PokitDok. Whether it’s learning about the power of healthcare data interoperability or the role of IoT in advancing medical care, the conference will be jampacked with exciting information and announcements.

I’m particularly excited to hear what the Gem team has been working on. At last year’s Distributed Health Conference, Gem unveiled their blockchain platform and operating system GemOS for the first time. I’m sure they’ll have some exciting updates regarding their cutting edge platform and how it’s helping healthcare companies realize the full potential of blockchain technology. You can find the Gem team at the following events.

Blockchain IoT Use Cases: Scalability & Security

Monday September 25 at 10:30am – 11:25am CST

Gem’s VP of Engineering, Siva Kannan, will be on stage to discuss the security risks associated with IoT innovation in the healthcare space. Siva will be joined alongside other IoT thought leaders to explore how to safely integrate IoT and blockchain technology with healthcare.

On the Panel

  • Siva Kanna – Gem
  • Jim King – Core Rights LLC
  • Carlos Elena-Lenz – Cognizant
  • Frank Ricotta – BurstIQ

Blockchain: The Individual & the Employer

Monday September 25 at 3:45pm – 4:30pm CST

Gem’s Founder and CEO, Micah Winkelspecht, will take part in a panel covering the ever-changing relationship between privacy and data. These industry leaders will explore questions about consent, compliance, accountability and inequality in compensation structure.

On the Panel:

  • Frank Coliano – The Riverside Company
  • Micah Winkelspecht – Gem
  • Peter Fuchs – Mercer

Public Health Data Surveillance

Tuesday September 26 10:45am – 11:30am CST

Emily Vaughn, Head of Accounts at Gem, will participate in a discussion regarding how blockchain technology can help monitor and prevent disease outbreaks. And the CDC’s Jim Nasr will explain how the federal agency is looking to deploy blockchains to reduce response time to natural disasters such as the recent rash of hurricanes.

On the Panel

  • Emily Vaughn – Gem
  • Jim Nasr – Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Kelly McVeary – Hypatia
  • Donna Houlne – IBM

Gem Developer Workshop

The Gem team will also be holding a workshop during Distributed Health’s Code Camp to give developers a chance to experiment with their blockchain platform.. Their workshop will highlight how ETL, data-linkage, decentralized access controls, and smart contracts are combined to give enterprises new tools for interoperability and data exchange. Gem’s developer workshop will take place Monday, September 25 at 1:00pm CST. Every workshop in the Blockchain Code Camp will be held at The Bell Tower on 4th Ave.

Hyperledger Healthcare Working Group Meetup

Gem’s Head of Accounts, Emily Vaughn, will be leading the in-person Hyperledger Healthcare Working Group discussion on building a use case library for the healthcare industry. Join us in Hyperledger’s private meeting room during lunch on both days to learn, network, and contribute your ideas.

Say Hello at the Gem booth!

If you’d like to chat with any of the Gem team members, stop by their booth at Distributed Health . They’ll be actively fielding questions regarding all things Gem, including GemOS updates and exciting new job openings.

Max Bronstein is a Contributing Writer at Gem.

  • Distributed Health
  • Healthcare
May 22, 2017

Mending Healthcare’s Broken Relationship

There is little doubt that the U.S. healthcare delivery system is broken. Costs go up while access goes down. Information has always been the lifeblood of the system, but also its central problem. It’s all about the data. The more patients, the more data. And the more data, the bigger the data inefficiency problem, the higher the costs.

The major issue at the center of the data dialogue involves the inefficient, outdated and complex mechanisms driving medical claims processing today. Blockchain technology is a pivotal new tool that can solve age-old data management problems, while giving the data new attributes of privacy and transparency.

Read Gem’s latest Executive Brief, Mending the Healthcare’s Broken Relationship, to learn more.


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May 18, 2017

Building an Enterprise Blockchain Roadmap

Blockchains secure billions of dollars of assets in an ecosystem with no governing body, no knowledge of who is running the servers and no guarantees about any user’s real world identity.

The above statement has no hype, those are all facts that attracted me to this technology.

The features of blockchain that enable things like bitcoin are the same features that inspire articles about the future of banking, insurance claims, IOT devices, KYC, etc. The web has endless content on how blockchain is going to revolutionize [insert industry here]. But it has very little information on the steps you can take to vet and integrate this technology into your enterprise.

This article distills Gem’s experience working with enterprises creating blockchain solutions down to a roadmap that will help you answer the question: “Is blockchain a good fit for my organization and if so what are the steps to start taking advantage of it?”

“Is blockchain a good fit for my organization and if so what are the steps to start taking advantage of it?”

At the time of this writing, implementing a blockchain solution will require a plan accompanied by human and capital commitments. While the security and performance of this technology have been proven on an international stage using cryptocurrencies, there are (to the best of my knowledge) very few off the shelf blockchain solutions that you can plug into your organization. The reason being the small supply of blockchain engineers not participating in the cryptocurrency gold rush.

There are a few companies, including, Gem that have made blockchains accessible via API, making it possible for any web developer to integrate this technology into their stack. Early movers do not yet have the benefit of an off-the-shelf solution. However, they will have a huge advantage over their peers once these processes are put in place. If your situation permits investing resources into new technology projects, continue reading. Otherwise check back in six months as smart people are working around the clock to make this technology more accessible.

Given that this is going to require resources, we have found that a crucial first step is getting an executive level leader on board. Our experience has shown that the three most important things to understand at an executive level are:

  1. What problems are blockchain uniquely suited to solve?
  2. What symptoms can identify these types of problems?
  3. What are non-cryptocurrency applications of blockchain that have been implemented today?

This is a lot of information to grasp, so I would recommend hiring outside expertise to come in and educate the team or make sure internal resources on this project have at least a few weeks to dig in and focus on this research. If the features and philosophy of distributed blockchain technology are aligned with your organization’s strategic goals, it is time to start thinking about what your first implementation will be.

The second step to vetting and implementing blockchain in your organization is to find processes that suffer from the symptoms blockchain is uniquely suited to solve. You should know those symptoms at this point because learning them was a part of step one. This is the time to bring in an expert who has experience implementing blockchain solutions. Gather a list of a few processes and locate business and technical stakeholders who are very familiar with how these processes work today including what works well, what is painful, and what you wish you could do but can’t. Try to keep initial conversations about the way things work today and let the blockchain experts identify whether or not your workflows could benefit from a blockchain solution.

We find this process takes longer when teams come in with preconceived workflows about how blockchain would fit into the solution as it can lead to omission of what could otherwise be crucial details about the current workflow. We typically go through three or four potential process workflows with our clients before we find one that can yield short term immediate efficiency benefits to unlock previously impervious revenue streams. This phase can feel frustrating, but remember, implementation will be a commitment so let’s be sure we get this right. Once you are able to find a workflow that makes sense it’s time to draft a plan.

The final step in preparing for your first blockchain solution is to draft a plan and line up your resources. Blockchain technology really shines when it connects multiple servers or databases. This means most projects will involve participation from at least two teams. Make sure that you have a project manager as well as engineering resources on both teams. Establish realistic timelines, set goals and make sure that you have a partner with real experience implementing blockchain solutions. We typically plan our first solution to be a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that can be validated at least on a small scale within three months. Once you have your two internal systems working together through a blockchain, you can begin to scale out other internal systems and then extend the network outside your firewall to securely collaborate with external parties.

The road to blockchain is a very rewarding one though it does require commitment. If you are not yet ready to walk down the path it is understandable. If you are curious to learn more about how your organization can win with blockchain, send us a message.

May 18, 2017

Gem is headed to Consensus 2017!

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One of the biggest conferences on blockchain will be held next week in the Big Apple. Consensus 2017 attracts the best and the brightest in the industry, blockchain aficionados, and curious newcomers alike.

The conference is being held the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. And in a clear sign of blockchains continued hype cycle, Consensus attendance has more than quadrupled, from 600 in 2015 to more than 2500 participants from 20 countries this year. And the number of sponsors has shot up from 13 to 80.

“More individuals and companies are hearing about blockchain technology and want to understand what it’s all about,” says Jacob Donnelly, Director of Marketing at CoinDesk. “CoinDesk and the Consensus event are both great ways to learn about the latest advancements, so they come to learn from the smartest people in the space.”

Gem will be there in full force, both to share our expertise and to learn from others. Word on the street is that we might even make some exciting announcements. Find out the must-attend events for Gem at this year’s Consensus in our roundup post.

See you at Consensus!

May 16, 2017

Gem’s Consensus 2017 Event Round Up

We are fast approaching the opening day for Consensus 2017 and I am so excited to be attending for the first time as a member of the Gem team. With so much going on at Consensus, I am very lucky to get the inside scoop on all the must-attend events in 2017 from the blockchain veterans in my office.

I’ve taken a peek into my co-workers’ calendars to see what they’re up to and compiled a round up of the events that we’ll be attending. For those of you attending the conference, we hope we get a chance to meet you and to connect face to face. See you in New York!

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Gem On Stage

Events We’re Attending

About the events

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chamber of Digital Commerce Blockchain Intellectual Property Group Meeting

Monday, 12:15pm-1:30pm | Invitation Only

Gem will be attending the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s first in-person Blockchain Intellectual Property Council Meeting at Consensus.

The Blockchain Intellectual Property Council is the Chamber’s latest working group and was announced in March at the DC Blockchain Summit 2017. The group was formed to help promote innovation in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, and encourage member collaboration to address intellectual property issues. Non-Chamber members may apply for a guest pass to attend. Please contact Dan Spuller to RSVP at dan@digitalchamber.org.

Hyperledger Healthcare (HLHC) Working Group Meetup

Monday, 12:15pm-1:30pm | Belasco Room, 5th Floor

Gem is hosting the Hyperledger Healthcare Working Group Meetup at Consensus! Come network with others who are interested the technical and business aspects of blockchain and how they can be applied to improve the healthcare industry.

Panel: Building a Foundation for Decentralized Identity

Monday, 2:20-3:45 | Salons 1 and 2, 5th Floor

Much has been said and written about the potential for blockchain technology to help solve some of the world’s most enduring problems. But without solid execution, potential is rarely realized. What role do global non-profits play in catalyzing the development of blockchain networks that serve the public good? How do they navigate evolving ecosystems to implement their vision? What obstacles do they face, and how do they work to overcome these?

On the Panel

Dakota Gruener – ID2020 – Moderator
Micah Winkelspecht – Gem
Daniel Buchner – Microsoft
Rouven Heck – uPort
Drummond Reed – Evernym
Ryan Shea – Blockstack
Wayne Vaughan – Tierion

Demonstration of the Health Claims Lifecycle on GemOS

Monday, 3:00pm-3:15pm | Manhattan Ballroom, 8th Floor

Gem will be demonstrating the first blockchain application for the health claims lifecycle.

CoinCenter Annual Dinner 2017

Monday, 7:00pm-10:00pm | The Westin New York at Times Square

Micah will be representing Gem at the Coin Center Annual Dinner 2017 on Monday night. The annual dinner is a year celebration of Bitcoin Pizza Day, and how far we’ve come with building this incredible blockchain ecosystem. Coin Center is the leading non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Panel: Blockchain-Based Insurance

Tuesday, 10:45am-11:20am |Salons 1 and 2, 5th Floor

The commercial relationships that secure the insurance industry are being rewritten. New cryptographic techniques are formalizing claims management, reinsurance markets, trust among competitors, and the integration of the IoT. New products and business models are arising from these new relationships. When combined with the current ‘soft’ underwriting market, the table is set for explosive revolution in the industry.

On the Panel

Nolan Bauerle – CoinDesk, Moderator
Siva Kannan – Gem
Ryan Rugg – R3
Jags Rao – Swiss Re
Mandal Subhajit – LumenLab

Women in Blockchain Luncheon

Tuesday, 12:15pm-1:30pm | Manhattan Ballroom, 8th Floor

The women of Gem will be attending the Women in Blockchain Luncheon. We’re excited to network with other women in the industry, discuss accomplishments and challenges, and to share how we’re working together to shape to the next generation of technology.

Chamber of Digital Commerce Networking Reception

Tuesday, 6:30pm-9:00pm | Invitation Only

The Chamber of Digital Commerce’s mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies. Through education, advocacy and working closely with policymakers, regulatory agencies and industry, the group’s goal is to develop an environment that fosters innovation, jobs and investment. They will be hosting an evening of networking on Tuesday night.

Hyperledger Member VIP Reception 

Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm | Invitation Only

Are you a member of the Hyperledger community? We hope to get to know you better at the Hyperledger Member VIP Reception!

Gem Private Dinner

Tuesday, 8:00pm | Invitation Only

The Gem executive team will be hosting a special laid-back evening to celebrate our accomplishments and share a meal at one of New York’s most iconic landmarks–The Gramercy Hotel.

Say Hello! Come visit Gem in the Palace Room on Floor 6
Stop by and say hello. Don’t forget to bring your Hyperledger passport to get stamped!

Book a Meeting: Looking to chat about how to to implement GemOS in your enterprise organization, an interview with a Gem employee, or interested in investing? We have a limited number of 1:1 meeting slots available. Email hello@gem.co to request a meeting.

 

November 1, 2016

From Bitcoin to Blockchain

The invention of bitcoin and blockchain technology ushered in a new wave of networks that will impact data management across industries, beyond finance and currencies. To understand where this tech is going, you have to understand where it came from and how it works. Micah Winkelspecht, CEO and Founder of Gem, delivered this in part at Distributed Health in Nashville TN, Oct 3rd.

The History of Blockchain – From Bitcoin to Shared Ledgers from Gem

To learn more about applying blockchain technology to data management and logic automation, visit gem.co.

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