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Advanced Blockchain Concepts for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries

Course Director: Ed Bukstel

Course Fee: $2150.00 Regular Registration / $1950.00 Early Bird (30 Days in Advance)

Course Brochure: Advanced Blockchain Concepts

Blockchain Concepts Training

Course Description -

This Advanced Blockchain Concepts in Healthcare course is designed to provide individuals with an in-depth understanding of the blockchain technology, the current blockchain landscape inside pharmaceutical use cases, key players in horizontal blockchain solutions that could impact patient experience, pharma, and the medical device industry. The course consists of lecture and interactive exercises designed to focus on the practical implementation a healthcare blockchain identity, examples of transparency, and deep dives into specific pharmaceutical blockchain whitepapers published in 2017-2018 (with 2019 updates). Participants will also be placed in several real life use case scenarios dealing with blockchain identity and specifically patient identity in a digital domain. Alignment of incentives will be discussed in decentralized trust and transparency relationships involving Supply Chain, Clinical Trials Recruitment, and Regulatory Compliance will be reviewed.

The course will also include a 100 page Blockchain in Healthcare Workbook/Manual that will highlight various concepts discussed. We will encourage audience choice/selection of Whitepapers, prior to each course as well. The whitepapers will be selected from the 140+ ICO that currently focus on healthcare and pharmaceutical use cases.

Who Should Attend

This two-day course, Advanced Blockchain Concepts in Healthcare (ABCH), will cover the current and near future effects of blockchain technology on clinical trials, patient experience, providers, payors, and health systems. This course is not about crypto-currencies, but is focused on the underlying blockchain technology and the paradigm shift in understanding and perspective that is caused by blockchain.

Medical Directors, Innovation Officers, Compliance Officers, Digital Health Executives, and Clinical Research Managers will gain significant expertise and understanding about the impact of blockchain solutions. This two-day program will provide attendees with the training needed to understand blockchain and create successful implementations for internal and external client facing projects.

The 21st Century Cures Act, The Drug Supply Chain Security Act, and The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will force innovative companies to engage in strategies that incorporate a blockchain like trust architecture.

Clinical Research Managers, Clinical Investigators, Compliance Officers, and Data Scientists who oversee and implement systems for transparency and privacy of drug and medical devices will benefit from this curriculum. Other research professionals, and customer service executives involved in value based contracting, Pharmacy Benefit Manager Administration, and Clinical Trials Compliance (i.e., clinical investigators, research coordinators, regulatory and medical communications personnel) will also benefit from this blockchain training program.

Course Agenda

Course Agenda


9:00am – 9:30am - Introductions & Review of Agenda

9:30am – 10:30am – The Nature of Trust

  • Historic Overview
  • Byzantium General Problem
  • Trust in the Digital Domain
  • Cryptography
  • Exercise

10:30am – 10:45am - Break

10:45am – 12:00pm - What can we learn from the Crypto-Currency Phenomenon? How can tokens be utilized in Pharma R&D, Supply Chain, and Clinical Trials Recruitment

  • Miners
  • Authenticators
  • Incentives
  • Exercise – White Paper Review 1 (selected from 143 ICO papers, unless otherwise specified.)/li>

12:30pm – 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Why Don’t Tokens Work In Healthcare? What are the friction points in Pharma Supply Chains?

  • Legacy Systems
  • Interoperability
  • Identity
  • Patient Data

Exercise - White Paper Review 2

2:00pm – 3:00pm – The Supply Chain Use Case (aka Everyone’s Favorite Pharmaceutical Blockchain)

  • Definition
  • Cold Chain
  • Drug Supply Chain Security Act
  • Keys to success and failure at implementation
  • Permissioned Chains, Public Chains, and Hybrid Chains
  • Consensus

Exercise – White Paper Review 3 - IBM Supply Chain Example

3:00pm – 3:15pm - Break

3:15pm – 4:30pm - The Blockchain Interoperability Myth and the hope for a Blockchain Identity

  • Utilizing EHR data silos for patient data access
  • New ways to look at patient data referenced on the blockchain
  • Will Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) go extinct from blockchain implementations?
  • Value Based Contracting on the Blockchain
  • Zero Knowledge Proofs

Exercise - Interactive buildout of a Blockchain PBM

4:30pm - 5:00pm - Recap, Questions and Answers


9:00am – 10:30am: The Best Healthcare Blockchain Use Case So Far

  • What are the specific blockchain takeaways for Pharma, Medical Device, and Life Science Companies.  
  • Can Supply Chain Blockchains  prevent ingredients from  getting lost, track chemicals that become inactive due to insufficient temperature control, and flag medicines that are wrongly prescribed by malfunctioning computer systems, and identify counterfeit medications slip through cracks in security
  • Synaptic Health Alliance (Optum, Multiplan, Humana, Quest, Labcorp)
  • HHS Acquisition System
  • Blockchain Marketplaces will be showing up everywhere.
  • Trust Exchange Framework

Exercise Review Synaptic White Paper, Interactive Buildout and How does this SHA effort help other, compliance, regulatory, clinical trials, and patient facing efforts?

10:30am – 10:45am - Break

10:45am – 11:30am: GDPR Implications for Blockchain:  It’s not just privacy, it’s about access.

  • Implications for Medical Devices
  • Data Overload is now being regulated
  • Blockchain IoT Considerations in the EU and beyond
  • Don’t use Blockchain to duplicate an existing process
  • Adverse Event Tracking

Exercise White Paper Review 3:  Blockstack, Civic, Basic Attention Token

11:30am – 12:30pm: Platforms and Chains - What is the GDPR Blockchain Paradox and what are the effects on Medical Devices and Life Sciences?

  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Amazon
  • IBM Bluemix
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Hyperledger
  • EOS
  • Ethereum

Exercise EHR Whitepaper

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 2:45pm: Regulation, Compliance, Reporting Utilizing a Blockchain

  • FDA
  • Severe Adverse Event (EU and US)  
  • 21st Century Cures Act

3:30pm – 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm: Exercise Clinical Trials and Trust

  • Clinical Trials Recruitment and the Blockchain
  • Are CRO’s a thing of the past with Blockchain? (Probably not)
  • Redefining the relationship with the Study Participant
  • Realigning incentives utilizing a blockchain  to increase clinical trials participation

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Recap, Questions and Answers

Course Evaluation