Every individual holds a valuable piece of the puzzle to understand disease and health, and researchers are all in need of more data. Discovery is hindered by putting the majority of data into small silos. Breaking down data silos and bringing individuals together will more quickly aggregate enough samples to rise above the complexity of genomics and identify disease candidates.”

Dawn Barry, President and Co-Founder, Luna DNA

Bitcoin was hatched as an act of defiance and unleashed in the wake of the Great Recession to replace the services provided by financial institutions with cryptography and code. When you use a check to pay your mortgage a series of agreements occur in the background between financial institutions enabling money to go from your account to the lender’s. Your bank can vouch for your money because tracks where every penny in your account came from, and when.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies replace those background agreements and transactions with software—specifically, a distributed and secure database called a blockchain. The process by which ownership of a Bitcoin token passes from one person to another—wherever they are, no matter the rules of the government under which they live—is entrusted to a bunch of computers.

Now, eight years after the first blockchain was developed, people are asking, ‘What other agreements can a blockchain automate?’ ‘What other middlemen can blockchain technology eliminate?’ Electronic Medical Records (EMR), the pharmaceutical supply chain, and smart contracts for payment distribution are just a few of the applications that blockchain technology is rapidly disrupting in the healthcare industry.

The healthcare industry today is drowning in data. Data is everywhere and increasingly influencing and ultimately defining the future of our healthcare system. With genome sequencing we are accumulating large amounts of genomic data that is organized in small silos and only identifiable and accessible to defined small groups of researchers and clinicians. Some of this is understandably driven by the uncertainties and worries of data security and privacy. We lack a common database platform for the research and clinical communities and stakeholders, including providers, doctors, and payors, around which to organize.  Every participant is relevant, including the individuals who provide access to their biological and lifestyle data. Sharing this knowledge securely and privately while facilitating development of new therapies and protocols has long been the goal. This is where blockchain has the potential to move us in the right direction!

Blockchain: A distributed system that logs transaction records on linked blocks and stores them on an encrypted digital ledger. Since records are spread across a network of replicated, synced databases, no central administrator is part of the process. Users can only update the block they have access to, which updates the entire network in real time. All entries are time and date stamped.

Blockchain can remove the problems of unclear data ownership, improving data integrity and peer-to-peer accountability. Patient consent can be accurately captured using tailored consent provisions. Since they are recorded in an immutable fashion, healthcare professionals can have complete trust in it. Blockchain has already made its way into the healthcare industry. A recent IMB study found that 16% of surveyed healthcare executives had solid plans to implement a commercial blockchain solution this year, while 56% expected to do so by 2020.

The potential of blockchain in healthcare includes:

  • One-stop access and optimized medical data management
  • Facilitated drug development
  • Improved claims and billing management
  • Facilitated medical research
  • Improved data security

We had a chance to interview Dawn Barry, President and co-Founder of Luna DNA and a speaker at next week’s PMWC 2018 Silicon Valley conference, to discuss some of the exciting developments in this area and how blockchain will disrupt the healthcare industry.

Blockchain’s emergence creates a low-friction way to incentivize and deliver value for data sharing and it also allows for private, decentralized ownership in a manner that community members can trust.”

Dawn Barry, President and Co-Founder, Luna DNA

Read Dawn Barry’s full interview on our blog.

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University of Michigan

The 14th Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) will take place at the University of Michigan on June 6-7, 2018. This conference coincides with University of Michigan’s launch of a new Precision Health research initiative that integrates U of M’s strengths in Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Public Health. (hyperlink) This initiative combines biomedical expertise, big data, and the social sciences enabling a comprehensive approach to providing patients with tailored health solutions.

To support the University of Michigan’s goal to bring together leading researchers from across the university and the country to springboard this new and exciting research initiative, PMWC and U-M have agreed that the campus is an optimal location for the next conference. This forum will showcase practical content that helps close the knowledge gap among different sectors, thereby catalyzing cross-functional fertilization and collaboration to benefit both University of Michigan and PMWC attendees.

The program will feature innovative technologies, and analyze the success of already thriving initiatives and clinical case studies that enable the translation of precision medicine into direct improvements in health care. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest developments and advances in precision medicine and cutting-edge strategies and solutions that are fundamentally changing how patients are treated. This is reflected in the Program Theme: “Big Data in Action: Data-driven Insights in the Clinic”.

Agenda highlights:

    • More than 35 sessions with 100+ thought-provoking, insightful talks that cover all facets of precision medicine
    • Two tracks will showcase sessions on the latest advancements in precision medicine which include, but are not limited to:
    • Changing Pharmacogenomics
    • Community Setting Challenges
    • Patient Issues and Challenges
    • Legal and Ethical Issues
    • Integrating genomic data into EMRs
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Personalized Health Care Delivery
    • Personalized Modeling of Precision Health
    • NIH’s All of Us Study
    • Big Data in Action
    • Opioid Precision Health
    • Neurosciences
    • Big Data in the Clinic
    • Wellness and Aging
    • Epigenetics and Aging
    • Precision Cancer Therapy
    • Data Sharing in Translational Medicine
    • Economic and Socio-political Issues

The 14th Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) will take place at the University of Michigan on June 6-7, 2018. This conference coincides with University of Michigan’s launch of a new Precision Health research initiative that integrates U of M’s strengths in Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Public Health. (hyperlink) This initiative combines biomedical expertise, big data, and the social sciences enabling a comprehensive approach to providing patients with tailored health solutions.

To support the University of Michigan’s goal to bring together leading researchers from across the university and the country to springboard this new and exciting research initiative, PMWC and U-M have agreed that the campus is an optimal location for the next conference. This forum will showcase practical content that helps close the knowledge gap among different sectors, thereby catalyzing cross-functional fertilization and collaboration to benefit both University of Michigan and PMWC attendees.

The program will feature innovative technologies, and analyze the success of already thriving initiatives and clinical case studies that enable the translation of precision medicine into direct improvements in health care. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest developments and advances in precision medicine and cutting-edge strategies and solutions that are fundamentally changing how patients are treated. This is reflected in the Program Theme: “Big Data in Action: Data-driven Insights in the Clinic”.

Agenda highlights:

    • More than 35 sessions with 100+ thought-provoking, insightful talks that cover all facets of precision medicine
    • Two tracks will showcase sessions on the latest advancements in precision medicine which include, but are not limited to:
        • Changing Pharmacogenomics
        • Community Setting Challenges
        • Patient Issues and Challenges
        • Legal and Ethical Issues
        • Integrating genomic data into EMRs
        • Emerging Technologies
        • Personalized Health Care Delivery
        • Personalized Modeling of Precision Health
        • NIH’s All of Us Study
        • Big Data in Action
        • Opioid Precision Health
        • Neurosciences
        • Big Data in the Clinic
        • Wellness and Aging
        • Epigenetics and Aging
        • Precision Cancer Therapy
        • Data Sharing in Translational Medicine
        • Economic and Socio-political Issues

 

Confirmed thought leaders include:

Lee Hood

Lee Hood

Chief Science Officer, Providence Health

Eric Topol

Eric Topol

Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health

Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Vicki L. Ellingrod

Vicki L. Ellingrod

Ass. Dir., Michigan Inst. for Clinical & Health Research

Goncalo Abecasis

Goncalo Abecasis

Chair, Department of Biostatistics, UM

Jeffrey Leiden

Jeffrey Leiden

Chairman, President and CEO, Vertex

Matthias Kretzler

Matthias Kretzler

Professor, Nephrology & Internal Medicine, UM

Arul Chinnaiyan

Arul Chinnaiyan

Professor of Pathology, Medical Institute, UM

David Ginsburg

David Ginsburg

Prof., Human Genetics; Investigator, UM

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson

Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare

Gil Omenn

Gil Omenn

Dir., Comput. Med. & Bioinformatics Center, UM

Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky

Founder and CEO, Tempus

Steven Leeder

Steven Leeder

Dir., Clin. Pharmacology Children’s Mercy Hospital,(CMH)

Ariella Shikanov

Ariella Shikanov

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, UM

Lawrence Corey

Lawrence Corey

Presi. & Dir. Emeritus, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Cent.

Amir Dan Rubin

Amir Dan Rubin

President and CEO, One Medical

Isaac (Zac) Kohane

Isaac (Zac) Kohane

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard University

Sachin Kheterpal

Sachin Kheterpal

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, UM

Event Highlights

When
June 6, 2018 8:00am to June 7, 2018 5:00pm
Where
Ross School of Business
701 Tappan Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Cost
$749 by April 25th, 2018

Registration: PMWC Conferences

Michigan June 6-7, 2018

First PMWC In Midwest
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Award Reception

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