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Healthcare is faced with a number of challenges, including costs, inefficiencies, data siloes and security threats. Patient data ownership is in question with the rise of platforms collecting and selling data, yet patient engagement is still low and education is massively lacking. Blockchain and distributed ledger technology when applied correctly, has the capacity to enable platforms and systems better tackle these challenges. Yet the technology is still in its infancy when it comes to healthcare applications, with requirements for more innovation and education to help substantiate use cases and drive adoption of technology in healthcare settings. Dr Pankova will describe how pharma, clinical systems and patients can benefit from utilizing this technology.
Dr. Natalie Pankova holds a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and has worked as a scientist and executive in pharma, biotech and healthtech companies, as well as across academic and hospital institutions. Through this work she understands the challenges in communication of data between healthcare stakeholders as well as between healthcare professionals and patients. She is now Chief Operating Officer at Metadvice, a company building AI-based clinical decision support solutions to enable doctors to combine the avalanche of newly available medical information into their clinical practice, while enabling patients to retain access rights to data using distributed ledger technology. She led healthcare efforts at the Government Blockchain Association in the UK, facilitating discussions between the healthcare industry and the public sector, and participates in a number of blockchain healthcare initiatives.
There has been a lot of talk about the Lightning Network - but what is it, and how does it work? The Lightning Network addresses Bitcoin's scaling challenges by adding another layer to its blockchain and enables users to create payment channels between any two parties on that extra layer. These channels can exist for as long as required, and because they’re set up between two people, transactions will be almost instant and the fees will be extremely low or even non-existent. Benoit Marzouk will demystify how it works and answer questions.
Benoit Marzouk is the Co-founder and CEO of Cashin.store, the largest Bitcoin Teller in the UK. This brick and mortar exchange is allowing anyone to buy Bitcoins in stores with cash or via cards through 'Virtual Bitcoin ATM' devices held by Merchants. Cashin Technologies also developed an App linking email addresses to the blockchain allowing customers to buy Bitcoin super simply. The aim of Cashin is to expand globally through retail partners to democratise the access to Bitcoin to non-tech-savvy and illiterate people. Benoit has a Master's in Quantitative Finance and worked as an Equity Finance Trader in New York, Germany & London. Passionate about Bitcoin since 2016, he worked in Product Management for a software company before starting Cashin.