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.
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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.