BTC Inc., the world’s largest Bitcoin media group, announced the schedule of the upcoming Distributed: Health conference, where blockchain enthusiasts and healthcare professionals and institutions will converge to discuss how the nascent technology could further improve the healthcare sector.
The yearly conference will take place from November 5 to 6 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, according to its official website. This will be the third edition—the first one was held in 2016.
A Cross-Section Of Healthcare Organizations
According to a press release, more than 1,100 attendees are expected to flock to Nashville on the said date, who will represent a “cross-section” of healthcare organizations, as well as leaders in developing blockchain-based solutions dedicated to improving the said industry. Some of these are Cressey & Company, Quest Diagnostics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Microsoft, ConsenSys, Deloitte, IBM, and BTC Inc, just to name a few.
The program will include a fireside chat with Nashville native Senator Bill Frist, who will discuss his health care reform efforts on tackling healthcare’s most dreaded challenges, both in the national and global scene. There will also be an exhibition of various products and services courtesy of the Department of Health & Human Services and RTI International. Major industry players like Humana and Optum will also take the opportunity to make big announcements.
A 24-hour hackathon is also expected to precede the main event, where developer teams will contest each other to create blockchain-powered healthcare applications for a cash prize.
Nashville The Healthcare Epicenter
David Bailey, CEO of BTC Inc., said that they specifically chose Nashville to be the location of the conference since it is already considered to be the “healthcare epicenter” of the US—healthcare is the region’s largest industry, with over 800 companies collaborating to enliven a $40-Billion regional economic impact.
“The healthcare industry is massive, and much of the infrastructure that supports it is archaic. That combination provides an environment ripe for innovative technologies, and there is no bigger disruptive force in the world right now than blockchain technology. Distributed: Health continues to provide a platform for the biggest innovators and thought leaders to share their ideas while cementing Nashville’s place as the healthcare blockchain hub.”
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