HIMSS19 is upon us, and according to the conference program, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies will be a central theme.

Just three years ago, the first blockchain demo was shown at HIMSS and IBM’s CEO, Ginni Rometty, gave the first mention of blockchain in her mainstage keynote. There were two blockchain focused booths (Hashed Health, Hyperledger).* This year Blockchain is part of the event fabric. The ICOs are largely absent now and the real work seems to be emerging. This year’s agenda lists more than 90 blockchain related events and booths. If you are interested in how this technology is maturing, HIMSS will provide a fantastic opportunity to get up to speed.  Here are a few events, companies, products, and people to not miss at HIMSS19 in Orlando.


  1. Blockchain Symposium: How Blockchain Technology Brings Value to Healthcare –  Monday, Feb 11 8:00am – 4:30pm (additional registration $350)

Once again, HIMSS is hosting a pre-conference day-long symposium focused on blockchain. The planning committee* has curated a top-notch list of speakers this year who are focused on practical, real, meaningful project work. The Symposium, hosted by Consensys Health’s Heather Flannery, features six presentations and panels from qualified speakers including:

  • A blockchain introduction for healthcare by David Houlding of Microsoft
  • Federal perspective by Steven Posnack (Executive Director, ONC Office of Technology)
  • Six projects doing “meaningful work” including ProCredEx’s Anthony Begando and Honeycomb Health’s Robert Miller
  • Closing keynote by Heather Flannery, John Bass, and Russell Hanson

2.  Blockchain Privacy, Security, Compliance & Regulation– Wednesday Feb 13, 10:00am – 11:00am, followed by Improving Provider Data Accuracy – Wednesday Feb 13, 11:30am – 12:30pm

The first panel features David Houlding of Microsoft, Mitch Parker of IUHealth, and Daniel Bowden of Sentara Healthcare talking practically about privacy and security.  This panel is followed by a presentation by Mike Jacobs and Kyle Culver discussing the Synaptic Alliance’s provider directory project. This is two solid hours of speakers and topics.

3. Blockchain and Wearables in Blockchain – 3:30pm – 3:55pm Wednesday, Feb 13, Hall E, Booth 8559, Microsoft Leadership Theatre

This panel features David Metcalf, Alex Cahana, John Bass, Heather Flannery and other contributors of the new Blockchain in Healthcare book that hits the shelf on Monday. This will be your only chance to see the main contributors on stage together.

4. Book Signing, Blockchain in Healthcare: Innovations that Empower Patients, Connect Professionals and Improve Care, 3pm – 4pm on Tuesday, Feb 12, Lobby B HIMSS Book Store, – John Bass and David Metcalf will be doing a book signing at the HIMSS book store in Lobby B.

5. Change Healthcare Blockchain in Healthcare Luncheon, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Wednesday, Feb 13. (Free pre-registration required)

Change Healthcare has been leading large enterprises in terms of advancing blockchain products. In 2018 they announced that they have a production-grade system running on Fabric and they recently acquired assets from Pokitdok. It will be interesting to hear their strategy for 2019.

6. Leveraging Blockchain to Transform Clinical Credentialing, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Thursday, Feb 14 in room W230A.

Credentialing has, over the last year, proven itself to be one of the areas of low hanging fruit in healthcare. This is your chance to hear Anthony Begando, CEO of ProCredEx,  discuss the network that includes Wellcare, Spectrum Health, Accenture, National Government Services, Healthlink Dimensions and others.

Full list of Blockchain Events 

Products & Demos

Hashed Health will again be set up in the Innovation Zone (9000-134,135, and 136). Product demos include Signal Stream (shared business process automation, contract adjudication, and rebate / charge back management) and ProCredEx (credentialing). Audience includes pharma, payers, federal & state agencies, health systems, financial, revenue cycle, supply chain.

  1. Pokitdok was also an early leader at HIMSS in 2016, but their focus was primarily on their API business.  Hashed Health and Hyperledger were purely focused on blockchain.
  2. The symposium planning committee included Giles Ward (Hashed Health), Kevin Clauson (Lipscomb University), David Boswell (Linux Foundation), Heather L. Flannery (Conensys), Jim St. Clair (Dinocrates Group), and Ron Ribitzky with Katie Crenshaw and Mari Greenberger from HIMSS.