The June 2018 Nashville Blockchain Meetup was an encapsulation of everything that makes the time and energy invested in Meetups worth while. In partnership the Health IT Summit Series the Nashville Blockchain Meetup and all conference attendees were invited to an informal discussion at the Nashville Technology Council about the recently announced healthcare blockchain pilot program involving Optum, United Healthcare, Quest Diagnostics, Humana, and MultiPlan. As we await the release of the much anticipated whitepaper, details have been hard to come by, so were thrilled to welcome David Murtagh who serves as MultiPlan’s Vice President of Operations over Provider Data Management. David offered a grounded, non-technical look at Multiplan’s approach to the technology, why they chose to participate, and the challenges of convening a network among industry peers and sometimes competitors. Provider directory management is a fluid and complex. He gave estimates drawn from their 2.5 million provider entries showing that 2-3% of the data changes every month which compounds to almost 50% of the data in a given directory turning over every 18 months.
At Hashed Health, we have long seen Provider Directories as a perfect early use case for blockchain – the data is unregulated and non-competitive. For HIMSS 2017, we built a provider directory prototype on an early release of Fabric as a working example of what was possible with blockchain. Relate-able use cases and networks of known players are key as the industry looks for reasons to say yes to blockchain – this project is exactly that.
We are grateful for our partnership with Richard Tomko and Stephen McCollum at Healthcare Infomatics for bringing David Murtagh and Multiplan to Nashville for the events. Please listen to the audio or watch the video of the meetup below.
See the article in Forbes: “United Healthcare, Optum, Humana, MultiPlan and Quest Diagnostics launch blockchain provider director pilot”
Audio Podcast of Meetup:
Video Recording of Meetup (sorry about the back lighting)