Speakers for this forum are previewed here, with more detailed background information available below …



  Heather Leigh Flannery        Gora Datta   

(scroll down to Session #1 Speakers below for full bios of these initiative hosts)


   John Greaves:

John Greaves is a globally recognized leader in technology who has pioneered development in DLT and Blockchain. His work in the Standards, Regulatory and Compliance areas for over 40 years enables him to support the rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT, revolutionizing IT as he states “in the post Turing era.”

This has led John to becoming one of the first in his field to apply Value Models in Supply Chain and Health Care in particular. His OHIO Principle (Zero Human Intervention Operations) is the backbone of the assessments and evaluations that are driving rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT.

Greaves has been the founding chair of several US, EU and British standards groups. He works closely with and continues to be a part of the EU Blockchain and DLT Programs. He was the leader of the GTAG program for EAN.UCC and developed, among many significant implementations worldwide, usable inter-operable IT and Data Processing engines. These very engines have rapidly been adopted by Standards and Regulatory IT Architecture.


  Michael Glickman

Michael L. Glickman (MGlickman@CNAInc.com) is CEO of Computer Network Architects and Chair of ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics.

Michael is the Chair of International Standards Organization (ISO)/TC215, Health informatics representing the interests and SME resources of sixty-three (63) countries. He has over 50 years of experience in the computer industry, and 40 years, specializing in the unique requirements of “clinical reliability”, interoperability and data quality/data science in HealthCare. He is very active in healthcare informatics standards development and use.

Deeply experienced nationally and internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert in Health informatics; Board Member, Scientist, Engineer, University Teacher, Mentor and consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the HIT and services industry. Skilled in: Design, Requirements Analysis, HIT Infrastructure Strategy, Protocol Based Clinical Research/Pharma, Interoperability, Health Informatics and Data Science, Population Health, Genomics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), Digital Engagement and Transformation, and the art and science of Reducing Clinical Burden.


  Pat Baird

Pat Baird works at Philips as the Head of Global Software Standards. Pat likes to think of his job as “Policy Engineering” – understanding the unmet needs (and frustrations) of regulators and  developers, and developing standards, whitepapers, and training to meet those needs. His current passion is related to artificial intelligence in healthcare; he is co-chair of a CTA committee on healthcare AI, co-chair of a WHO AI quality management committee, is active on ISO/IEC SC42 AI standard committees, is active in trade associations related to AI, etc. Past roles have included software developer, engineering manager, project manager, lead engineer, and most recently he was the Director of Risk Management at Baxter Healthcare. Drawing on 20 years’ experience in product development, he has published and presented over 50 papers regarding product development. He has an MBA from Marquette and a Masters in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University.


  Debbie Bucci

Debbie is currently the Director, Patient-Mediated and Institutional Data Exchange at ConsenSys Health.

Formerly a lead IT Architect in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), her primary focus there was on the privacy and security aspects of Health Information Exchange and in particular Open APIs. She has been previously recognized, both within HHS and nationally, for her work in Federated Identity Management.

 Silona Bonewald

Silona Bonewald is the Executive Director for IEEE SA Open, a comprehensive platform offering the open source community cost-effective options for developing and validating their projects. Previously she was vice president of community architecture at Hyperledger, a global open source collaborative effort hosted by The Linux Foundation, where she integrated leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things (IoT), supply chains, and manufacturing. Other notable career accomplishments include, while with PayPal, pioneering the InnerSource process; for Siemens AG, creating a cutting-edge and Six Sigma-compliant e-commerce website; and for Ubisoft, creating an international content management system (CMS) architecture.

  Dan Conway

Professor Conway is Associate Director for the Blockchain Center of Excellence. He previously served on faculty at Notre Dame, Indiana University, Northwestern, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Florida and South Florida teaching topics from Analytics, Data Science, and Digital Transformation. He was the first professor in residence at Cisco Systems and has decades of consulting experience in analytics and artificial intelligence. He currently focuses on blockchain and digital transformation.





   Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy is the Director of Platform Integration & Technical Partnerships at ConsenSys Health building a platform based on distributed computing, machine learning and privacy enhancing technology for health care, life science and public sector partners. Previously at Accenture and the ConsenSys parent company, Mike has worked in technical strategy, development, integration and growth models for people to use and scale emerging technologies to industry standards.

Mike is also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions as a lecturer and course developer for emerging technology graduate certificate courses. He is the Chair of the Hyperledger Healthcare Special Interest Group and a member to IEEE, Frontiers, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, Blockchain for Social Impact and other Hyperledger Working Groups. 


   Ben Taylor:

Ben is the CEO of LedgerDomain, founded in 2016 to bring blockchain solutions to enterprise ecosystems, unlocking a world of communal computing and real-time performance. After doing undergraduate and graduate work at MIT, Ben spent a quarter of a century incubating and investing in early-stage technology companies. In partnership with the Clinical Supply Blockchain Working Group, LedgerDomain developed the world’s first iOS blockchain app for the clinical supply chain. As part of the US Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) DSCSA Pilot Project Program, LedgerDomain partnered with UCLA Health to deploy a last-mile application helping to deliver lifesaving medications at one of the busiest hospitals in the United States.


   Susanne Sommerville:

Susanne is CEO Chronicled, focusing on establishing networks powered by blockchain to automate the way companies do business together.  She is one of the founders of the MediLedger Network, established for the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry, with solutions already available to enable prescription medicine verification, and automation of revenue management processes.  She brings over 25 years of pharmaceutical, biotech, and supply chain experience. Susanne was most recently the Vice President of Supply Chain, North America, for Genentech.


   Brian Anderson:

Dr. Brian Anderson is a Harvard trained physician-scientist, digital health innovator and clinical systems engineer. Dr. Anderson became a nationally recognized expert on the use of information technology in support of emerging CDS models and the provision of safe, effective, patient-centered care while at athenahealth where he launched a new model of clinical decision support leveraging artificial intelligence. 

As MITRE’s Chief Digital Health Physician, Dr. Anderson helps to architect, implement, and analyze health information systems for CMS, HHS, the FDA and the VA. Dr. Anderson is also the Co-Principal Investigator of MITRE’s largest internally funded R&D project, where he is leading the development of a common data model in Oncology based on FHIR, termed mCODE (minimal Common Oncology Data Elements).


   Scott Whitmire

Scott Whitmire is a senior enterprise architect with over 40 years of system architecture and development experience, including lead architect on a number of major applications.  He has built or designed applications for several industries, including aerospace, manufacturing, professional practice management, financial services, wholesale, retail, and telecommunications.

Mr. Whitmire is a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Iasa Fellow, and holds the CITA-P certification. He has mentored many architects and engineers, and has served on many CITA-P boards. He has published one book (so far), “Object Oriented Design Measurement,” as well as numerous papers, articles, and presentations. He is a frequent speaker at Iasa chapter and global events.


   Moira Schieke

Moira is a digital health innovator, cancer imaging and MRI expert, board-certified clinical radiologist, inventor of “5D” medical imaging, and Founder/CEO of Cubismi. She is a passionate advocate for patient rights and for breaking down legacy barriers to improved care.

As a business owner, Moira’s focus is on advancing medical imaging technology through big data learning and revolutionary user interfaces. Moira brings a unique perspective as a practicing radiologist that gives her powerful insights into how a revolutionary new medical imaging paradigm can empower physicians’ decision making and lead to improved patient outcomes.


   Mitch Parker 

Mitch joined Indiana University Health in September of 2016 as executive director of information security and compliance, where he leads a team of 21 people dedicated to protecting the organization’s systems and data. “Everything we do on the team is about the mission of the organization and we keep that in mind every day,” Parker says. “We do this because our patients depend on us.” Parker’s team is divided into four smaller groups, which include:

  • Cybersecurity operations: This team responds to any virus or ransom malware that tries to attack an IU Health machine.
  • Third party vendor risk management: All equipment purchased by IU Health that connects to the network is evaluated for risk by this team before being used.
  • Regulatory compliance: This team is responsible for making sure IU Health complies with the HIPAA security rule – national standards that protect an individual’s electronic personal health information — and credit card processing rules.
  • Internal review: This team conducts IU Health’s own version of an internal audit, making sure its security controls are effective.


   Susan Ramonat:

Founder and Chair of Advisory Board of Spiritus Partners, Inc.

With over 25 years of Wall Street and banking experience, Susan has excelled in executive roles across enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, operational risk and corporate development.

As Chief Risk Officer for a $9 billion financial services firm, she built an enterprise risk management program directly aligned with the company’s strategy of marshalling emerging technologies for its wealth management, hedge fund and pension fund clients – experience she’s used in healthcare since the company’s founding in 2016.

Susan serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Loyola University Chicago, and is an Industry Associate at UCL Blockchain Centre of Excellence. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.


   John Greaves:

John Greaves is a globally recognized leader in technology who has pioneered development in DLT and Blockchain. His work in the Standards, Regulatory and Compliance areas for over 40 years enables him to support the rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT, revolutionizing IT as he states “in the post Turing era.”

This has led John to becoming one of the first in his field to apply Value Models in Supply Chain and Health Care in particular. His OHIO Principle (Zero Human Intervention Operations) is the backbone of the assessments and evaluations that are driving rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT.

Greaves has been the founding chair of several US, EU and British standards groups. He works closely with and continues to be a part of the EU Blockchain and DLT Programs. He was the leader of the GTAG program for EAN.UCC and developed, among many significant implementations worldwide, usable inter-operable IT and Data Processing engines. These very engines have rapidly been adopted by Standards and Regulatory IT Architecture.


   Drummond Reed:

Drummond has spent over two decades working on Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym’s acquisition of Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. Drummond has served as co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee since 2004, the new semantic data interchange protocol that implements Privacy by Design. Prior to starting Respect Network, Drummond was Executive Director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange, the international not-for-profit clearinghouse for Internet trust frameworks. He has also served as a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation, ISTPA, XDI.org, and Identity Commons. In 2002 he was a recipient of the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was honored as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.


   Kitty Kolding 
Ms. Kolding is a successful start-up CEO, having led multiple new, early stage and mid stage start-ups across categories including marketing tech, marketing services and data. She has founded and led three of her own companies, and has been brought into several start-ups by Founders and VC investors as a professional CEO, to drive more disciplined and productive business operations, for firms including House Party, Cravebox, Elicit, Infocore and Innovation Pavilion.

Kitty founded Chrysalis Partners in early 2018, a company that helps obtain value, utility and revenue from data. Immediately prior to Chrysalis, Kitty was CEO of Infocore for 5 years, where she oversaw a team of global data sourcing and activation experts serving Fortune 500 marketers and their agency partners in the USA and 90 countries around the world.

Prior to her appointment at Infocore, she was CEO of several start-ups, including Cravebox, a next generation marketing platform for Fortune 500 consumer marketers, and House Party, a social and experiential marketing firm, for nearly 5 years. Prior to joining House Party, Kitty was founder and CEO of S3, an outsourced services firm specializing in strategic sales and partnerships, which she ran for 4 years on a full time bases, after leading strategic sales and business development at Jupiter Research, where she held a series of executive positions, helping grow revenues to over $100 million.


  Jim St. Clair

Jim is the CTO of The Dinocrates Group, a Maryland-based boutique strategy and advisory firm, and the founder of the Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology.
As CTO, Jim leads the Dinocrates Transformational Technology Services to assist public and private sector clients understand and adopt the latest advances in Blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA) and cyber risk.

Given the dramatic changes in technology and healthcare delivery, Jim recently founded the Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology, which upon inception will be a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the healthcare value chain to reduce costs and streamline access and delivery of healthcare. IHFT builds on the innovations of financial, insurance and healthcare technology, especially in such concepts as distributed ledgers, blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).



KICKOFF   SESSION#1   OCT 12th 2020

Speakers for this forum are previewed here, with more detailed background information available below …

  • Denise McCurdy


   Gora Datta

Gora Datta, FHL7 is a US based serial entrepreneur and an internationally acknowledged Subject Matter Expert on Digital Health, Health Informatics Standards & CyberHealth initiatives.

He is an accomplished, visionary executive with 36 years of international professional expertise in the field of Computer & Software Engineering and its application to Healthcare, Mobile Health, CyberSecurity, IoT, Blockchain, eLearning & Social Protection. Gore serves as trusted advisor and director on the following: As an US “Electronic Health Record (EHR)” Subject Matter Expert and ICT Expert on eHealth, Public Health & Social Protection/Safety Net. Programs. Gora provides consultancy to & collaborates with large governmental organizations [e.g., US Dept of Health and Human Services (ONC, CMS, CDC), State of California (Public Health), County of Los Angeles (Dept of Health, Public Health), NIST: National Institute of Standards & Technology-USA]; Governments [of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Niger, Philippines, USA]; multilateral agencies [The World Bank, ADB, WHO, UNICEF] and US based independent hospital consortium (consisting of over 150 hospitals).

In addition Gora is the Chair of following IEEE groups and events IEEE Healthcare: Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence Virtual Series, Southern California Council, SUSTECH-2021 Conference on Sustainable Technologies, IEEE-USA USGCoI (US Government Communities of Interest) and Orange County, Southern California CyberSecurity

Gora is also Convenor of the following ISO Groups: TC215 AHG#4 Standards & Conformance, TC215/WorkGroup#10 Traditional Medicines, TC215 Task Force#2 Outreach & Communications



  Heather Leigh Flannery

Heather Leigh Flannery is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ConsenSys Health, a spin-off from ConsenSys AG effective March 2nd, 2020. She is also Co-Founder and Board Chair of Blockchain in Healthcare Global (“BiHG”), a new 501(c)6 trade association organized under the IEEE ISTO. She chairs the IEEE SA P2418.6 Standards Development Working Group (blockchain in healthcare and life sciences), serves as the FY19 Co-Chair of the global HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force, Chairs the Healthcare Special Interest Group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), and is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers Blockchain for Science. Ms. Flannery is also an Innovation Fellow at EP3 Foundation, has served as Industry Faculty for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (US HHS ONC) and is an active consultant, advisor, and keynote speaker.

Prior to ConsenSys, she founded and led Obesity Prevention, Policy, and Management, Inc. (“Obesity PPM”), an innovative provider of disease management, population health, research administration, and information technology managed services for health systems in the Americas, and an early adopter of blockchain technology.


    José Arrieta

José Arrieta is the former U.S. Health and Human Services Chief Information Officer and acting Chief Data Officer. He delivered the first live enterprise application of blockchain/AI in the U.S. federal government and has been one of the most recognized leaders in vision and action bringing emerging technology to health in recent years.


    Orlando Lopez

Orlando is Director of the Dental Materials and Biomaterials Program and Coordinator of the Small Business (SBIR/STTR) Program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). He leads efforts to strengthen NIH/NIDCR’s portfolio in basic science and translational research by funding development of biomaterials, oral biodevices and digital dentistry technologies intended to address oral health and overall health. He serves as program manager to trans-NIH initiative on Rapid Acceleration for Diagnostics for COVID-19 detection by oral biosensing and an interagency research program at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) supporting development of clinically relevant standards for dental biomaterials and oral biosensors. Orlando is also a major contributor to multiple professional working groups and industry standards committees, including NIH Data Management Working Group, NIH Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group, DoD’s Working Group on Computational Modeling, IEEE 2933 Standard on Clinical IoT Interoperability with TIPPSS, IEEE Healthcare Blockchain and AI, DMV Chapter of Blockchain in Healthcare Today, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Biomedical Engineering Technical Committee and Thermal Medicine Standard, American Dental Association (ADA) Standards on Dental Products, American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Blockchain and AI Working Groups.  

Prior to NIDCR, he served as lead regulatory reviewer at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration (CDRH-FDA) where he led regulatory approvals of medical devices in the areas of diagnostic medical imaging, cardiovascular and digital health technologies. He is alumni of the prestigious FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship and the NIH Postdoctoral IRTA Fellowship. 

Orlando received a GWCPM from The George Washington University, School of Business, and a Ph.D. from Mayo Clinic and B.S. from Boston University, both, in Biomedical Engineering.


  Sachin Shetty

Sachin Shetty is an Associate Director at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center. He holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor with the Department of Computational, Modeling, and Simulation Engineering. Sachin Shetty received his PhD in Modeling and Simulation from the Old Dominion University in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Min Song. Prior to joining Old Dominion University, he was an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Tennessee State University. He was also the associate director of the Tennessee Interdisciplinary Graduate Engineering Research Institute and directed the Cyber Security laboratory at Tennessee State University. He also holds a dual appointment as an Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Indiana. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. His laboratory conducts cloud and mobile security research and has received over $12 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, Air Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Lab, Office of Naval Research, Department of Homeland Security, and Boeing. He is a co-principal investigator on the DoD Cyber Security Center of Excellence, the Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), and Department of Energy, Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC). He has authored and co-authored over 150 research articles in journals and conference proceedings and two books. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Award, DHS Scientific Leadership Award and has been inducted in Tennessee State University’s million-dollar club. He has served on the technical program committee for ACM CCS, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICDCN, and IEEE ICCCN.


  Sean Manion PhD

Sean is the Chief Scientific Officer of ConsenSys Health. He is a neuroscientist with two decades of federal research experience. He is a noted author, having recently co-authored Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare with journalist Yael Bizouati-Kennedy (2020 CRC Press) along with the book chapter, “Advancing Health Research with Blockchain” in the HIMSS Series textbook, Blockchain in Healthcare: Innovations that Empower Patients, Connect Professionals and Improve Care, and articles such as Blockchain Compliance by Design: Regulatory Considerations for Blockchain in Clinical Research. Sean co-founded and serves as a Chief Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Blockchain for Science published by Frontiers. Dr. Manion is co-founder of Blockchain in Healthcare Global, a 501 (c)(6) under the IEEE International Standards & Technology Organization, and he is a member of the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force and the IEEE Standards Association working group for Blockchain in Healthcare & Life Sciences (p2418.6). He was named a Fellow of the British Blockchain Association in 2019 and serves as an editorial board member of their journal.

Prior to moving into the private sector, Dr. Manion served as Deputy Chief of Staff and later Research Activities Chief at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.  He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neuroscience from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2006, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Temple University in 1999.


  Ted DellaVecchia

Ted is the CEO and Managing Partner of Symbotix, and CIO where he leads digital innovations and reinventions for health systems, academic medical centers, and insurance payers. As a international renown Healthcare Strategist, Ted recently strengthened the synergy between Red Hat and IBM Watson Health and inspired a pivot by laying the cornerstones of #LinuxForHealth – an Open Community ecosystem project and kernel of an open operating system that enables industry-wide data interoperability.

Ted is the founding chairman of the Healthcare Industry Transformation Project (HITP). Founded in 2011, the HITP is a digital-health innovation ecosystem of early-adopting healthcare organizations collaborating to invoke reinvention of the healthcare industry.

Ted led IT-enabled business transformations at several Fortune 100 enterprises across multiple industries. Examples include: delivered global elements of a corporate turnaround at IBM Corporation, defined and advanced world-wide supply-chains and drove earnings growth for Starbucks Coffee Company, and as senior vice president / CIO restructured IT divisions into high performance engines while innovating enterprise business strategies for three multi-billion dollar health insurance companies.

He has served as sponsor and advising board member of the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan School of Management, has performed as guest lecturer at MIT Sloan and frequently speaks at industry events on the topic of accelerating/assimilating use of digital health solutions for symbiotic ecosystem interactions. He also served on Boards of Directors for companies transcending successful Initial Public Offerings and those pioneering the use of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) methodologies in healthcare.

  Frederic de Vaulx

Frederic de Vaulx is Vice President of Prometheus Computing where he helps develop the vision, innovation and strategy of the company. He is also a Senior Software Engineer and Program Manager overseeing the design, architecture and development of custom software applications for Prometheus’ federal and commercial clients.

Frederic is a member of the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest and Co-Chair of the Blockchain Working Group that published a blockchain primer in late 2017 and a first version of the blockchain playbook in early 2018. He is a member of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative, the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force and the CSA Blockchain Working Group.


   Denise McCurdy

Denise McCurdy is a veteran of the Information and Communications industry with over 35 years of experience working with Fortune 100 firms.  With a professional and personal interest in emerging technologies, Denise returned to academics to investigate blockchain, completing her doctorate in business with a thesis in blockchain for supply chains.  Passionate about mentoring, Denise enjoyed working with her team members to secure a first place win at GSU’s Blockchain Innovation Competition with a supply chain solution.

With a background in strategy formulation, Denise has extensive experience in assembling and managing global teams to resolve challenging business problems, and counts among her clients the Gates Foundation and the Center for Global Development, P&G, British Telecom, and a mobile money start-up in Argentina.

In addition to her Doctorate in Business Administration, Denise holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Management from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Denise has traveled extensively overseas, and enjoys meeting people from all parts of the world.  Calling Vinings, GA home, Denise is a transplant from the Midwest and enjoys the Atlanta sunshine.


McCurdy, D. (2020). The Role of Collaborative Governance in Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains: A Proposed Framework.

Johnson, A., McCurdy, D., Schechter, D., & Loch, K. (2020, January). Hot or Cold… How Ready are Third Party Logistics Cold Storage Companies to Implement Blockchain?  In Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Pisa, M., & McCurdy, D. (2019). Improving Global Health Supply Chains through Traceability. CGD Policy Paper 139.

Standards Associations

Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) – Standards Review co-chair.  BiTA is one of the largest commercial blockchain alliances in the world, with nearly 500 members in over 25 countries that collectively generate over $1 trillion in revenue annually.

IEEE P2145 Blockchain Governance Working Group – Member at large, and team lead for Governance for Interoperable Blockchains sub-group.

IEEE Healthcare: Blockchain & AI