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InSecurity Podcast: Susan Ramonat - Using Blockchain to Secure Healthcare Data

Susan Ramonat: Wait… Blockchain in Healthcare?
Blockchain and AI and IoT, OH MY!

“Whereas most technologies tend to automate workers on the periphery doing menial tasks, blockchains automate away the center. Instead of putting the taxi driver out of a job, blockchain puts Uber out of a job and lets the taxi drivers work with the customer directly.”

 ~ Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and Bitcoin Magazine

According to our friends at Proto, IDC Health predicts that blockchain adoption in healthcare will increase eightfold by 2022. Yet for now, it remains a technology in its infancy.

One recent survey of healthcare organizations found that only 6% were building blockchain programs, and just 3% had pilot programs underway. Nearly two in five weren’t doing anything at all.

“It’s pretty confusing, right?" Jared Vennett the banker (Ryan Gosling) asks not far into The Big Short. "Does it make you feel bored? Or stupid? Well, it’s supposed to. Wall Street loves to use confusing terms to make you think only they can do what they do. Or even better, for you to just leave them the ---- alone.”

Does the cybersecurity industry do that to you? Do we set up in these vocabulary word-forts in order to unnerve you to the point that you don’t really understand anything other than the fact that ALL YOUR DATA IS AT RISK AND ONLY WE CAN SAVE YOU?

What if I told you that there are plain-speaking people involved in some of the most esoteric aspects of security who really want you to understand what is happening, and why some magical technology might provide a better solution? And what if they used plain language to explain some very bleeding edge technology?


This week on the InSecurity podcast, Spiritus CEO Susan Ramonat joins Matt Stephenson to talk about the role of Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain in securing healthcare data.

About Susan Ramonat

Susan Ramonat (@susan_ramonat) is the CEO of Spiritus, where she draws upon 25 years of executive experience in enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, corporate development, operational risk management, and cybersecurity.

She is a strategic ground-breaker with a historical sensibility. In her work, Susan brings an understanding of context, contingency and uncertainty to bear with humility and pragmatism to inform decisions and promote a recognizably human, desirable future.

She speaks frequently at industry conferences and universities about DLT/blockchain, artificial intelligence, IoT and cybersecurity for critical infrastructure.

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.

About Spiritus

Spiritus (@SpiritusPtrs) is delivering ground-breaking transparency and analytics about the safety and condition of medical devices at the point of care.

With Spiritus, health systems, manufacturers and third-party service providers connect the dots across a medical device's operating lifecycle. In a shared middle ground, they agree on a single service history… for life, using multi-party consensus.

Based in Exton, PA with a development center in Edinburgh, Scotland, Spiritus is raising the bar for governance, risk and compliance at leading health systems in the process of digitally enabling their clinical operations.

About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at Cylance, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of InSecurity podcast and video series at events all over the world.

Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Stephenson to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come before.

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