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TAG Health Presents: The Blockchain in Healthcare: Beyond the Hype. Real-world Implementations and Investor Perspectives


We will be featuring panelists who are currently implementing real-world applications using Blockchain technology.  The goal of this panel is to look beyond the hype to see what companies are CURRENTLY doing with Blockchain in the healthcare space.  Additionally, we will have an investor perspective on the panel to give insight into what investors are looking for in Blockchain technologies.


Virginia Persons - Founder and CEO, Collaborative Advisors

Virginia Persons is an experienced C-level executive and technophile turned angel investor and blockchain evangelist. She has deep experience scaling start-ups from product/ market fit to growth stage enterprises, with significant experience in the areas of accounting and finance, raising capital, human capital management, strategic analysis, organizational development, and executive mentoring.

Virginia began her career with the Emerging Growth Group at Deloitte and held several key positions in the retirement division with INVESCO. She is a Past Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum- Atlanta, and former board member of Atlanta Tech Angels.

Emily Vaughn - Product Development Director, Change Healthcare

Emily Vaughn oversees Change Healthcare blockchain development and integration strategy. Prior to joining Change Healthcare, Emily assisted startups, small business, and enterprise companies cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption. She worked across many markets, retail / ecommerce, healthcare, insurance, and finance.   Emily served as the head of business development at Gem, a blockchain development company in Los Angeles.  While there, she architected a global marketing initiative to segment the blockchain industry. She was responsible for the design of a consultative sales strategy for enterprise blockchain development, bringing Philips, Capital One, Mercer, Tieto, the Centers for Disease Control and others to the blockchain market. Fulfilling many roles at Gem, Emily supported - sales, marketing and account management.  Previously, Emily served as marketing director at BitPay, where she managed digital marketing, customer communications, and developer evangelism channels. She is a founding contributor to Distributed.com and Distributed: Health and the Hyperledger Healthcare Working Group.  Emily holds a BA in French and International Relations from the University of Alabama, Honors College.Graduated 2012.

Lynn Carroll - Chief of Strategy & Operations, HSBlox

With 25+ years of experience in the healthcare and financial technology sectors, Lynn is a creative leader and innovator in healthcare reimbursement strategy and electronic payments.  Prior to joining HSBlox, Lynn served as Chief Product Officer at Payspan, Inc., where he led the creation of the healthcare industry’s largest B2B electronic payments platform, and technology-enabled initiatives with insurance carriers, healthcare providers, and financial institutions.  With the increasing focus on value-based and population health programs, Lynn is leading HSBlox’s design of blockchain solutions for the healthcare ecosystem.

B.S., Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Russell Hargraves - Senior Advisor, Cloud and Cognitive Computing, IBM Cloud

Russell Hargraves is a highly specialized executive with over 25 years of experience in the global Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Consumer and Healthcare industries. He leads the IBM Global Industry Blockchain Platform for the Healthcare and Life Sciences vertical. His unique background enables a deep understanding for the needs of diverse stakeholders and the ability to translate into solutions built with Blockchain, Cloud, Cognitive, Analytics and Big Data technologies.

He has a background and experience that include Cloud Computing, Big Data, Analytics, IoT, Design Thinking, Clinical Development, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, CRM, SaaS, PaaS and Regulatory Standards.


Austin Mills - Associate, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Location: Technology Square Research Building - Event Space

    85 5th Street NW

                Atlanta, GA 30308

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