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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  10/13/2020
BlockSpaces, Inc
CONTACT: Rosa Shores rosa@blockspaces.io
 
INNOVATION EXPERT, MICHELLE ROYAL, JOINS BLOCKSPACES BOARD OF ADVISORS
 
TAMPA, Fla., October 13, 2020 -- Michelle Royal, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at RIDG (Royal Innovation Design Group), has joined the BlockSpaces Board of Advisors as the company continues to combine their core blockchain technology capabilities with innovative enterprise software expertise ahead of the rollout of their core iPaaS, BlockSpaces Connect.

“Michelle brings an extremely rare and unique blend of business acumen and emerging technology expertise that is critical for our team to incorporate into the design of our platform,” said Shores. “Additionally, for the last five years, Michelle has served as a consultant for an exclusive community of blockchain experts in support of implementing this emergent tech, and we look forward to continuing to leverage their collective expertise across policy, infrastructure and development of new business ideas.”
 
Royal is a 20 year innovation expert using proven methods to create breakthroughs in strategic business growth. Focused on enterprise level digital transformations, Royal has helped her clients prioritize and implement innovation portfolios that enhance market leadership, define new pathways for growth, and enhance the client facing experience of the company services. Using the RIDG Business Innovation and Leadership Design (pronounced BI+LD) program, Royal aligns the executive strategy to maximize impact and profit with their organizations’ latent and unproven ideas. This work has often led to six-to eight-figure returns on client growth, all using principles applied through the RIDG unique methods. 
 
“Blockspaces is a leader in the application of enterprise level blockchain solutions, across industries, technologies and applications”, said Royal. “Most importantly for global and enterprise companies and their mid-market partners, Blockspaces’ expert knowledge was formed and mastered within the earliest groups of coders, developers and users from 10 years ago. They are like a skilled surgeon, advancing the cutting edge and relevant medicine of this technology. Blockpaces can target with laser precision the application of blockchain to innovate security, identity and real time data applications, while working within legacy systems, and I am delighted to be a part of their growth.”

Royal joins Gregory Pierce (CCG Analytics;DXC Technology;Concerto Cloud/Tribridge) who serves as Chairman of the Board and James Olson (AgileThought) The additions also complement the leadership and business model changes the company made earlier this year , which are being led by Chuck Dyer, BlockSpaces COO, formerly with DXC Technologies, and Chris Tyler, the company’s CTO, from IBM, who joined founders Rosa Shores and Gabe Higgins in late 2019.

About BlockSpaces

Founded in 2017, BlockSpaces is an end-to-end tech company that connects blockchains to existing business applications through a seamless, easy API based platform, BlockSpaces Connect. Dedicated to accelerating enterprise blockchain adoption, the company combines advisory, technical functionality, and industry focused support through their core PaaS to provide business value to an ecosystem of client innovators. The company works out of the Downtown Tampa Innovation Hub, Embarc Collective. For more information, visit https://blockspaces.io/
Tuesday, 06 October 2020 12:33

BlockSpaces, Pocket Network Announce Partnership

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Tampa, FL— October 6 , 2020
—  Today, BlockSpaces released a new Node-As-A-Service product feature to their core blockchain integration platform, BlockSpaces Connect, and announced the product will be immediately supporting Pocket Network. The partnership culminates after years of mutual support between the two blockchain-focused organizations around the emerging technology.

“As a local company I am beyond excited to see Blockspaces jump into the Node Provider service to support Pocket Network,” said Michael O’Rourke, CEO of Pocket Network. ”As professionals in the space with years of experience, Blockspaces is perfectly positioned to provide an increasingly growing number of services for the Pocket protocol with security and integrity.”

“For years, BlockSpaces has remained focused on blockchain technology from an agnostic perspective, and we have seen the value in the entire spectrum of it’s innovation”,  said Gabe Higgins, BlockSpaces’ CBO/CoFounder. “We’ve known for a long time that Pocket is on the forefront of distributing cost-effective, highly-reliable access to various blockchain networks and uniting them as a unified Blockchain API layer. We are excited to support their efforts as fully decentralized systems become the standard and play a crucial role in the rapid advancement of this protocol and inevitable movement toward a multi-blockchain world.”

BlockSpaces Connect is BlockSpaces’ B2B  Platform-As-A-Service (iPaaS) that enables business focused integration of both public and private blockchains with day-to-day business applications by leveraging an extensible, connector-based framework. “As blockchain technology becomes more pervasive across industries and business processes, it is becoming more apparent that systems will involve communication and integration with multiple blockchain networks and other technologies, as well as seamless integration into legacy applications,” said Higgins. “This partnership enables businesses to gain the benefits of both private and public blockchains, depending on their application use case, by leveraging the decentralized infrastructure of the Pocket Network.”

Some of the most current leading use cases for blockchain in business are in supply chain, provenance of goods, financial transactions, and decentralized identity. Today, the early adopters of blockchain have built applications specific to the use case, whether that is food safety, logistics and tracking, digital trust and identity management, or building a marketplace for trusted suppliers and buyers. These are generally stand-alone applications built with different protocols and technologies and they’re managed by different organizations within different environments.

“Our goal has always been to provide cloud enablement to our customers as they begin to actively participate in blockchain networks”,  said BlockSpaces COO, Chuck Dyer. “The success of Pocket Network and their node operators is something we are excited to be a part of.

About BlockSpaces:

BlockSpaces is dedicated to accelerating enterprise blockchain adoption. Combining advisory, technical functionality, and industry focused support with a core integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), BlockSpaces Connect™, the company provides business value to an ecosystem of client innovators.

For more information on BlockSpaces, please visit https://blockspaces.io.

About Pocket Network:

Pocket Network is a unified Blockchain API protocol that provides applications decentralized access to the full spectrum of blockchain data, starting with Ethereum, while node operators and infrastructure providers earn $POKT, it’s native cryptocurrency, in exchange for servicing application requests in a completely censorship-resistant manner.

For more information on Pocket, please visit https://pokt.network.

Friday, 02 October 2020 14:16

BlockSpaces presenting at Florida Venture Forum

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We are proud to have been chosen to present at the The Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, hosted by the Florida Venture Forum and the Florida Venture Education Foundation, on October 14th and 15th.

This virtual conference will offer informative breakout sessions, one-on-one meetings between companies and investors, selected company presentations, and more!

The conference also will feature the 10th annual Statewide Collegiate Start-up Competition, attracting the “best of the best” competitors, representing Florida’s major colleges and universities.   For more information and to purchase tickets:  https://flventure.org.
Friday, 18 September 2020 12:18

James Olson Joins BlockSpaces Board of Advisors

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TAMPA, Fla., September 16, 2020 -- James Olson, former Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development for AgileThought, has joined the BlockSpaces Board of Advisors as the company continues to combine their core blockchain technology capabilities with innovative enterprise software expertise.

"We are thrilled to have James as part of our growing advisory board,” said Rosa Shores, BlockSpaces, cofounder/CEO.  “We look forward to leveraging his breadth of in-depth knowledge and insights of enterprise product design and B2B rollout strategies as we go to market with our blockchain integration PaaS, BlockSpaces Connect. We have had a great partnership with AgileThought since mid-2019, so having James officially on board is a big win for our team.”

Olson brings over 20 years of Big Four management consulting experience in designing and delivering customer experience strategies and operational transformation for clients in the financial services, retail, automotive, hospitality, government, and pharmaceutical sectors. Additionally, as Managing Director at Autometrics, Inc., he led the launch of the firm's marketing and sales analytics platform in the United States. “To achieve the desired business outcomes from investment in blockchain, large enterprise companies rely on building their network with multiple business partners and vendors,” said Olson. “Working with BlockSpaces to bridge this gap and accelerate the integration with mid-market companies is truly a unique opportunity.”

The addition complements the company's recent appointment of Gregory Pierce as Chairman of the Board who brings decades of enterprise software experience to the organization as current EVP Cloud at CCG Analytics; Former Chief Cloud Officer DXC Technology; and Co-founder and Chief Cloud Officer of Concerto Cloud Services, an affiliate of Microsoft Dynamics 365 integrator Tribridge, which was acquired by DXC Technology in 2017. The additions also complement the leadership and business model changes made recently, which are being led by Chuck Dyer, BlockSpaces COO, formerly with DXC Technologies, and Chris Tyler, the company’s CTO, from IBM, who joined founders Rosa Shores and Gabe Higgins earlier this year.

About BlockSpaces

Founded in 2017, BlockSpaces is an end-to-end tech company that connects blockchains to existing business applications through a seamless, easy API based platform, BlockSpaces Connect. Dedicated to accelerating enterprise blockchain adoption, the company combines advisory, technical functionality, and industry focused support through their core PaaS to provide business value to an ecosystem of client innovators. The company works out of the Downtown Tampa Innovation Hub, Embarc Collective. For more information, visit https://blockspaces.io/
Friday, 28 August 2020 14:35

Improving the Cannabis Industry With Blockchain

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From the opioid epidemic to the COVID-19 pandemic, such events have intensified the need for complete transparency and trust in supply chains to ensure packaging and products are contaminant free. Now, perhaps more than ever, supply chain partners and customers want details and information about industry practices and products.

Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and blockchain, which is steadily gaining adoption in other markets, could be the next game-changing technology for the cannabis industry across the country. Proven in mainstream food safety, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and other sectors, blockchain-backed platforms offer benefits for everyone, from breeders with new genetics to consumers shopping dispensary shelves. 

The following are some of the ways blockchain technology could benefit the cannabis industry:

  1. Rapid, real-time traceability and tracking.

Blockchain’s secure technology ensures an accurate, permanent record, but it also allows rapid access to specific details within the large amounts of stored information. With blockchain, businesses can instantly get a specific product’s full history and access present and past locations in the supply chain. In a seed-to-sale tracking system, all cannabis seedlings would be given a unique identifier and registered in a manifest. Plants are tracked through the entire supply chain, allowing regulators to identify cannabis products along with attributes such as seed origin, plant strain, and supply chain transaction history. Plant strain DNA could also be a key attribute tracked through this system. This real-time record keeping aids in preventing diversion with the illegal market, facilitating prosecution of illegal diversion, and enabling rapid product recalls. It would also ensure that medical and recreational cannabis products are kept apart throughout their life-cycle.

  1. Improved efficiency and reduced costs. 

Few people understand how massive the Cannabis industry has become. As lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada are pushing for decriminalization, the industry now employs more than 250,000 people. That’s about five times the amount of U.S. coal miners. Labor remains one of the largest expenses for cannabis businesses, whether they operate cultivation facilities, retail shops or both. Blockchain can streamline time-consuming tracking, reporting and auditing, and eventually reduce the need for staff and oversight related to those functions. 

  1. Product validation and standardization. 

Cannabis has long been identified primarily by street names. Under blockchain-powered programs, genetic cultivar information could be collected, registered, tested and published through the secure, permanent infrastructure blockchain provides.

Growers can protect their IP. Researchers can identify specific genetic and chemical profiles. Medical providers and retailers can be sure they receive consistent products and verify provenance, testing results, patient outcomes and other immutable information.

  1. Consumer confidence. 

Blockchain-powered scannable codes and other technologies can increase transparency and provide end consumers with secure, verified product identification and information to drive confidence and brand loyalty.

Product diversion can be accomplished by inserting illegally grown plants into the regulated distribution system, or selling legally grown plants in an unregulated fashion. With blockchain, distributed ledgers and proof of work algorithms create a transaction system that is secure, irreversible, and auditable; no single party has sufficient power to alter a past transaction record. This limits product’s diversion risk by reducing tampering, and collusion, in the database system. To reduce tampering with the physical assets (plants), plant tags can be linked with producer and retailer metadata such as business name, location, and employee ID. Associating each plant tag with multiple metadata properties would limit illegal transaction of plant tags within the system. 

As noted, there are many issues within the cannabis industry that can be tackled with the help of blockchain technology to make it stronger, safer, and more transparent.

BlockSpaces Solution:

As blockchain technology becomes more pervasive across industries such as cannabis, it is becoming more apparent that systems and processes will involve communication and integration with multiple blockchain networks and technologies. 

BlockSpaces has created a system that is designed to serve as an integrated message bus for blockchain-based applications and their underlying blockchain technologies and platforms while, client-side, hiding the technical complexities associated with integrating the various blockchain networks.

To learn more about BlockSpaces Connect or to set up a time to talk to with team, visit our website.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 21:07

Strengthening Food Safety With Blockchain Technology

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Food-borne illnesses are a preventable and under-reported public health problem. Each year food-borne illnesses sicken 48 million Americans (approximately 17% of people in the United States) and lead to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. These illnesses are a burden on public health and contribute significantly to the cost of health care. Food hazards, including germs and chemical contaminants, can enter the food supply at any point from farm to table. Most of these hazards cannot be detected in food when it is purchased or consumed.

A critical part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mission is safeguarding the human and animal food supply, helping to ensure that food is not contaminated at any point during its journey along the supply chain. 

Maintaining food safety has become unconditional when it comes to food trade and customer  demand.  The  food  put  on the  market  has  to  be  of  good  quality and  safe  for consumption, as well as not be a source of disease and infection. That being said, the food and beverage industry face a host of food safety challenges, ranging from lack of traceability and transparency, to compliance and recall prevention; and e-commerce giants and shifting consumer expectations are challenging the industry to be more agile and transparent than ever before.

Significant growth in the recent number of food safety incidents and recalls, an increase in media scrutiny and evolving regulatory requirements have placed increasing responsibilities on food safety to regain consumer trust by delivering consistently high-quality food across the complex supply chain, while meeting the various regulatory requirements.

When it comes to food traceability, many businesses are stuck in a past where each segment in the food system is responsible for keeping track of food, taking one step forward to identify where the food has gone and one step back to identify the source. And, it’s largely done on paper. Moreover, changes in food production and supply chains are becoming more complex, providing more opportunities for tampering and difficulties in track and trace. Blockchain makes a supply chain more transparent at an all-new level, especially when it comes to food safety.

Blockchain technology allows quick and easy verification of history, location, and status of a particular food product. Farm origination details such as batch numbers, storage temperatures, shipping details, expiry dates, and factory and processing data can be digitally recorded on the blockchain. End-to-end traceability would improve the efficiency of the food supply chain. Data would be digitally entered on a blockchain and hence, everyone with access to the blockchain can access the data. 

As the need for blockchain technology becomes more pervasive across industries such as food and beverage, it is becoming more apparent that systems and processes will involve communication and integration with multiple blockchain networks and technologies. BlockSpaces has created BlockSpaces ConnectTM, a system designed to serve as an integrated message bus for blockchain-based applications and their underlying blockchain technologies and platforms while, client-side, hiding the technical complexities associated with integrating the various blockchain networks.

When you are working to contain a case of Salmonella or other food-borne diseases,  every second counts. Having a secure blockchain record to reference can make it easier not only to recall the exact cases, lots, and batches that are likely to be contaminated, but to also pinpoint the exact source of the incident so that it can be resolved. Blockchain technology is without a doubt a major player for strengthening food safety standards across the United States.

To learn more about BlockSpaces Connect, please visit our website at https://blockspaces.io/platform
Wednesday, 05 August 2020 16:32

Improving Patient Outcomes with Blockchain

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According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, taking more than half a million lives each year. One in four Americans- 1,500 lives lost each day. The years of life lost due to premature deaths, the economic burden due to lost productivity, the costs associated with illness and therapy, and the long-term effects of cancer on the quality of life for survivors take a toll at state levels in the United States. With an aging population retiring and moving to Florida, it is not surprising that the state has the second highest cancer burden in the nation and has been Florida’s No. 1 killer since 2011. Additional sobering statistics include the following:

  •  Cancer surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for Floridians. An average of 100,000 new cancers are diagnosed and reported each year to the statewide cancer registry, the Florida Cancer Data System. 
  • About a third of the most common cancers are due to lifestyles — poor diet, obesity and lack of physical activity, according to the National Cancer Institute. 
  • The 10 common cancers that are most receptive to prevention and early detection include: Breast, cervical, childhood, colorectal, lung, lymphoma, oral and pharyngeal, ovarian, prostate and melanoma of the skin. 
  • The median charge per cancer hospitalization for all cancers in Florida in 2015 was $67,471.  

Rapidly emerging novel treatments in oncology, particularly in advanced disease, mean that more patients are living longer. As such, extending survival while maintaining or improving quality of life is the desired therapeutic outcome. This changing landscape has many implications, including the need for tools that help clinicians, organizations and institutions involved in cancer care collect, evaluate and share outcomes data. However, healthcare information silos can contribute to suboptimal patient care. Communication among patient’s healthcare teams is often disjointed and vital connections and collaborations amongst clinicians and data producers are lost under the burden of disenfranchised, siloed, manual, chart-abstracted data collection.  

Improving care transitions through integrated care and seamlessly exchanging data through interoperability are essential ingredients for better patient outcomes measurement. As such, BlockSpaces is working with a client to create a secure outcomes data collection tracking system which is built upon a novel blockchain and artificial intelligence stack. The system is sharable among multiple healthcare providers in real time and accessible to interdisciplinary healthcare teams, and provides an immutable, transparent and secure system of record for sensitive healthcare data.

To learn more about the use case  and to schedule time to talk with our team, please visit our website https://blockspaces.io/stors

You can also tune in virtually, on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 10am EST to hear BlockSpaces Co-Founder Rosa Shores discuss how improving patient health outcomes with blockchain technology, also impacts the mental well being of patients with chronic disease, including cancer. This is a digital health conference with a cause! Proceeds from the conference will go towards helping children with cancer in Tampa Bay. 

About Disrupt the Bay 2020: 

 Help fight against kids’ cancers by joining Disrupt the Bay 2020! A Digital Tech Conference with a Cause! We have an exciting lineup including John Nosta and Scott Arnold, very prominent healthcare disruptors as our keynote speakers, local chief level executives from the healthcare industry, and multiple healthcare technology startups from Tampa Bay that are leveraging innovative technologies to improve healthcare and other industry services. https://www.disruptthebay.org/
Friday, 24 July 2020 12:15

An Open Letter to the BlockSpaces Community

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First and foremost, we hope you and all your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented health crisis. We have seen and talked to many of you on our weekly video calls and meetups since March, and to those we have not seen, we do miss you! 

Some of you may have seen the recent announcement about leadership and directional changes BlockSpaces has made in order to address the growing demand for blockchain solutions and integration in business.  Like so many others in this space, we firmly believe that the coming multi-blockchain world will encompass both private and public blockchains and form a “network of networks” with legacy systems. In all our years living in the blockchain world day in and out, we see this as a moment of opportunity that is extremely important and rare in a lifetime.  To best capture this moment, and to continue to best serve this community, as we have since 2013, we have made the decision to discontinue the membership portion of our business model.  This change will only impact you if you are a paying member of BlockSpaces and, therefore, a member of Embarc Collective, and it is effective immediately.  Otherwise, the following will remain completely free as it has for the many years we have been honored to be the blockchain touchpoint for you all:

  • "Sunday Night Community Call" will move to be part of the Wednesday night Blockchain meetup which will continue as it has for the past 7 and half years.  We love seeing you all during this time and look forward to the day we can go back to meeting in person.  Gabe will never do anything else on Wednesday night for probably the rest of his life, that is practically a guarantee!

  • Tuesday at 11am will continue to be our "Start-Up Community Call" on Zoom. This call has been in progress since March and is specifically for startups that are working on active blockchain projects. Most of these startups have Channel Partner agreements with BlockSpaces as we work to integrate their solutions into our enterprise focused work. However, we would love to have you join us if you are in active development. Please send Gabe an email for the link if you would like to attend: gabe@blockspaces.io.

  • We will continue our live events and meetups as soon as it is safe to do so, and we will remain located in Embarc Collective, so please make sure and sign up for our newsletter to stay current on all our activities and news, or join our Discord channel and chat with us anytime.
 
New directions are always both exciting and bittersweet, as we do leave behind some amazing, and often hilariously crazy, memories of our time as a membership based organization.  But we know this door opens so many opportunities for us all and moves blockchain adoption forward in the best way possible, which has always been our goal.  As long as we can continue to be a resource for you, we will be here, and look forward to having you all with us on the journey forward!
In the United States, millions of people are affected by mental illness each year. It’s important to measure how common mental illness is, so we can understand the physical, social, and financial impact it has on individuals and families.

  •   1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  •   1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  •   1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  •   50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
  •   Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 

In 2016, only 41% of the 3.1 million adolescents who experienced depression within the past year received treatment. Although effective treatments exist for many mental disorders, unfortunately, over half of adolescents in the U.S. who need mental health treatment never receive it. Further, compared with whites, growing evidence indicates that Black and racial/ethnic minority adolescents are more vulnerable to undiagnosed mental disorders, but are less likely to have access to mental health services. Over 15 million children and adolescents need psychiatric help, but there are only 8,300 child and adolescent psychiatrist practices in the United States and children and adolescents in rural communities often go their entire life without access to mental health services. 

One of the difficulties in mental health care is diagnosis and patient record access. Physicians cannot simply take blood tests and scans to find the problem. Oftentimes, patients will feel like they need to hide their real symptoms from their doctors because they are ashamed, confused, scared, and anxious, many of which are symptoms brought on by their condition. In many cases, patients, especially children and adolescents, do not know how to communicate effectively about their condition. If there is a proper diagnosis and the patient ends up at a different hospital or clinic, which is oftentimes very common for this age group, and another problem arises, there is poor or no ability for care providers to gain access to different platforms to obtain patient records.

Strategies to improve health care in general, such as improving access to care and improving the quality of care, would do much to eliminate such health care disparities in pediatrics. Patient related outcome measures (PROMs) and improvements depend on the system's ability to share data across clinicians, labs, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and other staff, departments, and settings. It seems obvious that when health care providers have access to complete and accurate information, patients receive better medical care, but communication among patient’s healthcare teams is often disjointed and vital connections and collaborations amongst clinicians and data producers are lost under the burden of disenfranchised, siloed, manual, chart-abstracted data collection. In many cases, clinical data is captured on various systems, even within an organization, that are often not well integrated with one another. Problems within IT can also disrupt the delivery of care and increase the likelihood of new, often unforeseen, errors that affect the safety and quality of clinical care and outcomes. A secure quality improvement data collection tracking mechanism, using a novel blockchain and artificial intelligence application, would address the information silos that can contribute to suboptimal patient care. The application, sharable among multiple healthcare providers in real time and accessible to interdisciplinary healthcare teams, could  improve patient care and outcomes, both physical and mental.

If you would like to dive deeper into the topic of blockchain and mental health, please join Rosa Shores, BlockSpaces Co-Founder, for a presentation on August 7, 2020 at Disrupt the Bay on how blockchain technology can be used to give clinicians the ability to not only address information silos that exist across healthcare teams, but how blockchain can also help expose mental health disparities in real time which would reduce errors, improve patient safety,  and support better health outcomes.

About Disrupt the Bay 2020:

Help fight against kids’ cancers by joining Disrupt the Bay 2020! A Digital Tech Conference with a Cause! We have an exciting lineup including John Nosta and Scott Arnold, very prominent healthcare disruptors as our keynote speakers, local chief level executives from the healthcare industry, and multiple healthcare technology startups from Tampa Bay that are leveraging innovative technologies to improve healthcare and other industry services. We hope to see you there! Disrupt The Bay: Home
COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we conduct everyday business. For many employers, dealing with new COVID-19 regulations, guidance, and recommendations within the work environment is only the beginning. Employers are responding by taking into account the level of disease transmission in their communities and are revising their business response plans as needed in order to successfully manage the health and safety of their employees while in the workplace. While a vaccine is still in clinical trials for COVID-19 at this time, employers are at the mercy of self-reporting or requiring regular testing of its employees, which can be very difficult to manage.

Recently, an employee provided a doctor’s note to his employer that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was subject to quarantine per CDC and state guidelines. The employer took the necessary steps of notifying all employees of the positive case and added specific notifications to those who had come in direct contact with the COVID positive employee.  Additionally, the employer took an added cautionary step of having their warehouse cleaned and disinfected in order to ensure the safe return of its workforce as soon as possible.

What the employer was unaware of was that the doctor’s note was forged. The FBI investigation estimates the company incurred over $175,000 in lost productivity due to the alleged fraud. In addition, one coworker of the alleged victim, believing they had been exposed to the virus, also faced personal financial loss after deciding to pay for a rental property where they could remain self-quarantined away from members of their family.

This is just one case of fraud in relation to employees taking advantage of the pandemic through medical fraud. Rooting out health care fraud is central to the well-being of both our citizens and the economy. Health care fraud costs the United States tens of billions of dollars each year. 

BlockSpaces has been working in conjunction with several companies on an HR solution to help companies reduce risk and fraud associated with medical clearances. HealthClearTM utilizes a purpose-built distributed ledger system to create verifiable DID's (Decentralized Identifiers) that are globally unique and resolvable (via a ledger) without requiring any centralized resolution authority. Verifiable Claims are issued as a credential to the end user using a distributed ledger system with Zero Knowledge Proofs which prove that some or all of the data in a set of claims is true without revealing any additional information, including the identity of the end user.

Verifiable digital health clearances that conceal sensitive employee health data would allow employees to return to work after medical leave while mitigating employers’ liability risk and insuring the company’s regulatory compliance.  Physician generated releases provide part of the solution, but human errors, inconsistent forms, alterations, and forgeries of information are possible and requests for detailed employee health data by employers runs the risk of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

HealthClearTM is designed to bring trust, personal control, privacy, and ease-of-use for the issuance of health clearance credentials to employees and their physicians, while providing liability protection, consistency and efficiency to HR processes for businesses in order to allow workers to return to work quickly and safely  after medical leave.

If you are interested in learning more about HealthClearTM, visit our website at:  https://blockspaces.io, or call us to start the conversation.
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BlockSpaces is dedicated to accelerating enterprise blockchain adoption. Combining advisory, technical functionality, and industry focused support with our core platform, BlockSpaces Connect™, we provide business value to an ecosystem of client innovators.


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