STEPS to Value Podcast

Episode #38: Valuing Innovation: A Blockchain Primer


From the dawn of civilization until now, trust has always been a central foundation of stability.  Do I trust the intent and action of others?  Is there a way to verify that trust was rightly earned?  The 19th century minister, speaker, and columnist Frank Crane once said “You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough”.  He could have been describing where we find ourselves in the 21st century.  

As humans across the globe work to build digital infrastructures to every aspects of their lives, connecting people and data across time and space, new protocols of trust evolve to respond to the circumstances of the age.   Do blockchain technologies, with their design as a shared, distributed, peer-to-peer ledger system, suggest a real innovation in industries like healthcare handle the storage and transfer of sensitive and valuable information?

Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model.  I’m your host, Rod Piechowski, and in today’s episode, we will explore the potential impact of block chain technology of healthcare’s thorniest issues around security, identity, access and interoperability with Fletcher McCraw, Senior Consultant, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at Cognizant.  

This Episode’s Guests:


Fletcher McCraw
Senior Consultant
Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
Learn more about Fletcher
Follow Fletcher on Twitter: @FletchMcCraw
Learn more about Cognizant


This Episode's Promo:

Leading the Way to Better Health Through Information Technology

The HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, OH is the only physical and virtual, state-of-the-art, testing, exhibition and conference facility that offers real-time demonstration of how healthcare technologies contribute to safer, higher quality and more cost-effective care and ensures that information gets to the right people at the right time to enable informed decisions.

Come with us into a world of innovation and imagination brought to light by interoperability

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This Episode’s Audience Ask:

Has your healthcare organization started to explore the use of block chain technologies to drive clinical, operational, or financial outcomes?  Send us your thoughts as a voice memo or email and we will play them on the air at the end of our next episode.   You can send your comments to