Consensus Networks Q1 2020 Update

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It has been great to see all that the projects throughout the community have accomplished within the last few months, especially given the crazy circumstances throughout the world, and we would like to start by congratulating all involved. Despite continued discussions regarding rebranding and qualms over token price, we continue to remain more excited than ever about the 2020 prospects for Factom. While we function first and foremost as an infrastructure ANO, we are huge believers in Factom and seek to make technical contributions to the protocol and grow the broader Factom community where we can. Outlined below is an update on the contributions we have made to Factom over the past quarter - we try to get these out as quick as we can, within 14 days of the quarter ending. As in quarters prior, we have funded all work to date on our own and are proud to be contributing to the growth of the network.

We have nearly 100% uptime on all of our servers since being elected into the active set (short term internet losses at a data-center have been resolved, Discord thread contains additional detail). We are currently operating two mainnet servers across two different data centers with backups and two testnet servers.

HealthNet (Healthcare SBIR):
A lot of work was done over the past quarter to advance the HealthNet project. To start, we released our official v0.1 of the whitepaper, which can be found here. Our CEO, Nathan, also presented our research on HealthNet and using Factom to develop ‘blockchain-enabled solutions in a heavily regulated environment’ at the end of February at the Blockchain and Digital Transformation in Health in 2020 Conference put on by the Austin Blockchain Collective in conjunction with the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. While there, we met some academic researchers who were interested in collaborating. As a result, they want to explore using HealthNet as a care coordination platform for HIV patient populations in a major US city (top 10) and have included us on a grant submitted to the CDC for the matter.

We received feedback regarding our proposed Phase II effort from the NIH at the beginning of January. However, we have yet to receive a definitive response regarding approval or rejection. The next decision cycle for the NIH ends in a couple of weeks, so we should find out fairly soon either way. The feedback we received was overall positive. From a technical standpoint they generally liked and understood the value of the technology. Their only pushback was to tie the underlying blockchain-enabled interoperability tech to a specific application/use case within Healthcare, which we have been working to do.

Given the extended timeline of awaiting a response from the NIH, Consensus Networks has been proactively taking steps to build upon the feedback we received in January and intend on resubmitting later this year. To start, Consensus Networks has formed a strategic partnership with a physician led health-tech company currently serving a twelve hospital health system in Michigan. We are working closely with them currently to enhance their offerings and they have agreed to provide guidance on the project from a physician perspective. Additionally, we have identified prenatal and maternal care coordination as a niche use case for HealthNet. We are working to build out an application on top of HealthNet currently that we can pilot with regional health systems in our area. We have also gained verbal confirmation of support in a refactored phase II proposal from a prestigious non-profit that maintains a statewide database of Patient Health Information that works with startups and both public and private sector firms to conduct Clinical Research. Should we not receive approval in this next cycle, our resubmission will be framed around using HealthNet to facilitate this prenatal care work with assistance from these parties.

As mentioned in our last quarterly update, in December we were awarded a Phase I contract through the U.S. Air Force to investigate using blockchain for securing and managing software chains of custody. We just completed our Phase II submission for this project and are excited to share we have found an interested unit within the DoD that wants to use our product to secure chains of custody throughout the development and deployment process of various system software. We should find out in the next 3 weeks if our proposed phase II effort is approved. If awarded we will begin adapting some of the technologies we created for blockchain-enabled data sharing from our HealthNet project and others to the DoD for this use case. We believe this is a use case that is well suited for Factom and are excited about the possibility of being able to use the protocol to secure system software throughout the DoD! Regardless of the Phase II results this round, we’ve secured several significant relationships with key DoD stakeholders that will advance our work through alternative funding routes in the DoD.

We have continued to run 6 CPUs on our data center infrastructure dedicated to PegNet. We will look to continually support the Pegnet effort by contributing miners and other help where we can and are eager to see how this project continues to grow in 2020.
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