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Shivom Partners with Family Care Path a Spin-Off Company from Cleveland Clinic

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Family Care Path’s clinically-validated MyLegacy and CarePathConnect application will provide new ways for Shivom’s customers to take action on their genetic risk for certain hereditary conditions.

London, United Kingdom – April 2, 2019 – Shivom, a biotechnology data and analysis company optimising the way DNA is shared, secured and analysed through blockchain and AI technology, and Family Care Path (FCPI), a spin-off company from Cleveland Clinic adapting and marketing web-based clinical decision support applications, are collaborating to integrate FCPI’s MyLegacy application within Shivom’s marketplace. Through collaboration, Shivom’s customers can gain access to a personalised health risk profile and genomic counselling sessions which provide end-users with coaching to take proactive steps against hereditary conditions found within their genetic data.

FCPI has established an international telegenetic counselling network, branded CarePathConnect, which provides patients with the ability to privately and securely discuss their genetic health risk conditions with genetic counsellors and learn about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing via a HIPAA-compliant web-based video platform. The company exclusively licensed the family history collection and disease risk assessment tool from Cleveland Clinic, branded MyLegacy, which uses proprietary algorithms based on practice guidelines developed by the Cleveland Clinic Genomic Medicine Institute.

“Access to your genetic information is really just the beginning — using that information in combination with genetic counselling allows the necessary preventative measures to prevent serious health complications,” said Henry Ines, CEO of Shivom. “Our collaboration with Family Care Path enables Shivom’s customers to access their genetic information using a clinically validated programme to help them make lifestyle changes which seek to prevent or suppress hereditary conditions.”

The pilot for this collaboration will enable Shivom customers to access the FCP MyLegacy application and schedule a virtual genomic counselling session. Both clinical and non-clinical counselling sessions will be explored and processes will be established to ensure that customers are able to utilise both data collected from the FCP risk assessment tool as well as any genomic or other ‘omics’ reporting facilitated by Shivom subject to patient consent and permissions. Shivom also plans to arrange for its OMX token to be utilised as a means of payment and incentives for accessing counselling sessions and related services. The partnership marks a critical step in the roadmap for Shivom as it onboards key partners and services on its platform/marketplace to further demonstrate utility for its token.

“We are excited to collaborate with Shivom on this innovative effort. Working with Shivom will help their customers have a deeper understanding of their genetic information through testing, counselling and the ties to family health history” says David McKee, President and CEO of Family Care Path.

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About Shivom
Shivom is a biotechnology data and analysis company optimising the way DNA is shared, secured and analysed. By utilising innovative technologies such as blockchain and machine-learning algorithms, we are able to democratise genomics.

Our mission is to bring exponential value to our end-users within the genomics industry. We believe that the unique combination of our in-depth knowledge for genomics, mixed with deep-rooted backgrounds in cryptography and AI is essential in the democratisation of genomics and healthcare data.

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About Family Care Path
Family Care Path develops, adapts and markets web-based clinical software applications designed to improve patient outcomes, increase physician and clinical process efficiency, and interface with a variety of electronic health records.

Many exciting concepts for healthcare applications remain isolated within the development environment. Our company’s mission is to identify these opportunities and develop software solutions utilising industry standard protocols, to enable widespread adoption.

We utilise the latest technology to develop secure and scalable applications to improve the quality of healthcare and reduce cost. Leveraging industry standard technologies such as Microsoft Cloud and both the SMART® and HL7® FHIR® open standards, Family Care Path creates applications which can seamlessly communicate with all electronic health record systems.

For more information about Family Care Path please visit:
www.familycarepath.com

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Researchers and health professionals across the world should be enjoying access to a vast resource of genomic sequencing data and health records — helping them discover cures and treatments for every type of disease.

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As for genomic data, only a small percentage of people have had theirs sequenced — largely because there isn’t a secure place to hold and leverage it.

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This is a tragedy. You should have the opportunity to own your health and DNA data, and to maintain total control over it. You should have up-to-date information about the diseases you are predisposed to. Every few months, your data dashboard should be updated to inform you of the latest insights scientists have about your DNA.

If you know you’re genetically predisposed to osteoporosis, you should be able to proactively take steps to avoid its onset. If you’re aware there is a high chance of being afflicted by a certain type of cancer, you should be regularly tested to ensure you can catch it early.

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There are many ongoing initiatives across the globe aiming to facilitate the storage and sharing of genomic data, and thereby enable the progress of precision medicine. Health apps based on genomic and other health data are good examples. But they tend to be competing against each other and creating even more data silos.

Meanwhile, a few large businesses hold the monopoly on most genomic data, and make large profits from selling it to third parties, usually without sharing the earnings with the data donor.

This stifles research and innovation and prevents medicine and healthcare moving forward at the pace it should.

You and your doctors are being denied vital knowledge about your health, and brilliant scientists are being denied access to genomic datasets that could help them gather potentially transformational information that could lead to the eradication of diseases.

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Not only is your future health being compromised by the current system, but your health data is being left vulnerable too. In the wake of major data breaches like those at Yahoo! and Equifax, it’s hard to trust any organization with sensitive data stored on cloud databases or local servers.

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About the Author

Dr Axel Schumacher who has over 20 years’ experience in the field of genetics; and is the Chief Scientific Officer of blockchain-enabled genomic data-hub startup Shivom. Shivom’s platform aims to be the largest genomic & healthcare data-hub on the planet, allowing the world’s population to have their genome sequenced and securely stored with the help of blockchain technology.

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