Health 2.0 promotes healthcare technology through a global series of conferences, code-a-thons and more targeted at tech and startup communities.
New Orleans Co-Founders Lem Sanders, David Crais, Josh Raley, and Rahlyn Gossen, who all occupy various roles within the healthcare field, reached out to the main Health 2.0 group in San Francisco. They were immediately on board for a New Orleans chapter.
Health 2.0 New Orleans will host its inaugural meeting on July 18th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. “Beyond what’s been announced on the Eventbrite page,” said Sanders, “we’re asking a few local startups to demo their products at the event and hope to confirm with them shortly.”
Sanders said the BioInnovation Center is the ideal spot for the event and they have been supportive of the project. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in healthcare technology. Future meetings will be held monthly.
“Healthcare has unique technological, regulatory, and economic considerations,” said Co-Founder Gossen. “A specialized group can foster new opportunities, here in New Orleans, by tapping into the Global Health 2.0 resources for new ways of thinking.”
Dr. Karen DeSalvo will be the keynote at the kickoff event. “Dr. DeSalvo’s primary role is as the City of New Orleans Health Commissioner and as the Senior Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. She has undertaken a major effort to transform and modernize the City Health Department into one more effective and capable of improving the public’s health.”
“We really wanted to bring more awareness to digital health opportunities and support local entrepreneurs with a platform to network and learn about healthcare technologies outside of New Orleans, but also hear from local leadership about the healthcare challenges that are unique to this community,” said Sanders.
In addition to Dr. DeSalvo’s keynote, the meeting will include:
- An introduction to the Health 2.0 New Orleans mission and its founders
- Brief demos from healthcare startups in the greater New Orleans area
- Input on the direction and focus of Health 2.0 New Orleans
- Delicious snacks and adult beverages
- Socializing with like-minded professionals
“This is New Orleans and we’ll have some fun with it,” said Sanders.