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, which is having its next meetup tomorrow, February 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Rusty Nail.
They will be joined by Tulane professor MarkAlain Dery, DO, MPH, FACOI, who will share information about a web app he is creating to encourage HIV testing. Dr. Dery’s app will integrate with Facebook and reward those who get tested for HIV. Novel approaches to reducing the spread of HIV are certainly needed given the high incidence here in New Orleans.
Dr. Dery is also in the process of raising funds for the app through Experiment.com, a new crowdfunding platform for scientific research.
“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.
“This is New Orleans and we’ll have some fun with it,” said Sanders.
To find out more about the next meetup, click here.