Health 2.0 and Team Gleason Charity Collaboration Adds Demonstration to April 24th Fundraiser

Health 2.0 Team GleasonLocal organization Health 2.0, which hopes to catalyze digital health innovation in New Orleans, has partnered with the empowering Team Gleason to host the “Cheers for Charity” fundraiser at the Rusty Nail on Thursday, April 24th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

It may seem like an unlikely collaboration, yet the two organizations have a common interest in solving healthcare challenges through new technologies and entrepreneurship.

“We’re truly excited about working with Steve and Team Gleason because they share so many of the same goals Health 2.0 has in terms of empowering patients and improving lives through new technologies and innovations,” says Rahlyn Gossen, co-founder of Health 2.0 NOLA. “Health 2.0 is about identifying technical innovation in healthcare and supporting the entrepreneurial journey from idea stage to reality, ultimately generating positive outcomes and improvement.”

“I’ve often said that until there is a medical cure for ALS, technology is that cure. Not only can technology be life sustaining, but it can also empower patients to live fully, having a valuable and positive impact on the world,” says Steve Gleason.

With purchase of a ticket, in addition to crawfish, beer, raffle tickets and live music, attendees will also get to hear from healthcare technology experts and local leadership from both Health 2.0 and Team Gleason.

It was recently announced that Tulane biomedical engineering students will also demonstrate the assistive technologies they invented during a yearlong capstone project focused on addressing real world problems.  The inventions that are set to be on display are an eye-tracking system for hands-free control of a motorized wheelchair, an automatic tracheotomy suctioning device for people on ventilator support, and a patient-monitoring system for reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia.

“The student design teams rose to the challenge, producing inventive designs that have strong potential to make a difference in the community and beyond,” said professor of practice Lars Gilbertson, who oversees the design class.

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