June Health 2.0 New Orleans Meetup Welcomes Speaker John Wilbanks

Health 2.0 promotes healthcare technology through a global series of conferences, code-a-thons and more targeted at tech and startup communities.

Exactly one year ago, Lem Sanders, David Crais, Josh Raley, and Rahlyn Gossen co-founded the local organization Health 2.0 New Orleans, which hopes to catalyze digital health innovation in the city.

John Wilbanks TED TalkThe group now hosts monthly meetings, the next featuring world-renowned open commons advocate and Tulane alum John Wilbanks. The meeting will take place on June 26th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.

Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow at Faster Cures. He has worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and Creative Commons.

The event is free, but seating is limited and you must reserve a ticket.

Wilbanks will focus on an important healthcare data battle being waged that goes unnoticed by many. His talk, “Open Data: The Battle for the Future of Life Sciences,” will explore the legal and technical systems that underlie emerging health science platforms, current efforts to disrupt the research enterprise, and where we can make changes right now.

Although healthcare and the life sciences have shown resistance to the speed, ease of use and accelerated benefits many are used to as consumers and Internet users, explains Health 2.0 New Orleans, “On the edges of the health network are clear signs of change: sensors that measure things from which health can be inferred, companies that broker access to tests that used to be gated by clinicians, policies that convert closed data to open, and give it to individuals, data analysis tools that enable conversion of all this crap into insights, competitions that connect expert data analysts directly to patients, and platforms that lower the transaction costs of the connections.”