Connecting Health & Tech

We’re a grassroots group of innovators who meet up regularly with the mission to cultivate and propel health technology — especially mobile, wireless, and Internet technology. Health 2.0 Sacramento brings together health, technology, innovation, & entrepreneurship enthusiasts in Sacramento & the Central Valley.

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Pigeons, Photons, and Pathology, or Cognition and Recognition

Join us Thursday, May 10, 2017 at The Urban Hive, 1931 H St., Sacramento, CA!

Years of schooling and training are needed to teach pathologists and radiologists to spot cancer on medical images, but a new study from researchers at UC Davis and University of Iowa finds that pigeons can be about as accurate as these professionals, with the help of a few food pellets. One of the authors will give a talk about this study and other areas of research and technology commercialization.

Dr. Richard Levenson’s research includes artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to pathology, cancer immunotherapy, digital autopsy, and real-time, slide-free ex-vivo tissue microscopy.

  • 6:00PM Networking
  • 6:30PM Presentation
  • 7:15PM Q&A, discussion
  • 7:30PM Networking
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Richard Levenson is Professor and Vice Chair for Strategic Technologies in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He received his BA in History and Literature at Harvard College, and MD at the University of Michigan. A pathology residency at Washington University, St. Louis, was followed by a Cancer Research fellowship at the University of Rochester, and an Asst. Professorship in Pathology at Duke University. He became active in the optics field while at the NSF Center for Light Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology (Carnegie Mellon) and then joined Cambridge Research and Instrumentation, Inc. (CRI—now part of PerkinElmer) in Boston, eventually as Vice President for Research. Following that, he consulted in optics, software, instrumentation and digital pathology until joining UC Davis in 2012.

Richard Levenson, MD

Professor and Vice Chair for Strategic Technologies, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis Health


Our June 2016 event will be located at 3fold! Come join us!

2031 K St, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA

1715 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Join Us

New location for this May: we will meet at 1931 H St., Sacramento, CA! May 10, 2017 — A.I. Series Part One – Pigeons, Photons, and Pathology, or Cognition and Recognition, with Richard Levenson, MD. RSVP Now >

Past events

Our past events have been graciously hosted by Hacker Lab, Sacramento’s co-working space for start-ups, makers, and technology enthusiasts. Hacker Lab, 1715 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811 (map)

Mar 27, 2013 — Inaugural Mixer

Nov 17, 2014 — Relaunch with VSP’s Jay Sales, Keisuke Nakagawa, and Validic’s Akhsar Kharebov

Jan 27, 2015 — from Quantified Self to Quantified Selves with UC Davis’s Matthew Lange PhD & Nick Anderson PhD

April 28, 2015 — Telemedicine: Expanding health access through technology with HealthLinkNow’s Barb Johnston MSN, Kura MD’s Douglas Sumaraga, and Mytrus’s Anthony Costello

June 17, 2015 — California State Health Data Code-a-thon demo night

Sep 30, 2015 —  Wearable Health with Warren Smith PhD, Helen Koo PhD

Nov 10, 2015 — e-Patient Experience with e-Patient Dave

January 20, 2016 — Introduction to Human Centered Design: A Hands-On Workshop for Healthcare with Dignity Health’s Christine Folck and Uptown Studios’s Tina Reynolds

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 — One Part Inspiration, One Part Necessity: The intersection of healthcare and technology with Jay Sales, Keisuke Nakagawa, and Steven Chan MD MBA


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We’re volunteers who created this group to connect health and technology enthusiasts in Sacramento and Central California.

The metro Sacramento area has a lot of activity in this space — such as SARTAHacker LabUC Davis’s Health Informatics Program, and CITRIS Initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness — and its close proximity to San Francisco means there’s a lot of talent in the area.


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About Health 2.0

Health 2.0 itself started as a conference series in Silicon Valley, and has expanded across the globe with conferences in Europe, Asia, and the United States, along with local grassroots chapters such as Health 2.0 Sacramento.

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Eric Ullrich

Eric Ullrich

Facilities Director

Co-founder of Hacker Lab. My interest and passion is in working with great people to address big problems.

Keisuke Nakagawa

Keisuke Nakagawa

Co-founder

Interested in blending social entrepreneurship with healthcare technologies.  He is Founder & Chairman of Global Health Bridge and serves on the National Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association.

Laura Good

Laura Good

Program Director

As director of operations and programs at SARTA (Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance), I’m the program director for MedStart,TechSurge and the Leadership series as well as the SARTA membership director. I’m the curator of the Sacramento Startup Digest and also a curator for the Startup Genome Project. I’m a Startup Weekend organizer and I’m the Community Outreach Director for Startup Grind Sacramento

Liz Salmi

Liz Salmi

Promotions Director

Liz Salmi is director of communications for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a statewide collaboration of healthcare providers, organizations, government agencies and individuals working to improve palliative medicine and end-of-life care for all Californians. Liz is the co-founder of Brain Tumor Social Media (#BTSM), a patient-run, grassroots Twitter community for e-patients, caregivers and clinicians. She speaks regularly on patient engagement and digital media, and in 2013 Liz presented a TEDx Talk on how patients are using the Internet to form their own support networks.

Shang Wei

Shang Wei

A/V Director

A data wrangler for neuroscience, a web developer for biomedicine, and a contributor to open-source projects.

Steven Chan

Steven Chan

Co-founder, Program Director

I report on the latest health technology trends as Associate Editor at iMedicalApps.com and develops cutting-edge research in telepsychiatry, smartphones and mobile wearable devices for mental health. Current APA & SAMHSA MFP Fellow to the APA Council of Communications and Workgroup on Mental Health & Psychiatric Apps. Resident physician in psychiatry & behavioral sciences at UC Davis. I love bicycling, urban hikes, reading business books, honing Photoshop & Illustrator skills, attending conferences & mixers, and playing Android games.
Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Social Media

Jeff Bennett is owner, developer, designer at Digital Splash Media, a web content production and management business specializing in visual content that engages, explains, & informs. Passionate about visualizing data & ideas: animated videos, data visualization & infographics, as well as WordPress websites and blogging. Cofounder http://StartupSac.com.
Gabriela Lee, MBA MS

Gabriela Lee, MBA MS

Co-founding member

Chief Knowledge Transfer Officer at the NSF Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology. As a knowledge transfer professional, she is adept at connecting disparate worlds (academia, industry, non-profits, etc), managing interdisciplinary collaborations, identifying and pursuing opportunities. Enterprising leader with expertise and interests in academia, innovation, medical technology, healthcare, entrepreneurship, life sciences and science policy.

Jay Sales

Jay Sales

Co-founding member

Co-founder of VSP Global’s innovation center — known as “The Shop” — where they are exploring the intersection between health care, quantified self, mHealth and even fashion and how it plays together in the next generation of computer/human interaction.

Sormeh Mahjouri

Sormeh Mahjouri

Sormeh is a health tech enthusiast who has worked in various industries (biotech/pharma, health IT, medical device) over the last decade and is passionate about improving public health through the use of technology. She enjoys connecting with new people and learning from key players in healthcare.