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SXSW Interactive 2015

Improving Access for the Disabled with Wearables

Historically, healthcare has been at the forefront of innovation, but at exceptional costs and a snail’s pace. The result is medical, health and wellness devices as well as software systems lagging behind the rapidly changing needs of an evolving patient population. Recent advancements in consumer technology, new trends in connected devices and wearable hardware, and the emergence of affordable components and prototyping tools have converged to provide new opportunities to design, prototype and test solutions at a blistering pace. By combining design thinking, active participation of patients, rapid prototyping and change to processes, the opportunity presents itself to disrupt the way the industry has historically approached things. Join us in a discussion around how we are working to solve problems faced by patients with physical disabilities and brain injuries by repurposing consumer technology, inventing new products and services and integrating technology to improve lives.

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  1. How can healthcare providers and caregivers work with designers and developers to bring a better quality of life to patients?
  2. What new technologies are being used to augment the experience of patient recovery?
  3. What tools and techniques are used to define problems facing the patient population and solve them rapidly, and sometimes on a one-to-one basis?
  4. Why is healthcare a space that is primed to be 'hacked' by consumer technology?
  5. How is this actually happening today? What organizations are pioneering rehab through wearable technology and how can others get involved?



Laura Wahls, Marketing Coordinator, Isobar

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  • Tags: wearables
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Health and Medtech
  • Level: Beginner
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