SXSW Interactive 2013

Sensor Technologies: The Future of Health?


Can you imagine a world in which all your physiologic parameters were measured, monitored, and managed in such a way that that you always maintained perfect health? That world may be just around the corner.

Doctors and nurses have long used sensors (of one sort or another) to diagnose and manage illness. In a few short years, however, sensors have become increasingly important in health care as the devices have become more sophisticated and less costly. The advent of real-time data capture and analysis applications is making these new sensors increasingly useful in a range of diseases like diabetes, asthma, and heart failure.

This panel will explore the impact of sensors and the almost unlimited potential to apply these technologies to improve the health of all mankind. If you're a technologist and you want to get into the health care field this is where you want to be.

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  1. What types of sensor technologies are currently in use in the health space? What parameters are we able to assess and how do they impact human health? Discuss current tools used to measure weight, blood pressure, lung function, etc.
  2. How do these new sensor technologies change how health care is provided? From the patient's perspective? From the health care provider's perspective?
  3. Can we do anything now with sensors, data and analytics that we couldn't do 10 or 20 years ago? Are we going to see a Star Trek-like "tricorder" in our lifetime?
  4. Sensor technologies appear to be increasingly hackable. What opportunities does this present for technologists, within and outside of the health space? Is the hackability of these devices a risk? An opportunity?
  5. What's on the sensor technology horizon? What new technologies are being developed? What's on your wishlist of sensors to be developed or parameters to be measured?


  • Indu Subaiya, CEO, Health 2.0
  • Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow and General Manager of Health Strategy & Solutions, Intel
  • David Van Sickle, CEO, Reciprocal Labs
  • DJ Patil, Data Scientist in Residence, Greylock


Jean-Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President, Health 2.0

Meta Information:

  • Tags: sensors, health
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Health and Medicine
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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