4. Doctors still haven't entirely bought into the notion of team-based care.
Leslie Saxon MD, executive director and founder of USC's Center for Body Computing, gave the SXSW Interactive healthcare keynote on Saturday morning. She touched off a Twitter controversy by saying that she didn't want to provide care to healthy patients, only sick ones, which prompted some physicians to respond that only the doctor knows how to spot the telltale signs that a healthy patient is trending toward sick. This prompted still more caregivers to say that only a team-based care approach can provide that kind of watchful care in a scalable fashion.
But Saxon was also willing to consider such controversial notions as paying patients for their medical data to further advance research. Saxon's ideas remind me that much of the innovation driving wearable devices comes out of the sports, military and even entertainment worlds, with regular old healthcare playing catchup. It should be interesting to watch those worlds collide again and again as the technology goes through its usual generations.