JSK ImpactX HuffPo 3-10-15As sensors begin to proliferate our “Things,” from refrigerators to cars, toasters to t-shirt, our health could benefit mightily.

Approaching this weekend’s South-by-Southwest Interactive meet-up in Austin, several authors have crowdsourced views on using technology for good in ImpactX, a special section in the Huffington Post sponsored by Cisco. I was asked to develop a view on using technology for good — for health and health care.

Here’s my offering: How the Internet of Things Can Bolster Health. The promise of sensor-laden stuff in our lives can work for personal and public health in myriad ways — from perceiving impending epidemics to reminding us to get up offa’ our things (the subject of my 2013 SXSW panel) when we’re sitting and binge-watching too many episodes of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black or {fill in the name of your favorite streaming media property}.

But we must also be mindful of the caveats when technology can so often run ahead in advance of human frailty, regulation (especially privacy and information security), and possible exploitation.

Check out all of the ImpactX stories that cover the gamut of tech for good here.

SXSWHealth Populi’s Hot Points:  If you’re in Austin on Saturday 14th March at 5 pm, come visit Manny Hernandez, Marc Monseau, Amanda Sheldon and me when we brainstorm Why HIPAA Won’t Save You: Protecting Data Privacy in the JW Marriott, Room 203-204. We’d love to meet you and share learnings and perspectives on this important topic that’s growing with importance in the post-Snowden, post-Anthem breach, growing wearables and IoT era.

 

 

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