“Right now, on my left wrist is a wearable. Does it make me healthier? Does it improve my relationship with my doctor?” These questions and a few other meaningful inquiries should drive the conversations we’re having about wearables, patient access to health data, remote health services and other health-tech industry darlings.

The challenge we’re facing is that the high-level aspirations for tech innovation are hitting the complex, nuanced reality on the front lines of medicine—in practices, in hospitals, in homes. We need the aspiration, but we need to balance it with skepticism that drives a search for the truth of what people want, what they need, and how they’ll engage.

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