Heart and asthma monitors? There’s an app for that

Source: Carol Pogash, New York Times (Paid Registration)

The market potential for products that address heart failure and asthma is great. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 610,000 people die of heart failure in the United States every year, making it the leading cause of death.

But doctors say that it is too soon to tell how helpful telemedicine devices — which include home monitoring devices for diabetes, asthma and sleep disorders — will be, given the many obstacles. For one, patients can’t always be relied on to use them consistently or correctly.

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