To be actively involved in your own medical care, you need to understand the basics about electronic medical records, health information exchanges, and more. Check out our primer.
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The huge growth in the use of mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones has jump-started the once sleepy field of telehealth. More and more providers are enabling patients to use these mobile devices to transmit data such as their glucose levels, blood pressure, medication adherence, and other factors. To help reduce healthcare costs and prevent readmissions, some healthcare systems are also monitoring patients' health conditions at home. For example, Partners Healthcare in Boston has a program called Partners Connected Care that monitors patients with congestive heart failure who are at risk for hospitalization.