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April 11, 2019

Health Insurance and Mobile Health Devices: Opportunities and Concerns

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 3Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2019;321(18):1767-1768. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.3353

Promoting and incentivizing healthy lifestyle practices in the United States is of national importance. Digital health devices, such as mobile and wearable devices and software applications, have potential for promoting healthy lifestyle practices and preventing the development or progression of cardiovascular disease. The use of mobile health devices has increased substantially in recent years; a national survey of 4000 adults in the United States in 2017 found that 24% of respondents reported using wearable devices.1

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