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High-tech alternatives to high-cost care

New York Times, May 24, 2010

There is another broad transformation in healthcare under way, and it is fueled in good part by technology that includes low-cost computing devices, digital sensors, and the Web. The trend promises to shift a lot of the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease from hospitals and specialized clinics, where treatment is expensive, to primary care physicians and patients themselves—at far less cost. The new models emphasize early detection of health problems, prevention, and management of chronic disease, the New York Times reports.