The quantified patient: Boston hospitals show the future of data-driven remote care

Gigaom

About seven in 10 Americans track some health indicator, like their weight, diet or symptom from their homes (even if they take a low-tech, paper and pen approach). But now hospitals are adopting more high-tech ways to help doctors follow along remotely.

Last month, for example, Boston’s non-profit Partners HealthCare launched a new system that enables patients to share information from their home medical devices with their doctors’ electronic records. The program, which some have described as a first in its field, allows patients to use blood glucose meters, blood pressure cuffs, bathroom scales and other devices to collect their own data and then transmit it securely through a computer or mobile device to the hospital’s database.

Although the system is just over one month old, it looks as though early signs are positive. According to a Monday story in the Boston Globe, the program, which is most…

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