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Remote monitoring technologies let doctors keep tabs on how you’re doing, even when you’re nowhere near the doctor’s office.

It’s been touted as a potentially revolutionary development in health care, one with profound implications for getting tangible, objective data to clinicians, in real time. And as Mintu Turakhia, a cardiac electrophysiologist who is the executive director of Stanford’s Center for Digital Health, points out, it’s not even that new of an idea — cardiologists have been monitoring heart rhythms with sensors since the 1990s.

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