August 22, 2013 3:39 PM

Medical apps offer cheaper, more accessible care – and privacy issues

Smartphones and tablets are go-to gadgets to count calories, document daily jogs, measure heart rates and record sleep patterns. Some applications now even analyze blood sugar levels, track fertility or monitor moods for signs of depression. The technology could revolutionize health care by making consumers more involved in their own fitness. But not all apps deliver the medical miracles they promise. And most aren’t subject to federal laws that safeguard medical information. So consumers need to be wary.

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