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More Insurers Open to Remote-Monitoring for Care of Heart Patients

Tools that allow congestive heart failure patients to take personal readings at home and then submit the data electronically to their doctor or medical case manager are gaining popularity among health insurance companies as a way to cut costs, the Wall Street Journal reports. At least four major health insurers – Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint’s Anthem Blue Cross in California — are conducting trials or have announced plans for programs that allow patients to wirelessly and remotely send data, such as weight, blood pressure and other vital sign readings, to a health care professional for tracking and follow-up purposes.