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Smartphones help doctors monitor patients
San Francisco Chronicle

For many patients with chronic medical conditions like depression, pain or diabetes, the pattern is predictable: The more they suffer, the more they draw inward. Doctors may not see them until they are in crisis and show up in an emergency room. Now a digital-era solution is emerging. When patients withdraw, their cell phones may reach out for them. The phones use an app that tracks how often they send text messages and place calls, and how often they move and where they go.