If you own a smartwatch, you’re already familiar with their assortment of health tracking features and motivational reminders, sometimes gentle and sometimes not, about your behavior that involves standing, moving, exercise, breathing, and so on.

Even more sophisticated features are on the way, along with the potential for analyzing and sharing that information with your doctor. And the public acceptance of this wearable technology is continuing to grow.

Digital medicine—by which I include all the different flavors of technology-enabled remote monitoring, diagnosis, and patient treatment that are currently making the healthcare rounds—is not only relatively new, it is still struggling to establish best professional practices and standards of care comparable to those of more conventional medical procedure formats.

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