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Technology and your health: A quick-start guide

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Computers are now vital tools in your health care. They are helping to reduce medication errors and to improve communication.

Electronic devices are playing an increasingly large role in your well-being.

You may not be familiar with computers, email, smartphones, or "apps," but they're now among the standard tools your doctor uses to take care of you. "It used to be a paper world. But in the last five years, we've seen a real shift toward electronics for everything from medical records to communication between doctors and patients," says Dr. Ashish Jha, the K. T. Li Professor of International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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