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New Device Coaches Patients at Home

Also lets doctors monitor self care

THURSDAY, April 14, 2005 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new device that allows doctors to monitor patients with chronic conditions who self-administer therapies at home.

The Health Buddy system connects to various devices that regulate/measure blood glucose, blood pressure, body weight, or lung capacity. The system coaches patients on using the devices while sending timely health status information to their doctors via the Internet, according to the product's maker, Health Hero Network.

The Health Buddy system is already installed in more than 5,000 patient homes, the company said.

To learn more about this system, visit the manufacturer's Web site.

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