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Apple Inc.'s health care technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs.Fourteen of 23 top hospitals contacted by Reuters said they have rolled out a pilot program of Apple's HealthKit service – which acts as a repository for patient-generated health information like blood pressure, weight or heart rate – or are in talks to do so. Apple rivals, Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics, which have released similar services, are only just starting to reach out to hospitals and other medical partners.Those trying out Apple's service included at least eight of the 17 hospitals on one list ranking the best hospitals, the U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll. Google and Samsung had started discussions with just a few of these hospitals. Apple has said that over 600 developers are integrating HealthKit into their health and fitness apps.Apple's move into mobile health tech comes as the Affordable Care Act and other health care reform efforts aim to provide incentives for doctors to keep patients healthy.
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