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6 apps to help lower your health-care costs

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A company called Telcare has developed a Food and Drug Administration–approved smartphone-compatible blood glucose meter to manage diabetes. The wireless-enabled meter automatically sends glucose measurements online for easy access for users and doctors. When paired with support services, the meter has helped drop the annual cost of treating a patient by $3,000 due to fewer hospitalizations and ER visits.

That's no small issue, considering that diabetes is such a prevalent chronic disease in the U.S., afflicting 8.3 percent of the nation's population and costing $174 billion a year to treat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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