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Once the practice moves beyond the pilot, it will analyze other devices to monitor via HealthVault. Monitoring weight remotely would be valuable for congestive heart failure patients, Garber says, noting that weight fluctuations can signal problems with the heart. "If patients are more engaged in their day to day care, and we are part of that, they will be healthier," Garber says, adding that half of the patients the practice treats are seen under shared-risk contracts, which reimburse in part on outcomes.

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