Silicon Valley Trails in Medical Tech

People who develop medical technology have long assumed that Silicon Valley would pioneer smartphone-based devices to make Americans fitter and healthier than ever. To some degree, that forecast is coming true: Tech giants are working with doctors and hospitals on highly sophisticated devices—automated radiology, supercomputer-based oncology, fitness-tracker-based analytics—to monitor the sick, provide better automated care, and keep people out of hospitals in the first place.

But it turns out the biggest gains from…

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