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The New Apple Watch Shows the Money Big Tech Sees in Health

Silicon Valley is ramping up its health-care ventures to profit from a vast and fast-growing part of the economy.

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Apple Inc.’s new watch is the latest proof: Big Tech is trying to remake health care in its own image.

The device, introduced at a splashy launch event this week, can call for help after a fall. It can monitor heartbeats for dangerous conditions. It can do an electrocardiogram, a test that monitors for a common abnormal heart rhythm and is usually done by a doctor.