Jim Epstein: How Silicon Valley Will Revolutionize Health Care (If Government Lets It)


CEO Tim Cook announced the Apple Watch |||

Before the Apple Watch was revealed on September 9, it was rumored to include several biometric sensors that could track the vital signs of the person wearing it. The first iteration of the device turned out to be disappointing in this regard: It has only a heart rate monitor. But future iterations of the watch will likely track our body temperature, glucose levels, tremors, oxygen, and hydration, helping patients stay out of the doctor's waiting room.

This is just one of many promising ways in which Silicon Valley is poised to remake the monstrously inefficient health care industry, writes Reason's Jim Epstein. But can the tech industry stop the government from strangling its emerging ventures?