Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that.

At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned.

Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers.

But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

There is no shortage of anecdotes of the wonders that these wearable devices have done, sometimes even saving lives.

The Apple Watch, of course, has it fair share of the limelight.

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