(NBC) – Health officials are finding fitness trackers have benefits outside of regular exercise, specifically in hospitals.
Researchers from Cedars Sinai in Los Angles used Fitbits to monitor patients’ activity after surgery.
They found that the more steps patients took in the days after surgery, the less time they spent in the hospital.
Data from the activity trackers also helped doctors know if a patient was recovering well.
For every 100 steps taken — the patient decreased their hospital stay by 4-percent.