I was a healthcare reporter at the Los Angeles Times from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, I covered science and medicine at the newspaper. I have also covered business at Fortune Magazine.


Citing successes using cellphones to monitor health in remote corners of Africa and Asia, where mobile networks can be easier to come by than landlines, many people hope mobile technology can bolster the health of rural Americans. But challenges abound.

One evening, a group of researchers hit the club-filled streets of West Hollywood with a specific goal: Find young black men, gay and bisexual, willing to participate in a study on how smartphone apps can help improve overall health and combat diseases such as AIDS and diabetes.