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Protecting privacy while gathering health data
San Francisco Chronicle

As health care goes digital, data is an increasingly valuable commodity. Correctly crunched, the massive amount of patient health information now online could lead to big improvements in medicine. But few agree on a way to acquire, see, share and use the data that satisfies everyone who wants a piece. That debate took a turn this week when rival insurers Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross said they would team up to create a health information sharing network with their combined 9 million patients.