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There’s a lot of COVID-19 data available through state and federal resources. But those numbers can be confusing or raise questions. That’s inspired some people to do their own data-tracking.

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When you go to your doctor's office, sometimes it seems the caregivers spend more time gathering data about you than treating you as a patient.

Electronic medical records are everywhere – annoying to doctors and intrusive to patients.

But now researchers are looking to see if they can plow through the vast amount of data that's gathered in those records, along with insurance billing information, to tease out the bits that could be useful in refining treatments and identifying new uses for drugs.

In The Era of Cloud Health Data, Safety Is Not Guaranteed

Feb 27, 2015
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As many as 80 million Americans affected by the recent hack into Anthem's medical systems. Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis spoke with Titus Schleyer, director of the Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics in Indianapolis to learn what protections are in place to secure medical records, how the medical world is fighting off hackers, and what, if anything, you can do to protect your personal information.

President Obama is at Stanford University today, hosting a cybersecurity summit. He and about a thousand guests are trying to figure out how to protect consumers online from hacks and data breaches.

Meanwhile, in the cyber underworld, criminals are trying to figure out how to turn every piece of our digital life into cash. The newest frontier: health records.

I grab a chair and sit down with Greg Virgin, CEO of the security firm RedJack.