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  • Trump Wants to Liberalize Health Data. Easier Said than Done Vox by Sara Kliff — The Trump administration appears to be taking on one of the thorniest issues in American medicine: giving patients control of their own health care data. About a week ago, Medicare administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative called MyHealthEData. The program, according to trade publication Becker's Hospital Review, aims to "enable patients to both electronically receive a copy of their health record and share their data with whomever."

    "We don't expect Amazon and Walmart to share background on their customers, but we do expect competing hospital systems to do so," David Blumenthal, who coordinated health policy for the Obama administration from 2011 to 2013, told me late last year. "Those institutions consider that data proprietary and an important business asset. We should never have expected it to occur naturally, that these organizations would readily adopt information exchange."

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