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The inside story of one of health care’s most valuable databases


The vast reach of MarketScan —  a family of databases that now includes the medical records of 270 million people in the U.S. — is unmistakable. So is its immense value. Last month, a private equity firm announced that it would pay $1 billion to buy the databases from IBM. It was by far the most valuable asset left for IBM as it cast off its foundering Watson Health business.

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