Nearly two years ago, after years of negotiations, New York-Presbyterian Hospital established a formal agreement with its two affiliated medical centers outlining the legalities of sharing individual patient clinical data as well as financial data. If that sounds like a political and technological breakthrough, it was.

At the time, the highly-ranked hospital with two top-tier research institutions—Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College—was “sitting” on a tsunami of data that existed in silos, according to Kate Pavlovich, New York-Presbyterian’s director of strategy and data analytics.

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