I am going to take a break from the Affordable Care Act, since we’re in a lull before the elections. I want to use this opportunity to reminisce about an intriguing development in the life sciences and health care space.

 I was in India last month and had the opportunity to interact with officials at some of the leading hospital systems there. What stood out was the quality and quantity of patient data that some hospital chains have acquired—and even more importantly, how these chains have leveraged India’s I.T. boom to digitize the data in a structured fashion—in one case, transactional data for 26 million unique patients in a single data warehouse.

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