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During his campaign, Barack Obama proposed that his administration would be spending 50 billion dollars to help doctors and hospitals to digitize their files and build patient databases.

Electronic record keeping could lower costs and save lives.

Unified records would help doctors to more easily recognize which patients are on dangerous drug combinations.

The U.S. Medical system runs on paper and pens rather than bits and bytes.

Many companies, from IBM to Procter & Gamble, have embraced the Web 2.0 ideals of transparency and decentralized problem solving.

Open source fundamentalists are approaching the view that making data about your health freely available to family, friends and doctors could enhance the quality of care.

On the contrary, there a lot of reasons to be afraid of sharing your health information. Insurance could be the worst. People could also be discriminated at their work places.
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