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Hospitals hope to predict illness by analyzing your spending habits

07
Jul
2014

Advertisers arent the only ones interested in your spending habits — hospitals and insurance companies are taking note as well. Carolinas HealthCare, which operates hundreds of healthcare facilities from hospitals to nursing homes and care centers throughout North and South Carolina, is purchasing transaction data and other information on its patients to try and get ahead of any medical problems, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. A representative from Carolinas HealthCare tells the magazine that it plans to start routinely giving those scores to healthcare professionals in two years time, and it hopes to do more with the data. Both insurance companies and hospitals are interested in using consumer data in this way to help cut costs.

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