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Submission + - Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients (

schwit1 writes: You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of ordering out for pizza or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.

That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.

Acxiom Corp. (ACXM) and LexisNexis are two of the largest data brokers who collect such information on individuals. They say their data are supposed to be used only for marketing, not for medical purposes or to be included in medical records. While both sell to health insurers, they said it’s to help those companies offer better services to members.

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