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Hospitals, doctors and other health-care providers have been trying for years to better use stockpiles of electronic health records and other patient data. (Image: Shutterstock)

A woman with late-stage breast cancer came to a city hospital, fluids already flooding her lungs. She saw two doctors and got a radiology scan. The hospital’s computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 percent chance she would die during her stay.

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