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   May 1, 2018. Talk: The Hidden Multi-Billion Dollar International Trade in Our Medical Data. Soon after you tell your doctor about your intimate medical problems, data detailing your condition is sold commercially to companies that have nothing to do with your treatment or billing. The electronic medical record company may sell the notes about your embarrassing problem the physician logs into the computer. The lab performing the blood test sells a copy of the results. The pharmacy receives money for sharing the details of your medication, as does the insurer covering the cost of your treatment. Some say the trade may lead to big data scientific breakthroughs, others fear massive privacy violations. Location: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria, VA 22314, noon- 1 p.m.