This is supposed to be the information age. So why do we still have almost no data when it comes to our own health? Steven Keating has “pushed and prodded to get his medical information, collecting an estimated 70 gigabytes of his own patient data by now.” And it’s a good thing he did. His personal sleuthing helped doctors realize they needed to remove a “cancerous tumor the size of a tennis ball from his brain.” But Keating’s data collection practices are the exception. Most of us have nothing in the way of medical records as we’re pushed through a medical system where complete strangers often know more about our condition that we do. Here’s the NYT’s Steven Lohr on the healing power of your own medical records.