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Ernie Ludy doesn’t normally give interviews. He cashed out of the pioneering medical data business he founded more than three decades ago and has mostly stayed out of the public eye, preferring to quietly pursue his passion for disruption at a Florida-based private equity firm.

He made an exception when STAT called to discuss the sale of his now sprawling MarketScan databases by IBM, which unloaded the core assets of its failed Watson Health business in January to an investment company in California.

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