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Seven healthcare organizations launch data-sharing collaborative


By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: December 15, 2010 - 10:45 am ET
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Seven health organizations will work together in an effort coordinated by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to share data on outcomes, quality and costs associated with common conditions and treatments with the goal of determining best practices.

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The six health systems participating with the Dartmouth Institute are the Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Denver Health, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and the Mayo Clinic. They have a combined patient population of 10 million people.

The organizations will share data on knee replacement, diabetes, heart failure, asthma, weight-loss surgery, labor and delivery, spine surgery and depression. Noting that costs range from $16,000 to $24,000 per surgery, according to a Dartmouth news release, knee replacements will be the first item on the agenda, with data-sharing initiatives for diabetes and heart failure to begin early next year.

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