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Six leading U.S. Health Care systems have begun sharing data in a mass effort to help providers
improve quality while reducing costs.  The project, announced this past Wednesday, brings together the Cleveland Clinic; Denver Health; New Hampshire's Dartmouth - Hitchcock Med Ctr.; Geisinger Health in Pennsylvania; Intermountain Health in Utah; and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
The group will analyze data on knee replacements and other conditions and treatments, then share the results on which approaches lead to the best outcomes at the lowest costs. For example, knee replacements are performed more than 300,000 times a year in the U.S. with costs that range from $16,000 to $24,000 per surgery.
Thirty other health organizations have expressed interest in participating in the project.


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