Six health systems collaborate to share data on outcomes, quality and cost

Six leading U.S. health systems are collaborating with the Dartmouth Institute to share information on outcomes, quality, and healthcare costs across a range of common conditions and treatments, according to HealthLeaders Media.

The article reports that Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Denver Health, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, and Mayo Clinic will collaborate to identify the most effective care models, as well as examine variation in treatment, cost, and outcomes in order to provide patients high quality care, while reducing costs in a meaningful way.

The collaboration will focus on eight conditions to start: knee replacement surgery, diabetes, heart failure, asthma, weight loss surgery, labor and delivery, spine surgery and depression.   

(Sources: HealthLeaders Media, http://www.healthleadersmedia.com, December 15, 2010; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, December 16, 2010)