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Insurer, hospitals to study device performance, use data in purchasing decisions
Modern Healthcare

Health insurer UnitedHealthcare and about 50 hospitals say they will conduct research comparing some of the costliest medical devices on the market and then use that data to inform their purchasing decisions as part of a joint venture. UnitedHealthcare and Dignity Health, a 37-hospital system based in San Francisco, formed SharedClarity last year. Since then, the Phoenix-based venture has added Baylor Health Care System, which operates 11 hospitals in Texas, and Advocate Healthcare, a 10-hosptial system based in Oak Brook, Ill., as its newest members. There are plans to include up to seven other health systems over the next few months.