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UnitedHealth and others to conduct independent studies on medical devices

Three large U.S. health systems and one of the nation's largest health benefits companies launched a new venture to conduct independent studies on the long-term effectiveness of medical devices that are implanted into patients for everything from heart problems to bad knees and hips. The new venture, called SharedClarity, includes Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, San Francisco-based Dignity Health, and Illinois-based Advocate Health Care, along with UnitedHealthcare. Collectively, the three member systems employ about 100,000 people and care for about 7 million patients per year at more than 850 locations around the country. UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, provides health benefits to more than 40 million Americans.