Optum Labs signs 7 new participants
February 13, 2014 in Medical Technology
Optum Labs, the research center founded by UnitedHealth and Mayo Clinic, has added seven new health organizations, which will join in on data mining research to find innovative ways to improve quality and reduce costs.
The organizations represent a broad swath of healthcare, technology and research:
- American Medical Group Association
- Boston University School of Public Health
- Lehigh Valley Health Network
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Tufts Medical Center
- University of Minnesota School of Nursing??
“These additional charter partners will help Optum Labs accelerate the pace of innovation, paving the way for exciting new research initiatives that can be directly translated to improvements in patient care,” said Paul Bleicher, MD, CEO of Optum Labs, in a press statement.
[See also: Mayo Clinic launches data-sharing lab.]
Optum Labs was established by Optum, the health IT arm of UnitedHealth Group, and Mayo Clinic as an open center for research and innovation. AARP joined the collaborative as Founding Consumer Advocate Organization in late 2013.
Optum Labs brings together different stakeholders dedicated to improving patient care by sharing information, technology and scientific expertise. Lab partners have access to in-depth and expansive de-identified clinical and claims data.
“As the founding medical partner of Optum Labs, Mayo Clinic is excited to welcome the fresh insights and perspectives that new partners will bring to this collaboration,” said John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, in a statement.
??”In addition to having access to large sources of clinical and claims information, all partners will now benefit from the unique viewpoints that others bring as we work to transform healthcare in the U.S. and truly meet the needs of patients in this country,” he said.
Research performed by Optum Labs members is linked to the clinical environment through prototyping and testing in partners’ care settings, with a goal of achieving knowledge that improves care delivery and patient outcomes.
More than 20 major research initiatives are currently underway at Optum Labs, officials say, including studies that compare results from randomized clinical trials to analyses of observational data; the effectiveness of various medical devices; research into geographic variation in care patterns; and the most effective approaches to consumer engagement and treatment.
Results from Optum Labs research will be shared through publications in scientific journals and presentations at professional meetings. Officials say several projects are slated for publication in within the next few months.