Optum Labs’ Big Data Research Center Adds Seven New Partners

February 15, 2014 in News

Optum Labs, the research innovation center created by UnitedHealth Group and Mayo Clinic, has added seven organizations to its research alliance that works to identify best practices for high-quality, low-cost health care, Healthcare IT News reports (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 2/13).

Background on Optum Labs

Last year, UnitedHealth and the Mayo Clinic launched the research collaborative as an “innovation center” where researchers from various organizations analyze millions of health insurance claims and clinical records to identify health care best practices.

Under the program, UnitedHealth and Mayo make their data, expertise and analytics tools available to health care organizations that partner with Optum Labs on specific projects (iHealthBeat, 1/15/13).

Details of New Partnerships

The seven new partners are:

  • American Medical Group Association;
  • Boston University School of Public Health;
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network;
  • Pfizer;
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
  • Tufts Medical Center; and
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing (Landen, Modern Healthcare, 2/13).

Optum Labs CEO Paul Bleicher said the seven organizations were selected from 85 groups that have sought to partner with Optum Labs (Baum, MedCity News, 2/13).

Bleicher said the new partners will help accelerate the more than 20 research projects currently underway at the lab.

He applauded the organizations’ diversity, saying, “We believe that looking at the same problem from different directions is the way to get to solutions” (Crosby, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2/13).

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