Harvard among new Optum Labs partners

September 10, 2014 in Medical Technology

Optum Labs, which was launched by UnitedHealth and the Mayo Clinic to mine deidentified patient data for innovative healthcare research, has four new members.

[See also: Optum Labs signs 7 new participants]

Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Merck and Medica Research Institute are the latest organizations to join in the reseatch collaborative’s mission of searching out innovative ways to improve care quality while lowering costs.

Optum Labs bills its database of de-identified patient information as the largest in healthcare. Touted as the first open, collaborative research and innovation center, the initiative convenes a diverse community of healthcare stakeholders to share information assets, technologies, knowledge, tools and scientific expertise, officials say.

Other Optum Labs participants include AARP, the American Medical Group Association, Boston Scientific, Boston University School of Public Health, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Pfizer Inc., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tufts Medical Center and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

With research linked to the clinical environment through prototyping and testing in these partners’ care settings, the participants have access to data and proprietary analytical tools with an eye toward discovery of new applications, testing of new care pathways and other ways to improve care delivery. Officals say these latest members will only increase the ways in which that can be accomplished.

“Our growing base of partners enables Optum Labs to expand into additional areas of healthcare research, paving the way for new initiatives that can be directly translated to improvements in patient care,” said Paul Bleicher, MD, CEO of Optum Labs. “We are excited by the diverse perspectives our partners are bringing to a growing number of research studies under way.”

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