February 13, 2014

Optum Labs Welcomes New Partners

By John Noseworthy, M.D.

John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO of Mayo ClinicA year ago we had the privilege of joining with Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group, to announce the launch of Optum Labs, an open research collaborative co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic.  This collaboration is working to advance the science of health care delivery by gathering a multitude of health care data and applying state-of-the-art analytical tools to answer some of health care’s toughest questions.  By analyzing quality and cost of both claims and clinical data, we can for the first time, get to the root of creating value in health care.

Over the course of the last year, the leadership and staff were put in place to run Optum Labs. In addition, strict standards and protocols were tested and put in place to protect the confidentiality of all data, and last summer, teams of researchers began conducting research utilizing the unprecedented data and analytical resources. This research is now in the process of being published and incorporated into real improvements in clinical practice.

We are thrilled that today, seven leading health care organizations are also joining the Optum Labs collaborative, bringing their own unique mix of data and expertise focused on creating the highest value health care possible for patients. This strong group of organizations further strengthens Optum Labs, allowing us to create a data-driven, transparent system of health care delivery.

These new organizations include:

  • Optum LabsAmerican Medical Group Association, Alexandria, Va.
  • Boston University School of Public Health, Boston
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa.
  • Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), New York, N.Y.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, N.Y.
  • Tufts Medical Center, Boston
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis

We welcome these groups and the fresh insights and perspectives that they bring to this collaboration. 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 health care in the U.S. and truly meet the needs of patients in this country.

Editor's note: John Noseworthy, M.D. is the CEO and president of Mayo Clinic.

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