Optum and Mayo Clinic today jointly launched Optum Labs, an open,
collaborative research and development facility with a singular goal:
improving patient care. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Optum Labs provides
an environment where the health care industry can come together to
combine information and ideas that benefit patients today while also
driving long-term improvements in the delivery and quality of care.
Optum and Mayo Clinic will make their information assets, technologies,
knowledge tools and scientific expertise available to organizations
interested in pursuing practical new solutions to patient care
challenges. As the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical
group practice in the world, Mayo Clinic will also contribute valuable
insights directly from patient experiences. Mayo Clinic's extensive
clinical expertise will be instrumental in guiding Optum Labs' research
agenda and applying research results and insights directly to the
patient care environment. Combining Mayo Clinic's extensive clinical
insights with Optum's health care claims information will help doctors
better understand all aspects of the patient care experience and refine
approaches to care that consistently help patients achieve the best
outcomes. Other Optum Labs participants will include academic
institutions, life sciences companies, commercial and government payers,
and other care providers.
"As a founding partner of Optum Labs, Mayo Clinic is excited to work
with Optum and other organizations to address the challenges and issues
facing health care in order to help us provide better care to our
patients, and help lead improvements to the delivery of care," said John
Noseworthy, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic.
"Our strategic research alliance with Optum Labs will leverage what we
believe to be the largest combined source of clinical and claims
information, providing a more comprehensive picture of patients'
diagnoses, progression of diseases, comparative treatments and outcomes."
"We are privileged to introduce Optum Labs in partnership with Mayo
Clinic, which has been improving health outcomes for 150 years by
continually researching, discovering and doing what's best for the
patient," said Larry Renfro, chief executive officer of Optum. "Mayo
Clinic and Optum are bringing together the best clinical insight, health
information and research expertise to drive innovation that works for
care providers and the patients they serve. We also welcome and look
forward to the perspectives, ideas and contributions of future
participants from across the health care system who share the goal of
creating a better future for patient care."
Making a difference in the lives of patients
With the combined insights of Optum, Mayo and other partners, Optum Labs
will be able to support patient care improvements in many areas, such as:
finding optimal treatments for conditions in a given setting;
understanding variations in care; and
examining the effectiveness of patient care programs and approaches
Using the rich data and other resources of Optum Labs, scientists will
address a broad range of opportunities to improve care for patients.
Examples of the work of Optum Labs scientists include measuring the best
treatments for the serious blood cancer chronic myelogenous leukemia
(CML), developing applications that measure the relative cost
effectiveness of medical devices, analyzing how to improve the diagnosis
of Hepatitis C and increasing the understanding of health disparities
among the elderly.
"By combining the Mayo Clinic's robust clinical insight with Optum's
extensive claims information, we will be able to better understand
health care delivery over time, compare the effectiveness of care we
provide today, and analyze the total cost of care for specific
procedures or diseases," said Veronique Roger, M.D., M.P.H., director of
the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. "This
will help provide better care to patients, and help the health care
industry better define value through outcomes instead of volumes."
"Bringing together in one location health information and insights from
many contributors can provide a deeper understanding of important trends
and patient care issues that no single organization could achieve on its
own," said Andy Slavitt, group executive vice president of Optum. "At
Optum Labs, we have the opportunity to generate insights and develop
practical innovations that care providers, life sciences companies and
government agencies can begin using today to improve patient care."
About Mayo Clinic
Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and
education for people from all walks of life. The organization focuses a
team of experts on one patient at a time, as it has for nearly 150
years. Its proven model of care makes Mayo Clinic a trusted leader in
advancing medicine and solving complex problems.
is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business
dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone.
Optum comprises three companies - OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx
- representing over 35,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to
deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the
health system and improve overall population health.
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