News | February 13, 2014

Seven Leading Health Organizations Join Optum Labs Research Collaborative

  • Addition of universities, life sciences, care delivery and other organizations will strengthen Optum Labs’ mission to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes
  • Partners benefit from depth of data, collaborative approach to research, scientific expertise and advanced analytics to help drive discovery of new applications and testing of new care pathways

Optum Labs, the collaborative research and innovation center founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic, recently announced the addition of seven new charter partners committed to improving the quality and value of patient care. The announcement follows the recent addition of AARP as Founding Consumer Advocate Organization of the collaborative.

These new partners, which represent a broad cross-section of health care stakeholders, are:

  • American Medical Group Association, Alexandria, Va.
  • Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.
  • 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, Mass.
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minn.

“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, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “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.”

“These additional charter partners will help Optum Labs accelerate the pace of innovation, paving the way for excitingnew research initiatives that can be directly translated to improvements in patient care,” said Paul Bleicher, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of Optum Labs.

Optum Labs brings together a community of health care stakeholders dedicated to improving patient care by sharing information assets, technologies, knowledge, tools and scientific expertise. Research is linked to the clinical environment through prototyping and testing in Optum and partners’ care settings, with a goal of achieving knowledge that improves health care delivery and patient outcomes.

Optum Labs participants will have access to information resources, proprietary analytical tools and scientific expertise to help drive the discovery of new applications, testing of new care pathways and other opportunities to drive innovation in wellness and care delivery. 

More than 20 major research initiatives are currently underway at Optum Labs, 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 Labsresearch will be shared through publications in scientific journals and presentations at professional meetings. Several projects are slated for publication in mid-2014.

About Optum Labs
Optum Labs was established through a partnership between Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health servicesbusiness, and Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education, as an open center for research and innovation. AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million individuals, joined the collaborative as Founding Consumer Advocate Organization in late 2013. Optum Labs brings together a community of partners dedicated to improving patient care by sharing information assets, technologies, knowledge tools, and scientific expertise. Research partners bring diverse perspectives to shared problems, and address questions that reflect patient care needs. Partners haveaccess to in-depth and expansive de-identified clinical and claims data in an environment of innovative thinking and collaboration.Optum Labs is based in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit

Source: Optum Labs