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Health Research Collaborative Adds Seven New Members

John Noseworthy (A. Kotok)

John Noseworthy (A. Kotok)

13 February 2014. Optum Labs, a partnership to increase sharing of solutions and data to improve health care, says seven more organizations from the private, university, and not-for-profit sectors became members of the  collaboration. The new participants join current Optum Labs members Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, Mayo Clinic, and AARP.

The Optum Labs partnership aims to increase sharing of health claims and clinical data, with identifying information removed from the records. The shared data are expected to be enhanced with advanced analytics and data visualization tools. The collaborative also offers opportunities for prototyping and testing.

Optum Labs says it has 20 projects underway that compare results from randomized clinical trials to analyses of observational data and test the effectiveness of various medical devices. Other studies investigate geographic variation in care patterns and search for effective approaches to consumer engagement and treatment.

The new members include academic institutions and departments, health care providers, a pharmaceutical company, and industry organization:

– American Medical Group Association, in Alexandria, Virginia
– Boston University School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts
– Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania
– Pfizer Inc. in New York, New York
– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York
– Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts
– University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota

“In addition to having access to large sources of clinical and claims information,” says Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, “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.”

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