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News & Upcoming Events


 Apr. 2014 – Bill Crown participates in a panel on “Challenges to Managing Big Data” at the MassBio Annual Meeting 2014 in Boston, MA.

 Mar. 2014 – Paul Bleicher is a featured speaker in the Health Sciences Track of the Oracle Industry Connect Conference in Boston, MA, presenting “Enabling Cross-Industry Collaborative Research and Innovation to Improve Patient Care.”

 Mar. 2014 – Bill Crown attends Grand Rounds at Mayo Clinic and presents “Can Instrumental Variables Address the Endogeneity Problem in Estimating Treatment Effects with Observational Data?”

 Feb. 2014 — Seven Leading Health Organizations Join Optum Labs Research Collaborative

Feb. 2014 – Bill Crown moderates a panel on Big Data at the University of Maryland M-CERSI Conference on ‘Leveraging Big Data II- What does it Mean for Improving Product Development and Healthcare?’ and also participates in a panel summarizing insights from the conference.

 Dec. 2013 — Paul Wallace delivers keynote address at the Diabetes Leadership Initiative’s Capstone Summit: “Knowledge Base Around Integrating Public Health and Primary Care Around Diabetes.”

 Dec. 2013 — Bill Crown presents “Missing Variables in Observational Studies: Bias, Instrumental Variables and Data Linkage” at the MGH/Harvard/MIT Seminar on Quantitative Medicine.

 Nov. 2013 — Paul Wallace presents “Harvesting Opportunities for Clinical Translation and Learning: Improving the Ties Among Researchers, Clinicians and Patients” at Mayo Clinic’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Grand Rounds in Rochester, MN.

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Founded as a partnership between Optum and Mayo Clinic in January 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 to address questions that reflect patient care needs. Partners have access to in-depth and expansive de-identified data in an environment of innovative thinking and transparent collaboration. Research is linked to the clinical environment, where clinical translation can proceed through prototyping and testing in Optum and partner care settings. The result is the implementation of new knowledge that improves health care delivery and patient outcomes.

Collaboration in a unique community of partners

Health care researchers are invited to take a seat at the table, bringing ideas and insights from across the health care system. Our partners include:

  • Academic institutions
  • Commercial payers/Employers
  • Health-focused foundations
  • Life sciences companies
  • Health care providers
  • Technology leaders
  • Government researchers
  • Policymakers
  • Patient/Consumer organizations


When we combine the power of our data with our partners’ insights and expertise, the results are research and discovery that can solve health care’s biggest challenges.

Access to a rich pool of de-identified data

Optum Labs offers access to a rich pool of high-quality integrated health care data, covering millions of lives with de-identified claims and clinical data that is cleansed, tested and refreshed regularly. This gives researchers an expansive view into each research scenario and allows for unique insights into population health. The data is enhanced by advanced analytics and data visualization tools to support rapid and reliable insights to research questions.  We offer a physical and virtual environment for finding opportunities, exploring new ideas and creating solutions to improve the health care system.

Translation of knowledge into action to improve patient care

We are committed to working with partners to translate research findings into improvements in patient care. Research priorities are informed by the key questions facing clinicians and policymakers today so we can achieve our common goal of improving the health system for all.  Optum Labs offers a unique place to exchange ideas, conduct research and create capabilities that can benefit patient care today, while contributing to the ongoing improvement of the health care system for years to come.