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News & Upcoming Events


 Sept 2014 – Four New Partner Organizations Join Optum Labs Research Collaborative.

 July 2014 – Paul Wallace speaks at Health Affairs Briefing: "Using Big Data to Transform Care" in Washington, DC.

 Jun. 2014 – Paul Bleicher attends a listening session for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to share ideas on health delivery system reform.

 Jun. 2014 – Paul Wallace speaks on "Building a Big Data Ecosystem for Healthcare Solutions," and presents "Gaining Actionable Information from Claims, Clinical and Consumer Big Data" at the Global CEOInitiative on Alzheimer's Disease event "Applying Big Data to One of the World's Biggest Problems: Alzheimer's Disease" in New York, NY.  

 Jun. 2014 – Bill Crown is a featured speaker at the America's Health Insurance Plans(AHIP) Data Analytics Forum on "Data and Technology Challenges in the New Data World" in Seattle, WA.

 Jun. 2014 – Bill Crown presents on a panel, "Emerging Opportunities for Health Services Researchers to Access Large National Datasets" at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in San Diego, CA. Optum Lab's SVP of Policy, Carol Simon, moderates the panel.

 Jun. 2014 – Paul Wallace participates on a panel addressing "Evidence in Action" at the Electronic Data Methods Forum Symposium, in San Diego, CA.

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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.