Optum Labs — the health care industry’s first open research and innovation center
Optum Labs is a center for collaborative research and innovation, providing unique data and analytic resources that enable stakeholders from across the health care ecosystem to drive advances that lead to improved patient care. This environment was designed to attract a range of talent, including care providers and academics, government agencies and technologists — indeed, anyone who shares our passion for improving health care and population health.
A groundbreaking approach
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
- 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.