Optum Labs brings together experts in the fields of research science, clinical research, data analytics and technology to solve health care’s greatest challenges and achieve our mission of preventing, detecting and intercepting disease.
Our work is enhanced through substantive engagement with partners, including academic, clinical and policy leaders from across health care, working together to create a health care system that is personalized, convenient and affordable for everyone.
The ecosystem of health care
Now more than ever, we know the future of health care depends on technology.
In this article, rather than praise a specific aspect of digital approaches (eg. telehealth, e-visits, electronic medical records [EMR], technology devices), I want to show the big picture of these solutions in health care—their potential to bring ease to patients and joy of practice to clinicians.
Optum is putting its power behind research. Now is the right time to put years of experience as UnitedHealth Group Research and Development (UHG R&D) together with our data team.
We’ve had past success partnering with research and development industry members studying and develop patient-friendly medical innovations (for example the at-home colon cancer screening device, Cologuard®).
Bringing the Optum data management team into line with our deep bench of researchers under the name Optum Labs brings exciting new opportunities to improve patient care.
Working directly with Optum care delivery organizations (CDOs), clinicians and their patients, Optum Labs will search out solutions that move upstream to intercept disease early and imagine the best care possible to enhance health.
Data solutions allows us to conduct research in seamless contact with patients.
Optum Labs resources allowed a quick stand-up of a now-enrolling COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment study. The future of this research will utilize direct interface with clinicians and CDOs, in collaboration with patients to redefine how clinical research is conducted.
What’s different about Optum Labs research?
Traditional medical research will always have a place. However, parts of the process benefit from refinement. For example, when a pharmaceutical company prepares to take their new drug to human trials, they need a meaningful sample of patients.