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Recent and Upcoming Events

 June 14, 2015 – Paul Wallace chairs and Bill Crown participates on a panel titled “Opportunities and Challenges in the Use of Linked Administrative and Clinical Data” at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Wallace is the current board chair of Academy Health.

 May 28, 2015 – Paul Bleicher participates in a panel on HIT Developer Solutions for Data Sharing Across Institutions in a workshop of the Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group. This panel is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Nashville, TN. The working group is charged with planning the federal precision medicine initiative that was announced by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address.

 May 20, 2015 – Paul Wallace speaks on “Application of the Use of Big Data in Health Care Delivery Systems: Translation and Health System Integration Issues”at the ISPOR 20th Annual International Meeting in Philadlphia, PA.

 May 18, 2015 – Bill Crown co-presents the results of the ISPOR Simulation Modeling Emerging Good Practices Task Force in a Work Shop and also presents “What is the Value of Big Data in Comparative Effectiveness Research and Clinical Decision Making?” on an Issue Panel at the ISPOR 20th Annual International Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Crown also receives an ISPOR Service Award at the conference for being a Past President and Board member of ISPOR.

 May 7, 2015 – Bill Crown speaks on “Big Data Analytics: Methodological Challenges” in an Academy Health Webinar on Health Economics

 May 1, 2015 – Bill Crown participates in a panel discussing the Importance of Real World Studies at theTID Exchange Annual Conference in Boston, MA. Learn more

 April 30, 2015 – Paul Bleicher and Dave Dickinson conduct a Deep Dive Session titled ”ZIP code vs. genetic code — which provides greater health insights?" at the Health Evolution Summit in Dana Point, CA. Learn more

 April 23, 2015 –Paul Wallace spoke on “Using Big Data to Address Big Problems in Health Care” at the VA Governors Forum on Bio and Big Data/Analytics in Chantilly, VA. For full program and agenda, please visit

 Sept 9, 2014 – Optum Labs Chief Medical Officer and SVP Clinical Translation Paul Wallace and Mayo Clinic Associate Professor of Health Services Research Nilay Shah speak on “Care Personalization and Big Data” at Mayo Clinic’s 7th Annual TRANSFORM Conference in Rochester, Minnesota.

 Sept 18, 2014 – Optum Labs Chief Science Officer Bill Crown attends the University of Michigan conference “New Frontiers in Urological Health Services Research” and speaks on “What Is Big Data?” in the “Intersection of Computational Social Sciences and Health Care” segment in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 Sept 24, 2014 – Optum Labs CEO Paul Bleicher attends the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value & Science Driven Health Care in Washington, D.C.

01/14/15 — Optum Labs Research Collaborative Strengthens Collective Resource Base Through Addition of Five Leading Organizations

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12/9/14 –"The Next Mayo / Remaking a Medical Giant: Mayo Seeks to Dominate with Data" via Minneapolis Star Tribune.

12/8/14 — "From AARP To Pfizer, Partners Seek Optum Labs Big Data To Improve Health" via Forbes

09/09/14 — Four New Partner Organizations Join Optum Labs Research Collaborative

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07/19/14 — Health Affairs article “Optum Labs:  Building a Novel Node in the Learning Health Care System” written by leaders from Optum Labs and founding partner Mayo Clinic features a detailed overview of Optum Lab’s partner driven mission, the data available to researchers and collaborators, and examples of early progress.

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05/06/14 — Boston Scientific joins Optum Labs as founding medical device partner

  • Global medical solutions innovator seeks to pioneer new research into effective treatments for heart failure and related cardiac conditions

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02/24/14 — Pink Sheet news article, “Pfizer Seeks insights into Big Data Analysis, Personalized Medicine Through Optum Labs,” features interviews with Pfizer Vice President of Real World Data and Analytics, Marc Berger, and Optum Labs CEO Paul Bleicher

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02/24/14 — Gray Sheet news article, “One Year in, Optum Labs Still Gaining Direction, Partners,” features interview with Paul Bleicher

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02/13/14 — Seven Leading Health Organizations Join Optum Labs Research Collaborative

  • Addition of universities, life sciences, care delivery and other organizations will strengthen Optum Labs’ mission to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes
  • Partners benefit from depth of data, collaborative approach to research, scientific expertise and advanced analytics to help drive discovery of new applications and testing of new care pathways

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10/15/13 — UnitedHealth Group to extend, broaden its relationship with AARP to focus more than ever on improving Americans’ health and well-being

  • AARP and UnitedHealth Group have reached an agreement in principle to extend exclusive agreement through which the parties expand the relationship that began in 1997 and has helped support the health and wellness needs of millions of AARP members
  • New AARP relationship with Optum Labs will help drive far-reaching research into consumer health innovation

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