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Meeting real-world evidence challenges

Optum provides real-world observational research solutions.

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There is an overwhelming demand for high-quality, reliable, real-world information on treatment effectiveness and optimal patient care. Payers, providers and patients all use research to make different decisions.

There is a wealth of research available. Primary and secondary research, retrospective database studies and comparative effectiveness research (CER) all have their merits, but also some limitations. 

Optum® has developed a unique direct-to-patient study approach that combines the strengths of primary and secondary data in an efficient observational study design. This approach meets CER and other real-world evidence needs across a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Trust the expertise of Optum HEOR

Optum Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) has expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of real-world studies employing state-of-the art methodologies. 

With varied scientific backgrounds and advanced analytics expertise, our team of 85 researchers help address the challenges of a complex and constantly changing health care environment. 

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Optum Research Database captures patient path

The Optum Research Database (ORD) represents patients enrolled in one of the largest providers of commercial and Medicare Part D health plans in the nation. It comprises medical and pharmacy claims data from 1993 to current, covering 64.3 million lives.

We follow patients longitudinally as they enroll, disenroll and re-enroll in the health plan. The ORD also contains patient copayments and deductible amounts, enabling us to accurately assess patient and payer burden. 

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