HHS joins OptumLabs
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Nov. 18, 2015) — OptumLabs, the collaborative health care research and innovation center co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has joined the collaborative as a research partner.
The big data resources of OptumLabs may now be used by agencies under HHS purview. These resources include de-identified medical claims, which can be linked with clinical data to provide holistic views of populations and patient care. De-identified, outcomes-based data may also help address issues pertaining to health care quality and delivery, leading to system-wide improvements.
The first research project to be conducted through this arrangement is with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which will compare and contrast health care trends against those identified by real-world administrative health care claims for the commercially insured.
Other collaborations will include research related to population health and the economics of health care — such as identifying disparities in health care delivery at the national and local levels.
The Lewin Group is a subsidiary of Optum — a health services and innovation company that combines data and analytics with technology and expertise to power modern health care. In collaboration with our partners, Optum focuses on three key drivers of transformative change: modernizing the health system infrastructure, advancing care and empowering consumers. It’s through these strategies that we’ll achieve a healthier future, one that delivers improved health outcomes, better health care experiences and reduced costs for all. For more information, visit www.optum.com.