Making a difference in the lives of patients
With the combined insights of Optum, Mayo and other partners, Optum Labs will be able to support patient care improvements in many areas, such as:
- finding optimal treatments for conditions in a given setting;
- understanding variations in care; and
- examining the effectiveness of patient care programs and approaches
Using the rich data and other resources of Optum Labs, scientists will address a broad range of opportunities to improve care for patients. Examples of the work of Optum Labs scientists include measuring the best treatments for the serious blood cancer chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), developing applications that measure the relative cost effectiveness of medical devices, analyzing how to improve the diagnosis of Hepatitis C and increasing the understanding of health disparities among the elderly.
“By combining the Mayo Clinic's robust clinical insight with Optum’s extensive claims information, we will be able to better understand health care delivery over time, compare the effectiveness of care we provide today, and analyze the total cost of care for specific procedures or diseases,” said Veronique Roger, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. “This will help provide better care to patients, and help the health care industry better define value through outcomes instead of volumes.”“Bringing together in one location health information and insights from many contributors can provide a deeper understanding of important trends and patient care issues that no single organization could achieve on its own,” said Andy Slavitt, group executive vice president of Optum. “At Optum Labs, we have the opportunity to generate insights and develop practical innovations that care providers, life sciences companies and government agencies can begin using today to improve patient care.”