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Mayo Clinic Partners with UnitedHealth's Optum Unit to Improve Patient Care

Posted at: 01/15/2013 11:17 AM
Updated at: 01/15/2013 12:06 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) --  Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth have created a research and development facility with the goal of patient care in mind.  The facility, Optum Labs, will be based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Both Mayo and Optum will share clinical data, and information tools to research improvements in the delivery and quality of care to patients.

“As a founding partner of Optum Labs, Mayo Clinic is excited to work with Optum and other organizations to address the challenges and issues facing health care in order to help us provide better care to our patients, and help lead improvements to the delivery of care,” said John Noseworthy, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic. “Our strategic research alliance with Optum Labs will leverage what we believe to be the largest combined source of clinical and claims information, providing a more comprehensive picture of patients’ diagnoses, progression of diseases, comparative treatments and outcomes.”

“We are privileged to introduce Optum Labs in partnership with Mayo Clinic, which has been improving health outcomes for 150 years by continually researching, discovering and doing what’s best for the patient,” said Larry Renfro, chief executive officer of Optum. “Mayo Clinic and Optum are bringing together the best clinical insight, health information and research expertise to drive innovation that works for care providers and the patients they serve. We also welcome and look forward to the perspectives, ideas and contributions of future participants from across the health care system who share the goal of creating a better future for patient care.”

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton added, "This partnership between two of Minnesota's health care superstars, Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group, is terrific news.

Mayo Clinic is a world renowned non-profit organization in healthcare, research, and education.

UnitedHealth is the largest provider of medical coverage in the nation, based in Minneapolis.