The Mayo Clinic announced it will collaborate with Optum, the data analytics arm of health insurance holding company UnitedHealth Group, in the launch of Optum Labs. The healthcare research center in Cambridge, Mass., will marry clinical information, provided by Mayo's electronic health-record system, with claims information from Optum.
Mayo President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy called the collaboration the “largest effort of this type in the country,” adding that the combination of the two organization's data could help in determining what treatments yield the best value through analysis of both clinical outcomes and cost.
Dr. Veronique Roger, the director of Mayo's Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, said data analytics under the new consortium could, for example, focus on patients with a common disease such as heart failure, a costly ailment due to recurrent hospitalizations.
By having a data source that links clinical data to claims data, researchers will have a “complete panorama” of data they can piece together from inpatient to other care environments “where the only way you can get data is claims data,” Roger said.
Analysts can look for “triggers” for re-hospitalizations that can be acted upon, she said. Fruits of the collaboration could be shared with the community “through research publications and other means,” she said.