An official with Humedica, a Boston-based clinical analytics firm, has confirmed it has been acquired by Optum, a business unit of the Minnetonka, Minn., health insurance giant, UnitedHealth Group.
“Humedica is now part of Optum,” said Humedica co-founder, President and CEO Michael Weintraub in a series of e-mails Tuesday. “We are excited to partner with Optum to provide physicians and other healthcare leaders with the insight and support they need to improve patient care, reduce costs and serve the health needs of communities.”
Prior to that, no news releases or other public statements about the transaction had surfaced, either on the companies' websites on or public relations wire services, which are typically used to ballyhoo a corporate acquisition. Word of the transaction first broke as a rumor on the health IT blog HIStalk, then also appeared as an anonymously sourced but officially unconfirmed news item in the Boston Business Journal. Multiple calls to UnitedHealth Group and to Optum for comment were referred to Weintraub, who was traveling and responded only by multiple e-mails. In one, Weintraub said the financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.