Joint research by Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth

Fri, Jan 18, 2013, 00:00

UnitedHealth Group, the largest US provider of medical coverage, will join the Mayo Clinic in a research alliance that is designed to merge insurance records and medical data to find more efficient ways to deliver care.

The venture will focus on fundamental issues that may help standardise care in a way that would lower costs, said Veronique Roger, head of the clinic’s centre for the science of health delivery.

She said this could include things such as analysing the steps needed for successful hip replacement surgery or ways to get patients to consistently take their medicines.

The alliance will be based in an “innovation” centre known as Optum Labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will have a staff of about 60.

No financial terms were disclosed. – (Bloomberg)