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UnitedHealth, Mayo pool info to drop cost of care

Star Tribune, January 17, 2013
The Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group announced a new research institute Tuesday that will pool data on more than 110 million patients as part of an effort to help scientists study ways to improve medical care and lower costs. The two Minnesota powerhouses said the project, called Optum Labs, could become health care's version of "Bell Labs," the 20th-century idea factory that sparked such innovations as the transistor and the laser. "The way we think about it, we're building a first-class research facility," said Andy Slavitt, group executive vice president of Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth.