OptumInsight Data Description for NIH CollaboratoryDistributed Research Network

​1. ​Years of Data Available ​2008-2013
​2. Total enrollees in research database: All years
45.5 million (members with medical or pharmacy coverage, Jan2008-Jun2013)
​3. ​Target enrollees in research database: Most current year 22.5 million (members with medical or pharmacy coverage, Jan2013-Jun2013)
​4. ​Age distribution (%): Most recent year
​0-18 years ​24
​19-44 years ​39
​45-64 years ​29
​65+ ​8
​5. ​Data models available
​Mini-Sentinel Common Data Model (CDM)
​Virtual Data Warehouse (VDW) CDM
​Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) CDM
​Informatics for Integrating Biology & the Bedside (i2b2) CDM
​6. ​Health Plan/Health System Description

As a division of a health and well-being company serving more than 80 million people globally, Optum™ accesses a large proprietary database containing health plan administrative and claims records. The data include detailed health claims from more than 140 million people captured since 1993.

Optum’s core data include enrollment information; medical (facility, physician) and pharmacy claims, and laboratory results data (for a sample). The data derive from commercial health plans and Medicare Advantage programs.

Optum’s data can be linked to: socioeconomic status data; mortality data; medical chart data; patient and physician survey responses; inpatient detail-level data; benefit design information; long-term and short-term disability records; clinical data; disease-specific registries (e.g., oncology); and health risk assessments.

Optum has the ability to access clinical data sourced through its Humedica affiliate for a subpopulation in the Optum research database. The Humedica database is a patient-level database that integrates electronic health record data with claims, prescription, and practice management data. The database includes relevant clinical data on patients from both ambulatory and inpatient medical records (e.g., weight, body mass index, blood pressure, smoking status), laboratory results, and drug prescriptions, as recorded during routine clinical practice. 

The Humedica database also contains information from physician, pathology and radiology notes, as well as other clinical notes, which supplement the data collected in structured fields of the electronic medical records used by contributing providers. Information such as reasons for switching drugs, medical history, and disease progression can be extracted from these notes. Currently, the Optum data within the NIH Collaboratory Distributed Research Network includes enrollment, and medical and pharmacy claims data on commercially insured members with medical or pharmacy coverage from 2008 onward.

​7. ​Collaboration requirements and additional information

Requests for research collaboration are accepted and may be subject to IRB and Privacy Board review, Data Use Agreements, and/or other internal reviews, dependent on the specific project.

Please send research inquiries to: Nancy Lin, Nancy.Lin@optum.com.

​8. ​Research Capabilities

Optum Life Sciences offers research services from across the health system, including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health economics and outcomes research
  • Late phase registry studies
  • Patient reported outcomes
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Disease and product registries/non-interventional studies
  • Pragmatic and Phase IV trials
  • Trial location services
  • Strategic regulatory services
  • Adherence to medications
  • Product value strategy