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Cornell Tech, Optum Labs partner on digital health research center

Optum Labs, the research and development arm of UnitedHealth Group, and Cornell Tech — Cornell University’s satellite in New York City — have created a collaborative research hub that will focus on precision behavioral health and advancing equity in healthcare.

According to Optum, the move was spurred by recent innovations in artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile sensing technology and virtual reality, which are creating opportunities for improving care. Optum Labs is funding the research hub, which it hopes will drive research in precision behavioral health, extended reality for aging in place, and equitable human and algorithmic decision-making.

The partnership will be co-led by Deborah Estrin, an associate dean and professor at Cornell, and Tanzeem Choudhury, senior vice president at Optum Labs and professor in integrated health and technology at Cornell.

The pair said the partnership intends to transform patient health outcomes and care by incorporating new types of health data from wearables and internet of things (IoT) devices, as well as creating new types of remote care delivery using AR and VR technologies.

“The Digital Health Research Hub is creating closer collaborations between world-renowned health technology researchers from academia and Optum Labs scientists,” said Choudhury. “The new algorithms and computational systems resulting from this partnership have the potential to shape the future of digital healthcare solutions.”

Source: Healthcare Finance

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