OptumLabs Data Warehouse (OLDW)

UCoP is partnering with OptumLabs, a collaborative center for research and innovation.

  • Access 160 million de-identified records across claims and clinical information to conduct investigations on populations
  • Annual opportunity for funded projects - sign up for notifications


  • Access to OLDW datasets can be achieved through the annual call for proposals to receive one of seven funded “research credits”
  • Subscribe to the UC Health/OptumLabs listserv to receive communications about upcoming funding and collaboration opportunities
  • For research projects with outside funding, see the fee schedule on the UC microsite for more information

OptumLabs and UC Health

The University of California and UnitedHealth Group have formed a strategic partnership to collaborate and work strategically to improve healthcare. One aspect of the strategic relationship is the research collaboration with OptumLabs, a data-driven research and discovery center, with a focus on working with OptumLabs data sets, analytical tools and collaborations to advance clinical research and translation.

OptumLabs is an open, collaborative center for research and innovation focused on improving patient care and value. Their comprehensive real-world data with over 160 million de-identified lives across claims and clinical information contains a rich, linked dataset which can be used to conduct broad or narrow investigations on populations and unique subsets within them.

OLDW Data Assets

  • Administrative claims
  • Laboratory results
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) or clinical data
  • Oncology Management Survey
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Health Risk Assessment (HRA) data
  • Medical benefit design
  • Mortality data
  • Consumer / Lifestyle
  • Other data assets may be available by special permission

Example Research Topics

  • Variation in care
  • Health care cost and utilization
  • Safety and efficacy
  • Predictive modeling
  • Policy and incentives
  • Outcomes
  • Methods
  • Health economics
  • Guidelines/Quality of care
  • Epidemiology
  • Disparities
  • Delivery of care
  • Comparative effectiveness

UC Health-OptumLabs "microsite"

Dedicated to the OptumLabs relationship, the UC Health-OptumLabs "microsite" has key information about OptumLabs and the process by which the UC community can engage with them for research, grant opportunities, collaboration forums and innovation. The site contains valuable information, including FAQs, fee schedule and detailed data documentation and presentations on the data warehouse assets.

For More Information

Research / Data: Contact Sarah Thayer, PhD, Director of Research at OptumLabs. Sarah has 10+ years’ experience leading studies using Optum’s data assets for health services research.

Partnership / Operations: Contact Rick Little, Partner Relationship Executive for OptumLabs. Rick has over 20 years of experience collaborating with academic medical centers across the country, ensuring successful adoption of emerging healthcare technologies.

Sarah and Rick are based in San Francisco and are part of the core team at OptumLabs that supports the UC partnership.