The University of California (UC) and UnitedHealth Group are undertaking a 10-year collaboration to assist California in transitioning to a value-based health care system. 

UC Health, which provides leadership for UC’s five academic medical centers and 17 health professional schools, will partner with UnitedHealth’s health services subsidiary, Optum, and UnitedHealthcare businesses to promote clinical research and design clinically integrated provider networks. 

OptumLabs, UnitedHealth Group's center for research and innovation to improve patient care and value, will work with UC Health to open a facility in the San Francisco area similar to its headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. In addition, UnitedHealthcare will donate $1 million to UC Health to support programs that will train new health care data scientists, as well as research projects that can accelerate improvements in patient care. 

As part of the strategic relationship, UC Health and UnitedHealthcare will also create an accountable care organization for large self-funded employer groups.

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