mayoUnitedHealthcare has been reportedly designated as the newest member of the Rochester, Minn-based Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) consortium. The Mayo Clinic notes that its HAIL consortium is comprised of Midwest businesses and organizations including Best Buy, General Mills, and Good Samaritan Society.

The consortium is designed to develop new products, services, and technologies aimed at enhancing older Americans’ health and quality of life. A Mayo Clinic news release reports that UnitedHealthcare will assist in testing new services, care models, and technologies including email and video communications, as well as home safety, and other health and wellness programs.

In the release, the Mayo Clinic states that according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, there are currently about 40 million individuals in the US aged 65 years and older and that number is estimated to increase to 70 million by 2030.

“Making our research even more effective is our continual effort to make sure the patient is informing the research. The HAIL Lab is a place to try out and test new products and services with real consumers,” Nicholas LaRusso, MD, medical director of the Center for Innovation, explains.

Jeff Shoemate, vice president of Innovation & Business Development, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, articulates the organization’s excitement for the opportunity to partner with the Mayo Clinic and other organizations, “to explore and develop programs and services that will help seniors live healthier lives.”

Source: Mayo Clinic