Aetna says it has a new team that will attempt to use patient data to cut the cost of health care and to improve outcomes for patients.

Aetna Innovation Labs was announced Monday as a way to use technology to improve clinical results by analyzing data from medical claims, use of medication, laboratory results and participation in care-management programs. The lab will allow the health insurer to test initiatives in treating diseases while learning the success rates early and also determining result on different types of patients, the company said.

Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini said in a prepared statement, "The marketplace is rapidly changing. Forces such as health care reform, emerging technologies and economic conditions are driving our need to constantly develop innovative and measurable programs to improve health care quality and reduce costs for our customers and members."