Enterprise data strategy in the quantum age

This is the 1st blog in our series “From data diffusion to insights with enterprise-wide data strategy” An interview with Sameer Siraj, Vice President, Strategic Product Management, Health Care Technology as a Service, Optum Across all industry sectors, U.S. health care payers are the least advanced in digital business strategies. Many health plans continue to rely […]
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4 questions to ask when evaluating Natural Language Processing (NLP) for risk adjustment

Natural language processing (NLP) has proven to be a highly effective way to hone in on specific, relevant clinical information to fuel effective risk adjustment. But there are a range of NLP strategies and options. Which best serves your needs? Here are four questions to guide your evaluation. 1. Is NLP integrated into the risk […]
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No more waiting for that big (fitness) break

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association1 says that moderate to vigorous physical activity can help reduce health risks even if it’s done in short sessions. In other words, the sum of the parts is as beneficial as the whole. The collected efforts of six 10-minute intervals are equal to the […]
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What’s holding up a switch to more effective employee wellness strategies?

More people could be living healthier lives if their employers used data to guide their wellness strategies. That’s one take-away from the new 9th Annual Wellness in the Workplace study. According to the survey, employers who say they are very effective at using data are more likely to: Describe their population health management (PHM) programs […]
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Outcomes management helps ensure optimal care to members

To improve member outcomes and enhance the quality of care, provider groups and practices need useful feedback. A flexible model backed by real-time and actionable reporting provides such feedback. Understanding the program objectives and managing to specific outcomes is vital to improving quality and risk adjustment performance. Payers set outcomes goals, and an outcomes manager […]
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Unlocking insights and value within health care data through NLP

I recently called natural language processing (NLP) artificial intelligence (AI) with an ROI — and yes, it’s a catchy phrase, but it’s also true. NLP is an essential asset in today’s health care landscape. Let me tell you a story. Bill and Ted work at the same company – Excellent Adventures, Ltd. – but they […]
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Addressing social determinants of health can improve overall health outcomes

John Selig, senior vice president at the Lewin Group and former director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, was interviewed recently at the Health IT Summit hosted in Baltimore (April 5–6). He discussed the impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) on overall health outcomes. SDOH is still a relatively new area of focus […]
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Collaborative Care Coordination is Crucial

We’re always looking for ways to make the health care system work better for everyone, and enabling collaborative care coordination is one way to do that. When the power to coordinate care fits in the palm of your hand, it’s exciting. With the Optum approach to care coordination, users are able to leverage Optum data, […]
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Osler Health’s journey to greater analytic sophistication

With health care providers treating hundreds of thousands of people each year, the amount of data generated by those interactions is complex and overwhelming. Yet it is this very data that answers the questions central to health care management and achieving the Triple Aim. The challenge for health care providers is to develop strategies that […]
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Advocacy: A force for a more productive, fulfilling workplace

Without support, employees can’t develop the confidence and find the information needed to make better decisions. Advocacy services let employers provide this support and guidance. Advocacy services help employees understand their benefits and how to use them. The best among these offer access to highly trained, experienced advocates who are skilled at connecting data to […]
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