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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How technology enables the data sharing essential to high-performing health plans

This is the 2nd blog of a 3-part series “The Power of Three, a New Model for Quality and Risk Adjustment Provider Engagement” In today’s health care environment, members are demanding better outcomes at a lower cost. It’s that simple. But it hasn’t been so simple for health plans to achieve. Taking preventative action hinges […]
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Discover the what, why and how of natural language processing

Stale jokes about doctors’ bad handwriting aside, mounds of health care data are actually stored in difficult-to-read physicians’ notes and text fields. That makes natural language processing (NLP) particularly relevant to health care. What is NLP? It’s a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) technology focused on allowing computers to understand and interpret human language. Why […]
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Anticipating MACRA and Medicare Advantage impacts

MACRA continues to evolve and while its impacts may have been somewhat softened over the last several months, MACRA’s intent is still to have an impact on care costs and quality over short and long term. While many providers are concerned and strategizing about the financial and administrative implications of MACRA, payers should also consider […]
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The Power of Three: A New Model for Quality and Risk Adjustment Provider Engagement

Experienced quality and risk adjustment experts help improve member outcomes By Sam Diederich, Vice President of Strategy and Business Integration, Optum When payers manage quality and risk adjustment for government-sponsored membership, it creates a significant burden for care providers. Consider the situation from the provider’s point of view. Each payer sends data and asks for information […]
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HfS Winner’s Circle Recognition for Optum Health Care Business Operations Services

An interview with Brian Murray, Senior Vice President, Optum HfS Research is a global research and advisory firm. They recently published their Healthcare Business Operations Services Blueprint. It provides an analysis of the business process services and outsourcing market for health care business operations. HfS placed Optum in the HfS Winner’s Circle for its data- […]
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