Special topic: Day one Optum Forum 2016

Optum Forum 2016 officially kicked off Wednesday morning with presentations by Optum executives, clients and partners. The morning began with an energizing drum performance by Boom! Percussion Entertainment and was hosted by Optum Executive Vice President and Enterprise Growth Officer Eric Murphy.General_session

The general session was led by executives across Optum businesses, and showcased how Optum is working with clients and partners to transform the health care industry in the areas of data and analytics, population health management, health care operations and pharmacy benefit management.

The session highlighted stories from Optum clients, including Brian Nester, DO, president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LHVN.) He discussed his organization’s journey using data and analytics to re-imagine population Nester_tweethealth. While realizing a lot of value to date, Dr. Nester remarked that LVHN and many providers are in the embryonic stage of realizing the most value. “We need to know how to put that data into action,” Nester said.

Optum Analytics President and CEO Michael Weintraub shared the story of his son’s struggle regulating his diabetes to illustrate how, by adding data to his son’s health picture, information leads to improved outcomes. He further described the path to value-based care as gathering the data, building analytics that are not just descriptive, but pushing toward predictive and in the future prescriptive, and re-engineering the system as the steps to get there.

In the area of population health, another Optum client discussed how her organization has realized value for its employees through integration in the areas of engagement, advocacy and intervention. We also heard from Cisco’s Mark Chandler, who discussed his organization’s partnership with Optum and their shared mission of transforming health care together.

After lunch, health care executives and leaders participated in breakout sessions highlighting hot topics across the health care industry, including predictive and actionable insights, the rise of consumerism, population health and the pursuit of value-based care, improving quality and reducing cost, and strategic planning. Through interactive discussions and polls, they explored improving consumer health at the local level, the “Internet of Things,” the role of genetic information in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, and how to apply analytics to your population health management and other clinical strategies.

Health plan and provider clients of several Optum solutions also had the opportunity to participate in deep-dive sessions around their Optum solution. Led by both Optum experts and clients, the first day of educational sessions included a mix of deep dives into product features and client success stories.

Optum Forum attendees had ample opportunity to network in the Healthier is Here Lounge, where they experienced firsthand how Optum is helping people live healthier lives. They wrapped up the day with an evening of networking at the TransFORUMation Block Party, enjoying live music, tasty treats and the sunny Anaheim weather.

Thursday brings more education and learning opportunities. Join in the conversation by following #OptumForum16 at @Optum.

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