Key takeaways from Optum Forum 2017

Optum Forum 2017 was filled with collaboration, great discussions and networking for more than 1,500 health care stakeholders. We gained new insights into how health care policy is changing, the challenges ahead of all of us and what we can look forward to with new technologies.

Throughout the week, more than 200 breakout sessions brought together health care leaders and stakeholders from across the industry to discuss a variety of topics.  A few common themes emerged across the sessions: value-based care, data challenges, and population health.

Value-based care

The move toward value-based care continues to be a priority for constituents across the health care system. Sessions explored this topic from multiple angles, including contracting, organizational models, collaborative technology, MACRA implications, and bundled payment studies.

Data challenges

Sessions also explored unique health care data challenges  — health care has a “small data” challenge in pulling actionable insights from contextual data — and how artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain can be  potential enablers for efficiency and quality.  For AI, one session focused on the application of natural language processing for Atrial Fibrillation diagnosis with a case study illustrating prediction accuracy around 90%.  For blockchain, a panel discussed the opportunities to enable payer-provider collaboration through data sharing and offered a resource for “scoring” use cases, This site provides instant results and offers broad guidance.

Population health

Population Health also continues to be a journey of discovery for all stakeholders in our health system. A wide range of topics were discussed, including wellness and prevention, financial services, care management, centers of excellence networks, behavioral services, care delivery services and pharmacy care services. From these sessions two main points of discussion emerged: First is the continuing need to motivate and empower individuals to own their health and well-being. The second is more foundational: how to leverage the vast store of data from our healthcare system to drive actionable insights that can accelerate the journey of all stakeholders to improve quality and lower costs.

New engagement strategies and making big data actionable can help people overcome barriers to engagement and ensure they receive the right care and support to live healthier lives.

In addition to the sessions and breakouts, attendees also had the opportunity to connect, network, collaborate and hear from knowledgeable and inspirational speakers. Our closing keynote speakers Captains Mark and Scott Kelly shared their examples of courage and persistence through stories and humor.

We also want to thank everyone for the time taken to create superhero capes and masks with Boston Cares. These were donated to kids at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C. to help empower them to beat any daily obstacles they may encounter.

Thank you again for being part of this great event, whether you attended in person or followed along via our social postings. If you want to stay informed on when Optum Forum 2018 registration opens, sign up for our updates.  We hope to see you at Optum Forum next year in Las Vegas!

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