Category Archives: Government

Einstein, state procurement departments and innovation: An unbeatable combination to improve the well-being of citizens

One of my favorite quotes about the importance of encouraging innovation doesn’t include the word “innovation” at all. It’s Albert Einstein’s cautionary observation: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” He’s right, of course, in so many ways. Whenever we’re trying to achieve breakthroughs, the key […]
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Next AI ‘wave’ will be a sea change for health care

The artificial intelligence (AI) journey from theory to mainstream has evolved in waves. While health care may see AI as an abstract concept, I believe that technology capabilities have already entered their second wave of evolution. The roots of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies go back to 1950, when Alan Turing suggested that machines could be […]
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The people side of “analytics”

For HHS agencies, the focus is on improving lives To slightly misquote Benjamin Disraeli, there are lies, damn lies, and analytics. Okay, let me say it another way.  It’s not that “analytics” are actually lies, but – like “statistics” in Disraeli’s time – they can be misleading and, if not used and interpreted properly, can […]
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After nearly 50 years, it’s time to retire traditional MMIS procurements

There are only 51 of them in the entire country, but their reach affects millions and their impact is profound. Cumulatively through the years, these systems have cost states billions of dollars and consumed thousands of hours of productivity. They’ve caused headaches, heartburn and sleepless nights for agency IT experts, financial executives and policy analysts […]
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Not science fiction: AI is creating value in surprising places

You might think of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care as science fiction — something that’s a future possibility. But the truth is, the future is here now. AI is a collection of methods and technologies for performing tasks we often associate with the human mind, such as learning and reasoning. AI approaches already have […]
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Special Topic: Optum Forum 2018 Day 3 Recap

The last few days at the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas have sparked new thinking as we explore how we can apply cutting-edge innovation, dynamic education and collaboration to move health forward. Optum is thrilled to have shared the experience with more than 2,200 people from across the health system, not only at big […]
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Special Topic: Optum Forum 2018 Day 2

Optum Forum 2018 started with a focus on innovation. On Day 2, that innovation was put into action. In the opening keynote, Optum Executive Vice President Mike Weissel and other leaders shared how Optum and its partners across the health system are innovating – one client, one person, one experience at a time. “We never […]
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Special Topic: Optum Forum 2018 Day 1

The wait is over, and Optum Forum is underway at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas. Nearly 2,200 people from across the health system have gathered for three days of immersive content to broaden their perspectives, sharpen skills and ignite the change that will propel their organizations forward to create a healthier world. Attendees agreed: […]
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Special topic: An Optum Forum 2018 preview

More than 1,600 clients, partners, industry analysts and health care luminaries will attend Optum Forum 2018 in Las Vegas next week. The leading-edge health care event will feature thought-provoking content delivered by industry-leading speakers, interactive experiences, and plenty of opportunities for our guests to connect and collaborate. Rich content, deep learning Attendees from across the […]
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A real-life application for artificial intelligence in health care

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It’s in our shopping experiences, our search engines, our dining and entertainment recommendations. We’ve seen AI-based medicine on TV for decades, and we can make that a reality — if we go deeper. I’m more excited than ever about the possibilities of AI in health care, but we need to […]
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