Category Archives: Life Sciences

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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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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Blockchain enables powerful connections and better care

There is a lot of hype around blockchain — a new type of digital ledger, where transactions are chronologically recorded and tamper-resistant. Blockchain ledgers are decentralized, so all members see and own the information cooperatively, with no middleman. Many experts believe blockchain will be as big a disrupter as the internet. This view is supported […]
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Data: The first step to meaningful change

People often assume that the biggest database is the best. Size is important, yes, but equally important are “data types,” “data velocity,” and “data integration and accessibility.” Although William Cowper certainly wasn’t thinking of databases in 1785 when he wrote “variety’s the very spice of life that gives it all its flavour [sic],” he was […]
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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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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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