Category Archives: Life Sciences

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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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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Artificial intelligence unlocks buried data

Did you know that more than half of the information contained in electronic medical records is unusable to health care organizations? Mark Morsch, Optum360 Vice President of Technology, says studies show 60 to 80 percent of EMR content is unstructured. That means some data that could potentially be used to create a more complete picture […]
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Learn to speak the same health care language

Take a trip around the world and you’ll hear a lot of different languages, including some you probably won’t understand without a translator. Data is the language of today’s health care system. But a patient’s journey through that system collects data from a variety of sources in many different formats. It’s hard for anyone to […]
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Addressing challenges in precision medicine: Curt Medeiros of Optum to participate in Johns Hopkins Medicine panel series

Addressing challenges in precision medicine: Curt Medeiros of Optum to participate in Johns Hopkins Medicine panel series The challenges in health care cannot be resolved overnight, but bringing together experts and influencers is essential to keep the conversation — and solutions — moving in the right direction. Optum® leaders are often a part of those […]
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Integrated data driving decisions in life sciences companies

Data drives decisions. The quality of the data you use — and how you use it — determines the success of those decisions. But what makes some data more valuable than others? In life sciences, the value is in how well the data can help you identify, understand and address the priorities of patients and […]
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A global discussion on health care policy and innovation

Health care systems across the globe are as dynamic and complex as the populations they serve. Yet as varied as they are, they encounter common challenges as they strive toward the same goal — establishing and maintaining effective, affordable health care for their constituents. Last month, global experts and stakeholders convened to address some of […]
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Using GIS to track Zika and microcephaly

For almost a year, the United States watched from afar as the number of Zika cases in Central and South America grew, with increasing numbers of infants born with the debilitating brain malformation known as microcephaly. As of August 31st, 2016, just over 2,700 cases of Zika had been reported in the U.S. — 35 […]
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