Category Archives: OptumIQ

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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Resist the romanticism of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning processes have the potential to improve health care. The industry is responding to that potential and is expected to increase its investment in AI by 44 percent between 2017 and 2020. To leverage the full potential of AI, we cannot be swayed by a romantic vision of AI as […]
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AI helps health care professionals focus on the work that matters

Artificial intelligence (AI) in health care can have a high return on investment — not by taking the place of humans, but by enabling them to work at their highest level of certification. It can allow doctors to focus on patients, auditors to focus on assessing finances, and medical coders to focus on accurately reflecting […]
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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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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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Eliminating low-value services to achieve a high-value system

Value. It’s a subjective term in and of itself. Valuable to whom? In relation to what? While definitions vary, one thing the health care industry can agree on is that reducing wasteful spending is essential to improving the U.S. health care system — especially spending on treatments that put patients at unnecessary risk. That’s a […]
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Predictive analytics help treat people, not symptoms

How people have behaved in the past can tell us a lot about how they will act in the future. This statement holds true in medicine. As scores of data — from medical, behavioral, socioeconomic and even psychographic sources — can attest, medical histories can say a lot about how someone will react to a […]
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Data and analytics can be the keystone to payer/provider collaboration

Change is the theme of the moment in health care. There’s a general recognition that moving toward a health system that prioritizes prevention and quality of care is the right way to go, but almost no agreement on how exactly to get there. Nobody said leaving the world of fee-for-service would be easy, but I […]
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What’s holding up a switch to more effective employee wellness strategies?

More people could be living healthier lives if their employers used data to guide their wellness strategies. That’s one take-away from the new 9th Annual Wellness in the Workplace study. According to the survey, employers who say they are very effective at using data are more likely to: Describe their population health management (PHM) programs […]
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