Category Archives: OptumIQ

Starting small with SDOH data can lead to big outcomes

Jeff was a homeless, unemployed Medicaid recipient living in Arizona.* He suffered from chronic kidney disease, depression and a serious foot injury, and had frequent ER visits, hospital admissions and inpatient stays. His average monthly cost of care? $20,400. He is one person out of a population of millions — at first glance, you may […]
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How we uncover barriers to health

Ethan M. Berke, MD, MPH, and Brian Solow, MD, FAAFP, discuss new ways to use nontraditional sources of data about a person’s health to improve care delivery. When doctors and other health providers engage patients in conversations and build a trusting relationship, they can uncover social needs that impact health and access to care. Information […]
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Special topic: An Optum Forum 2019 preview

More than 1,500 clients, partners, industry analysts and health care leaders will attend Optum Forum 2019 in Las Vegas next week. The annual health care event will feature thought-provoking content delivered by industry-leading speakers, interactive experiences, and extensive opportunities for our guests to connect and share. Moving health FORWARD The Optum Forum theme – FORWARD […]
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Widening the health care data lens with social determinants and the IoT

Many people are surprised to learn that a person’s social, environmental and behavioral characteristics contribute significantly more to causes of premature death than access to health care and genetic predisposition. Just as surprising, then, should be the fact that we typically focus resources across our industry on what accounts for only a small percentage of […]
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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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AI for health care: Supporting providers in delivering better care

Artificial intelligence (AI) has enormous potential to transform health care over the next decade. There is anticipation building that the financial impact could be remarkable, with one study estimating $52 billion in savings across health care by 2021. The impact on areas of disease diagnosis, patient treatment and health care operations is equally promising. Capitalizing […]
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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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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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