Category Archives: OptumIQ

How puppies and muffins improve health care technology

Do a quick search for “puppies vs. muffins.” You’ll see a grid image of Chihuahuas and blueberry muffins. Scan through each image, and you’ll notice you’re sometimes second guessing which is which. Our brains can immediately register the characteristics (tan color with dark spots). But because the images are so similar, it can be difficult […]
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Back to school: UnitedHealth Group invests millions in black colleges

A lot of students will have more classes to choose from when they go back to school each fall. UnitedHealth Group (UHG) is investing $8.25 million in data science programs at historically black colleges and universities over the next five years. Up to now, only two of the more than 100 historically black colleges and […]
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4 ways to advance tech innovation in health care

The biggest tech companies are increasingly taking on the challenge of health care innovation. But health care companies have a distinct advantage that Big Tech can’t match. The health care system is highly complex. And leaders in health care have decades of experience working with patients, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, labs, insurance companies, government agencies, IT […]
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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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