Category Archives: Technology innovation

How to make a health care startup entanglement extravaganza

Just 90 seconds to pitch their idea. That’s all most of the startup companies had. A dozen lucky companies were selected to present a six-minute pitch. And many others were invited to sit down in private one-to-one sessions. Who was listening? Investors and executives from some of the top names in health care, including Optum, […]
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What if we could forecast the flu like we forecast the weather?

The local weather forecast helps us plan and prepare for severe storms. What if we could forecast disease outbreaks in the same way? That would allow government officials, health care providers, business leaders and concerned patients to make life-saving decisions. How to predict flu outbreaks The Optum flu forecast is a data-driven early-warning system for […]
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What do self-driving cars have to do with health care?

By Dan McCreary, Distinguished Engineer, Optum Our CIO recently told me he wants everyone in our division to know at least the basics of AI. And he means everyone, at all job levels, no matter what role they’re in. So I shared with him an idea I’d been toying with: the AI Racing League. Some […]
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Where empathy meets innovation: Pilot program connects families with resources for special needs

I practice human-centered design. To me, that means using empathy to connect with people, understand their problems and help them solve them. I’m especially interested in the ways technology can connect people to the health care they need. One of the ways we’re doing that is with a pilot program called Family Compass. My team […]
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Top blockchain engineer leads health care giants to alliances

Mike Jacobs is not just our in-house blockchain expert. He’s regularly sought out by conferences and publications as an industry expert on blockchain alliances in health care. For example, next week Mike will be speaking at Voice of Blockchain in Chicago. A couple weeks later, he’ll speak on a panel at the Blockchain Health Summit […]
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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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