Category Archives: Technology innovation

Optum engineers on the State of Healthcare Technology

Technology in healthcare is no longer a trend — it’s a necessity for every organization and stakeholder across the healthcare landscape. Terms like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) are now part of our vernacular because we realize what we can do for healthcare increases substantially when we embrace […]
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Navigating the data deluge: How to evaluate real-world data

Life sciences and health care organizations are increasingly seeking to partner, exchange and license real-world data (RWD). Life sciences organizations use it for real-world studies to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of their products. Health systems use RWD for benchmarking, quality measurement and care pathway optimization. Payers can assess total cost of care and the […]
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Perspectives from a pandemic: A surprising catalyst for change

Throughout this “Perspectives from a pandemic” series of articles, we’ve sought to learn from the impact of COVID-19 on health care and other industries. We’ve examined areas where data, process and technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive models fell short. And we have identified opportunities to bolster our capabilities to support better decision making […]
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Perspectives from the pandemic: Information gaps, hidden variables can stymie predictive models

Despite having some of the most advanced tools and technologies, our health care ecosystem lags when it comes to using and sharing data to improve outcomes and experience. Many factors are to blame, including policy and data collection challenges that become even more vexing when faced with major disruptions like the current COVID-19 pandemic. In […]
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Perspectives from a pandemic: COVID-19 magnified challenges to data access and interoperability

The emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S. set off a race to “flatten the curve” — to slow the spread of the virus to give the health system time to prepare to meet a surge in patients requiring critical care — and thus save lives. Policymakers, health systems, communities and individuals continue […]
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Perspectives from a pandemic: Moving toward a world of health surveillance

A global health crisis serves to remind us of something that’s easy to lose sight of in today’s technology-driven world: While artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance business operations by automating key processes, there remains great potential to deliver intelligent insights that drive improved decision making for businesses — particularly when facing new or unforeseen circumstances. […]
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Health data’s starring role: Predicting the next wave of COVID-19

Many teams from across academia, government and the health industry have joined the race to predict the next wave of COVID-19. And when it comes to disease forecasting, this kind of friendly competition is quite healthy. That’s because it takes large amounts of data from a variety of sources and locations to build the most […]
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Using technology to strengthen health care’s front door

A triage reboot: Using technology to strengthen health care’s front door Grouping patients by severity of symptoms — also known as triaging — is not a new concept. Its early uses can be traced back to the late 1700s. Since its beginnings in battlefield medicine, triaging has become a key component of modern-day health care. […]
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Health care is waking up to a new digital experience

Are we ready to manage our own health remotely? The vision to provide health care remotely was alive and well as early as 1879. That’s when the medical journal, The Lancet, published an article about using the telephone to cut down on unneeded visits to the doctor’s office. Now, here we are over 140 years […]
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The AI talent conundrum: Grab a partner or grow within?

  We are at a turning point in how we use data and analytics in health care. Capabilities enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) are no longer just nice to have, and health care leaders agree. For the second year in a row, we surveyed 500 health industry leaders to gauge their attitudes, perspectives and actions […]
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