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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Business use cases for the enterprise data platform and big-data analytics

This is the 3rd blog in our series “From data diffusion to insights with enterprise-wide data strategy” An interview with Sameer Siraj, Strategic Product Management, Health Care Technology as a Service, Optum In the third of our four-part series, Sameer Siraj describes how an enterprise data platform combined with machine learning and analytics supports contextualization. Contextualization […]
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8 tips to help employees celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Month

At long last, spring is here for most of the country. Did you know May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month? Just being able to go outside without having to layer up is enticing. Especially for employees who are considering becoming more active or taking part in a fitness program. Spring is also 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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Who has a stake in the payer journey from data islands to big data?

This is the 2nd blog in our series “From data diffusion to insights with enterprise-wide data strategy” An interview with Zahoor Elahi, Senior Vice President of Strategic Product Management, Optum Health plans and health systems are ripe for disruption. Big-tech continues to significantly invest in health, wellness and life sciences. They are using technologies such as […]
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Enterprise data strategy in the quantum age

This is the 1st blog in our series “From data diffusion to insights with enterprise-wide data strategy” An interview with Sameer Siraj, Vice President, Strategic Product Management, Health Care Technology as a Service, Optum Across all industry sectors, U.S. health care payers are the least advanced in digital business strategies. Many health plans continue to rely […]
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4 questions to ask when evaluating Natural Language Processing (NLP) for risk adjustment

Natural language processing (NLP) has proven to be a highly effective way to hone in on specific, relevant clinical information to fuel effective risk adjustment. But there are a range of NLP strategies and options. Which best serves your needs? Here are four questions to guide your evaluation. 1. Is NLP integrated into the risk […]
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No more waiting for that big (fitness) break

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association1 says that moderate to vigorous physical activity can help reduce health risks even if it’s done in short sessions. In other words, the sum of the parts is as beneficial as the whole. The collected efforts of six 10-minute intervals are equal to the […]
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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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Outcomes management helps ensure optimal care to members

To improve member outcomes and enhance the quality of care, provider groups and practices need useful feedback. A flexible model backed by real-time and actionable reporting provides such feedback. Understanding the program objectives and managing to specific outcomes is vital to improving quality and risk adjustment performance. Payers set outcomes goals, and an outcomes manager […]
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