Over 50% of full-time workers report worsening mental and social health

Your life has turned upside down. Instead of driving to work, you’re opening your laptop. If you share your home, you’ve got new coworkers and possibly new job titles, like childcare provider and distance learning supervisor. It’s a lot of change in just a couple weeks. All across the country, we’ve been ordered to stay […]
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Introducing the Community Circle

In our new world, connection is critical — and Optum is here to help. With daily life disrupted, many people are feeling isolated or anxious at times. We wanted to create an easy way to educate, inspire and bring all of us together in the fight against COVID-19. The Community Circle is a place where […]
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The shift from wellness to well-being

Historically, the health care industry focused on wellness as a public health discipline, including health promotion and disease prevention. The research surrounding wellness included the behaviors and lifestyles that put people at premature risk of disease and death, such as smoking, inactivity, poor diet and stress. While understanding how all these lifestyle factors contributed to […]
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Vet your next on-site personal trainer: 7 questions to ask

Many times, employees who want to get healthy and fit will run into what I call “impersonal trainers.” These types of trainers reuse the same workout programs for every employee, no matter how varied their fitness levels are. They rarely explain proper form, log each employee’s progress, or motivate employees to meet and set new […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Aline D.

The home environment often helps members open up in ways they may not in a clinician’s office. Perhaps that’s because the advanced practice clinician and the member don’t feel rushed. The advanced practice clinician has the time to encourage one-to-one conversations with members. They take the time to listen to a member’s health concerns and […]
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The Secret That Winter Aches and Pains Don’t Want You to Know

Do you ever wonder why a slip or a fall hurts so much during the colder months? Why joint pain tends to flare up when the temperature drops? The fact is, we’re all moving a little slower in the New Year, and chances are the cooler weather is playing an active role in our discomfort. […]
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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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5 tips to prepare for emerging tech in health care

How can you modernize and create lasting change in an industry that’s burdened by outdated systems and unproductive processes? It’s a question many are working to solve. The constellation of AI technologies (including computer vision, natural language processing and deep learning, among others) can be transformational technology for health care. Other technologies like ambient computing, […]
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Why your 2019 media strategy won’t work in 2020

In 2020, health care marketers will fight for consumer attention against a House impeachment investigation of Donald Trump, the 2020 Summer Olympics, and a presidential election with more than 14 candidates. Consumer acquisition strategies that rely on mass media — television, radio, and others — are going to be expensive. They’re also likely to underperform. […]
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Graph technology: Powering a new age of consumer choice in health care

Learning from other industries, health care is catching on to how consumers shop, compare options and make selections that best match their needs. At home, you watch a movie. Then the system compares you with other people who watched the same movie and recommends other films based on similar connections. Or you go online and […]
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