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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Enhancing the precision of clinical decision support

Many hospitals and health systems have invested extensive time and resources developing and implementing clinical decision support (CDS) to help improve patient outcomes. As a physician, I believe we achieve the best outcomes when CDS technologies work in-sync and at the speed-of-care delivery to ease clinician cognitive burden and provide timely patient-specific evidence-based guidance at […]
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For HHS agencies looking to capitalize on the power of analytics: Sometimes, less is more

“Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” “Don’t boil the ocean.” “Less is more.” Pick your cliché about avoiding the risk of trying to do too much and accomplishing little. The fact is, all clichés have some truth to them — and “starting small” can lead to big results. Health and Human Services (HHS) […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Angela H.

As a clinician myself, I have seen the power of the in-home assessment to help members live healthier lives—a key aspect of our mission. The work our Optum HouseCalls clinicians do often results in members reaching out to tell us how a visit made all the difference in their lives. In this example, proactive care […]
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Well-being research reveals employee expectations

The health care industry talks a lot about workplace well-being from the employer or health plan perspective. But we wondered, what do employees think about well-being? And how might their perspectives translate to improved health offerings and outcomes? To learn more about this important topic, Optum recently partnered with the National Business Group on Health® […]
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It’s never too late to get started with fitness

Do you ever wonder if it makes sense to start exercising now, at this age? Perhaps you were never an athlete, or were once active but got stuck in the grind of everyday life, and getting to the gym just slipped to the bottom of your priorities. How on earth can you get back in […]
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Workplace well-being: How do Silicon Valley employers compare?

How do Silicon Valley employers compare to other employers across the U.S. when it comes to addressing employee well-being? Optum recently analyzed its survey of national employers to gauge how Silicon Valley firms stack up. Below are some key insights from our analysis. Behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD): Addressing mental health stigma and SUD is critical for nearly all employers. Silicon Valley companies measured slightly behind others in their plans to […]
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Athleisure is a trend, but good health is always in style

Athleisure — yoga pants, hoodies and other fashionable activewear — is making big moves in the marketplace. This sporty attire is considered exercise-worthy yet stylish enough to transition to life outside the fitness center. And its popularity is showing no signs of slowing down. According to MarketWatch, the global market growth for athleisure is expected […]
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Curb the trend of complex, costly conditions with a comprehensive strategy

It’s not news that health care costs are rising. But did you know that a handful of costly, complex conditions are driving a quarter of the total health care spending in the United States?1 Four condition categories are responsible for driving roughly $455 billion dollars in costs: cancer, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal conditions and kidney disease. […]
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The bridge that is EVV

Across the challenges and complexities of Medicaid, few phrases roll off the tongue in this community with more negative overtones than “electronic visit verification” (EVV).  To the casual listener, these three words may be jarring to the ear, conjuring up “Big Brother images,” a Governmental oversight “gotcha” mentality based on distrust – all of which […]
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