Devices & Diagnostics

Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealth give collaborative twist to payer-provider integration with Optum Labs

  SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE Mayo Clinic and Optum, insurance giant UnitedHealth Group’s claims, health IT and health services division, announced that they are creating Optum Labs, a collaborative research and development organization with the overarching goal of improving patient care. The initiative is intended to be an open environment centered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where […]

Health IT

UnitedHealth VP: ‘Sequencing the human lifestyle’ will drive real behavior change

Healthcare innovation is Brandon Rowberry‘s business. Many in the health industry likely won’t think “insurance” when they hear “innovation,” but Rowberry — vice president of innovation development at Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) — is working to change that perception. And Rowberry and UnitedHealth are already achieving results. UnitedHealth has been tapped by Forbes as the […]

Health IT

10 startups from mHealth 2011: CareSpeak Communications

East Brunswick, New Jersey company CareSpeak Communications develops wireless communications technologies for the institutional and consumer healthcare markets. It developed a two-way text-message communications platform for health care apps and started a partnership with with UnitedHealth in September. Among its apps are reminders for patients to take their medication on time, a specialized app for diabetics to monitor glucose and insulin levels and the ability for physicians to communicate with patients.

Health IT

UnitedHealth Group’s Optum to expand health IT services to Middle East

The Optum division of UnitedHealth Group is partnering with the Lifeline Hospital Group in Abu Dhabi to bring Optum’s health IT services into the Middle East. Optum will work with Lifeline, which operates four hospitals and nine pharmacies in the Middle East, to improve billing and collections, and will absorb about 100 Lifeline employees as […]

Health IT

Larry Renfro named CEO of health informatics firm Optum

Health insurance company UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) announced Wednesday that Larry Renfro will take over immediately as chief executive officer of Optum, its health services business platform. Renfro replaces G. Mike Mikan, who is leaving to lead a private equity fund. Optum is Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group’s $27 billion health informatics unit made up of three […]


UnitedHealthcare ranks high in reviews of health insurance companies

Health insurance companies often conjure up images of corporations taking advantage of the hapless consumer. But in the last week one Minnesota’s UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) performed well on two surveys that rated insurers on metrics that consumers and businesses value: insurance claims processing accuracy and employer satisfaction. In the 2011 American Medical Association’s National Health Insurer […]


Strong 3Q earnings prompt UnitedHealth to up 2010 profit goals

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) boosted its end-of-the-year profit forecast, thanks to a strong third quarter that blew through Wall Street estimates. The nation's largest private insurer, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, said it now expects to earn $3.85 to $3.95 per share for the year, compared to its earlier estimate of $3.40 to $3.60 a share.

Health IT

Ingenix buys compliance consulting firm for undisclosed sum

UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) health information technology subsidiary Ingenix has reached an agreement to acquire a Pennsylvania-based compliance consulting company for hospitals. Ingenix didn’t disclose the price for Newton Square, Pennsylvania-based Executive Health Resources in a statement, but a Bloomberg report last week put the figure at about $1.5 billion. The deal fits with UnitedHealth’s […]

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UnitedHealth subsidiary Ingenix buys Picis

United HealthGroup‘s (NYSE: UNH) health information technology subsidiary Ingenix has acquired a Massachusetts-based hospital software provider for an undisclosed amount. Wakefield, Massachusetts-based Picis provides enterprise software to hospitals’ emergency departments, surgical suites and intensive care units, according to a statement from Ingenix. Ingenix, which provides consulting, technology and outsourcing services to nearly 6,000 hospitals in […]


Telehealth could improve patient access to care. Lower costs?

Telemedicine — practicing medicine through the electronic exchange of medical information — promises to improve patient access to the best care. It also could head off costly hospital admissions for patients who have chronic illnesses by getting them medical help sooner. But cut down on day-to-day healthcare costs? Well, maybe a little, according to representatives […]