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A global span

Optum has been supporting global health care systems from Ireland for more than 20 years and we have been investing in Ireland throughout our time here. Our highly-skilled team is made up of 950 employees in Letterkenny and a further 550 in our growing Dublin offices. 

Because of the investment in our Irish team, including our focus on recruiting top tech talent and a development programme that encourages a problem-solving mindset, we make a difference to the lives of patients and improve health outcomes globally.

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Innovation in action

See how we're bringing every aspect of health care together.

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Innovation at work

Meet Priya Mishra, manager, Software Engineering, Letterkenny office.

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Working together

Meet Lisa Walsh, a data scientist in our Dublin office.

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Enabling Better Health Care at Home

The global population is ageing. In the US alone, there are more than 46 million adults over the age of 65, and in 10 years this is expected to double. As we grow older, our health naturally declines, which means more doctor appointments, more hospital stays and home carer visits. 

Technology can help us monitor our health as we age — and significantly improve health care delivery. Ambient Computing changes how we use computers by moving from interfaces that we actively interact with — such as the PC or the phone — to those that blend into our environment and anticipate our needs, such as smart speakers. 

Optum has created several solutions, using artificial intelligence, to enable health care delivery in the home environment to perform critical health monitoring such as: detecting falls, observing daily behavioural patterns for signs of issues and automatically interacting with the user to drive better health behaviours.

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Predictive analytics to improve health care

We use smart and effective tools — like artificial Intelligence and machine learning — to find individuals who are most at risk of contracting the flu and being admitted to hospital. Accurately predicting when and where flu activity will increase can enable us to better guide prevention efforts and health system readiness to protect patients and save lives. 

We make our predictions a number of months prior to the flu season. This leads to better planning and decision-making and can result in clinical outreach and engagement for flu vaccination. This targeted intervention modelling enables significant savings in unplanned hospital admissions and a better outcome for the individual.