OptumHealth Education (OHE) focuses educational activities on topics related to patient management and strives to offer information that health care professionals (HCPs) can use in their clinical practice or in the managed care setting. To achieve this goal, OHE combines adult learning principles with professional competencies outlined by national health professional organizations and health professional educational associations.

Research completed by the Institute of Medicine has indicated that traditional methods of continuing education (CE) do not adequately meet the life-long learning needs of most HCPs. The strategy of OHE is to enhance current practice in complex medical care by recruiting faculty actively practicing and conducting research, who are industry thought leaders and often medical educators in their respective clinical or professional areas.

The faculty recruited to present acknowledge the education gaps identified in the needs assessment and analysis; their resulting presentations reflect current national standards of practice and discuss successes and failures experienced by active practitioners. Information presented in this manner impacts all types of HCPs who are involved in the integrated and collaborative health care delivery system.

OHE activity agendas, course descriptions, and learning objectives reflect the manner in which the OHE planning team takes into consideration the five primary core competencies as illustrated by the following:

  • Patient-centered care
  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Informatics