Research & Development

We are pursuing practical innovation to address cost, quality and access to health care – from early stage research to pilot programs to new business models.

At UnitedHealth Group, we continually experiment, improvise and strive to create new products and services that aim to improve the health care system. By collaborating with external partners across various industries that challenge status quo thinking, we believe we can create opportunities to advance innovation and address the issues expressed by the individuals we serve, providers and customers, and demonstrated in our data. We reinvest in order to scale these meaningful solutions to improve outcomes and increase savings that will make health care better in every community.  

Explore Innovation at UnitedHealth Group

Blockchain-Driven Effort Launched to Tackle Care Provider Data Issues

Five leading health care organizations, including Optum and UnitedHealthcare, are launching a pilot program applying blockchain technology to improve data quality and reduce administrative costs associated with changes to health care provider demographic data, a difficult issue facing organizations across the health system.

Study Explores Whether Free Rides Lead to Better Health

Lack of affordable transportation can lead to social isolation and limit access to health care. A study by AARP Foundation, University of Southern California Center for Body Computing and UnitedHealthcare is exploring whether free rides affect participants’ health, social connectedness and compliance with medical appointments.

PreCheck MyScript: Simplifying the Drug Prescribing Experience

A new online solution is making it easier for physicians to ensure people receive the right prescription medications for the most reasonable cost, without delay.

New Prenatal Care Model Aims to Reduce Nation's Preterm Birth Rate

March of Dimes and UnitedHealth Group have launched a new group prenatal care program to help improve mothers' and babies' health during pregnancy, birth and infancy. The program is designed to help reduce the incidence of preterm births and low birth-weight babies. 

A Physician’s View on Telehealth Visits: Virtual Visits in the Primary Care Office

Weill Cornell Medicine is working on a pilot with UnitedHealthcare to integrate telemedicine into its office based practice. The virtual visits are enabling doctors to offer greater access and convenience to patients.

Leading the Way in Value-Based Care

UnitedHealthcare is leading the way in value-based care. This new model of health care promotes better health, better care and lower costs through innovative partnerships with care providers and consumers.  

Thought Leadership

Clinical and health industry professionals from UnitedHealth Group, Optum and UnitedHealthcare bring decades of evidence-based research and hands-on development experience to our work in helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone. Thought-leaders on a broad spectrum of health care issues can be available for public speaking opportunities, panel discussions and educational programs, as their schedules permit. 


Speakers Bureau


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Did you know?


UnitedHealth Group invests more than $3.3 billion annually in innovation and technology. 

mission culture

Innovation is central to our mission and culture


UnitedHealth Group has a history of nurturing innovation across its businesses.