MetLife Opens Research Innovation Hub in North Carolina

MetLife – the insurance firm – is investing big dollars into tech and innovation with the recent launch of a new hub dedicated to tech and innovation in North Carolina.
artist's rendering of the new high-tech campus
Artist’s rendering of the new high-tech campus

MetLife – the insurance firm –  is investing big dollars into tech and innovation with the recent launch of a new hub dedicated to tech and innovation in North Carolina.

The state-of-the-art campus represents a multi-million dollar investment for the firm and will bring thousands of jobs to the region. The company broke ground on the new facility at the beginning of this month, but the site is progressing quickly.

The firm will shift jobs from Boston and Lowell, Mass.; Somerset, N.J.; Bloomfield, Conn.; Johnstown; Warwick, R.I.; and Aliso Viejo and Irvine, Calif. to a new consolidated facility in Charlotte (for MetLife’s retail business). The global technology and operations (GTO) hub, an expansion for the firm, will be based in Cary.

Here’s a neat video showcasing the new operation in Cary:

MetLife GTO  delivers the technological solutions that allow MetLife to deliver world class customer service. The expansion in North Carolina was a perfect fit due to the research triangle’s concentration of tech workers. The new hub is currently hiring like mad, so take a look if you fit the bill.

As a part of this new focus on tech and innovation, MetLife also hosted hackathon to brainstorm ways to deliver quality of care for veterans. Seventy-five experts gathered for a 32 hour “techjam” at the new research triangle facility. Event participants were challenged to develop Electronic Health Record solutions to make it easier to share information among the VA’s 15oo facilities.

“The ideas and technologies that emerged out of the TechJam are a tremendous advancement into our ongoing efforts to improve veteran data management,” said Joe Paiva, Chief Technology Strategist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Veterans need a system that can help them be informed, active participants in their medical care. In order to achieve this, veterans need a system that helps break down the silos that can hinder them from receiving the most comprehensive and coordinated care possible. Few companies have been able to offer a solution that takes into account the complexity of the VA system, so we are thrilled at the opportunity to enhance our veterans’ lives with this technology. These solutions will be revolutionary for both medical providers who serve our vets and veterans themselves.”

All the participants’ creations are now publicly available through open source code.

Check out the microsite for more information on the new GTO hub.

This post was sponsored by MetLife GTO.

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