An electronic medical record (EMR) system that is maintained separately from an enterprise-wide EMR is a key contributor to an occupational health program’s success.
Having invested in a global EMR system, hospitals and clinic networks understandably want to maximize the system’s capabilities. However, large-scale inpatient and ambulatory care EMR systems are not designed to manage the specific clinical, legal and financial aspects of occupational health as a business enterprise.
Applying a system-wide information management solution to occupational health might be compared to using a blunt instrument to perform brain surgery. While experts in health information technology acknowledge the advantages of using an ambulatory care EMR, they also note that integrated components of such systems are not necessarily the best match for certain provider’s needs.
Advantages associated with using a dedicated EMR include streamlined workflow, greater accuracy in clinical documentation and improved patient outcomes. These advantages extend to client companies as well as management of the parent healthcare organization’s own workforce.
SYSTOC, UL Workplace Health and Safety’s software for provider-based occupational health programs, is designed to manage workers’ compensation, claim submission and payment systems to maximize reimbursement. SYSTOC is also capable of aggregating data and generating trend reports for employers, a critical contributor to customer relations and retention. Tap2Chart, SYSTOC’s real-time documentation tool, allows providers to document the patient note directly in the EMR.
An investment in a dedicated occupational health information management solution supports safer, healthier workplaces and business success.