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Occupational Health

EMRs Help Master Complexities Between Employer & Occupational Health Services

August 13, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Success in occupational health service delivery largely depends on a healthcare organization’s ability to meet the needs of all stakeholders. In hospitals and health systems, occupational health (e.g., workers’ compensation injury treatment and management, screening exams, medical surveillance, wellness/health promotion, outpatient rehabilitation) is a strategic business initiative that spans the care continuum. It provides a dynamic portal of access to healthcare services for employers, employees and their dependents. 

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Minimize Patient Privacy Risks With a Dedicated Occ Health EMR System

June 03, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Occupational health is an information-intensive business encompassing a broad spectrum of services. Consequently, provider-based occupational health programs typically cannot achieve their full potential without a dedicated information management solution designed to ensure connectivity, security, immediacy and accuracy in data collection, documentation, reporting, coding and billing.

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A Dedicated Occupational Health EMR System Supports Safer, Healthier Workplaces

May 27, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

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.

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, workplace wellness, EMR

Examiner bulk reporting capability will help expedite commercial driver certificates

February 12, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The countdown to enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new commercial driver medical examiner program continues. The day of reckoning is May 21.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, industrial, driver safety, employee health, transportation

NIOSH urges collaboration to capitalize on elusive workers’ compensation claims data

January 21, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A new primer from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies explains how insurance claims data could be used more effectively to help prevent occupational injuries and illness.

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Topics: occupational health, industrial, EHS, absenteeism, human resources, OSHA recordkeeping

Workers’ compensation case trackers – your guides to return to work

December 06, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The way workers’ compensation cases are tracked from admission to discharge can be a differentiator when an employer is selecting an occupational medicine provider to become its partner in the management of workforce health and well-being.

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Topics: occupational health, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, absenteeism, human resources

Follow California’s training lead to prevent workplace sexual harassment claims

December 05, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In my home town in California, workplace sexual harassment allegations that came to light in November have shaken the sheriff’s department and rattled the community. The lurid “he said/she said” claims being publicly aired are familiar to many employers who have dealt with sexual harassment lawsuits.

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Topics: training, occupational health, industrial, risk management, employees, human resources

Industries grapple with business necessity of employee flu vaccination

November 19, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In a recent post, I discussed the rights of healthcare organizations to mandate flu vaccinations and for employees to decline them. Other types of industries are also wrestling with this issue. Many employers have business needs, worker protection and public health concerns that may justify a flu vaccine policy.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, employee health, illness prevention, absenteeism, employees, workplace wellness

While U.S. government slumbers, President signs a commercial driver sleep disorder bill

October 21, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Transportation companies, commercial drivers and the medical professionals who certify them as physically fit for duty may be in for another long ride – legislatively speaking, that is.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, transportation, risk management

Turning employee health and safety record keeping to your advantage

August 12, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Employers can perceive mandatory record keeping as either a burden or an opportunity.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, OSHA 300, occupational safety, injury prevention, EHS, OSHA recordkeeping

Karen O'Hara

Karen O’Hara is Director of Marketing and Communications for WorkCare, a national, physician-owned company specializing in medical surveillance, work injury care management and onsite clinics. Her former positions include Managing Editor at UL, where she served as a writer/editor, subject matter expect and curriculum planner for workplace health and safety initiatives. She also served as Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief with RYAN Associates and the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals and reporter at a daily newspaper specializing in healthcare, education and local government coverage. She has 23 years of experience in occupational health and safety.
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