About 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.

Zero Tolerance for Workplace Violence Assaults

Zero Tolerance for Workplace Violence Assaults

It’s hard to imagine a seemingly passive elderly relative assaulting a well-meaning caregiver, but it’s actually a relatively common occurrence. Information on work-related assaults and homicides featured in a National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) research brief on Violence in the Workplace further substantiates the need for interventions to protect vulnerable healthcare workers while they […]

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EMRs Help Master Complexities Between Employer & Occupational Health Services

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 […]

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Comprehensive Workplace Safety Programs Emphasize Psychological Safety

Employees naturally want to feel “psychologically safe” when they express emotions, air complaints, or make suggestions. You know your workplace is psychologically safe when employees take interpersonal risks when communicating with team members and up the chain of command. The opportunity to embed a true culture of learning and safety is impaired when ideas and […]

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Minimize Patient Privacy Risks With a Dedicated Occ Health EMR System

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

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 […]

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Incident management reporting critical part of pipeline safety strategy

Messages emanating from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) emphasize the value of a workplace culture that encourages incident management reporting and early intervention. Section 171.15 of Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180) requires notice of certain hazardous materials incidents “as soon as practical but no later than […]

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