Books, articles and commentaries abound on the value of empowering people to take a more active role in managing their own health.
The way employers enable learning and information-sharing plays an influential role in whether new employees will become safety leaders or safety liabilities.
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 […]
Employer engagement exists when the values and practices of a company support the needs of society as well as the profitability of the business.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.