What is occupational medicine? According to Wikipedia, occupational medicine specialists work to ensure that the highest standards of occupational health and safety can be achieved and maintained. While it may involve a wide number of disciplines, it centers on the preventive medicine and management of illness, injury or disability that is related to the workplace. […]
Moving Beyond Outcome Metrics The proliferation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), spurred by the healthcare industry shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, has focused healthcare executives’ attention towards clinical outcome metrics. Yet the greatest barriers–individual clinician practices– remain difficult to manage within the population health clinical delivery value chain. The solution: leveraging software as a service […]
Dr. W. Edward Deming authored Total Quality Management, which espoused a group approach to management. Applying his concepts meant that management would encourage employees to join in the process of continuous improvement. His methods helped Japan recover following WWII. In fact, he is still revered there as a business hero.
Work-related stress can kill. Sometimes it kills quickly with a stress-induced heart attack. This technically categorizes work-related stress with other types of fatal exposures to notoriously hazardous substances such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and arsine gas. Stress can also have a slow and insidious adverse affect on health – causing or exacerbating depression, muscle […]
The weather might be hot and hazy outside, but it’s already time to start thinking about the upcoming flu season. In March, the FDA recommended trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines for the 2016-17 flu season. Recently, studies have shown that the nasal spray version of the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not effective and the CDC […]
U.S. workplace law is still in a hazy area when it comes to marijuana. More than half of the states have approved it for medical use, decriminalized it, or legalized it completely. Everywhere, however, it remains on the Schedule I list of controlled substances. Possession and use of marijuana—even when prescribed by a licensed physician—is […]
The Importance of Safety Data for Occupational Health Like most things in business, workplace health and safety can be analyzed in terms of its cost or benefit. Safety managers and HR departments both need to demonstrate safety as a business value. Often, safety activities are viewed as a cost or overhead. An injury is a […]
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 […]
March 24, 2014 is World Tuberculosis Day. The slogan this year is “Reach the 3 million.” Every year, approximately 9 million people are afflicted by this infectious disease. Of those, 3 million are “missed” by health systems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 450,000 people were infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012.