August 23, 2017

One Call Expert: Using Data, Technology and Prevention to Reduce Workers’ Comp Claims Risk

Jacksonville, FL – How to use the latest technologies and programs to prevent injuries, heal and keep employees healthy was the topic of “Managing Risk: Prepare, Predict and Prosper,” presented August 7 at the Workers’ Compensation Institute’s 72nd annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Orlando.

“The proliferation of smart technology and predictive analytics is revolutionizing the way injured employees receive treatment, which is leading to a healthier workforce,” said Michelle Despres, vice president and national product leader for One Call Physical Therapy, a division of One Call Care Management (One Call).

Highlights of the presentation included:

  • The role of non-discriminatory post-offer employment testing (POET) to determine if a prospective hire is physically capable of doing the job for which they will be hired
  • A demonstration of the exoskeleton, a device that allows people who are paralyzed or severely injured to walk again
  • An explanation of how telemedicine and wearable technology are used in physical therapy to help patients be compliant and do their exercises correctly
  • Suggestions for creating wellness programs through sharing community resources, as many firms find they cannot afford onsite fitness centers
  • Advanced therapy programs for injured employees like work conditioning

The return on investment of these options can be substantial. For example, Despres noted that a single hire who is not physically capable of doing the job is not only at risk for injury, but can cost an employer $50,000 or more in lost productivity and other expenses.

“Being continuously proactive on workers’ compensation claims is a tremendous challenge,” concluded Despres. “However, the outcomes are so dramatically better and less costly that it makes sense for employers to make it a priority.”

Source: One Call

Disclosure:
One Call is a WorkCompWire ad partner.
This is not a paid placement.

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