3 Essential Medical Functions of a Well-designed Occupational Health System
An Occupational Health System (OHS) should be able to perform proper occupational risk assessment, workplace hazard identification and employee health monitoring. In this post, we explore the medical aspect of a comprehensive OHS.
1. Medical Intervention
An OHS provides detailed medical intervention and injury management to improve employee health and disease management.
An integrated OHS solution will be more than capable of collecting, managing and analysing data related to primary health care, disease management and wellness specifics.
Furthermore, it allows the accurate capture of work-related injuries via injury on duty (IOD) functionality that classifies incidents and proceeds with medical treatment.
The medical intervention functionality is necessary to give an overview of a patient’s health status to management and medical practitioners, and in doing so avoiding any treatment conflicts and test duplications, thus reducing related medical expenses.
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2. Medical Surveillance
Powerful medical surveillance management increases compliance with health standards and regulations and reduces occupational risk.
Medical surveillance aims to correctly identify any adverse effects resulted from occupational health risks and related damage.
An OHS equipped with this functionality will collect and manage the relevant information, and then prepare it for actionable remedial medical examination procedures.
3. Post-Medical Specifications
Post-medical specifications are important to claims management derived from medical surveillance and intervention, injury on duty (IOD) and incapacity management.
This information allows medical practitioners to make decisions regarding the subsequent placement of an employee as far as physical compatibility with any post is concerned.
It can identify physical incompatibility to any post at an early stage, making changes in career planning possible. It can also recommend alternative work placements.
Furthermore, if all medical specifications concerning health risks, hazards and its potential consequences are correctly identified, it can also safeguard the company against unfounded health claims.
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