Data-Driven Decisions and Healthcare: Lessons from COVID-19

COVID-19 taught us the power of data-driven decisions in occupational health. Employers mobilized to address the pandemic. But what if there's another workplace pandemic threatening your employees' safety? It might not be an infectious disease but could be ergonomic issues, cardiovascular problems, lifting injuries, or other recurring health threats. Our team helps you identify these hidden risks. For instance, one client saved money and improved safety by replacing old equipment responsible for costly injuries. By leveraging data and technology, you can pinpoint workplace pandemics and intervene early, creating a safer, healthier, and more productive workplace. Don't miss this opportunity for a better response. Contact us today.
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Employers worldwide have undertaken massive efforts over the past year to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The SARS COV-2 virus is truly a pandemic by definition.  It has a widespread impact around the globe and affects every country on the planet.  We have become accustomed to seasonal influenza, cold viruses, and similar annual nuisances.  However, the world hasn’t seen a global pandemic of this nature in over 100 years.  Here are some lessons from COVID-19 that will help you make data-driven decisions.

What can we learn from COVID-19?

In response to the pandemic, we all mobilized.  We started wearing masks, sanitizing surfaces, and using plastic barriers at our counters.  We implemented COVID response protocols, we tested, and we’re vaccinating.  Work Health Solutions has been a leader in the COVID-19 response, providing solutions to state and local governments, airports and transit facilities, amusement parks, Fortune 500 companies, and a host of employers, large and small.  We are providing those services in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, and Europe.  Our COVID-19 services run the gamut, including screening, testing, policy recommendations, vaccination programs, and patient care.  In response to what we all have identified as a pandemic, employers have shown an incredible ability to marshal resources to address the occupational health threat that is COVID-19.

Is there another pandemic in your workplace?

What if we told you that your workplace has another pandemic in it?  What if COVID-19 is not the only threat to your employee’s health and safety?

Sounds ridiculous, no?  What other kinds of workplace pandemics could you possibly have?  Imagine the scope of your “world” as the scope of your workplace.  What other injuries and illnesses have reached pandemic levels?  In some workplaces, ergonomics issues and related injuries are a pandemic.  It may be In other workplaces, cardiovascular issues have reached pandemic levels.  In yet other workplaces, lifting injuries or repetitive strain injuries are a pandemic.  Certainly, these aren’t infectious diseases.  But what if they’re occurring with enough frequency in the workplace that you are losing productivity and incurring injuries?  They can represent just as much of a threat to your employees’ safety as an infectious disease.

We’ve shown we can respond to occupational health threats in the workplace.  Are you doing enough to know what your occupational health threats really are?

Making Data-Driven Decisions About Occupational Health

In one example from our team, a new client had an employee suffer a workplace injury while operating a piece of specialized equipment.  The equipment was old and had very poor ergonomics, but it was very costly to replace, so it remained in use.  When the injury occurred, our team evaluated the injury.  We then discussed the equipment with the on-site environmental health and safety (EHS) team.  When the EHS team looked back at past injuries, they found that this one piece of equipment had generated hundreds of thousands of dollars of injuries.  These injuries represented a huge percentage of the workplace’s OSHA recordable incidents.

Our team was able to work with the employer’s EHS team to propose a replacement for the equipment.  The employer was able to identify that by incurring the cost of replacing the equipment, they could avoid a substantial number of injuries each year.  Avoiding those injuries and their expense would more than pay for the costs of the new, more ergonomic machine.  The employer realized that their workplace pandemic was an old, dangerous machine.  Their data-driven decision to replace it was founded on our review of their recordable injuries.  That employer saved money, avoided injuries, and avoided lost productivity.  It was also widely praised by employees who appreciated having a newer, safer, and more comfortable machine to use.

Leverage Data and Technology to Enable Better Occupational Healthcare 

When you study your workplace illnesses and injuries and the causes of employee lost time from all sources, you can identify where your workplace pandemics exist.  A core component of our services is working to generate clear, accurate records.  We leverage our world-class IT and electronic health record system.  Our clients can view key performance indicators and understand their return on investment in occupational health.  They can also view the objective data showing where their workplace pandemics exist.  We give our clients the tools to intervene and create a safer workplace.

If you could go back a year in time and have an earlier, more informed response to the COVID-19 pandemic, would you?  What if you’re missing the opportunity for early intervention in the next workplace pandemic?  Contact us today to find out more about our services and learn how you can create a safer, healthier, and more productive workplace.

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  • Successfully led medical operations at a national healthcare provider, focusing on optimizing healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.
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Dr. Matt Feeley is a renowned figure in military aviation medicine, with a robust background in occupational and environmental medicine from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

  • Former Naval Flight Surgeon, exemplifying his expertise in aerospace medicine and commitment to military health.
  • Served with distinction at NSA Bahrain and HSM-37, earning the COMPACFLT Flight Surgeon of the Year award for exceptional medical service.
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Dr. Glen Cheng

A physician-attorney with a dedication to healthcare innovation, informatics, and digital health.

  • Currently spearheads employee health protection and promotion within the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System.
  • Trained in residency at Harvard, achieving board certification as a physician; also a licensed patent attorney with experience as FDA regulatory counsel.
  • Co-founded Acceleromics, a consulting firm providing clinical and regulatory guidance to digital health startups.

Erin Davis

 Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, certified in Adult-Gerontology (AGNP-C) and Athletic Training (ATC).

  • Oversees clinical operations and ensures high clinical standards across the company’s national field staff.
  • Former Manager of Clinic Operations and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC).
  • Specialized in treating occupational injuries and illnesses, and provided medical surveillance and travel medicine consults at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Lab.
  • Dedicated to sports and occupational injury treatment and prevention.
  • Assistant Clinical Faculty at UCSF, mentoring students in clinical rotations within the Adult Gerontology and Occupational and Environmental Health Program.
  • Holds leadership roles as Treasurer and President Elect of the California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses (CECRAOHN), affiliated with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN).

Dr. Robert Goldsmith

Expert in benefits design and onsite innovation with specialization in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Previous role as Executive Director for Employee Health at Novartis Services, Inc., leading health services and clinical support.
  • Instrumental in creating an integrated healthcare system at Novartis.
  • Former private practice in internal medicine in Stamford, Connecticut, and Medical Director consultant for GTE Corporation.
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  • Holds a medical degree from Albert Einstein College, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and completed training at Greenwich Hospital and Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
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  • Serves as a team physician for high school athletes in Stamford.
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