January 16, 2018Back
Care at Your Fingertips
According to a Risk and Insurance article, shipments of smart wearables are expected to grow from 9.7 million in 2013 to 135 million in 2018. The constant evolution of technology has transformed the way in which the workers’ compensation industry operates by providing easier access to care for employees, minimizing work-related injury, and reducing costs.
Wearable technology can monitor and report employee wellness by tracking sensitive information throughout the day. These sensors have the ability to monitor lifting techniques and falls of employees which can ultimately help prevent injuries in the workplace. Glasses, helmets, vests, jewelry, watches, and shoes are some of the accessories that carry sensors to monitor movement, stress level, mood, fatigue, body temperature, and heart rate of employees throughout a workday.
The industry has already seen positive trends of employers’ adoption rates for technology with telehealth. A 2017 study of large U.S. employers revealed that 96% of employers will make telehealth services available in states where it is allowed in 2018 while 56% plan to offer telehealth for behavioral services, more than double the percentage in 2017.
“Telehealth was originally created to bring healthcare to rural areas. Now it brings healthcare to employees and allows employers the ability to create virtual clinics which, in turn, drives greater productivity,” said David Lupinsky, Vice President of Medical Review Services. “Telehealth is a viable option for employers of all sizes and while it is not for every case, it can take care of 40% of claims.”
As technology continues to evolve, injured workers’ abilities to connect with immediate, quality care also improves. To learn about CorVel’s innovative solutions including telehealth, visit their website.