NIOSH partners with agencies to organize workers' comp data
Integrating key workers' comp data with electronic medical record systems is among the intermediate goals of a new workers' comp study center.
Organizations such as NCCI and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissioners are partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on the new study center.
The NIOSH Center for Workers' Compensation Studies will "organize workers' compensation data that are already being analyzed by NIOSH researchers in existing programs," the agency announced. "This is important because coordinated workers' compensation research has been conducted mostly at large commercial insurers, state-based insurers, or organizations such as the NCCI which cannot always widely distribute their research findings."
The idea is to use the data in NIOSH's surveillance and research activities to prevent and reduce work-related injuries and illnesses. "Surveillance is the process used to identify trends and track work-related injuries and illnesses," NIOSH said. "Through research, we are working to understand the full economic impact of work-related injuries and illnesses and develop prevention strategies."
The strategic goals are:
- Use workers' comp data to identify and track work-related health conditions. This includes activities to understand the uses and limitations of workers' comp systems for research and surveillance of work-related health conditions, analyze existing state-level workers' comp data and use results to identify research and intervention priorities, and integrate key workers' comp data with electronic medical record systems.
- Understand and reduce risk factors for injuries/illnesses through economic and intervention research. This will involve characterizing occupational injury and illness risk, severity, and cost using workers' comp data across states, industries, size of employers, and occupations, and identifying employer, carrier, and state policies, programs, and characteristics that significantly impact injury and illness rates and costs among workers.
NIOSH is conducting analyses across a variety of industry sectors, including construction, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, public safety, services, mining, transportation, warehousing, and wholesale and retail trade.
By Nancy Grover
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July 22, 2013
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