Documenting occupational history: the value to patients, payers, and researchers.
Luckhaupt-SE; Calvert-GM; Sweeney-MH
J AHIMA 2011 Jul; 82(7):34-37
Timely recognition of work-related injuries and illnesses requires that work history be captured in every patient's record. Timely recognition can lead to reductions in hazardous exposures to individual patients, improve Ěthe llkelihood that resulting costs are paid for by the employer responsible for the workplace exposures, and can produce robust databases useful for recognizing, managing, and preventing work-related injuries and illnesses. The national effort to promote electronic health records makes this an important time to advance the capture of standard occupational data elements that will enhance occupational disease and injury recognition and prevention from three perspectives: prevention and treatment of individual casesof occupational injury or diseasei identification of occupational disease outbreaks or clustersj and surveillance, epidemiology, and research of occupational injmies or diseases.
Epidemiology; Risk-factors; Information-processing; Occupational-exposure; Medical-research; Information-systems; Surveillance-programs
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
Journal of the American Health Information Management Association