Who’s Bill?

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"Need a ride to the clinic, sir?"

“I just gave the employee a ride to the OcMed clinic… whadaya mean it’s Work Comp?”

Did you know that, ‘Non-industrial’ or ‘not work related claims’ are still the employer’s responsibility if the patient was referred or brought in by the employer?  We have had several companies call us back in the last month and say, “This wasn’t work related, you need to bill the patient.” They don’t understand that because they brought the patient in for medical treatment or clearance to go back to work they are financially responsible.

Full details, per Cal OSHA as well as the difference between first aid and medical treatment here:

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STATE EPIDEMIOLOGIST RECOMMENDS FLU IMMUNIZATION FOR EVERYONE OVER SIX MONTHS OLD

STATE EPIDEMIOLOGIST RECOMMENDS FLU IMMUNIZATION FOR EVERYONE OVER SIX MONTHS OLD.

Physical Fitness Helps Men Working Long Hours

graphic of man on a clock faceWorkersCompensation.com’s CompNewsNetwork – Physical Fitness Helps Men Working Long Hours.

Help, I’ve Fallen for a Tiffany Medical Alert Bracelet!

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Alerts, plus your medical history

Medical-alert jewelry lets high-risk patients access critical data in emergencies

September 7, 2010 — 4:42am ET | By Neil Versel

Call it smart jewelry.

We tend to ignore most stories about personal health records because, despite the hype, PHRs haven’t exactly caught on with the public. But when Tiffany & Co. comes up with a $2,250 gold medical-alert bracelet, it’s newsworthy. When the story hits home for the reporter, as it does for Wall Street Journal health correspondent Laura Landro, we tend to pay more attention, too.

The Tiffany offering is perhaps the poshest example of a new generation of medical jewelry that does more than just carry an engraved name of a particular condition. As Landro reports, there’s a whole collection of bracelets, pendants, necklaces and watches hitting the market that direct first responders to a toll-free number or a website, or even send a text message to retrieve critical patient data in an emergency.

“As the recipient of a bone-marrow transplant for leukemia 18 years ago and three related procedures since then, I recently learned the hard way that I should be wearing a medical-identification bracelet myself. One morning in May I ended up in the emergency room after an internal injury resulted in heavy blood loss. When I was told I was going to need a blood transfusion, fortunately I was alert enough that a red flag went up in my head,” Landro writes. She needed blood that had been irradiated to prevent a potentially fatal reaction.

“During an annual checkup last month at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I received my original transplant, I informed my doctors about my emergency transfusion and they suggested wearing a bracelet in the future. Though transplant patients are told after discharge that they should receive only irradiated blood, the center is now formulating a policy to also advise them to wear a medical-alert bracelet.” Landro explains.

Many of today’s medical bracelets are backed by a subscription service that provides first responders and emergency caregivers with access to potentially lifesaving data. For those not big on the bling, Kaiser Permanente offers a $5, password-protected USB drive for patients in Northern California to carry their personal health records around. We note this because Kaiser already has an extensive EMR to output data to the external record. PHRs not “tethered” to a particular health system–like several products Landro mentions–aren’t really worth a mention here. Blame a FierceMobileHealthcare editor who wants to see some proof of widespread acceptance. None exists.

For more: – read this Wall Street Journal story

Read more: Medical-alert jewelry lets high-risk patients access critical data in emergencies – FierceMobileHealthcare http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/medical-alert-jewelry-lets-high-risk-patients-access-critical-data-emergencies/2010-09-07#ixzz0yskpvkOD

iHeart my iPhone

When Peter Bentley wrote the ‘iStethoscope’ app for the iPhone, it was meant, we think, to be entertainment. The $0.99 app has some surprisingly powerful features for recording and measuring heart beats, but the tiny iPhone microphone makes it quite difficult to use and a tad unreliable. In the U.S., the app hasn’t seen much success, but, overseas, it’s gained traction since Bentley introduced a free version last week.

With over 500 downloads per day, ‘iStethoscope’ has clearly piqued some people’s interest. The question is, are any of them doctors? The iPhone’s potential in the healthcare field is no secret, but thus far such uses have been confined to the likes of blood sugar meters and non-smoking apps. Is it possible for a medical professional to simply place her phone against your chest, and listen to and record your heart? Will doctors use their iPhones to perform ultrasounds, or to perform on-the-spot blood analysis? Maybe, but we won’t lie: If our doctor came to the examination room and started pressing his beat-up 3G against our chest, he’d only hear a heart attack.