Employee health departments provide critical services to their respective organizations – from new hire health risk assessments to exposure handling and employee population health management. To see how health departments were managing these challenges we conducted interviews with 17 provider employee health department leaders
Our interviews focused on three areas
Within large US provider organizations the scope of employee health services range from pure employee health to full population health. Our view is that a population health approach is the future model of employee health. Provider organizations looking to establish a population health offering to patients should view employee health as a natural starting point to develop and test the model within a controlled demographic.
Types of employee health departments defined
Clearly registered nurses are the backbone of employee health departments. However, large organizations have an opportunity to augment registered nurses with lower level providers, ensuring all department members work at the top of their license, while reducing the overall labor cost within the department.
The majority of organizations operate in a local model, but to be best-in-class, larger organizations should operate in a hybrid model, maximizing staff efficiency.
Employee Health is seeing advancement in Technology Systems that when used properly and fully can significantly reduce the workload of staff members. In particular, the advancements in data entry and analytics can significantly improve the efficiency of an Employee Health Department, freeing providers from hours of manual data entry. Additionally, the growth of data analytics capabilities allow leadership real time insight into compliance rates and an ability to identify potential risk factors.
By conducting a review of operations, staffing and technology, Employee Health Departments can maximize the value provided to organizations, while ensuring the highest level of safety is maintained for the employees.
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