Occupational medicine, until 1960 called industrial medicine,is the branch of medicine which is concerned
with the maintenance of health in the workplace, including prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries,
with secondary objectives of maintaining and increasing productivity and social adjustment in the workplace.
Therefore the branch of clinical medicine active in the field of occupational health and safety. OM specialists
work to ensure that the highest standards of occupational health and safety are achieved and maintained in
the workplace. While OM may involve a wide number of disciplines, it centers on preventive medicine and
the management of illness, injury, and disability related to the workplace. Occupational physicians must
have a broad knowledge of clinical medicine and be competent in some important fields. They often advise
international bodies, governmental and state agencies, organizations, and trade unions.
Doctors in occupational medicine diagnose, manage and prevent disease that has been caused or exacerbated by workplace
factors. They are concerned with all aspects of the effects of work on health and health on work.
Benefits of Occupational Medicine
Every employer is well aware of how important the health of their employees is. A happy and healthy person
is much more productive, motivated, and eager to work. In order to protect employees’ well-being,
it’s wise to consider occupational health care as part of your larger health plan. Its main goals
are providing a healthy and safe working environment, preventing any work-related diseases, and ensuring
that employees retain their ability to work.
Mega Health Services is composed of a team of occupational health specialists who treat new and current Work Comp patients every month.
Here are some benefits of occupational medicine that every employer should be familiar with.
- Specialists in workplace medicine: Mega Health Services offers Occupational health providers who are specialists
in occupational medicine.
- Quick and convenient care: At Urgent Care facilities,
anyone is welcomed. This may include infants suffering from the flu to the elderly coming in for joint pain.
At these facilities, wait times can skyrocket! Occupational Medicine facilities such as Mega Health Services have lower wait
times because they are not open to the entire population and focus strictly on workplace injuries.
- Focus on lowering health care costs: Occupational medicine providers are aware of the increasing
financial pressures on their company clients, big and small. Therefore, they keep injury cases to
a minimum of visits and schedule only appropriate services.
- Customer-service oriented: Occupational medicine emphasizes service because their clients are companies
of all sizes. Addressing a small company's health care needs is quite different than working with a
large company; therefore, customer service must be comprehensive and flexible. Many clinics have their
physicians regularly call or meet with employers to discuss patient care.
- Corporate compliance: Occupational health clinics assist companies with corporate compliance programs
for driver's physicals, drug and alcohol screening programs, OSHA requirements, hearing conservation
- Mega Health Services provides secure access to the employers (through employer portal) to view
details of their employee’s work status, appointments, and health-related issues.
Clinic satisfies the individualized needs of the employees by effectively managing their health and care protocols.
Capturing health information and managing health records for the entire workforce for employers.
Understanding the epidemiology and risk factors for chronic conditions impacting the workforce in different industrial sectors.
- Ensuring health and safety of healthcare workers
- Focused specialists: Mega Health Services is specialist in the field of industrial and workplace medicine. It is available to discuss
cases with insurance carriers, we understand the importance of communication and we appreciate the
significance of return-to-work programs and state worker's compensation guidelines.
Role of Occupational Health Physicians
Occupational medicine aims to prevent diseases and promote wellness among workers. Occupational health physicians must:
- Have knowledge of potential hazards in the workplace including toxic properties of materials used.
- Be able to evaluate employee fitness for work.
- Be able to diagnose and treat occupational disease and injury.
- Know about rehabilitation methods, health education, and government laws and regulations concerning workplace health.
- Be able to manage health service delivery.