We believe there has been a significant growth in the
area of occupational medical services in current times. There has been a lack of
continuity of care and indeed coordination of all services in the management of
injured/ill workers in the past and to some degree, in today's system. This is
evidenced by prolonged delays, waiting periods, etc., all of which has impacted
negatively on the expeditious rehabilitation of injured/ill workers. AOMS believes
that independent occupational medical assessments out-sourced from the workplace
environment offer the optimal form of early medical intervention to provide
standardised monitoring, health care and rehabilitative efforts required for the
management of injured/ill employees. AOMS has a proven track record in the provision
of this type of service and offers it's facility in St. John's and it's network of
designed physicians for such assessments and patient monitoring visits. AOMS has
in-house reporting formats to ensure appropriate transfer of information associated
with independent medical examinations. AOMS can provide statistical evidence of
positive results in the area of disability management from a number of it's clients and
has permission to do so if necessary.
Such medical monitoring of absence will assist the employer's attendance control
program. It has been demonstrated in industry that early intervention on behalf
of the employer in the form of medical absence monitoring is effective in reducing lost
time, thus positively impacting on the corporate balance sheet.The client's Human
Resources Department should work closely with the occupational health provider group
and develop and clearly identify each other's roles in an attendance control program.
Timely independent medical examinations are conducted by AOMS physicians based
on the attendance control program.
How does this work?
Timely independent medical examinations are conducted by AOMS
physicians based on the attendance control program. Such examinations serve to
determine the legitimacy and likely seriousness of the medical absence and particularly
to expedite medical management, rehabilitation, and the return to work process through
interaction with family physicians, physiotherapists, consultants, etc.
The design of the return to work process in terms of ease back, modified duties, etc.,
is effected through ongoing interaction between examining physicians and the HR manager
or supervisor. It is important that employers make early return to work programs on a
temporary basis. This is considered to be a major factor in expeditious rehabilitation
and reduction in duration of disability claims, and is to be considered therapeutic in