Workplace Health Informatics

Definition - What does Workplace Health Informatics mean?

Workplace health informatics is a subspecialty of the biomedical informatics industry targeted specifically toward harnessing technology to maximize and optimize the use of workplace health information. Biomedical informatics can be abbreviated BMI, but should not be confused with body mass index. The informatics industry includes the study and application of technology handling processes for the purpose of analyzing, sharing, storing, and generating information. This field has developed in response to private and government initiatives advocating for greater use of technology for medical records storage and manipulation.

WorkplaceTesting explains Workplace Health Informatics

Information is an essential component to a successful workplace health promotion program. Workplace health informatics allows employers to collect, maintain, and analyze data in order to plan, implement, and improve their workplace health promotion program. Informatics may be used to collect and analyze employee health surveys, track individual and population health trends, and maintain and store ongoing records related to the health program. Workplace health informatics facilitates the sharing of information and new developments in the workplace health field among employers, private parties, and government agencies in order to improve overall health-related outcomes. For example, the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a system used by the majority of U.S. health plans to measure performance. This allows employers and employees alike to compare different health plans based on the same set of criteria.

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