Electronic Health Records and Occupational Data A Call for Promoting Interoperability

ACOEM proposes the criteria which EHR systems should meet to effectively share occupational health information to optimize medical care and improve the health of American workers. ACOEM supports the secure collection and incorporation of data about a patient’s job duties, occupational hazards, and function in EHRs. To recognize and treat work‐related conditions and to prevent injury and illness in other workers, all physicians require a basic knowledge of a worker’s job duties and hazards. Furthermore, a physician’s understanding of a patient’s job tasks facilitates prompt and safe return to work. Finally, incorporating basic occupational information into EHRs will contribute to public health practice and research. 
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