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Workers' compensation and wearable technology

Pennsylvania workers who are injured on the job may benefit from the advancements in wearable and smart technologies. The innovations are transforming certain aspects of workers' compensation, including how workplace injuries are managed, how quality care is provided and how rehabilitation is facilitated.

During a presentation at a Case Management Society of America conference, one speaker stated that wearables have evolved from their initial function as activity tractors. It is expected that wearables will have a bigger role in healthcare by being utilized to observe vital signs, including heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure. They can also have a role in the assessment of body mechanics so that injuries can be avoided and risks reduced. The presentation included an assessment of how the use of wearable technology was beneficial during the different stages of the workers' compensation system. This included the reporting of injuries, creation of a care and rehabilitation strategy, preventing injuries from reoccurring, and safety.

The wearable industry is projected to grow to nearly $70 billion in 2025. There could be an even more pressing demand in the healthcare industry for wearables with the need for tools that have real-time monitoring capabilities to assist with the management of hypertension, diabetes and other types of chronic conditions.

People who have sustained workplace injuries may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These can include the payment of medical expenses and in some cases the replacement of a portion of wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney can often be of assistance with the preparation and filing of the required claim documentation.

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