2019 Texas Workers’ Compensation Conference | Division of Workers’ CompensationOn November 14, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
[Commissioner Brown] This year’s conference theme is inspiring innovation. As improvements in technology have continued to be a driving factor in everything we do. [William Zachry] I think it’s important to bring the industry up to speed on new technologies, on best practices, and these kinds of conferences focus in on the right things to do that kind of work. [E-Learning Presentation] You probably spend a significant amount of time worrying about your safety program, or maybe how we pull down our workers’ comp rates, how we get people back to work faster. What we spend very little time talking about is how we don’t get people hurt in the first place. [Active Assailant Presentation] When we talk about recovery, that’s all I mean. Because we can rebuild buildings; we can’t necessarily rebuild people. Those scars are always going to be there,
but it is an important phase to complete this process. [Telemedicine Presentation] We found that one of the best advocates for telemedicine is actually the employers. Not only can they, you know, sort of sell the concept on the employees, and introduce it to them and offer it to them as a benefit,
but they can also go back to their network, to their carrier and say “hey, you know
what this is something we think is really cool and this is something that we want to
pursue.” [Medical Technology Presentation] Technology we’re talking about today is bio-ergonomics. Essentially, it’s using biology to help
understand a risk for back injury, shoulder injury, etc. [William Zachry] I really am impressed by the quality of the presentations, and I’m really impressed by the attention that the people are giving
during those presentations.