Technological Advancements in Medicine and
Their Claims Impact
Erin O’Neill, Senior Managing Attorney/Clinical Director – Complex Claims Division, MEDVAL
Geoff Zanetti, Manager, Workers’ Compensation, FedEx Freight
1: 45 - 2: 45 p.m.
Technological progress in medical treatments, pharmaceuticals and surgeries change the
healthcare provided to injured workers. But many advancements come at significantly increased
cost and may not be appropriate for every situation. This session will outline recent medical
technological developments, explain their impact on claims and help claims payers assess their
value. The presenters will discuss high-tech prosthetics, exoskeletons, concussion detecting blood
tests, transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression, targeted and digital medications, robotic
assisted and stealth guided surgical procedures, and virtual and augmented reality applications.
• Detect potentially relevant technological advancement in medicine,
Properly Designed Early Intervention:
pharmaceutical and surgery
• Recognize issues, including availability and cost/benefit, impacting
current and future claims
• Formulate strategies for determining whether and when new
technology use is appropriate
A Workers’ Compensation MSD Speed Bump
Curt De Weese, Director, Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions
Kevin Hollingshead, Director of HSE – US, DB Schenker
3 - 4 p.m.
An early-intervention program, with the appropriate services provided on-site, prevents minor
musculoskeletal discomforts from progressing into OSHA recordable injuries with the potential for
lost time and a need for additional medical care. Success, however, requires applying the right
resources, like OSHA-allowable first aid, worksite evaluation, job coaching and correcting ergonomic
stressors. Hear how DB Schenker, a worldwide logistics and transportation employer, reduced
musculoskeletal disorders by implementing such a program across multiple distribution sites.
• Identify an early intervention program’s structure and components
• Review OSHA allowable first-aid care and what constitutes a
• Determine an early intervention program’s impact and benefits
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