Would You Trust a Robot-Doctor? Why or Why Not?

This article is meant as a thought experiment for our readers. Thoughts expressed herein are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect that of RateFast.

It’s big news every time that somebody dies in an accident due to a self-driving car. The year is 2020 and it’s understandable why people still have concerns about having a self-driving car of their own. Despite the trepidation of many, the fact of the matter is that car companies continue to make and advance these automated technologies, because people continue to buy them.

One way to look at self-driving cars, is to say that people are literally trusting their lives to these devices and the companies who have developed them. When you look at it that way, envisioning a robotic doctor isn’t all that different.
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Work Ethic: The Duty of the Physician in Workers’ Comp

If you know a physician who provides workers’ compensation in their clinic, known as a PTP (Primary Treating Physician), then you probably know that they are very busy people. The reason for this is because they are responsible for collecting far more data from a patient who is coming in for a workers’ comp injury, than any other routine doctor’s visit.
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Utilization Review: Phone Tag, but With Fax Machines

The leaps in technology used for medicine is staggering. In the past few years, machines like the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) show how cancer cells can be eliminated using sound waves alone. Every day, a new breakthrough has been found, or is in the process of testing.

… but it still takes doctors up to a month to speak to each other in order to get a patient the treatment that they need for their workplace injury.

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The Astronomical Costs of California Work Comp, Explained

California is a desirable place to live. Is known for its dynamic landscape, unique flora and fauna, access to the Pacific Ocean, temperate climate, etc. As long as California has been charted, media like movies and music have touted the marvels of the land. On top of all of this, the state is an economic giant for entertainment media, agriculture, and tech.

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On-Site Clinics: How They Help Workplaces, Corruption, and What to do if Your Claim is Being Wrongfully Denied

Some companies are so large that it benefits them to have a medical clinic on-site, in order to handle first-aid, routine check-ups, and workers’ comp injuries in-one.

Job sites like large offices and construction sites have chosen to use on-site clinics due to a range of benefits for both employer and employee.

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Grading Your Reports: Data Integrity, Completeness, and Quality

Imagine that you were able to know whether or not your claim was going to drag out due to errors in writing workers’ comp reports. How much time would it save you to go back and correct a few simple mistakes?

Data Integrity, a unique feature of RateFast, does exactly that.

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Nurse Case Managers in California Workers’ Comp

We’ve now mentioned the many different stakeholders that can enter a workers’ comp claim. The stakeholders in any and every work comp claim are the injured worker, the PTP (Primary Treating Physician), and the insurance adjuster. In California, if a claim gets tricky, an attorney and a QME can join the claim.

Still more stakeholders can join the claim in order to help things along. The nurse case manager is one such stakeholder.
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