[MCOH-EH] [EXTERNAL] Growing Pains for Centralized Employee Health

Thanassi, Wendy Wendy.Thanassi at va.gov
Wed Jan 25 14:22:04 PST 2017

You elucidate well some of the problems with PPD and solutions that are gained by using a 1-stop, electronically captured blood test (IGRA). In January 2009 we switched all TB surveillance testing to QuantiFERON and our workload decreased precipitously, our onboarding delays dropped in parallel, and tracking was no longer an issue.

Every PAVA employee and volunteer has a standing order for a QFT at-will. They are sent an email to report DIRECTLY to the lab (we don't even place an order) on their birth month (but can go any time) and the lab will draw the QFT. I has worked beautifully for the pat 8 years.

Chief, OH
Palo Alto VA

National Led, TB
Washington DC

From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces+wendy.thanassi=va.gov at mylist.net] On Behalf Of Weaver Meredith
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:58 PM
To: 'mcoh-eh at mylist.net'
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [MCOH-EH] Growing Pains for Centralized Employee Health

We are facing the challenges of providing employee health services to healthcare system that is growing a very rapid pace.  New clinics, off-site locations, and departments are being added monthly, if not weekly.  I have two questions for the group.

1.       One of our greatest challenges is in administering our tuberculosis testing program.  We currently place PPDs based upon the designated month for the employee's department.  It is becoming more and more difficult to manually update and maintain a list that is then tied to our electronic employee health record.  How do you administer your TB program? Do you designate testing by department by month, by the employee's birth date, etc.?  What challenges or advantages have you seen with your particular program method?

2.       If your healthcare system has gone through or is going through rapid growth, how have you managed providing fitness for duty testing and exposure management follow up to your off-site employees? Do you outsource, contract with other hospitals, travel, etc.?

 / Meredith R. Weaver, SHRM-CP
Manager, Employee Health
WVU Medicine
PO Box 8120
Morgantown, WV 26506-8120
Phone: 304-598-4000 ext. 77719
Clinic: 304-598-4160
Fax: 304-598-4957
weaverm at wvumedicine.org<mailto:weaverm at wvumedicine.org>

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