RMIS system switch ahead? 5 important factors to avoid hidden costs and lost time

RMIS system switch

Perhaps outdated technology or the need for functionality that can handle changes to risk management practices means your existing RMIS has outlived its usefulness. Or, based on recent developments, you may be taking proactive steps in the face of the uncertainties that come with the acquisition of your RMIS vendor.

Regardless of why you’re looking to change systems, one thing is certain—you don’t want to have to go through the process again any time soon. When evaluating RMIS vendors, consider the following factors to reduce the likelihood that you’ll encounter the unexpected when it comes to getting a new RMIS up and running. This can help ensure that you avoid hidden costs months—or even years—down the road.

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Adding sketch elements to mobile forms to improve data collection

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Loss reduction efforts and improvements in safe workplace behavior require the cooperation of everyone in an organization. Risk managers can encourage enterprise-wide participation in the collection of critical risk and safety data by making it easier for employees to report accidents and near misses. Providing users with the ability to capture this information from mobile devices increases the likelihood that incidents are reported quickly and accurately, regardless of where they occur.

Because the details of an accident or near miss can be difficult to fully describe using words, allowing for incident reports to be supplemented by attached files is essential. Yet even these data elements can fail to provide clarity in relation to the motion of vehicles, the sequence of events, or the intended area of focus within an image. For this reason, Origami Risk provides mobile app functionality that allows for the annotation of attached diagrams to ensure that risk managers and safety professionals have access to details they would not have had otherwise.

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Lay the foundation for a strategic approach to claims management

Lay the foundation for a strategic approach to claims management

When it comes to the ability to manage risk and losses, risk managers often face the challenges that come with claims data that is spread across multiple systems and spreadsheets. At the same time, they’re being asked to do more with less. In a previous post, we looked at ways an integrated claims management solution—one that includes multiple integration and workflow automation options—can transform claims administration processes. But you don’t have to be a self-administered organization to benefit from claims management functionality in a RMIS. The following features are just a few examples how such a solution can help you consolidate all of your organization’s claims data in a single system, streamline workflow processes, and perform analysis that contributes to more informed decision making and improved claim outcomes.

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How a RMIS breaks down barriers to effective incident management

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Workplace incidents are far more numerous and costly than most people realize. The National Safety Council estimates that the average cost of a medically consulted injury in 2015 was $31,000. The average cost of a fatality, $1 million. That year, on-the-job injuries numbered approximately 4.4 million. 4,190 on-the-job fatalities were reported.

In many cases, workplace incidents are also entirely preventable. As pointed out in the EHS Today article “Sustainable Safety Management: Incident Management as a Cornerstone for a Successful Safety Culture”, studies show that a significant number of workplace accidents occur “as the consequence of minor lapses, and usually of not just one lapse but the sequence of minor failures. A combination of minor lapses can create a safety gap that can lead to major accidents.”

An effective approach to incident management is one that encourages reporting of all workplace incidents. Risk managers and safety leaders can then draw from that information to identify, analyze, and correct hazards with the goal of preventing future occurrences.

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RMIS Configurability–Choosing a system that will meet your needs

Configurability and Customization—two words you’ve no doubt come across when researching RMIS systems. More often than not, they’re used interchangeably. But do the two terms mean the same thing? If not, what’s the difference? Is one preferable?

Despite the fact that each term is often used in place of the other, there is a difference. If “This is going to be expensive.” is your first thought upon seeing or hearing the word custom (or a variation), you are correct. Customized vs. Configurable Software Solutions: Which Should You Choose? does an excellent job of breaking down why this is the case.

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