Canadian Employers to Benefit from Cira Medical Services' New Health Assess™ Service

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Cira Medical Services (Cira) has launched Health Assess™, a unique clinical service designed to address a critical gap that currently exists in Canadian workplaces. Health Assess™ is a time-sensitive, confidential, and proactive approach to supporting medical conditions in the workplace through expert diagnosis and clinical consultation. The enhanced assessment service is designed to simplify and ease the employee's experience when navigating through the medical process, and ensures an optimal pathway to restored health. Health Assess™ benefits Canadian employers and employees alike by helping to promote and maintain a well-managed, supportive, and productive work environment.

"Most employers today recognize the value of investing in workplace health," says Karen Seward, President, Cira Medical Services. "Cira is committed to helping Canadians live healthier lives through outcome-oriented services designed to support everyone in the workplace—managers, employees, human resource departments, unions, company medical directors, health and wellness facilitators, and health and safety coordinators."

While managing employees affected by a particular physical or mental health condition is often challenging in its own right, it becomes far more difficult to effectively navigate a return to function pathway when two or more conditions co-exist or develop over time.

"Adequately addressing health issues in the workplace requires a well-planned comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach focused on developing an accurate clinical understanding of the circumstances of an employee's health and its broader impact in the employee's home and workplace environments," says Dr. Avi Orner, Medical Director, Cira Medical Services. "Such an approach has become even more critical as legislation and shifting cultural expectations over the past decade have placed greater emphasis on the need for employers to appropriately address and accommodate not only the physical limitations that employees may experience in the workplace but any mental health issues as well."

Health Assess™ is a service that offers independent medical assessments to diagnose health issues, as well as follow-up support to facilitate and encourage ongoing treatment and recovery for identified conditions. Health Assess™ enhances the standard independent medical assessment with case-specific clinical coordination, top-tier quality assurance processes, and meaningful outcome support for both employers and employees.

To learn more about Health Assess™ or to download Cira's white paper, Balancing Workplace Mental Health Issues and Employee Privacy Rights, visit Cira's new website www.ciramedical.ca.

About Cira Medical Services
Cira Medical Services is a leading national provider of independent health services for the corporate, insurance, and medical legal communities across Canada. With an unparalleled roster of health professionals and highly qualified, on-staff industry experts, Cira offers a results-oriented business model designed to meet the needs of each client. Cira is committed to helping Canadians live healthier lives and does so through its unique service offerings such as Health Reach™ and Health Assess™. To find out more about Cira Medical Services, visit www.ciramedical.ca.

SOURCE: Cira Medical Services

For further information:

Bikram Daulay
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
SCM Insurance Services
T: 780‐930‐5321
E: bikram.daulay@scm.ca

Peter Seemann
Principal
Grassroots Public Affairs Inc
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E: peter@grassrootspublicaffairs.com

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