Leading North American Ergonomics Consultants, Options Incorporated, partners with MyAbilities, to enhance value-added services to clients.

TORONTO/ONTARIO (May 3, 2018) – Ergonomic assessment and management is validated with extensive scientific research to make recommendations faster, easier and more cost-effective. Workplace ergonomics is crucial for companies in preventing injuries and increasing productivity, which means proper and professional assessments are needed to ensure all employees are protected.

MyAbilities is proud to announce our partnership with Options Incorporated as a founding premier partner in providing the MyAbilities software platform to their clients to enhance their services. “The technology MyAbilities has developed will streamline and automate data collection, data entry and job analysis. Their technology facilitates improved accuracy and enhance data accessibility,” said Kirsti MacAulay, Principal Ergonomist of Options Incorporated. “This means that Options Incorporated Ergonomists are able to review, analyze, or assess the data more efficiently and minimize non-value added tasks. This provides our clients with a higher return on investment through Options Incorporated Ergonomists applying our expertise, sharing our insight, and assembling solutions”.

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Claim and Medical Management in MyAbilities

Written by Jacob Lazarovic, MD, FAAFP, MyAbilities Chief Medical Officer

MyAbilities is an innovative new integrated platform which, at its core, offers employers an opportunity to create a database of comprehensive,objective digital job profiles (DJPs) describing the functional characteristics of every job type at their company. This offers an employer key benefits including more efficient hiring and training practices, ergonomic improvements aimed at mitigating higher-risk physical demands, and a wide array of preventive and fitness applications, designed to “harden” employees’ capacity to better sustain their current job activities without injury . This product allows employers to better manage their valuable human resources, and to do so using state-of-the -art technologies such as video kinematics and artificial intelligence.

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Ontario Court Confirms Employer Can Request IME

Written by E.C. Carla Zabek, Barrister & Solicitor, Mediator & Facilitator, Human Rights & Workplace Investigator

The Divisional Court ruled that in appropriate circumstances, an employer can request an employee to submit to an independent medical assessment (IME) as part of the accommodation process.  In this case, the employer, a school board, received conflicting medical reports which were only five months apart from the employee’s treating psychiatrist.  In June 2012, the psychiatrist’s report noted that the employee’s condition was resistant to treatment, that he would likely have a relapse if he returned to work and that he required a further extended period of time off work.  At this time, the employee had already been off work for approximately two years.  In August 2012, the same psychiatrist reported that the employee could return to work with restrictions on a lengthy work-hardening protocol.  The employer questioned the veracity of the August 2012 report, especially since the timing was suspicious, given the employee’s salary was about to come to an end.  For that reason, the employer requested that the employee attend an IME.  Initially, the employee agreed to the request but later refused to attend on the basis that the employer was requesting information to which it was not entitled, including a diagnosis.  The employee filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) alleging that the employer had failed in its duty to accommodate the employee in his return to work.  The HRTO dismissed the application, finding that the employer acted in good faith in its attempts accommodate the employee.  The employee then judicially reviewed the decision.  The Court found that the HRTO’s decision was reasonable:

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Unlocking the potential of your Physical Demands Descriptions

Welcome to MyAbilities! My name is Mike Sonne, and I am the Vice President of Innovations and Research. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of MyAbilities, and develop new, well-researched ergonomics tools, that will make workers lives better.

I have worked in ergonomics for the past 10 years, where I completed doctoral research on automotive manufacturing ergonomics, and a masters thesis on developing developed the Rapid Office Strain Assessment. After nearly 2 years of engineering, the MyAbilities team is excited to be bringing you our platform’s first offering – the digital job profiling and physical demands analysis tool. Every ergonomist probably started their career conducting physical demands analyses – the process of meticulously detailing every demand of a job. With a good PDA database, your company builds up a cook book of the physical requirements needed to perform the individual recipes of jobs in your organization.

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Press Release: MyAbilities and Your Ergonomics Program

MyAbilities, a proud to supporter of ACE in transforming Ergonomics through Artificial Intelligence, empowering Ergonomists with technology to help build their business while supporting their clients.

 MyAbilities introduces new powerful automated software platform for conducting physical demands analysis, performing ergonomics assessments for the delivery of effective injury prevention and return to work solutions—reducing the incidence and severity of workplace injuries.

 TORONTO/ONTARIO (April 17, 2018) – Utilizing the latest in artificial intelligence, ergonomics research and the largest database of job profiles in the industry. MyAbilities is providing ergonomists and employers with a platform to create, manage, maintain and communicate their unique job profiles, while providing employees with the ability to self-assess their individual work environment, identify and minimize the risk of job injury — resulting in reduced occupational injuries, expedited return to work and ergonomically sound workplaces and lower claim costs. MyAbilities’ fully integrated platform features a unique database with over 32,000 job profiles containing precise job-demand data and analytics. Embedded videos show a task being performed and the job demands placed on a person’s body.

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MyAbilities Brings Transformative Functional Evaluation and Injury Management Technologies to Employers, Insurers and Workers’ Compensation.

MyAbilities introduces new powerful software platform for conducting physical demands analysis, performing ergonomics assessments for the delivery of effective prevention and return to work solutions—reducing the incidence and severity of workplace injuries.

 TORONTO/ONTARIO (April 15, 2018) – Utilizing the latest in artificial intelligence, ergonomics research and the largest database of job information in the industry, MyAbilities is providing employers with a platform to create, manage, maintain and communicate their unique job profiles, while also providing employees with the ability to self-assess their individual work environment to identify and minimize the risk of job injury — resulting in reduced occupational injuries, expedited return to work and ergonomically sound workplaces and lower claim costs.

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TechPlace Welcomes MyAbilities Technologies as newest LaunchPad company

Burlington, ON, March 8th, 2018 – The TechPlace LaunchPad Steering Committee recently met to review the latest round of applications for the final LaunchPad space available at TechPlace, and selected MyAbilities Technologies. The MyAbilities team has since settled in, and Claire Green, Manager of TechPlace, is very excited to have them. “Not only was the Committee impressed by the company’s product and strong value proposition, but the team behind MyAbilities Technologies brings an incredible depth of knowledge and experience.” ” Green continued, “Their time at the IBM Innovation Space equipped them with the tools to thrive in today’s marketplace, and now TechPlace is ready to support their continued path to growth…”

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