Workers’ Compensation Technology Advancements

William Zachry
Senior Fellow, Sedgwick
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There are numerous medical and technological advancements that will hold significant promise in the next 10 to 15 years. Significant benefits and improvements are already being observed within workers' compensation and risk management, such as reduced litigation costs and identifying employers that need additional education or movement feedback to minimize injury. However, along with positive advancements, there are also sizable questions and problems such as misuse of technology, the boundaries of ethics and the use of data collection and privacy.

Some topics up for discussion in this week's podcast are:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • CRISPR; a new technology for splicing genes
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Medical technology
  • New software and applications

*The views and opinions expressed in the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) blogs/podcasts are those of each respective author/speaker. The views and opinions do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of PRIMA.*

William Zachry
Senior Fellow, Sedgwick

William was appointed a senior fellow of the Sedgwick Institute in 2017 and is known throughout the risk management industry as a champion of workers’ compensation reform. He serves on the board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance.  William was appointed to the board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 and reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. He also participated in the design and implementation of landmark regulations to bring greater equity to the California workers’ compensation system.

Previously, William served as group vice president of risk management for national grocery retailer Safeway/Albertsons. His 15 years of leadership there earned him recognition as Business Insurance’s Risk Manager of the Year in 2014 and recipient of the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation’s Tim East Award in 2016.

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