The American Medical Association (AMA) today released a report that finds that office equipment is at an increased risk of causing chronic diseases and deaths.
The report, published by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NACO), concludes that the rising cost of office equipment has created a health care system in which many of the devices are no longer safe.
“There is a real concern that some of these devices, especially in the office, are not being used appropriately, or at all,” Dr. Michael F. Chilvers, a medical director for the AMA, said in a press release.
“In addition, the use of office devices may be associated with chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and some cancers.
There are also many health benefits, including weight loss, better cholesterol levels, and improved sleep.”
The report was conducted by the NACO in collaboration with a consortium of medical associations and consumer groups.
In the report, the association notes that, although there has been an increase in the use and availability of office furniture, it still appears that the devices have been used incorrectly, such that they have not been used as a part of the health care delivery system.
The association also notes that a number of office accessories, such the mouse, keyboard, mouse pad, or tablet, are now becoming popular and can be used in many ways, including as part of a routine office environment.
“The AMA believes that these devices need to be safer, better, more reliable, and more environmentally friendly than they have been for years,” Dr.-President Michael C. Azzopardi, AMA vice president for public policy, said.
“We also believe that our country’s office equipment needs to be more affordable and accessible, and we are committed to working to do that.”
The AMA’s report is based on research conducted by a team of researchers, including Dr. Steven J. Leitch, associate professor of medicine at Columbia University School of Medicine.
Dr. Leach, a former CEO of Aetna, a health insurance company, wrote that “the current trend is toward greater reliance on office devices as a means of providing access to care.
The use of the office has increased rapidly over the past decade, and office use may be a significant driver of rising costs.”
According to the report’s findings, there are three main factors that may contribute to the rising prevalence of chronic diseases in office equipment: The use and accessibility of office technology; the use, and accessibility, of office supplies; and the use for routine office use.
The majority of the products studied by the study were of the electronic device category, which includes tablets, mice, and other non-paper products.
While some of the studies noted that the use or accessibility of some office products was increasing, the majority of them found that office use had not increased.
“As a result, the evidence suggests that we are in the early stages of a transition from an office environment to a health-care environment,” Dr-President C. Robert McBride, chairman of the AMA’s executive committee, said of the findings.
The study also highlighted the growing trend of office chairs and desk chairs being used as an office furniture for people of all ages.
The report recommends that the AMA consider expanding the use-and-access of office hardware to include the use as a daily living environment for patients.
“We should also look at extending the use to patients with chronic conditions, as well as those who have chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol,” Dr Chilivers said.
The National Association for Insurance Commissioners says that the office equipment industry is in the midst of a significant transition from traditional office work into the digital era.
The ACA has a number programs aimed at reducing the use rates of office work equipment, and the report notes that this is a “key priority” for the agency.
The association also noted that there has long been a need for a comprehensive health care solution for office workers.
It noted that in 2013, the AMA launched the National Health Care Access and Quality Index, which tracks the quality of health care coverage for the office workforce.
“Our work to improve health care access and quality in the health and financial well-being of the American people is critical,” Dr Azzogno said.