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Google Play Store And My Annual Search for Work Comp Apps – Not Good

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Google Play Store Has No New WC Apps for 2016 – 2017

The Google Play Store (where Android Apps live) was my last hope for a humongous leap in  my continuous search for technology in WC.  One again, as expected, I was more than disappointed.

Semi-rant alert!!!

Logo Of Google Play Store Emblem From Web
Wikimedia Commons – Google

I decided to have my 3rd cup of coffee  (do not tell my doctor)  for the day and to jump down the rabbit hole again into the wonderland better known as app land not Lapland – the home of reindeer.

My two searches for Workers Comp Android Apps and yes, even in the Apple ITunes Store left me wanting or repulsed – glass half full or half empty.   The links actually have the search built in just in case you did not want to type anything in the search boxes.

Follow the two links if you dare.  Read the headline on this one if you do not wish to follow the path of my trek to disappointment.   Yes, there are no new Workers Comp apps in either of the largest repositories for apps on earth.

 

Surprisingly at the NWCDC Conference a few weeks ago,  I did find two advances in WC technology.   They were both medical device companies.

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Wikipedia – Perhelion at de.wikipedia

BTW, a big shout out to  IWalkFree.  The lady was breaking down her display at the NWCDC  and took my name and email address down on a post-it and actually got back with me within a week.   Wow, now that is great marketing.   I have now mentioned the company three times in this very popular WC blog and all she did was take my email address down and get back with me.

Speaking of marketing, when I mentioned my conundrum to some of the NWCDC vendors (the ones with the signs hanging from the ceiling) about apps, I was told that the apps can be found on their respective websites.   For great marketing, see the  above IWalkFree note.   If you have an  app and want to market your business why not put the app on the Google Play Store and ITunes as a way to market to millions of people a day?  Excuse, me I was on the edge of a rant – warned you.

The two good apps from the previous searches were the NCCI Coverage Verification and Sedgwick James‘s app. Other than that, I am still waiting on a good Workers Comp app that is available to the public.   Employers Mutual Casualty and CorVel had apps that performed fairly well in 2015.

If I missed an app on either one of the app stores, please point them out.  If you are a marketer for a Workers Comp related company, please send me a link to your app.  I would love to see it.  You may possibly want to upload it to ITunes or the Google Play Store.

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Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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  • Various trade publications

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