ImPACT Workplace (IW) is a derivative of the base ImPACT product that is designed to provide employers, healthcare providers, and wellness professionals with an empirically validated, reliable and valid procedure for evaluating the neurocognitive status of their employee or patient. As with the current version ImPACT, IW is:
- One important piece of the overall concussion evaluation and management process
- A sophisticated test of cognitive abilities
- A tool that can help health care professionals track recovery of cognitive processes following concussion
- A tool to help communicate post-concussion status to patients, employees and clinicians
- A tool that helps health care professionals and employers make decisions about potential job accommodations needed following concussion
- Passport enabled
ImPACT Workplace Features
- Records symptoms
- Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time
- Reaction time measured to a 1/100th of second
- Assists healthcare professionals in making difficult employment related decisions
- Provides reliable baseline test information
- Produces a comprehensive report of test results
- Results are presented as a PDF file and can be emailed
- Automatically stores data from repeat testing for future comparison
- Testing is administered online for individuals or groups
- Mac and PC compatible (desktop or laptop)
- Enabled on ImPACT Passport which allows for immediate availability of results regardless of location of baseline testing
The test modules consist of a near infinite number of alternate forms by randomly varying the stimulus array for each administration. This feature was built into the ImPACT Test to minimize the "practice effects" that have limited the usefulness of more traditional neurocognitive tests. The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning, including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
How does IW compare to the current version of ImPACT?
ImPACT Workplace is the same test that has been used to aid in the evaluation of concussions for athletes. The tasks are the same as is the report format. While the test remains the same, there are several significant differences that have been made to adapt the product for the workplace setting. These include:
- The demographics section at the beginning of the test has been altered to reflect the use of this product in a healthcare or corporate environment versus a sports environment.
- Up to 10 questions that can be “custom designed” by the end user to gather job or healthcare related information.
- Norms that extend up to age 59 to allow for evaluation of a large part of the workforce.
Uses of ImPACT Workplace
- Corporate wellness initiatives
- Critical employee evaluations
- Post-injury job accommodation determination
- Return-to-work decisions – IW removes subjectivity from the decision process
- Rehabilitation progress – IW enables clinicians to make comparisons to employee’s performance pre-injury or against a nationally standardized, representative sample.
Frequently Asked Questions
The computerized test takes about 25 minutes to complete.
Baseline tests are suggested every two years, however there are many instances where organizations choose to administer a baseline every year.
ImPACT Workplace has norms for employees up to the age of 59.
ImPACT Workplace gives medical professionals a tool to empirically determine when the employee has returned to his or her pre-injury/illness level of functioning. IW can provide important data to corroborate or refute the employee's reported symptom state and functional capacity, making it a useful tool to reduce losses from Workman's Comp or malingering.
In independent studies, ImPACT has been shown to be virtually foolproof from feigning bad suggesting that malingering patients would have a very difficult time faking poor performance.
Yes. ImPACT Workplace baseline testing can be particularly helpful for those who have learning-related difficulties. An established baseline allows for comparison against the individual's own scores in the event of an injury. Without this baseline, it is difficult to determine whether an individual with learning related challenges has returned to his/her own baseline after injury.
The IW test currently is available in English and Spanish.
Yes. Test-takers automatically will be assigned a Passport ID (a personal ID code) which will be displayed upon completing of the test. Test-takers can download the free Passport App from the Apple App store or the Google Play store. The Passport App enables test takers to give healthcare professionals access to test results, record symptoms and locate a care provider – anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit the Passport page.
No. Only individual(s) authorized by the company and Passport Trained healthcare providers can access personal health information. An employee can request a copy of the results from the individual(s) authorized by the company.
ImPACT Workplace test data is stored on a secure HIPAA compliant server.
Yes, ImPACT is HIPAA compliant.
ImPACT Workplace data is stored for a minimum of 7 years.
Contact ImPACT support via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.