Ever wondered how a cloud-based Athlete EHR system keeps athlete health data secure? Since we get this question quite often, we've put together a new infographic explaining just how Presagia Sports leverages features like role- and group-based security to keep your athletes' data private. Take a closer look by clicking on the image below! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to set up a demo of our software. Presagia Sports Infographic - How Presagia Sports Keeps Athlete Data Secure Don't want to miss a blog post? Drop us your email and we'll keep you up to date on all the latest Presagia Sports blog news.
On Tuesday, July 29, a preliminary settlement in a class-action head injury lawsuit against the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) made headlines across the United States. With over 1.4 million former college athletes in contact sports, the effects of such a settlement promise to be very influential in the world of college athletics. So what are the important points of the proposed settlement? We’re here to break down the major implications that the settlement would have for college athletes and athletic programs. 1) A new national protocol for head injuries in college sports. The new requirements would include several changes: Preventing athletes from returning to a game or practice on the same day that they sustained a concussion. Requiring trained medical personnel to be on site for all contact sports events. Requiring a preseason baseline test for all college athletes, in order to help track the effects of concussions and other brain injuries. Increasing concussion tracking by universities. 2) A $70 million medical monitoring fund. The NCAA would use the fund to pay for former and current college athletes to undergo neurological screening to find signs of brain damage. It is expected that tens of thousands of former and current student athletes would qualify for this testing. However, medical treatment for athletes following diagnosis would not be financed by the NCAA unless the individual brought a lawsuit against the organization. In addition, the proposed settlement would not provide financial compensation to individuals involved in the lawsuit. Instead, the players would be able to sue individually for damages following the settlement. 3) $5 million for concussion research. The NCAA would contribute $5 million towards research on concussions and their effects. Research produced by its member universities could also count towards this amount. While the effects would be wide-reaching, the proposed settlement has not yet been finalized. It must first be approved by a judge, who must conduct a hearing where players can voice their concerns about the settlement. Only then will colleges and affected athletes be able to determine the next steps in taking action. How are you keeping track of your athletes’ health information? Presagia Sports is an Athlete Electronic Health Record and injury management system with an integrated SCAT3 concussion assessment tool. Available anytime and anywhere, Presagia’s solutions centralize health information, facilitate communication and streamline treatment to help athletic organizations worldwide improve athlete health and performance. Contact us if you would like to learn more!
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- By Peter Rorlick, Co-Founder and Vice President, Research and Development A variety of older Electronic Health Record systems are still commercially available that are built in way that expects you – the customer – to host the application and the data, within your own internal network – on servers most likely residing within your IT department’s server room. Perhaps your organization is using such a system today. That model represents the "old way" of hosting enterprise software solutions. A huge number of the software applications developed within the last few years are proud members of a new generation of cloud-based solutions that are hosted and managed by the software solution provider. Old School vs. New School For personal use as well as business applications, the evolution towards cloud computing has been accelerating. Today, most people spend the majority of their software-interaction time "in the cloud". Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Outlook Mail, LinkedIn, and Google Drive are just a few examples of cloud computing applications that many of us use every day, without giving much thought as to where and how the software and the data are hosted. The typical user doesn’t even want to know the details of how and where those services are hosted. We just want those systems to be accessible at all times and from any device, and we want our data to be saved and protected. Business and healthcare applications are following the same trend, with good reason. The best practice today is to let the solution providers do the heavy lifting, in terms of hosting and maintenance: let them be responsible for setting up and maintaining servers, load balancing, firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention, continuous software enhancements, performance tuning, 24 x 7 monitoring and troubleshooting, backups, disaster recovery, and so on. Software as a Service (SaaS) In the old model, customers purchased a license to install and use the software. This transaction usually involved a significant up-front one-time payment, and the customer usually had no financial recourse if they were subsequently unsatisfied or if they stopped using the software for any reason. In the SaaS model, you are a subscriber. Most SaaS providers will grant you access to their software for a fixed monthly or annual subscription fee. Some SaaS pricing models are based on the amount of usage. For example, a small fee may be charged for each transaction or for each record added. In a SaaS model, you simply pay a small fee to use it, and in most cases it’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), enabling you to access the system on any internet-connected computer or phone or tablet. One of the great things about SaaS is that the provider’s whole business model is based on keeping their subscribers happy so that they stay on board and renew their subscriptions, year after year. This means that subscriber satisfaction, reliability of service, and providing good value are essential priorities to SaaS providers. These factors have resulted in raising the bar in terms of the quality and value of [...]
Home to one of the most distinguished programs in college football history, sports have always been an integral part of the University of Minnesota. With student athletes participating in 25 intercollegiate sports, intramurals and sports clubs across an impressive 16 athletic facilities, the U of M's Athletic Medicine Unit made the strategic decision to manage athlete health data in the Presagia Sports Athlete Electronic Health Record system. Download your free copy of our case study and learn how the U of M leverages Presagia Sports to optimize athlete health. Presagia Sports Case Study - University of Minnesota Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at email@example.com
Have you ever wondered what an Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) is or how it works? To answer that question, our team has created a new infographic! Click on the image below for a larger PDF version that we invite you to print out and pass along. Presagia Sports Infographic - What is an Athlete EHR Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this week, former National Hockey League players launched a concussion class action lawsuit against the league, putting athlete concussion management back in the spotlight a mere three months after the National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement. Ten former players are claiming that the league purposefully concealed information regarding the risks of traumatic brain injuries and in turn exposed the players to unnecessary dangers that could have been avoided with accurate information and appropriate preventative action. The lawsuit also claims that the league has created and fosters “a culture of violence.” The lawsuit is seeking damages and medical monitoring for the players’ brain trauma and injuries, though a proposed monetary amount has not yet been disclosed. The suit claims that: The NHL knew or should have known about scientific evidence that players who sustain repeated head injuries are at greater risk for illnesses and disabilities both during their hockey careers and later in life. Even after the NHL created a concussion program to study brain injuries affecting NHL players in 1997, the league took no action to reduce the number and severity of concussions during a study period from 1997 to 2004. "Plaintiffs relied on the NHL's silence to their detriment," the suit says. The league didn't do anything to protect players from unnecessary harm until 2010, when it made it a penalty to target a player's head. However the NHL is in an interesting spot in terms of some incontestable preventative and concussion assessment measures they've taken over the years. To add some perspective here, consider the following. In 1997, the NHL became the first league to form a concussion working group and the first to conduct to baselines for more accurate assessments. In 2011, they implemented a new protocol for concussion evaluations, requiring that players suspected to have suffered a concussion be examined in a quiet room by the team physician instead of on the bench. The NHL was met with resistance when they strongly recommended making helmet visors mandatory earlier this year by the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), just as they were met with similar resistance over mandatory helmet use almost 35 years ago.While the suit only involves ten players right now, the number is likely to rise as it was filed on behalf of all players who retired on or before February 14, 2013 and who have suffered such injuries. The NFL lawsuit began with 75 players yet by the time a settlement was reached, more than 4,500 players were involved.Be sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on twitter as we’ll be watching closely as this story develops! Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at email@example.com
We added the SCAT2 to Presagia Sports almost a year ago and we were blown away by how well it’s been received and appreciated by our customers. Integrating the concussion assessment tool has meant that athletic trainers and other members of the medical team can easily evaluate athletes for concussions with a consistent and convenient tool. Accessible on smartphones and tablets, assessments can be conducted virtually anywhere and all concussion information is centrally stored within each athlete’s record for instant recall by authorized users when needed. When the original SCAT was first published in 2005 at the International Conference on Concussion in Sport, it was seen as an “initial mandate.” The SCAT2 was subsequently released in 2008. In 2013, the SCAT3 was published and we worked quickly to upgrade Presagia Sports to incorporate the changes. So what’s different in the SCAT3? Overall, the SCAT3 is very similar to the SCAT2, with some refinements. The sections are now in a different order, wording has been improved, and it now includes a neck examination, a modified balance examination and some background health questions the person conducting the assessment must ask the athlete. The overall SCAT score has been removed and the scoring summary has been modified to be more useful. The SCAT2 was designed to be used on children 10 years old and up but the SCAT3 is meant to be used on athletes 13 years and older. As such, the first SCAT intended specifically for young children was published in conjunction with the SCAT3 as the Child SCAT3. The SCAT3 is fully integrated within Presagia Sports and we've made a few enhancements of our own as well. Users can now indicate the reason for each assessment. The reason can be directly linked to an unresolved injury or users can enter their own text description. The built in timer used during the balance examination has also been updated with pause, resume and reset capabilities. Concussions can be extremely dangerous, especially because an athlete who has recently suffered a concussion has an increased susceptibility to another occurrence of brain injury. Therefore, careful assessment and monitoring is called for. While the SCAT3 is an easy to use tool, it was designed to be used by trained health professionals. If an athlete is suspected to have suffered a concussion, your safest move is to remove them from the game or practice and seek a medical evaluation. For more information about the SCAT3 and concussions, download our Keep Their Heads in the Game: Manage Concussion Assessments like a Pro with the SCAT3. Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Montreal, Canada, October 25, 2013 –Presagia, the leading developer of web-based Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) software solutions, announced today the launch of a new website for Presagia Sports at www.presagiasports.com. Presagia Sports is a secure web-based and mobile-accessible Athlete EHR and concussion assessment system that centralizes athlete health data including injuries and illnesses, treatments, surgeries, and medications. It also provides communication tools to connect the medical team in support of collaborative healthcare. It also has the ability to analyze statistics and identify injury trends through its sophisticated reporting engine. As Presagia continues to grow in both the workforce absence management and athlete health management industries, this website split will allow customers and partners to better connect directly with the Presagia Sports brand. All Presagia Sports information that was on www.presagia.com can be found on the new website, including whitepapers, infographics and case studies. Presagia will continue to use www.presagia.com for its Software as a Service (SaaS) absence management solutions, Presagia Enterprise and Leave Genius, which help employers manage over 450 pieces of leave legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). About Presagia Sports Presagia provides secure web-based health management software solutions used by athletics organizations worldwide. Presagia Sports is a multi-sport Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) and injury management system that centralizes information needed by athletic trainers, physicians, coaches and physiotherapists while streamlining data entry. It also includes real-time reporting and collaboration tools. Presagia customers include the World Anti-Doping Agency, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the English Institute of Sport, Stanford University, Cleveland Clinic and the Irish Sport Council. www.presagiasports.com. Media Contact: Geoff Simpson Director of Sales & Marketing, Presagia 1-514-847-7474 x 742 email@example.com ###
A proposed settlement between the National Football League and over 4,500 former players was reached late last week. The settlement of $765 million would cover all 18,000 former NFL players. Current players are not covered. The trial stemmed from players suffering from a variety of syndromes and diseases believed to have been caused by repeated blows to the head. They accused the league of withholding information regarding the severity and consequences of concussions. Ailments include, but are not limited to, dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions. According to ESPN, the players had originally sought $2 billion. Many people – both those close to the case and those on the sidelines – believed the case would be dismissed and ultimately reach no settlement. While a settlement has been reached, the NFL has admitted to no wrongdoing. Largely in search of financial compensation to deal with healthcare costs, the $765 million would go towards medical benefits and injury compensation for the retired players. Under the agreement, the NFL must also contribute $10 million of that to medical and safety research and $75 million to medical exams. The cap would be $5 million per player under the following guidelines: $5 million for men with Alzheimer’s disease $4 million for those diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) $3 million for dementia Unlike Alzheimer’s and dementia can, CTE is a degenerative disease which can only be diagnosed after death. It is most commonly found in athletes who participate in contact sports and suffer repeated concussions with symptoms generally taking years, even decades, to appear. Including CTE on the list means that the widows and families of players like Seau Junior and Ray Easterling – two of the original plaintiffs of the “master complaint” against the NFL who both committed suicide within the last two years – are included. According to CBC, one rule change that will also take effect for the upcoming season prohibits players carrying the ball to use the crown of their helmet to make contact during an offensive play. To learn more about how Presagia has joined the fight to prevent concussions, download our whitepaper Keep Their Heads in the Game: Manage Concussion Assessments like a Pro with the SCAT3. We have also upgraded to the recently released SCAT3 concussion assessment tool, which will be available to all of our customers in the coming month. Read the official press release here. Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org