The benefits of an active lifestyle are well known: a healthy lifestyle, equals a healthy heart, building a strong and fit body. It doesn’t take a doctor to know that exercise is good for you… but have you ever wondered what actually happens to your mind and body with exercise? […]
Being a sports medicine professional is no easy task. From diagnosing torn ligaments, treating ankle sprains and making sure no concussion goes untreated, they play a crucial role in the successes of their patients and athletes. As in other medical practices, appointments are scheduled, diagnoses are made, and treatments are prescribed. However, in sports medicine, there are other important aspects that need to be recorded, such as pre-participation exams, the clearance status of an athlete, not to mention the constant communication amongst members within the sports medicine team. Each of these tasks generates a substantial amount of useful data that needs to be documented and shared. For organizations still using paper medical charts, this can be quite a burden. That’s why the switch to an Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) can be a real game-changer! But what exactly is an EHR? A cloud-based EHR is a digital version of a patient’s health record that can be updated in real-time to be shared with other medical professionals. A medical professional, whether that be a physician or an athletic trainer, quickly plugs in medical information on patients, along with treatment options and medication. After they finish, the information is all stored in one centralized location and can be used by any other member of the medical team. So how does an Athlete EHR differ from the EHRs used by hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare groups? Typically EHRs capture all health information about patients, but tend to be very complex, take time to navigate, and lean towards clerical work such as scheduling appointments and billing. An Athlete EHR is designed with the fast-paced, often mobile sports medicine world in mind. It is streamlined to capture the health information relevant to sports medicine quickly and accurately and supports mobile capture on the field. Essentially, it’s tailored to the specific needs of athletic trainers, team physicians and others involved in the care of athletes. (To learn more about Athlete EHR, check out our infographic here!) So why make the switch from pen and paper? Here are 5 advantages for using a software solution designed for sports medicine: 1. Less Paperwork Physicians, athletic trainers (ATs) and other sports medicine professionals working from training rooms, clinics or on the sidelines of games, must track every aspect of their practice from injury prevention to injury recovery. With this comes an ample amount of recording and documenting, in turn generating a lot of paperwork. EHRs are completely digital, creating a paper-free zone! This eliminates any hassles of losing records, sifting through stacks of paperwork, or finding space to store all the files. As the amount of paperwork decreases, the sports medicine team has more time to work with what’s really important...their patients. 2. Increased Efficiency and Productivity EHRs are more efficient than standard paper medical records because all information is centralized, and can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and by anyone that has the necessary authorization. Users are prompted to complete required data fields, check predefined boxes, and [...]
With the warmer months approaching and more outdoor activities beginning, staying hydrated is extremely important. Uniforms, equipment, length of activity, and hot temperatures all play an important role when it comes to dehydration among athletes. Did you know that football players wearing uniforms can become dehydrated after as little as 30 minutes of play? Dehydration can have serious implications and can have a significant impact on an athlete’s performance at practice or on game day. That’s why we decided to offer some droplets of information on proper hydration for athletes. Why Is It Important to Hydrate? With more and more studies proving that drinking as much water as possible is essential to our bodies, it’s even more important for athletes. But why is water so important? Water is the main component of blood and helps transport nutrients to cells as well as remove waste from the body. Water regulates body temperature. It is also necessary for digestion, absorption, circulatory and excretory functions. Finally, water helps pump blood through blood vessels to muscles, improving muscle efficiency. Bottom line, about 60% of our body is made up of water, therefore it’s crucial that we continuously replenish our bodies with it. By not properly hydrating we run the risk of becoming dehydrated, and this can have a serious impact on our well-being. What Happens When You Become Dehydrated? Contrary to popular belief, drinking fluids when a person feels thirsty is not a good indicator for staying properly hydrated. Often, once the first pangs of thirst are felt, the body is actually telling us we’re already in a water deficit. Dehydration occurs when a person loses more fluid than they’re taking in. So, what happens when an athlete becomes dehydrated? It’s important that parents, coaches, trainers, and athletes are able to recognize the signs of dehydration and know when it's time to take a break. Want to learn how to prevent heat illness? Check out our infographic here. What Are the Best Practices for Keeping Athletes Hydrated? To make sure your athletes stay properly hydrated, there are a few steps that should be taken before, during, and post exercise. By applying these best practices, you’ll ensure your athletes are performing their best. Pre-Exercise: It’s important to start off the workout well hydrated. Before your athletes exercise, have them drink 2-2.5 (big!) cups of fluid two hours prior. During: Specific recommendations for how much fluid to drink while exercising varies from one individual to another based on weight, sweat rate, and the environment. However, it’s important to balance out the fluids lost through sweating. A good guideline is to intake fluids on a consistent schedule. Start with ½-1 cup of fluid every 20 minutes. If the weather conditions are hot or the workout is intense, you can up this amount. After-exercise: Replenishing liquids after working out is extremely important. To know how much to drink post-workout, have your athletes weigh themselves right before and after working out. A good [...]
Happy New Year! With a brand new year ahead of us, it's time to look back on last year's biggest topics in athlete health. So what was everyone talking about in 2014? 1. Concussion management. Between new scientific studies and litigation hitting some of the biggest leagues, there is no doubt that concussion management was the biggest athlete health topic of 2014. If you’re having a hard time keeping track of the latest concussion management guidelines, Check out our infographic on the NATA's latest guidance! 2. Universities step up their game. With athlete health at the forefront of public scrutiny, top-tier universities stepped up their game in 2014, showing their commitment to athlete health. In our latest case study, find out how the University of Minnesota leverages Presagia Sports to ensure that their athletes are in prime shape to compete when it matters most. 3. Optimizing athlete health with the cloud. In 2014, more and more athlete health organizations discovered how an Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) can help improve the way we treat athletes - for example, with concussion assessment tools that you can use anytime and anywhere with your smartphone or tablet. What's more, an Athlete EHR keeps your athletes' data secure and ensures compliance with HIPAA and HITECH. Thanks for a great year! We look forward to seeing what 2015 has in store. 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! Want to receive updates throughout the year on the latest athlete health news? Subscribe to our blog!
In the fast-paced world of high school athletics, nothing is more important than student health -- that’s why schools are always looking to improve the way they manage athlete health data. Schools are also constantly asked to adapt to new requirements, such as the concussion legislation that all 50 states have enacted in response to emerging information about the devastating effects of concussions. This means it is increasingly important for schools to treat and document concussions consistently and accurately to ensure both effective health decisions and legal compliance. More and more, schools are turning to Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems like Presagia Sports to provide the best and most thorough solutions for concussion and athlete health data management. But some educational professionals have taken technology one step further: implementing an Athlete EHR system across an entire school district. These districts have discovered key advantages of systems that can only be leveraged from a district level. In this blog post, we’ll take you through five main benefits of adopting a district-wide approach to student athlete health. 1. Transfer data between schools with ease. Student athlete populations are constantly changing and growing along with their schools. With a district-wide Athlete EHR system, you can easily transfer student data whenever a student graduates or transfers to a new school. There’s no need to painstakingly re-enter each athlete’s information into a new system, and no risk of lost data leaving holes in your medical records. By the same token, Athletic Trainers, coaches and other staff who transfer schools won’t lose valuable time adjusting to new technology. 2. Enhance athlete treatment through data sharing. Individual schools may not have the resources to send an Athletic Trainer to every competition, but a district-wide Athlete EHR system allows schools to share the responsibility of managing athlete health by sharing data. This means that a school’s Athletic Trainer can treat visiting athletes just as effectively as their own students, since they have access to each athlete’s medical history and alerts. At the same time, not all schools have to share their data, since each school has complete control over data accessibility through features like group-and role-based security. In addition, the entire team gains access to world-class concussion management tools like the integrated and mobile-accessible SCAT3 offered by Presagia Sports. These tools are valuable aids in performing baseline testing, consistently measuring and documenting concussions, making safe return-to-play decisions, and helping your district comply with state-legislated concussion laws. 3. Conduct school- and district-level data analysis of injury trends. With one centralized system, you’ll be able to analyze athlete data not only on the fine-grained level of individual schools, but also on a macro level across the district. This kind of data analysis can help you recognize injury trends, identify aspects of training or environmental conditions that may contribute to these trends, and take proactive measures to prevent future injuries. 4. Leverage cost-effective solutions for better ROI. A cloud-based Athlete EHR system can save schools significant expenses when implemented [...]
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!
- 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 [...]
In earlier concussion-related posts - Concussions 101 and What is the SCAT2 - we looked at what causes concussions and their symptoms and then explored the SCAT2, a world-class concussion assessment tool that we’ve integrated into the Presagia Sports Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. To refresh your memory on what the SCAT2 is and where it came from, click here. We made the choice to integrate the SCAT2 in Presagia Sports with the ultimate goal of supporting better athlete care. Concussions have received a lot of media attention lately and the reoccurring themes are how poorly they’re often dealt with and how athletes aren’t properly reporting them. The SCAT2 allows coaches, athletic trainers or other members of the medical team working with an athlete to help prevent both scenarios. Starting with the ability to conduct baselines, athletes are engaged in a conversation about concussions, some of the symptoms that may occur and different ways in which they will be affected including short-term memory loss, unsteadiness, blurred vision, etc. The baseline assessment is also a crucial component of properly assessing if an athlete has suffered a concussion. Due to the fact that certain elements of the SCAT2 are based on subjective things like memory or coordination, it is especially valuable to have baseline values to compare a new score to. This way, the person conducting the assessment can make a return to play decision more confidently. Once an athlete has been assessed, Presagia Sports’ SCAT2 automatically produces an ‘advice to athlete’ document that can be given to the athlete or their guardian, and includes helpful information about concussions, symptoms to watch for and other important points. Having an integrated SCAT2 in your Athlete EHR also allows the entire medical team to be notified of the event and appropriately adjust any treatment plans or medications for the concussed athlete. Certain medications should be avoided after a concussion, in particular aspirin, blood thinners or medications with codeine, so if your athlete gets a concussion at an away game, their physician at home can adjust this and have an alternative ready before the athlete even returns. Additionally, by integrating all this information within Presagia Sports, you can see all assessments and baselines whenever you’d like. You don’t need to file them, bring a folder of baselines with you whenever traveling or dig through old tests to do a manual comparison. All of the information is as portable and accessible as your smartphone or tablet. If you’d like more information about integrating the SCAT2, download a free copy of our whitepaper Keep Their Heads in the Game: Manage Concussion Assessments like a Pro with the SCAT2. Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at email@example.com
Now that the New Year has officially kicked off, we decided to look back on 2012 and want to thank all of those make it such a great year for us. From launching the mobile version of Presagia Sports and an integrated SCAT2 concussion assessment tool, to a series of successful whitepapers and case studies to watching our customers perform at the Londo 2012 Olympic Games, below is a list of some of our highlights of the year! Whitepapers Keep Their Heads in the Game: Manage Concussion Assessment Like a Pro with the SCAT2 This whitepaper overviews the world-class concussion assessment tool, the SCAT2, and highlights the benefits of integrating it with an Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. It also includes a full list of states that have signed in concussion legislation. Choosing the Right Athlete Electronic Health Record System Part 1 of our Athlete EHR system series explores key features to examine when searching for the right Athlete EHR system. It reviews HIPAA and how Athlete EHRs can enhance compliance while offering tips on how to choose the right product vendor. Building a Business Case for the Purchase of an Athlete EHR System After selecting the right system and vendor, part 2 our of Athlete EHR system series guides you through the process of building and presenting a business case for the purchase of the system. Learn which important elements need to be included in your business case, which features should be highlighted and how to determine the costs. Case Studies Stanford Athletics Scores Big with Presagia Sports Discover how one of the most prestigious athletic departments in the U.S. manages their athletes' health with Presagia Sports. Over 9,000 students participate in some form of athletics every year from their varsity teams, club sports and physical education courses, making sports a major focus at Stanford. British Horseracing Authority Realizes Benefits of Going Digital with Presagia Sports Based in London, England, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is the regulatory and governing body of horse racing for all of Great Britain. With Presagia Sports, the BHA enforces the highest medical care standards for over 800 jockeys and other participants. Big News Presagia Adds Mobile Concussion Assessment to Athlete EHR System Presagia Launches Mobile App for Presagia Sports We also travelled to Italy for the XXXII World Congress of Sports Medicine, to neighboring Quebec City for the SportAccord Convention and to St. Louis for the 63rd NATA Annual Meeting - all great events! We're looking forward to what 2013 has in store! The Presagia Team Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The world will have their sights set on London over the next two weeks and while the athletes’ performances will be the main focus for most, they aren't the only ones who will be stepping up their game for the summer Olympics. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has made some major moves in preparation for this year’s games. In the last six months, a whopping 71,649 tests have been conducted on summer Olympics sports resulting in 107 athletes being banned preliminarily. With over 6,000 tests scheduled to take place during the games as well, London 2012 will be the most tested games in Olympic history. WADA has also announced that after being under review for several years, a new test for human growth hormone (HGH) has been approved and will be implemented. HGH has been used by professional athletes to stimulate growth and enhance performance for decades and while it is banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) it has been much harder to enforce as it cannot be detected in urine. The new blood test now has the ability to distinguish between natural and artificial HGH and has a much larger detection window than its predecessor which has been used since the 2004 Athens games. This year both tests will be used simultaneously and treated as complimentary tests. All medal winners will be subject to mandatory tests and WADA has publicly reminded athletes that samples can be stored and re-tested for up to eight years. It is WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System, also known as ADAMS, developed by Presagia that has helped move the anti-doping initiative forward by centralizing athlete health data and in turn enabling clean athletes to win the medals they deserve. Presagia is proud of its role in making sports more fair and encourages all to PLAY TRUE. Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at email@example.com