4 Reasons Why You Need to Switch to a Cloud-based SaaS EHR System

2017-05-24T15:11:02-04:00June 17th, 2014|All, Blog, General|

  - 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 [...]

Case Study – University of Minnesota Triumphs with Presagia Sports

2017-05-24T11:54:27-04:00April 8th, 2014|All, Blog, Company News|

  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

What is an Athlete EHR Infographic

2017-05-24T11:59:15-04:00January 22nd, 2014|All, Blog, Infographics|

  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

Former NHL Players Launch Concussion Lawsuit

2017-05-24T13:03:13-04:00November 27th, 2013|All, Blog, Concussion Management|

  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

SCAT2 to SCAT3: What’s Changed

2017-08-04T11:24:35-04:00November 7th, 2013|All, Blog, Concussion Management|

  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

Presagia Launches New Presagia Sports Website

2017-05-24T13:19:47-04:00October 25th, 2013|All, Blog, Company News|

  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 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 can be found on the new website, including whitepapers, infographics and case studies. Presagia will continue to use 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. Media Contact: Geoff Simpson Director of Sales & Marketing, Presagia 1-514-847-7474 x 742   ###

NFL and Players Reach Historic Agreement

2017-05-24T13:33:34-04:00September 3rd, 2013|All, Blog, Concussion Management|

  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

Concussion Infographic

2017-05-24T13:45:07-04:00May 21st, 2013|All, Blog, Infographics|

  We've been talking about concussions a lot lately - how to assess them, common symptoms and risks. We integrated the SCAT3 within the Presagia Sports Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to equip our customers with a tool for consistent and effective concussion assessments and in turn the ability to make the best return to play decisions and provide better athlete care. We've written a whitepaper about it, blogged about the NFL players' concussion lawsuit here and integrating a concussion assessment tool within an Athlete EHR here. Click on the image below for a PDF version of the infographic which we invite you to print out or pass along! How do you manage your athletes' concussions?   Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at

Integrating an Athlete EHR and the SCAT2

2017-07-05T15:50:33-04:00May 13th, 2013|All, Blog, General|

  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