The National Football League will be adopting EMR technology for all 32 teams over a two-season period. The implementation goal makes the players’ medical records completely portable from handheld devices on the field to the workstation in the hospital or doctor’s office. Portable records allow team and personal physicians to track the players’ injury and general medical history. This is particularly helpful should a player happen to get traded to another team.
The NFL’s use of electronic medical record software should greatly improve the quality of medical care in the event of a concussion; wireless technology will prove to be helpful if a player gets injured on the road. Off-field physicians can view submitted a video clips of the game or practice that illustrate exactly how injury occurred, enabling them to provide the appropriate care needed to treat the specific injury. The NFL currently uses a manual-entry electronic injury reporting system which they plan to synch with the new EMR technology. Tracking head and spine injuries through electronic medical records will help neurologists better understand the effects and consequences of repeated concussions in professional athletes.