Thursday, November 29, 2012

NFL Implements Electronic Medical Record Software Technology

First the Olympics, now the NFL: electronic medical record software swiftly makes its way into the world of athletics.  The number of players over 300lbs has increased from only one in 1970 to 394 in 2000, which translates to harder body slams and more severe brain and spine concussions.   Officials announced the implementation as a means of treating on the field concussions more seriously and effectively.

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.  

1 comment:

  1. EMR has recently been fully integrated with sports medicine to help physicians do consultations even when they are not physically present on the scene. Alongside the new technology is the cloud computing that enables doctors to diagnose the athlete's condition through his wireless gadget, and save data to the hospital's main record system. Five years ago, who would have thought that technology could “run long” and get a “touchdown” in both medical and football field.

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