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Football players taking plunge into EMRs as conversion efforts continue

July 24, 2013
Healthcare IT By LW Consulting Inc.

The need for high-quality and up-to-date medical care isn't just for one group: all of us, including the famous, will require the best attention as the deadlines for HIPAA compliance draws near. Certain football teams will be experimenting with this approach soon, USA Today says, with plans to expand to the entire NFL should this initiative prove successful.

Eight well-known teams from all over the country, including the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers, will see their health information put on iPads in order to make for easy access. It's an application of this technology with obvious benefits, considering the potential for injury in that line of work, and these systems would also be intended for use in immediate, on-site diagnosis.

The NFL's James Bradley, who also works as a surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, told the source that portability of records to different locations, as well as security, are important factors in this adoption.

"So we're on the sideline and we have an injury, we can look on the iPad and pull up his old X-rays, pull his old notes, pull up his whole medical history and all of his imaging studies on the sideline, and then, when the player leaves us and goes to somebody else, he can take that entire record with him," Bradley said.

Healthcare IT consulting will become applicable in more industries as adopters realize the benefits of making this kind of data easy to reference. And as recognition of telemedicine grows, the national conversation regarding standards may grow as well.