Head trauma in the NFL has been a topic of conversation of late with players and in addition to safety with playing the game, and now it can be tracked with the use of electronic medical records.  Over the last few years the news has been full of stories from players from years past with concussions and other ailments that were attributed to the years they spent as a player with the NFL. 

The Boston Globe reports this is a 10 year contract that will cost between $7 to $10 million with eClinicalWorks and clips from games to where an injury took place can also be stored here for a complete history as well as the usual components of a medical record.

eClinicalWorks provides a medical record that is web based and is available anywhere for access.  eClinicalWorks was also one of the early pioneers with integrating other services such as personal health records with Microsoft HealthVault for one example.  Dr. Halamka at Beth Israel Deaconess was an early adopter of the company technology and many of the physicians affiliated with the hospital are using the system.  Privacy is built in to allow players to not share information such as treatment for depression or an STD.  As with most EHRs today alerts will be included to notify team physicians when vaccines, screenings, etc. are needed.

The NFL is going to expand the use of sensors to help physicians work with the design of helmet, pads and so forth and some of the findings here could be well suited for documentation to lead to better care too.  If you are interested in finding out more about eClinicalWorks feel free to contact us at EHRConsultant, as we offer a “free”service for physicians to help in the search for the medical record system that best suits their needs.  Congratulations go out for E-clinicalWorks not only for contract award here but for also creating an awareness of how electronic medical records can and do lead to better patient care.

Press Release:

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—November 19, 2012—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that the National Football League (NFL) is moving from paper medical records to electronic and will utilize the company’s comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution for this endeavor.
“The NFL and its healthcare professionals pride themselves in maintaining a leadership role in sports medicine developments,” said Dr. Tony Yates, president of the NFL Physicians Society and member of the EMR Committee for the National Football League. “We are always looking for innovative ways to enhance healthcare within the organization. Electronic health records are the next logical step and we look forward to partnering with eClinicalWorks on this initiative.”
The NFL is implementing the eClinicalWorks EHR solution across the organization to streamline processes between locations and coordinate care.
“We have had the pleasure of successfully implementing electronic health records in a variety of care settings,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “Being a fan of the NFL makes this particular project that much more meaningful. We look forward to working with this premier sports organization to bring them live on this technology.”

About eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks® is a privately held leader in the ambulatory clinical systems market. The company’s comprehensive electronic health records and practice management solution is proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as medium, small and solo practices regardless of specialty. The company enjoys high profitability with a five-year compounded growth rate of more than 100 percent year-to-year. With an established customer base of more than 220,000 providers and 410,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honors including being named to the Inc. 5000 for the past six consecutive years. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia. More information on eClinicalWorks can be found at www.eclinicalworks.com or by calling 866-888-6929.