- The National Basketball Association has announced that it will use Cerner’s cloud-based HealtheAthlete platform to replace paper medical records for players on all 30 of its teams. The EHR system will provide a unified record of general health concerns, chronic injuries, surgeries, and sports medicine treatments. The software also includes a personal health record (PHR) that each patient can access, and a secure portal for messaging doctors, requesting prescriptions, and scheduling appointments.
“Together, Cerner and the NBA are compiling a complete picture of the health of NBA athletes to create a seamless experience for providers, which will enhance the overall long-term medical care of NBA players,” said Jason Wander, director of HealtheAthlete at Cerner in a press release. “Providing more standard health care with an automated and unified management system will benefit all of our players and teams,” added NBA physician Jace Provo.
Team medical staff can search for health data by player or across the entire organization, allowing doctors to monitor conditions, spot risk factors, and easily identify patterns. The addition of radiographic image storage will allow physicians to construct a complete picture of a patient’s health, accessible from the office and on mobile devices.
“Each of the 30 NBA teams were utilizing disparate electronic systems or pen and paper to document and track injuries, illnesses and rehab protocols,” said Wander. But the unified EHR system will allow player data to travel with them when they switch teams, ensuring that the new providers will have access to all available information.
The NBA isn’t the first large sporting organization to adopt EHR technology. EHRs were used at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, and Major League Soccer has also made use of Cerner’s platform. Other EHR systems geared towards professional athletes, such as Presagia, include features like concussion assessment and treatment plans, useful for heavy contact sports such as pro football and boxing or mixed martial arts.