As NFL training camps begin so does the pilot program for 8 teams using iPads with complete medical records for all players.
As NFL training camps begin so does the pilot program for 8 teams using iPads with complete medical records for all players. By the start of the 2014 season, all NFL physicians will have a complete medical history of a player when he comes to the sideline with an injury. iPads will be loaded with SCAT-3 software, a Sideline Concussion Assessment Tool used to test neurocognitive function. This is part of the NFL’s on-going efforts to improve the way they assess and handle players with concussions.
The iPads will also store x-rays and other imaging studies regardless of where they were done. The information would be portable so if a player is cut, traded or leaves as a free agent, his electronic medical record will follow him to his new team.
The NFL Players Association has some concern about how the medical information will be shared for free agents or for grievance hearings. The league itself is not allowed to have access to the medical records as that would be considered a HIPAA violation.