Cerner adds concussion care platform to athlete management system

By integrating the Cleveland Clinic spinoff NeuroLogix into the system, Cerner hopes to better track neurological injuries.
By Bernie Monegain
10:49 AM
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Healthcare technology giant Cerner plans to integrate its HealtheAthlete technology with NeuroLogix Technologies’ C3Logix concussion management system.

Nate Hogan, general manager of HealtheAthlete, defines the technology as a cloud-based sports medicine and athlete health management system that enables providers to document injury, rehabilitation, conditioning and health-related events. The information can be accessed from a computer or mobile device almost anywhere, anytime, he adds, and the system also provides built-in tracking and analysis tools.

“HealtheAthlete captures critical health data throughout the life of an injury, and our collaboration with C3Logix will help with the health and safety of athletes across high school, collegiate and professional settings,” Hogan said in a statement.

Nearly 4 million U.S. athletes suffer a concussion every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which claims that timely recognition and appropriate response is critical in treating a mild traumatic brain injury, and early diagnosis and management are key components.

The C3Logix system, developed at Cleveland Clinic and commercialized by NeuroLogix Technologies, makes it possible for physicians, athletic trainers and other trained personnel to assess neurologic impairment.

Athletes are given a series of tests at the beginning of the season to create a baseline. The same tests are given again when the athlete is injured to determine the extent of the injury.

C3Logix also aggregates neurologic data over time to create comparisons that help medical practitioners determine the best treatment plan. Researchers also use C3Logix to collect longitudinal data, year over year, to help improve the understanding and long-term implications of concussions.

“We have long needed to raise the bar in brain injury assessment, while leveling the playing field to provide better access to quality tools,” Jay Alberts, of Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, said in a statement. “Integrating data into a single athlete record will keep care teams from fumbling through multiple systems, duplicating data entry or worrying about the risk of missing information.”

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