It’s our 20th birthday and we’re celebrating! Join us on a blast from the past as we look back at the evolution of Presagia Sports and how it became the Athlete Electronic Health Management System it is today!
A little background… Our parent company, Presagia was founded in 1987 by David Glickman and Peter Rorlick in Montreal, Canada. Operating under Montreal Business Software, Inc., they began with a mission to provide innovative software solutions that would make data accessible, simplify communication and streamline management processes so that organizations could improve the delivery of healthcare. This mission eventually drove the company to create its very first sports injury tracking solution.
In 1997, the company officially introduced Injury Tracker, a sports injury management software. The solution began as a consulting project for McGill University’s Sports Medicine Clinic, when the university’s athletic therapists requested the creation of a software that would provide them with a structured database system that could be securely shared among various users to record injuries and treatments for their athletes.
The project was a resounding success, and the company introduced the new solution to the market at an annual conference for Canadian sports medicine practitioners. It was received enthusiastically, and universities, clinics, and professional sports organizations started implementing Injury Tracker to help them be more efficient and effective in their treatment of athletes.
So what did Injury Tracker do?
The Windows application helped athletic trainers, coaches, physical therapists, researchers, and team physicians better manage athlete health by:
- Efficiently organizing important athlete medical information
- Scheduling follow-up treatment appointments
- Identifying injury trends
- Creating useful and meaningful reports from the data
Following the success of Injury Tracker, new technological breakthroughs began to change the software landscape. As more and more organizations began adopting internet connectivity, Injury Tracker was rebuilt as a web-based version called InjuryZone. InjuryZone was the first cloud-based commercial web application offered to sports medicine professionals, making its big debut in 2003.
What made InjuryZone so unique?
InjuryZone had all of the great features of Injury Tracker, but took all of the complexity out of setting it up and sharing it amongst users. Presagia hosted InjuryZone, becoming a pioneer in the world of athlete health management application by providing the first ever “Software-as-a-Service.” Customers only had to login to access the world’s premier athlete health management application, allowing healthcare teams to securely manage, share and report on their athletes’ data in real-time from anywhere in the world.
InjuryZone also allowed customers to create their own screens in order to track other types of athlete information, and even adapt existing screens and functionality. In other words, it could be tailored to an individual customer’s needs.
The first of many organizations to use the new customized cloud-based athlete injury tracking and Electronic Health Record (EHR) software was UK Sport, the governing body responsible for the health of British Olympians.
InjuryZone’s unique web-based software was a huge hit. It was consistently ranked #1 in the industry by reviewers and users. In 2005, the InjuryZone software was rebranded as Presagia Sports. Presagia Sports provides the same secure web-based athlete EHR that centralizes athlete health data including injuries, illnesses, treatments, surgeries and medications.
In 2005, Presagia also partnered with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to deliver a custom version of the software that could manage drug-testing activities in top-level international sports. The system, eventually named ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration and Management System), was designed to facilitate drug testing worldwide and provide elite athletes with the ability to access the system anytime and anywhere to enter important information like their whereabouts and Therapeutic Use Exemptions.
Over the years, Presagia has continued to expand the cloud-based system in order to deliver the best possible solution to our users:
- In 2010, Presagia added a quick treatment option and a treatment room kiosk to speed up the process of entering treatment data for athletic trainers (ATs), allowing them more time to care for their athletes.
- Presagia added mobile access in 2012, creating a web app for use on smartphones and tablets. The web app allows athletic trainers and other sport medicine professionals to access and update an athlete’s health records and notes directly from their phone or tablet. Users also have the ability to send messages and notifications to others, so if for instance an athlete gets injured on the field, the team physician back home can be notified instantly.
- Presagia also integrated the SCAT2 concussion assessment test into the web app in late 2012, and updated it to SCAT3 in 2013. Head safety has become a great concern in the sports world, and Presagia Sports encourages better athlete care by allowing customers to access the concussion assessment tool anywhere with their smartphone or tablet.
Presagia Sports is also a great tool for collecting data for research purposes. It demonstrated this strength in July 2015 by partnering with the PAC 12 and their Sports Injury Registry Management and Analysis Program (SIRMAP). Presagia Sports is the database used for conference-wide research designed to address the prevalence of sport injuries among its schools by giving the PAC 12 de-identified data on injuries and trends. The use of Presagia Sports as a database for research continues to expand with new partnerships with research organizations.
Today, Presagia Sports proudly supports premier sports organizations such as the British Horseracing Authority, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, and top tier universities including Stanford, Florida State University, Clemson University, and many more.
The company has come a long way in the past two decades, and the future looks bright! Stay tuned as Presagia Sports will be rolling out exciting new features in the coming months as the system continues to evolve to provide users with the best and most complete EHR and concussions assessment solution for the sports medicine world.