PITTSBURGH, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ImPACT Applications, Inc., developer of the ImPACT(©) Test and ImPACT Concussion Management Model, has entered into a partnership with University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center to improve concussion prevention, identification and treatment for athletes and individuals in the Cleveland area.
UH, located in Cleveland, Ohio, has begun using ImPACT neurocognitive baseline and post-injury testing in all schools that use UH physicians and/or athletic trainers. As part of the implementation, the UH clinical team will participate in intensive training on ImPACT test administration and the application of all aspects of ImPACT's Concussion Management Model. UH is working toward having 10 physicians as Certified ImPACT Consultants (CICs) and 10 ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainers (ITATs), in recognition of the training and education they will receive.
"As in many hospitals across the country, the number of concussions treated at UH continues to rise," says Anthony Furlan, MD, Chairman of Neurology and Co-director of the Neurological Institute at UH Case Medical Center. "As part of our commitment to quality, safety and best practices in patient care, we want to ensure the patients we serve receive the proper clinical assessment and specialty care after a concussion."
As the official healthcare provider of the Cleveland Browns, UH will provide baseline and post-injury testing for a large number of professional athletes, school teams and local sports organizations. "These tests will greatly assist our specialists and athletic trainers in neurology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation, and sports medicine in gathering the data to make assessments and treatment plans should student athletes have a head injury on the field or court," said Christopher Bailey, PhD, Director of the Concussion Program for the UH Neurological Institute.
"We are honored to work with the staff of University Hospitals and proud to provide them with the best-in-class concussion management tools," says Michael Wahlster, chief executive officer of ImPACT Applications.
Developed by clinical experts who pioneered the field, ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Currently, more than 10,000 medical professionals have been trained by ImPACT on concussion management. ImPACT is in use by the large majority of teams in MLB, NHL, NFL and MLS. More than 7,400+ high schools, 1,000+ colleges and universities, 900+ clinical centers, 200+ professional teams, select military units, Cirque du Soleil, and many other organizations around the globe use ImPACT. ImPACT Applications, Inc., provides tools such as the ImPACT Concussion Management Model to address the need for an accurate, medically accepted assessment system as part of an overall concussion management protocol. ImPACT is constantly updating products, services and industry-leading training programs by integrating new technologies, input from experts and users, and ongoing research on concussion rehabilitation methods. For more information, visit www.impacttest.com.
About University Hospitals
University Hospitals, the second largest employer in Northeast Ohio with 25,000 employees, serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 12 hospitals, 26 outpatient centers and primary care physician offices in 15 counties. At the core of our $3.5 billion health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. UH Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research centers of excellence in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopaedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. For more information, go to www.uhhospitals.org.
SOURCE ImPACT Applications, Inc.