The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has announced an agreement with PRIVIT to streamline the process for the management and collection of physical health history and consent forms required for participation in high school sports. The MHSAA has designated PRIVIT’s solution, called Privit Profile, as the electronic alternative to paper forms beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

Migrating the paper process to Privit Profile will help high schools better facilitate the process of collecting personal health history information from athletes, and it will save time and costs associated with managing the paper process.

Privit Profile includes the MHSAA’s health history questionnaire and is built on PRIVIT’s patented, secure, and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant technology. The additional MHSAA forms are also included in the implementation, and provides MHSAA member schools the flexibility to further tailor Privit Profile to their process. Taking the paper-based process and transitioning it online will provide athletic trainers and coaches more time to focus on Michigan’s student-athletes.

Within Privit Profile, parents of student-athletes easily complete the medical history questionnaire, and take printed copies to the student-athlete’s physical exam. In subsequent years, parents only will have to update the information in Privit Profile, as opposed to completing all of the paper-based forms again.

“It has become necessary for increased detail in the requirements to participate in school sports,” said MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts. “We desire more comprehensive health histories for students and more education of parents and students regarding the risks of participation, as well as the intangible rewards of competing in educational athletics. Streamlining for collection and storage of documents is a priority.”

Gathering more detailed Health Histories – including an upgrade of the previous pre-participation physical form – were the first focus of the ongoing MHSAA 4 H’s of Health and Safety effort taken up before the start of the 2009-10 school year (the other three H’s stand for Heads, Heat and Hearts).

The MHSAA will begin rolling out Privit Profile throughout local high school athletic departments beginning this month. Use of Privit Profile by schools is voluntary.

“As the importance of pre-screening athletes continues to sweep the nation, more and more state high school athletic associations are adopting Privit Profile to better manage student-athlete health information,” said Jeffrey Sopp, CEO of PRIVIT. “We are excited to be partnering with MHSAA and to be able to provide Privit Profile to schools and participants in Michigan for the 2016-17 school year. We’re looking forward to forward to helping MHSAA member high schools and improving a manual process for years to come.”

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About MHSAA:

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,400 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.

Focusing on improving the health and safety of student-athletes, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has announced the approval for its member high schools to use Privit Profile™ (formerly e-PPE) an electronic Pre-Participation Evaluation solution to replace the current paper-based pre-participation evaluation (PPE) process used for interscholastic sports.

“In conjunction with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the MSHSAA Executive Board is excited to recommend Privit Profile™ as a viable solution for the collection and management of our student-athlete’s medical forms,” Harvey Richards, Associate Executive Director for the MSHSAA. “As we continue to evolve into a more digital world, we recommend that our member schools stay progressive and research the possibilities to transition to a digital health questionnaire in an effort to better streamline the management and collection of these forms.”

As the importance of pre-screening athletes continues to sweep the nation, more and more state high school athletic associations are adopting the use of digital tools to better manage student-athlete health information. In addition to the MSHSAA approving the use of Privit Profile™, several other state high school associations have followed suit, including: California Interscholastic Federation, Georgia High School Association, Ohio High School Athletic Association, Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association, the University Interscholastic League, and Utah High School Activities Association.

“With over 100,000 student-athletes in the state of Missouri, we are excited that MSHSAA has recommended Privit Profile™ to provide its member schools with a solution to collect, manage, and access student-athlete health information in a more efficient manner,” said Jeffrey Sopp, CEO of PRIVIT®. “To be able to provide state high school associations with a solution that helps improve the health and safety of student athletes is rewarding.”

Privit Profile™ provides a comprehensive health history questionnaire that helps improve the pre-screening process required for interscholastic sport participation. Migrating the paper PPE process to Privit Profile™ solution helps high schools better facilitate the process of collecting personal health history information from athletes and save time and costs associated with managing the paper process. In addition, it gives parents the flexibility to keep their child’s health information current, and since the information is only entered once, updating the information in the future is as simple as clicking a few buttons.

Privit Profile™ secure solution that includes a more comprehensive health history questionnaire that is easy to use and helps mitigate health risks related to sports. The reports generated by Privit Profile™ provide a detailed summary of an athlete’s health history and readily identifies health risk areas to support the physical exam. Taking the paper-based process and transitioning it online will provide athletic trainers and coaches critical health information of student-athletes right from the sidelines.

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About MSHSAA:
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) promotes the value of participation, sportsmanship, team play, and personal excellence to develop citizens who make positive contributions to their community and support the democratic principles of our state and nation.

About PRIVIT®:
PRIVIT® was established in 2009, and provides cloud-based patented technology for the collection, distribution, and analysis of personal health information. Considered a world-class leader in electronic pre-participation evaluations, Privit Products offer clients a more secure and standard method for acquiring and sharing the personal health information required for participation in organized sports and activities. With offices in Columbus, Ohio and London, Ontario, PRIVIT® fosters lasting relationships with physicians, athletic trainers, sports medicine organizations, and international sports teams. To learn more about PRIVIT® and its Products, visit www.privit.com.