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Randall Wroble, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Chair of the JACSM for OHSAA, shares the importance of collecting health information from student-athletes.

160x600-InHealth_SkyscraperInHealth Mutual, Ohio’s only nonprofit health insurance CO-OP, has formed a partnership with PRIVIT to become an official sponsor for Privit Profile, an online solution for managing health-related information required for sports participation for high school athletes throughout Ohio.

In Ohio, high school student-athletes and their parents use Privit Profile at no cost to complete and manage the necessary health information required of student athletes to play high school sports. The Ohio High School Athletic Association approved Privit Profile as the electronic standard for collecting student-athlete health information. This allows parents the ability to complete health forms online and keep their child’s information current year-after-year, instead of submitting a new form each year. In addition, athletic departments are able to access critical student-athlete health profiles securely, from mobile devices, right from the sidelines. Among this active population, having affordable, quality health insurance is essential, and InHealth plans to provide educational information on affordable options as well as sports injury prevention information to PRIVIT’s users.

InHealth was designed to inject access, innovation and competition into the health insurance industry. As a nonprofit CO-OP with one of the largest statewide health care provider networks, great benefits and fair prices, any profits InHealth makes go back to its members through lowering premiums, enhancing benefits and creating wellness programs for the community.

“InHealth is shifting the paradigm across the health care landscape from a focus on sickness and disease to a focus on wellness and prevention. Our partnership with PRIVIT is about promoting health and safety across student-athletes. Through the Privit Profile data collection portal, high school athletic departments are able to develop safer athletic programs. We are excited to empower our fellow Ohioans to make wiser health decisions. And, that makes this timely, forward-thinking initiative an ideal sponsorship fit,” said Jesse Thomas, CEO of InHealth Mutual.

“With the support of sponsors like InHealth, we are able to provide the benefits of Privit Profile to all high schools throughout the State of Ohio,” said Jeffrey Sopp, CEO of PRIVIT. “We are dedicated to helping high schools take their process for collecting required medical information for sport participation securely online, while improving their athletes’ health and safety.”

 

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About InHealth Mutual:

InHealth Mutual is a nonprofit insurer – a consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP) – built for members by members to provide quality, affordable health insurance that is responsive to the needs and wants of all Ohioans. It is different from the traditional insurers given its nonprofit status and focus on individuals and small businesses which will manifest in a governing board of directors that includes members by the beginning of 2016. In addition, profits will be used to lower the cost of care, enhance benefits or decrease premiums. Being accountable to members versus stockholders is a paradigm shift InHealth believes will result in better health insurance for the people it covers. In 2014, InHealth offered insurance products to individuals, small businesses and groups through brokers and private exchanges. For plan year 2015, InHealth expanded to also offer insurance products on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange). InHealth Mutual is a trade name of Coordinated Health Mutual. For more information, visit www.inhealthohio.org.

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OHSAA initiates the use of PrivIT e-PPE to improve the health and safety of student-athletes.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has announced a partnership with PRIVIT®, a Columbus, Ohio, based company, to streamline the process for the management and collection of physical forms required for participation in high school sports. The OHSAA will be replacing the paper physical forms with Privit Profile™ (formerly Privit e-PPE) an electronic Pre-Participation Evaluation secure online solution beginning May 1 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Migrating the paper PPE process to Privit Profile™ solution 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™ will help 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.

Within Privit Profile™, parents of student-athletes will complete the medical questionnaire that will prepopulate several forms required for sport participation. Upon completion, these forms will be printed and taken to the student-athlete’s physical exam. Parents will enjoy using Privit Profile™ to manage their student-athlete’s health history information, because in subsequent years, they will only have to update the information in Privit Profile™ as opposed to completing all the paper-based forms again.

Privit Profile™ is a secure HIPAA compliant 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 more time to focus on the nearly 350,000 Ohio student-athletes.

“As the governing body for high school athletic programs, the OHSAA provides health and safety information to high schools throughout the state. With the support of our Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine, we are excited to provide our high school members the Privit Profile™ solution as a service designed to enhance the sport pre-participation process,” said Dr. Dan Ross, Commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. “When you think about sports and your student-athlete, you think of only the best. You want your child to be active, learn discipline, be healthy and have fun. It’s our job to help our school districts provide a safe sporting environment.”

“We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with the OHSAA,” said Jeffrey Sopp, CEO of PRIVIT®. “Being affiliated with an association like the OHSAA is a true testament to what PRIVIT® has to offer the sports industry when it comes to improving the health and safety of athletes. It’s great that Privit Profile™ will be provided immediately to schools and the participants, and we’re looking forward to the near future when use of our product will be the standard.”

OHSAA will begin rolling out Privit Profile™ throughout the State high school athletic departments starting May 2014. Future plans include onboarding over 200,000 seventh and eighth grade junior high school athletes, officials, and coaches.

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About OHSAA

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is a private, non-profit association of high schools and 7th-8th grade schools, which are volunteer members. The OHSAA’s mission is to regulate and administer interscholastic athletic competition in a fair and equitable manner while promoting the values of participation in interscholastic athletics as an integral part of a student’s educational experience. The OHSAA represents its member schools by recognizing and promoting academics, the safety of participants, good citizenship and lifelong values as the foundation of interscholastic athletics.

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 London, Ontario and Columbus, Ohio, 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.