Designed in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), GE Healthcare’s digital analytical system is allowing doctors and healthcare professionals to get real-time data on the health status, injuries and possible illness of athletes taking part in the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games.
The GE Athlete Management Solution (AMS) collects and makes available multiple kinds of valuable data in one single application, including results of examinations and diagnosis of the athletes, imaging studies (X-ray, MRI), physiological data or information related to sport events and venues.
Based on the information stored in the cloud, the medical staff of the Games can obtain specific information about the health condition of athletes, so they can make fast decisions provide personalised treatments. They can also use the data to identify the possible trends and causes of the injuries and illnesses. For example, the tool can flag a “hot spot” where multiple injuries are occurring, or a spike in illness among spectators who attended an event at a specific venue.
The system is embedded with appropriate security controls, and enables remote entry of and internet access to data by clinicians anywhere and at any time – whether they are in a Polyclinic, the facility that provides care to anyone involved in the Games, a local hospital, or their hotel room.
GE Healthcare says the system is designed to help improve the safety of the Olympic Games and to help preserving participants’ health by analysing data.
“Through digital transformation, the IOC is pursuing its mission of helping to prevent injuries among our world-class athletes at global events,” said Medical and Scientific Director for the IOC, Dr Richard Budgett.
“With 40 sports across the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games, each athlete requires unique healthcare monitoring and care. AMS will provide information that helps clinicians personalise training and treatment, so Olympians are best positioned to compete,” continued Dr Budgett.
As the AMS system is multilingual AMS, team doctors from different countries can work and collaborate with other physicians in their native language. Supported languages include English, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish and Korean. Additional information such as medications approved for prescription is also integrated into the solution.
The system will also be used by the IOC at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.