Data Available on Athlete’s Health

Hungarian and American software engineers at GE Healthcare developed an analytic management system now in use at the Winter Olympics. Designed in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the system referred to as “GE Athlete Management Solution” (AMS), enables doctors and healthcare professionals to get real-time data on the health status, injuries, and possible illness concerns of the competitors.

AMS collects and makes available multiple kinds of valuable data in one single application.  Based on information stored in the cloud, the medical staff at the Games can obtain specific health information on athletes if they need to make fast decisions on necessary treatments.

AMS makes it possible to have information on exam results and have information available on the athletes imaging studies, physiological data, or other information related to sport events and venues.

The cloud-based tool is embedded with security controls, and enables remote entry and internet access to data by clinicians anywhere and at any time, whether they are in the facility that provides care to anyone involved in the Games, or at a local hospital, or even in the athlete’s hotel room.

According to Dr. Richard Budgett, Medical and Scientific Director for the IOC, “With 40 sports across the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games, each athlete requires unique healthcare monitoring and care.”

With the multilingual AMS, team doctors from different countries can work and collaborate with other physicians in their native language. Additional information such as medications approved for prescription has also been integrated into the AMS system.

Representatives from the CDC in the U.S, the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Public Health England Centre of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, have all been trained on using the AMS.

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