How GE is Helping Olympians Go for the Gold

The company has teamed up with the International Olympic Committee to bring precision medicine to the winter games.

Olympic athletes know that tracking every possible metric can go a long way toward winning the gold. At this year’s games, GE Healthcare has partnered with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to debut a new analytics tool that works to track a variety of different metrics, from vital signs and nutritional data to environmental conditions sport-specific information.

The new platform, known as the Athlete Management Solution (AMS), can also provide imaging scans, venue data, and detailed medical history information on real-time dashboards that can be monitored by medical staff to provide personalized treatment for athletes across the winter games. The goal for GE was to help support athlete health, performance, and safety at the winter games while also providing long-term health and safety improvements for future Olympic games.

“Through digital transformation, the IOC is pursuing its mission of helping to prevent injuries among our world-class athletes,” said Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director for the IOC in a press release. “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 personalize training and treatment, so Olympians are best positioned to compete.”

The platform was designed in line with GE Healthcare’s dedication to the idea of precision health, an approach that includes diagnostics, therapeutics, and monitoring that can ensure appropriate actions are taken at the right time for each individual patient. For these athletes, the technology allows for physicians and team doctors to consider medical histories, training environments, and sport-specific data on the spot when evaluating and treating each athlete.

The AMS technology also showcases the latest in health tracking technologies for Olympic athletes. In years past, the IOC actually had to ship pallets of paper around the globe to keep track of medical data for athletes competing at the Olympic Games. The result was a convoluted and time-consuming process that often led to incomplete and inaccurate medical records, preventing any kind of personalized approach to diagnosing and treating athletes.

With GE’s new AMS platform, the data collected will not only be tracked and analyzed in real time, but the information will also be stored and kept on a cloud service so that any clinician can access the data from anywhere at any time — whether that’s on the slopes during a competition, or at the hospital while an athlete receives treatment. The platform also supports up to nine different languages, making it easier for physicians from around the world to view and interpret data in a familiar format.

As the Olympic games move forward, GE expects the new platform to not only increase the standards for health and safety of the athletes but to help centralize data for future Olympic competitions. In time, we may even begin to see similar platforms developed for those of us who aren't going for the gold.

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