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GE brings healthcare analytics to Winter Olympics

Steve Rogerson
February 14, 2018



Digital analytics from GE Healthcare are helping doctors and healthcare professionals get real-time data on the health status, injuries and possible illness of the competitors at the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.
 
Hungarian and American software engineers from GE Healthcare developed the analytic management system, which was designed in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
 
The GE AMS athlete management system collects and makes available multiple kinds of data in one application, for example athlete's injuries and illness data, or venue, and applied sport-and training-specific information. Based on the information stored in the cloud, the medical staff can obtain specific information about the health condition of athletes, and they can make fast decisions on necessary treatments.
 
Furthermore, the aim of the application is also to improve the safety of the Olympic Games and help preserve participants’ health by analysing data.
 
The AMS collects and makes accessible several different kinds of information, 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 these, the application provides real-time analytics so medical staff can provide a personalised treatment for the athletes and 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 tool is cloud-based, 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.
 
“Through digital transformation, the IOC is pursuing its mission of helping to prevent injuries among our world-class athletes at global events,” said 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. AMS will provide information that helps clinicians personalise training and treatment, so Olympians are best positioned to compete.”
 
This system developed by Hungarian and American IT professionals reflects GE Healthcare’s commitment to developing personalised healthcare, with a holistic approach to patient care, which encompasses diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring to help ensure that appropriate actions are taken at the right time for each individual patient. In the context of the Games, this means considering differences in athlete’s medical histories, training environments and sport.
 
With the multilingual AMS, team doctors from different countries can work and collaborate with other physicians in their native language. Supported languages are English, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish and Korean. All AMS terms and data were edited and validated by native speakers to help ensure proper and accurate translation. Additional information such as medications approved for prescription is also integrated.
 
“All features aim to provide real-time information to clinicians so they have the ability to rapidly and effectively address injury and illness, with the goal of driving the best possible performance by athletes and the best possible experience for spectators,” said Attila Ferik, software development director of GE Healthcare and advanced leader of the Hungarian development group.
 
Representatives from the US Center for Disease Control, the Korean Center for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Public Health England Centre of Infectious Disease Surveillance & Control have all been trained on AMS and will use it to support public health monitoring during the Games.
 
The same system will also be used by the IOC at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.