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Connectivity 24/7: US Olympic Athletes Pioneer the Use of Electronic Medical Records in London 2012


EMR technology will allow us to better monitor and analyze the health of Team USA athletes, not only when they receive care at our facilities, but also when they are competing and training around the world 

In our personal lives, the fast paced world that we live in demands connectivity 24/7 and the Internet often answers burning questions and/or settles lingering arguments (e.g. What is the date for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony? How many athletes will compete? Who won the 100m gold medal in Beijing, 2008?).

The same should be possible when wanting instant access to the medical records of a patient or of the athlete whom has just been injured.  Today, an answer to this challenge has been the development of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), allowing end users to access such records at all times and from anywhere, as long as they have an internet connection and are authorized users.

For the first time at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will eliminate paper records and opt for GE Healthcare Electronic Medical Record technology to enable doctors and trainers to quickly access medical records and more efficiently and reliably monitor and analyze athletes’ health.

Jan De Witte, chief executive officer of GE Healthcare IT and Performance Solutions, said: “My family and I have lived in five different places.  My medical records are literally spread all over the world. EMR means my doctor could just tap into my record, no matter where I am, see my entire recorded medical history and give me world class care.  That’s what we’re establishing at GE Healthcare.”

The USOC will use GE’s Centricity Practice Solution, an integrated EMR and practice management product, to manage the care of more than 700 athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as 3,000 additional records maintained by USOC staff.  The technology will replace pallets of paper records historically shipped by the USOC to the Games and will provide doctors with faster access to athletes’ medical records.

“The introduction of GE’s EMR technology is a big step forward for the USOC sports medicine program,” said Dr. Bill Moreau, USOC managing director of sports medicine. “EMR technology will allow us to better monitor and analyze the health of Team USA athletes, not only when they receive care at our facilities, but also when they are competing and training around the world. Our elite athletes have dedicated themselves to performing at the highest levels in sport and I believe this technology will help us to support them with the highest levels of sports medicine.”

The USOC will seamlessly connect GE Centricity Practice Solution with GE’s Centricity PACS-IW technology for medical record image viewing and storage. GE is one of the world’s largest software companies and employs more than 5,000 software developers.

GE also provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging equipment to the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, including MRI, X-ray, and ultrasound, to help enable physicians to provide the best care for America’s elite athletes.

Sponsorship Extension

GE and the USOC also announced an extension of their sponsorship partnership today beginning with the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia and continuing through the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2020 Games. GE remains the USOC’s exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products, technology and services. GE’s United States Olympic Committee partnership started in January 2005.

“We value our relationship with the USOC and look forward to continuing our partnership to bring the best technology and healthcare to work for the United States Olympians and Paralympians as they prepare for competition,” said Peter Foss, president, GE Olympic Sponsorship and Corporate Sales.