GE Healthcare, alongside national Olympic governing bodies such as the United States Olympic Committee, has made available a range of medical imaging technologies and services to help clinicians provide care for the competing athletes at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The equipment will provide the athletes and team officials with access to the most advanced healthcare equipment and services.
GE Healthcare is a Worldwide Olympic Partner and exclusive provider of medical products and services to help doctors treat athletes. These products and services will be incorporated into the Olympic polyclinic in Sochi that GE Healthcare is helping to set up. Imaging technologies will include MRI, CT, ultrasound, digital X-ray and monitoring services as well as healthcare IT solutions like Electronic Medical Records.
These technologies are a prime example of the innovation that is changing the landscape of healthcare and sports medicine. GE Healthcare’s involvement with the Olympic Games will increase access to healthcare technologies to aid clinicians predict, diagnose, treat and monitor health issues and sports medicine injuries earlier when intervention is more effective and efficient.
The main goal of these Polyclinics is to provide unparalleled onsite quality care to athletes by enabling physicians to make earlier and more accurate diagnoses. The polyclinics will include equipment such as the Vivid S6 ultrasound system, Optima CT660 Freedom Edition, and the Optima MR360 Advance. In addition, as part of its presence at the Olympics, GE Healthcare will also be making a legacy donation to the host city and nation in the form of a mobile mammography unit.
The Polyclinic’s advanced and innovative medical imaging technologies aims to reduce the time Olympic or Paralympic athletes spends in rehab. Making an earlier injury diagnosis and introducing real-time recovery monitoring is crucial for elite performance. GE Healthcare equipment allows athletic trainers to have an earlier and more accurate diagnosis platform from which to work from. The involvement of at the Olympics continues a strong relationship that was launched back in January 2005. The partnership will continue through to the 2020 Summer Games, including the Games of the 2016 Olympiad in Rio, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
One of GE Healthcare’s first Olympic contributions was in Beijing, where the company supplied a broad array of medical technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and electrocardiogram (ECG) to the Olympic Village General Hospital.*
GE Healthcare ramped up its official involvement in the Winter Olympics by launching its innovative, pocket-sized Ultrasound device Vscan and implementing its Centricity® Radiology-IW (PACS-IW and RIS-IC with Precision Reporting) solution in the Polyclinics for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The solutions were deployed across the Vancouver and Whistler Polyclinics as well as in the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU).**
At the most recent London 2012 Olympic Games, the company provided an array of technologies that included magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG), IT and monitoring systems.***
GE Healthcare’s role at the Olympics also supports the Company’s commitment to advancing sports medicine. This includes GEHC’s collaboration with the NFL to facilitate innovation and advance research into brain injuries. The company also established a partnership with the PGA TOUR back in April 2011 to share its body composition innovations as well as fitness and nutrition advice for its members.