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Hungarian And American It Professionals Of GE Healthcare Developed The Sport Analytics System Of The Olympic Winter Games

February 07, 2018

PyeongChang, Budapest; 6 February 2018.-

Hungarian and American software engineers of GE Healthcare developed the analytic management system of the Olympic Winter Games. Designed in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the digital analytical system allows doctors and healthcare professionals get real-time data on the health status, injuries and possible illness of the competitors. The system will be used by the International Olympic Committee at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as well.

The GE Athlete Management Solution (AMS) collects and makes available multiple kinds of valuable data in one single 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 of the Games 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 to help preserving participants’ health by analysing data.

The GE „Athlete Management Solution” collects and makes accessible several different kindof 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 all these, the application provides real-time analytics to enable medical staff to provide a personalised treatment for the athletes and can also 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 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. AMS will provide information that helps clinicians personalize training and treatment,  so Olympians are best positioned to compete”, added the Scientific Director.  

This solution developed by Hungarian and American IT professionals reflects GE Healthcare’s commitment to developing personalized 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 include 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 into the solution. 

All features aim to provide real-time information to clinicians so that 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 United States Center for Disease Control, 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 AMS and will use the solution to support public health monitoring during the Games.

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