The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has announced that, for the first time, it will use electronic medical records (EMR) for managing athlete care at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The USOC will use GE Healthcare’s Centricity Practice Solution, an integrated EMR and practice management product, for managing the care of 700 athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as for 3,000 additional records maintained by USOC staff.
"The introduction of GE's EMR technology is a big step forward for the USOC sports medicine program," Dr. Bill Moreau, USOC managing director of sports medicine, said in a statement. "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 the past, paper medical records have been used to manage U.S. Olympic athletes. This time, USOC will connect GE Centricity Practice Solution, and subsequently integrate it with GE's PACS solution for medical record image viewing and storage.
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