One new “record” has already been set before the Olympic Games begins July 27.

For the first time, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will use electronic medical records (EMRs) instead of paper records for managing athlete care.

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 for 3,000 additional records maintained by USOC staff. The GE Centricity Practice Solution will be seamlessly connected with GE's Centricity PACS-IW technology for medical record image viewing and storage. The technology aims to replace the reams of paper records historically shipped by the USOC to the games. Doctors will have faster access to athletes' medical records, which should provide more targeted care. Continued use of the solution after the big event is over will let physicians keep a close eye on athletes when they are training and competing at home and abroad for a long time to come.

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