23 Jul Anti-drug technology developed for Olympics
Athlete abuse of performance-enhancing drugs has been a problem for some time. As such, numerous regulatory bodies, including the International Olympics Committee, have invested in developing new, revolutionary technology that will change the face of healthcare IT in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
According to HealthcareITNews, GE Healthcare was at the forefront of developing tools to be used at the games. The source noted that professional athletes' medical records will be stored electronically for doctors to monitor while in London. Additionally, imaging solutions will be used to detect any trace of illicit substances.
The Life Sciences' ImageQuant LAS4000, a biomolecular imaging machine, will be used to note the presence of recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), which boosts oxygen flow during performance, HealthcareITNews reported. The tools will be stationed at the Anti-Doping Science Centre in the United Kingdom.
The source noted that GlaxoSmithKline will be the lab services provider for the games and will work in tandem with the center to apply the new technology.
According to the Guardian, athletes were informed of emerging detection tools in a statement released at the British Science Festival by David Cowan, the director of the Drug Control Centre at King's College London. He indicated that these would be the most dangerous games for an athlete to try to get away with using performance enhancers.