Dr. Jack Taunton is hoping to improve 2010 athlete medical care through technology

Dr. Jack Taunton is hoping to improve 2010 athlete medical care through technology

 

The Globe and Mail's Rod Mickleburgh reports from Beijing that VANOC is looking at some new technology to help speed up treatment of athletes during Vancouver's Games.

Chief VANOC medical officer Jack Taunton, who is in Beijing to help supervise medical care and anti-doping measures at the Olympics, said technology now exists for the medical history of every Olympic athlete to be available on an individual computer chip that can be accessed by the doctors treating them.

Having such information would end situations that occurred at past Olympics, where athletes have sometimes received improper care because attending physicians did not know their medical history, Dr. Taunton said.

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