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Supporting Healthy Athletes at the Special Olympics Regional Games, Abu Dhabi

April 10, 2018


Last month, the VecnaCares' team traveled to Abu Dhabi to support the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Special Olympics Regional Games. VecnaCares provides registration, data capture, and reporting software to the Healthy Athletes Program which provides free screenings and consultations to athletes and team members at Special Olympics Events. The software application tracks outcomes and measure the gaps and progress in health care for people with intellectual disabilities in order to understand the needs and improve the lives of athletes.  


VecnaCares' system provides point-of-service digital data capture, post-event data capture of Healthy Athletes forms, and a back-end data repository with reporting and data analysis capabilities. The system captures data across seven disciplines, including eye, ear, foot, mental, dental, and preventative health clinics.


Reporting across these disciplines improves the quantity, quality, and accessibility of data regarding the health status and trends of individuals with intellectual disabilities. This information drives life-changing health care, knowledge, information and policy for individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families, health care providers and society.


The MENA Region has a strong tradition of hosting Regional Games for its athletes and National Programs. This was the ninth edition of the Regional Games with more than 1,200 athletes from 33 countries competing in 16 different sports. 


Since 2015, VecnaCares has provided hardware and software for over 25 events around the world. To accommodate diverse settings and environments, the software works both on- and offline. When wireless connectivity is available and guaranteed at an event, Special Olympics' registration software is hosted in the cloud and all data collected is synched to a multi-event server that securely stores athletes' longitudinal health screening information. When wireless connectivity is not available, Special Olympics employs the use of the CliniPAK, a portable field-ready server that casts a local area network (LAN) to mobile devices for application hosting and data collection and aggregation. 


Based on the success of the solution, VecnaCares and Special Olympics are working together to develop additional features, including the ability to review past patient records and episodes of care reported by care givers. This functionality will help clinicians make better decisions at the point of care. 

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