Technology played an essential role for athletes for their health reporting and contact tracing throughout the games—organisers of the games required each athlete to download two applications to attain timely and accurate monitoring.
In this regard, the protection of data privacy and confidentiality must be upheld by making sure that personal and health data gathered were solely used for the purpose intended – to monitor athletes’ health, vaccination status, and testing.
The “Playbook” Guidelines – which covers both the Olympics & Paralympics, required every athlete and visitor to download two mobile applications: (1) the OCHA – Checking and Health Report, which supports infection prevention through daily health reporting; and (2) the COCOA or the Contact Confirming App, which enables the user to receive notifications about possible contact with someone infected with Covid-2019.
Technology further aided in the athlete’s regular testing. Daily schedules of testing were disseminated via a notification sent to athletes through the aforementioned apps. In addition, any positive results were digitally communicated with the assistance of designated Covid-19 Liaison Officers (CLO). Persons with close contact to the athlete who has tested positive were then traced through COCOA.
These new technologies are available to organisations, event coordinators, and governments that are looking to adopt similar practices. Among many digital platforms, Q-Link is a software as a service, point of care management platform that provides a safe space for data exchanges across organisations, helping integrate health data anonymously in this age of contactless interactions. Further, the Q-Link digital health technology platform allows governments to provide a secure way to monitor the reopening of borders. As we slowly get back to some version of normal, contactless measures must still be practised, more so in large scale events like the Olympics.