4 Health-Screening Solutions to Streamline Verification for In-Person Events
Ensuring the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors and employees working at host venues has become a paramount priority as the industry returns to in-person events. An increasing number of organizers are opting to implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates or negative test requirements in addition to several other health and safety measures. With these trends, the need for streamlined ways to verify proof of health status electronically is on the rise.
The following four health-screening solutions are designed to ease the verification process for everyone involved and, in some cases, provide additional health and safety services.
Clear Health Pass
Clear, the secure identity company specializing in frictionless and safe journeys and experiences, recently launched Clear Health Pass. The free mobile experience on the Clear app securely connects a person’s verified identity to their proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test and also allows them to fill out health surveys.
More than 130 organizations across the country have used Clear Health Pass to help create safer environments, including destinations, sports teams, restaurants and event venues, including the state of Hawaii, Las Vegas Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Golden State Warriors, Union Square Hospitality Group, Lincoln Center, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, and many more.
“It’s a very important time to leverage innovation and put the platforms in place to ensure that we come back better, stay open and give consumers confidence in having safer and easier experiences,” said Caryn Seidman-Becker, co-founder and CEO of Clear. “Clear Health Pass is one simple platform that allows people to enroll once and use it everywhere, and it's easy for partners to turn different modules on and off based on their needs.”
Clear’s partnership with the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (LATCB) is one example of how Health Pass can be a successful solution for the events industry.
"By partnering with Clear—already recognized as the travel industry's leading solution provider for secure, expedited airport access—we've been able to use Clear Health Pass to provide professional meeting planners and event participants with an L.A. experience that is safe, seamless and secure,” said Adam Burke, president and CEO of the LATCB. “We are grateful for the critical role that Clear is playing in supporting L.A.'s comeback story."
Another successful partnership has been with Event Farm, specializing in event engagement solutions. In June, the company aligned with Clear to assist event organizers with pandemic-compliant health screenings, combining the Clear Health Pass technology with Event Farm’s registration and check-in application.
Attendees securely access and verify their COVID-19-related health information using Clear Health Pass prior to an event. Event organizers then use Event Farm's check-in app to scan a QR code generated by Clear Health Pass and verify that the attendee's information matches the registration information and event safety protocols.
The partnership complements Event Farm's Safety Toolkit, a suite of purposely built applications to keep event staff and attendees safe at in-person events, and will enable attendees to bypass health-screening questions to enter the event faster.
Fern Health Check/ShareMy.Health
Event strategy and production company Fern and cloud healthcare platform ShareMy.Health teamed up to launch Fern Health Check for live events, including trade shows, corporate events and other in-person gatherings.
“One of the industry’s first steps in getting attendees back to in-person events is helping them feel comfortable with and confident in the safety protocols that organizers are putting in place,” said Jim Kelley, vice president of marketing and industry relations for Fern. “The enhancements to the health passport component of Fern HealthCheck make the testing and vaccine credential experience simple and transparent in a way that we expect will help ease the mindset of attendees and exhibitors as they return to trade shows and events.”
Key benefits of Fern HealthCheck include:
- Digital Health Passport, which allows individuals to control who sees their health status and for how long
- Vaccine credentials sharing and digital management
- COVID-19 testing with verification and certification
- The ability for event organizers to manage the health and safety of event staff, attendees and exhibitors with analytics and dashboard reporting
- Interoperability with industry and government registration and mobile app solutions in a HIPAA-compliant manner
HealthCheck’s latest functionality includes vaccine management with electronic consent capture to securely share immunization credentials. The platform captures details such as date of vaccination, manufacturer, lot number, location and vaccine administrator. Event organizers can also test any attendees. The tests—saliva-based, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests—are shipped directly to homes or offices, overnighted to ShareMy.Health’s CLIA-certified labs for priority processing and instantly paired with on-site, rapid antigen testing.
The HIPAA-compliant software solution is specifically designed for businesses, hospitality groups and venues, helping them streamline the screening process before entry, perform on-site testing and/or confirm patrons have valid negative tests or vaccine cards. LINK allows for simple integration to deliver every user a customized experience, and it works in venues of all sizes.
TTS has already partnered with major sports teams, corporations and venues, which are using LINK for COVID-19 testing and vaccination verification of guests. They have also partnered with major hospitality groups to provide guests with access to self-collection COVID-19 test kits, safe and private medically guided white glove services and rapid testing for flu, antigens, antibodies and more. Documentation and test results obtained through LINK at these locations can provide travel clearance for both national and international travel requiring COVID-19 rt-PCR testing and is accepted by most airlines and destinations.
“We are proud to be helping the event and travel industries open back up safely and efficiently through our introduction of LINK,” said TTS CEO Lauren Trenkle. “With LINK, we have proven that the power of innovative technology can be leveraged to overcome challenges that seem insurmountable.”
LINK will soon be introducing ID Checks in which individuals who upload their vaccine card system will be prompted to upload a copy of their government issued ID and a selfie for easy visual verification during screening at a venue. This feature is especially critical in high population areas such as Los Angeles County, where new mandates will require cross-referencing vaccine cards with government issued identification.
Founded by a group of healthcare specialists and consultants, Vital Circle is a platform that provides vaccine verification as well as proximity contact tracing that is customized for each event.
The platform combines web-based symptom tracking with wearable proximity contact tracing devices and a variety of health protocol options to provide a seamless solution for organizations and communities focused on comprehensive risk mitigation.
For proof of vaccine, data submitted by attendees is reviewed and verified by the Vital Circle clinical team, and attendees are provided with a confirmation for event entry.
The contact tracing aspect of the platform gives event organizers and companies access to multiple layers of data with actionable insights to mitigate risk and reduce the impact of COVID-19 exposure. It enables participants to track, monitor and report symptoms daily and gives them links to resources, prevention tips, testing centers and preferred health providers.
“Our main objective is to play our part in providing group travelers a safe way to place in-person meetings and events back onto their calendars,” said Amanda Schleede, CEO of Vital Circle.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in South Walton, Fla., is one of the latest entities to offer Vital Circle services as an optional protocol for groups gathering at the property.
“Providing groups with the option to include proximity contact tracing as part of an upcoming business meeting, corporate event or general gathering is the next step in creating a safe setting for groups of all sizes as they look to once again reconnect,” said Kevin Rosa, director of sales and marketing at Hilton Sandestin. “We continue to assess ways we can welcome groups to a risk-reduced and relaxing coastal setting.”