Tuesday, November 24

How Ticketmaster plans to check your health before you attend a concert


How Ticketmaster plans to check your health before you attend a concert

If a user tests positive or refuses to verify their health status, they will not be allowed access to an event.

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2020 is almost over and one of the images we miss the most is the experience of attending a live show.

Pharmaceutical Pfizer’s announcement earlier this week about a possible COVID-19 vaccine offered encouraging news by showing a 90 percent efficacy rate. As part of that preparation, Ticketmaster has been working for provide security to concert goers using smartphones to check if a person has been vaccinated or has a negative coronavirus test within 24 to 72 hours. However, things are not as simple as they seem.

The company confirmed through the site Billboard It is developing a system that synchronizes concert tickets and compares them with information it has from healthcare providers and vaccine distribution tests.

This is how it would work:

  • In case the methodology is approved, after buying a ticket for a concert, fans will have to verify they have been vaccinated in the last year or test negative for coronavirus for approximately 24 to 72 hours before the concert.
  • When the user has the test result, they must authorize the laboratory to deliver the results to a health company such as Clear or IBM.
  • If the tests are negative or the buyer of a ticket is found to be vaccinated, the health pass company will verify the status of COVID-19 and will accredit the user to attend a Ticketmaster concert.
  • In the event that the user tests positive or refuses to verify their health status, you would not be granted access to events.

There are still details to be resolved, but the objective of the program is that fans take care of vaccinations and tests before the concert and don’t show up to concerts expecting to be admitted to a show.

The ticketing company assured that would not store or have access to people’s medical records and you would only receive verification if a person is authorized to attend an event on a certain date. Health companies would be obliged to deliver people’s information in a secure way complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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So far, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any healthcare company to provide the technology necessary to provide real-time vaccination results.

The President of Ticketmaster, Mark Yovich, hopes that the demand for digital detection services, which in the future could be required to travel by plane or to enter theme parks, could attract a wave of investors and entrepreneurs that would boost the growth of a new technology sector specialized in detecting COVID-19.

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