From SPOTLIGHT World Anti-Doping Agency, Available Here
For many elite athletes and anti-doping professionals around the world, one of the most regular types of interaction they have with WADA is through ADAMS. Launched in 2005, ADAMS is a secure and cost-effective web-based system that focuses on data related to doping control such as: athlete’s whereabouts, test date, lab results, athlete’s biological passport (ABP), and therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs). and anti-doping rule violations. Available in 24 languagesADAMS facilitates the exchange of information between relevant organizations and promotes efficiency, transparency and effectiveness in all anti-doping activities.
ADAMS allows data to be entered and stored, enabling data sharing and reporting in a highly secure and stringent environment Data protection and personal privacy regulations. Under global anti-doping lawAll Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) must use ADAMS for specific aspects of their anti-doping programme. Users include about 3,000 ADO employees from national and regional anti-doping organizations, international federations, major event organizations, and authorized third parties, such as the International Testing Agency; approximately 160 employees from WADA-accredited laboratories; and 150 expert Athletes Biological Passport modules – all with specific access to the system limited to their needs. But more of ADAMS’s stakeholders are the 30,000 or so athletes who rely on the system to enable them to update their whereabouts information, review their personal data and stay current on anti-doping matters.
As with all technology-based systems, the ADAMS system needs to be constantly reviewed and updated to ensure its continuity. As a result, in 2017, WADA initiated significant upgrades to ADAMS’ core infrastructure that laid the foundation for a complete rebuilding of ADAMS with the goal of improving support for the global anti-doping program and better serving athletes and anti-doping stakeholders. Referred to as the “next generation” of ADAMS, the rebuild has launched a number of units over the past two years, prioritizing mobility and enhanced connectivity, reliability, performance, and general usability. And like all ‘Next Gen’ features, the new modules are designed with privacy, information security and transparency for end users as absolute priorities.
- at November 2019And the WADA has launched a brand new app for where athletes are, known as “central athlete“. Available for free download and use from the Apple Store and Google Play, this multilingual app features location-based address recommendations and integrated user support. Designed for athletes – based on extensive consultations with more than 2,000 sports participants – to tackle the challenges they have encountered in their previous locations.
- at January 2020WADA launched the new version “Test center“ Developed with planning and monitoring functions, the module is designed to reinvent the way data for anti-doping programs is presented to ADOs in real time. The new module provides ADOs with a test distribution layout and monitoring tool, as well as a dashboard view for compliance with Technical Document for Sports Analysis. Together, this provides ADOs with the means to assess their progress more efficiently and act on information more quickly, and improves WADA’s means to monitor test activity.
- at May 2021WADA launched “DCO Central“, a new doping control sample collection app for tablets that is also freely available from the Apple Store and Google Play. ‘DCO Central’ provides doping control personnel from ADOs and sample collection agencies an online and offline solution for secure and rapid data collection as part of doping control sample collection, which is now completely paper-free and most importantly connected to ADAMS to reduce manual use Data entry while improving data accuracy, speed and security of data exchange.
“WADA is proud of what has been achieved with the ‘next generation’ of ADAMS in a relatively short period of time by a committed team of ADAMS and IT experts within WADA,” said Stuart Kemp, WADA’s Executive Vice President of Operations. The Athletes Centre, Test Center and DCO Central will meet their needs.ADAMS is a critical component of the global anti-doping system and will continue to evolve in line with available technology and the changing needs of athletes and others within the anti-doping community .
“The Next Generation of ADAMS is also a major initiative of WADA Strategic Plan 2020-2024, which requires the agency to ensure that its digital tools and services are intuitive, up-to-date, functional and accessible. We want to ensure that athletes receive as much support as possible when it comes to fulfilling their commitment to clean competition and offering a system that matches their preferences and lifestyles is a priority for us.”
WADA ADAMS Team Leader and Senior Manager, Ndiate Chaya Ndiaye said: “The Next Generation launch is being carried out in a strategic and sustainable way, carefully creating and testing one unit at a time. This gives us the opportunity to showcase the unit and invite a focused group of users to try it out and provide feedback for further of tweaking, ensuring we get it right before moving on to the next unit.It also ensures that there is less risk of negative impact on everyday users due to newly introduced bugs, while also providing an opportunity to integrate user metrics to measure the performance of the new design with less stress training and support teams.
The improvements will not stop here. More is on the way with better graphics, upcoming improved recommendations for the ABP, more user-friendly dashboards, an improved submission process for TUEs, as well as a host of intuitive improvements to the Laboratory Reporting Module.
Ndiat Chaya Ndiaye added: “Adams’ history has been marked by continuous improvement and rapid development as the anti-doping system itself. The future of ADAMS’ Next Generation will be no different because we make sure that it remains cutting-edge and available to a whole new generation of users. “