The messenger of Amsterdam-based startup Siilo was created with an aim to make normal days for healthcare workers easier and better. But it turns out during these extraordinary days when the COVID-19 pandemic peaked, it really proved its worth. For co-founder and CEO Joost Bruggeman, the pandemic emphasised the use for his product. But it also made clear which parts were neglected and where there is work to be done.
The free messenger app Siilo was specifically created for healthcare professionals. The medtech startup was founded in 2016 by Arvind Rao, Jan-Joost Rueb, Joost Bruggeman, and Onno Bakker and aims to connect medical professionals with relevant colleagues or experts, while safeguarding patient privacy and online security. A quick way for people working in health care to connect, share knowledge or ask questions. It enables ‘networked medicine’, as CEO Joost Bruggeman describes it. During his time as a medical professional, he found out communication is bound by invisible silo’s. In a time when hospital workers are working frantically to battle an unknown virus, communication is key.