Countries around the world are putting their best foot forward to combat the spread of Coronavirus aka Covid-19. Efforts to curb its spread have also ramped up ever since it was declared a pandemic and effective communication is, of course, crucial to help reduce the flu’s spread. Technology has been a blessing to enable communication worldwide and the Dutch Medtech startup Siilo offers an instant messaging app that is aimed to help with the current situation.
Siilo offers free access to crisis management feature
The Siilo app is designed just like WhatsApp, but it is aimed at healthcare professionals. The startup has now announced that it is offering free access to its crisis management functionality on the app, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The feature has been adopted by healthcare organisations in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, and Italy, as per the startup.
The crisis management feature is being used to create and coordinate crisis messaging groups. These groups don’t require exchanging personal details and are more secure than conventional messaging apps. Furthermore, the functionality enables central broadcasting of crucial, time sensitive information to organisations, teams or departments. An email, customised link or QR code can be used to invite people to join a secure group or conversation.
The functionality is also useful to build peer networks with specialists and department heads. This can be helpful to share real-time insights, address capacity problems and resource allocation. The startup has also extended its working hours to revert to queries, hasten onboarding of new users and to keep up with the demand.
Siilo – Enhancing workflow with privacy in mind
The Dutch medtech startup Siilo launched back in 2015 and it has secured a total of €6.5 million in funding so far. It was founded by Arvind Rao, Jan-Joost Rueb, Joost Bruggeman, and Onno Bakker with the aim of simplifying information sharing between healthcare professionals. The app enables medical teams to optimse workflow, securely collaborate on patients’ treatments and discuss challenging cases with their peers.
Since the Siilo app keeps track of personal data, it can be concerning if the app is not secure enough. However, personal and professional data are separated, with patient information and related discussions stored in a secure encrypted vault created by Siilo. The data is also end to end encrypted, further strengthening data privacy and all data on the app is never backed up to the cloud.
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