Physicians all around the world have turned to instant messaging apps such as iMessage and WhatsApp to get in touch with colleagues and discuss patient care, but commercial apps like these just weren’t designed for the security concerns we have when dealing with patient data. The benefits of messenger apps — efficiency, team communication, user friendly design — need to be weighed against the inherent risk to patient confidentiality and medical compliance standards.
A recent article in the Journal of Medical Systems analyses the utility of Siilo, a secure medical messenger, in clinical situations, using a sample case specifically from obstetrics in demonstration. Authors Osnat Ezra et. al describe the process of discovering and treating a pathology finding in a fetus brain and walk readers through the traditional steps taken to get the pregnant woman into an MRI scan. The entire process is fraught with scheduled appointments and indeterminate waiting periods, all of which can be streamlined, even dramatically shortened, if the attending obstetric specialist used Siilo instead.
Osnat Ezra et. al found that Siilo not only curtails wasted time, it also cuts down on how many points critical information travels through before arriving at a decision, reduces potential for misunderstandings, and improves the quality of patient care. When dealing in a field like obstetrics, where time is of the essence, these are all incredible benefits. What’s more, medical professionals can be sure that all of this critical information is protected, unlike with commercial messengers. As Ezra et. all write in the study’s conclusions, “Siilo allows the syndication of all medical and logistic factors in the hospital and in the community ‘under one roof’, resulting in efficient and rapid processes.”
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Read the full article, “Ezra O, Toren A, Tadmor O, Katorza E. Secure Instant Messaging Application in Prenatal Care. J Med Syst. 2020 Feb 22;44(4):73.” here.
Siilo declares that it has had no influence on the writing of this report, published February 2020 in the Journal of Medical Systems.