Healthcare practices change all the time, but medical communication remains stuck in the past.

We’ve scoured the internet for academic articles and research that prove the value of modern communication tools in healthcare, specifically the need for asynchronous messaging.

Siilo-centric Research

Below you will find academic articles that spotlight Siilo as a key component of research projects or as the focus of research.

Use and misuse of instant messaging in clinical data sharing: the EHRA-SMS survey

EP Europace | 12.03.2021

Instant messaging (IM) enables medical professionals to quickly share clinical data to their peers for counselling. Purpose of this survey is to assess the habits related to IM, their application in clinical practice and the perceived pros and cons.”

Using existing secure tech for Orthopaedic communication during COVID-19

Bone & Joint | 19.06.2020

Virtual fracture clinics (VFCs) are being increasingly used to offer safe and efficient orthopaedic review without the requirement for face-to-face contact”. During the COVID-19 pandemic, McIntyre et al. sought to develop an online referral pathway that would reduce face-to-face contact with patients while still providing definitive orthopaedic management plans.

Protocol for smartphone use in open fracture photography

British Journal of Hospital Medicine | 06.04.2020

Photography of open fractures is an essential component” of orthopaedic treatment, as per the British Orthopaedic Association’s standards of care. But as clinicians increasingly rely on smartphones to capture images, concerns are growing about data security and the consent process when using and sharing sensitive clinical images.

How Siilo makes an impact in prenatal care

Journal of Medical Systems | 22.02.2020

The use of mobile phones for medical purposes is rapidly expanding as the number of medical applications rise” found Ezra et al. During their research, they explored the clinical benefits of using Siilo in prenatal care, and it’s value when discussing abnormal fetal findings amongst professionals.

Apptip Siilo

Huisarts en wetenschap | 21.08.2019

Sollie and Timmers have found Siilo an easy-to-use solution for medical communications amongst healthcare professionals, especially with the addition of Prisma.

General Messenger Research

Below you will find academic articles focused on the general impact of messengers in healthcare. Siilo may be mentioned by name as an example of a healthcare-specific messenger, but it is not the centre of research in any of these pieces.

Lasting lessons from COVID-19 for radiology

Elsevier Clinical Radiology | 03.06.2020

B.J.Hudson et al. watched as COVID-19 spread from China to Europe, outstripping the supply of reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab testing”, and straining healthcare systems. Read about the impact that forming a multidisciplinary team had on their preparation, and how instigating new solutions such as switching to Siilo as the primary form of communication amongst medical staff” impacted staff safety and ensured patient care.

Opportunities and risks of messaging apps in healthcare.

Internal and Emergency Medicine | 03.02.2020

Masoni & Guelfi argue for alternative messaging apps in healthcare, as opposed to the commonly used WhatsApp, which does not comply with the GDPR or HIPAA. They argue that “ it is inappropriate to share clinical information via WhatsApp”, and aim to encourage healthcare organisations and physicians to abandon WhatsApp and to adopt one of the many secure messaging apps now available”, such as Siilo.

Expectations & barriers to eHealth in cardiology

The Netherlands Heart Journal | 28.11.2018

Treskes et al. wanted to understand the expectations and perceived barriers” to implementing eHealth in clinical practices within cardiology. To understand, they conducted a survey with 255 members of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology to find their answers.

Wanted: a WhatsApp alternative for clinicians

The BMJ | 12.02.2018

As concerns around physician use of messaging apps for medical communications, Kim Thomas has explored alternate systems that will help relegate dated technologies like pagers and fax machines to the history books.

Smartphones and CT scan diagnostic performance

Epos | ECR 2019 Congress

Al Dhuhli & Al Yahyaai assessed the diagnostic performance of reading abdominal CT scans using smartphones, compared to PACS workstations in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis.

WhatsApp use in Clinical Settings

The BMJ | 14.11.2017

In the interest of improving productivity and patient care, many healthcare professionals default to the use of WhatsApp in clinical settings to share information, driving concerns for security and Data Protection.