A few days ago, a friend messaged and introduced me to her friend – a doctor who works at a major ER in Southern California. The doctors in her hospitals were trying to deal with the COVID-19 Crisis and were reduced use to using bits of information available on different social platforms. She wanted a good, secure and easy way to communicate with other doctors who had experienced the crisis or talk to others who could help her do her job better and save lives. She wanted us “tech nerds” to help. So I wrote a tiny blog post and tweeted about it.
Within minutes, many wrote back, and within hours a small group of fewer than ten people came together and started working on making it work. We used Twitter’s Group Messaging feature to keep things simple. Fast forward to today, their hard work is live – a new special workspace on Slack is available only to doctors. Using iD.me’s medical identity and medical credentials system in tandem with Slack, now the doctors can talk amongst themselves. If you know doctors who can benefit from this platform of communications, guide them to https://covid.slack.com
There is a lot of people who did a lot of work and I wanted to thank them all for delivering on the promise of what technology can do. There wasn’t just one person – they all made it happen. Thank you everyone for helping those who are fighting to save lives, despite lying, cheating politicians and profiteers.