Siemens and Siemens Caring Hands support the Italian Istituto Superiore di Sanitá (ISS) in the fight against Covid-19 by providing a multimedia crisis room that will help to optimize the coordination and control of emergency operations. This initiative is part of the global Siemens Covid-19 relief fund program.
The multimedia crisis room was officially inaugurated in a (virtual) ceremony on 19 May 2021. Having a room like this will be of great help for Italian health institutions like the ISS – both in this and future emergencies.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità is the main center for research, control and technical-scientific consultancy in the field of public health in Italy and is responsible for the prevention and promotion of health. Within the Covid-19 pandemic the ISS is also in charge of data provision and validation.
With the newly installed crisis room a stable technological infrastructure based on the needs of the ISS was created. It will allow and facilitate communication and coordination between ISS and other bodies involved (e.g. Civil Protection, Ministry of Health, Regions). Besides, the crisis room will enable a fast information exchange between the ISS and the Italian population to ensure fast problem solving and reaction – thus creating a digital Italian health community.
The project could be implemented thanks to the donation from Siemens Caring Hands. At the initiative of Siemens AG and with the support of Siemens Caring Hands, a COVID-19 relief fund was established in March 2020 to provide charitable support to relief organizations and to people affected by the crisis worldwide. Siemens AG matched the amount donated by its employees. These donations have been used, and are being used, to support specific charitable aid projects like the multimedia crisis room for ISS.
Hardly any country in Europe was hit as hard by the pandemic as Italy. As a company with European roots, it was important for Siemens to quickly set an example of solidarity. That is why Siemens launched the “Covid-19 Relief Fund” as part of the charitable initiative “Siemens Caring Hands” back in spring 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 15 million euros have been made available for aid projects around the world, thanks to the many donations made by Siemens employees. As one major example, the Crisis Room in Rome, which would not have been possible without Siemens Caring Hands, now also contributes in a modern way to better and faster handling of future crisis situations.
Christian Kaeser, Chairman of the Board of Siemens Caring Hands e.V.
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