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New customers

In recent days we are glad to receive many good news from SiDLY. The only telemedical system in Poland based on a telemetry band, certified as a medical device, is currently used in sixteen countries. The system scale is developing dynamically and also includes more patients in Poland. On July 22nd, the company concluded a contract with the city of Lublin. As part of the pilot program "SOS for seniors" four hundred patients gained access to care offered by the SiDLY system. Also this July, seniors from Tarnów and neighboring areas gained access to SiDLY services. Thus, Lublin and Tarnów joined more than twenty Polish local governments offering their residents telecare provided by SiDLY.

New investors

The rapid development of the scale of operations is associated with gaining new investors. SiDLY has raised new capital in July in the amount of PLN 3.5 million. The new funds will be used to accelerate the expansion of the SiDLY system on the European market. The stake of shares was purchased, among others, by ASI Beta Inventures Fund managed by INventures, a company based in Poznań. The investment strategy of the fund focuses on investing in companies with committed management staff that are looking to expand the scale of their operations.

New signs of appreciation

In July the Task Force on Internet of Things at the Ministry of Digital Affairs presented the report "IoT in the Polish economy", constituting a summary of the first stage of the group's work. It includes a diagnosis of the current condition of the industry in Poland, indication of areas in which the use of IoT technology can bring tangible benefits, at the same time significantly contributing to the improvement of quality of life. The report also identifies the barriers to IoT development in Poland and proposes solutions for their removal.
The chapter "Health Care" presents a case study of SiDLY. It defines the problems solved of aging society and, consequently, the growing number of people who are not physically and mentally fit. The growing workload on existing care systems creates a low sense of security for seniors, in particular nursing home residents. System overload also results from time-consuming tasks of filling in medical records. The feeling of uncertainty and insecurity in patients results in a high number of unnecessary visits to doctors' offices and emergency ambulance calls. All this takes place in conditions of insufficient financial resources, staff shortages and insufficient number of hospitals.
The solution discussed in the report is the SiDLY telecare system enabling the automation of measurements of vital signals, detection of a fall with the option of notifying the caretaker about the need to react, offering users an SOS button, helping to prevent the patients wandering off, reminding to take drugs and allowing to locate the user.
The authors of the report pointed to a number of benefits that the system offers to many groups of stakeholders. Doctors benefit from a 60% reduction in filing time, direct contact with the patient is extended by 29% and they have an opportunity to treat additional patients. Benefits for hospitals include a 35% reduction in hospitalizations, a 35% reduction in emergency room interventions, and a 59% reduction in number of days spent in hospitals. Local governments using the SiDLY system gain improvement in the senior care strategy, increase the quality of social services, increase the attractiveness and innovativeness of social policy, increase  the attractiveness of the cities covered by the system as places of residence for  disabled citizens, seniors and people requiring constant monitoring. SiDLY system allows senior citizens to stay in their environment, helps people that live alone and require support in everyday functioning, without having to move to a care facility. Also, the care units benefit from improved quality of services provided, increasing the sense of safety of their patients, optimizing the work of the caregivers, and thus increasing the centers' competitiveness."

[IoT w polskiej gospodarce. Raport grupy roboczej do spraw Internetu Rzeczy przy Ministerstwie Cyfryzacji, Ministerstwo Cyfryzacji, 2019, p. 53]