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Panini, ID.me join industry efforts to contain Covid-19 outbreak

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A pair of businesses providing digital ID services are donating resources to help healthcare professionals and communities deal with the ongoing pandemic.

Panini, which recently joined the ID authentication market, along with company shareholders has donated €100,000 (roughly US$108,000) to help the communities that have been affected by the extreme measures to contain Covid-19 where its employees are located, the company announced.

The company has been present in Torino, Italy for 75 years and in Dayton, Ohio for 25 years. The fund was established in partnership with United Way of Greater Dayton to help non-profits that are part of the first layer of response.

“Panini understands its responsibility and obligation to help our communities fight this terrible virus and provide assistance to those suffering from its devastating consequences,” said Panini’s CEO Michael Pratt, in a prepared statement. “Companies have a social responsibility to be part of the solution and demonstrate leadership by contributing to the relief effort while sustaining the future economy by acting responsibly towards employees, suppliers and clients. Our communities need help now.”

Panini’s donation goes out to Ospedale Amedeo di Savoia, a microbiology and virology laboratory focused on infectious diseases, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri which studies the functional mechanisms of living organisms, The Dayton Foundation and Kettering Medical Center Foundation, a non-profit that includes eight hospitals, Kettering College, and over 120 outpatient facilities.

ID.me launches Slack channel for doctors to share best practices on Covid-19

ID.me has released a real-time workspace channel on Slack that accredited U.S. healthcare professionals can use to exchange information and best practices related to Covid-19 containment, the company announced.

“With COVID-19 infections continuing to rise, now is the time to come together and leverage the collective expertise of the U.S. health care community,” said ID.me CEO and founder Blake Hall, in a press release. “With this new, real-time collaboration workspace on Slack, health care professionals can help each other with smart, actionable, accurate information and learnings.”

The channel is free to join. The online enrollment process counted 450 members in the first 24 hours. Healthcare professionals have to go through a fast identity and medical credential verification process performed on a computer or mobile phone.

“We need a platform where frontline providers can share information quickly and exchange evidence-based and anecdotal information in real time and across specialties; information about disease presentation, diagnosis, management and treatments. This new collaborative workspace gives us a way to have this conversation with each other quickly and responsibly,” said Dr. Jennifer Ellice, emergency room physician in Los Angeles, in the statement.

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