In the world of PR, we often need to dig deep to find a story that resonates with the audience and yet has relevance to the product and services that the client sells. So, when our process simulation software client, Simul8, told us about all the work, often pro-bono, it had done to help healthcare and other organisations handle the global pandemic, we didn’t have to ‘create’ a story. This was ready made and just needed our communications skills to get the message out.
As a result, Simul8 has raised its media profile, won national and international awards and is now seen as a ‘tech for good’ leader in its market.
A digital helping hand in a crisis
The Simul8 team started by thinking, what’s the best way we can use our specialist skills and intellectual property to help organisations to cope during the COVID pandemic? Remember: there were no vaccines at the start and no obvious way out of a global crisis, both for healthcare and the economy.
Specific questions were asked, like:
- How can simulation software make a meaningful contribution in helping hospitals make the most of critical care resources?
- How could we help support the vaccine manufacturing and distribution supply chain?
- How can our software help in the setting up of overflow hospitals?
- And how can we help speed up vaccination programmes around the world?
At the start of the pandemic, a critical care simulation was built and offered free of charge to healthcare providers while, later on, the Simul8 team also used their skills to manage the cold chain in the supply of vaccines. Other simulations were used to optimise the vaccine roll-out both in the UK and US.
Doing what comes naturally
We had only been working for Simul8 for a short while and quickly realised that a tech for good approach had been part of the company’s DNA long before they decided to raise their profile and talk about it.
So how could we tap into this to promote the brand globally and give them the recognition they deserved? We obeyed our first instincts and started to write and place case studies in the media such as one in Journal of mHealth around Simul8’s work in Scotland in collaboration with a leading university and health board to improve decision making in critical care departments, and another in Future Scot about how Simul8 helped a Chicago hospital expand its vaccination efforts to provide greater access for ethnic minority groups in high-risk areas of the city.