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    MedComms Networking - 26 January 2016


    It was a great meeting from the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) last week, packed with good content. I wasn't responsible for anything, so it was just fun for me, but - good job guys. Importantly there was much more scope for audience engagement this year, in time allowed but also by using the meeting App to encourage texting questions to the session leaders, which the audience took full advantage of. Interestingly, perhaps, it was reported that 78% of the conference delegates used the App. That's better than I would have expected frankly, for a room full of publications specialists!

    The point being, clearly the idea of simply having everyone at conferences download an App to their own device, rather than handing out devices and keeping track of them, is appealing but only works if a majority play along (and assumes the WiFi works!). The idea isn't at all new but it's the first event I've attended where I found myself thinking actually we've passed the tipping point. That should be good news for companies who specialise in the provision of Apps and such like approaches at medical meetings and I'd hope a spur to those of you who organise meetings but don't yet use the interactive technology that's available. I've kicked off a new discussion in the MedComms Networking Linkedin group and I'd be interested to hear your views - maybe I'm simply behind the times.

    My only disappointment now is I can't point you to any of the content from the meeting. As far as I know even those of us who were there can't access anything. I'm not sure what the plans are but if I may return to a soapbox, an important function of ISMPP and all such membership groups, at least in my opinion, is to help spread the word to those left "outside the room". Please everyone find more ways of doing so!

    Which leads me then to applaud ISMPP for their upcoming Webinar. Adventures in Manuscript Development: Good Publication Practice in the Real World, which is happening tomorrow, Wednesday 27 January, and is free to access for everyone. Most of their webinars are strictly for members only, so, more of these please. I'd encourage you all to attend if you can.

    Meanwhile over at the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) they are planning the June issue of their Journal, Medical Writing, which will be on Medical Communications. Please contact the Guest Editor, Amy Whereat on email, if you're interested in contributing and note Feature Articles are now open access and will appear on Google and Google Scholar, which is nice visibility for contributors. Again, a little applause for EMWA on their new move towards open access please.

    Finally, for your next tea break; Business Insider asked industry experts what the 'Uber of healthcare' would be - here's how they responded. Enjoy! Oh and please complete the MedComms Barometer 2016 if you haven't already done so. It closes at the weekend.


    Peter Llewellyn
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