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    MedComms Networking - 27 February 2018


    The first important point is that on Thursday this week, 1 March at 13.00 GMT, we've our third virtual #MedComms event, Digital features in medical publications: Where are we now?

    We're close to 400 registrations - which is great, but I want more! Caroline Halford, of Springer Healthcare will talk about perceptions and experiences of digital features to accompany medical publications, readership trends in medical publishing, the Adis experience of digital features, metrics, and how to maximise return on investment. We've an accompanying panel of experts (Cliff Wyatt of HC21 Group, Debbie Wolinsky of Novartis and Daniel Portsmouth of Boehringer Ingelheim) and the emphasis will be on encouraging the audience to ask questions and share their own experiences. Join us, from wherever in the world you are. Everyone welcome. Please help spread the word. Get some cake in and gather your team together and join in as a group. These virtual meetings are supported by Blue Sky eLearn.

    I'm only a recent convert to routinely using virtual video meetings. I've banged on about the possibilities in the past but been sceptical about real-life practicalities. But now we're really heading towards a tipping point for ordinary folk, like me. I've started running a weekly virtual video meeting for the MedComms WorkBook subscribers using Zoom Meetings, and it's proving a doddle to use and let's face it, your typical freelancer hasn't got a lot of fancy techie back-up services to support them. Yet we're managing fine, thank you.

    This week we ended up talking about the impending General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), a European data protection law that will be enforced as of 25 May 2018. It's fair to say we had more questions than answers. We're all going to be caught up in it, though, and from what I hear a whole bunch of MedComms companies are now contracting their own consultants to help plan for it. It sounds to me like there's a lot of similar discussions ongoing in different companies, all behind firmly closed doors. If you or anyone you know actually understands GDPR and would work with me to provide useful guidance for the wider community then please shout.

    Meanwhile virtual - with or without video - is fine, but face-to-face is always better.

    If you're freelancing, or thinking about it, our workshop, Making a success of freelancing in MedComms is on 21 March in Oxford.

    Importantly, I'm delighted to confirm that inScience Communications will host our next MedComms Networking meeting, Current pitfalls and opportunities in medical communications on 18 April, to celebrate the opening of their new office at Booths Hall in Knutsford. We're just pinning down a couple of independent speakers but you know it will be good, so sign up now in the usual way by pinging me an email. Hopefully we'll see lots of you there.

    Have a great week, everyone. Meanwhile we can't mention the value of virtual meetings vs face-to-face without revisiting the classic Tripp Crosby: Conference Call in Real Life. Enjoy.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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