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How is medical communications responding to the evolving needs of its pharma clients? A live Digitally Sick podcast from the MedComms Networking event in Oxford on 17th January

How is medical communications responding to the evolving needs of its pharma clients? A live Digitally Sick podcast from the MedComms Networking event in Oxford on 17th January | Pharma | Scoop.it

Recorded live in front of an audience of 70 medical communications and pharmaceutical professionals in Oxford by the @Digitally_Sick team of Faisal Ahmed (@sickonthenet), Alex Butler (@Alex__Butler) and Andrew Spong (@andrewspong) at the kind invitation of Peter Llewellyn (@NetworkPharma)


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Alex Butler's curator insight, January 21, 2013 4:22 AM

The first live recorded podcast from Oxford tackles medical communications in an age of social technologies and digital media.

 

In front of 70 medical communications professionals the team look at the definition of medcomms, what the challenges are at the present time and in the future and what needs to be done to meet these challenges. There is comment and perspective from a lively and engaged audience.

Sven Awege's curator insight, January 22, 2013 3:05 AM

Bravo to our Digitally Sick pioneers! Real engagement under the spotlight has taken this to another level.

Alex Butler's comment, January 22, 2013 8:49 AM
Thanks Sven, appreciated :-)

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Excerpted from the World Innovation Summit for Health 2015 report (pp.14-15), available as a free download (without a data scrape) here:

 

http://dpnfts5nbrdps.cloudfront.net/app/media/1426

 

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Regardless of digital health, we must always remember that medicine is a vocation. My late uncle who passed away this year, was a general surgeon working at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He saved countless lives in the operating theatres as staff attempted to hold the line under extraordinary strain. He frequently worked through day and night to aid victims of the latest shooting or bomb blast. He retired early from Gaelic Football to protect his "hands" - a surgeon of the highest rank, he was renowned for skill and speed. The local press in a tribute to him said " John O'Neill always led the field in things that really matter."

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This is a thought provoking question. When you look at the history of website design and how easy it is to design a modern website, it is reasonable to expect mHealth APS will take the same accelerated path.


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Millennials want to know how companies are solving social problems

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Andrew Spong's insight:

It's so disappointing to see this important issue addressed within the context of 'corporate social responsibility'.

 

CSR is a PR-driven locked box within which social good is permitted to be pursued in limited contexts whilst the rest of an organisation maintains destructive practices unchecked.

 

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Overlooking any one of them is likely to consign your efforts to failure.

 

Oh, and good luck with 'interoperability'.

 

Who can really be said to have 'cracked' this yet, beyond marketing spin?

 

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Andrew Spong's insight:

There are many reasons to want to attend healthcare conferences.

 

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It's time to choose.


Do the right thing.

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