Neurosurgeons without papers. But with an iPod touch

As read on Macdailynews:

“As Michael Oh watched his daughter easily navigate her iPod touch, he had an epiphany,” Stacey Burling reports for The Philadelphia Inquirer. “‘I figured if she can learn it so intuitively that neurosurgeons would be able to figure it out,’ said Oh, who is a neurosurgeon.”

“He’ll find out whether he was right when 3,500 neurosurgeons meet in Philadelphia in May for what he believes is the nation’s first paperless scientific or medical convention,” Burling reports.

“When they register at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting, the doctors will be given iPod touches already loaded with everything they’ll need, including the program (165 pages last year), summaries of research presented at the meeting, advertising and information from exhibitors,” Burling reports. “Doctors will be able to use the iPods for messaging and for interacting with presenters during meetings. The convention also attracts 3,500 exhibitors and guests who will not be given the devices.”

“Not only will the iPods encourage community building, but they will save a lot of paper, said Oh, who heads a convention committee on the machines,” Burling reports. “The programs alone would have used more than half a million pages, he said, and most of those would have been left behind in hotel rooms.”

Burling reports, “AANS bought the iPod touches and added $100 to the registration fee. Apple will have people from its local stores on hand to answer questions, and members of the young neurosurgeons committee will help, too.”

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Results New Media Awareness Session Kwaliteitskring Noord Holland

My dear English readers, have no fear. ‘Kwaliteitskring Noord Holland’ just means ‘Quality Group Northern Holland’, i.e. an organization linking people together working in Quality-related functions (e.g. Quality Assurance, etc). There are several Quality Groups in the Netherlands, totalling some 2,000 people. Quite a community I would say.

I was asked to give a 2 hour New Media Awareness Session for the members of the Northern Holland Group. Good to see that also board members of other Groups participated.

Apparently the content interested the group since the two hours planned became almost three hours, without a break (actually, nobody asked to have a break). It was a nice group with enough interaction during the presentation and plenty of discussion afterwards. As usual I was not able to go through my entire slide deck.

Below the results of the little survey I did during my preso. You can find my entire presentation on Slideshare.

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