Meridia Audience Response Helps Educate 3,000 Physicians in a National Training Event

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Meridia engaged doctors across 60 U.S. cities in a live multisite polling by using personal response systems linked to a medical webcast presentation.

multisite webcast with live audience response polling

Speakers at the Chicago studio were asking 3000 physicians in 60 cities questions about their prescribing practices.

The technology used in this meeting is based on a robust and responsive database, which connects the physical polling devices with the audience using web keypads.

Earlier this week, Meridia conducted the largest multi site polling event of 2012, which allowed collecting responses from 3,000 doctors across 60 different venues who were viewing a medical educational tutorial.

The event was streamed to the many venues using a webcast and the audience in each location connected with the moderator and the speakers by providing answers to their questions via personal response clickers or a web-based keypad. As the presenters at the studio in Chicago posed the question, each viewer responded, and in a matter of seconds, Meridia’s system collected and aggregated their votes from all sixty sites. The group’s response was then broadcasted back to the entire audience and discussed by the presenters. “The multi-site audience response technology used in this meeting is based on a robust and responsive database, which connects the physical polling devices with the audience using web keypads and gives the presenters the ability to engage the audience wherever they might be,” said Peter Babel, Meridia’s COO.

Audience response systems have long been utilized by the medical education industry as a tool to educate, engage, and entertain physicians during classes and symposia. The technology helps educators reinforce concepts and allows learners to retain information more easily than with traditional didactic lectures. As the education of physicians moved from single venues to multi-location broadcasts, speakers looked for a way to bring live event polling with them. In 1993, Meridia responded to the event community's needs and conducted the first multi-location polling event using hardwire phone lines. Ever since, Meridia has been pushing polling technology to the limit and is able to permanently install distance learning response systems into any venue or ship portable systems for remote operation to any live event across America.

Since 1970, Meridia Audience Response has been providing innovative technology solutions for the meeting, training and entertainment industries. Combining the experience with the latest in web technology and radio frequency hardware, Meridia is now enabling audiences around the world to cast their vote and be part of the meeting, whether it involves training or interactive games.

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