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For Librarians - For Hospitals & Health | Springer’s 1st Global Health Advisory Summit – Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 March 2012

Springer’s 1st Global Health Advisory Summit – Amsterdam

On a sunny day on the 22nd of March, 26 of Springer’s key health customers and members of Springer Management met in Amsterdam for the first Global Health Advisory Summit.

Health Summit Group Photo
The goal of this meeting was to provide customers with an opportunity to get to know more about Springer, provide their input on our product development and business models, discuss issues with Springer management and interact with peers from other organizations and countries.
Representatives from health organizations and hospitals like The Royal Hospital Oman, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Sistema Bibliotecario Biomedico Lombardo (SBBL), Welcome Trust and many others were among the group who met for an informative and interactive meeting which finished with lunch on a sunny terrace on March 24th.
The Summit agenda consisted of short presentations followed by interactive discussions in both large and smaller groups. Topics included:
• Springer’s current health portfolio and content development strategy
• Interactive sessions on content and product development
• Discussions on business models and creating offerings that work for the market
• eKnowledge Base Medicine – a new product idea where feedback and input was asked for
• Content on mobile devices and Apps
Springer colleagues presented, and obtained member input on, forthcoming new platforms and products such as the “Hospitals & Health” platform, eKnowledge Base Medicine, Medical Case Reports (BMC) and the new ADIS Journals & databases recently acquired by Springer. Summit members provided a great deal of feedback regarding what they liked about the products and what aspects could be improved to ensure that they be effectively used by their communities.
For Springer the input from this group of customers continues to be crucial in our development of new products to ensure that we are meeting the needs of their specialized communities.
Those customers who attended found the exchange of ideas from people of different cultures, medical backgrounds and countries to be very interesting and also enjoyed being able to provide constructive input on new product ideas. Many will continue to provide their input by helping to test Springer’s new databases and content platforms.