Minnesota is leading by example in the healthcare technology industry with more than 930 health technology companies that contribute a $14.2 billion economic impact. That’s where the Medical Alley Association comes in. The state-based trade association serves nearly 700 member organizations, including many medical device and life science supporting companies.
Sharon Hollister is the education coordinator for Medical Alley. She is responsible for organizing the logistics before, during and after each program. She learned of Turning Technologies’ TurningPoint interactive polling software and audience response systems from a supervisor who spoke highly of the educational technology.
“When thinking about the topic, we really wanted to help guide people’s thinking and help people interact,” stated Hollister. “We wanted a way to get anonymous viewpoints on the current topic, and find out where the discussion needed to go for an audience with differing opinions.”
TurningPoint and audience response systems were used in the program to gain preliminary perspectives, lead a panel discussion and wrap up the session.
The audience reacted positively to the use of TurningPoint, and enjoyed instantly seeing the results on screen. Sharon had the ability to display participant responses immediately in order for the audience to form questions for the Q&A portion of the meeting.
“We could have used paper survey and compiled the information, but that would have been time-consuming,” Hollister mentioned. “The real-time feedback provided a huge advantage.”
Organizers were very pleased with the results and the interaction the audience response systems sparked.