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Monday, January 23, 2017

SimuLyve® Transforms Clinical Trial Training World

What's SimuLyve? As its name implies SimuLyve simulates the in-person meeting experience using our proprietary process of pre-recording presentations live at your presenter's locations around the world, editing that video to look as professional as television, then streaming the video live or on demand to a virtual audience over the SimuLyve Network.  We've been producing SimuLyve virtual meetings for 17 years. Once you've experienced SimuLyve, you'll never go back to traditional webcasting.

SimuLyve On Demand for Clinical Training Solves Budget & Legal Issues

It's commonplace that GCP, SAE Reporting, Publications, OC/RDC and other similar clinical trainings are presented in person redundantly at every Investigator meeting. We've all been there. It's late in the afternoon on the second day of an investigator meeting, the audience has dwindled to just a few and for hours, presenters are speaking to almost no one. The net result being that during most face-to-face meetings many HCPs aren't certified on important patient safety and legal matters, which is a signifiant and real audit risk for the sponsor.  This scenario gets played out at tens of thousands of investigator meetings every year, wasting enormous funds, making1 day meetings into 2 day meetings and importantly, not disseminating the informationto proper audit standards because almost no one is in the audience to listen to it and therefore most of the audience leaves the face-to-face meeting un-certified.

SimuLyve has changed all of that and now for millions of healthcare providers they can be trained, tested and verifiably certified on GCP, SAE, OC/RDC and similar trainings in the SimuLyve cloud at a fraction of the cost of face-to-face training.SimuLyve On Demand for Clinical Trial Training will reduce the length of your investigatormeeting by up to a day and at the same time HCPs will be certified by SimuLyve, a legally binding process protecting patients and sponsors of studies. This will save significant budget and guarantee that your site staff will be in compliance with government regulations and your own company's policies regarding GCP, SAE and other training.

SimuLyve Investigator Meetings, Virtual People Want to Watch

SimuLyve is similarly transforming the investigator meeting itself.  It's nice to
meet in person, we all want to. So the question isn't in-person meetings versus 
virtual. The real question is when you can't hold an in-person meeting because of budget or time constraints or you've simply decided it's no longer prudent in today's world to waste millions of dollars unnecessarily on a face-to-face meeting, what's your next best alternative? Before SimuLyve there were only two choices: travel and spend millions on face-to-face meetings or hold the universally loathed "Death by Powerpoint" slide audio webcast. But now there's a third alternative, SimuLyve®.

To book a SimuLyve Meeting email   

It's Not Webcasting, It's SimuLyve®

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Is Anyone Out There?

Ensure Your Webcast is Watched

Content is king. Of all the tactics used during webcasting to increase engagement (polling, Q&A, etc.) the only truly successful way to ensure an engaged audience is to produce professional virtual medical content that people actually want to watch. Imagine if the Game of Thrones was a dry Powerpoint presentation?  No one would watch it.  The same applies even to investigator meetings. The reason people don't want to watch the typical investigator meeting webcast is because it's not watchable.  

Your webcast doesn't have to be the Game of Thrones, but it doesn't
have to be unwatchable either. A typical webcast, which is a slide narrated by
a phone call or a video that's merely a head shot of the presenter at the podium,
doesn't come close to simulating a face-to-face meeting.  No one wants to watch
it.  Ask people if they like meetings that are webcast and they almost universally
say no, when their only exposure is to the typical.

The solution is to learn from the TV industry. Television knows how to engage an
audience. They've been simulating the real world since the 50's. But corporations
often lag behind the technological times in communication and webcasting.
We at SimuLyve® come from the television industry and use television technology  to create virtual SimuLyve Investigator meetings that engage and therefore truly educate audiences.  The bottom line of an investigator meeting is that you must relay the protocol.  If no one watches the meeting because they're not engaged, they won't learn the protocol and this will cost you dearly down the road as the study progresses.

To ensure our viewers watch our SimuLyve Virtual Investigator Meetings and like
them as much or more than face-to-face meetings, we do what the news does.  Our crews around the world videotape your presenters wherever they are.  We edit that videotape by combining the presenter and their presentation through sophisticated editing techniques. Then we stream that engaging video live to a virtual audience who can ask questions and interact with each other, simulating the in-person experience.

That's why it's called SimuLyve®.

Once your viewers are engaged and online, SimuLyve's sophisticated tracking begins to ensure you know "who's out there" and what they've accomplished.  We track their IP, what they've watched, their test scores, their certifications and all else they do while they're on the SimuLyve Network. Then we share that data with you in detailed audit-ready reports so that you know exactly who's trained on your protocol.

Watch this 1 minute TED talk

You'll see exactly what we mean when we say...

It's Not Webcasting, It's SimuLyve®

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How to Stay Secure Online and Off

When you log onto to an online webcast or you attend a physical meeting, you assume your data, your presentations and your words are secure.

But are they?

First, let's look at risk of virtual meetings verses physical meetings. Would it
surprise you that your risk is often greater at a physical meeting than a virtual
one?  The reason for this is because contrary to what you hear on the news, some of the easiest ways to put your confidential information at risk is to allow someone to hear it or take it from you while you are out and about in the real world.  

For instance, how hard or easy would it be to have your laptop stolen, for someone to pick up a piece of paper at your meeting or simply sit in on your meeting when they weren't invited?  When's the last time you were carefully checked and ID'd every time you walked in and out of your meeting at a hotel? 

When did you last see security guards at every entrance to the ballroom scanning badges and matching against IDs?  Maybe at a convention this occurs to some degree, but rarely is that standard practice at the typical corporate meetings like an investigato meeting.  The reality of physical meetings is that they take place at hotels where ballrooms have many entrances and security is scanty or non-existent.

Now, let's compare SimuLyve virtual meetings.  The most important security measure you can take with virtual meetings is to ensure that you have the type of online security in place as we do at SimuLyve.  Our cloud servers are at a location with biometric authentication and a whole host of state of the art securities and backup procedures.  Our strict well developed protocols regarding the complicated world of version control ensure that your data you present is your most up to date data. Viewers to our virtual meetings are uploaded to pre-populated credential protected databases to ensure that only approved attendees can enter the meeting. When viewers log on they attest that they are the viewer associated with the credentials they entered - a legal protection for you. Viewers' IP addresses and movements throughout the virtual meeting are tracked. Many of the above procedures aren't even possible at physical meetings and the ones that are, are rarely enacted during physical meetings.

At SimuLyve we follow the highest standards and practices of security, backup and authentication in the industry.  We understand not only engineering security but also the world of investigator meetings and their unique needs.  Just as you protect your data for the study, you need to ensure you're working with a company that protects the data at your meetings, both virtual and physical.

We at SimuLyve produce both physical and virtual meetings and are committed to making both experiences exceptionally secure.  Secure online. Secure in-person.

It's Not Webcasting, It's SimuLyve®

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SimuLyve® Saves Research Dollars

A Case Study

After spending 10's of millions of dollars every year on face-to-face physical Investigator
Meetings, a pharmaceutical client of ours said enough is enough. They heard every reason why the investigator meeting "had to be" face-to-face:  rapport, hands-on training, too complicated, etc. The reality though was that today's barebones yet expensive face-to-face investigator meetings weren't creating any rapport at all.  "Hands on" training could actually easily be trained online through video (just as we train in surgery).  And research showed that complex studies are actually better understood on-demand since the attendee then has the ability to self-study over a longer period of time in the privacy of their clinic, just as they study the protocol.

So we went to work implementing SimuLyve company wide. First we created SimuLyve video presentations of all standardized non study specific trainings (GCP, SAE,etc.). Those were put up in the cloud and then eliminated from every investigator meeting.  This reduced the length of the investigator meetings by 50%.Then we looked at all of the meetings and "triaged" them, determining which should be just face-to-face (10%) which should be hybrid (15%) and which should be virtual SimuLyve (75%).  Because we supply the AV, the virtual SimuLyve meetings and the face-to-face meeting planning all in-house, we were able to achieve impressive economies of scale.  Instead of 3 companies producing each meeting (logistic company, virtual company and AV company) which increased cost and confusion, our client was able to turn to one source, MBM Productions International and our SimuLyve Network. This reduced cost and increased clarity of execution.

Net Savings:  Meeting cost was reduced by 75%, leaving millions of dollars a year that could be better spent on research, rather than funding the travel, dinners and drinks of attendees.

It's Not Webcasting, It's SimuLyve®

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

1 Minute TEDx Talk Will Change Your Webcasts Forever

In this one minute TEDx talk learn how you can create SimuLyve® meetings that will transform the way you communicate virtually.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

SimuLyve Changed The World of Meetings. Learn How

It's nice to meet in person, we all want to. So the question isn't in-person meetings versus virtual. The real question is when you can't hold an in-person meeting because of budget or time constraints, what's your next best alternative?  Typically there's two choices, travel and spend a lot of money or the universally loathed "Death by Powerpoint" webcast.  But it doesn't have to be that way. There's a third alternative, SimuLyve®. 

To book a SimuLyve meeting email

SimuLyve as the name implies, simulates in-person live meetings using state of the art HD video and green screen technology. SimuLyve, originally designed for Pharmaceutical Investigator meetings is now used for every imaginable type of meeting.

Friday, August 21, 2015

When Was The First Virtual 2-way Video Meeting Held?

Would you be surprised to learn that it was in 1968?  That's over 50 years ago, yet today, the majority of virtual meetings are still slide audio meetings with at most an added webcam.

It's time we change that. To learn how email and we'll show you how what began in 1968 has evolved to high-tech TV that's available to you for your next virtual meeting through SimuLyve. 

Now let's look at where it all began in 1968...

American Inventor and computer pioneer Douglas Carl Engelbert demonstrate the world’s first 2-way videoconference, which took place surprisingly in 1968, nearly 50 years ago.  During this demo, referred to as “The Mother of All Demos,” watch Doug demonstrate his other inventions; desktop sharing, virtual meetings and his most famous invention, the computer mouse. A full version of this demo is available upon request. 

It’s 47 years since Doug’s groundbreaking two-way videoconference and yet most webcasts today are still slides narrated by a phone call with at best a mediocre webcam.  We don’t have to accept these “Death by PowerPoint” webcasts anymore, as they’re not so affectionately called. We didn’t have to accept them in 1968, we don’t have to accept them today.  With tools such as SimuLyve, we can now create two-way interactive HD broadcast quality meetings over the web that would have made Doug proud!

So what is SimuLyve? It's an amazing new alternative to in-person meetings invented by CEO and Founder of MBM Productions International, Steven Sulkin.  It’s most commonly referred to as two-way interactive HD television over the web purpose built for corporate meetings. SimuLyve was initially invented for Pharmaceutical Investigator Meetings, but it's now used for every imaginable meeting type across hundreds of industries.

We all like to meet in person.  The question isn't in-person versus virtual. The real question is when in-person meetings can't be held due to budget or time constraints, what's the next best alternative?  It's SimuLyve.   Instead of the typical webcast, imagine a virtual meeting that feels like 2-way interactive television. That's SimuLyve. And from a cost standpoint, SimuLyve will save from 80-95% over in-person meetings.

We can learn a lot from Doug Englerbert, this pioneer of human-computer interaction whose team also developed hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces.  We can learn that we must not accept the norm; we must not accept mediocrity when exceptional is at not only possible, but there for the taking.

As Mr. Englebert felt, 2-way video communication will not only be a nicety, “but a necessity to help cope with the world's increasingly urgent and complex problems.”

It's Not Webcasting, It's SimuLyve®.