Medical Societies Accelerate the Transfer of Knowledge

Medical societies aim to advance knowledge within their area of expertise and play an integral role in transforming medical and scientific information into knowledge, ultimately helping patients.

Similar Visions, Diverse Challenges in Achieving Missions

Society members generally represent various aspects of a subject area. Whether their focus is academia, research, clinical, healthcare policy, or administration, together they connect as a network in which to exchange information. Typical missions are to inform and educate their members, and to set standards or guidelines of care in order to provide the most up-to-date disease treatment and/or management.

However, as Ben Hainsworth, Managing Director of EASL, wrote on the Boardroom: “Medical associations share many common characteristics. They typically depend on the voluntary professional activity of individuals to drive a not-for-profit business model. Their business is to represent the interests of the profession, to use collective knowledge to define standards, to define policy and to be a trusted voice for the public. Yet, beyond those similarities, medical associations are hugely diverse in terms of business model, geography, community, size and of course budget – the mix of challenges they are facing will therefore vary from group to group as well.”

Consequently, how medical societies implement their strategies to advance knowledge within their field is equally diverse, with no one-size-fits-all solution.

Leveraging Networks to Advance Knowledge

By forming partnerships with medical societies we support their contributions to helping patients. Following our vision “Advancing and Connecting Health Sciences”, we leverage our network of communities, facilitate exchanges within the Cycle of Knowledge, and provide formats to deliver information effectively in order to aid societies in achieving their strategic goals.

Society members share information with colleagues within their focus area facilitating the transfer of knowledge beyond their society, further benefitting patients.

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United in the Desire to Achieve Better Outcomes for Patients

As a publisher with more than 130 years of experience, our commitment is to continue advancing knowledge by leveraging the robust network of connections we have built over the years. Furthermore, we provide formats, in addition to journals and books, to inform, educate, and communicate with our target audiences. This is how we strive to help medical societies transfer their knowledge and, more importantly, achieve better outcomes for patients.

Feel free to contact our Specialists for Society Services for more information about working with your society to connect and advance knowledge in Health Sciences. Services and cooperation models can be tailored to fit your needs.

Connecting Communities and Advancing Scientific Knowledge

If your audience is a community, its perspectives are often shaped by shared knowledge within that community. But what happens when knowledge is shared beyond that one community? In the health sciences, connecting across a range of communities allows the spread of information throughout a larger network, sparking new dialog with the potential to find and close knowledge gaps and lead to new discoveries. 

Communities in the health sciences generate data in their own fields of expertise. When data is shared interactively, the information is enriched with additional context, which helps to advance scientific knowledge. Connecting multiple communities encourages the flow of information to and from these communities at different points and times along the research cycle, resulting in a more holistic understanding of a subject matter and aiding communities in distilling information for their own needs and audiences.   

Information should be shared and added to, refined for a specific audience, and summarized for a general audience, thus becoming a flow of data to and from communities along the cycle of knowledge. Considering the increase in scientific data and the speed with which it is published, this poses a challenge. In H. Holden Thorp’s editorial in the recent issue of Science titled “It’s not as easy as it looks” he writes: “Moreover, scientists need to have some understanding of their audience to improve the chance of a true dialog. They may need to learn to listen and “read the room,” and prepare different approaches for different audiences.”

Dialog Facilitator 

As a scientific and medical publisher, we can act as a connecting node in the health sciences network to facilitate dialog between communities, to offer support in identifying and closing knowledge gaps, and to aid in the editorial process based on the information needs of a target audience. 

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Communities increasingly seek dialog in order to get a bigger picture enriched by multiple perspectives and a deeper holistic understanding. The PwC “Future of Health” article describes the convergence of multiple industries, including communities in the health sciences, as follows: “In the past years, healthcare systems and the pharmaceutical industry have undergone tremendous changes given technological, regulatory and socioeconomic disruptions. Covid-19 has further intensified and catalyzed these changes in healthcare systems and healthcare delivery. Among others, regulators paved the way for more dynamic and faster decision-making, approved novel technologies including digital health solutions and created new reimbursement pathways. In parallel, medical and biological research has made breakthroughs with emerging technologies including in-silico protein folding prediction, novel cell therapies and other treatment platforms. With those trends materializing, borders between industries continue to blur. This convergence of healthcare, technology and retail and consumer industries will lead to what we call the LIFEcare system.”

Bridging Knowledge Gaps

This convergence produces a bigger picture with the potential to advance scientific knowledge, yet for this connection of communities to be successful, dialog is needed. We are not only a community within the network; we also leverage the relationships we foster to facilitate connections in order to spark thoughts, insights, and dialog within the health and science, “LIFEcare”, network.   

Your audience may be part of this converged network and connecting them to other communities within the health sciences network is key to advancing scientific knowledge. Join us in exploring how to bridge knowledge gaps and better share scientific information with various stakeholder communities; some of our thoughts can be found in the below video with two case studies as examples. 

Iola Forster

As Strategic Competence Lead for Industry and Society Services her main responsibility is to develop, oversee and communicate the Karger product and service portfolio to the Health Sciences Industry and Medical Societies/Associations. In her private life, she is an absolute family person and has a passion for reading thriller/crime novels.