the poster session presenters. There were 17 over two days, each constrained to a 3 minute presentation. They therefore made their main points concisely. I observed that having identified themselves in this way there were plenty of people following up with them after the sessions. I had the impression that the other presenters in the parallel breakout sessions, who had 20 minutes to present did slightly less well but that is based on the small sample I attended.
There must be a version of Parkinson’s Law that states that ‘Presentations expand to fill the time allotted to them (and then some)’.
Poster sessions that got a special mention from Nick Goodwin, the Congress Chair (who also gets a thumbs up for his hard work), were the session on the Israel-wide EHR system by Orit Jacobson, the ‘TalkMeHome’ service for people with early dementia (Netherlands) and ‘Memory and Memories’ (Digital PhotoFrame Therapy, UK).
Keeping the best for last kept most of the attendees at the conference to the end: Magdalene Rosenmöller from IESE Business School, Barcelona and Adam Darkins, from the UD Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA); the whole topped with a ringing speech from Jeremy Hughes of the UK’s Alzheimer’s Society.
Dr Rosenmöller gave a fast helicopter flight over much of the telehealth (in its broadest sense) landscape, while Dr Darkins showed why he has done so well since joining the VA: his style is visionary but clear, broad in scope but illustrated with relevant detail. Most refreshingly amongst the tidal wave of research data presented these past three days, his data are drawn from the VA’s management reports. Oh, the credibility that gives! It is a session to watch again if you missed it.