ASCO 2016 Explores Live Streaming

Aug 15, 2016, 11:17 AM by Regina McGee


The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for the first time live streamed sessions at its annual meeting, held June 3 to 7 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The meeting, which takes place in Chicago every year, draws more than 30,000 oncology professionals from dozens of countries around the world.

The first live-streamed session was ASCO’s opening plenary, a three-hour stream that included discussions of four clinically significant abstracts, as well as a lecture and discussion on emerging therapies by the society’s 2016 Science of Oncology award recipient, William G. Kaelin, Jr.

The other live-streamed session was a keynote by Vice President Joe Biden, who gave remarks on the White House’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to accelerate cancer research efforts.

Both were live streamed on YouTube. ASCO did not say how many people watched them live, but the viewer count for in mid-August was more than 1,700 for the plenary video and 2,200 for Biden’s keynote.

“ASCO is committed to making information from its meetings and other offerings accessible for people around the globe. As such, the society continues to explore new technologies that enhance the delivery of content and education,” an ASCO spokesperson told DEI. She said society used the annual meeting to “soft pilot” the feasibility of live streaming future ASCO meeting presentations.

“ WE are continuing to gather information for consideration, and no decision has been made,” she said regarding whether the society would expand live streaming at next year’s annual meeting.

ASCO has produced a Virtual Meeting package of annual meeting sessions, for more than a decade. The package is available for free for meeting attendees and for a fee (after the meeting) for non-attendees.

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Regina McGee