The 3rd #HealthXPh Philippine Healthcare Social Media Summit will be in Cebu!

That’s right! On its third year, #HealthXPh in cooperation with DOST-PCHRD, will be bringing the Philippine Healthcare Social Media Summit back to Cebu City on April 25, 2017!

What is this year’s summit objectives?

#HealthXPh assembled an impressive line up of healthcare social media thought leaders, influencers, researchers, patients and advocates who will impart basic research knowledge and skills to summit participants and solve some of the most pressing and interesting healthcare concerns in the Philippines!

Hence, the summit theme.

“Social Media & Health Research: Connections that Matter”

Wait, before I go to the summit programs and tracks, did I mention that the summit admission is FREE?! Yes, it is free but only to those who are physically joining the summit in Cebu City . Pre register in this event page now because slots are running out fast!

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Summit Program and Tracks

7:30-8:30 am Registration
8:30-8:40 am Opening Program
National Anthem

Welcome Remarks Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director, PCHRD

8:40-9:10 am Keynote AddressMarie Ennis-O’Connor, Social Media Consultant. Digital Storyteller. #HIT100 Influencer 2016.

9:10-9:25 am Summit OverviewIris Thiele Isip-Tan, MD, MSc (Co-Founder, #HealthXPH) UP Medical Informatics Unit College of Medicine, UPM

9:25-11:15 am Breakout into tracks

TRACK 1. I Why is there a need to do research on healthcare and social media?

From an organizational perspective – Teodoro Herbosa Executive Vice President, UP

From a clinician’s perspective – Remo-tito Aguilar MD (Co-Founder, #HealthXPH) Medical Specialist II, Department of Orthopedics, SPMC

From a patient perspective – Mr. Josef de Guzman, Psoriasis Philippines

Small Group Discussion– Dr. Ivy Cloma-Rosales, 101 Health Research

TRACK 2: Ethical Issues in Health Research

Best practices in using social media in the conduct of health research – Mr. Aldren Gonzales – UP Manila Medical Informatics Unit

Ethical issues surrounding the use of social media in the conduct of health research – Dr. Pacifico Eric E. Calderon, San Beda College of Medicine

Ethical strategies in securing free and informed consent and safeguarding participant privacy– Prof. Dr. Maria Minerva P. Calimag, University of Santo Tomas-Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

Track #3 Tools for Social Network Analysis

An introduction on the R programming language, and how to gather Facebook status updates from R. – Rick Jason Obrero, Institute of Computer Science, UPLB

A Gentle Introduction to Computational Social Network Analysis– Prof. Jaderick Pabico Institute of Computer Science, UPLB
Open Forum


Content Analysis of Tweets of Pregnant Women with Diabetes– Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, MD, MSc (Co-Founder, #HealthXPH) UP Medical Informatics Unit College of Medicine, UPM

The Main Sources of Anxiety and Dissatisfaction of Gestational Diabetes Patients Determined by Content Analysis of their Blogs -Dr. Ralph Jason Li​ ,UP-PGH Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

12nn-1 pm LUNCH


Lung cancer-related Twitter Activity among Patients and Healthcare-related Professionals– Ann Meredith Garcia, Region 1 Medical Center

Automated Sentiment Analysis of Commentaries in a HCP-Moderated Facebook Page in R Programming Language– Rick Jason Obrero, Institute of Computer Science, UPLB

Evaluation of Facebook’s Capacity as a Platform for Health Communication: A Process Evaluation Strategy-Nelson Tiongson, UP Manila Medical Informatics Unit

1:45-3:45 pm Breakout into tracks

TRACK #4 Developing a Review of Literature for Social Media Health Research: A World Café Experience

Track Introduction/ Lecture on conceptual framework and literature review development– Dr. Jaifred Christian F. Lopez, Office of Research and Innovation, San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila

“A Systematic Review of #SoMe in #MedEd: What We Know So Far and How to Move Forward”– Dr. Nomar M. Alviar- Office of Research and Innovation, San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila

Can Social Media Change Health Behavior: A Literature Review.- Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, MD, MSc UP Medical Informatics Unit College of Medicine, UPM

Orientation on the modified World Café technique– Dr. Jaifred Christian F. Lopez Office of Research and Innovation, San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila

Preliminary group exercise: Developing a research question, objectives and data sources-
World Café
Synthesis-Drs. Lopez, Alviar and Isip-Tan

TRACK 5: Using Social Media to Disseminate Research

Short Track Introduction
Role of Social Media in Research Dissemination review development – Dr. Helen Madamba Medical Specialist II, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center

Building a community in social media : Lessons from an online patient support group– Mr. Jay Vincent Mateo, Vice President for Operations, Dialysis Ph Support Group, Inc

Marketing Health Research in Facebook– Dr. Narciso Tapia (Co-Founder, #HealthXPH) Training Specialist IV, VSMMC
Workshop Synthesis– Drs. Madamba and Tapia

Track #6 Natural Language Processing and Big Data

Into the Future: Healthcare Data Analytics in the Philippines-Asst. Prof Reginald Neil Recario Institute of Computer Science, UPLB

Clinical Natural Language Processing- Raymond Francis Sarmiento, MD National Institutes of Health and College of Medicine, UPM

3:45-5:15 pm UNCONFERENCE
To give opportunity to the participants to start their own discussions

5:15-5:30 pm Closing Ceremonies


If you noticed, we’ve flipped some of the summit tracks and discussion formats. For healthcare social media and research , this is going to be another first.

So if you’re curious enough, join us in Cebu City this April 25, 2017.  Pre register in this event page now.

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