How the series of fortunates events gave birth to a relentless team of social media, emerging technologies and healthcare advocates, is a surprise even to myself.
By now you probably have read this post by Dr. Iris Isip-Tan about how #HealthXPh was born. How the series of fortunates events gave birth to a relentless team of social media, emerging technologies and healthcare advocates, is a surprise even to myself.
It was actually fter Typhon Yolanda that I stumbled on Dr. Gia Sison’s tweets volunteering for a med team to Leyte. I was part of a collaborating Google mappers trying to figure out ways to “map” out evacuation centers and hospitals in the devastated areas. I was a blogger since 2006 thus I knew Dr. Tapia from blogger friends in Cebu. I was also seeing his tweets on social media. Dr. Isip Tan was a senior schoolmate in UP Med as well as a fellow in Endocrinology at PGH when I started residency in Orthopedics. She was already active at medical informatics unit of UP Manila and is a well known authority on informatics and medical apps, by the time I was starting on social media healthcare niche.
These three people’s tweets and status updates are part of my news feeds and timelines. How? I am not exactly sure.But as I am fine tuning newsfeeds and curating it to churn more healthcare related news, these three’s feeds become prominent. How? again, I am not really sure.
As the Yolanda aftermath began to unfold, I was beginning to connect to more people on social media than I know personally. Mapping ctivities, as well as coordinating medical missions, joining fund raising, rousing support for emergency care teams, or just mainly hearing news, was all tru social media. It was this that got incorporated into my daily routine as an orthopedic surgeon.
Until one day, Dr. Iris Isip Tan tweeted something about wanting to go to Doctors 2.0 in Paris and I replied half wishfully: Why not have our own conference?
I once run a blog rounds of Filipino physicians, was organising and speaking on social media events and that just somehow, embolden me to start a conference? I was nuts. But that started a flurry of conversation on social media that led gave birth to #HealthXPh. The rest, is history in the making.