Not long ago, a group of Filipino physicians ventured into blogging and made available to the public, their personal thoughts on almost every conceivable topic. The now defunct Blog Rounds also gave us a “sneak peek” at the lives of physicians and the healthcare environment their working in. A few of these doctors continued blogging about health- engaging the public to address issues that affect health care in the Philippines. Some readers (probably would be patients) reported that these blogs help shape their health views and decision making process.
Blogging is an example of social media that engages readers to act (or not act) on certain issues. It is also an emerging technology in the Philippines, especially in healthcare. Other social media platforms that are popular these days are twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest and Google+. Despite being branded as the “social media capital of the world”, the Philippines plays “catch up” in terms of adapting social media to healthcare. Developed nations has for some time now, been talking about healthcare in social media. In fact, a lot of the buzz in healthcare nowadays, can be viewed in social media platforms.Social media may impact public health because of its widespread use, accessibility and engagement.
SMS, Emails and social media has been here for awhile. Even these emerging technologies needed “more push to” be maximally used as a tool enhancing physician practice and patient engagement in the Philippines.
That’s one question we will try to answer in the upcoming #HealthXPh– a twitter chat and Google Hangout on Air. #HealthXPh is like a mini TV show, broadcast online – Google + Hangout and Youtube, with all the participants discussing physician and patient engagement to effect change in Philippine health care.
A core of panelist , experts on their fields and the pushers and movers of emerging technologies are assigned to discussed predetermined topics that may impact the Philippine health landscape.
This will be a collaborative effort between healthcare leaders or experts, and patients, and staged by social media mavens, to engage the public on health issues. Pionering core panelist include:
- Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, an internist-endocrinologist, medical informatics and social media expert who blogs at The Endocrine Witch. (twitter, facebook, Google+)
- Dr. Gia Sison, twitter maven, Filipina doctor and breast cancer survivor, who blogs at Sand and Stone: Medical Thoughts on Life, Love and Happiness (twitter, facebook, Google+)
- Dr. Remo- Tito Aguilar, an orthopedic surgeon and social media evangelist who blogs at The Orthopedic Logbook. (twitter, facebook, Google+)
- Dr. Narciso Tapia, a medical teacher, prolific and award winning blogger who blogs primarily at Cebu MD .
How can you join?
- Follow us on twitter and FB with hashtags #HealtheXPh and join this Google+ community.
- Be a physician or patient panelist on chosen topics. We have lined up interesting topics on emerging technologies (like social media) as well as medically inclined/patient engaging topics that will impact Philippine health care . Just join the community and we will approach you once we’ve determined you are a maven on the topic.
- Be the interactive audience. Add us and tweet/chat/hang questions on the hangout!
- Be a partner. Help us realize this online engagement! You can volunteer technical help (on Google Hangout, tweetchat, crowdsourced data management and site development).
The first #HealthXPh Google+ Hangout on Air will be on December 28, 2013 at 10 AM PST. Discussions will run on introductions (first), how to go about this mini TV show-the technical side of it, and the laying down of collaborative framework and topics for #HealthXPh.
Remember this is not a one time event. The community will grow and broadcast topics until there are speakers who will talk on relevant topics! We will roll out the schedule once we fix it and you can choose which Hangout topic you want to join.