Last month, I was very fortunate to have had a chance to participate in the #healthxph and Philippine Center for Health Research and Development’s collaborative 2nd Philippine Healthcare & Social Media Summit, health at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, in April 21, 2016.
I was tapped to speak on “The Psychology Behind Patient Narratives” , where I talked about how people grappled with telling their health and wellness journeys in the form that was most suited to their stage in their illness, and how it benefited/affected them and their families.
It was concise, and set the groundwork for the other lectures. The topics were interconnected, as what followed was a talk on “The Different Patients on Social Media” followed by “The Patient Manifesto”. What followed after was an intense brainstorming, and workshop activity that had the participants actively giving their own two cents worth to contribute to making social media a veritable tool in helping bring about better health care and research.
It was a momentous event, as it was the first summit with the #PatientsIncluded certification, meaning, the participants were not only just physicians and HCP’s talking to each other, there were also participants from different sectors in society. Most importantly, there were patients of different conditions, supported by organizations of the different conditions…and they all came together.
It was a heady feeling, to be in amidst the buzz of enthusiasm for connecting, and improving health care through a different kind of media, which could foster change where we really need it, in a form accessible to almost all.
I feel honored and humbled to be part of your activity. Thank you, Dr. Remo Aguilar, Dr. Narciso “Buboy” Tapia, Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, Dr. Gia Sison, and Dr. Helen Madamba! 🙂 You deserve a round of applause for your hard work, and innovative approach to promoting healthcare for all! 🙂