TEXThink My Juan 2 Send!: SMS as a communication tool in healthcare

TEXThink My Juan 2 Send!: SMS as a communication tool in healthcare

Having one of the fastest growth rate for mobile technology usage, text messaging is a major part of social communication in the Philippines today. Text messaging  allows  fast transmission of information.  It minimizes time wasted in call back protocols predominant in the era of telephones and pagers.  The growing, interconnected telco coverage spheres or bubble(…)

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Social Media Usage Survey among Filipino Physicians

Social Media Usage Survey among Filipino Physicians

In the last five years, internet usage in the Philippines has grown tremendously to 531%  from a mere 2% in 2008. That figure is the highest in SouthEast Asia and one of the highest in the world. Mobile phone penetration also topped a whooping 107% in 2012. The most recent survey by GlobalWebIndex also found  the(…)

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What’s your manifesto as a patient on Social Media? #HealthXPh Feb 22 Tweetchat and HOA

One request I often get from tech and social media savvy patients is this, “Doc, can I add you as my friend on Facebook?”. My reply is something like this : “ No, I don’t add patients as friends on facebook, but you can communicate with me on my professional facebook page”.  I sometimes draw flak(…)

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How to start (or join) a Google+ Hangout On Air

How to start (or join) a Google+ Hangout On Air

(This is a three part mini series by the author on Google+ ‘s Hangout on Air. The first part explains why #HealthXPh chose Hangout On Air as a platform for its online conversations. The second part is a mini how-to, to help out healthcare advocates set up their own HOA. The third part will deal on HOA etiquette which we hopefully would(…)

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Is There Value to Social Media in Philippine Health Care?

Is There Value to Social Media in Philippine Health Care?

In the January 11, 2014 edition of #HealthXPh’s tweet chat and Hangout on Air,  #HealthXPh community discussed the value of social media to healthcare. Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan (@edocrine-witch)   nicely summed up what transpired during the tweet chat in her blog  The Endocrine Witch. As a follow through, I’m writing my responses here in the context of Philippine(…)

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