Since I started a medical blog (The Orthopedic Logbook) , I’ve been very enthusiastic on bringing on Web 2.0 and health together in marriage, so that the medical blogging community in the Philippines will have a distinct voice undiluted by mainstream media. The powers of Web 2.0 has this potential of revolutionizing health care and health care delivery systems in the country. In my upcoming posts, I will be tackling Web 2.0 and how Filipino physicians can take advantage of this promising tool to efficiently and effectively deliver quality health care to our fellowmen.
My Mindanao blogging community experience and how the forerunners of this very vibrant group in the blogosphere made me really gasps at the powers of Web 2.0 and blogging. The recent Mindanao Blogging Summit 2 humbled the reach of a usually constricted mainstream media. With attendance going up to a hundred, imagine how many readers and blog visitors these participants have or how far their reach are when they’ll finally “post” their experience. Thus, an attempt at Blogging the Mindanao Consciousness helped correct some of the negative views about Mindanao. Five years ago, you hear nothing but bad news about Mindanao. Try goggling for the word Mindanao and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Taking cue from the organizers of MBS2 and how they collaborate to attain goals via the blogosphere, sort of made me ponder. What if we do that for the Philippine health care? For one, some controversial issues in Philippine medicine caught the “Web 2.0 attention” and somehow changed the Filipinos maturity. The reproductive health bill for example, made rounds in the blogosphere and you hear not just the health bigwigs in the mainstream media. You read common Filipinos enter the limelight and discuss on this issues via blogging! Mind Boggling? Not really. But wait till what web 2.0 can do for health in the Philippines!
“Collaborative information by the people, for the people”
This is where the power of Web 2.0 lay. And that’s why MBS2 and the Mindanao Blogging community is so successful.