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Social Media Policy in Healthcare Institutions: A must or too much to ask?

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Since its founding two years ago, #HealthXPh  encourages healthcare professionals to take advantage of social media in improving  healthcare delivery systems in the Philippines. In 2015, #Healthxph rolled out its Medical Professionalism and Healthcare Social Media Manifesto encouraging healthcare professionals to ethically engage the public on social media.  In last year’s Healthcare Social Media Summit we presented how social media changes the healthcare landscape  in the Philippines, vis a vis healthcare research, health education professions, healthcare ethics, and healthcare policy making.

In 2016, #HealthXPh aims to gain more traction on institutionalising healthcare social media policy. As stated before #HealthXph is neither a healthcare social media policy making nor a social media police-ing body. We however saw the need for healthcare social media policies in healthcare institutions to take advantage of social media’s potential and discourage its misuse.

There are many obstacles to institutionalising social media policy in health.  The lack of HIPAA like laws in the Philippines is foremost among these obstacles. This does not dampen our advocacy however. In this edition of tweet chat #HealthXPh wants to identify these obstacles and crowdsource solution to these problems.

Join us this Saturday January 16, 2016 9PM Manila time as we discuss institutionalising healthcare social media policies via #healthXPh tweet chat.

  • T1: Do you have a healthcare social media policy in your healthcare institution?
  • T2: What do you think are the obstacles to institutionalising healthcare social media policy in healthcare?
  • T3: Suggest a practical solution to coming up with healthcare social media policy in your institution.

Help #HealthXPh crowdsource a strategy to institutionalising healthcare social media policy! Join us this Saturday Jan 16, 2016 9PM Manila time.

(Header image credit to this article by Allen Quinn “5 Reasons why your company needs a social media policy” . )

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is Chief of Clinics at General Santos Medical Center and Medical Specialist II Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (

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