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

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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 on this social media policy but as I’ve mentioned in our last #HealthXPh tweet chat and Hangout On Air (Social Media and Medical Professionalism: A manifesto from #HealthXPh) this is the best setup for me and my patients so far.

I do realize though that patients probably wanted a  social media manifesto of their own, just like their physicians. This manifesto empowers patient to “own up” their health and bring health care conversations to their level.

To refresh, a manifesto as defined by Merriam-Webster.com, is :

a written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group.

A social media manifesto self commits an individual- a patient or a healthcare professional, how he/she intends to behave on the different social media platforms.  We at #HealthXPh believe a manifesto is different from a guideline. A guideline  is enforced by a governing body based on existing laws and policies. In the Philippines, we don’t have healthcare social media laws or governing bodies yet. A manifesto is more powerful because it’s an expression of what an individual or group’s  intends to do on social media.

If you are a patient and wanted to join the conversation on patient’s social media manifesto, join us this Saturday February 22, 2014 10:00 AM Philippine Standard Time (UTC + 8 ) on #HealthXPh tweet chat and Hangout On Air.

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 (www.remomd.com).

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