It was to be my first time to attend a Google Hangout On Air. I had the link to the live stream but had technical difficulties joining Dr. Remo Aguilar who was all by his lonesome on air. Dr. Gia Sison, Dr. Narciso Tapia and myself were standing by on Twitter. Precious minutes passed. Undeterred, Gia messaged me that we will start the tweet chat while waiting for Remo to fix our Google hangout. Similar to the format of #HCLDR tweet chats, Remo had published the questions to be discussed in a blog post. Under Gia’s lead, the tweet chat proceeded. The tweet chat transcript from Symplur can be found here.
Let me document my responses here.
T1. What is #HealhXPh?
I referenced the Doctors 2.0 manifesto which had 85 statements. I found two statements particularly compelling for #HealthXPh. Statement #1 which says “Health is co-creation.” As I told the my collaborators Gia, Remo and Buboy on Google hangout, I would never have gone live on webcam without them. Such a diverse group of people brought together by #HealthXPh. The second is Statement #7 which says “Let’s go from the former Isolation of Illness to the We of the Wellness thanks to hyper connectivity.” This is my vision for #HealthXPh, that it will be a platform for discussion among healthcare players springing forth from the Philippines then globally.
T2. What emerging technologies do you find important and relevant in healthcare?
I answered use of mobile technology to engage patients since after all, the Philippine is still the texting capital of the world. I provided the link to an article by JM Tuazon – 20 years on, SMS remains king in the “Texting Capital of the World.” I referenced work I did with Dr. Celito Tamban, now published in the Journal of ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies (JAFES) – Use of Short Message Service for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The trial had the following objectives:
- To determine if 3 times a week SMS will improve adherence to diet and exercise.
- To determine the mean change in body weight, body mass index and glycosylated hemoglobin A1c.
1. We will not use mobile apps that add to the time we spend caring for ourselves.2. We do not respond well to nagging.3. We favor apps that are linked to (or associated with) our clinicians.