Social media is one of the most essential tools this world has developed. The convenience it gives to an individual, eases the consumption of time and cuts half the effort in searching and sharing one’s idea. The use of social media in different platforms have widely helped professionals, students, researchers and most individuals in gathering reliable information. But there will always be pros and cons in using social media as means of communication. Thus, the Healthcare Social Media Summit initiated the creation of #HealthXPh in the Philippines.
The #HealthXPh in partnership with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) organized the 4th Philippine Healthcare and Social Media Summit 2018 with the theme “Social Media and Health Professions Education: Shaping the Future through Research and Innovation” on June 9, 2018, at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. This is the first healthcare and social media summit held in Mindanao. The objective of the summit is to venture into innovative use of social media in health professions education and research. Participants were educators, researchers, and health stakeholders from various institutions nationwide. This summit gathered the countries most followed personalities in the Philippines’ social media as advocates in the health sector to collaborate and grow their networking opportunities. Ms. Merlita Opeña, Chief of the Research Information Communication and Utilization Division of PCHRD, welcomed the participants highlighting the HealthXPh for advocating the use of social media to influence friends and encourage more people to go into health research. Ms. Opeña further stated that “It is high time for all of us in health research community and health in general sector to incorporate social media in our research and communication strategy in creating content, sharing ideas, which will connect us to one another.” After the opening preliminaries, students and health professionals attended breakout sessions.
By: Ms. Mabel Diana M. Calipes