Social media is one of the most essential tools this world has developed. The convenience it gives to an individual significantly reduces the time and effort in searching and sharing one’s idea. In fact, the use of social media in different platforms widely helped healthcare professionals, researchers and medical and allied medical students in gathering reliable information in their field.
Thus, #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” at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City last June 9, 2018.
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 sector in general to incorporate social media in our research and communication strategy in creating content, sharing ideas, which will connect us to one another.”
This is the first healthcare and social media summit held in Mindanao. The summit gathered the most followed personalities in the Philippines’ social media as advocates in the health sector to collaborate and grow their networking opportunities. Davao City, as the chosen location for this summit, is grateful to host a nationwide event that tackles one of the up-to-date issues in the country. The role of social media in shaping the future through research and innovation is becoming an integral part of every Filipino.
By: Ms. Mabel Diana M. Calipes