Dr. Mike Sevilla, a practicing family practice physician, has one of the best known names (and voices) in social media. One of the original physician bloggers, Mike started blogging in 2005 under the nom de plume of “Dr. Anonymous.” As Mike recounts, pre-HIPAA physician blogging was generally under the radar using pseudonyms to allow physicians the ability to speak their minds and “rant” against the system. His perspective on the birth of healthcare social media is unique because he has established a presence in a number of media platforms including a personal website, a blog, a radio show, a podcast, Google Hangouts on air, Twitter and Facebook.
Example of Grunt Doc rant from 2002: Consults and Pain
Dr. Anonymous’ first blog post: “Does this thing Work?”
Dr. Anonymous post from 2006: Safety of Anonymity
Dr. Anonymous’ blog feature on the FOX News Website
Dr. Mike Sevilla: podcast
Dr. Mike Sevilla: website
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Dr. Gia Sison is a physician who recognizes the potential of social media to share content among fellow physicians and educate patients. Unusual? Maybe not in the US but as a practicing physician in the Philippines so is more than an early adopter, she is a social media pioneer. In our conversation we discuss how she started her social media journey by participating in Tweet chats happening in the US (12 hour difference). Dr. Sision joined with 3 other physicians in social media to promote the use of Twitter to engage her nation in healthcare advocacy.
In our conversation we discuss how she found Twitter through Stanford’s #MEDx chat and then joined the #HCLDR and #HCSM chats to engage colleagues around the world.
To follow along, here is a time stamp of our conversation:
[00:10] EHR 2.0 Advertisement
[01:52] Hey – Dr. Sison is in the Philippines!
[02:26] Maritime health care & tele-medicine
[04:00] How do you perform health care at sea?
[05:05] Is there a similar HIPAA law in the Philippines?
[06:00] What is the state of social media in the Philippines?
[06:33] Help from @NurseFriendly & #healthxph
[06:50] #HCLDR chat – #HCSM chat
[07:30] Are you encouraging physicians or patients to enter social media?
[08:05] Who is involved in Philippines Tweet Chats?
[09:30] Are you using Twitter to teach health education or about using social media?
[10:05] Are all your Tweet chats global?
[10:48] WHO project
[11:40] Youth and social media in the Philippines
[12:40] What other social media platforms do you use?
[13:06] How do you manage to be involved in so many US Tweetchats?
[13:38] MEDx at Stanford
[13:55] Social media used for physician promotion?
[15:00] Using Facebook to educate about Ebola
[17:02] Closer to Ebola in NC than the Philippines
[18:00] Dr. Sison’s breast cancer journey
[18:53] Patient privacy and social media. “A Culture of Shyness”
[20:32] Mental Health Stigma
[21:30] Social media goal – to drive in-person engagement
[22:58] Dr. Sison “walks the walk”
[23:20] Stanford’s MEDx program
[24:35] Social Media is a great tool for learning
[26:17] Social Media Tip from Theresa Robinson of Express Mobile Solutions “Keep it short and Sweet”
Visit our resources page for more valuable (and free!) resources on social media and digital health:
Stanford’s MEDx program
Nurse Friendly – Andrew Lopez
Philippines colleagues in social media: