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iBlog for health

  1. 1. iBLOG for HEALTH Increasing Access to Health Information through Blogging Nurse Alvin Dakis Country Chairperson International Youth Council Pilipinas Health Committee Chair, Youth & Students Sectoral Council National Anti-Poverty Commission, Office of the President
  2. 2. iBLOG for HEALTH • Quick Facts on Health PHL: – Population: 91,983,000 – Universal Health Care (Aquino Health Agenda) – 60% Filipinos die without seeing a health professional – 40-50% out-of-pocket expenditures on health (2007) – 70% could not afford to pay for health services – 85% Filipinos are covered by PhilHealth
  3. 3. 6 Building Blocks of Health • • • • • • Health Governance Health Services Health Human Resources Health Regulation Health Information Systems Health Financing
  4. 4. Who can do health blogging? • Health care professionals • Health policy advocates • Optimum Health & Specific Diseases advocates • Individuals with testimonies in treatment & cure • Basically anybody whose interest is in health
  5. 5. Why HEALTH Blogging? • Increase access to health information via the internet; • Share correct & up-to-date health information; • Professional development & scientific updates; • Share personal experience from certain treatment process; • Conduct product/medical technology testing; • Create health advisory articles; and • Update heath policy & reforms
  6. 6. Types of Health Blogging • • • • • • Diet Management / Food Blogs Physical Fitness Blogs Specific Diseases Info Blogs Health Professionals’ Commentary Blogs Professional organizations’ Blogs Health Policy Info Blogs
  7. 7. Implications of Health Blogging • Health information should be correct; • Health information should be ethical; • Health professionals should consider ethical standards when blogging especially in disclosing patients’ cases & info; • Health information should be guided by national laws on health care;
  8. 8. Implications of Health Blogging • Blogging personal health experiences still affect public opinion about health care services and processes; • Health misinformation affects readers and may cause to spread information which they thought came from verified sources.
  9. 9. What Health Blogging is NOT • Misinforming readers about facts; • Disclosing confidential patient information; • Using one’s blog as a tool to accuse someone of contracting with a communicable disease; • Writing biased information to a certain company (unless hired/contracted)
  10. 10. Challenges & Opportunities Ahead • Intra/inter regulation & continuous fact checking • In bounds of professional & ethical practice for health service providers • No organized health society for Filipino health bloggers • Few identified health bloggers • Opportunities for travel, work, etc.
  11. 11. iBLOG for HEALTH Visit my Health Blog at: http://www.alvindakis.blogspot.com E-mail me at: alvin.dakis@gmail.org THANK YOU!

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