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Patients Speak at BlogWorldExpo2010

It's finally here!  BlogWorld Expo’s Social Health track is happening on Thursday, October 14, 2010.
KevinMD at BlogWorld Expo 2010 Social Health track

I’m joining some great patient bloggers and activists on a panel discussing Patient Blogging and Disease Awareness: Sickness and Health on the Web.

Thursday October 14, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Tradewinds A & B / 10

Trisha Torrey Jenni Prokopy Amy Tenderich Lisa Emrich
Trisha Torrey (Moderator)
TrishaTorrey.com
Jenni Prokopy
ChronicBabe
Amy Tenderich
Diabetes Mine
Lisa Emrich
Brass and Ivory

Patient bloggers and online advocates are finding new ways to connect, launch advocacy and disease awareness campaigns, and use web-based tools to manage chronic conditions.  Their influence has grown to the point where they are even being approached by the pharmaceutical industry to become involved in sponsored initiatives. Does this mean a larger voice for patient experiences and viewpoints or does it hinder trust in the patient community? This panel looks at issues involved in working on both independent and sponsored advocacy projects, and explores the issue of transparency in patient blogging.

I'm so honored that Kim McAllister of Emergiblog invited me to participate.  It will be great to reconnect with Kerri Morrone Sparling of Six Until Me, Manny Hernandez of tuDiabetes and Diabetes Hands Foundation, and Dave deBronkart, aka e-Patient Dave, who is providing the keynote. 

Kerri, Manny, Dave, and I were among the epatients featured at the ePatient Connections Conference just a couple of weeks ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Big thanks go to the sponsors, Johnson & Johnson (presenting sponsor), MedPage Today and Campaign for Nursing (supporting sponsors), and WEGO Health (associate sponsor).  The Social Health Track at BlogWorldExpo2010 would not exist without their support.





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