The Conversations are Starting

One of the most exciting events at the Friends for Life conference this year was the P4DC panel discussion. This event brought a panel of highly respected medical professionals in front of similarly highly respected members of the diabetes online community to get a conversation going. The conversation was all about how medical professionals feel about social media and what can be done to bring the two groups closer together.

The event was recorded, which shows an appreciation for everyone who couldn’t make it to the live event in Florida and for those who couldn’t tune in for the live stream. We owe a big thanks to the folks at Johnson & Johnson for making this possible.


Link to article in Diabetes JournalIn related news, Jeff Hitchcock sends out a weekly newsletter with lots of great information. In the most recent newsletter I saw an article published in the ADA’s Diabetes Journals aimed at medical professionals and talking about guiding patients to credible online information. It was co-authored by one of my favorite people around, Dana M. Lewis, and therefore had instant credibility with me.

DSMA-Live-PhillyThe DSMA Live crew is also hoping to encourage some constructive conversation at an upcoming live event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 where the topic of conversation will be bridging the gap between healthcare professionals, device companies, and pharma.

We certainly don’t have any answers, but we’re hoping that some discussion on the topic will at least get everyone thinking, and perhaps even open up some new opportunities for further dialogue.

I think it’s a really great thing that a very similar topic (healthcare professionals & social media) is popping up in so many different places.

I don’t think we can say it any better than Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD, CDE did above.


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12 thoughts on “The Conversations are Starting

  1. Looks like a good discussion; I’ll try to get time to watch the whole thing in the next couple days.

    As a diabetic Twitter newbie myself, I think social media and diabetes is an interesting topic!

  2. Congratulations on the award!
    Great to hear about FFL – wish it’d switch locations with the west coast once in a while, but I think we’ll make it some year.

  3. Happy #dblogcheck day Scott. I’m using it as an excuse to drop by and say hi to a lot of friends. Along the way I’m pickup up a HUGE number of posts that I need to read in detail. I can’t wait to watch this video to see how the discussion went. I’m thrilled you got to CWD again, and jealous. Hope the summer is being good to you and your family.

  4. The P4DC Panel defiantly educated me to more why and how the Dr. feel about social media and their reluctance at times. I think in time we might be able to help more people with social media. I know I have benefited so much from it myself.

  5. Very interesting and thanks for the update, Scott. I’ll have to find some time to watch the panel.

    Congratulations on your award from FFL and you deserve it a million times over.


  6. The P4DC panel was definitely a highlight of FFL. I learned a lot about how medical professionals feel about social media and some of the reasons why they feel that way. Definitely eye opening and it was so great to get the conversations flowing!

  7. Good Morning Scott

    I was fortunate enough to be able to watch this streaming live last week and it was great to see and listen to the panel and their thoughts. (It was also cool to see Dr. Jill – since she was one of the first people we saw when Brandon was diagnosed).

    I am so glad that this is something that we the entire diabetes community is starting to talk about. We will only see change the more we talk and connect. I know the benefit that I have received as a mom of a teen with diabetes, by being connected to this great community of bloggers and forums that I can go to in the middle of the night. However, I do wish this was something that was brought to my attention earlier and that I didn’t have to search so hard for it.

    Brings me to 2 questions. How do we get people connected to this community earlier? And what suggestions do you have for PWD and their families in opening this as discussion with their Health Care Partners?

    P.S. Check!

  8. Thanks for the post, Scott, and for sharing this panel discussion with those who couldn’t be there. Yes, agreed: one of the best discussions at the conference (of course, I did miss the one you, Kerri and Jess did thanks to the HCR talk…). Anyhow, great to see HCPs taking more notice, but interesting how there are still those more conservative folks who refuse to even see the benefit of D-conferences, camp, meetups. A total disconnect, I think. Of course, it’s also interesting to note this – when you say you saw “instant credibility” when finding Dana’s article, my mind also goes to all those “disconnected” docs who feel the same way when they see their peers in medical journals. Interesting how we are seeing a merging of the two worlds more often, as more HCPs are at these conferences talking social media and more are participating WITH us online, just as we’re doing on the opposite side in those places and also in those same medical journals they read. Anyhow, thanks again for posting this Scott- and without needing to, I will say again: THANK YOU for everything you have done and continue doing to bring us all together.