Sometimes the timing on things in life blows my mind. I have recently been feeling pretty down about not having more opportunities or time to do my ePatient advocacy and chronic disease awareness work, especially when it comes to blogging and social media about it. Then, a few days ago, my lovely #MedX friend Kirsten, who blogs at Not Standing Still’s Disease, posted about blogging and attending the ePharma Summit in NYC at the end of February. Not even a full day after I followed the Summit’s Twitter account, they reached out and asked to speak with me on the phone about guest blogging and live coverage during the conference. WHAT?!
I am so unbelievably honored, and humbled, and oh so excited to do this and attend this conference. First of all, I get such a high from live-covering a conference and attending all of the speaker sessions. It is such a whirlwind of ideas, innovation, and collaboration. Secondly, the list of speakers for this Summit is incredible and I am preparing myself to be blown away by what some of the biggest brands in healthcare and social media will have to say about patient engagement and healthcare innovation.
So what is the ePharma Summit? For three days, over 55 different speakers will present ideas about the art of digital strategy. In their own words: “The event where leaders come together to transform strategy and adapt to evolving customer and influencer bases. Seize the opportunities of digital health trends and disruptive innovation.” SO COOL. I could nerd out on this stuff 24/7. Learn more about the Summit, and register, here.
Here’s an example of a few of the speakers: Abel Rajan (Director of Marketing Analytics and Insights for Novartis), Adam Jackson (CEO and Co-Founder of Doctor On Demand), Christoph Trappe (Chief Storyteller for The Authentic Storytelling Project), Edlynne Laryea (Social Media and Digital Center of Excellence for Johnson & Johnson), Jack Barrette (CEO of WegoHealth), Joseph Kim (Senior Advisor of Clinical Innovation for Eli Lilly and Company), Mary Ann Belliveau (Health and Wellness for Twitter), Meredith Guerriero (Director of Facebook Health), Stefani Klaskow (Head of Industry Healthcare for Google), and so many more.
What I’m most excited about with this ePharma Summit is that it’s such a well-rounded conference. Not only are there a huge number of reputable and impressive speakers, but there is also a large networking portion and a number of workshops. The workshops are designed to network with the speakers and other healthcare professionals to go over digital strategy, new innovations, and current and future trends. I’m so excited to learn from the expertise of these leaders, as well as providing my insight as a ePatient advocate and chronic diseases fighter.
If you want to follow along with my blogging of the Summit, I’ll be blogging once per week leading up to the conference, and then I will provide a blog post about each session/workshop that I attend. Follow the ePharma blog here. And listen to the conversation on social media with: #ePharma16 and @ePharma.
I can’t wait to share my experience with you! Feel free to continue following my blog here, or follow me on social media with @kristinmcoppens.