At TEDMED this October I found myself trading tweets with @DrPatriciaFitz, a new name to me. We met, and I learned she’s the Wellness editor for The Huffington Post – which is about the biggest baddest high-publicity blog in the universe.
She was already familiar with participatory medicine and my TEDx talk. We talked, and then she invited me to blog for them! I was thrilled, because as Wikipedia says, “The Huffington Post has an active community, with over one million comments made on the site each month.”
For the first time this moves the e-patient conversation onto “the big stage” of mass media – stepping outside of healthcare social media. And if you want to change culture (which I do), you can’t do it by staying in the circles that discuss culture – you have to swim in the soup itself.
(Savvy Web citizens also know that HuffPo has had some controversies. That never stopped me – I only say what I believe, anyway.)
Our introductory interview ends with “Look for his upcoming articles on patient empowerment here at HuffPost Healthy Living.” I’m not sure when my first post will go up, but I don’t expect it to affect my blogging here and at e-patients.net.
p.s. This is a good example of the high quality networking that happens at TEDMED. Attending is beastly expensive, but it’s awesome that the live video lets you watch, and the live tweets let you connect with the conversation – whether or not you’re there in person.