Notes On What I’m Doing

Hi, readers. How are you? I hope you’ve been enjoying life.

I just want to update you on what I’ve been enjoying and some of my plans.

First, Health Is Social has turned out to be a pleasure – it’s created a new niche to discuss the intersection of technology and health.

I’m having a great time with the project – and it was through it that I got my first chapter published in a book. That book was my friend Bob Fine’s The Best of Social.

If you subscribe to HealthIsSocial Newsletter, you”ll get a nice flow of good stuffs and find out what more about what’s going on over there.

Second, I’ll continue to serve on the Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. It’s an exciting opportunity which I hope will tug healthcare farther into the 21st Century.

Third, I’m looking to build small groups of passionate people who want to really get into the vibe of things in the 21st Century. More on that as developments proceed.

Fourth, I have a confession. Well, not so much a confession, but an opening-up.

I never felt like I belonged in the 20th Century. I was never good at following rules; there was never much sense that the little guy and lady could truly voice themselves; and I felt like my career was doomed to be a series of paid enslavements – in spite of the successes I enjoyed as a younger man.

Things feel differently now. There’s definitely something in the air.

I’m not sure it’s all good – but I do think we have been gifted with a dangerous opportunity.

Technology is now deeply embedded in us. There nothing we can do about that now.

Social Media isn’t social. People are (hopefully). Let’s not think otherwise.

But these media can be glorious opportunities to enrich the way we live.

Anyhoo, that’s what I’m up to these days.

Thank you for being a part of my life.

Your readership has changed my life forever.

Love and well wishes,



Health Is Social And Other Adventures

Just a few updates on what I’ve been up to for regular readers.

After spending a few years discussing how healthcare and other related industries aught to approach emerging media – and having met some wonderful people on the way – I decided to carve out some web real estate to focus on the social aspects of healthcare and the health aspects of social.

I wanted to design a place where I could bring together the talents and interests of others who are playing some part in making healthcare better. I also wanted a place where I could continue to offer my views not only on healthcare’s adoption of social media but also how the industry can go way beyond the tools and design more social business processes to deliver better care, foster better collaboration and forge new ways of researching.

I totally know what I’m about to say sounds (and is) cocky but I’ll say it anyway: Now that the healthcare industry is catching up to what me and a few others we talking about years ago, I now get to talk about things ahead of time once again. A lot of the active discussions about healthcare and emerging media right now are where they were for a lot of other industries back in 2008 (and that’s OK). There I said it. I’m Phil from the Future – what else can I say? 😉

Anyway, the tagline for this blog a long time ago was “Health Is Social”. So I decided to take that line and create Simple as that.

The site has garnered positive early response. In fact, on August 26, 2010 (1:00pm-3:00pm EDT), I’ll host a Webinar Healthcare Social Media: Perspectives in Practice. Go check it out – if you like what you see, spread the news. My friend Bob Fine – who ran a series of conferences on Twitter and Government 2.0 –  will be helping me out with these Webinars.

I’ll continue to post here as well. The content may expand to other interests but I’ll always have my eyes and ears on what’s going on in healthcare.

I’ve always been a lover of ideas – no matter how big or small. Ideas power the world.

But ideas also need execution. Accordingly, I’ve been investing efforts to build out those ideas and the networks needed to get them rolling.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to share my ideas here – small, medium and ginormous.

You can follow HealthIsSocial on Twitter right here.

Cheers, my friends – and thank you for listening!