Healthcare Social Media South Africa – #hcsmSA
Vanessa is an Antibiotic Resistance (MRSA) e-Patient Scholar. She is also the founder of #hcsmSA (Health Care Social Media South Africa). #hcsmSA is a Twitter chat which she moderates to discuss Sustainable Health Development (#SDG3). By profession, Vanessa was a creative director for 18 years, since closing her business to pursue advocacy she has been appointed as an advising e-Patient to The South African Antibiotic Stewardship Program (SAASP) and ASPIRES (Antibiotic use across Surgical Pathways), EyeforPharma, InfectionControl.Tips and Doctors 2.0 and You, Paris. She was an accredited Social Media Ambassador for HIMMS17, is currently an e-Patient Scholar at Stanford University MedX, a co-chair of The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Health IT SIG and a member of the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) which focuses on the principles of human-centered design. Vanessa is also a patient reviewer for the BMJ and Speaking engagements have included the African Union.