Video Credit: Stanford University Medicine X
Vanessa is an internationally recognised South African Facial Difference and MRSA (Antibiotic Resistance) e-Patient Scholar. She is also the founder of #hcsmSA which is an acronym for Health Care Social Media South Africa. #hcsmSA is currently a Twitter chat which Vanessa moderates with a group of diverse stakeholders to discuss Sustainable Health Development (#SDG3). There are over 30 hcsm virtual e-Health global communities registered on Twitter. A comprehensive list and transcripts are available on the Symplur Healthcare Hashtag Project.
Vanessa was the creative director of Artext, an advertising company which she established in 1997 after her design diploma. In 2004, due to a severe car accident in Johannesburg, she spent ten years through the medical system reconstructing damage done to her face with a multi-disciplinary team. In 2013, she combined her patient experience and online marketing skills to diversify her business services by offering medical website design to HCP’s using patient education resources like 3D animated videos because one of the greatest challenges she had was the lack of online specialists and accurate, decipherable information. In 2015, she closed Artext to pursue her e-Patient Scholarship and hcsmSA full-time.
Vanessa is an advisory board member for EyeforPharma, Docola, InfectionControl.Tips, Doctors 2.0 and You, Paris. She is also a civil partner and speaker at the Women Advancement Forum Africa which is associated to UN Women. She is an e-Patient activist member of the The Walking Gallery of Healthcare. She has been nominated for various business achiever awards including the NSBC (National Small Business Chamber – Entrepreneurs Section) and won the WOS – Woman of the Year Director’s Award in 2015 in recognition of her e-Health activism, community upliftment and promotion of women empowerment.
She was appointed as an accredited Social Media Ambassador at the prestigious #HIMSS17 health IT conference in Orlando, USA during February and was also accepted to present a rapid report about her e-Health research in South Africa at the Stanford University Medicine X | Ed 2017 conference during April. She was also awarded an e-Patient Scholarship from Stanford University Medicine X to return and present her story on the main stage about Antibiotic Resistance in September 2017. Vanessa is a member of The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) and the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF).
Read the official e-Patient white paper by Dr. Tom Ferguson on the Society for Participatory Medicine’s website.