Johannesburg, South Africa
Sponsorship opportunities are available for hcsmSA
Stanford University e-Patient Scholar
#HIMSS17 Social Media Ambassador
Online Marketing and SEO
Antibiotic Resistance (MRSA) and Facial Differences
Digital Empowerment for Women (e-Women)
Founder of #hcsmSA
Co-founder of #hcsmAFRICA
Digital Health Empowerment Workshops and Training Development
Vanessa is an internationally recognised South African Facial Difference and MRSA (Antibiotic Resistance) e-Patient speaker. She is also the founder of hcsmSA which is an acronym for Health Care Social Media South Africa. hcsmSA is a Twitter chat which Vanessa currently moderates with a group of diverse stakeholders to discuss sustainable health system design. 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, a design company which she established in 1997. 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 used her patient experience and marketing skills to diversify her business services by including medical website design with 3D-animated patient education because one of the biggest issues she experienced was the lack of online specialists and accurate resources.
Vanessa is an advisory board member for Doctors 2.0 and You, Paris, EyeforPharma, Docola, InfectionControl.Tips and The Walking Gallery of Healthcare. She is also a citizen partner and speaker at the Women Advancement Forum Africa which is associated to UN Women. She has been nominated for various business achiever awards including the NSBC (National Small Business Chamber) and won the WOS – Woman of the Year Director Award in 2015 in recognition of her e-Patient activism, community upliftment and promotion of women entrepreneurship.
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 has been awarded an e-Patient Scholarship from Stanford University Medicine X to return and present her story on the main stage about MRSA in September 2017.