Today was a really great day. This morning I finished a draft of a whitepaper for the VA, about patient-facing health IT. Then I sped to the Oregon Convention Center, for Oregon’s 1st annual Health Information Exchange stakeholder conference.
AIM 2011 – Accelerate, Innovate, Motivate – was wonderfully attended, well organized and packed with great speakers from Maine, Vermont, Colorado, Tennessee and of course our own backyard. I was late so didn’t hear all that ONC Coordiantor Farzad Mostashari had to say (good they taped it). But the coolest thing was to see Regina Holliday, set up with easel and canvas, standing up front on a podium, to the right of Dr. Mostashari.
Regina is a force, a transformation, a sunburst embodied in a single body. Her important message has taken root. Just look at all the speaking engagements on her website, past and present. That message salience and poignance keeps growing – as health IT and information exchange and shared health data activities swirl and grow. Patient advocacy and participatory medicine are in the ring, and even though their volume could be turned up (way up), these things have a way of gaining traction.
Especially with stories and poems and paintings from @ReginaHolliday. She did 4 (four!) before the mid-afternoon speakers came on.
The first painting shows a large pink heart, and a woman’s face looking at the ONC Coordinator. Regina says its opening access to the personal information and it’s love, people getting information they want and need, to help lives. Nearby, a wireless tower offers the channel to make it happen.
At the conference, Carol Robinson, Director of the Health Information Technology Oversight Council, announced the Oregon e-Health Consumer Pledge and those who agreed to it. Regina painted Carol peering up at the dawn of the HIT revolution. Her outstreched hand has a caduceus medical symbol, with the bottom tip poked through her hand. The change will be glorious, Regina says, “but it will cause some pain.” The caduceus’ rod is the “i” in HIT, representing ‘Put the I in HIT’ campaign of the ONC.
Two more paintings followed. I can’t do their explanations justice, and will wait for Regina to talk about them on her blog.
All I can say is, thanks, Oregon HITOC, for bringing her stories and her art to the conference. Thanks, artiste Holliday, for your time and your heart(s) and your wisdom and grace.
Listen up, Health Information Exchanges: Let Patients Help!