These are the words of Regina Holliday, in an early e-mail message pasted in a scrapbook she has created about the 73 cents journey, on display at last evening’s “e-Patient Ephemera” gallery opening. It was Regina’s first ever ( hosted with optimism for the future by the entire team at Washington, DC’s @clinovations ), and I was delighted to be a part of it.
Regina created several of the pieces just for the event, as well as showcasing other pieces that she has created to help people understand the importance of the patient’s face and name in health care.
What draws me to Regina’s work so much is that she is asking for something much simpler, easier (in my opinion) than fixing patient safety, quality, affordability – she just wants patients and families to have access to their health care information. There’s an understanding in all of this, though, that with equal sharing will come participation and partnership in solving much bigger problems.
If Regina and people like her are committing their talent, abilities, energy to help not just their own families but families everywhere, it seems to be a good idea to welcome that help, and foolish to reject it.
I don’t think that’s going to happen, though. There were doctors, nurses, researchers, authors, and fellow patients (all savvier than many realize) present last night (in person, @dcpatient @epatientdave @mightycasey, and on canvas), and in our community who share the belief that anything is possible, because it is in the #epicenter. And before you say this is a Washington, DC-centric view of the world, make sure to read this tweet.
Photos below, enjoy.