Patient Rights Activist, Artist, Author, Speaker & Founder of the Walking Gallery

Regina Holliday
  • Awards & Recognition Luncheon Keynote
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • 12:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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Regina Holliday is a patient advocate and artist known for painting a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. This advocacy mission was inspired by her husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate care. Afflicted with kidney cancer, Fred suffered poor care coordination, a lack of access to data and a series of medical errors and, as a result, lost his battle. These institutional flaws spurred Holliday to try to improve care for her husband and all patients. Fred’s death inspired Holliday to use painting as a catalyst for change.

Holliday’s artwork became part of the national healthcare debate. She has earned a platform to push for legislation that would provide electronic healthcare records to patients. Continuing her advocacy through art, she also started the Walking Gallery movement, where more than 350 volunteer members don business suits or blazers with either their story or their loved one’s story painted on their backs to attend public meetings. The members of Walking Gallery attend medical conferences with a powerful visual story painted on their back to convey the fact that the people wearing them are living, breathing examples of lapses in healthcare-not just a statistical number.

Recently, Holliday was honored at the H.I.T. Men and Women Awards reception for her trailblazing vision and perseverance in advancing the adoption of health IT, innovation, and best practices to improve healthcare. Backed by her own patient and caregiving experiences, Holliday travels the globe heralding her message of patient empowerment and inclusion in healthcare decision making and offering guidance on crowd funding in healthcare.

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