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Regina Holliday

Regina Holliday, based in Maryland, 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 during 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization in five facilities. After his death from kidney cancer on June 17, 2009, she began "73 Cents," a mural depicting her husband dying in darkness surrounded by inaccessible technological tools in a closed data loop. The title refers to the cost per page for medical records in the state of Maryland.

Holliday's artwork became part of the national healthcare debate and was reported on in the mainstream press, as well as reviewed by such journals as BMJ and APA. She began an advocacy movement called "The Walking Gallery," for which medical providers and advocates wear "patient story" paintings on the backs of business suits. She authored The Walking Wall: 73 Cents to the Walking Gallery.

Recently, Holiday 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, Regina Holliday travels the globe heralding her message of patient empowerment and inclusion in healthcare decision making, and offering guidance on crowd funding in healthcare. She fearlessly stands before officials and practitioners demanding a thoughtful dialog on the role patients play in their own healthcare.