Medicine and Art: Give Us Our Dammed Data

Another powerful piece of art by Regina Holliday:

(Top) Left to Right: Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus, Julia Halliset, The Empowered Patient, Michael Millenson, Demanding Medical Excellence, Janet Lynn Mitchell, Taking a Stand, John James, A Sea of Broken Hearts, Sandra Gilbert, Wrongful Death, Dave Debronkary, Laugh Sing and Eat like a Pig, Trisha Torrey, The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes, Jari Holland Buck, Hospital Stay Handbook, Margo Corbett, The Savvy Patient Toolkit, Carolyn Oliver MD, Cautious Care: A Guide to Patients, Sanjaya Kumar MD, Fatal Care, Melinda Blau, Consequential Strangers.

(Bottom) Left to Right: Elizabeth Cohen, The Empowered Patient, Evelyn V McKnight, A Never Event, Melinda Blau, Consequential Strangers, Marine Ehrenclou, Critical Conditions, Patrick Malone, The life you save, Lisa Lindell, 108 Days, Sorrel King, Josies Story.

If I could add just one thing it would be that instead of a laptop the data was shown flowing into a patient owned mobile phone…

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2 Responses to Medicine and Art: Give Us Our Dammed Data

  1. Regina Holliday says:

    Thanks for re-posting this and thank you for making it very clear who is in the painting. Ah, a smartphone instead…. Well, I know the lap-top is the older method, but I was trying to tie the image of electronic data to the concept of the patient story/medical record. Visually, the image wouldn’t have worked quite as well, but thank you for the suggestion. I am sure it will in another piece. As a matter of fact, look at my hand in this picture

    Thanks again, Regina

  2. Hi Regina,

    I felt your painting encapsulates so many good examples of the challenges faced by patients who want access to their data that I felt compelled to put the names/links together in an way that I thought would make the stories easy to access. Glad you liked it and thanks for commenting.

    With Mobiles helping to remove patient barriers (eg. more patients today have access to mobiles than laptops) I personally (be warned: I’m terribly biased!) think they hold much more potential, even if we start with basic things like using SMS to authorise carers who request permission to view our records, etc.

    If you do manage to produce something with a smartphone in another major piece I’m sure it will appeal to the major Mobile Operators (or “carriers” in USA) as they launch their various mHealth initiatives.

    Maybe they’d commission something? Hung on a wall in their office foyer it would make for a great reminder to staff of the importance of the work that they’re doing.

    Wishing you inspiration for your next piece!


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