Internationally Known Speaker and Artist to Speak at South Dakota’s Largest Health IT Event

Regina Holliday to speak at the 5th Annual SD eHealth Summit in Sioux Falls on November 9th.

During the last 11 weeks of his life with continuous hospitalization at 5 facilities, Regina Holliday’s husband wanted to make informed decisions on his health with his wife.  Both were denied timely access to his medical record and told it would cost 73 cents per page to access - after a 21 day waiting period.  After his death, Holliday embarked on a crusade for patient access to their medical records.  Using her skills as an artist and speaker, Holliday presents to audiences around the world, including Congress, about the importance of patient access and health information technology.  Her Medical Advocacy Blog, Walking Gallery murals and commitment make her an ongoing consultant with the Office the National Coordinator at the federal level.

Holliday will be sharing her experiences at this year’s 5th Annual South Dakota eHealth Summit.  The conference will be held in Sioux Falls on Friday, November 9 at the Ramkota Hotel.  The all-day event will feature health information technology experts from across the nation and is the largest event of its kind in South Dakota. South Dakota ranks as a “Top 5” state for provider usage of an EHR; this event looks to expand on that success.  Following her presentation, Holliday will draw a mural of the event’s topics and raffle it off at the end of the day.

"This conference will bring together local, regional, and national innovators in the adoption and integration of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE)," said Kevin DeWald, the state's Health Information Technology Coordinator.  "Our event seeks to connect individuals and ideas in a free-flow exchange of information between hospitals and provider offices.  The ultimate goal is to foster new ways to use technology so we can change the way health care is delivered."

The conference is being supported by numerous resource groups within the state in addition to Dakota State University, including the Department of Health, Health Link (South Dakota’s Health Information Exchange), HealthPOINT (South Dakota’s Regional Extension Center), the Department of Social Services, the South Dakota State Medical Association and the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations.  Several EHR vendors and related equipment suppliers will be part of the event’s exhibitor exposition.   Additional speakers include Dr. Jan Lee, Executive Director of Delaware’s Health Information Exchange, Kim Lynch, Executive Director of the Regional Extension Center program and local speakers sharing best practices.  

The conference begins at 8 AM.  After presentations throughout the day, the conference will conclude at 4:30 PM.

Last Updated: 11/5/12