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The Care and Cleaning of your Walking Gallery Jacket

 If you have joined The Walking Gallery you are probably familiar with this request: “Send a business jacket. Please do not send jackets made of seersucker, corduroy, knit, denim, leather or stretch fabric, as they are hard to paint on. Absolutely do not send stretch fabric.  I cannot paint on stretch fabric, as the painting will shred.  You can check if a jacket is stretch by trying to pull at the fiber on the horizontal. Also this is a business jacket on purpose, we are painting on the “uniform” of the conference attendee.  Fabrics that work well are poly-blends, linen, cotton and wool. Also you might want to by a jacket a size larger than you usually do as the painting will stiffen the back and make it harder to close the buttons.” So you sent me, or one of the other artists, a jacket and wore it to conference after…

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Break Out Session at AMIA

On Wednesday, December 12, I attended AMIA’s (American Medical Informatics Association) 7th Annual Invitational Policy Meeting: Health Data Use, Stewardship, and Governance: Ongoing Gaps and Challenges.  The meeting began at 7:30 am and I arrived closer to 9:00 am after getting my two sons off to school.  When I arrived the speakers were just finishing up an over-view of AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) activities.  I joined in the twitter stream and was pleased to see the AMIA handle actively tweeting.  E-Patient Dave was the king of the comments and I was able to get a quick snap-shot of what had happened thus far by reading the stream backwards. Soon we were told we would go to break out sessions based on the dot color on our nametags.  I knew a couple of the people in my session but fellow gallery members Dave deBronkart, Deven McGraw, Ross Martin and…

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"Root Certificate" at ONC Annual Meeting 2012

This week is one of my wilder ones and I will wear many hats. On Monday I worked at the toy store Barstons Child’s Play. I got into several conversations that compared the advances in toy technology to advances in medicine. Throughout the morning, I continued to help people that I have helped for 18 years. The holiday season a Child’s Play can be hectic, but there is a joy to seeing faces that are missed.  For many of our clients are grown now, yet their parents come back at this one time of year.  This is our annual meeting and it is joyful. But Tuesday came, away went my role as a toy advisor.  I grabbed my brushes and paint and rushed to day one of the ONC (Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology) annual meeting 2012.  When I arrived they had a hard time finding…

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Partnership for Patients a bed time story

Every night as my six-year-old son Isaac goes to bed, we say a prayer that he created at the age of 4.  He also designed the way we say it.  We must take turns. (I am in red and he is in blue) Thank you God for building us and loving us and caring for us,A–men. But before we can say our prayer, he wants me to tell a story.  He wants a happy story.  He is very clear about this.  Not a story with a happy ending, no he wants a happy everything.  He says, “Mom, it must have a happy beginning, middle and end.” I used to try to reason with him.  I would talk about rising conflict, plot, antagonists and protagonists.  He would look at me sadly and I would remember he is 6 years old and for half of his life he has had no Father…