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More Patient Travel Scholarships!

What does the “Cinderblocks2: The Partnership with PatientsContinues” conference (in Grantsville, MD pop. 825) and Doctors 2.0 & You conference (in Paris, France pop. 2 million) have in common? Both events are focused on innovation and better communication within healthcare.  Doctors 2.0 has the over arching goal of identifying the ways in which the inclusion of health 2.0 tools and social media platforms can improve care. Cinderblocks2 is a mash up of art, activism, medicine, social media, HIT, patient rights and fire-dancing.  It is sort of like if Burning Man met healthcare. Both events were founded and are organized by two powerful women: Denise Silber is the founder of the Doctors 2.0 & You conference series. She is a healthcare social media influencer, keynote speaker, and valued strategic advisor.  Denise was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2011 for her work in promotingeHealth trans-Atlantically. A Smith College graduate in Government,…

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HIMSS or Bust

Last year I had the opportunity to do an amazing interview with Tim from HIStalk.  It was a wide-ranging discussion that covered a great deal of the HIT (health information technology) landscape.   Toward the end of our conversation, Tim and I began to talk about the challenges patients face attending HIMSS.  Many patients would like to go this enormous conference with its thousands of attendees, great educational sessions and access to numerous health care venders; but cannot afford to pay for hotel lodging, airfare and an attendee pass.  We talked about the possibility of working together to create patient travel scholarships. So today we would like to jointly announce the HIS-talking Gallery Patient Scholarship for travel to HIMSS 2015, April 12-16, in Chicago! There will be five scholarships offered for $1,000.00 each provided by HIStalk.  Each winning attendee will also have  a HIMSS attendee badge.  The winners will write a post…

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Butterflies

What shall I explain about this painting? Shall I tell you that Mélanie Péron lives in France?  Should I say that she met Nicolas in 1997 when she was only 19 and he was only 21?  Shall I tell you it was a perfect love that was full of happiness?  Their love completed her.  His loving glance filled her with exquisite flutters, like butterflies.  After 10 years of happiness, something was wrong with Nicolas.  In 2007, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia type 6.  He must be cared for 125 miles from home in a sterile unit.  He had aggressive chemotherapy.  The search began for a bone marrow donor.  In 2010, they found a donor. Mélanie would watch Nicholas within his  sterile room.  She would don her protective gear and walk in like an astronaut; her heart beating like the wings of a butterfly. After four weeks of isolated…