The challenge for me is that many self-anointed patient/consumer advocacy organizations really don't advocate for what I want.
- I'm not a privacy advocate. While concerned about privacy, I'm not fanatical about it, and I'm probably more well-informed about the risks and dangers than most folks.
- I'm not retired (or even close).
- There's a lot of other categories that I just don't fit.
Recently, the GAO announced an opening for a patient/consumer advocate on the HIT Policy Committee. Today, I saw this blog post by Andy Oram on O'Reilly Radar: Putting the Patient Back into Healthcare recommending Regina Holliday for the position. I couldn't have said it better than Andy did.
I confirmed today via telephone that letters of recommendation can be sent via e-mail to HITCommittee@gao.gov
To make life simpler, I've written simplified letter of recommendation which you can send (or edit and send) with a few button clicks. I strongly recommend customization. My own letter in support of Regina for this position was similar to what you see below.
P.S. As always, the opinions on this blog represent my own, and not those of my employer or any other organization I might represent.
Update a few short minutes after I posted this:
Ted Eytan submitted a similar letter.
ePatientDave is also willing to serve in that role, and is seeking support (you can STILL use the button below and just alter the text in the body to show your support for Dave). Either way, patients win!
Click here to open the text below in your e-mail application:
Government Accountability Office
441 G Street NW.
Washington, DC 20548
Dear Sirs and Madams:
I am writing in support of Regina Holliday as a patient advocate on the HIT Policy Committee. Regina has heard, painted and told hundreds of patient stories and would be an excellent independent voice for patients on the HIT Policy Committee.