Michigan HIMSS Announces Fall Conference; CIOs from Major Health Organizations to Speak on Health IT

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Michigan HIMSS (MI Health Information Management Systems Society) announces the speakers and location for their annual conference this year - “HIT: Building a Foundation for Healthcare Transformation in Michigan"

Both HIMSS members and non-members are welcome to attend the conference, and there will be ample opportunity for networking with participants and conferring with our sponsors. Attendees and sponsors can register at the Michigan HIMSS website.

The 2013 MI HIMSS conference, scheduled for September 10th and 11th has moved from Novi to a larger venue at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth Township in order to accommodate more attendees and sponsors.

“Last year was the first conference that the Michigan HIMSS has put on in several years,” said conference organizer and HIMSS board member, Mary Anne Ford. “We were a bit cramped for space. The larger facility at St. Johns will give us the extra capacity we need for additional vendor/sponsors, and participants.”

The speaker lineup includes opening day keynote Micky Tripathi, President and CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, closing keynote Carla Smith, Executive Vice President of HIMSS, Adam Goslin, COO of High Bit Security, on Health IT Security, as well as HIPAA Omnibus rules, and Michigan issues, including the Health Insurance Exchange and Medicaid Meaningful Use. Breakouts will focus on success stories from health organizations that have implemented HIT solutions for the patients and practices.

The highlight of the first day is a CIO panel featuring Mary Alice Annecharico of Henry Ford Health Systems, Gary Harvey of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Patrick O’Hare of Spectrum Health, Donna Roach of Borgess/Ascension, and Marcus Shipley of Trinity Health. The panel will be moderated by Matt Roush, editor of the CBS online Technology Report, and well known technology commentator on WWJ-950 radio.

Current sponsors of the event include; Air-Watch, Alego Health CDW Healthcare, Cerner Corporation, Comcast, Commlink-Medisphere, Coretek, Elsevier, Enovate Medical, Great Lakes Health Information Exchange, High Bit Security, I.Comm, Logicalis, Michigan Health Connect, Morgan-Hunter Healthcare, OBIX, Secant Technologies, Sound Engineering, Sprint and Symantec. Sponsorship opportunities, which include display space at the event, are available. Additional sponsorship information is available on the Michigan HIMSS website.

Ms. Ford also clarified who can attend the conference. “Both HIMSS members and non-members are welcome to attend the conference, and there will be ample opportunity for networking with participants and conferring with our sponsors. Attendees can register at the Michigan HIMSS website.”

About HIMSS: MI HIMSS is a chapter of HIMSS Worldwide, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.. Founded in 1961, HIMSS Worldwide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS Worldwide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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