MI Chapter of HIMSS Fall Conference 2019

October 3, 8:00am, EDT - 5:00pm, EDT

Location:  Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel


Conference Title: "Fix the DAMN Roads!" How Innovation, Interoperability, and Emerging Initiatives are Paving Michigan's Road to Health Equity and Access

Note: The available presentations are found in the Agenda section tied to the specific session with an embedded link in either the name of the presentation or the name of the speaker when there are multiple speakers.  This area is followed by speaker photos plus biogaphy and that is followed by some conference photos.

Date / Time: Thursday, October 3, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Venue is in the metropolitan Detroit area at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi MI 48375

Hotel Details: Call the Marriott reservations at 1.800.721.7033 and advise them of the name of the event: State Chapter of Health Info Servces-Michigan HIMSS Chapter. Chapter member room rate of $149 per night based on arrival on 10/2/19 and departure on 10/3/19 (conference date).

UPDATED INFORMATION: Hotel reservations must be received on or before Monday, September 23, 2019, in order to be eligible for the discounted room rate.  You can complete a reservation on-line.

Registration Fees: Click in the link to register today.

  • MI HIMSS Members - $75.00
  • Non-Member (Fee includes one year MI Chapter Membership) - $95.00
  • Government Employees & Military - $82.00  (A courtesy discount is applied to these attendees.  Please use your employer email address when registering.)
  • Student Member - $35.00
  • Student Non-Member - (Fee includes one year MI Chapter Membership) - $50.00


  • Morning Key Note Speaker (Part 1, Part 2): Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, SVP, Community Health and Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System, Michigan’s First Surgeon General. Topic:  What Michigan as a state needs to do and what we should do as a nation to advance on the road to wellness, improving health equity and access. (See biography below)  [Note: Dr. Wisdom has been names one of the top 25 Innovators in healthcare by Modern Healthcare in the August 16, 2019, issue.]  
  • FHIR-Side Chat: Robert Dieterle, Owner, EnableCare Group, and Matt Englehart, MS, Director, Research and Development, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN). Topic: Interoperability, technology standards, HITAC, DaVinci
  • Quality Measures Panel Discussion: Bruce Maki, MA, M-CEITA, Program Manager, Altarum Institute, Keri Christensen, MS, FHIMSS, Director, Research Innovation, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Maggie Lohnes, RN, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Research Associate, IMPAQ International. Panelists invitations have been extended to additional speakers at both CMS and NCQA.
  • Michigan State Interoperability Roadmap Panel Discussion: Sara Esty, Senior Deputy Director, Policy and Planning, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan HIT Commission; Nicholas D’Isa, Director of Compliance and Legal, Physicians Health Plan (Michigan); Carrie Paykoc, Interim Executive Director, Colorado Office of eInnovation; Valerie Rogers, MPH, Director, Government Affairs, HIMSS.
  • How Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Technology and Innovation Can Improve Wellness and Equity While Reducing Disparity: Adam Culbertson, Health IT Program Manager, Boston Children’s Hospital and Innovator as well as former Innovator-in-Residence, ONC, and Lenel James, MBA, CPHIT, Senior Project Manager, Industry Standards and eHealth National Programs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  Note: Presentation not available due to proprietary information.
  • A Michigan and Illinois, Robert Wood Johnson Initiative, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH): Melissa Moorehead, Senior Program Manager (DASH) and Project Manager as well as Senior Policy Analyst, Michigan Public Health Institute 


Sponsorship Opportunities: To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mr. Lee Marana . 

Speaker Biographies























Our thanks to Michael Wecht for providing photographs at the conference.









In the photo below, from left to right, conference speakers and MI HIMSS Board members: Melissa Moorehead, Lynda McMillin (Board member), Adam Culbertson, Lisa Nelson, Dr. Wisdom, Jerry Morin (Board member, Past-President), Helen Hill (Board member, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy), Maggie Lohnes, Robert Dieterle, Lenel James, Sharon Kim ((Board member, Member-at-Large).