HIMSS MI Chapter - April Newsletter No 2

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In Case You Missed It…

Michigan Member Survey

As this fiscal year draws to an end and the Board prepares for the next fiscal year, 2021-2022, we ask that you help us better understand your needs as members of the HIMSS Michigan Chapter.  Please take a few moments of your time to respond to this survey so that we can better serve you. Click here to complete this survey by May 5th.  Thank you in advance for responding to this survey.

Volunteers Are Important to Supporting Our Members

This past week was National Volunteer Week (April 18-24).  We would like to extend our thanks to those of you who have volunteered over this last year.  If you are interested in volunteerin, we are always interested in hearing from our members. We invite you to contact us to learn about volunteering with the HIMSS Michigan Chapter.  HIMSS provided an excellent video that shares member views and their experience volunteering at HIMSS Chapters.

Looking for Open Source Information on Learning Health System

If interested, the University of Michigan Learning Health Systems provides all articles as well as reports through open access to download and share:

If You Missed the ONC Annual Meeting…

This year’s ONC Annual Meeting included over 3,000 health IT partners during the all-virtual meeting held on March 29th and 30th.  There is now access to watch the meeting on demand Login.  [Note: You will be asked to log in as you did when previously signing up or there is an option to sign-up prior to viewing the meeting-on-demand.]

HHS Career and Internship Fair

If you are interested in a career in Federal employment, join HHS on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 1 pm (Eastern). Register here for this free webinar Webinar Registration via Zoom.

If you are interested in a career and internship with the Federal government, attend a free webinar on Wednesday, April 28 at 1:30 pm (Eastern).  Register here for this free Webinar Registration via Zoom.

If You Missed the March 23rd Connecting for Michigan for Health and More Virtual Conference…

This conference featured the topic, Introduction to Healthcare Technology 3.0 – Exploring the New Paradigm, and is now available via video.  Access it for free today 

Events and Webinars: Months-at-a-Glance

  • Tomorrow, April 27, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. – Webinar: Importance and Evolution of Digital Healthcare
  • May 18, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. – Webinar: Developing a Trusted Framework to Improve Population Health Management and Patient Engagement
  • June 1-3, 2021 – Ready to Launch: From Concept to Reality (Virtual HIE Conference)
  • June 24, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – 2021 Connecting Michigan for Health and More, Virtual Care (Telehealth & Patient Reported Outcomes) Workshop
  • October 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – 2021 Connecting Michigan for Health and More, Sharing Psychiatric ADT and Treatment Center Notifications Workshop
  • November 9, 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. – 2021 Connecting Michigan for Health and More, Summary of Healthcare Technology 3.0 – Exploring the New Paradigm

April 27th Webinar: Importance and Evolution of Digital Healthcare

Date / Time: Tuesday, April 27, 202, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Registration: Register for this free webinar by clicking here


  • Chris Bailey, Director, National Engagement & Consumer Health Strategy MiHIN Health Information Network Shared Services
  • Kevin J Bohnsack, MD, MPH, CPE, FAAFP, Medical Director, Clinically Integrated Network, Southeast Michigan, Trinity Health
  • Kevin Budelman, President, Peopledesign


Healthcare is in-the-midst of an industry-wide digital transformation, which is leading to changes in how organizations think about the value of centralized data, resource optimization, changing patient expectations, value of putting patients first, and empowering patients with tools.

Most consumer health tools are incredibly fragmented.  Each platform lives in its own silo, backed by an industry whose business model can inadvertently incentivize complexity.  From online banking to Amazon, people are exposed to world-class digital experiences every day.  Patients will expect the same level of performance in healthcare.  However, too often healthcare industry complexities are manifested onto the patient.

Healthcare needs solutions that empower the relationship between patients and providers, and increase quality and satisfaction while lowering the cost of care.   Closing the care loop by accessing, engaging, and collaborating, allows all parties to become more proactive with care.  This panel will discuss the importance of digital patient engagement in a post covid-19 world, the evolution of digital consumer loyalty in other industries and how these are critical for outcomes based care.

Speaker Biographies

Chris Bailey has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare IT sector. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Velatura, the exclusive retailer of Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) products and services outside of Michigan. His work focuses on building client and partner relationships to support collaborative innovation opportunities. Chris is also the founder of Care Convene, a virtual health service provider that not only extends the brick-and-mortar doctor’s office but also focuses on patient literacy.

Previously, Chris served as the Regional Data Analytics Manager for Affinia Health Network’s Clinically Integrated Network which connects four hospitals and over 1,400 physicians in West Michigan. At Affinia, Chris built a business intelligence team to support quality reporting, data visualization, and payer performance for the region. Prior, Chris spent two years as Director of Informatics for Mercy Health Physician Partners, a multi-specialty physician network in West Michigan, where he led the implementation of athenahealth EMR. Prior to his Mercy Health role, Chris spent four years at Ascension Health as a Clinical Applications Manager building a team of 52 high performers and coordinating a large team of consultants. He improved employee engagement, financial operations, successfully met Meaningful Use (Stage 1/Stage2) for inpatient and ambulatory environments; and built a national reporting team to leverage human capital and reporting assets. Before Ascension, Chris spent seven years at Spectrum Health, an integrated health system in West Michigan, where he worked as an IT Analyst, project manager, and process improvement facilitator.

Chris holds a BA in Eastern European Studies from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.

Kevin J. Bohnsack, MD, MPH, CPE, FAAFP, is a board-certified family physician at IHA Milan Primary Care and medical director for the Southeast Michigan Clinically Integrated Network. His passion for quality, patient safety and transitions of care have led him to several leadership roles and patient advocate positions within the Trinity Health system. He also serves as the State Air Surgeon with the Michigan Air National Guard, applying his background and training in aerospace medicine to oversee the medical standards and qualifications of over 2,500 personnel, providing technical expertise and recommendations for the ongoing COVID response and other domestic operations and supporting and mentoring current and future leaders.

Kevin Budelman is president and co-founder of Peopledesign, a strategy and human-centered design firm based in Michigan. Besides serving as an advisor to clients, Kevin is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and is the former global president of IxDA, the Interaction Design Association. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the IIT Institute of Design. Kevin Budelmann is interested in strategic design for business, education, healthcare, and society. He is the author of "Brand Identity Essentials," available in six languages and a second edition.

Webinar: Developing a Trusted Framework to Improve Population Health Management and Patient Engagement

Date/Time: May 18, 2021, 12 p.m. to 1:00 pm (Eastern)

Registration: Click here to register for this free webinar. 

Speaker: Guy C. Hembroff, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Computing, Director, Health Informatics Graduate Program, Michigan Technological University


In this webinar, Dr. Hembroff will discuss his work in developing a trusted framework architecture designed to improve population health management and patient engagement. He demonstrates how his team’s work in the development of accurate geo-tagged pandemic prediction algorithms used to help coordinate medical supply chains to care for patients most vulnerable to COVID-19, can extend to help improve general population health management.  The framework consists of a holistic and secure mHealth community model for residents to overcome significant barriers of care and provide healthcare agencies improved coordinated population management through the aggregation of longitudinal patient health data, including patient generated health data (PGHD) and social determinants of health (SDOH).  The architecture’s security includes the development of touchless biometrics, capable of large-scale identity management through the establishment of unique health identifiers (UHIDs).   Machine learning algorithms can strategically connect residents to community resources and provide customized health education aimed at increasing the health literacy, empowerment, and self-management of patients.  Users are able to securely share their health data with others (e.g., physicians, caregivers), while clinicians can better track patients, offering improved preventative measures and care management.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Guy Hembroff is an associate professor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He is the director of the Health Informatics graduate program (https://www.mtu.edu/health-informatics) and the ICC Cybersecurity Center (https://www.mtu.edu/icc/centers/cybersecurity) within the College of Computing. Dr. Hembroff holds a PhD in Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E) with expertise in network engineering, machine learning, deep learning, biometric development, intelligent medical devices, and cybersecurity.

June Virtual HIE Conference - Ready to Launch: From Concept to Reality 

Dates: June 1-3, 2021

Registration: Access to registration will be available in following newsletters.

Speakers: To be announced.


Ready to Launch: From Concept to Reality is a physician organization sponsored virtual HIE conference that will highlight the boots-on-the-ground efforts of practices and providers across Michigan.

Conference attendees will hear HIE success stories from various stakeholders throughout the state, and how local initiatives continue to shape the healthcare community.  They will gain insights into advanced healthcare information exchange and how it has been adopted by various physician organizations and their member practices.  Participating physician organizations will share stories about their work supporting health information exchange, interoperability and current initiatives and achievements to optimize healthcare services and product solutions.

Speakers will explore how the changing landscape for health information exchange is shaping opportunities for all stakeholders to reevaluate the use of ever more fluid electronic health data to facilitate transformation initiatives and their own success with business goals.

As an in-kind sponsor for the conference, the HIMSS Michigan Chapter will host a virtual program for students and young professions on Day 2 of the event.  In addition to general education sessions, attendees will have opportunities to network with industry professionals and participate in professional development sessions and career fair.

All HIMSS Michigan Chapter sponsors are welcome to participate in the career fair and vendor exhibit. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit the HIMSS Michigan Chapter website.

Next Scheduled Virtual Events for 2021 Connecting Michigan for Health and More

Additional information for these events will be available in future newsletters and web site updates:

June 24, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – 2021 Connecting Michigan for Health and More, Virtual Care (Telehealth & Patient Reported Outcomes) Workshop

  • Agenda: Click here to download agenda. 
  • Register: Fee = $25. Click here to register for this event via Eventbrite.

October 12, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – 2021 Connecting Michigan for Health and More, Sharing Psychiatric ADT and Treatment Center Notifications Workshop

  • Agenda: Click here to download agenda. 
  • Register: Fee = $25. Click here to register for this event via Eventbrite.

November 9 , 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. – 2021 Connecting Michigan for Health and More, Summary of Healthcare Technology 3.0 – Exploring the New Paradigm

  • Agenda: Click here to download agenda. 
  • Register: Fee = $200. Click here to register for this event via Eventbrite.

Note: If you register for all three events from this series, registrants will pay $240 if registering by June 23, 2021.

Chapter Sponsors

We would like to thank our Chapter Sponsors who make our events and efforts possible through their generous support. For any questions or information about Sponsorship opportunities, contact Mr. Dan Boyle. DBoyle@uphp.com

We are delighted to welcome our most recent sponsor, Pure Storage. Thank you for your support!