MI HIMSS Chapter - Events Are Springing Up All Over the State

It’s finally spring and we are busy with a number of planned events for our members. Get ready to circle your calendars to join colleagues from across the state to network and hear from speakers on a variety of topics that you have suggested to us.

1.Webinar – Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • Date/Time: April 25, 2018 / Webinar begins at 12:10 p.m. (Eastern) and conclude by 1 p.m.
  • Webinar Title: Healthcare (Un)interrupted: Continuing Mission-critical Services in the Age of Superstorms & Ransomware
  • Speakers: Rudy Rumohr, Senior Consultant, Data Center Practice, Connection and Bill Virtue, Security Engineering Specialist, Connection
  • Registration: Click on the link to register today.

Webinar Highlights:

When disaster strikes is when your ability to provide services is needed most. Are you prepared? Along with more traditionally known threats such as fire, flood, and natural disaster, man-made disasters in the form of security breaches and ransomware have been sweeping through organizations large and small. The healthcare industry in particular has historically lagged in the adoption of robust security solutions which can help to prevent and respond to these threats, but did you know that BC/DR techniques are also helping companies cope with these new and dangerous attacks? Learn from Connection experts how strong security solutions and disaster recovery systems can work together to provide complete protection and business continuity.

Speaker Biographies:

Rudy Rumohr, Senior Consultant, Data Center Practice, Connection, has more than 30 years experience in IT Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Data Center, Systems, and Storage Design and Management, Virtualization and Enterprise Architecture. His previous experience includes positions at companies such as Wellfleet Communications and Cisco Systems as well as science-oriented companies, such as Millipore Corporation, supporting user base ranging from 200 to 10,000 users. In addition, Rudy was the Director of Networking and Telecommunications for the Baan Company where he implemented and managed a state-of-the-art, 80-site, worldwide voice and data network. During a long tenure at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Rudy held several roles including Executive Director of IT Operations. While there, he led many efforts, including the construction of two new data centers, established a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery program, initiated an Enterprise Architecture practice, deployed field sales iPad automation and a BYOD mobile phone program. Rudy’s focus has always been on designing holistic solutions and integrating technologies, people, and process to solve business problems.

Bill Virtue, Security Engineering Specialist, Connection, has more than 25 years of experience in Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Intrusion Detection and Prevention IDS/IPS as well as Security Assessments and Testing. His broad knowledge in security and compliance has provided a foundation to consult on both small and large-scale, enterprise deployments and security projects. Prior to his role at Connection, Bill held senior product management positions at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, with a focus on security information and event management (SIEM) technology, situational awareness and data loss prevention products. As a Senior Product Manager at BeyondTrust, he worked with identity and access management solutions, vulnerability assessment software, and Active Directory / Group Policy integration. In addition, Bill also held director positions at NitroSecurity, acquired by McAfee, and was responsible for its intrusion detection system (IDS), intrusion prevention system (IPS), and SIEM product lines. As the Director of the Corporate Technology Center at Enterasys Networks, acquired by Extreme Networks, Bill was responsible for the continued innovation and development of secure technology solutions. Finally, Bill is a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of the Boston Infragard group and a founding member of the ISSA NH chapter dedicated to promoting effective cybersecurity on a global basis.

2.More In-State Events

A. World’s Largest Data Science Conference in Mid-Michigan: May 23, 2018

In collaboration with Stanford University, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is hosting Women in Data Science (WiDS) Lansing. WiDS is a global initiative aimed to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, and WiDS Lansing will focus on advancing healthcare data science to improve overall delivery of patient care. Open to men and women in the healthcare data science field, this event will give participants the opportunity to hear the most up-to-date healthcare data science research from women leaders in Michigan and globally.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 / 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • Agenda: The agenda can be viewed at https://www.mha.org/Education-Events/Membership-Meetings/Women-in-Data-Science-Lansing
  • Location: 2123 University Park Drive, Suite 105 Okemos, MI 48864
  • Speakers: Some of the featured speakers include:
    • Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, Ann Arbor 
    • Julia Swanson, vice president of performance analytics and improvement at Henry Ford Health System, Detroit †
    • Mariam (Iya) Kahramanian, interim director of clinical epidemiology & biostatistics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit †
    • Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and patient safety policy, American Hospital Association, Washington, DC †
  • Registration: Fee for registration is $25. Register via the MHA Member Portal today. If you have questions, call Renee Smiddy at the MHA, (517) 323-3443. [Note: Up to 25 Michigan students interested in data science may attend free of charge by contacting the MHA].

B.Connecting Michigan for Health X

The Michigan Chapter of HIMSS will again collaborate to have speakers on relevant topics. [Details to follow in the coming weeks.]

  • Dates: June 4 through 8, 2018
    • June 4-5 FHIR Connectathon
    • June 5 Legal Workshop
    • June 6-8 Connecting Michigan X (tenth anniversary)
  • Speakers/Topics:
    National and regional speakers are featured to discuss the opioid crisis, patient engagement, behavioral health, risk management, health IT impact on employers, and many other current topics of interest in healthcare transformation.
  • To Learn More: Visit the website.
  • Registration: Early bird registration is open until April 30, 2018.

C. Michigan HIMSS Collaboration with the Great Lakes American College of Healthcare Executives (GLACHE)

  • Date/Time: Summer, 2018 [Details to Follow]
  • Length of Panel Discussion: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Holland Hospital, Holland, MI
  • Title of Panel Discussion: The Healthcare Executive’s Role in IT Decisions
  • Target Audience: Mid-level to senior healthcare leaders Those involved in information technology decisions who do not have a strong technology background


Today’s healthcare executive works in a world of ever-increasing information technology options. How do they navigate, evolve and respond to the changing informatics world. These leaders often do not work directly with information technology, nor necessarily understand the application, but they are asked to make crucial decisions about their implementation. The outcomes of those decisions have financial, strategic and patient outcomes and the cost of a mistake can be devastating. Is there a methodology or a roadmap to assist the non-technical executive to proactively make technology decisions?

D. SAVE THE DATE: Michigan Chapter of HIMSS Annual Event – One Day

  • Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Location: Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI

More details to follow about this one day event with educational sessions and networking opportunities.

3. Chapter Sponsors

We would like to thank our Chapter Sponsors who make this and other events possible through their generous support. For more information about Sponsorship opportunities, contact Mary Anne Ford.

Premier Sponsor 

Executive Sponsor 

Associate Sponsor


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