MI HIMSS Chapter - More Summer News


We hope that you are enjoying the summer across the state!


1.  MI HIMSS Bylaws Change – Cast your vote!

Michigan HIMSS Chapter Board has recommended that we change our Chapter Bylaws to increase the number of “Members At Large” from 6 to 10 members. Increasing the number of board members will enable the board to provide additional opportunities in support of education and programs for our membership. Changes to our Bylaws require a membership vote.

Please click on this link to cast your vote.  Your vote is very important. Vote by Friday, July 27, 2018, to this change in the Chapter bylaws.

2. Events

A. The Michigan Chapter of HIMSS in collaboration with the Great Lakes Chapter of ACHE (GLACHE) have joined together for this half day event.

Date/Time: Friday, 07/20/2018, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Holland Hospital, Conference rooms A & B, 602 Michigan Ave., Holland, MI, 49423

For More Details: Visit the event web site

Non-Member, GLACHE, Program Registration: $95.00 (includes Executive Luncheon and Educational Session)

Student Program Registration:  $25.00 (includes Executive Luncheon and Educational Session)

Event Schedule:

9:00 AM Registration and Networking

10:00 AM Panel Discussion

Moderator: Rob Schwartz, Assistant Vice President of IT and Quality, Holland Hospital


Tom Bres, Chief Information Officer, Sparrow Health System

Doug Dietzman, Executive Director, Great Lakes Health Connect

Dave Morin, Manager, Information Systems, Lakeland Hospital

11:30 AM Networking break and transition to lunch

12:00 PM Executive Luncheon - Governance and Decision Making

1:00 PM Adjournment

Luncheon Speaker:

Jason R. Joseph, MBA, Senior Vice President, Information Services, Spectrum Health Delivery Systems

Jason Joseph is senior vice president, information services, of Spectrum Health, with responsibility for the Delivery System. Spectrum Health is a $5 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. In his role, Jason has strategic and operational responsibility for information technology services, applications, health information management (HIM) operations, biomedical equipment, and portfolio management services. Jason’s focus is on ensuring Spectrum Health is leading the nation in its use and application of information and technology across all of its service lines and functions, including 12 hospitals, a multispecialty medical group with more than 1,500 physicians and advanced practice providers, and a variety of ambulatory, post-acute, and ancillary health care services. 

B. Michigan Chapter of HIMSS Annual Event – One Day - October 18, 2018

Date/Time: Thursday, October 18, 2018 / 8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Location: Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI

Registration:  Register today (Event includes continental breakfast, lunch and networking reception)

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast with Vendors

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome

9:15 – 10:00 am Session 1 Title/Topic: Healthcare disruption - What is healthcare disruption, how is it identified, impact

10:00– 10:45 am Session 2 Title/Topic: Healthcare disruptors consumer lead: Current programs impacting consumers and providers acting as disruptors of healthcare. 

10:45 – 11:15 am Break with vendors

11:15 – 12:30 pm Session 3 Title/Topic: Healthcare disruptors provider lead. Discussion of the Amazon/Berkshire/JPMorgan what does this mean, how will this impact healthcare. Speaker: Dave Morin

12:30– 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 – 2:15pm Session 4 Panel Title/Topic: Question for consideration: In an effort to provide high quality, cost efficient care with improved outcomes for Michigan citizens, it is necessary that all Michigan providers and plans are aligned. Currently there are disconnects among payers, physicians and provider settings that create challenges in achieving these desired outcomes. What do you think is the biggest challenge preventing the forward movement towards alignment of these outcomes? If we could make one change to meet these goals what would that change be?

Panelists: Thomas L. Simmer, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blus Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Sam Watson, MSA, CPPS, Senior Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality and Executive Director, Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center. Moderator: To be announced

2:15 – 3:30 pm Session 5 Title/Topic: Preparing for changes in healthcare [How to plan for and meet the challenges of healthcare disruption]

3:30 – 3:45 pm Event Conclusion

3:45 – 5:30pm Networking Reception with Sponsors

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

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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