MI HIMSS Chapter - News and Events Summer 2019

We hope you have been enjoying the summer. 

We have so much information to share!


In the News…

On July 12, 2019, a news release from the state identified that Dr. Michael Zaroukian has been appointed to the Michigan Health Information Technology Commission. Many of you may remember Dr. Zaroukian’s contributions to HIMSS including as past chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors and past chair of the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. Read more about Dr. Zaroukian here.

Congratulations, Dr. Zaroukian, on this new position providing the state of Michigan with his expertise and enthusiasm for Health Information Technology!

“Michael H. Zaroukian, of Okemos, is the vice president, chief medical information officer, and chief transformation officer for Sparrow Health System and a professor emeritus at the Michigan State University Department of Medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Michigan State University. Dr. Zaroukian is appointed to succeed Michael Chrissos, whose term expires August 3, 2019, to represent doctors of medicine for a term commencing August 4, 2019 and expiring August 3, 2023.

The Health Information Technology Commission was created to facilitate and promote the design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of interoperable health care information infrastructure in this state.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. “

Chapter Receives HIMSS Presidential Level Chapter Designation for the Advocacy Program

Most recently, the Michigan Chapter of HIMSS was informed that it has again received the designation of a Presidential Level Chapter specifically for volunteer efforts toward Advocacy and Public Policy. Spearheading the Michigan Chapter level efforts as well as contributing to a variety of related national efforts, Board member, Helen L. Hill, FHIMSS, has been instrumental in her contributions.

We would like to thank Ms. Hill for her contributions as the current Board Director Public Policy / Advocacy as well as previous Chapter Leader of the Year, awardee of both John A. Page Distinguished Fellows Service Award and Chapter Advocate of the Year. She is a Past-President (2002-2006) of the MI Chapter of HIMSS having founded the chapter in 2000 and serving as its first president in 2002. Ms. Hill has been very active on a variety of HIMSS North America committees and work groups including, but not limited to: CAR representative (2002-present), HIMSS Public Policy Committee , Chair HIMSS Legislative-Regulatory Committee, Co-Chair HIMSS RHIO Committee, Co-Chair HIMSS HIE Committee, Chair HIMSS Interoperability & Standards Committee, member HIMSS Standards Advisory Workgroup and HIMSS Technical Guidance for Interoperability Work Group (2015- present) and Liaison to the Kantara Initiative Identity Assurance Work Group and its predecessor, the Liberty Alliance).

You can join the Advocacy team’s efforts to improve Healthcare IT/HIE and learn more about important on-going Advocacy and Public Policy initiatives in Michigan and their relationship to national efforts as well as initiatives. We encourage you to volunteer regarding Advocacy today. If you are interested, we would welcome any questions to join these important volunteer efforts.

More Details About the MI HIMSS Annual Fall Conference

  • Conference Title: "Fix the DAMN Roads!" How Innovation, Interoperability, and Emerging Initiatives are Paving Michigan's Road to Health Equity and Access
  • 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; phone number 248.349.4000
  • Hotel Details: Call the Marriott reservations line at 1.800.721.7033 and advise them of the name of the event: State Chapter of Health Info Services-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). Hotel reservations must be received on or before Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in order to be eligible for the discounted room rate.
  • Registration Fees: Click here to register for the conference.  The rates for registration are as follows:
    • MI HIMSS Members - $75.00
    • Non-Member (Fee includes one year MI Chapter Membership) - $95.00
    • Student Member - $35.00
    • Student Non-Member - (Fee includes one year MI Chapter Membership) - $50.00

Agenda: There will be panel discussions as well as two key note speakers, morning and afternoon.

  • Morning Key Note Speaker: 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.
  • FHIR-Side Chat Speakers: Robert Dieterle, Owner, EnableCare Group, and other panelists should include members of HITA for national policy and the EHR Association  Topic: Interoperability, technology standards, HITAC, DaVinci
  • The Gravity Project Speaker: Evelyn Gallego, MBA, MPH, CPHIMS, SIREN/HL7 Gravity Project Program Manager, EMI Advisors, LLC [The Gravity Project is a national collaborative to advance interoperable social risk and protective factors documentation.] Topic: Data Standards and Social Determinants of Health
  • Quality Measures Panel Discussion: Bruce Maki, MA, M-CEITA, Program Manager, Altarum Institute, 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) and 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
  • A Michigan and Illinois, Robert Wood Johnson Initiative, Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH): Melissa Morehead, Policy Strategist Policy Manager, Michigan Public Health Institute 
  • Building an Enterprise Business Intelligence and Analytics Capability at the Marshfield Clinic: MT Joseph, Vice President, Enterprise Business Intelligence and Analytics, Marshfield Clinic Health System

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

Welcome to New Board Members

Join us in welcoming the following new Board members at the Michigan Chapter of HIMSS as of July, 2019:

  • Jim Kamp, Secretary,
  • Kevin Brooks, Membership,
  • Dan Boyle, Member-at-Large and
  • Sharon Kim, Member-at-Large.

Chapter Sponsors

We would like to thank our Chapter Sponsors who make this and other events possible through their generous support. For any questions or information about Sponsorship opportunities, contact Mr. Lee Marana.