MI HIMSS - Fall is here and more events

Fall is here!

Two more events in November within the state.

In case you missed it...

Thank you for supporting this year’s Fall Conference, ‘‘’Fix the DAMN Roads!’ How Innovation, Interoperability, and Emerging Initiatives are Paving Michigan's Road to Health Equity and Access”. This conference was quite a success among attendees and speakers alike. The most frequent comment about the conference was the caliber and knowledge of the speakers representing regional and national experts focused on a timely and relevant topic for the Michigan healthcare ecosystem.

For those who could not attend the event on October 3rd, we wanted to share photographs of our esteemed speakers.  We hope to see you at next year's Fall Conference!

Top Photo: 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.

Bottom Photo: FHIR-Side Chat Speakers: Robert Dieterle (seated), Owner, EnableCare Group, and Matt Englehart, MS (speaking at podium), Director, Research and Development, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN). Topic: Interoperability, technology standards, HITAC, DaVinci

Top Photo: The Gravity Project Speaker: Lisa Nelson, MS, MBA, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing and Principal Informaticist, MaxMD. [The Gravity Project is a national collaborative to advance interoperable social risk and protective factors documentation.] 

Bottom Photo: Afternoon Key Note - Clinical Standards and Quality: Quality Measures and Value-Based Incentives: Michelle Block Schreiber, MD, Director, Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Top Photo: Quality Measures Panel Discussion: from left to right, 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. Dr. Schreiber (far right) is the facilitator of the panel discussion.

Bottom Photo: Michigan State Interoperability Roadmap Panel Discussion: from left to right, Nicholas D’Isa, Director of Compliance and Legal, Physicians Health Plan (Michigan); Carrie Paykoc, Interim Executive Director, Colorado Office of eInnovation;Sarah Esty, Senior Deputy Director, Policy and Planning, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan HIT Commission; Valerie Rogers, MPH, Director, Government Affairs, HIMSS.

Top Photo: "How Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Technology and Innovation Can Improve Wellness and Equity While Reducing Disparity": Adam Culbertson not pictured), Health IT Program Manager, Boston Children’s Hospital and Innovator as well as former Innovator-in-Residence, ONC, and Lenel James, MBA, CPHIT pictured in top photo), Senior Project Manager, Industry Standards and eHealth National Programs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Bottom Photo: 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

Celebrating a successful conference! 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).


1. 4th Annual Symposium and Workshop: Precision Health – November 6th & 7th, Ann Arbor

The vision of learning health systems is to improve health and care by continuously turning health data into actionable knowledge. Precision medicine, the approach to prevention, diagnosis and treatment that takes individual factors like genes and behaviors into account, is a pathbreaking force in institutions that are increasingly realizing the LHS vision.

The 2019 symposium on the Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications of Learning Health Systems (ELSI-LHS) will focus on precision medicine this year, with an amazing lineup of speakers providing perspectives from a variety of fields, from computer science and medicine to anthropology and law. Topics will explore ethics, equity, active learning health initiatives, and future directions for innovation and research.

  • Conference Title: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Learning Health Systems
  • Date / Time: Wednesday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: University of Michigan’s Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
  • Registration: To register for this free event, register here. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration.
  • Hotel Details: Visit the website for suggested accomodations near the campus.
  • For More Information: visit the website.

Speakers and Agenda:


  • Session 1 - Jack Hosty (Indiana University), “Ethics of Precision Oncology Framed asa Learning Healthcare System” and Colin Halverson (Indiana University), “The Ethical Challenges of Returning Genetic Test Results from Unselected Cohorts”


  • Session 2 – Industry, Precision Health & Ethics, Jenna Wiens (University of Michigan) and Jake Sherkow (Harvard University)
  • Session 3 – Policy and Privacy in LHS; Stephanie Morain (Baylor College of Medicine) Ethics and Collateral Findings in Pragmatic Clinical Tirals; Marielle Gross – “’Game Over’ for Deidentified Data: Calls from Justice, Respect and Beneficence”; Robert Miller (ConsenSys) – “Health Data Trends and Governance”
  • Session 4 – Equity for Patients and People; Joseph Andrew Shuman (University of Michigan), “Patient and Provider Perspectives on Precision Head and Neck Oncology”' T.J. Kasperbauer (Indiana University), “Incorporating Biobank Consent Into the Clinic: Challenges for Improving Patient Understanding”

2. HIMSS20 Annual Conference, Michigan Chapter of HIMSS Event – March 9-13, 2020 in Orlando

The specific date for this Michigan Chapter of HIMSS event while at the annual conference will be released in December and we will post once available.

The event will be held in the Exhibit Hall for the conveniences of our members at the Connection booth, 2059.

3. Upper Peninsula Healthcare Cybersecurity Summit on November 8, 2019

The healthcare industry has become a prime target of cyber-attacks.The industry is facing a host of cyber security issues, not the least of which is the expanding threat landscape, growing connectivity thru the IoT, and the expanding number of medical devices used from providers to individuals. Each of these issues has a financial and reputational impact for providers, healthcare institutions, hospitals and third-party vendors. It also has a big impact on the health and patient care environment in which we all live and work.

The focus on aligning security efforts to support broader organizational objectives from patient care to financial growth is the focus of this one-day summit. Leaders will be especially interested in the morning sessions that focus on key healthcare business issues; the nexus between patient care and cyber threats; the growing need for cyber workforce and finally a legislative perspective on all the business challenges related to cyber security.

The afternoon “marketplace” was designed as a small business trade show, especially geared towards IT and Security operators. Vendors attending work primarily in the small and mid-tier market space, making their products and services especially appealing to the U.P. healthcare stakeholders.

The Summit, jointly sponsored by the Michigan Healthcare Cyber Security Council, the Lake Superior Community Partnership and InvestUP, is free to all attendees and vendors. Join us in partnering with NICE Community Schools and their K-12 peers as we provide advice and guidance to our region's cybersecurity high school students.

  • Date Time: Friday, November 8, 2019 from 8 am to 4 pm (E)
  • Location: Northern Center at Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, Michigan 49855
  • Registration: This event is free to attendees. Complete your registration here.


  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Overview (Amy Clickner and Marty Fittante) 
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Keynote: Taking a Holistic Approach to Business Aligned Security, Jack Kufahl, Board Chairman, Michigan Healthcare Cyber Security Council
  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Recognizing the Device Security Blindspot for 21st Century Healthcare Armis Security
  • 9:45 am – 10:00 am Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session Conference Rooms A-B  
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Legislative perspectives on Healthcare and Cyber Security: Panel discussion facilitated by Amy Clicker, CEO of the Lake Superior Partnership and Marty Fittante, CEO of InvestUP. Opening remarks by Senator Curt VanderWall, Chair of Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee and Senator Ed McBroom of the 38th Senate District 
  • 12.00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Catered Lunch in partnership w/ NICE Community Schools 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Security Marketplace - Small/Mid-Tier Business Trade Show highlighting various Michigan UP firms and select national vendors.

Chapter Sponsors

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