FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) — The Michigan Health Information Management Systems Society has moved its annual conference to a larger venue to accommodate more attendance. “HIT: Building A Foundation For Healthcare Transformation In Michigan” will be held Sept. 10 and 11 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

“Last year was the first conference that the Michigan HIMSS has put on in several years,” said conference organizer and HIMSS board member, Mary Anne Ford. “We were a bit cramped for space. The larger facility at St. Johns will give us the extra capacity we need for additional vendors, sponsors, and participants.”

The speaker lineup includes opening day keynote Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, closing keynote Carla Smith, executive vice president of HIMSS as well as experts in health IT security, HIPAA omnibus rules, and Michigan issues, including the Health Insurance Exchange and Medicaid Meaningful Use. Breakouts will focus on success stories from health organizations that have implemented HIT solutions for the patients and practices.

The highlight of the first day is a CIO panel featuring Mary Alice Annecharico of Henry Ford Health Systems, Gary Harvey of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Patrick O’Hare of Spectrum Health, Donna Roach of Borgess/Ascension, and Marcus Shipley of Trinity Health. The panel will be moderated by WWJ Newsradio 950 technology editor Matt Roush.

Sponsors of the event include Air-Watch, Alego Health CDW Healthcare, Cerner Corp., Comcast, Commlink-Medisphere, Coretek, Elsevier, Enovate Medical, Great Lakes Health Information Exchange, I.Comm, Logicalis, Michigan Health Connect, Morgan-Hunter Healthcare, OBIX, Secant Technologies, Sound Engineering, Sprint and Symantec.

“Both HIMSS members and non-members are welcome to attend the conference, and there will be ample opportunity for networking with participants and conferring with our sponsors,” Ford said. “Attendees can register at the Michigan HIMSS website.”

MI-HIMSS is a chapter of HIMSS Worldwide, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through IT. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.. Founded in 1961, HIMSS Worldwide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS Worldwide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


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