State, National Leaders to Gather in Lansing for Health Information Technology Conference June 3-5 – MiHIN
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State, National Leaders to Gather in Lansing for Health Information Technology Conference June 3-5

State, National Leaders to Gather in Lansing for Health Information Technology Conference June 3-5

Lansing, MI, April 14, 2015 – The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) invites attendees to join thought leaders from across the nation at Connecting Michigan for Health 2015, Michigan’s annual three-day conference to be held June 3-5, 2015 at the Lansing Convention Center. The event provides a dynamic, interactive forum to discuss the healthcare industry’s efforts to improve care delivery and promote payment reform in Michigan and throughout the U.S.

Registration discounts are available at for anyone registering prior to April 30.

The conference opens on Wednesday, June 3 with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder providing remarks regarding the Healthy Michigan initiative, followed by Director Nick Lyon of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services discussing Michigan’s initiatives to improve healthcare delivery and promote payment reform.

Health Information Technology (HIT) leaders from Michigan and across the country fill out the rest of the first day including sessions on Innovation and Value in Patient-Centered Healthcare, the legal ramifications of the new data sharing world ahead, a look at how health information technology can positively impact the lives of our veterans, an IBM-led session on Cognitive Computing in Healthcare, a panel of national experts discussing the Economic Impact of Improving our Health, and a panel of leaders from non-healthcare organizations providing the viewpoint of consumers sharing expectations and needs from an HIT-enabled healthcare industry. There will also be opportunities to learn more about advancements in healthcare technology such as medical patient appointment scheduling software. Software is well and truly at the center of a medical revolution and so these are exciting times for technological growth. The day will end with a special screening of the groundbreaking documentary “No Matter Where,” followed by a catered networking event.

The event’s second day, Thursday, June 4, features a return appearance by Lt. Governor Calley for opening remarks and introduction of day two keynote Doug Dietzman, executive director of Great Lakes Health Connect – one of the largest Health Information Exchanges in the country. Thursday offers a strong focus on consumer engagement with leading national HIT vendors and influential healthcare leaders in Michigan discussing efforts to educate and encourage patients to better manage their own healthcare.

Other highlights on the second day include a public meeting of Governor Snyder’s Health Information Technology Commission during lunch, a close look at the State of Michigan’s HIT efforts, a visiting panel of national experts discussing HIT developments across the country, a discussion of Michigan as a Learning Health State, and a return of last year’s most popular panel – What Doctors Really Need and Want from Health Information Sharing and Technology.

Friday, June 5, consists of the popular annual workshop sessions, with nationally recognized speakers leading deep-dives into cyber-security and identity management, the new Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR – pronounced ‘fire’) standard for better interoperability between unrelated healthcare networks, and the Argonaut Open API initiative.

The Cyber-Security and Identity Management Workshop addresses data security concerns in light of recent breaches to major national institutions. The workshop is designed to help individuals understand the evolving world of identity management, digital credentials and cyber security across organizational boundaries.

FHIR has gained enormous industry support due to its elegant web service approach to simple information exchange. The workshop will start with a deep dive into the FHIR specification and will include overviews of how FHIR servers are being utilized, and what is currently available. An additional area of focus will be examples of the types of mobile applications FHIR helps enable.

Conference Overview

Electronic sharing of health information is transforming the healthcare industry, making it more effective, more secure, and less expensive. Connecting Michigan for Health 2015 offers a dynamic, informative opportunity to hear experts from Michigan and around the U.S. discuss recent breakthroughs and exciting, emerging developments in the rapidly-maturing health information sector.

Conference Highlights

  • Unique opportunities to hear, interact and network with thought leaders in an event structured to encourage communication and collaboration across health disciplines.
  • Clear discussions from multiple perspectives on the challenges and opportunities inherent in existing and emerging health information technologies.

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About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)

MiHIN is dedicated to improving the health care experience, improving quality and decreasing cost for Michigan’s people by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and making valuable data available at the point of care. MiHIN is a public and private nonprofit collaboration between the State of Michigan, the Office of the National Coordinator, sub-state Health Information Exchanges, insurers, payers, providers and patients. For more information please visit

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