Special Event Update: Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Other National Healthcare Information Technology Leaders to Speak at Connecting Michigan for Health Conference

Event to be held June 8-10 focuses on emerging patterns for innovation, health reform, and quality improvement through electronic health information sharing

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is pleased to announce the addition of Doctor Karen DeSalvo of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Carla Smith and Tom Leary of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in a special general luncheon session on Thursday, June 9: "A Conversation with the ONC and HIMSS North America on Public Policy." The speakers will discuss solutions for building community-based solutions to connect for public health, as a follow-up to Doctor DeSalvo's special evening session held at the conference the evening of Wednesday June 8.

About Connecting Michigan for Health

Healthcare thought-leaders and professionals from around the state and country will convene June 8-10 in Lansing to discuss the future of health information sharing. Connecting Michigan for Health 2016 is a three-day event dedicated to advancing the exchange of electronic health information between the patient, their preferred doctors and care team members.

The theme of this year's conference is "Constructing the Future of Health Information Sharing: Emerging Patterns for Innovation, Health Reform and Quality Improvement."

The conference features a lineup of prominent speakers from Michigan and the U.S. for this year's event. A conference agenda is available at and includes speakers such as:

Doctor Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc., Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) providing general luncheon session keynote.

Doctor John Halamka, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center providing opening day keynote.

Doctor David Kendrick, Chief Executive Officer for MyHealth Access Network in Oklahoma providing second day keynote.

Jitin Asnaani, the Executive Director for the CommonWell Health Alliance speaking on patterns emerging nationally in health information sharing.

Connecting Michigan for Health places special emphasis on progress in health information technology adoption, harnessing new data sharing capabilities, aligning quality improvement efforts, navigating the evolution of a learning health system, incorporating community and social determinants of health, and leveraging advances in clinical research to foster greater person-centered care. Speakers and attendees will discuss the developments and opportunities to make healthcare transformation a reality. The growing event hosted more than 400 attendees in 2015. The conference is a collaboration between MiHIN, Michigan HIMSS Chapter, MSMS, MHA and HIMSS North America.

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