10th Anniversary

Connecting Michigan X

For ten years, Connecting Michigan for Health has gathered changemakers in healthcare to discuss sharing patient information in new and better ways. Now the hard work of those changemakers is becoming reality - health information exchange is succeeding in Michigan.


Together, we have broken through some of the largest barriers to sharing health information. Statewide health information exchange has transformed from an idea into action through a series of collaborative successes and milestones.


Now is the time to continue our momentum to expand the boundaries of connectivity, and to discover what we can accomplish with tools currently available in health systems and provider organizations across the state and the nation.


Join us at Connecting Michigan for Health as we renew our collective commitment to share health information and to use the technology we’ve built to improve healthcare.

Michigan Legal Summit: Health Information and the Law

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) cordially invites you to join us for “Health Information and the Law: What’s Next?” This event, focused on legal issues surrounding electronic health information exchange, will take place Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in Lansing, Michigan.

The one-day summit is designed to facilitate in-depth conversations to strengthen our collective understanding of how various federal and state laws, policies, and regulations impact the electronic exchange of health information.

Meteoric Interoperability Connectathon

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) cordially invites you to join us for a Connectathon on June 4 and June 5 in Lansing, Michigan. This Connectathon will serve as a preliminary event for the tenth annual Connecting Michigan for Health 2018 Conference, held June 6 through June 8, in Lansing.

This event will offer the opportunity to learn, develop, and test Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) solutions in a collaborative environment with other IT and business professionals in healthcare.

Connecting Michigan Speakers

Each year, Connecting Michigan for Health promises its attendees that they will hear from groundbreaking and innovative leaders who are making a difference in the health information community, both across the state of Michigan and nationally.

Connecting Michigan for Health X was no different! Thank you to our speakers for providing a look into the future and possibilities in health information!

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Connecting Michigan Schedule

As we get closer to the start of the conference, our schedule will grow and expand to include speakers and topics we are sure our attendees will be discussing throughout the year. As you review the current schedule information, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Day 01 full schedule

June 6, 2018

Breakfast Begins; Registration and Exhibitor Area Open / Networking


First Day Welcome

Shelley Mannino-Marosi, Senior Director, Program Management, MiHIN

Welcoming Keynote (Video)

What impact has health information exchange had on Michigan, and where are the best opportunities for us to take advantage of existing health information infrastructure? How can current capabilities help us deal with national healthcare crises like opioid addiction? What are the interoperability priorities for Michigan for the next four years and beyond?

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley

First Day Keynote: View from the Office of the National Coordinator

The federal government is placing an unprecedented emphasis on standards for national interoperability to share health information. What capabilities currently in place across the nation does Washington view as essential to support long-term growth, and how will these new guidelines impact the evolution of health information exchange?

Kelly Cronin, Director, Interoperability for Health Care Transformation, Office of the National Coordinator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Presentation slides available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Leading Providers to Technology

The promise that health information technology can help relieve burdens on providers has started to yield fruit, offering insights into patient events and behaviors that early adopters have used to improve their clinical practices. What can be done to show providers the benefits of existing statewide infrastructure and capabilities? Hear real-life examples from a practicing Michigan physician who understands the challenges and value of current health information technology, and how statewide services can help relieve physician burdens.

Dr. Gregg Stefanek, DO, Family Medicine Specialist

Break and Exhibitor Area / Networking

Fireside Chat: Leveraging Existing EHR and Networking Capabilities to Share Information Today

What challenges and opportunities are electronic health record (EHR) vendors finding while addressing interoperability solutions on national and regional levels? What capabilities exist today with EHR vendors to support interoperability in ways previously unavailable? Learn about collaborative efforts that EHR vendors are establishing with healthcare providers, health information organizations, and government organizations to ensure interoperability standards are shared, flexible, and address the needs of the industry and its stakeholders.

Moderator: Tim Pletcher, Executive Director, MiHIN; Jitin Asnaani, Executive Director, CommonWell Health Alliance; Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, HIMSS North America; Mariann Yeager, Executive Director, The Sequoia Project

Lunch and Exhibitor Area / Networking

Health Information Sharing Across the Country: A Look at Other States

Many states face common challenges, and some have developed very creative solutions to overcome those obstacles. This session welcomes speakers from coast to coast to provide insight into approaches taken by some of our sister states to solve problems we also face in Michigan.

Moderator: Shelley Mannino-Marosi, Senior Director, MiHIN; Deanna Towne, Director of IT, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and Department of Health and Human Services, State of Colorado; John Novak, Senior Director Architecture & Government Technologies, Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab, New Jersey Innovation Institute

Presentation slides for Deanna Towne available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Panel: Clinical Perspective -Where Do We See Population Health Going?

Clinically integrated networks, accountable care organizations, and other risk-bearing organizations are in the vanguard of the new healthcare ecosystem. Hear from representatives from these risk-bearing organizations about some of the moving parts and infrastructural components required for these new structures to be transformative and successful. What are the critical success factors that can lead to better and more efficient healthcare practices, and how can health information technology facilitate these efforts?

Moderator: Marty Woodruff, Associate Director, MiHIN; Terrisca Des Jardins, Administrative Director, Physician Organization of Michigan ACO; Gene Farber, Chief Operating Officer, Reliance ACO; Ewa Matuszewski, Chief Executive Officer, MedNetOne Health Solutions

Presentation slides for Terrisca Des Jardins and Ewa Matuszewski available by clicking on the PDF icon below.


Aligning Physical and Behavioral Health with Electronic Consent to Enable Comprehensive Patient-Centered Care

Comprehensive patient-centered care cannot be fully realized without an alignment between physical and behavioral healthcare providers to share patient information, diagnoses, and treatment strategies. With updates to consent laws in Michigan and nationwide, this alignment is now happening. Learn how Michigan’s standard consent form enables this alignment, and how patient-centered care is evolving to help build a true, 360-degree view of the patient for all care team members.

Moderator: Shreya Patel, Policy Analyst, MiHIN; Jeff Chang, Chief Executive Officer, PCE Systems; Kathleen Connor, Subject Matter Expert, Health Policy, Insurance, Privacy, and Security IT Standards; Phil Kurdonowicz, Analyst, Policy and Strategic Initiatives Section, Policy, Planning, and Legislative Services Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Presentation slides for Jeff Chang and Phil Kurdunowicz available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Panel: The Perfect Storm: Major Players Using Disruptive Technologies to Bring About a Different Kind of Change

The announcement earlier this year that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase would be teaming to form an independent healthcare company sent shockwaves through the industry. Learn how these large organizations plan to use technology and telemedicine to drive down costs, and how these plans will impact healthcare and health information exchange efforts in Michigan and across the nation.

Special Guest Panelists and Interactive Discussion

Thank You and First Day Close

Dr. Tim Pletcher, DHA – Executive Director, MiHIN

Networking Reception – Refreshments and Light Hors D’oeuvres – Pub/Gazebo

Day 02 full schedule

June 7, 2018

Breakfast Begins; Registration and Exhibitor Area Open / Networking

Morning Welcome

Shelley Mannino-Marosi, Senior Director of Program Management, MiHIN

Welcoming Keynote

Hear how access to quality, affordable healthcare for Michiganders can be maintained using existing technology solutions, with expanded coverage and lower costs. Learn how can we work together to ensure our citizens aren’t choosing between paying the rent and filling a prescription. Understand how access to care in rural Michigan can be improved by enlisting technology, bringing people together, and harnessing the incredible talent of our state to find solutions to the challenges faced by rural hospitals and care providers.

Michigan State Senator Morris W. Hood, III

Second Day Keynote – Michigan and Health Information Exchange

What impact has health information exchange had on Michigan, and where are the best opportunities for us to take advantage of existing health information infrastructure? How can current capabilities help us deal with national healthcare crises like opioid addiction? How can we leverage technology to link health and communities? What are the interoperability priorities for Michigan for the next four years and beyond?

Brian Peters, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Health and Hospital Association

Fireside Chat: Mobile Apps, FHIR and Healthcare Transformation – What You Need to Know

Building on the morning keynote presentation, hear from major industry players regarding access to health information on mobile applications using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Learn how FHIR allows mobile apps to tie into existing electronic health record systems, and how this pervasive access to health information is reshaping the healthcare industry. Hear how these capabilities will impact your organization, and how to adopt current technology to help your patients and customers.

Moderator: Aaron Seib, Chief Executive Officer, National Association for Trusted Exchange; Adam Culbertson, Innovator in Residence, HIMSS North America; Mark Scrimshire, Medicare BlueButton 2.0 Innovator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Gajen Sunthara, Director of Innovation R&D, Boston Children's Hospital

Break and Exhibitor Area / Networking

Panel: Health IT Can Help NOW with the Opioid Crisis

The National Governors Association has been working with organizations in Michigan to improve sharing of behavioral health information through existing statewide infrastructure. One application of that effort that has gained considerable traction is the capability of Michigan’s statewide Admission, Discharge, Transfer (ADT) notifications to help fight the opioid crisis by flagging areas of concern specified by providers, such as risk of opioid addiction. Learn how this collaborative effort has approached the opioid crisis from a health information exchange perspective, and how ADT notifications are playing a role in protecting our citizens from the dangers of addiction.

Moderator: Dr. Tim Pletcher, Executive Director, MiHIN; Dr. David Neff, Chief Medical Director, MDHHS; Dr. Jim Huizenga, Chief Clinical Officer, Appriss Health; Dr. Wesley Sargent, Health Scientist, Opioid Overdose Health Systems Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Joyce L. deJong, D.O., Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine; Medical Examiner - Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Grand Traverse, Kalamazoo, Leelanau, Mason, Muskegon, Osceola, St. Joseph and Van Buren Counties.

Presentation Slides Available for Joyce deJong and Wesley Sargent by clicking on the PDF icon below.


Special Michigan HIMSS Lunch Session: Balancing the Human Dynamic with Digital Technologies

Through initiatives like innovation hackathons, educational sessions on diversity in leadership, and many others, HIMSS works constantly to leverage the knowledge that exists everywhere to improve the way care is delivered and create a better working environment for healthcare professionals. Hear a national perspective on where we are as an industry, and where we need to go. Understand how technology is only part of a solution that must also account for human interactions.

Tom Leary, Vice President of Government Relations, HIMSS

Presentation slides available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Fireside Chat: The Patient Story - Coordinating Care to Navigate Complex Cases

Hear from a real patient and the healthcare professionals caring for that patient as they discuss their needs in supporting that patient. Understand the challenges these healthcare professionals face and how health information technology can address and relieve the burdens they carry. Hear multiple perspectives from care team members on issues they face, and hear from the patient on how these issues end up impacting their care.

Moderator: David Livesay, Director of Marketing and Communications, MiHIN; Kristen Reese, Co-Project Director for Michigan Family to Family Health Information Center, Michigan Public Health Institute; Megan Brodie, Community Relations Specialist, MiHIN; Dr. Michael Klinkman, Co-Director, Great Lakes Research Into Practice Network; Elizabeth Mangold, RN, Care Connections Supervisor, RN Transition Coordinators at Jackson Health Network

Panel: Learning Health Systems and Predictive Analytics: Leveraging Current Capabilities to Impact Clinical Decisions

The next generation of health information exchange has arrived, with capabilities to enrich messages flowing through the statewide network to flag areas of concern such as high utilizers, opioid risk, and many more. The first 100 days after an event have transformed from a blind spot into a rich source of data to help achieve better healthcare. Learn how predictive analytics can further enhance these messages to provide additional, real-time clinical decision support. Understand how the state’s Knowledge Grid can help filter, analyze and identify messages of concern to ensure healthcare professionals are alerted in special situations.

Moderator: Marty Woodruff, Associate Director, MiHIN; Allen Flynn, Pharm.D, Research Analyst, Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan; Akbar Waljee, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology), Michigan Medicine; Elizabeth Van Hoek, Population Health Program Leader, Center for Healthcare Analytics and Performance Improvement, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Presentation slides for Allen Flynn, Elizabeth Van Hoek and Akbar Waljee available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Break and Vendor Area / Networking

Pit Party Begins!

Learn how to make FHIR at this special hands-on session working with Michigan’s Pilot Interoperability Testbed – the FHIR-PIT. Instead of exchanging whole documents that have to be broken down into component pieces afterwards, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) allows applications to access individual packets of information the same way a web browser allows a user to access a specific URL. Because of this, FHIR is solving many of the most painful problems IT professionals face when moving healthcare data from system to system. Join us for an interactive session in which you will learn about core FHIR basics, FHIR architecture and server standards, and how to use the FHIR Pilot Interoperability Testbed, a sandbox used in Michigan to allow developers to safely build and test new applications without using protected health information.

Courtney Delgoffe, Emerging Solutions Coordinator, MiHIN

Presentation slides available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Thank you and Second Day Close

Dr. Tim Pletcher, DHA – Executive Director, MiHIN

Day 03 full schedule

June 8, 2018

New Approaches to Identify and Close Gaps in Care

As the healthcare industry adapts to the MIPS program, the rise of accountable care, advanced payment models, and the increasingly competitive HEDIS environment, it is more important than ever to streamline the extraction, aggregation, analysis, and submission of quality measure data. This workshop will highlight unique strategies and perspectives from across the country on how to improve quality scores and patient health using information technology with a minimal burden on providers and health plans.

Opening Remarks and Introductions

The National Perspective: How Quality Measures Continue to Evolve and Support Federal Goals for Healthcare

Presentation slides available by clicking on the PDF icon below.


NCQA and HEDIS Considerations and Future Objectives

Sam Benton, Senior Health Care Analyst, Performance Measurement

Presentation slides available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Michigan Medicaid Quality Measurement Efforts

Tom Curtis, Department Specialist, Office of Health Policy and Innovation

Presentation slides available by clicking on the PDF icon below.


Michigan’s Clinical Quality Initiative

Ellen Ward, Manager, Hospital Contracting and Policy, Pay-for-Performance, BCBSM

Presentation slides available by clicking on the PDF icon below.


Strategies for Engaging Providers and Improving Quality Scores in New Jersey

Presentation slides for Annacler Harris-Blevin and Sharlene Mak available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Concluding Remarks

Michigan Salesforce User Group Kickoff and Deep-Dive

Many organizations in healthcare in Michigan use Salesforce, including MiHIN, however those organizations can employ Salesforce in drastically different ways to solve different problems. Interest has been rising across the state for a coordinated discussion on how different groups use the tool to manage patients, providers, and other information, and how we can leverage the tool to align information-sharing efforts. This workshop will take a look at the Salesforce health cloud and how different organizations are using the tool, and will end with an interactive session during which we discuss opportunities and challenges of aligning Salesforce usage across Michigan to improve health information exchange.

Opening Remarks and Introductions

Salesforce Tools Designed Specifically for Healthcare: Health Cloud


Tracking Reportable Condition Trigger Codes with Salesforce

Presentation slides for Ed Hartwick available by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Salesforce Impact on Risk Management


Accessing and Integrating with the Statewide Health Directory


Interactive session - Challenges and Opportunities to use Salesforce Statewide in Michigan to Coordinate Information Exchange

Concluding Remarks

Tickets available

Connecting Michigan Packages

3 Day Ticket

$ 475

  • 2 full days of Connecting Michigan
  • 1 full day of workshops
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Wednesday evening networking reception
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2 Day Ticket

$ 325

  • 2 full days of Connecting Michigan
  • 1 full day of workshops
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Wednesday evening networking reception
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Workshop Only

$ 225

  • 2 full days of Connecting Michigan
  • 1 full day of workshops
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Wednesday evening networking reception
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Our Great Sponsors

One of the things that make Connecting Michigan for Health each year a success is our sponsors from the many different facets of the healthcare world. Each plays and crucial part in the future possibilities of health information and what we can achieve together. Thank you for your continued support and we can’t wait to see each of you at Breakthrough!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Vegan/Gluten Free options will be available each day of the conference. Our meals are buffet-style, which means you can select the foods that meet your needs.

Q. Will I have access to phone charger?

Yes. Charging stations are available to accommodate both android and iPhone devices

Q. Are hotel discounts available?

Yes, use MIHIN8 to take advantage of our reduced rate $134.95 when you book through the Raddison before May 21, 2018.

Overflow at Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott reservations at 1-888-284-1894 and mention ‘Connecting Michigan for Health 2018' as the group code to receive a special corporate rate of $129.00 per night.

Q. Will the event be on social media?

Connect with us on Twitter to share what’s happening at Connecting Michigan from your perspective. Include our hashtag #CM4HX, which stands for Connecting Michigan for Health X, to share your conference experience. Post comments, quotes, photos, or inspired ideas. Follow along on Twitter to listen, learn, expand your network and build relationships at the conference.

Q. When is the early bird registration deadline?

Register before April 30, 2018 to secure reduced early bird rates.

Q. I registered, but have not received a confirmation. How do I get another one sent to me?

Check you junk folder and if it's not there, email connectingmichigan@mihin.org your full name so we can manually send you your confirmation.

Q. I registered but I'd like to transfer my ticket to another person. Is this possible?

Yes - Email connectingmichigan@mihin.org with your full name and include full name and organization name of new ticket holder.

Q. What is a QR code and how do I benefit from using them during the conference?

QR codes look like a square barcode that you scan using a free app on your Android or Applephone.

QR codes get you instant access to speaker presentation materials, video highlights, and full sessions from Connecting Michigan. Using QR codes also makes it easier to gather contact information from fellow attendees, and learn more about our sponsors. We include QR codes on attendee name badges, in the conference program, and throughout the exhibitor hall.

We recommend downloading the QR code scanner app prior to the conference, so you’re ready when you get here. Don’t forget! Click here to download the app now.

Q. What is the cancellation policy for full conference refund?

Register on or before Monday, May 30: Your registration costs are refundable if you notify us via email to connectingmichigan@mihin.org. There is a $50 cancellation fee to cover processing and venue reservations.

Register after May 30: Your registration costs are nonrefundable.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration cancellations will not automatically update your hotel reservation.

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