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 Coming?” 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 this upcoming June 4th and 5th in Lansing, Michigan. This Connectathon will serve as a preliminary event for the tenth annual Connecting Michigan for Health 2018 Conference, held June 6th-8th, 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 be hearing from the groundbreaking and innovative leaders who are making a difference in the health information community, both across the state of Michigan and nationally.

With this anniversary year, Connecting Michigan for Health will be truly looking to the future and what that will mean for the possibilities around health information. Here are just a sampling of the important voices joining us.



Tim Pletcher

Executive Director, MiHIN



Jitin Asnaani

Executive Director, CommonWell Health Alliance



Aaron Seib

Chief Executive Officer, National Association for Trusted Exchange



Dr. David Neff

Chief Medical Director, MDHHS

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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 that 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 Vendor Area Open / Networking


First Day Welcome

Welcoming 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?

Leading Providers to Technology

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? What are the interoperability priorities for Michigan for the next four years and beyond?

Break and Vendor 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.

Lunch and Vendor Area / Networking

Disrupting Healthcare Through the Power of Connections

The pinksocks movement began with healthcare IT professionals, and is now growing in industries around the world. The effort prioritizes the use technology to connect and work together, instead of focusing on technology just for the sake of technology. Learn about this movement and the impact it’s having on healthcare across the nation and world, and how the simple act of giving a gift is empowering individuals across healthcare to use technology in beneficial ways.

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

With the release of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is focusing on creation of “a single on-ramp” for national interoperability. TEFCA addresses a broad variety of topics including data access and use, privacy, security, and much more. How will TEFCA impact your organization and your approach to health information exchange?


Panel: Aligning Physical and Behavioral Health for 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 patient-centered care has evolved, what possibilities are realistic, and what to expect as we build a true, 360-degree view of the patient for all care team members.

Cracking the Code on Patient Engagement

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.

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

Thank You and First Day Close

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

Day 02 full schedule

June 7, 2018

Breakfast Begins; Registration and Vendor Area Open / Networking

Morning Welcome

Welcoming Keynote

Second Day Keynote – CARIN, FHIR, and the Future of HIE

We’re entering an era of pervasive consumer access to health information, with major international technology companies initiating pursuit of health information availability. Hear America’s first Chief Technology Officer tell the story of a new revolution in America – one in which a health information technologies combine with an emerging tech-savvy government to help tackle some of our most vexing problems, including affordable healthcare. Learn how technologies currently in place can reshape government participation in healthcare, and help restore and reinforce a spirit of innovation.

Fireside Chat: Mobile Apps and FHIR – 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.

Break and Vendor 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.


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.

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.

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.

Break and Vendor Area / Networking

Healthcare at Scale: Health IT Impact on Employers and Health Systems

How is Michigan performing compared to the rest of the U.S. with healthcare transformation, and in providing health information exchange services that make a real impact on employers and large health systems? What market pressures are driving health IT decisions with national companies? What are the biggest opportunities for improvement?

FHIR Pit Party

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.

Thank you and Second Day Close

Day 03 full schedule

June 8, 2018

Tickets available

Connecting Michigan Packages

3 Day Ticket

$ 475

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

$ 325

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  • 1 full day of workshops
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Wednesday evening networking reception
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Workshop Only

$ 225

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  • 1 full day of workshops
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Wednesday evening networking reception
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Trusted hands behind us

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 $139.00 when you book through the Raddison before May 21st, 2018.

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 30th, 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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