Detroit was recently declared “America’s Comeback City” by Vice President Joe Biden. Given that the health information technology (Health IT) sector is among the fastest growing and most innovative professional disciplines today, locating the 2015 Midwest Fall Technology Conference (MFTC) in the Motor City was a natural fit.
The MFTC is an annual conference targeting Health Information Technology and Informatics professionals. The host of this year’s conference is the Michigan Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Chapter. The conference is a collaboration of six Midwest Area HIMSS Chapters including Michigan, Wisconsin Dairyland, Greater Chicago Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota. The conference location rotates among the six state chapters from year to year with the 2015 conference to be held on October 25-27 at the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center in the heart of downtown Detroit.
The decision to host the event in Detroit was recommended by the Michigan HIMSS Chapter’s Board of Directors due to the city’s close proximity to several of Michigan’s largest Health IT companies and health information exchange consumers, as well as those similar entities in the surrounding states.
Great Lakes Health Connect proudly joins other health information organizations in sponsoring this year’s event which is designed to bring together various Health Information Technology and Informatics professionals from across the region to participate in innovative and dynamic education sessions, learn about existing and emerging technologies, and network with colleagues. The conference also welcomes students from various disciplines – medical, nursing, and informatics.
The 2015 MFTC conference, themed “Better Health through Better Connections”, features presentations from Health IT thought leaders from across the country. Highlights of the conference include over 30 education sessions, nine keynote sessions, a networking and sponsor reception at the GM Showcase at the Renaissance Center, and an Awards event at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum including a guest keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, the CEO of Henry Ford Innovation Institute. Among the keynote sessions, there will be regional and nationally recognized speakers including two outstanding panel discussions: Chief Information Officer panel and a Chief Medical Information Officer panel. As an added benefit to conference attendees, several local health systems are hosting site visits. The hosting organizations include the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, the Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Health and the Detroit Medical Center.
For more conference information, visit the 2015 MFTC web site at www.midwest-ftc.org .
About Great Lakes Health Connect:
Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) is among the leading provider of health information exchange services in the nation. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, GLHC seamlessly and securely facilitates the transmission of more than a billion messages a year across 126 health systems and nearly 4,000 primary, secondary and allied care provider offices across the state. The community-based nonprofit is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare information for more than 6.5 million patients. For more information, visit GLHC online at http://www.gl-hc.org.
About Health Information Management Systems Society:
Health Information Management Systems Society is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). The Michigan Chapter of HIMSS is dedicated to improving information systems management in Michigan’s health care institutions.
MI-HIMSS was formed in the Spring of 2002. Chapter members come from diverse backgrounds, all involved in some aspect of health care information systems and management. Our members consist of professionals from hospitals and clinical organizations, third-party payers, administrators, information technology systems vendors, consultants, management engineers, telecommunications professionals, physicians, nurse and medical informatics professionals, and essentially anyone interested in the trends of health care information and management systems. To learn how you can get involved, visit us at http://michigan.himsschapter.org/.