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Healthcare thought leaders, medical practice staff, population health advocates, healthcare providers, and HIT professionals are gathering to network and educate themselves about the value of health information exchange.

Attendees will gain insights from healthcare providers using HIE technology and from HIT experts from across the continuum of care. Learn more about the many ways that GLHC assists organizations in meeting the demands of today’s connected healthcare landscape.

There is no cost to attend the event, complimentary continental breakfast and lunch included. All are welcome, registration is required.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Radisson Hotel
111 N Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Coffee and check in begins at 7:30 am

Event Information

  • There will be parking vouchers for the parking structure ramp adjacent to the hotel on the NW corner of E Ottawa St and Grand Ave. If you park on the third level, there is a connected walkway that will take you right to the conference level.
  • Attire: business professional but comfortable
  • Please return your name tag to the registration table when you leave – we will reuse them
  • GLHC Support staff and Implementation Consultants are available throughout the day at the Helpdesk
  • Are you on twitter? Use #GLHC16SummitSeries to join the conversation online!

Panel Discussion:

The Value of Care Connected Communities in Supporting Strong Public Health Systems

This panel will explore and explain how HIE support solutions for public health problems. Systemic failures such as the Flint water crisis, natural disasters, pandemics, and others will be discussed. HIE provides infrastructure for integrated care coordination.

  • Dr. Greg Forzley, CMIO, Trinity Health
  • Dr. Eden Wells, CME, State of Michigan
  • Candace Cowling, MSW, Executive Director, Family Futures
  • Ed Hartwick, MDSS Coordinator, MI Dept. Health & Human Services
  • Sulab Srivastava, CTO, Sparrow Health
  • Cherie Nyhuis, RN, BSN, MSM, Executive Director, Physicians Organization of Western Michigan

Panel discussion to begin at 8:45 AM and anticipated to last for approximately 45 minutes.


Keynote Speaker: Brian Ahier, Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity

Achieving Interoperability With Health Information Exchange

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Brian will discuss the technical activities, tools, standards, and certifications necessary to achieve interoperability through health data exchange. He will examine current challenges, explore lessons learned, and explain opportunities going forward. He will also examine reasons why interoperable systems are so critical to the safe and effective delivery of patient care and how interoperability is key to thriving in alternative payment models.

Brian Ahier is a nationally recognized expert on health information technology with a focus on health data exchange and analytics. He is currently the Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity, a Healthagen business and independent subsidiary of Aetna. He has provided consulting services to a variety of industry clients as well as the Office of the National Coordinator at HHS over the last several years. Ahier sits on the Consumer Technology Workgroup of the HIT Standards Committee, which makes recommendations to the National Coordinator on standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information consistent with the implementation of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.

Ahier has worked on numerous workgroups, committees and task forces over the years in the areas of standards and interoperability. He is a founding board member of DirectTrust, and also serves on the board of HIMSS Oregon and Q-Life, an intergovernmental agency providing broadband capacity to the Mid-Columbia region.

Keynote presentation to begin at 12:45 PM and anticipated to last for approximately 55 minutes.


Breakout Session Topics

  • The Future of HIE in Michigan and Beyond

An open and interactive discussion led by GLHC Executive Director, Doug Dietzman, addressing questions and comments regarding the current state of HIE at the community, state, and national levels. Particular insight will be offered to the future evolution of interoperability and the role of GLHC in creating care connected communities.

This session will explain the basics of HIE and provide high-level overview of GLHC applications. You will gain an understanding of commonly used acronyms, policies, GLHC legal agreements, and the basic implementation process.

This session is intended for those interested in developing an understanding of the Virtual Integrated Patient Record (VIPR), a community-wide, longitudinal repository specific to the Great Lakes Health Connect network The session will explain the information available in VIPR, the clinical implications of accessing this information, and how VIPR can be used in office workflow.

In this session you can expect to gain an understanding of the GLHC Referrals application and how it positively enhances care coordination workflow and patient care.  This application assists in meeting Meaningful Use criteria, and helps close gaps in the coordination and continuity of patient care. The session also includes the opportunity for participants to share/hear best practices from various sites.

At GLHC, we know one size doesn’t fit all. Our partners come in different sizes and shapes and we’ve prided ourselves on providing innovative solutions that fit into each of their unique workflows resulting in more efficient and effective care for patients. When it comes to protecting information and the privacy of patients, the same concept applies – one size doesn’t fit all. Strategies will be provided for avoiding some of the mistakes organizations make when a one size fits all approach is used when designing a security and privacy governance structure (agreements, policies, privacy notices, etc).

HIE value goes beyond the hospital and medical practices. This session demonstrates the value of HIE beyond the inpatient and ambulatory setting.

Managing TOC and improving coordination of care is complicated by market changes, the Mental Health Code, Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (CFR 42), and HIPAA. GLHC will discuss ways to address the barriers of care by utilizing some of their current solutions.

Offering more technical information, this session dives deeper into GLHC solutions that involve an EMR interface; Results Delivery, ADT Delivery, ADT and CCDs, and VIPR Single Sign On. This session will explain how practices and organizations can implement and use a EMR interface. Come prepared to ask questions and offer feedback.

While GLHC solutions and tools cannot be used to directly attest for Meaningful Use (MU), they do facilitate the electronic transmission of immunizations messages, syndromic surveillance messages, reportable labs, Transitions of Care documents, and other documents. In this session Altarum Institute will break down the history of MU, explain the status of MU in the State today, and explore where MU will take us in the next few years. Altarum is a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization.

  • GLHC Solutions Question & Answer Session

Have a question about GLHC that hasn’t been answered? This session has no agenda, it’s up to you and your questions.